Shy People

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Shy People
Shy people.jpg
Directed byAndrei Konchalovsky
Produced byYoram Globus
Menahem Golan
Written byAndrei Konchalovsky
Gerard Brach
Marjorie David
StarringBarbara Hershey
Jill Clayburgh
Martha Plimpton
Music byTangerine Dream
CinematographyChris Menges
Edited byAlain Jakubowicz
Distributed byGolan-Globus
Release date
  • 1987 (1987)
Running time
118 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$769,119[1]

Shy People is a 1987 American drama about two branches of a family that reunite with tragic results, starring Barbara Hershey, Jill Clayburgh, and Martha Plimpton. It was directed by Andrei Konchalovsky, written by Konchalovsky, Marjorie David and Gerard Brach, and features music by the German electronic music group Tangerine Dream.

Hershey won the Best Actress award at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival for her performance.[2] It was one of the last movie roles for actor Merritt Butrick, who died from AIDS in 1989. It was filmed by the bayous of South Louisiana. The film was later released on VHS on September 1, 1998, however, as of October 2014, it has not been released on DVD.

Plot summary[edit]

Diana Sullivan is a successful Manhattan writer and photojournalist, seemingly oblivious to the serious cocaine addiction that her wild child daughter, Grace, has developed. A commission by Cosmopolitan magazine to write an article about a lost branch of Diana's family leads them deep into the bayous of Louisiana, where they encounter Diana's distant cousin, Ruth. Married at 12 to an abusive man whose current whereabouts are an increasingly troubling cipher, Ruth rules over her three adult sons, all less than perfectly cogent, with equal parts protectiveness and ferocity, while a fourth, disowned son adds to the volatility of the situation. As the fascinated Diana and wary Ruth circle one another, Grace, bored and in grip of her addiction, toys with her naive cousins with devastating consequences.



Shy People
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1988 LP album cover
Soundtrack album by
GenreElectronic music
LabelVarèse Sarabande
ProducerTangerine Dream
Tangerine Dream chronology
Near Dark
Shy People

Shy People is the eleventh soundtrack album in 1988 by Tangerine Dream and their thirty-fourth overall. It is the soundtrack to the 1988 movie of the same name.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Edgar Froese, Chris Franke and Paul Haslinger.

1."Shy People" (vocal version)7:50
2."Joe's Place"2:10
3."The Harbor"4:00
5."Dancing on a White Moon"3:03
6."Civilized Illusions"3:50
7."Swamp Voices"3:13
8."Transparent Days"3:00
9."Shy People" (Instrumental version)5:00
Total length:36:06


The movie's actual sound track uses different versions of "Shy People" and "The Harbor" with different sets of lyrics, sung by Michael Bishop.


Shy People was shot by two-time Academy Award-winner Chris Menges, who also worked on A World Apart, a film for which Barbara Hershey was recognized at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival.

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ "Shy People". The Numbers.
  2. ^ a b "Festival de Cannes: Shy People". Retrieved 2009-07-19.
  3. ^ Berling, Michael (29 September 2016). "Shy People". Voices in the Net.

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