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Camp (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Musical, Drama | 29 August 2003 (USA)
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After a series of Broadway flops, songwriter Bert Hanley (Dixon) goes to work at a musical camp for young performers. Inspired by the kids, he finds an opportunity to regain success by staging an altogether new production.

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Todd Graff

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Todd Graff
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Letterle ... Vlad
Joanna Chilcoat Joanna Chilcoat ... Ellen
Robin de Jesus ... Michael (as Robin De Jesus)
Steven Cutts Steven Cutts ... Shaun
Vince Rimoldi ... Spitzer
Kahiry Bess ... Petie
Tiffany Taylor Tiffany Taylor ... Jenna
Sasha Allen ... Dee
Alana Allen ... Jill
Anna Kendrick ... Fritzi
Don Dixon Don Dixon ... Bert
Robert Orosco Robert Orosco ... Emil
Stephen DiMenna Stephen DiMenna ... Glen
Omar Edwards Omar Edwards ... Alston
Camilla Millican Samuelson Camilla Millican Samuelson ... Hillary
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Storyline

Misfits in their lives back home, a group of young people live it up at musical-theater camp. While the sports counselor is completely ignored, the kids' spend all their time in rehearsal for a grueling schedule that involves a new show every two weeks. Several personal stories come to the fore. Is talented golden-boy Vlad honest in his feelings about Ellen? Can cross-dressing Michael have a relationship with his parents? Will one-hit-wonder musical playwrite and now camp counselor Bert Hanley remain mired in drink and cynicism? Fireworks are in store when Fritzi, who slavishly serves glamour girl Jill, is finally told to get a life, and the parents of Jenna, whose jaw has been wired shut in a compromise to avoid being sent to "fat camp", learn a valuable lesson at the summer's big end-of-season benefit. Written by Martin Lewison <dr@martinlewison.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Musical | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements regarding teen sexual issues, and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 August 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anekplirotoi erotes See more »

Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,294, 27 July 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,628,154, 12 October 2003
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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In her December 2016 New York Times essay about the making of Camp, Anna Kendrick said that at 16 she was anxious to downplay the implication that her character, Fritzi, was sexually attracted to her roommate (and eventual nemesis), Jill. "Today, I would be thrilled to play such a twisted little character. At the time, I just wanted to wear makeup and have my hair done, like the other girls in the cast....I still had to go back to high school once this was over, and I so badly wanted to be the hot girl in a movie, not the girl who washes the hot girl's underwear by hand." See more »

Goofs

While singing "The Ladies Who Lunch", Jill vomits several times onto the stage (we hear the splat when it hits the floor). After Fritzi replaces her (yanking her offstage from the wings), we see the stage and it's clean. See more »

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[first lines]
[scene opens on Dee, Shaun and Company singing "How Shall I See You Through My Tears"]
[as singing continues, scene shifts to Vlad in his bedroom]
Vlad: To all the critics out there, I know they're gonna review this, and I know they're gonna try to knock me - is it OK if I say this to the camera, Amber? - Okay. I only am who I am 'cause I was born that way. I have a gift, and I'm trying not to be selfish about it, but to use it. Okay? If you're gonna knock me for that, that's your problem....
[...]
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Referenced in Another Gay Movie (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Here's Where I Stand
Music by Michael Gore
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Published by Fifth of March Music (BMI) and WB Music Corp. o/b/o itself and Hillsdale Music,
Inc. (ASCAP)
Performed by Tiffany Taylor
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Camp Ovation
28 June 2012 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

New York junior and high school students go to a summer camp for kids interested in musical theatre. Lead actor is attractive Daniel Letterle (as Vladimir "Vlad" Baumann). With highlights and good muscle tone, Mr. Letterle arouses interest in most of the other kids. Gay is the norm at "Camp Ovation", so Letterle stands out. The unpacking of his football lets everyone know he's straight. Honest. Letterle's roommate is cross-dressing Robin De Jesus (as Michael Flores), who was rejected and beat up at his prom for showing up in drag. Lead actress is chunky but pleasant Joanna Chilcoat (as Ellen Lucas), who hopes to land a boyfriend...

This stereotypical "comedy about drama" will mostly appeal to younger teenagers who enjoy high school musicals...

Letterle's character is written (by director Todd Graff) with some unexpected depth; the mystery of his medication is withheld, he plays the slowly sexual teasing of his roommate perfectly, and an honest portrait of a young attention-seeking actor emerges. Other interesting stories are the "All About Eve" part played by Anne Kendrick (as Fritzi Wagner) and the washed-up musical writer Don Dixon (as Bert Hanley) drowning his career in alcohol. The show songs hit a peak with Tiffany Taylor (as Jenna Malloran), so fat her father has had her mouth wired shut, startling everyone (well, not me) by revealing a great singing voice. Who knew?

****** Camp (1/21/03) Todd Graff ~ Daniel Letterle, Joanna Chilcoat, Robin de Jesus, Don Dixon


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