Gypsy 83 (2001)

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Critic Consensus: This coming-of-age story of alienated youth is too familiar.

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What can help one woman overcome the fears, anxieties, and traumas of a lifetime? Perhaps the music of Stevie Nicks? Gypsy (Sara Rue) is a woman in her mid-twenties who is still emotionally stuck in adolescence; her job (at a drive-through photo processing center) is nothing to write home about, and her one consuming interest in life is the music of Fleetwood Mac diva Stevie Nicks. Gypsy has gone beyond collecting Stevie's records, and loves to dress up like her idol, belting out her songs in living tribute. One of Gypsy's only friends is Clive (Kett Turton), a goofy goth kid still in his teens who enjoys hanging out in cemeteries, where he and Gypsy can sing their Fleetwood Mac favorites for preservation on Clive's camcorder. One day, while browsing the Internet, Clive discovers a website advertising a "Night Of 1000 Stevies" at a New York City nightclub, in which any Stevie Nicks imitator is welcome to take the stage in tribute. Clive is convinced this is an event Gypsy cannot miss, but it leaves them with only four days to get their act together and travel from Sandusky, OH, to the Big Apple. In addition, Gypsy has her own issues to deal with in New York, the city her mother ran off to when she abandoned her family many years ago. Gypsy 83, Todd Stephens' first feature after his breakthrough success Edge of Seventeen, premiered at the 2001 L.A. Outfest, a festival devoted to gay- and lesbian-themed films.

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Cast

Sara Rue
as Gypsy Vale
Kett Turton
as Clive Webb
Karen Black
as Bambi LeBleau
John Doe
as Ray Vale
Anson Scoville
as Zechariah Peachey
Stephanie McVay
as Polly Pearl
Vera Beren
as Empress Chi Chi
Eileen Letchworth
as Mrs. Larson
Heather Litteer
as Kitty Boots
Marlene Wallace
as Velvet Vale
Bryan Keith Miller
as Fraternity Pledge
Matthew Faust
as Fraternity Pledge
Shaun P. Fuller
as Fraternity Pledge
Clint Jastrzebski
as Fraternity Pledge
Tyler Morgan
as Fraternity Pledge
Jeffrey Mattie
as Redneck Karaoke Guy
Debbie
as Acid Wash Woman
Jared Opfer
as High School Jock
Scott Wanamaker
as Grevedigger Carl
Tamariah Rebarchak
as Young Gypsy
Rusty Foulke
as Luna Angel Band Member
Robert Justofin
as Luna Angel Band Member
Nancy Arons
as Trailer Trash Mommie
Jimmy Zenetski
as Trailer Trash Daddy
Nate Moylan
as Trailer Trash Kid
Joe Capece
as Rest Area Cruiser
Jack Goulstone
as Rest Area Cruiser
Kelly Kline
as Little Feet in Men's Room
Jesse Adams
as Very Butch Doorman
James Baylis
as Empress Chi Chi's Ravishing Boy
Casey Dickerson
as Empress Chi Chi's Ravishing Boy
Michael Buckley
as Empress Chi Chi's Ravishing Boy
Darlene Clair
as Twirling Stevie
Bear Sheppard
as Twirling Stevie
Bobbie Jean Daniel
as Twirling Stevie
Tim Kaltenecker
as Twirling Stevie
Edward Abrecht
as Twirling Stevie
Nicole Nicks
as Twirling Stevie
Barbara Greenwood
as Twirling Stevie
Carrie Carlisle
as Twirling Stevie
Velma J. Bowen
as Twirling Stevie
Mistress Kaos
as Twirling Stevie
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Critic Reviews for Gypsy 83

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (13)

The film's two main characters are definitely worth knowing, but the movie takes them on a predictable odyssey.

Sep 9, 2004 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

A mostly undistinguished addition to the long list of films about alienated and self-pitying young people.

Jul 16, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The film's main appeal stems from the two main characters, whose close relationship is well-conveyed and moving.

Jun 5, 2004

It is clear that as a filmmaker Todd Stephens, like his heroes and heroines, is determined to be true to himself.

May 21, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Eventually turns into pathos-clogged sludge, but before that, features a string of shrewdly observed encounters.

May 20, 2004 | Full Review…

Saga is especially sapped of its appeal and energy by the toxically charmless titular character whose central obsession -- dressing up like Stevie Nicks and singing her material -- is curiously wedged between comedy and oddity.

Apr 27, 2004
Variety
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Audience Reviews for Gypsy 83

½

I both like and dislike this film. I love Clyde and Gypsy, but I hated the shit they got put through, and that the ending was more realistic than a proper happy ending. That's life I guess.

Kylie B
Kylie B

Super Reviewer

Clive <3

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Great.

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer

½

[font=Century Gothic]"Gypsy 83" is about the token outsiders of Sandusky, Ohio. Gypsy(Sara Rue) is a 25 year old Stevie Nicks clone(I'm actually more of a Christine McVie person myself) who works at a local photo developer and drives a classic Trans Am. Her mom abandoned her 18 years before for the big lights of New York City leaving her with her father who works in a music store. Clive(Kett Turton) is a straight-A student, high school senior, gay and something of a goth. They find out about a contest called "Night of a Thousand Stevies" in New York City that is scheduled in four days time. Gypsy agrees to enter and off they go...[/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Gypsy 83" is a well-meaning tale with likable leads but it relies too much on types and caricatures to be any good. Not much of the movie is really believable with only a few scenes that have any lasting emotional impact. And why does Gypsy choose Stevie Nicks as her personal goddess? Is it her music? [/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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