The Low Life (Director's Cut Special Edition) R

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 36 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: March 25, 2008
  • Originally Released: 1995
  • Label: Vanguard Cinema
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Director's Cut
  • Special Edition
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital - English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , &
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Directed by
Edited by &
Screenwriting by &
Composition by
Story by
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Director of Photography:

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"What kind of person would you be if you spent $857 at Basket World'"
"It makes me want to go on a killing spree."
  - Chad (RON LIVINGSTON), about the dead-end nature of his life.
"I'm broke. I'm frustrated. I don't have any health insurance."

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 9


User Ratings: 198
The movie belongs to Astin, who brings to the role of Andrew the same intense burning-eyed sincerity with which he imbued the title role of a football-obsessed Notre Dame student in Rudy. Full Review
New York Times
Apr 9, 2002
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Hickenlooper shows these lonely, mediocre people for what they are but without ever condescending to them or nudging us to feel superior to them. Full Review
Sacramento Bee
Apr 9, 2002
Rating: C+ -- Sean Astin's superbly moving performance nearly saves this flick. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Feb 10, 2004
Rating: 2.5/5 -- Cochrane, Sedgwick and the always-cast- for-dopey LeGros are fine, but it's Astin that again shines, and it's primarily his performance that makes The Low Life an engaging sit.
Boxoffice Magazine
Jun 5, 2002
...Wryly humorous as well as compassionate....Hickenlooper evokes eternal truths about human emotions and responsibilities...
Los Angeles Times
Jul 11, 1996
Rating: 2/5 -- Preternaturally sleazy but strangely watchable.
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Aug 3, 2002
A modest but deeply felt film with a solid ensemble cast. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
Apr 9, 2002

Product Description:

A bitter college graduate dreams of becoming a Hollywood script writer, while he struggles with poverty, menial temp jobs, an obsequious roommate and awkward romantic relationships. Acerbic comedy in the "Gen-X" style.

Description by Vanguard Cinema:

Voted One of the Top Ten Films of the Year! -Ft Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
"Daring, Beautiful" - Premiere Magazine
"Deeply Felt, Comical, Always Affecting!" -LA Times
"Extraordinary, Timeless!" -The Saint Louis Riverfront Times
Hailed by critics as one of the most underrated and moving Generation X films to come out of the American independent cinema, The Low Life has finally reached cult status after its initial theatrical release in 1996. "A ‘Day of the Locust' for the Gen-X Set!" wrote Steven Holden of The New York Times when he praised director George Hickenlooper (Factory Girl, Mayor of the Sunset Strip) for his funny and timeless semi-autobiographical portrayal of young, over educated twenty-somethings struggling to make ends meet on the fringes of Hollywood.
Through brilliant, hilarious dialogue, extraordinary performances and sensitive direction, The Low Life creates a dark, satiric world of languid discomfort, survival, and the ultimate impossibility of trying to be an artist without facing one's passions. As the film takes an unexpected, emotional turn at the end, the director proves that there is a right way to survive in a cynical world. With colorful, award-winning performances by a powerful ensemble cast that includes Rory Cochrane (Dazed and Confused), Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), Sean Astin (Lord of The Rings), Ron Livingston (Office Space), James LeGros (Zodiac), J.T. Walsh (A Few Good Men), Tony Award-winning Jefferson Mays (I Am My Own Wife), Shawnee Smith (Leaving Las Vegas), Angel Aviles (Mi Vida Loca), Antoni Corrone (We Own The Night), Sara Melson (The Big Brass Ring) in addition to Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones' Diary) in one of her first cinematic appearances. In this new director's cut, The Low Life finds an even broader audience as it delivers a fresh punch to the gut of nameless, faceless, decadent Los Angeles.

Plot Synopsis:

This black comedy explores the dreary lives of a group of frustrated college graduates in Los Angeles.
After finishing his studies at Yale, John travels to Hollywood with dreams of finding success as an author. However, things don't quite work out. Along with his buddies from college, John spends much of his time goofing around. With his writing going nowhere, he takes a temporary job working for a credit card company, and then for a slum lord.
Into John's life steps Andrew, a nerd who becomes his new roommate. Friendly to an extreme, Andrew quickly is made the target of abuse by John and his friends, who can't bear the newcomer's niceness.
Meanwhile, John also repulses the advances of a pretty Southern floozy who keeps coming on to him.
Will John and his slacker buddies manage to find a direction for their aimless lives'


Production Notes:

  • Produced in association with Autumn Pictures.
  • Color by Foto-Kem.
  • Premiered at the 1995 Boston Film Festival.
  • Voted One of the Top Ten Films of the Year by the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.
  • Shown at the L.A. Independent Film Festival March 29, 1995.
  • Released theatrically in Boston May 31, 1996.
  • Additional cast: Brent J. Williams (Uncle Darr)
  • Includes the song "Only the Young," by Journey.
  • Copyright 1995 Low Life Productions, Ltd.
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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 75,121
  • UPC: 658769811230
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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