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Dear Wendy (2005)

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Release Date
• USA: Sep 23, 2005
• UK: 5 Aug 2005

Budget DKK 50,000,000

Official Website:
Dear Wendy Website

Running Time
1 hour, 42 minutes

Country Denmark | France | Germany | UK

Production Companies
Lucky Punch, Nimbus Film Productions, Zentropa Entertainments, TV2 Danmark (co-production)

Studio Wellspring

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Genre: Drama

Tagline: One shot is all it takes.

Plot: Dogme '95 cofounders Thomas Vinterberg (CELEBRATION) and Lars Von Trier (DANCER IN THE DARK, DOGVILLE) team up in DEAR WENDY, an unusual but entertaining drama set in an unnamed American small town. Jamie Bell, the award-winning actor who played the title role in BILLY ELLIOT, stars as Dick, a teenager loner whose father (Trevor Cooper) is disappointed that the boy has chosen not to work with him in the mines. Shortly following his father's death, Dick develops a fetish for a gun he bought in a toystore, and he soon forms a special club with fellow outcasts Freddie (Michael Angarano), Huey (Chris Owen), Susan (Alison Pill), and Stevie (Mark Webber). The teens meet regularly in an abandoned section of the mine, where they refer to their guns as their "partners," experiment with unique shooting styles, and live by their own code of bizarre rules--which include never firing aboveground at people. But when Sheriff Krugsby (Bill Pullman) asks Dick to help take care of troubled teen Sebastian (Danso Gordon), things don't go quite as planned, leading to an unforgettable ending. The quirky, compelling film, written by Von Trier and directed by Vinterberg, features cool costumes, expert pacing, and familiar songs by the 1960s group the

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 External Reviews
external linkArtistically, Dear Wendy excels too. Vinterberg shoots the movie with a documentary-style authenticity, the cast put in flawless performances and the soundtrack enhances the whole experience with 1960s cult band The Zombies playing throughout.

external linkTheatrical set design and otherworldly plot aside, Dear Wendy succeeds in being powerfully relevant. It speaks volumes of the culture of fear that arises around guns, around violence, and it does so without quite so obviously talking down to its audience. 4/5
--Joe Utichi

external linkDear Wendy will divide audiences and critics the same way that Von Trier’s directorial efforts have, but now more than ever, as the Zombies’ song harmoniously states, it’s the time of the season for loving. 4/5
--Erik Childress (

external linkThis is an engaging, beautifully filmed story that says things we badly need to hear. 4.5/5
--Rich Cline

external linkTo sum up, Dear Wendy is a disturbing film in many ways. Whilst it doesn’t always work but it’s worth checking out and is, at any rate, a damn sight better than Vinterberg’s previous American film, It’s All About Love. 3/5
--Matthew Turner (ViewLondon)

 Directed by
Thomas Vinterberg
The Celebration, It's All About Love, D-dag
 Written by
Lars von Trier
Unge år: Erik Nietzsche sagaen del 1, De, Marathon: Jens Okking, Marathon: Pia Kjærsgaard
Jamie Bell
King Kong, Jumper, Billy Elliot
Bill Pullman
Independence Day, The Grudge, Spaceballs
Chris Owen
The Mist, American Pie, American Pie 2
Michael Angarano
Almost Famous, The Forbidden Kingdom, Lords of Dogtown
Danso Gordon
Dirty Deeds, Letters to Dear Wendy
Novella Nelson
A Perfect Murder, Birth, Antwone Fisher
Alison Pill
Dan in Real Life, Pieces of April, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
 Music By
Benjamin Wallfisch
The Escapist

external linkThis satirical love letter to America's gun culture has a very high calibre. 8/10
--Anton Bitel (Movie Gazette)



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