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Towelhead

Year:
Duration:
USA:116 min (DVD version) | USA:124 min
Genres:
Drama
IMDB rate:
7
Director:
Alan Ball
Awards:
2 wins & 2 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 2008-09-26
Filming Locations: Chino, California, USA
Earnings
Opening Weekend: $52,823 (USA) (14 September 2008)
Gross: $367,638 (USA) (12 October 2008)
Cast
Actor
Character
Lynn Collins
Lynn Collins
Towelhead
Summer Bishil
Jasira Maroun
Chris Messina
Barry
Maria Bello
Gail Monahan
Peter Macdissi
Rifat Maroun
Gemmenne de la Peña
Denise
Robert Baker
Mr. Joffrey
Eamonn Roche
School Photographer
Aaron Eckhart
Travis Vuoso
Carrie Preston
Evelyn Vuoso
Chase Ellison
Zack Vuoso
Irina Voronina
"Snow Queen" Centerfold
Cleo King
Sales Clerk
Michael McShae
Middle School Jerk
D.C. Cody
Middle School Jerk
Soledad St. Hilaire
Janitor
Nathalie Walker
"Golf Girl" Centerfold
Kim Knight
Topless Golfer (as Kimberly Knight)
LoriDawn Messuri
Topless Golfer (as Loridawn Messuri)
Lorna Scott
French Teacher
Toni Collette
Melina Hines
Eugene Jones III
Thomas Bradley
Shari Headley
Mrs. Bradley
Randy J. Goodwin
Mr. Bradley
Matt Letscher
Gil Hines
Larry Cedar
Glamour Photographer
Virginia Louise Smith
Nurse
Lee von Ernst
OR - OB / GYN Nurse
Lisa Catara
Taxi Cab Model (uncredited)
Alejandro Patiño
Waiter (uncredited)
Did you know?
Trivia
Second time Maria Bello and Aaron Eckhart starring together.First was Thank you for Smoking.
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This film, based on the book Towelhead by Alicia Erian, debuted at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival with the non-controversial title Nothing is Private. However, after consultation with Erian and Warner Brothers, the filmmakers decided to release the movie in the United States and other countries with the same title as the book, obviously an ethnic slur. The title was met with controversy and protests from the Arab-American community. Some complained about the slur itself, others accused Warner Brothers of choosing a buzz-generating controversial title that was misleading since the story centers more on Jasira's sexual behavior than her ethnicity. This and other topics are discussed on the DVD's two panel discussions.
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Actress Summer Bishil turned 18 before filming started, allowing her to play the 13 year old, sexually overactive Jasira without any restrictions as to what she could do or show in the movie.
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Goofs
Melina tells Jasira that an adult having sex with someone under the age of 16 is considered statutory rape. In Texas, however, that age is 17.
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When Jasira is talking to her mother on the payphone when her father has locked her out, there is a "We Card" sticker visible in the convenience store window. The "We Card" tobacco program was not started until 1995, several years after the movie takes place.
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Although the movie was set in 1990-91 (as the story starts before the Gulf War and concludes soon after the war ends), the microwave in the father's house looked current, the airport looked really modern, the nudie mags didn't look that old, and most of the clothes throughout the film looked wrong for the era.
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Quotes
Rifat Maroun: Just so you know, we've decide not to exchange gifts this year. We are protesting the fact that Bush is waiting until after the holiday to wage war.
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Rifat Maroun: [exasperated by visit] This guy is something else. He's an Army Reservist; he thinks I love Saddam. It's an insult, I'm an American citizen.
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Rifat Maroun: [after finding out the names that Zach called Jasira] You know, her red neck of a husband will soon get called up, and then Saddam will gas him. And that will serve all of them right.
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Faq
Q
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
A
For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Nothing is Private can be found here.
Q
How old are Jasira, Thomas, and Travis supposed to be?
A
Jasira Maroun (Summer Bishil) is 13, Thomas Bradley (Eugene Jones III) is 14, and Travis Vuoso (Aaron Eckhart) is 36. In real life, Bishil was 18 when the movie was filmed. Jones was 19, and Eckhart was 38.
Q
Is this movie about child abuse?
A
The movie shows a 13-year old girl in a relationship with a 14-year old boy from her school. She also becomes attracted to and eventually raped by a 36-year old neighbor. So, yes, there is the child abuse aspect. However, the point of the story is not to explore child abuse but to explore a young girl's sexual awakening. Some viewers do find the sexual content of the movie to be offensive while others point out that, in reality, people evolve sexually over time, some sooner and some later. In the case of this movie, Jasira is 13 years old when she discovers that she likes having orgasms, looking at girlie magazines, and knowing that she's attractive to grown men.
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Photos from cast
Lynn Collins