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Chasing Amy (1997)

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Holden and Banky are comic book artists. Everything's going good for them until they meet Alyssa, also a comic book artist. Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she's a lesbian.

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Kevin Smith

Writer:

Kevin Smith
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ethan Suplee ... Fan
Ben Affleck ... Holden McNeil
Scott Mosier ... Collector
Jason Lee ... Banky Edwards
Casey Affleck ... Little Kid
Dwight Ewell Dwight Ewell ... Hooper X
Joey Lauren Adams ... Alyssa Jones
Guinevere Turner ... Singer
Carmen Llywelyn ... Kim (as Carmen Lee)
Brian O'Halloran ... Jim Hicks - Executive #1
Matt Damon ... Shawn Oran - Executive #2
Alexander Goebbel Alexander Goebbel ... Train Kid
Tony Torn Tony Torn ... Cashier
Rebecca Waxman Rebecca Waxman ... Dalia
Paris Petrick ... Tory
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Storyline

A pair of comic book authors named Holden McNeil and Banky Edwards, who live in New Jersey, have been best friends for 20 years. They spend their time working in their studio, and in the evenings they are going out. But their friendship is about to be disputed for the first time in their life, when a beautiful young lesbian woman named Alyssa Jones enters their life and Holden falls in love with her. Now Holden has to deal with Banky's jealousy, and with his new girlfriend's very rich past. Written by rsilberman

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Finally, a comedy that tells it like it feels. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic sex-related dialogue, language, sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chasing Amy See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,446, 6 April 1997

Gross USA:

$12,021,272

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,021,272
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Holden says he attended a school named Hudson, which is the real school that Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes graduated from. See more »

Goofs

Hooper-X is asked to sign the little boy's comic book at the record store, and as the boy walks away, the comic book is seen to be an Avengers comic (the advertisement on the back indicates that it is from the early-to-mid '80s). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Comic Book Writer #1: I don't know. I love Chow Yun Fat. I just don't see him playing Madman.
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Crazy Credits

When in Red Bank visit Jay and Silent Bob's secret stash - comics, games & cool swag. See more »

Alternate Versions

More dialogue as Alyssa barters with the diner guy; See more »

Connections

Referenced in Honest Trailers: Gone Girl (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Your Birthday
(1994)
Written by Luther Campbell
Performed by Luther Campbell (as Luke)
Courtesy of Lil' Joe Records
(Played during/after Holden does his dance for Banky)
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Not to be missed!!!
16 May 2001 | by TaniBSee all my reviews

My all-time favourite film! Kevin Smith creates such truly endearing, eccentric, quirky characters, and then manages to cast actors who seem destined to play their roles. Joey Lauren Adams steals the show (we need to see more of this brilliant gem!), and the Jason Lee / Ben Affleck dynamic is really powerful - all of the actors appear so natural and comfortable, and Jason Mewes is a gift from God (and that's coming from an athiest!). A beautifully written conversational comedy that very gently uncovers the hypocrisy surrounding gender relationships. This film goes way beyond the 'acceptance of sexual preference' cliche, and instead concentrates on the insecurities that all human beings are born with - gay or straight! Mr Smith, you are truly a genius!!!


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