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I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998)

A cross-dressing mental patient escapes from an asylum and robs a bank. The money is soon stolen from him, and he embarks on a killing spree in an attempt to retrieve it.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Zane ... The Thief
Tippi Hedren ... Maylinda Austed
Ron Perlman ... Cemetery Caretaker
Michael Greene ... Tom Harris
Christina Ricci ... Teenage Hooker
Roberta Hanley Roberta Hanley ... Housewife
Andrew McCarthy ... Cemetery Cop
Ann Magnuson ... Loan Secretary
Robert Musselman Robert Musselman ... Eartha Kitt's Escort
Marvin Lorence Marvin Lorence ... Eartha Kitt's Piano Player (as Marvin Lorence)
Bud Cort ... Shopkeeper (as Lord Hienrich 'Binky' Alcoa III)
Taylor Negron ... Loan Office Cop
Megan Odebash Megan Odebash ... Wardrobe Mistress (as Megan Odabash)
Carel Struycken ... Undertaker
Max Perlich ... Assistant Undertaker
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A cross-dressing mental patient escapes from an asylum and robs a bank. The money is soon stolen from him, and he embarks on a killing spree in an attempt to retrieve it.

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Can your hearts stand the shocking truth about a new movie based on an Ed Wood script? See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

10 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Awoke Early the Day I Died See more »

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Production Co:

Muse Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Nature Boy
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An interesting failure
27 March 2001 | by RicciBoiSee all my reviews

Criticizing this film needn't go much beyond its premise - not that of the script, but the idea of producing a 'lost' Ed Wood script. Said script is a dialogue-free(!), surprisingly dark comedy about an asylum escapee, and in true Wood style it's a consummate triumph of imagination over any kind of narrative purpose or skill. Bright spots are Billy Zane's astonishing grasp of physical comedy, and some clever use of soundtrack, framing, jumpcuts and flashbacks. Still, it's unevenly paced and overlong, and neither slapstick nor camp-value can sustain it. The amazing supporting talent is unforgivably wasted. All up, a bold and fun experiment, but pointless.


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