A Very Serious Person

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A Very Serious Person
A Very Serious Person VideoCover.jpg
Directed by Charles Busch
Produced by Daryl Roth
Richard Guay
Written by Charles Busch
Carl Andress
Starring Polly Bergen
Charles Busch
Dana Ivey
Julie Halston
Carl Andress
P.J. Verhoest
Music by Andrew Sherman
Cinematography Joseph Parlagreco
Edited by Frank Reynolds
Distributed by Wolfe Video
Release date
  • April 28, 2006 (2006-04-28)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Language English

A Very Serious Person is a 2006 drama film directed by Charles Busch.


Jan (Charles Busch), an itinerant male nurse from Denmark, takes a new job with Mrs. A (Polly Bergen), a terminally ill Manhattan woman raising her parentless thirteen-year-old grandson, Gil (PJ Verhoest). Spending the summer by the shore, the emotionally reserved Jan finds himself oddly cast as a mentor to Gil in having to prepare the sensitive boy for life with his cousins in Florida after his grandmother’s death. A deep friendship grows between these two solitary people. By the end of the summer, Gil has developed a new maturity and independence, while the enigmatic Jan has revealed his own vulnerability.[1]


Actor Role
Polly Bergen Mrs. A
Charles Busch Jan
Dana Ivey Betty
Julie Halston Glenda
Carl Andress Lee
P.J. Verhoest Gil
J. Smith-Cameron Carol
Mick Hazen Dave
Eric Nelsen Dan
Frank Senger Handyman
Carmen Pelaez Nurse Terry
Becky London Mrs. Kupchunas
Marvin Einhorn Mr. Horowitz
Jonathan Ospa Travis
Ben Roberts Waiter
Heather Schacht Little Girl
Simon Fortin Gilles
Judith Hawking Maude
Alexa Eisenstein Crystal
Kevin Scullin Paramedic
John McNamara Paramedic
Bunny Levine Mrs. Nadel
Michael McCormick Photo Vendor
Mark Richard Keith Larry
Arnie Kolodner Randy
William Charles Mitchell Harvey


  1. ^ Web Site Unavailable Archived February 24, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.

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