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Heavy (1995)

Cast: Pruitt Taylor Vince, Liv Tyler, Shelley Winters, more...
Director: James Mangold
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Drama, Dysfunctional Families
Running Time: 104 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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This title is currently out of print.

This character drama, set in a local pub in rural New York State, focuses on the lives, thoughts, and emotions of a group of social outcasts. The lead misfit is Victor, a shy and very rotund man in his '30s who works as a pizza maker in a roadside inn. His mother, Dolly owns the establishment. She dominates his life. The senior waitress there is Dolores, an aging woman with a reputation for being easy. Dolores is resentful when Dolly hires the vivacious teenager Callie, who is in love with Jeff, a garage mechanic. Victor develops a painful crush on Callie and fantasizes about rescuing her from a life with Jeff. To help himself, he begins to diet and enrolls at a chef school. His mother becomes suddenly ill. Then Delores makes a pass at him, but he doesn't respond. He does however, feel emboldened to make a play for Callie. His actions lead him into a new world of expression. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

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GreenCine Member Reviews

Creeeeeeepy by MLouv April 6, 2002 - 10:08 PM PST
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
This movie is not so much a film not loved to be watched, but to be appreciated. It's one of those movies you can't watch more than once. The relationship between the two main characters is superbly tense. The neuroses build subtly until it stares you in the face and it's really quite frightening. Watch it. Please.

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(Average 7.09)
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