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Director  Andrei Konchalovsky
Music director  Tangerine Dream
Language  English
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Country  United States
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Writer  Andrei Konchalovsky, Gerard Brach, Marjorie David
Release date  1987 (1987)
Screenplay  Andrei Konchalovsky, Gerard Brach, Marjorie David
Cast  Jill Clayburgh (Diana), Barbara Hershey (Ruth), Martha Plimpton (Grace), Merritt Butrick (Mike), John Philbin (Tommy), Don Swayze (Mark)
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Shy People is a 1987 American drama about two branches of a family that reunite with tragic results, starring Barbara Hershey, Jill Clayburgh, and Martha Plimpton. It was directed by Andrei Konchalovsky, written by Konchalovsky, Marjorie David and Gerard Brach, and features music by the German electronic music group Tangerine Dream.


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Hershey won the Best Actress award at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival for her performance. It was one of the last movie roles for actor Merritt Butrick, who died from AIDS in 1989. It was filmed by the bayous of South Louisiana. The film was later released on VHS on September 1, 1998, however, as of October 2014, it has not been released on DVD.

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Plot summary

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Diana Sullivan (Jill Clayburgh) is a successful Manhattan writer and photojournalist, seemingly oblivious to the serious cocaine addiction that her wild child daughter Grace (Martha Plimpton) has developed. A commission by Cosmopolitan magazine to write an article about a lost branch of Diana's family leads them deep into the bayous of Louisiana, where they encounter Diana's distant cousin, Ruth (Barbara Hershey). Married at 12 to an abusive man whose current whereabouts are an increasingly troubling cipher, Ruth rules over her three adult sons, all less than perfectly cogent, with equal parts protectiveness and ferocity, while a fourth, disowned son adds to the volatility of the situation. As the fascinated Diana and wary Ruth circle one another, Grace, bored and in grip of her addiction, toys with her naive cousins with devastating consequences.


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  • Jill Clayburgh .... Diana Sullivan
  • Barbara Hershey .... Ruth
  • Martha Plimpton .... Grace Sullivan
  • Merritt Butrick .... Mike
  • John Philbin .... Tommy
  • Don Swayze .... Mark
  • Pruitt Taylor Vince .... Paul
  • Mare Winningham .... Candy
  • Soundtrack

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    Shy People is the eleventh soundtrack album in 1988 by Tangerine Dream and their thirty-fourth overall. It is the soundtrack to the 1988 movie of the same name.

    Track listing

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    All tracks written by Edgar Froese, Chris Franke and Paul Haslinger.


  • Edgar Froese
  • Christopher Franke
  • Paul Haslinger
  • Jacquie Virgil — vocals on "Shy People" and "Dancing On A White Moon"
  • Diamond Ross — vocals on "The Harbor"
  • The movie's actual sound track uses a different version of "Shy People", sung by Michael Bishop.


    Shy People was shot by two-time Academy Award-winner Chris Menges, who also worked on A World Apart, a film for which Barbara Hershey was recognized at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival.

    Awards and nominations

  • Winner: 1987 Cannes Film Festival - Best Actress - Barbara Hershey
  • Nominee: 1987 Cannes Film Festival - Golden Palm
  • Nominee: 1988 Independent Spirit Awards - Best Supporting Actress - Martha Plimpton
  • References

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