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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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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

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chasing Amy See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,446, 6 April 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,006,514, 28 September 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Holden and Banky meet with the comic book executives (Brian O'Halloran and Matt Damon), there is a animation cel of the "screaming brick" (designed by Gerald Scarfe) from Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982) behind the executives. See more »

Goofs

When Holden is looking at Alyssa's yearbook in the park, her photo is next to some guy with the last name beginning with P, Alyssa's last name is Jones. 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

Jay and Silent Bob will return in "Dogma" ... (promise). See more »

Alternate Versions

Many things cut from the final version available on laserdisc/DVD editions: See more »

Connections

References B.J. and the Bear (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Lucky One
(1997)
Written by David Pirner (as Dave Pirner)
Performed by Soul Asylum
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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The Best Love Story of the Year
2 February 1999 | by Tanner-3See all my reviews

"Chasing Amy" has to be the best love story of 1997. It was emotional, gripping, funny, sad, heartwarming, and had some great jokes. How could anyone deny that this screenplay was anything less than original, or perfection. Absolutely intoxicating. The performances were right on and the writing was magnificent. Kevin Smith is, without a doubt, one of the best new writers. With this movie he goes to a whole new level. "Clerks" was great, and I think I'm one of the five people that enjoyed "Mallrats", but "Chasing Amy" takes the cake. Nothing else came even close that year. That movie should have made a star out of Joey Lauren Adams. She gave the BEST performance in 1997 and was robbed of an Oscar nomination, as was the script. The scene outside of the ice rink is more than enough to show just how good she was. And anyone who can watch that ending, the you don't know if you should cry or jump for joy ending, and not feel something, is heartless. The movie was great. It is one of my personal favorites, and will always be.


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