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Dottie Gets Spanked (1993)

An artistic six-year-old boy in 1960s America is obsessed with The Dottie Show. His father is concerned about the show's sexual influence, especially the boy's fascination with a spanking scene.

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Todd Haynes

Writer:

Todd Haynes
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Cast overview, first billed only:
J. Evan Bonifant ... Steven Gale (as Evan Bonifant)
Barbara Garrick ... Lorraine Gale
Julie Halston ... Dottie Frank
Robert Pall Robert Pall ... Steven's Father
Harriet Sansom Harris ... Sharon's Mother (as Harriet Harris)
Irving Metzman Irving Metzman ... TV Show Guide
Ashley Chapman Ashley Chapman ... Sharon
Rhea Silver-Smith Rhea Silver-Smith ... Darcy
Gina Gallagher Gina Gallagher ... Kim
Adam Arkin ... Dick Gordon
Richard DeDomenico ... Dream Messenger
John Brian Rogers John Brian Rogers ... TV Director
Lenny Singer Lenny Singer ... Photographer / Assistant
Leo Ferstenberg Leo Ferstenberg ... Cameraman
Lindsay Rodio Lindsay Rodio ... Jennifer
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Another dazzling suburban phantasm from writer-director Todd Haynes, Dottie Gets Spanked (made post-Poison and pre-Safe) is a stylized, bittersweet nod to his childhood fascination with I Love Lucy. Deep in the heart of pre-hippie 1960s America, young artistically-inclined Steven Gale is obsessed with Dottie Frank, wacky star of the eponymous hit sitcom The Dottie Show. While his mother gently encourages the boy's fixation, his father grows increasingly frustrated by his son's apparently "sissified" interests. This provocative, heartfelt mini-feature anticipates Haynes' Oscar-nominated Far From Heaven with its excavation of placid mid-century surfaces and deeply-buried emotions. Written by Anonymous

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What is this incoherent mess? It AIN'T Har!
20 March 2001 | by DanflaveSee all my reviews

Perhaps I am missing something, but I just didn't get it. I mean, I myself am gay, yet I didn't see how this short film was some sort of triumph of homo cinema. I mean, this is one of those films that you don't understand at all, but you watch fascinated, and you know that in the end it will all come together and make sense. However, that didn't happen. After a half hour of bizarre, freaky dream sequences and lots and lots of spanking, I was no more enlightened than I was at the beginning. I mean, what was Todd Haynes trying to say? That a little 6 year old boy obsessed with an old "Lucy"-esque sitcom has a spanking fetish? I'm sorry, I saw "Velvet Goldmine" also, and I didn't get that either. Maybe Todd Haynes and I are just not clicking. Also, where was Harriet Sansom Harris? The credits state she plays Steven's mother... Well, I am sorry, but that is NOT Har.


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Language:

English

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5 October 1993 (USA) See more »

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