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Who Am I This Time? 

From a short story by Kurt Vonnegut. Christopher Walken is a shy hardware store employee. But whenever he takes a part in a local amateur theater production, he becomes the part completely-... See full summary »

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Helene Shaw
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Harry Nash
Robert Ridgely ...
George Johnson
Dorothy Patterson ...
Doris
Caitlin Hart ...
Les Podewell ...
Les
Aaron Freeman ...
Andrew
Jerry Vile ...
Albert
Paula Frances ...
Minnie
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Ron Parady ...
Debbi Hopkins ...
Christie
Maria Todd ...
Heather
Sandy McLeod ...
Flirt #1
Edie Vonnegut ...
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From a short story by Kurt Vonnegut. Christopher Walken is a shy hardware store employee. But whenever he takes a part in a local amateur theater production, he becomes the part completely--while on stage. Susan Sarandon is new in town, a lonely itinerant telephone company employee. On a whim, she auditions for and gets the part of Stella to Walken's Stanley when the theater group does A Streetcar Named Desire. Before anyone realizes the growing affection between Helene and Stanley, she falls deeply in love with the sexy brute, not knowing what the real man is like. Written by Reid Gagle (with corrections by Fiona!)

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2 February 1982 (USA)  »

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In Vonnegut's short story, the character George Johnson is the first-person narrator. He meets Helene while trying to sort out a phone bill and asks her to try out for the local play. See more »

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[Harry is proposing to Helene, and they quote - or paraphrase - "The Importance of Being Earnest."]
Harry Nash: I've never loved anyone in the world but you.
Helene Shaw: I hope that after we marry, you'll always look at me just like this...
[They kiss passionately. Then Helene realizes that they have drawn a crowd: George, Doris, and their other friends. She laughs in embarrassment]
Helene Shaw: ...especially in front of other people!
[the others gather around, clapping and laughing]
Helene Shaw: How are you all?
George Johnson: Obviously, not as ...
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a film that explodes with happiness and love
10 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kurt Vonnegut is my favorite author, Jonathan Demme is an excellent director, and both Christopher Walken and Susan Sarandon are amazing performers-put them all in a blender and you have the smile inducing comedy "Who Am I This Time?"

As someone who read the original Vonnegut story beforehand, I can confirm that this brief adaptation is even better than its source material. The characters feel more three dimensional, there's much more humor, and Demme's directing style is highly subtle and appealing. This film is so enjoyable to watch because of its charming story and characters. It's funny, heartwarming, and simply delightful!


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