Shy People

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Shy People
Shy people.jpg
Directed by Andrei Konchalovsky
Produced by Yoram Globus
Menahem Golan
Written by Andrei Konchalovsky
Gerard Brach
Marjorie David
Starring Barbara Hershey
Jill Clayburgh
Martha Plimpton
Music by Tangerine Dream
Cinematography Chris Menges
Edited by Alain Jakubowicz
Distributed by Golan-Globus
Release date
  • 1987 (1987)
Running time
118 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $769,119[1]

Shy People is a critically acclaimed 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 in 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 (Jill Clayburgh) is a successful Manhattan writer and photojournalist, seemingly oblivious to the serious cocaine addiction that her wild child daughter Grace (Martha Plimpton) 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 (Barbara Hershey). 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 Tangerine Dream
Released 1988
Recorded 1987
Genre Electronic music
Length 36:06
Label Varèse Sarabande
Producer Tangerine Dream
Tangerine Dream chronology
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Shy People

Shy People is the eleventh soundtrack album in 1988 by Tangerine Dream and their thirty-third 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.

No. Title Length
1. "Shy People" (vocal version) 7:50
2. "Joe's Place" 2:10
3. "The Harbor" 4:00
4. "Nightfall" 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 a different version of "Shy People", 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]



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  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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