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A Slipping-Down Life Details


Making its world premiere at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, this story adapted for the screen and directed by first-timer Toni Kalem is based on the Anne Tyler novel of the same name. The story deals with finding love in a dead-end life. Evie (Lili Taylor) is a loner, living with her widowed father, who works at an aging kiddie park where she is a costumed cartoon character. One night she hears the words and music of a musician named Drumstrings Casey (Guy Pearce) on the radio, and Evie is immediately infatuated by him. She attends his concerts and falls in love with him. The problem is he doesn't know she exists, so Evie decides to carve Casey's name on her forehead with broken glass. The resulting media attention gets her an introduction to Drumstrings Casey himself. From there, a relationship develops as Casey needs Evie for creative support and Evie needs Casey for emotional stability. Soon after, they get married; unfortunately their problems only get worse as Casey's career takes a nosedive and Evie's father passes away. Will these two people make something of themselves or will they forever just be slipping down life? ~ Chris Gore, Rovi

  • Release date:May 14, 2004


Lili Taylor
as Evie Decker
Guy Pearce
as Drumstrings Casey
John Hawkes
as David Elliott
Sara Rue
as Violet
Irma P. Hall
as Clotelia
Tom Bower
as Mr. Decker
Shawnee Smith
as Faye-Jean Lindsay
Veronica Cartwright
as Mrs. Casey
Marshall Bell
as Mr. Casey
Bruno Kirby
as Kiddie Arcades Manager


Toni Kalem
Richard Raddon
Anne Tyler
Book Author
Toni Kalem
Michael Barrow
Peter Himmelman
Composer (Music Score)
Hughes Winborne
John Frick
Art Director
Steven Brown
Diane Bailey
Associate Producer
Robin Lieberman
Executive Producer
Derinda Dallas
Executive Producer
Maria Melograne
First Assistant Director