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Late Bloomers (1996)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | January 1996 (USA)
High School basketball coach, Dinah Groshardt, falls for the school secretary, Carly Lumpkin, and upsets the entire school in the process.

Director:

Julia Dyer

Writer:

Gretchen Dyer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Connie Nelson Connie Nelson ... Dinah Groshardt
Dee Hennigan Dee Hennigan ... Carly Lumpkin
Gary Mitchell Carter Gary Mitchell Carter ... Ron Lumpkin (as Gary Carter)
Jonah Lisa Dyer Jonah Lisa Dyer ... Val Lumpkin (as Lisa Peterson)
Esteban Powell ... Jamie Hooper
Joe Nemmers ... Rick Musso
Rene Moreno Rene Moreno ... Albert Echeverria
T.A. Taylor T.A. Taylor ... Bill Boardway
Molly Norton Molly Norton ... The Temp
Graham Skipper ... Avery Lumpkin
Tabitha Woods Tabitha Woods ... Miss Paul
Ivan Klousia Ivan Klousia ... Henry Vadeboncoeur
Lisa Lee Schmidt Lisa Lee Schmidt ... Salome Gumm
Katherine Owens Katherine Owens ... Cloris Luna-Dorflinger
Julie Mayfield Julie Mayfield ... Sheila Boardway
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Storyline

The story of two ordinary women in their mid years, who live deep in the bible belt, populated by square teachers, libidinous students and home to suburban monotony. Carly is a married woman with two kids, who works as the school secretary; Dinah is the single, lonely math teacher who coaches the girls' basketball team. Long time disinterest between the women perchance evolves in to a series of one-on-one basketball games, during which the two women grow closer physically and emotionally, until one heated game ends spontaneously in a kiss. The outcry from family, friends and the community as the relationship between these two women blooms, creates a timely story in which is woven the notion of family, of gay relationships and which raises the banner of gay marriage. Written by Strand Releasing <strand@strandreleasing.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Late Bloomers ...lieber spät als nie See more »

Filming Locations:

Arlington, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,749, 29 June 1997

Gross USA:

$34,891
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Company Credits

Production Co:

One Mind Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Lorne Allen: I don't like homosexuals any more than the next man, but - God damn it! - we've got a winning basketball team. Can't we wait and fire them after the season?
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Soundtracks

Riding Heaven's Wave
Written by Suzanne Ciani
Performed by Suzanne Ciani
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I Love This Movie
12 March 2009 | by maclaschSee all my reviews

Decently-written and sweetly acted, this is a realistic story of two ordinary women (I thought both of them were beautiful!) who fall in love. Carly Lumpkin, pleasingly plump and ignored by her husband is the high school secretary at Eleanor Roosevelt high school. Dinah Groshardt doubles as the high school's geometry teacher and basketball coach; she keeps turtles, lives alone, and claims to have never been in love. Their love affair eventually causes a stir at the school. There are many funny moments, along with a proper dose of drama.

I'm 22 years old, but I would much rather watch this than the current fare which usually centers around teenage or adolescent-acting young people. I'll watch it, but it won't touch my heart nearly as much as Late Bloomers. This story is about real love and shows even people your parent's age can be passionate and affectionate. Especially enjoyed the Lulu song "Oh me, Oh my" in this movie.

My only real complaint is the way they portrayed teenage Val (she really annoyed me), but then this story does not focus on her completely, so it's easy to ignore. What this movie lacks in perfect writing, it makes up for in heart and a compelling story (and good acting, at least by the two leads). One of my favorite movies.


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