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Nowhere (1997)

R | | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi | 9 May 1997 (USA)
Follows a day in the lives of a group of Los Angeles high school students and the strange lives they lead.

Director:

Gregg Araki

Writer:

Gregg Araki
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Duval ... Dark
Rachel True ... Mel
Nathan Bexton ... Montgomery
Chiara Mastroianni ... Kriss
Debi Mazar ... Kozy
Kathleen Robertson ... Lucifer
Joshua Gibran Mayweather Joshua Gibran Mayweather ... Zero
Jordan Ladd ... Alyssa
Christina Applegate ... Dingbat
Sarah Lassez ... Egg
Guillermo Díaz ... Cowboy (as Guillermo Diaz)
Jeremy Jordan ... Bart
Alan Boyce ... Handjob
Jason Simmons ... The Teen Idol (as Jaason Simmons)
Ryan Phillippe ... Shad
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Storyline

A group of teenagers try to sort out their lives and emotions while bizarre experiences happen to each one, including alien abductions, bad acid trips, bisexual experiences, suicides, bizarre deaths, and a rape by a TV star. All of this happens before "the greatest party of the year". Written by Parca Mortem <icy_shadow@rocketmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

"sexy, psychedelic, dementedly funny, with a sensational soundtrack... it's like clueless with nipple rings." See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for scenes of strong violence, sexuality and drug use involving teens, and for strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Donikad See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,354, 11 May 1997

Gross USA:

$194,201

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$194,201
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Gregg Araki refers to this film as "90210 on acid". See more »

Goofs

Dark's facial stubble changes constantly. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dark: [voice-over] L.A. is like... nowhere. Everybody who lives here is lost.
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Crazy Credits

"any unauthorized duplication, distribution or exhibition of this movie could result in criminal prosecution, plus we will pee on you." See more »

Connections

Spoofs Batman Forever (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Grey Skies
Written by Nick McCabe, Simon Jones, Pete Salisbury (as Peter Salisbury) & Richard Ashcroft
Performed by The Verve
Courtesy of VC Records Ltd.
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The Revival of trash! Sweet ‘n pure TRASH!!
25 February 2004 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

What Gregg Araki presents to us here is nothing but good old-fashioned trash! Giving us a taste of the glorious Russ Meyer reign during the sixties and seventies, which is a terribly ignored field of cult-cinema. Simply put, this film is extremely COOL to look at! The title is very appropriate because this film indeed leads to nowhere and it's Gregg Araki's view on the subject of teen-alienation. Without even trying, he beats that other overrated director Larry Clark who takes himself way too serious anyway. Nowhere constantly introduces kinky and eccentric characters, each and every one of them suffering from modern diseases and problems like drugs, eating disorders, nymphomania, hallucinations, aggression and even suicide! Araki even touches the more daily problems like popularity and faithfulness. The pivot in this hysterical bunch is Dark, an utterly confused, bisexual young man who's convinced that he's going to die soon. Dark is played by James Duval, an over-talented young actor and building up a solid cult-reputation through starring in other goodies like ‘Donnie Darko' and ‘May'. Duval also was the key figure in the previous entries of Araki's apocalyptic trilogy, carrying the very imaginative titles `Totally F***ed Up' and `The Doom Generation'. Both films that come with my highest possible recommendation as well, but I'm strongly convinced that Nowhere is Araki's best and most personal achievement. It just is a magnificent series of hilariously messed up conversations and actions, leading towards a truly insane anti-climax. I can easily imagine that mainstream film-audiences will absolutely loath this film, but I'm a giant fan…and Araki can be sure of the fact that his film already built up a cult-following by now.

It's truly remarkable how Gregg Araki managed to work with such an overly well-known and talented cast. Practically every little role in Nowhere is credited with a famous name of the young and upcoming Hollywood generation. In the tiniest, most meaningless figures, you'll recognize faces like Heather Graham, Shannen Doherthy, Stacy Keanen, Scott Caan, Ryan Phillipe, Jordan Ladd, Mena Suvari and many, many more… The absolute highlights however, are the cameos by multiple veterans like Beverly D'Angelo as Dark's slutty mother and especially John Ritter as a religion guru on TV. You hear it, there's so much to discover in this film…I can't praise it enough!


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