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Illeana Douglas delivers a superb performance as Denise Waverly, a fictional singer and songwriter whose life bears more than a passing resemblance to that of real-life pop star Carole King. Edna Buxton, the daughter of a Philadelphia steel tycoon, aspires to a career as a singer, and when against her mother's bidding she sings a sultry version of "Hey There (You With the Stars in Your Eyes)" (instead of Mom's choice, "You'll Never Walk Alone") at a talent contest, she wins a recording contact and moves to New York City. She cuts a record and gains a new stage name, Denise Waverly; however, she soon finds that girl singers are a dime a dozen in the Big Apple and her career as a vocalist goes nowhere. But she has a knack for writing songs, and eccentric producer Joel Milner (John Turturro) asks her to pen some songs for his upcoming projects. Teamed with Howard Caszatt (Eric Stoltz), a hipster songwriter who wants to express his political and social ideals through pop tunes, she finds both a successful collaborator and husband. While her work with Howard gains Denise writing credits on a string of hit records and respect within the industry, their marriage falls apart, and she becomes involved with Jay Phillips (Matt Dillon), the gifted but unstable leader of a popular West Coast surf music combo. Students of pop music history will have a ball with the various characters modeled after real-life rock legends, and the 1960s-style song score includes numbers written by Joni Mitchell and J. Mascis (of the band Dinosaur Jr.), as well as one-time King collaborator Gerry Goffin; a collaboration between Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach, "God Give Me Strength," led to a full album written by the two great tunesmiths. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 13, 1996

Cast

Illeana Douglas
as Denise Waverly/Edna Buxton
Matt Dillon
as Jay Phillips
John Turturro
as Joel Millner
Eric Stoltz
as Howard Caszatt
Bruce Davison
as John Murray
Patsy Kensit
as Cheryl Steed
Jennifer Leigh Warren
as Doris Shelley
Bridget Fonda
as Kelly Porter
Lucinda Jenney
as Marion
Richard Schiff
as Audition Record Producer
Lynne Adams
as Kindly Nurse
David Clennon
as Dr. "Jonesy" Jones
Amanda de Cadenet
as Receptionist
Peter Fonda
as Guru Dave
Chris Isaak
as Matthew Lewis
Drena De Niro
as Receptionist
Precious Chong
as Crying Woman At Funeral
Christina Pickles
as Mrs. Buxton
Alicia Jaffee
as Singer On Beach
Diane Robin
as Waitress In Diner
Steve McDonald
as Group Member [The Riptides]
Jeff McDonald
as Group Member [The Riptides]
John Nacco
as Cab Driver
Brian Reitzell
as Group Member [The Riptides]
Jill Sobule
as Talent Show Contestant
Kathy Barbour
as Sha Sha
Delia Gonzalez
as Singer In Tree
Deidre Lewis
as Girl In Howard's Bed
Martin Valinsky
as Brill Building Songwriter
Lita Hernandez
as Singer In Tree
Paige Dylan
as Singer On Beach
Sissy Boyd
as Dress Saleswoman
Kristen Vigard
as Denise Waverly/Edna Buxton [Singing Voice]
Tracy Vilar
as Annie
China Kantner
as Singer On Beach
Redd Kross
as Group Member [The Riptides]
Albert Macklin
as TV Interviewer
Lita Stevens
as Radio Station Receptionist
Tegan West
as M.C. At Talent Show
J. Mascis
as Riptides Engineer
Jade Gordon
as Girl In Coffee Shop
Harry Victor
as Journalist

Crew

Allison Anders
Director
Daniel Hassid
Producer
Ruth Charny
Producer
Allison Anders
Screenwriter
Adam Holender
Cinematographer
Rhonda Baron
Musical Direction/Supervision
Jim Haas
Composer (Music Score)
Dave Spinozza
Composer (Music Score)
Robert Mounsey
Composer (Music Score)
Freddie Washington
Composer (Music Score)
Bobbi Page
Composer (Music Score)
Tommy Funderburk
Composer (Music Score)
Doug Webb
Composer (Music Score)
Steve Foreman
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Landau
Composer (Music Score)
Raven Kane
Composer (Music Score)
Greg Kurstin
Composer (Music Score)
Randy Crenshaw
Composer (Music Score)
Greg Leisz
Composer (Music Score)
John Guerin
Composer (Music Score)
Jimmie Haskell
Musical Arrangement
Lynette Rennells
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Melvoin
Composer (Music Score)
Claudia Groom
Composer (Music Score)
T-Bone Wolk
Composer (Music Score)
Sal Marquez
Composer (Music Score)
Lew Soloff
Composer (Music Score)
Steve Lindsey
Composer (Music Score)
Flea
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Fischer
Composer (Music Score)
Rick Logan
Composer (Music Score)
Chuck Berghofer
Composer (Music Score)
Dean Parks
Composer (Music Score)
Lloyd Stripling
Composer (Music Score)
Domenic Genova
Composer (Music Score)
Eddie Karam
Musical Arrangement
Dale Balenseifen
Composer (Music Score)
Harvey Rosenstock
Editor
Thelma Schoonmaker
Editor
Kenton Jakub
Editor
François Séguin
Production Designer
Wing Lee
Art Director
Mayne Berke
Art Director
Martin Scorsese
Executive Producer
Susan Bertram
Costume Designer
John Hartigan
Special Effects
Artist Robinson
First Assistant Director
Carole Dubuc
First Assistant Director
Burtt Harris
First Assistant Director
Erica Hiller
Supervisor/Manager
Jean-Yves Escoffier
Camera Operator
Stephen Halbert
Sound Mixer
Larry Loewinger
Sound Mixer
Stephen Krause
Sound Mixer
Julie Last
Recording
Michael Boonstra
Production Coordinator
Lori Hicks
Makeup
Dan Marnien
Recording
Philip Stockton
Supervising Sound Editor
Linda Grimes
Makeup
Bobby Mackston
Music Editor
Charlie Paakkari
Recording
Lee Lamont
ADR Supervisor
Gigi Williams
Makeup Supervisor
Clark Henderson
Post Production Supervisor
Julia Bartholomew
Costumes Supervisor
Linda Vallejo
Hair Styles
Bruce Pross
Foley Supervisor
Burtt Harris
Line Producer
Ernie Marsch
Recording
Thelma Schoonmaker
Sequence Director
Peggy Nicholson
Hair Styles
Fred Rosenberg
Dialogue Editor
Barbara Duncan
Production Coordinator
Karyn Rachtman
Executive Music Producer
Carlton Kaller
Music Editor
Martha Pinson
Script Supervisor
Becky Sullivan
ADR Supervisor
Suzana Peric
Music Editor
Barbara Tuss
Script Supervisor
Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt
Line Producer
Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt
Unit Production Manager
Tom Fleischman
Re-Recording Mixer
Darren Wiseman
Location Manager
Henry Lito
Hair Styles
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