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Cavedweller Details


Cavedweller is an adaptation of Dorothy Allison's novel of the same name. Anne Meredith, who also adapted Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina, wrote the script, and the film was directed by Lisa Cholodenko (Lisa Cholodenko). Kyra Sedgwick stars as Delia Byrd. As the film opens, Delia loses her wayward rock-star husband, Randall (Kevin Bacon in a bit part), to a car accident, and decides to take her angry, heartbroken young daughter, Cissy (Regan Arnold, who played the tormented little sister in Regan Arnold), from Los Angeles back to her hometown in rural Georgia, where Delia left her two daughters and her abusive husband, Clint (Aidan Quinn), many years ago, to join Randall on the road. "Those people are not gonna be happy to see you," warns Delia's friend, Rosemary (singer Jill Scott in her film debut), but Delia is determined to reclaim her daughters. Cissy irrationally blames Delia for Randall's death, making the drive to Georgia an unpleasant one. Upon arriving there, Delia finds that she is not remembered fondly. Her taciturn grandfather (Myron Natwick) reluctantly takes her and Cissy in, but Delia soon learns that Clint is dying, and that her daughters, Amanda (Vanessa Zima) and Dede (April Mullen), are living with Clint's fire-and-brimstone mother (Jackie Burroughs), who has no intention of letting the girls see her. Realizing he has wronged her, Clint agrees to help Delia get custody of the girls, in exchange for her caring for him until he dies. Cavedweller was shown at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival before premiering on Showtime. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi


Awarded by
Independent Spirit Awards Aidan Quinn Best Supporting Actor 2004 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Kyra Sedgwick Best Actress 2004 Nominee


Kyra Sedgwick
as Delia Byrd
Aidan Quinn
as Clint Windsor
Sherilyn Fenn
as M.T.
Jill Scott
as Rosemary
Regan Arnold
as Cissy Pritchard
Vanessa Zima
as Amanda Windsor
Kevin Bacon
as Randall Byrd
Jackie Burroughs
as Grandma Windsor
April Mullen
as Dede
Dan Lett
as Reverend Hillman
Myron Natwick
as Granddaddy Byrd


Lisa Cholodenko
Anne Meredith
Dorothy Allison
Book Author
Xavier Pérez Grobet
Wendy Melvoin
Composer (Music Score)
Amy E. Duddleston
Phillip Barker
Production Designer
James Oswald
Art Director
Orly Adelson
Executive Producer
Robert Halmi, Jr.
Executive Producer
Valerie Stadler
Executive Producer
David Yudain
Executive Producer
Kyra Sedgwick
Executive Producer
Joyce Schure
Costume Designer
David McAree
First Assistant Director
Barbara Cohen
Mary Gail Artz