|Directed by||Andrei Konchalovsky|
|Produced by||Yoram Globus|
|Written by||Andrei Konchalovsky|
|Music by||Tangerine Dream|
|Edited by||Alain Jakubowicz|
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. 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.
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.
- Jill Clayburgh as Diana Sullivan
- Barbara Hershey as Ruth
- Martha Plimpton as Grace Sullivan
- Merritt Butrick as Mike
- John Philbin as Tommy
- Don Swayze as Mark
- Pruitt Taylor Vince as Paul
- Mare Winningham as Candy
1988 LP album cover
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|Tangerine Dream chronology|
|1.||"Shy People" (vocal version)||7:50|
|5.||"Dancing on a White Moon"||3:03|
|9.||"Shy People" (Instrumental version)||5:00|
- Edgar Froese
- Christopher Franke
- Paul Haslinger
- Jacquie Virgil — vocals on "Shy People" and "Dancing On A White Moon"
- Diamond Ross — vocals on "The Harbor"
The movie's actual sound track uses different versions of "Shy People" and "The Harbor" with different sets of lyrics, sung by Michael Bishop.
Awards and nominations
- Winner: 1987 Cannes Film Festival - Best Actress - Barbara Hershey
- Nominee: 1987 Cannes Film Festival - Golden Palm
- Nominee: 1988 Independent Spirit Awards - Best Supporting Actress - Martha Plimpton