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On Hold What Happened Was…(VHS, 1996)

Movie Description
A pair of office acquaintances--an earthy executive assistant from Long Island and a Harvard-educated paralegal--get together for a first date at the woman's apartment. Awkward silences and quiet tension mark their evening as they unexpectedly reveal more about themselves than they ever thought possible. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival.

Cast: Karen Sillas
Director: Tom Noonan
Producer: Robin O'Hara, Scott Macaulay

Jackie and Michael, co-workers at a New York law firm, eagerly await their first dinner date. But for these two lonely people, it turns out to be an evening of longing, nervousness and unusual (at times, almost excruciating) revelations, as they disclose personal histories in Jackie's candle-lit Manhattan studio apartment.

Film Notes
"What Happened Was" won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival.

Shot in DuArt color.

"'I find life very painful and confusing,' he says, then flashes a quick smile. 'And I find a lot of humor in that. It's especially difficult to be a woman here [in New York], he continues, again serious. 'So many people out there are so...lost." -- Tom Noonan interviewed by Francine Russo, VILLAGE VOICE, 9/13/1994

Industry Reviews
"...A theatrical experiment that reveals Noonan as a talent..."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (09/22/1994)

"...A labor of love....[Sillas's performance is] palpably real..."
New York Times - Janet Maslin (09/09/1994)

"...A first date is played out so well that you'll feel nervous..."
Premiere - Kitty Bowe Hearty (09/01/1994)

"...Riveting....Sillas emerges as a major performer..." -- Rating: B+
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman (09/30/1994)

"...Because Noonan and, especially Sillas are so good, it triumphs..."
Los Angeles Times - Peter Rainer (10/06/1994)

"I have a very high tolerance for pain." -- Michael (Tom Noonan)

"Sometimes it's hard to believe I have a life." -- Jackie (Karen Sillas)

"They call you Mr. Strange." -- Jackie (Karen Sillas)

"You finally grow up, you figure out who you are, and just when you've got something interesting to say, they're not interested anymore!" -- Jackie (Karen Sillas)

Format: VHS
Mar 1996
Not Rated
Recording Mode: Stereo
Sound: HiFi, Stereo
Closed Captioned
90 min.
UPC: 707729950233
    • UPC 707729950233
    • Brand Evergreen Ent
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