Sordid Lives

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Sordid Lives
Directed by Del Shores
Written by Del Shores
Starring Bonnie Bedelia
Delta Burke
Leslie Jordan
Beau Bridges
Olivia Newton-John
Music by George S. Clinton
Distributed by Regent Releasing
Release date(s)
  • May 25, 2000 (2000-05-25)
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,010,000

Sordid Lives is a 2000 independent film, written and directed by Del Shores. The movie is based on Shores' play of the same name and includes elements of his life, according to the director's DVD commentary. The film was followed by the 2008 television series Sordid Lives: The Series.

The original stage play premiered in Los Angeles on May 11, 1996 and ultimately won 14 Drama-Logue Awards.[1] The film met with mixed reviews from mainstream audiences but became a cult classic with LGBT fans, particularly in the South. The movie tells the story of a Texas family coming together in the aftermath of the matriarch's death. To keep the stories going, Viacom's new station Logo produced twelve episodes of Sordid Lives: The Series. The television version begins at a point before that covered in the film, with Rue McClanahan as the mother, Peggy Ingram. Much of the film cast returned, including Leslie Jordan and Olivia Newton-John. Delta Burke was replaced with Caroline Rhea, while the part of Ty Williamson, formerly played by Kirk Geiger, is now portrayed by director Del Shores' ex-husband Jason Dottley.[2] Dottley has been on the national tour of the stage production of Sordid Lives since September 2007.

The television series began airing in July 2008.[3] It ended after one season.

Synopsis[edit]

A colorful family from a small Texas town must come to grips with the accidental death of the elderly family matriarch during a clandestine meeting in a seedy motel room with her much younger, married neighbor. The woman's family must deal with their own demons while preparing for what could be an embarrassing funeral.

Cast and characters[edit]

Actor Character Notes
Newton-John, OliviaOlivia Newton-John Harling, Bitsy MaeBitsy Mae Harling A local singer with "a reputation" who is a close friend of Peggy's.
Geiger, KirkKirk GeigerFilm
Jason DottleySeries
Williamson, TyTy Williamson The son of Latrelle, Ty is a closeted 20-something gay man who left behind the small Southern Baptist town in Texas and moved to West Hollywood to become an actor.
Hunley, SarahSarah Hunley Bartlett, JuanitaJuanita Bartlett Wardell's short-term memory friend and regular patron (a/k/a 'the town drunk') of Bubba's Bar.
Alexander, NewellNewell Alexander Owens, Wardell 'Bubba'Wardell 'Bubba' Owens G.W.'s friend and the object of Brother Boy's affection.
Bridges, BeauBeau BridgesFilm
David SteenSeries
Nethercott, G.W.G.W. Nethercott Noleta's unfaithful husband, who feels responsible for Peggy's death.
Bullock, Earl H.Earl H. BullockFilm
David CowgillSeries
Owens, OdellOdell Owens Bubba's brother who is scarred for life by a pig-bloating incident.
Grant, BethBeth Grant Hickey, SissySissy Hickey Peggy's much younger sister, and aunt to Brother Boy, LaVonda and Litrelle. Sissy just wants to stop smoking.
Burke, DeltaDelta BurkeFilm
Caroline RheaSeries
Nethercott, NoletaNoleta Nethercott Sissy's next-door neighbor, the distraught wife of G.W. Nethercott and best friend to LaVonda.
Jordan, LeslieLeslie Jordan Ingram, Earl 'Brother Boy'Earl 'Brother Boy' Ingram A fan of the women of country music, Brother Boy has been institutionalized for 23 years by his parents for being a cross-dressing homosexual.
Carter, MitchMitch Carter Bumper The security guard at the mental institution that taunts Brother Boy.
Bedelia, BonnieBonnie Bedelia Williamson, LatrelleLatrelle Williamson Ty's mother, who is primarily concerned with keeping up appearances. Latrelle wants to persuade her sister LaVonda and Aunt Sissy not to bury her mother, Peggy in a mink stole in Texas during the summer. She is Peggy's elder daughter.
Alexis, SharronSharron Alexis Kaufman, SaraSara Kaufman Ty's deranged ex-girlfriend who is obsessed that they are meant to be together.
Walker, AnnAnn Walker DuPree, LaVondaLaVonda DuPree Peggy's younger daughter, a free spirit who is also Noleta's best friend.
Lewis, Mary-MargaretMary-Margaret Lewis Ethel Brother Boy's confidant and best friend at the mental institution.
Alexander, RosemaryRosemary Alexander Bolinger, Dr. EveDr. Eve Bolinger "Doctor Evil" wants to de-homosexualize Brother Boy so she can write a book, appear on the Oprah television show and quit her psychiatrist job at the mental institution.
LeRoy, GloriaGloria LeRoyFilm
Rue McClanahanSeries
Ingram, PeggyPeggy Ingram The recently deceased sister of Sissy Hickey and mother of Latrelle, LaVonda and Earl "Brother Boy".

Soundtrack[edit]

  1. Sordid Lives - Olivia Newton-John
  2. Opening - George S. Clinton
  3. Trash Talk - Delta Burke & Beth Grant
  4. Better A Painful Ending, Than An Endless Pain - Bobbie Eakes with the Doo Wah Riders
  5. Blue Country - George S. Clinton
  6. Tallywhacker Talk - Kirk Geiger, Bonnie Bedelia, Beth Grant
  7. Truth Talk - Bonnie Bedelia, Ann Walker, Beth Grant
  8. Will The Circle Be Unbroken - Olivia Newton-John
  9. Ty's Theme - George S. Clinton
  10. Someone To Grow Young With - Kacey Jones
  11. No Fault Love - Kacey Jones
  12. S**t Talk - Beau Bridges, Earl H. Bullock
  13. Get Off The Cross, We Need The Wood - J. Scott Jones with the Doo Wah Riders
  14. Cheatin' - Newell Alexander
  15. Break Out Talk - Newell Alexander, Leslie Jordan, Rosemary Alexander, Mitch Carter, Mary Margaret Lewis
  16. Please Don't Be Gay - Sharron Alexis
  17. Mother Son Talk - Kirk Geiger, Bonnie Bedelia
  18. Coming Home - Olivia Newton-John
  19. In Daddy's Eyes - George S. Clinton
  20. Tex Mex - George S. Clinton
  21. Funeral Talk - Olivia Newton-John
  22. Just As I Am - Olivia Newton-John
  23. Transvestite Talk - Ann Walker, Beth Grant, Bonnie Bedelia, Kirk Geiger, Beau Bridges, Leslie Jordan, Olivia Newton-John
  24. Just As I Am (conclusion) - Olivia Newton-John
  25. Mama Talk - Leslie Jordan
  26. Sordid Lives (reprise) - Olivia Newton-John
  27. Trust Yourself - Olivia Newton-John

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