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FULL SYNOPSIS

This emotion-filled story stars Whoopi Goldberg, Mary-Louise Parker, and Drew Barrymore as three women from different walks of life who find comfort in each other through tragedy. Parker plays Robin, an HIV-positive real estate executive who meets Jane (Goldberg), a lesbian lounge singer on her way to the West Coast who needs a driver. Robin volunteers for the job, and along the way, they stop in Pittsburgh to visit her friend Holly (Barrymore), who is pregnant and abused by her boyfriend. In an attempt to save Holly, all three decide to head West together to begin a new life. But they get only as far as Arizona before Robin falls ill and the three are forced to learn to rely on one another for growth and emotional sustenance. Jane, though concerned about Robin's condition, also finds herself with a romantic interest in her ailing companion. Holly confronts her need to be with abusive men, while Robin comes to grips with her fear of being alone and the realization of her own impending death. Fans of Herbert Ross' earlier Herbert Ross (1989) might appreciate this movie, which tackles some of the same themes. Sometimes referred to as a "feminist road movie," the film deals with women who find one another in a time of crisis and realize that the bonds among women are more powerful than any of life's obstacles. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

  • Release date:February 3, 1995

Cast

Whoopi Goldberg
as Jane
Mary-Louise Parker
as Robin
Drew Barrymore
as Holly
Matthew McConaughey
as Abe
James Remar
as Alex
Billy Wirth
as Nick
Anita Gillette
as Elaine
Dennis Boutsikaris
as Massarelli
Estelle Parsons
as Louise
Amy Aquino
as Anna
Stan Egi
as Henry
Jude Ciccolella
as Jerry
Gedde Watanabe
as Steve
Jill C. Klein
as Waitress
Aaron Lustig
as Judge
Don Hewitt, Sr.
as Tow Truck Driver
Josh Segal
as Indigo Girls' Band #1
Tito Larriva
as Indigo Girls' Band #4
Niecy Nash
Tito Larriva
as Indigo Girls' Band #4
Stan Egi
as Henry
Gedde Watanabe
as Steve
Dennis Boutsikaris
as Massarelli
Amy Aquino
as Anna
Anita Gillette
as Elaine
Josh Segal
as Indigo Girls' Band #1
Estelle Parsons
as Louise
Don Hewitt, Sr.
as Tow Truck Driver
Jude Ciccolella
as Jerry
Aaron Lustig
as Judge
Jill C. Klein
as Waitress

Crew

Herbert Ross
Director
Arnon Milchan
Producer
Herbert Ross
Producer
Steven E. Reuther
Producer
Donald Thorin
Cinematographer
David Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Michael R. Miller
Editor
Ken Adam
Production Designer
Patrick McCormick
Co-producer
Russ Kavanaugh
Associate Producer
Patricia Karlan
Executive Producer
James Bayliss
Set Designer
Rick Simpson
Set Designer
Gloria Gresham
Costume Designer
Hank McCann
Casting
Fern Buchner
Makeup
Al Laverde
Key Grip
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