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Thank You, Good Night (2001)

89 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

It's April 1994. The Handy Kaufmans are New Jersey's foremost underachieving rock band. Kurt Cobain has just committed suicide, and this band full of slackers is about to embark on one final tour. They've been at it for four years. Either ...See moreIt's April 1994. The Handy Kaufmans are New Jersey's foremost underachieving rock band. Kurt Cobain has just committed suicide, and this band full of slackers is about to embark on one final tour. They've been at it for four years. Either they make it big this time they grab the brass ring of a record contract or they resign themselves to a life of nine-to-five mediocrity. Lee, the band leader and drummer, is a control freak who also never finishes what he starts. Mike, the chief songwriter, tries to emulate the tortured-artist lifestyle of the rock-and-roll icons he idolizes, like Cobain. Donnie, lead singer and compulsive womanizer, and Big Frank, the incompetent but golden-hearted manager, round out the band personnel. (Their bassist, Jim, electrocutes himself in a drunken pissing contest.) The Kaufmans are joined by last-minute replacement Trixie, a wild rock-and-roll beauty and bassist who sparks up Lee's dormant romantic instincts. What will this tour across the Midwest and New York State hold for the band? Will they be able to overcome their own worst enemies themselves in their quest to make it to the final gig? It is there, at a huge state fair, that Lee expects a powerful record company executive to see their performance. He will sign them, Lee vows, and catapult them to their dream of stardom. Written by Inman Young See less
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Director
D. Charles Griffith (as Chuck Griffith)
Writers
Chris Provenzano (screenplay) | Robert Zimmer Jr. (screenplay) | D. Charles Griffith (screenplay) (as Chuck Griffith)
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D. Charles Griffith (version: recut) (as Chuck Griffith) | Gloria Vela
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$ 1,200,000
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2001 (United States)
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John Paul Pitoc
Donnie (as J.P. Pitoc) Donnie (as J.P. Pitoc)   See fewer
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Jay Leggett
Big Frank Big Frank   See fewer
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Matthew Bordofsky
Record Shop Clerk (as Matt Bordofsky) Record Shop Clerk (as Matt Bordofsky)   See fewer
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Brien Blakely
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Roger Callard
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Mark Hamill
Karl, Lee's Father Karl, Lee's Father   See fewer
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Edward Singletary
Elliott (as Eddie Singletary) Elliott (as Eddie Singletary)   See fewer
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Lara Wickes
Trixie (as Lara Boyd Rhodes) Trixie (as Lara Boyd Rhodes)   See fewer
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Gedde Watanabe
Cafe Owner Cafe Owner   See fewer
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Sam Scarber
Shitty Hotel Clerk Shitty Hotel Clerk   See fewer
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Nicole Eggert
Janine Janine   See fewer
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Dee Freeman
Club Owner Club Owner   See fewer
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Gay Renee
Sue (as Gail Oakhem) Sue (as Gail Oakhem)   See fewer
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Kenneth J. Scherr
Elderly Man #2 Elderly Man #2   See fewer
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Billy Davis Jr.
Music Store Clerk Music Store Clerk   See fewer
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Terri Garber
Sultry Older Woman Sultry Older Woman   See fewer
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Geoff Stults
Frat Boy Frat Boy   See fewer
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Vicki Kleist
Anne Marie Anne Marie   See fewer
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Danny Wood
Sound Guy Sound Guy   See fewer
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Erik Passoja
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Robert Munns
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6.8 / 10 | 83 votes