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Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993)

R | | Drama | 9 April 1993 (USA)
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Nick is a feckless television salesman who gets fired and impulsively decides that he and his girlfriend, Beth, will move to Butte, MT, which he's read is "the city of the future." "I read ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Steinberg

Writers:

Roger Hedden (play), Roger Hedden (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phoebe Cates ... Carol
Bridget Fonda ... Beth
Tim Roth ... Nick
Eric Stoltz ... Sid
Alicia Witt ... Elizabeth
Sandra Ellis Lafferty ... Yard Sale Lady (as Sandra Lafferty)
Sidney Dawson Sidney Dawson ... TV Customer
Jon Proudstar ... Station Attendant
Scott Johnson Scott Johnson ... Chip
Kezbah Weidner Kezbah Weidner ... Dine Woman
Peter Fonda ... Motorcycle Rider
Amaryllis Borrego ... Waitress
Rich Wheeler Rich Wheeler ... Elizabeth's Grandfather
Scott Frederick Scott Frederick ... TV Store Kid
Warren Burton Warren Burton ... Radio Preacher (voice)
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Storyline

Nick is a feckless television salesman who gets fired and impulsively decides that he and his girlfriend, Beth, will move to Butte, MT, which he's read is "the city of the future." "I read that a while ago, so the future should be there by now," he enthuses. He waits until the last moment to tell Carol, his ex and Beth's best friend, about the move. While Nick is working his last day, Sid comes to the couple's house to paint it for the next tenants. He quickly develops an interest in Beth. He, Beth, and Carol get stoned and hang out. When Sid hears about the move, he tells Beth that he's never left Enfield, and has no interest in traveling. Meanwhile, Nick decides to take off on his own. When Beth gets word of this from Carol, she finds solace in Sid's arms. Sid proclaims his love the next morning, and implores Beth to stay. Meanwhile, Nick visits his childhood home, looking for his parents, has an epiphany, and decides to return to Carol. Written by Anonymous

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Nick is leaving. Beth is staying. Carol is waiting. Sid is painting. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bodies, Rest & Motion See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$75,957, 11 April 1993

Gross USA:

$764,724

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$764,724
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene when Peter Fonda arrives on his motorcycle and asks Tim Roth if the phone works, Bridget Fonda is actually hiding in the back seat of the car Roth is in. If you look very closely, for a second you see a small blue patch behind the seat for a second as Roth is sitting up. The same color of the t-shirt Bridget wore in the Arizona scenes. In the audio commentary on the DVD, director Michael Steinberg explains, "Bridget wanted to be in a shot with her father. Of course you can't see her at all. She's ducked down behind in the back seat, but I guess it was not since Easy Rider that they'd been in a film together." See more »

Quotes

Beth: I have to find happiness in myself.
Sid: No, that's wrong. People tell you that, but it's wrong. I've lived with people who have that 'happiness from within', that happiness... it's just them being pleased with themselves. It's not enough. It's a lonely thing.
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Soundtracks

Everything Is Complicated
Performed by David & David
Written by David Baerwald, David Ricketts, Roger Hedden
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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Contemplating the meaning of the illusive 'it'...
29 March 2001 | by mattserendipitySee all my reviews

A film which manages to perfectly sum up the dilemma encompassed by the so-called Generation X: a generation that has never had it better, and has it all for the taking - if only they could figure out just what 'it' is.

Nick (Tim Roth) carries the momentum of this notion, claiming that what he wants "isn't in here, and it isn't out there...", yet he regardless embarks on a voyage to Butte, Montana which is rumoured to be the City of the Future: "I read that a while ago, so the future's probably already there".

Much of the film is concentrated on the aftermath of his departure, and in particular his decision to leave his girlfriend Beth (Bridget Fonda)behind in Arizona. Beth now must reach a similar decision in Nick's absence, finally deciding what 'she' wants as opposed to the wants of those around her (namely Nick). Also involved in this tangle of relationships are Nick's ex-lover and Beth's best friend (Phoebe Cates), and a painter (Eric Stoltz) whose introduction to the situation further complicates Beth's thinking.

The film, like Glengarry Glenn Ross, is based on a stage play and this is evident in the minimum of locations employed and heavy emphasis on dialogue. However, this is really quite satisfying as characters are allowed to express and develop far much more than is customary in other such, so-called 'soul-searching' films.

Stand-out performances from Fonda and Roth, and an intelligent script.


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