- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 48 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 2, 2005
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Arts Alliance Amer
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Additional Release Material:
- Production Interviews: Christopher Munch - Director, Jaqueline Bisset - Star
- Interactive Features:
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Access
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Stills/Photos: Snapshot Diaries from the Sundance Film Festival
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Jacqueline Bisset gives a glorious performance in Christopher Münch's third film, THE SLEEPY TIME GAL. She stars as Frances, a twice-divorced former radio deejay trying to pass on her knowledge, including her fascination with Revolutionary War-era New York, to her 20-year-old son, Morgan (Nick Stahl), but he's too concerned with photography and being Goth to listen to her; he'd much rather take a picture of strangers in the street than of a historical landmark. But when Frances contracts cancer, she starts looking back on her life, trying to reconnect with her sons (her other boy lives overseas) while also visiting a past love (Seymour Cassel) with whom she had a child they gave up for adoption many years before. At the same time, Rebecca (Martha Plimpton), a successful lawyer working on a corporate takeover of a small Florida radio station, goes on a search to find out more about her birth mother while growing very close with the station's program director (Frankie R. Faison), who used to work with the Sleepy Time Gal.
Writing and directing (and producing and editing) his first color feature, Münch once again displays his firm grasp of cinematic language and his keen ability to write offbeat, poignant dialogue. He garners wonderful performances from his talented cast as the story moves from New York City to San Francisco, from Pennsylvania Dutch country to Daytona Beach. And at the center of it all is the stunningly beautiful Bisset, who is unforgettable in a difficult, tragic role unlike anything she's played before.
Christopher Münch, the festival favorite who wrote and directed THE HOURS AND TIMES and COLOR OF A BRISK AND LEAPING DAY, returns with this drama about a former radio deejay who is trying to reconnect with her family before she dies.
- Theatrical release: May 29, 2002 (NY)