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Based on a novel by Richard Peck called Don't Look and It Won't Hurt, Allison Anders's melodramatic coming-of-age tale Gas Food Lodging takes place in Laramie, NM, a small town right off the highway. Nora (Brooke Adams) is a truck-stop waitress who lives in a trailer park with her two teenaged daughters, Trudi (Ione Skye) and Shade (Fairuza Balk). While Trudi sleeps around and defies her mother, Shade spends her time at the local cinema and wishes she could have a dad like a normal family. One day, Trudi hooks up with a visiting geologist (Robert Knepper) and spends a magical evening in a cave with him. However, he turns up missing and Trudi finds herself pregnant. Meanwhile, Shade's romantic advances are rejected by Darius (Donovan Leitch), but she finds something new with film projectionist Javier (Jacob Vargas). Shade's attempts at finding a husband for her mom are unsuccessful, but Nora ends up meeting satellite TV installation man Hamlet Humphrey (David Lansbury). Features a cameo appearance from Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis, who also wrote the original music. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

  • Release date:July 31, 1992

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Sundance Film Festival Allison Anders In Competition 1991 Nominee
National Society of Film Critics Allison Anders Best New Director 1992 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Allison Anders Best New Director 1992 Winner
Berlin International Film Festival Allison Anders In Competition 1992 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Allison Anders Best Director 1992 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Allison Anders Best Screenplay 1992 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Brooke Adams Best Supporting Actress 1992 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Fairuza Balk Best Actress 1992 Winner

Cast

Brooke Adams
as Nora
Ione Skye
as Trudi
Fairuza Balk
as Shade
James Brolin
as John Evans
Robert Knepper
as Dank
Chris Mulkey
as Raymond
David Landsbury
as Hamlet Humphrey
Donovan Leitch
as Darius
Jacob Vargas
as Javier
Laurie O'brien
as Thelma
Julie Condra
as Tanya
Adam Biesk
as Brett
Leigh Hamilton
as Kim
Diane Behrens
as Hostess
J. Mascis
as Cecil
Tiffany Anders
as Persi
Sissy Boyd
as Rocio
Jeff McDonald
as Long Haired Boy
Bill Kemp
as Jock
Graci Lund
as Girl
George Parker
as Trucker
Jeff Miller
as Rock Boy
Jeff McDonald
as Long Haired Boy
Julie Condra
as Tanya
Laurie O'brien
as Thelma
Graci Lund
as Girl
Leigh Hamilton
as Kim
Adam Biesk
as Brett
Sissy Boyd
as Rocio
Tiffany Anders
as Persi
George Parker
as Trucker
Jacob Vargas
as Javier
Bill Kemp
as Jock
Diane Behrens
as Hostess
J. Mascis
as Cecil

Crew

Allison Anders
Director
Christoph Henkel
Producer
William Ewart
Producer
Daniel Hassid
Producer
Seth M. Willenson
Producer
Allison Anders
Screenwriter
Dean Lent
Cinematographer
J. Mascis
Composer (Music Score)
Jane Ann Stewart
Production Designer
Carla Weber
Art Director
Lisa Denker
Art Director
Susan Bertram
Costume Designer
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