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Dottie Gets Spanked

Country: USA, Language: English, 30 mins

  • Director: Todd Haynes
  • Writer: Todd Haynes
  • Producer: Craig Paull; James Schamus

CGiii Comment

Many will relate to this...what a mother!!!

A fine film...the kid is too cute.


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The(ir) Blurb...

Another dazzling suburban phantasm from writer-director Todd Haynes, Dottie Gets Spanked (made post-Poison and pre-Safe) is a stylized, bittersweet nod to his childhood fascination with I Love Lucy. Deep in the heart of pre-hippie 1960s America, young artistically-inclined Steven Gale is obsessed with Dottie Frank, wacky star of the eponymous hit sitcom The Dottie Show. While his mother gently encourages the boy's fixation, his father grows increasingly frustrated by his son's apparently "sissified" interests. This provocative, heartfelt mini-feature anticipates Haynes' Oscar-nominated Far From Heaven with its excavation of placid mid-century surfaces and deeply-buried emotions.

Cast & Characters

J. Evan Bonifant as Steven Gale;
Barbara Garrick as Lorraine Gale;
Julie Halston as Dottie Frank;
Robert Pall as Steven's Father;
Harriet Sansom Harris as Sharon's Mother;
Irving Metzman as TV Show Guide;
Ashley Chapman as Sharon;
Rhea Silver-Smith as Darcy;
Gina Gallagher as Kim;
Adam Arkin as Dick Gordon;
Richard DeDomenico as Dream Messenger;
John Brian Rogers as TV Director;
Lenny Singer as Photographer / Assistant;
Leo Ferstenberg as Cameraman;
Lindsay Rodio as Jennifer

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