Surrender Dorothy (film)

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Surrender Dorothy
Surrender Dorothy FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Kevin DiNovis
Produced by Richard Goldberg
Written by Kevin DiNovis[1]
Starring Peter Pryor
Kevin DiNovis
Jason Centeno
Elizabeth Casey
Marcos Muniz
Keri Merboth[2]
Music by Christopher Matarazzo
Cinematography Jonathan Kovel
Edited by Kevin DiNovis
Distributed by TLA Releasing
Release date
  • 1998 (1998)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States

Surrender Dorothy is an independent film by director Kevin DiNovis which won first place at the 1998 Slamdance Film Festival.[3] The film stars Peter Pryor, Kevin DiNovis, and is the first film role for Elizabeth Banks, who appears in the credits as "Elizabeth Casey."[4]


After the heroin addicted Lahn robs his roommate Denis, Lahn attempts to hide out at the home of Trevor, Denis's best friend. Trevor, who is afraid of women, takes him in, only to later use Lahn's drug addiction to manipulate him, eventually transforming Lahn into Trevor's idea of a perfect girlfriend.



Critical reception for Surrender Dorothy has been mixed. The Stranger criticized the film, saying that although it "makes the most of its tiny budget" the film was ultimately "inarticulate and immature".[5] The Philadelphia City Paper wrote that Surrender Dorothy was "not without its flaws" but was ultimately "a bold, ballsy and attention-getting debut".[6] Total Film panned the movie, giving the DVD release two stars and calling it a "yawn fest".[7] James Berardinelli gave the film three and a half stars, praising DiNovis's performance.[8] The AV Club called the movie "memorable, but ... also grubby, harsh, and lacking in wit".[9] Variety wrote that Surrender Dorothy was "disturbing, hard-edged tale of physical abuse and sexual aberration that pulls no punches" but that it was ultimately "decidedly for niche tastes".[10] Roger Ebert selected the film for his first Overlooked Film Festival in 1999.[11]


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  3. ^ Surrender Kevin Philadelphia City Paper
  4. ^ Hornaday, Ann. No choice but to surrender; Film: `Dorothy' director Kevin Di Novis was forced into the act when his star dropped out. The results speak for themselves. The Sun - Baltimore. May 5, 1999. p1E.
  5. ^ Inarticulate and Immature: Dorothy Needs a Spanking The Stranger
  6. ^ Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema Philadelphia City Paper
  7. ^ Surrender Dorothy Total Film
  8. ^ Surrender Dorothy Reel Views
  9. ^ Surrender Dorothy AV Club
  10. ^ Variety Reviews: Surrender Dorothy Variety
  11. ^ Ebertfest Web Site

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