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Cast (feature film)

Dark Blood (2012)
A drifter living in the desert waits for the end of the world. When a wealthy married couple arrives seeking shelter, the drifter becomes obsessed with the wife.
Letters from the Big Man (2011)
While surveying a post-fire stream in a remote part of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness of southwestern Oregon, artist and government hydrologist Sarah Smith comes across a Sasquatch man. They begin to interact, and as they form a friendship, she realizes that she will need to act to protect his privacy an
Some Guy Who Kills People (2011)
Green Hills, a quiet, small town, is plagued by a series of horrific murders that all seem to have been committed by one man with a thirst for revenge.
Maria My Love (2011)
Twenty-somthing Angeleno Ana struggles to cope with her mother's death and her father's mistakes. Searching for solid ground, she reconnects with her half-sister Grace and, inspired by a new boyfriend, sets out on a quest to find someone to help. Soon she gets entangled in an emotionally complex sit
Nothing Special (2010)
Louise is an insurance adjuster who dreams of a more glamorous life. Her boss, Catherine, has a problematic relationship with her own daughter and has become a second mother to Louise, whose real mother, May, is mentally ill and difficult. Louise plans to put some insurance money into a film product
Stuck! (2009)
Young Daisy is stuck working as a shopgirl by day and caring for her ailing mother by night. When a suicide g s wrong, Daisy ends up wrongly imprisoned as a result of her neighbor's testimony. In prison, a colorful cast of cellmates, including a dominating prison guard and a mysterious warden, keep
Irene in Time (2009)
A look at the complex relationships between fathers and daughters and the consequences - years later - on the grown women's relationships to the men in their lives.
Repo Chick (2009)
A Los Angeles heiress wannabe high profile celebrity is disinherited from her family and her wealth. She gets a job as a repo chick and she goes about boosting property from subprime borrowers. In an attempt to regain her family and fortune she goes on the ultimate repo mission to find a stolen trai
Stuck (2009)
No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos (2008)
Follows the lives of renowned cinematographers Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond, from escaping the 1956 Soviet invasion of Hungary to present day. As film students in Hungary, they shot footage of the Russian invasion of Budapest and subsequently volunteered to smuggle it out of the country. Barely
Blue Tooth Virgin, The (2008)
Two writers must face a dilemma that is common to anyone who has ever had an artistic friend: What happens when you have to give feedback, and the news isn't good? Sam, an aspiring screenwriter, and David, a successful magazine editor, have been pals for years. When David doesn't appreciate Sam's la
Watercolors (2008)
Tru is a high school sophomore who moves with her two moms to suburban Southern California. She befriends closeted football star Lodell and forms a gay-straight alliance after hearing anti-gay remarks at school. She then falls for one of the first members, Trevor, a straight ally being raised by his
Ghost Writer (2007)
A music teacher discovers that a "friend" he's been helping and had a crush on is taking advantage of him, and confronts him. It all goes wrong as the guy accidentally dies - the teacher steals his manuscript and publishes it as his own novel, becoming a best seller. In the end, the music teacher g
Hollywood Dreams (2006)
A young woman from a small town in Iowa, Margie Chizek, arrives in Los Angeles deeply scarred by certain events in her childhood and profoundly obsessed with a life-long dream of achieving fame and stardom. After a series of difficult and sometimes comic struggles--including a failed audition for th
Firecracker (2006)
A troubled young boy suffering at the hands of his abusive older brother seeks solace in the arms of a traveling burlesque circus singer.
America Brown (2005) as Marianne Brown
America Brown was born and raised in a West Texas town where football is treated more like a religion than a game. Raised by a single mother¿ America's primary male role model has been his older brother Daniel¿ who has drilled it into Ricky's head that it's his destiny to be a football star. But Ame
House of 1,000 Corpses (2003) as Mother Firefly
Captain Spaulding is Ruggsville's own PT Barnum. More demented sideshow carney than dazzling circus showman, Spaulding is the proprietor of the Museum of Monsters and Madmen, where weary travelers can fill their gas tanks with the only petrol for miles and their stomachs with his secret recipe of fr
Teknolust (2002) as Dirty Dick
Anxious to use artificial intelligence to improve the world, Rosetta Stone, a bio-geneticist, devises a recipe through which she can download her own DNA into a "live" brew she is growing in her computer. She succeeds in breeding three beings (Self Replicating Automatons - S.R.A.'s) that are part hu
Soulkeeper (2001) as Magnificent Martha
A pair of two-bit thieves, Corey Mahoney and Terrence Christian, are hired to gain possession of the legendary "Rock of Lazarus," a stone that is invested with the power to raise the dead. Their attempts to find the rock put them at odds with Simon Magus, who dreams of using the rock to create an ar
Gypsy 83 (2001) as Bambi Lebleau
Gypsy, 25, stunning, wraps herself in shawls and sequins just like her lifelong idol, rock goddess Stevie Nicks. There's a brilliant song inside Gypsy, but years of fear and anger choke her voice. Clive is a beautiful, skinny eighteen-year-old boy who powders his face and paints his lips death-black
Fallen Arches (2000) as Duke'S Mother
Duke Romano struggles to look after his younger brother Frankie but has difficulting protecting him when Frankie crosses local mafioso Nicky Kaplan.
Independent, The (2000) as Herself
Morty Fineman, a brilliant, egotistical film producer--with more than 400 films to his credit--has a big cash flow problem. With the help of his previously estranged daughter, Paloma, he brokers a deal with an imprisoned serial killer who's willing to sell the rights to his life story--but only if M
Red Dirt (2000) as Aunt Summer
Griffin and Emily, cousins -- and secret lovers -- on the verge of adulthood, find themselves suffocating in the repressive emotional atmosphere of their hometown, Pine Apple, Mississippi. Desperate to leave but unable to move, they hover over their own lives until a mysterious drifter stumbles into
Mascara (1999) as Aunt Eloise
The story of three very different women who rediscover the value of their friendship at a time when their lives are in turmoil. Panic sets in as they approach their thirtieth birthdays and nothing is going according to plan. Laura is a classic overachiever who is humiliated when her marriage goes
Decoupage 2000: Return of the Goddess (1999)
The adventures of platinum-coifed, ultra-fab hostess Summer Caprice as she pilots her way through life as a talk show host in a world of alien mutants, fembots, droids and the ominous, ever-present tube-entwined chief of the Decoupage 2000 corporation.
Malaika (1999) as Jessica Martin
Four children decide to adopt a pet elephant named Malaika and nurse her back to health after the frightened animal escapes the clutches of a cold-blooded big-game hunter. But hiding a beast of Malaika's size is no easy task and the quartet are soon on the run from the cunning gunman.
Bury the Evidence (1998)
A repair man is left alone in an apartment to do some menial chores like painting, dusting and polishing. However, getting the job finished to the satisfaction of his overly critical supervisor becomes more and more of a challenge as an unending stream of unexplicable ostacles and bizarre strangers
I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998) as Honey Child
An hommage to the so bad they're good epics of Ed Wood, Jr. The Thief is a transvestite who begins by escaping from a mental hospital. He finds money, but manages to lose it again at a funeral attended by a bunch of eccentrics. He devotes himself to tracking them down and murdering them one by one,
Conceiving Ada (1998) as Lady Byron; Mother Coer
An imagined biography of Lady Ada Lovelace, daughter of Romantic poet Lord Byron, and mathematics genius who developed what became the world's first computer language 100 years before computers. Ada's life story is told through a contemporary computer scientist named Emmy Coer who is obsessed with d
My Neighbor's Daughter (1998) as Social Worker
A 25th high school reunion and a new baby distance Dennis Cromwell from his wife Jill and bring him closer to his handyman's flirtatious, teenage daughter Angel.
Underground Comedy Movie, The (1998) as Mother
A satirical comedy which lampoons American cultural icons from Miss America to Dirty Harry in a series of sketches that are guaranteed to offend everyone.
Downtown Darlings (1998)
Interweaving performances and interviews, go-go boy filmmaker Daniel Falcone offers a look at New York City's downtown club scene and its underground luminaries. Centered around Squeeze Box, the documentary turns the spotlight on the club divas, drag queens, rock bands and go-go dancers who perform
Invisible Dad (1998)
While on a camping trip, a boy and his father discover an object which causes the father to become invisible. The dad is then able to prevent some malicious co-workers from destroying his company.
Who Is Henry Jaglom? (1997) as Herself
A look at the career--particularly the last decade--of mavrick filmmaker Henry Jaglom.
Who Is Henry Jaglom? (1997)
A look at the career--particularly the last decade--of mavrick filmmaker Henry Jaglom.
Dogtown (1997) as Rose Van Horn
A good-looking frustrated actor, Philip Van Horn, returns from L.A. to his stifling hometown of Cuba, Montana a Hollywood failure--yet everyone there thinks he's a star.
Dinosaur Valley Girls (1997) as Ro-Kell
A modern day movie star is transported back to prehistoric times, where cave girls and dinosaurs co-exist.
Stir (1997) as Psychiatrist
The location is Venice Beach at the low rent Waldorf Hotel where Joseph and Kelly vow undying love for one another. Six years later, Joseph is killed at the Waldorf after discovering the cure for a deadly disease. Kelly and six year old son Matt come back to confront their loss. Joseph's best friend
Modern Rhapsody (1997)
Story follows the struggles and triumphs of a choreographer, who, obsessed with finding his long dormant creative voice and forming a modern dance troupe, falls in love despite his commitment to celibacy and creative solitude.
Men (1997) as Alex
In search of love, a woman treats men like men treat women. Stella, having led a boring existence in Manhattan, flies to LA and luckily lands a job as a chef in a restauraunt owned by George Babbington. Although she and George connect, Stella continues to see other men intimately and maintains her
Cries of Silence (1996) as Rose Walsh
Set in the summer of '69, a tale which takes place on the fictional gulf island off the coast of Mississippi--in the wake of Hurricane Camille--about a doctor who returns to her community in the hopes of taking over the local clinic; but it, like almost everything else, is in ruins...
Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering (1996)
A young med student battles evil forces when she returns to her hometown.
Crimetime (1996) as Millicent
Set in the world of TV tabloid journalism, the film tells the story of an actor who portrays a serial killer on a crime re-enactment show, only to have the actual murderer thrill in the dramatic popularity of his crimes.
Plan 10 From Outer Space (1995) as Nehor
In 1853 Norman Talmage, a mad Mormom prophet, buried a strange plaque near the shore of the Great Salt Lake. A century later, Lucinda Hall finds the plaque and begins a quest to uncover its meaning. She discovers that aliens in beehive-shaped spaceships, led by Nehor, the operatic queen from Planet
Wacky Adventures of Dr. Boris and Nurse Shirley, The (1994) as Evelyn
The IRS investigates Dr. Boris for selling the bodies of beauty queens.
Roller Blade Seven, The (1993) as Tarot
In the near future the police protect only the rich, and the poor are left to defend themselves. Until a group called the Roller Blade Seven comes to the aid of those in need.
Bound and Gagged: A Love Story (1993) as Carla
Leslie is kidnapped by her desperate friend Elizabeth and her hopeless sidekick Cliff. Their search for a better life and the perfect mate leads them through the backwoods of Minnesota where they encounter eccentric locals and dangerous hoodlums.
Double O'Kid, The (1993)
While working as an intern at the CIA, a 16-year-old boy gets caught up in intrigue and espionage.
Trust, The (1993) as Maria Vandermeer
Set in 1930s with flashbacks to the turn of the century, a true story about the investigation into the mysterious death of William Marsh Rice--after whom Rice University in Houston, Texas is named--and the bequeathment of his will.
The Player (1992)
A rising producer tries to cover up the accidental killing of a screenwriter who was stalking him.
The Player (1992) as Herself
A rising producer tries to cover up the accidental killing of a screenwriter who was stalking him.
Auntie Lee's Meat Pies (1992) as Auntie Lee
A black comedy about cannibalism.
Test Positive (1991)
Story concerns a race against time by Dr. Stevens, who has just "tested positive."
Rubin & Ed (1991) as Rula
A real estate salesman, ordered to find recruits for a sales seminar, stumbles onto an eccentric young hermit.
Haunting Fear (1991)
An unfaithful husband and his mistress conspire to drive his innocent wife mad.
Children of the Night (1991) as Karen Thompson
A mother vampire and her daughter are held captive by a wicked priest. Their rescue lies in the hands of a teacher passing through the small town.
Evil Spirits (1991)
Inspired by the story of Dorothea Montalvo Puente, a landlady begins to kill her tenants for their social security checks.
Quiet Fire (1991) as Kim
A corrupt US Senate candidate is brought down.
Killers Edge, The (1991) as Barrett
A Los Angeles cop teams up with FBI agent to track down a counterfeiter.
Caged Fear (1991) as Blanche
An ex-con disguises himself as a warden to free his innocent girlfriend from prison after she takes the fall for a crime he's committed.
Hitz (1991)
Story of a court judge, frustrated by problems in the legal system.
Children, The (1990) as Sybil Lullmer
A middle-aged man's infatuation with a 15 year-old girl jeopardizes his social standing.
Overexposed (1990) as Mrs Towbridge
A soap opera star is pursued by a mysterious assailant.
Night Angel (1990) as Rita
A legendary she-demon, in the updated guise of a beautiful model, infiltrates the offices of a successful fashion magazine with the aim of corrupting the world via mass media.
Club Fed (1990) as Sally Rich
A murdered gangster's girlfriend is framed and sent to the new minimum security prison.
Twisted Justice (1990) as Mrs Granger
In the future, Los Angeles police officers are no longer allowed to carry guns, and instead use weapons called stingers. This regulation is rejected by a detective as he tracks down "The Bullseye Murderer," a psychotic rapist who is taking a drug that gives him superhuman strength and intelligence.
Mirror, Mirror (1990) as Mrs Gordon
A psychological thriller about an insecure girl who abuses the powers she derives from a mirror in her new home.
Zapped Again (1990)
When Kevin Matthews begins attending Emerson High School and is rejected by the popular Key Club, he joins the Science Club. In the club''s lab, Kevin finds some vials of liquid, which he drinks and instantly develops psychokinetic powers. His new powers enable him to embarrass the jocks in the Key Club and are making him popular at school, but the jocks want revenge.
Out of the Dark (1989) as Ruth
"Suite Nothings," a phone-sex operation, sees its initial success stalled by a series of brutal murders. Attractive female workers are being knocked off one by one, and while the killer leaves little for the police to go on, it seems that the killer is one of Suite Nothings' most unlikely clients.
Homer and Eddie (1989) as Belle
In order to see his dying father, Homer, a mentally retarded dishwasher in Arizona, hitchhikes up to Oregon. Along the way he is picked up by Eddie, a vagabond, and the two quickly bond. However, Eddie begins taking things to an extreme, taking Homer to a brothel, burglarizing a store, and committ
Invisible Kid, The (1988) as Mom
It's Alive III: Island of the Alive (1987) as Ellen Jarvis
All of the mutant babies have been placed on a single island to live or die. The man responsible for their creation mounts an expedition to find and liberate them.
Dixie Lanes (1987) as Zelma Laidlaw
Set in a small American town after World War II, a soldier returns home to find that his family and the town has been split apart and alienated by his absence.
Hostage (1987) as Laura Lawrence
Cut and Run (1986) as Karin
Flight of the Spruce Goose (1986) as Mother
Invaders From Mars (1986) as Linda
Blue Man, The (1985) as Janus
Savage Dawn (1985) as Rachel Wade
Martin's Day (1984) as Karen
Bad Manners (1984) as Gladys Fitzpatrick
Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982) as Joanne
A mystery woman reveals the secrets of fan club members in a small Texas town.
Chanel Solitaire (1981) as Emilienne D'Alencon
Separate Ways (1981) as Valentine Colby
A woman in an unhappy marriage to a race car driver begins an affair wtih an art student. She does not know that her husband is having a affair of his own.
Miss Right (1981) as Amy
In search of the "right" woman, an American reporter living in Rome ends all of his many romances.
Grass Is Singing, The (1981) as Mary Turner
Where the Ladies Go (1980) as Helen
A small-town bar, open only from nine in the morning to three in the afternoon, operated by Earl Holliman, is where the bored housewives and wandering husbands can go to find some adventure in their lives in Carol Sobieski's "Nashville" type comedy-drama.
Squeeze, The (1980) as Clarisse
Killer Fish (1979) as Kate Neville
The story has evil Franciscus hiding some diamonds in a lake full of man-eating piranhas. Other gang members go after the rocks but are gobbled in the expected gory fashion, which gets more disgusting with each new victim. The story is compounded by appropriate romantic interludes as some glamorous fashion models and a photo crew arrive at the luxury resort hotel where the criminals are staying. The already-skeletal Hemingway and Berenson appear to offer little nourishment for the ferocious fish.
Last Word, The (1979) as Paula Herbert
An inventor battles against local government in order to save his home from demolition.
Capricorn One (1978) as Judy Drinkwater
The government fakes a Mars landing then sets out to kill the astronauts involved.
Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver, The (1977) as Miriam Oliver
A housewife, seeking to change her ordinary routine, alters her hairstyle, makeup and wardrobe, and gradually takes on the personality of another woman -- who had died five years earlier.
Crime and Passion (1976) as Susan
Financier persuades his mistress to marry a rich industrialist for his money, then discovers that he and the new wife are to be murdered by her new husband.
Burnt Offerings (1976) as Marian
A family moves into a haunted house that seems to be stealing their lives.
Family Plot (1976) as Fran
A phony psychic takes on a pair of kidnappers.
Trilogy of Terror (1975) as Amelia; Julie Eldridge; Millicent Larimore; Therese Larimore
Three bizarre stories with Karen Black playing four tormented women. In "Millicent and Therese" she is both a plain-looking woman, almost a recluse, and her amoral sister whom she taunts by revealing to her current boyfriend her past escapades. In "Julie" she is a sexually repressed teacher who is b
Airport '75 (1975) as Chief Stewardess Nancy Pryor
After a mid-air collision, a jet''s stewardess has to take the pilot''s seat.
Nashville (1975) as Connie White
Country music stars get caught up in tangled affairs and an independent''s political campaign.
Day of the Locust, The (1975) as Faye Greener
Tod Hackett, a new arrival to Los Angeles and aspiring art director, is trying to make it in Hollywood in the late 1930's. He soon finds himself increasingly infatuated with his mysterious neighbor, Faye, a wanna-be starlet with possibly devious motives of her own. As Tod is drawn deeper into th
Law and Disorder (1974) as Gloria
Willie and Cy are two blue-collar New Yorkers who are fed up with the inability of the police force to stem the rising crime rate, so they join a vigilante group.
The Great Gatsby (1974) as Myrtle Wilson
A mysterious tycoon gets mixed up in a former love''''s tangled life.
The Outfit (1974) as Bett Jarrow
An ex-con takes on the mob to avenge his brother's death.
Pyx, The (1973) as Elizabeth Lucy
Portnoy's Complaint (1972) as The Monkey [Mary Jane Reid]
During a session with his psychoanalyst, Alexander Portnoy rants about everything that is bothering him and it''s a long list. His complaints include his childhood and his family with an emphasis on his mother, his sexual fantasies and the problems that he has with women, and his obsessive feelings about his Judaism.
Cisco Pike (1972) as Sue
A drug dealer wants to call it quits and while the days away with his girlfriend, but a tightly-wound crooked cop has other ideas in a neglected slice of L.A. fringe life.
Rhinoceros (1972) as Daisy
Originally an absurdist play by Eugene Ionesco, Rhinoceros tells the story of a French town plagued by rhinoceroses. These are not ordinary rhinoceroses, but people who have been victims of "rhinoceritis." Or is it something else entirely? But, why are they turning into rhinoceroses and what is Ionesco trying to tell us about society?
Born to Win (1971) as Parm
A Times Square junkie and hairdresser-to-be meets his dependable girlfriend while breaking into her car.
A Gunfight (1971) as Jenny
Two aging gunfighters sell tickets to their final shootout.
Drive, He Said (1971) as Olive Calvin
A basketball star has more on his mind than shooting hoops, shrugging off his severe coach''s pep talks, fooling around with his professor''s wife, and keeping his 1-A draft status roomie from freaking out.
Five Easy Pieces (1970) as Rayette Dipesto
A classical pianist who's dropped out of society returns to the family he deserted.
Easy Rider (1969) as Karen
A cross-country trip to sell drugs puts two hippie bikers on a collision course with small-town prejudices.
Hard Contract (1969) as Ellen
A hit-man, on assignment in Europe to do a job, meets and falls in love with a beautiful jet-setter in Spain.
You're a Big Boy Now (1966) as Amy
A young man moves to New York City and falls for a cold-hearted beauty.
The Prime Time (1960) as Betty

Writer (feature film)

Malaika (1999) as Additional Story By
Four children decide to adopt a pet elephant named Malaika and nurse her back to health after the frightened animal escapes the clutches of a cold-blooded big-game hunter. But hiding a beast of Malaika's size is no easy task and the quartet are soon on the run from the cunning gunman.
Felons (1999) as Screenwriter
A game of charades at a barbecue turns to murder.
Men (1997) as Screenwriter
In search of love, a woman treats men like men treat women. Stella, having led a boring existence in Manhattan, flies to LA and luckily lands a job as a chef in a restauraunt owned by George Babbington. Although she and George connect, Stella continues to see other men intimately and maintains her

Producer (feature film)

Felons (1999) as Producer
A game of charades at a barbecue turns to murder.

Music (feature film)

Can She Bake A Cherry Pie? (1983) as Song Performer ("The Food Song")
Nashville (1975)
Country music stars get caught up in tangled affairs and an independent''s political campaign.
Nashville (1975)
Country music stars get caught up in tangled affairs and an independent''s political campaign.
Pyx, The (1973) as Song Performer
Pyx, The (1973) as Song

Cast (special)

Alfred Hitchcock: The E! True Hollywood Story (1999) as Interviewee
Profile of director Alfred Hitchcock.
Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary Primetime Special (1999)
A live broadcast of the 25th anniversary of "Saturday Night Live," featuring clips and highlights from previous seasons as well as appearances by former regulars and former guest hosts.
Canned Ham: Bowfinger (1999) as Interviewee
Phil and Serge Zoen, renegade filmmakers "The Zoen Brothers," search for the real Bowfinger of Universal Pictures feature film "Bowfinger."
Hunger: An MTV Sneak Preview, The (1997) as Interviewee
Special introducing the Showtime series "The Hunger," through episode clips and interviews with the creators, directors and actors.
Ralph S. Mouse (1991) as Miss Kuchenbacker
A two-part special about Ralph the Mouse who attends school with his ten-year-old friend Ryan. Once in the classroom, Ralph must not only pass an intelligence test, but also avoid some menacing mousetraps.
14th Annual Circus of the Stars, The (1989)
A variety special in which celebrities from television, motion pictures and the theater -- none with prior professional circus experience -- perform circus feats.
Little Mermaid, The (1987) as Sea Witch
An adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale about a beautiful mermaid's impossible love for a handsome, but very human, sailor. A presentation of "Faerie Tale Theatre."
Circus of the Stars (1977) as Performer
An irregular series of specials in which show business personalities perform circus acts.
Shameful Secrets of Hastings Corners, The (1970) as Jenny Honker; Corey'S Wife
A spoof of television soap operas as seen through the activities of the Honker and Fandango families, residents of the quiet university hamlet of Hastings Corners.

Cast (special)

Power (1980) as Rose Vanda
Loosely based on the life of Jimmy Hoffa, this four-hour movie traces the rise of Tommy Vanda (played by Joe Don Baker) from Chicago dock worker to influential labor leader who, like Hoffa, eventually finds himself behind bars in a federal prison and later, not long after his parole, and again like

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