A Cool, Dry Place

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A Cool, Dry Place
A Cool Dry, Place Poster
Directed by John N. Smith
Produced by Katie Jacobs
Gail Mutrux
Written by Matthew McDuffe
Based on a novel by Michael Grant Jaffe
Starring Vince Vaughn
Monica Potter
Joey Lauren Adams
Bobby Moat
Music by Curt Sobel
Cinematography Jean Lépine
Edited by Susan Shipton
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
November 6, 1998
Running time
97 minutes
Country US
Language English
Box office $4,390

A Cool, Dry Place[1] is a 1998 drama movie adapted by Matthew McDuffie from the 1996 novel Dance Real Slow by Michael Grant Jaffe. It was directed by John N. Smith. The movie stars Vince Vaughn, Monica Potter, Joey Lauren Adams and Bobby Moat.


A single father balances his work as an attorney with the care of his five-year-old son and his work as a high school basketball coach in rural Kansas, where he moved after his wife abandoned him in Chicago. Just as he starts to develop a new relationship with a veterinarian's assistant, his wife suddenly reappears and wants to re-assert herself in her husband and son's life. On top of the romantic conflict, he is also suddenly presented with the opportunity of a lifetime to join a major firm in Dallas. In the end, the wife runs off with the boy to Cincinnati, the father turns down the job, and the wife gives the boy back to him.



A large part of the film was not shot in Kansas, but rather in the town of Lindsay, Ontario (now part of the city of Kawartha Lakes) as well as the town of Brooklin.


  1. ^ Deming, Mark (2010). "A Cool Dry Place (1998)". Retrieved 2012-01-07. 

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