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Michael Steinberg, co-director of Michael Steinberg, made his solo directorial debut with the Gen-X character study Bodies, Rest & Motion. Written by Roger Hedden, based on his own play, the film's title refers to Newton's First Law of Motion, which states essentially that a body at rest or in motion will remain in that state until acted upon by an external force. The film is set in the desert town of Enfield, AZ. Nick (Tim Roth) is a feckless television salesman who gets fired and impulsively decides that he and his girlfriend, Beth (Bridget Fonda), 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 (Phoebe Cates), his ex and Beth's best friend, about the move. While Nick is working his last day, Sid (Eric Stoltz) 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. The film features Alicia Witt (Alicia Witt) in her first substantial part. There's also a very brief cameo by Peter Fonda, Bridget's father. Hedden would go on to collaborate with Stoltz again on Stoltz and Hedden's directorial debut, Stoltz. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi

  • Release date:April 9, 1993

Cast

Phoebe Cates
as Carol
Bridget Fonda
as Beth
Tim Roth
as Nick
Eric Stoltz
as Sid
Scott Frederick
as TV Store Kid
Alicia Witt
as Elizabeth
Sidney Dawson
as TV Customer
Jon Proudstar
as Station Attendant
Peter Fonda
as Motorcycle Rider
Amaryllis Borrego
as Waitress
Rick Wheeler
as Elizabeth's Grandfather
Warren Burton
as Radio Preacher
Susan Beaubian
as Singer
Sandra Ellis Lafferty
as Yard Sale Lady
Kezbah Weidner
as Dine Woman
Deborah Parsons
as Singer
Katrina Perkins
as Singer
Marva Hicks
as Singer
Mindy Stein
as Singer
Kiki Ebsen
as Singer
Alicia Witt
as Elizabeth
Deborah Parsons
as Singer
Scott Frederick
as TV Store Kid
Amaryllis Borrego
as Waitress
Peter Fonda
as Motorcycle Rider
Warren Burton
as Radio Preacher
Sandra Ellis Lafferty
as Yard Sale Lady
Sidney Dawson
as TV Customer
Mindy Stein
as Singer
Katrina Perkins
as Singer
Susan Beaubian
as Singer
Marva Hicks
as Singer
Kezbah Weidner
as Dine Woman
Rick Wheeler
as Elizabeth's Grandfather
Jon Proudstar
as Station Attendant

Crew

Michael Steinberg
Director
Allan Mindel
Producer
Eric Stoltz
Producer
Denise Shaw
Producer
Roger Hedden
Screenwriter
Roger Hedden
Play Author
Bernd Heinl
Cinematographer
Karyn Rachtman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael Convertino
Composer (Music Score)
Stephen McCabe
Production Designer
Jeffrey Sudzin
Production Designer
Daniel Talpers
Art Director
Roger Hedden
Co-producer
Jeffrey Sudzin
Co-producer
Joel Castleberg
Executive Producer
Helen Britten
Set Designer
Isis Mussenden
Costume Designer
Mike Topoozian
First Assistant Director
Sunny Siebel
Casting
Walt Martin
Sound Mixer
Nancy MacLeod
Sound Effects Editor
Hilda Hodges
Foley Walker
Kate Jesse
Cable Person
Randy Kelley
Dialogue Editor
James Ashwill
Foley Mixer
Jeff Mart
Steadicam Operator
Jody Kreinbrink
Transportation Captain
Thomas Vandermillen
Second Assistant Camera
Harry Jarvis
Second Second Assistant Director
Christian McManus
Carpenter
Chris Joehnk
Electrician
Per Hallberg
Supervising Sound Editor
Ken Wannberg
Music Editor
Mike Kreinbrink
Transportation Coordinator
Karen Grossman
Second Unit Camera
Dan Kneece
Steadicam Operator
Tod Swindell
Location Manager
Nancy Wray
Grip
Nerses Gezalyan
Foley Recordist
Cheri Montesanto-Medcalf
Hair Styles
Lauren Giordano
Set Production Assistant
Gina Genova
Production Coordinator
Kenneth Erickson
Carpenter
John Branagan
Stunts Coordinator
Thomas Franzoni
Dolly Grip
Alex Kurtzman
Production Assistant
Bob Deschaine
ADR Mixer
Michael Convertino
Music Producer
Bob Hile
Sound Recordist
Elizabeth Frank
Art Department Coordinator
David Jobe
ADR Recordist
Scott Hamre
Boom Operator
Athena Alexander
Set Production Assistant
Alex Valdez
Carpenter
Alex Leyton
First Assistant Camera
Henry Perez
Carpenter
Danny MacCallum
Electrician
Renee Rosenfeld
Script Supervisor
Jeffrey Sudzin
Unit Production Manager
Caylah Eddleblute
Set Dresser
Richard Maxey
Set Production Assistant
Bonnie Blake
Second Assistant Camera
Mari-An Ceo
Costumes Assistant
John Zumpano
Gaffer
Adam Block
Production Accountant
Maliz van Ooyen
Production Assistant
Michael McCue
Second Assistant Director
Thierry Labbe
Set Dresser
Victor Iorillo
Sound Effects Editor
Deborah Larsen
Makeup
Gary A. Hecker
Foley Walker
Sharon McGeeney
Negative Cutter
Steve Mounger
Grip
Shannon Merrill
Set Production Assistant
Brian Ralph
Negative Cutter
David Sawaryn
Costumes Supervisor
Alan Rankin
First Assistant Editor
Meg Aeby
Scenic Artist
Paolo DeLeon
Leadman
Chris Wagganer
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