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Shy People (1987)




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Writer Jill Clayburgh wants to remove her coke-addicted daughter Martha Plimpton from the corruptive environs of Manhattan. When assigned to write an article about family trees, Clayburgh, with daughter in tow, heads to the bayous of Louisiana, there to seek out an elusive great-uncle--and, it is hoped, to give Plimpton a new start in life. Upon their arrival in the deep south, Clayburgh and Plimpton are confronted with the uncle's rugged, iron-willed wife Barbara Hershey and her four grown sons. The anticipated culture clash results in tragedy for all concerned. Wavering between the plausible and the outrageous, Shy People makes for fascinating, almost mesmerizing viewing. Released late in 1987 to qualify for the Academy Awards, the film was given a general release in mid-1988.


Jill Clayburgh
as Diana Sullivan
Barbara Hershey
as Ruth Sullivan
Martha Plimpton
as Grace Sullivan
Merritt Butrick
as Mike Sullivan
John Philbin
as Tommy Sullivan
Don Swayze
as Mark Sullivan
Pruitt Taylor Vince
as Paul Sullivan
Claire Acerno
as Stewardess
Cheryl Starbuck
as Stewardess
David Avne
as Policeman
J. Larry McGill
as Black Man
Ernest Tan
as Vietnamese Pimp
Jack McGee
as Cab Driver
Jack Radosta
as 1st Pal
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Critic Reviews for Shy People

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

Barbara Hershey is extraordinary.

March 2, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

A film full of atomsphere so thick that it catches you up in it's spell.

January 29, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Shy People

barbara hersey is far better then the movie

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