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Sympathy for Delicious (2010)

  • Rate: 5.5/10 total 698 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 30 April 2011 (Japan)
  • Runtime: 96 min
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Sympathy for Delicious (2010)


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  • IMDb page: Sympathy for Delicious (2010)
  • Rate: 5.5/10 total 698 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 30 April 2011 (Japan)
  • Runtime: 96 min
  • Filming Location: 658 S Main St, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Gross: $13,114(USA)(8 May 2011)
  • Director: Mark Ruffalo
  • Stars: Christopher Thornton, Mark Ruffalo and Laura Linney
  • Soundtrack: Mark's Master
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Faith Healing | Wheelchair | Homeless | Disc Jockey

Writing Credits By:

  • Christopher Thornton (written by)

Known Trivia

    Plot: A newly paralyzed DJ gets more than he bargained for when he seeks out the world of faith healing. Full summary » |  »

    Story: Dean O'Dwyer, also known as ""Delicious D," is an up-and-coming DJ on the underground music scene in Los Angeles. When a motorcycle accident leaves Dean paralyzed, he abandons his turntables for a wheelchair as his once promising career disappears before his eyes. Forced to live out of his car on skid row, Dean begins his descent into depression when he meets Father Joe Roselli, a passionate young priest. Father Joe introduces Dean to the world of faith-healing, an unlikely way for him to begin his quest to walk again. He soon discovers that he possesses the otherworldly power to heal people, but in an odd twist of fate, he is utterly unable to heal himself. Despite Father Joe's warnings, Dean angrily decides to use his newfound gift for fame and fortune. He joins a rock band led by charismatic front man The Stain with bassist Ariel, and manager Nina Hogue. But his newfound notoriety is unable to cure the hurt that encompasses his life…Written by Official site  

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Marc Bell known as executive producer
    • Mike Crawford known as line producer
    • Jeff Davis known as co-producer
    • Barry Habib known as executive producer
    • Joanne Jacobson known as executive producer
    • Dean M. Leavitt known as executive producer
    • Marcelo Paladini known as executive producer
    • Tom Pellegrini known as co-producer
    • Scott Prisand known as producer
    • Andrew Renzi known as co-producer
    • Gina Resnick known as executive producer
    • Michael Roban known as executive producer
    • Mark Ruffalo known as producer
    • Andrea Sperling known as producer
    • Robert Stein known as executive producer
    • Christopher Thornton known as producer
    • Matt Weaver known as producer
    • Israel Wolfson known as co-producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Mark Ruffalo known as Joe
    • Orlando Bloom known as The Stain
    • Juliette Lewis known as Ariel Lee
    • Laura Linney known as Nina Hogue
    • Noah Emmerich known as Rene Faubacher
    • John Carroll Lynch known as Healer
    • Martin Santander known as Bouncer
    • James Karen known as Father Bill Rohn
    • Diana Terranova known as Brittany
    • Dov Tiefenbach known as Oogie
    • Nathan Wetherington known as Bartender
    • Christopher Thornton known as 'Delicious' Dean O'Dwyer
    • Erin Way known as Rianna Tevy
    • Michael Anthony Spady known as Mute Brute
    • Niko Nicotera known as Rasha
    • Tiffany Tynes known as 'Sasha' Groupie (as Tiffany T. Tynes)
    • Timothy McNeil known as Ryan Webster
    • Sandra Seacat known as Mrs. Matilda
    • Mariano Mendoza known as Security Doorman
    • Daniel Escobar known as Hector
    • Kelli Barksdale known as Teddy Bear Girl
    • Milissa Skoro known as Melissa
    • Valeri Ross known as Judge
    • Willie Macc known as Pretty Boy Willie
    • Marnie Alexenburg known as Paramedic
    • Karen Jin Beck known as DJ Shy
    • Sahara Hite known as Fan Girl
    • Allie Smith known as Rene's Wife
    • Jawara known as 'Delicious' Deans Security #1
    • Laurel Astri known as Laura Zaheedi
    • Nandini Iyer known as Rock Girl
    • Virginia Crawford known as Healed Fan
    • George W. Scott known as Jerry
    • Barry Habib known as Bus Driver
    • Mariko Denda known as Asian Girl
    • Sloan DeForest known as Concert Fan
    • Aaron Jennings Hartnell known as Fat Shill
    • Mick Lea known as Schizophrenic one eyed homeless guy
    • Aníbal Silveyra known as Church goer
    • Bryan McCoy known as Healed Rocker
    • Caroline Chellamy known as Pretty
    • Toni Habib known as Jury Foreperson
    • Alex Rolecek known as Volunteer – 'Alex'
    • Robin Lynn known as Shocked Fan
    • Shayd Johnson known as Guy who jumps on stage
    • William Myers known as Homeless
    • Deantoni Parks known as Chuck
    • Don Abernathy known as Pedestrian (uncredited)
    • Ray Auxias known as Jamal – Guy Who Jumps on Stage (uncredited)
    • Alex Aves known as Cherry (uncredited)
    • Bambadjan Bamba known as Guy in First Row (uncredited)
    • Lydia Blanco known as Boy's Mother (uncredited)
    • Marc Chaiet known as Process Server (uncredited)
    • Owen Conway known as Counter Guy (uncredited)
    • Loren Cross known as Homeless Transgender (uncredited)
    • Rico Devereaux known as Delicious' Deans Bodyguard (uncredited)
    • Larry Eudene known as Wheel Chair Racer (uncredited)
    • Alan Fleury known as Homeless Bo (uncredited)
    • Elaine Anne Furst known as Nurse (uncredited)
    • Jerald Garner known as News Photographer (uncredited)
    • Kevin Goocher known as Homeless Man (uncredited)
    • Anthony Jennings known as Amputee (uncredited)
    • Brad Kaz known as DJ Maestro Sonica (uncredited)
    • Christina Kim known as Audience member (uncredited)
    • Jeffrey James Lippold known as Bouncer (uncredited)
    • Paulah May known as Drug Dealer / Diph Thong Groupie (uncredited)
    • Charlene McAnoy known as Screamer (uncredited)
    • Andrew McReynolds known as Andrew (uncredited)
    • Tina Morasco known as Newscaster (uncredited)
    • Ernie Rivera known as Stage Rusher (uncredited)
    • Franklin Ruehl known as Homeless Man (uncredited)
    • Eric Shackelford known as Homeless Vietnam Veteran (uncredited)
    • Rajiv Shah known as Diph Thong Roadie (uncredited)
    • Kaleti Williams known as C.O. Hader (uncredited)
    • Lisa Zion known as Healed Person (uncredited)



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Michelle Bühler known as makeup department head
    • Martina Kohl known as key makeup artist

    Art Department:

    • Steve Coover known as leadman
    • Alexander Delgado known as props
    • Malili Dib known as production design assistant
    • Sahara Hite known as property intern
    • Megan Kristen Lane known as props
    • Stephen Lynd known as on-set dresser
    • Timberly Matonic known as props
    • T.J. McCall known as lead scenic
    • Miles Michael known as set dresser
    • David Nicholson known as props
    • Douglas W. Randall known as property master
    • William Reges known as props
    • Jefry Shebroe known as assistant property master
    • Michelle Torres known as art department coordinator
    • Taylor Van Byssum known as art props
    • Taylor Van Byssum known as art swing




    Production Companies:

    • Corner Store Entertainment
    • Super Crispy Entertainment
    • Volume One Entertainment

    Other Companies:

    • Bobby Weisman Caterers  catering
    • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes and dollies
    • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
    • EMS Payroll  extras payroll (uncredited)
    • Eisner & Frank  distribution legal services
    • Eisner & Frank  finance legal
    • Filmtools  expendables
    • Lakeshore Records  soundtrack
    • OneZero Productions  post-production
    • Reder & Feig  production legal counsel
    • Sessions Payroll Management  extras payroll services
    • Sonic Magic  sound post-production
    • Star Waggons  cast trailers


    • Fine Films (2011) (Japan) (theatrical)
    • Maya Entertainment (2011) (USA) (theatrical) (limited)
    • A-Film Home Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD) (retail)
    • Amero PT (2009) (Indonesia) (all media)
    • CInema Hotel Corporation (CHC) (2010) (Russia) (all media)
    • Compagnia Distribuzione Internazionale (CDI) (2009) (Italy) (all media)
    • Film1 (2012) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
    • IPA Asia Pacific (2009) (Thailand) (all media)
    • Movie Bank (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD) (rental)
    • Paramount Home Entertainment (2011) (Australia) (DVD)
    • Tanweer Films (2011) (Bangladesh) (all media)
    • Tanweer Films (2011) (Bhutan) (all media)
    • Tanweer Films (2011) (India) (all media)
    • Tanweer Films (2011) (Maldives) (all media)
    • Tanweer Films (2011) (Nepal) (all media)
    • Tanweer Films (2011) (Pakistan) (all media)
    • Tanweer Films (2011) (Sri Lanka) (all media)



    Other Stuff

    Visual Effects by:
    • Donnie Creighton known as digital intermediate producer
    • Mark Intravartolo known as senior Inferno artist

    Release Date:

    • USA 23 January 2010 (Sundance Film Festival)
    • USA 9 April 2010 (Windrider Bay Area Film Festival)
    • USA 2 October 2010 (New Yorker Festival)
    • USA 29 April 2011 (limited)
    • Japan 30 April 2011
    • Netherlands 25 October 2011 (DVD premiere)

    MPAA: Rated R for pervasive language, some drug content and nudity



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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    1. dwight ward from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 12:12 am

      I was able to attend the premier at Sundance this year, and let mebegin by saying, this movie riveted my senses. With strong performancesby the cast, especially writer and star Christopher Thornton, the movieworked it's magic. I sat in awe near the front row, as Mark Ruffalo,the director, got on stage before the film began and gave a brilliantopening speech. Then the room grew dark and the movie started.

      I'm writing this from the New Frontier located on main street, ParkCity. Two hours after the film ended, and yet i still find it hard toclear my mind of "Sympathy for Delicious." After the film finished andthe audience gave a standing ovation, Mark, Christopher, and a largeportion of the crew, climbed on stage to answer our questions.

      Among the many questions answered, was the story of how it all began.Mark began by saying how he had been best friends with Christopher forthe past twenty years, how they had studied together as actors in NewYork, and about Christopher's tragic accident seventeen years ago thatrendered him a cripple. Then Christopher took the mike and told us ofMark's pressuring him into writing a movie based on his own characterand experiences. This began a ten year trek to getting the film made.The numerous rewrites and financial difficulties it went through wereastounding, yet they persevered and finally succeeded in making amasterpiece.

      If you haven't yet viewed this movie you're missing out on somethinggreat. Not only does it supply emotionally gripping characters but alsoa wholly original script. And let's not forget Mark's directing, whichin itself is a powerful debut.

    2. AJ Flick from USA
      30 Mar 2012, 12:12 am

      I saw a screening of this movie at Sundance 2010. I was very impressedwith Mark Ruffalo's directorial debut. I told him afterward that itseemed effortless. He laughed and said it was anything but.

      Sometimes with first-time directors (though he's had some TV directingexperience), there are jarring points that make you realize you'rewatching a debut. But there were no such moments for me with thismovie.

      Christopher Thornton, who also wrote the script, was great. Heexplained after the screening that he developed this with Ruffalo afterThornton complained that there are no good roles for paraplegics.

      Though I was told beforehand to expect a dark film, it really has moremoments of levity, which Ruffalo said was intentional.

      It's a film worth seeing!

    3. gradyharp from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 12:12 am

      SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS is well worth watching in theaters, on demandfor television, or DVD. Though the film is out and available atpresent, this ad for a movie poster is the only opportunity to attractattention to an excellent movie and encourage people to watch for it.The story addresses several tough issues – the plight of the homelesson skid row, the lack of support for disabled persons, the arena offaith healing, and the at times crumbling dreams and realities of rockbands. The film was written by Christopher Thornton who suffered spinalcord injury in 1992 resulting in his being a paraplegic confined to awheelchair: he has over come his disability by becoming a much laudedstage actor (the first to play Hamlet in a wheelchair, etc): Thorntonalso stars in this film and his performance introduces an actor ofexceptional virtuosity. Mark Ruffalo directs his first film and alsostars as one of the lead characters.

      'Delicious' Dean O'Dwyer (Christopher Thornton) is a DJ on the rise inLos Angeles whose career is devastated by a motorcycle accident leavinghim confined to a wheelchair, living in a car on skid row. He is partof the people cared for by Father Joe Roselli (Mark Ruffalo) whorecognizes a life worth saving and turns his attention to Dean,attempting to restore his ability to walk by taking him to a faithhealing revival lead by Healer (John Carroll Lynch). Though Dean is nothealed himself he does happen to touch one of his fellow skid rowdwellers who is subsequently miraculously healed. One of Dean'sfriends, Rene (Noah Emmerich) discovers Dean's powers and pleads withhim to heal fellow paraplegic Rene. Dean does not believe in his powerof faith healing (he is frustrated that he cannot heal himself!) andcontinues to search for a place where he can return to being aperforming DJ.

      Dean meets bass player Ariel Lee (Juliette Lewis, in a stunning starturn) who is convinced Dean should join a forming band composed of TheStain (Orlando Bloom), Ariel, and Oogie (Dov Tiefenbach). While therasty band recognizes Dean's talent as a possible addition to the band,the band's PR person Nina Hogue (Laura Linney) will have none of it. itis only when Dean's healing powers surface that the band – and Nina -want him to give them an image that will make them famous. Dean isdiscouraged by Father Joe, pleading with him to remain at skid rowperforming his healing so that Father Joe will increase donations tohis charity care house. Conflicts arise, incidents occur with the bandand at skid row and Dean's place in all of this new fame is altered:money seems to be the driver that destroys many people and gets in theway of the true value of Dean's healing gift.

      The film is strong on many levels – especially the acting (except forOrlando Bloom who overwhelms the story in the wrong way) – and as afirst film to be directed by the very gifted Mark Ruffalo it holdspromise of works to come. Christopher Thornton is not only a finewriter and actor, but his screen presence i so powerful that it islikely he will become as major a star on film as he is on stage.

      Grady Harp

    4. lotrjaz from L.A California
      30 Mar 2012, 12:12 am

      Wow, I was blown away watching the directorial debut by Mark Ruffalo,written by and starring Christopher Thornton, in a role that willdefinitely land him some Oscar recognition. I walked into the movie notreally knowing what to expect, but was immediately thrown into adramatic and intense depiction of the life of a young man who is bothdisabled and disgruntled at life, and the many trials and tests he goesthrough on the road down to hell and then redemption.

      Mark Ruffalo also acts as a priest who tries to help Thornton(Delicious) but can only do so much. The movie steers you in adirection you would never guess, and leaves you breathless and fullysatisfied.

      Juliette Lewis, Orlando Bloom, and Laura Linney are some of thesupporting cast who all do well in their respective roles, but Thorntonis the one who really takes the cake, and Mark Ruffalo directs himselfto perfection.

      I can not recommend this movie enough, I don't know when or if ever itwill get a cinematic release, but keep your eye on this title and makesure not to miss it when it does come out.

    5. thomasjwilliams from Kansas City, MO, USA
      30 Mar 2012, 12:12 am

      The title makes no sense unless you know the main character's DJ nameis "Delicious D". With this, there should be little confusion as onewatches Sympathy. Sympathy for Delicious is well-respected actor, MarkRuffalo's (The Kids Are All Right, Zodiac, Shutter Island) directorialdebut and it was penned by one of his long-time friends who happens toplay D (Christopher Thornton, a paraplegic who wrote the screenplaybecause of the lack of roles available to him in Hollywood).

      D was an up-and-coming music DJ in the rock world of SoCal until he isinjured and finds himself confined to a wheelchair … the story beginsafter this has happened and we find D living out of his car on Skid Rowwhere he comes to the attention of a local priest played by Ruffalo.After a chance encounter with a fellow homeless man suffering from bothgout and Alzheimer's, D finds out he has been given a Divine gift andcan miraculously heal others (but alas … he is unable to healhimself).

      Upon this discovery, the priest briefly puts Delicious to work doingGod's will … until D gets it into his head that he should be makingTONS of money for healing others and so he makes a name for himselfwith the help of an odd rock band that decides to cash-in on hisabilities. Orlando Bloom (Lord of the Rings, Elizabethtown, Haven) andJuliette Lewis (Conviction, Cape Fear, Strange Days) play fellow bandmates while Laura Linney (The Truman Show, Kinsey, You Can Count on Me)co-stars as their icy and conniving manager who readily admits toexploiting their Divine find. By making such a public, high-profilespectacle of himself and telling everyone he's only doing everythingfor $$$ … D opens himself up to all kinds of scrutiny (and he isn'tup to the task of taking it all in). It doesn't help that his lonefriend in the band, Lewis, sees him as a sell-out which causes thingsto spiral out of control. And, well, BAD things happen …

      I didn't believe much of what unfolds on screen (I allowed myself tobuy into this premise … but come on) which makes THIS story that muchharder to accept. My primary problem: if there are some major stretchestaken early-on, why is there no leeway later in the film when the"stretching" should still be allowed?! Sympathy wanted to "have it bothways" for dramatic effect which is simply the error(s) of screenwriting 101 I am sure.

      This is a VERY difficult story to make humorous (the film is classifieda "comedy" on IMDb). I viewed it as much more of a tragedy as it is afilm about some VERY lost individuals; but I am sure some might find itfunny/hilarious (I didn't … laughing at an actress pretending to havecerebral palsy isn't laugh-out-loud funny). Sympathy for Delicious hassome good moments and it is a promising debut from a new director; butthe subject matter is simply too tricky. Had it presented/sold itselfdifferently from the outset, I might have viewed it differently … butthere is a bit too much ultimate trite-ness here for me to appreciate(not to mention D isn't very LIKE-able — which, in turn, makes thefilm difficult to like as well).

    6. godsdaughta from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 12:12 am

      Of the 11 films and doc's I viewed, Sympathy for Delicious was myabsolute favorite. Mark and Chris did a fantastic job writing, actingand directing. Their personal passion and painful experiences propelledthe film and gave it an intense and awarding message of restoration andhope, one could not ask for more. I encourage everyone to view theSundance trailer to hear Mark and Chris discuss their endeavors of thisfilm, watch their camaraderie and have a glimpse of how precious theyare (I think they are beautiful people; if you get a chance to hearthem speak do so). The idea of a paralyzed man being able to healeveryone except himself is unique and intriguing. The trial scene wasbrilliant giving the audience an extra twist. Im not sure if Mark andChris purposed any of the following ideas: 1) consequences come tothose who grossly misuse their God-given gift 2)the grace thatblanketed D during his "rebellious" and hateful actions 3)hardship/consequences help one to wake up to reality 4)blessings followan unselfish giver.

      Great movie!! FYI…Breasts and cursing are in film so children shouldprobably not watch.

    7. therreid from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 12:12 am

      I just returned from a screening of Sympathy for Delicious at theSundance Film Festival. After have viewed this picture, I am quite surewe will see this film in wide distribution.

      Mark Ruffalo and Christopher Thornton both give fantastic performancesin a film that is destined to be a Sundance favorite. Thornton'sscreenplay gives us a look at the twisted and somewhat strange life ofDelicious a paraplegic and homeless disc jockey (Thornton) and anethically challenged priest (Ruffalo). Lives and paths cross withequally solid performances turned in by Laura Linney, Orlando Bloom andthe always stunning Juliette Lewis.

      I don't want to spoil this film by revealing the plot line, so I willsuffice to say that when this movie makes wider distribution, it willbe one you won't want to miss.

    8. Robert Collins from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 12:12 am

      Sympathy For Delicious has a terrific cast, more than one of thesupporting cast are favorites of mine. So I was very disappointed whenI was finding myself bored only a few minutes in. In my opinion thereare a lot of problems with this film, for starters I think the plot isabsolutely ridiculous, secondly the protagonist of the story is one ofthe most unlikable characters I have ever come across, and finally Ithink the story would have been better if it stayed in one direction,this us just my personal opinion, I know a lot of people enjoyed thismovie but it just wasn't for me.

      The supporting cast is spectacular, particularly Ruffalo and Lewis,unfortunately for Lewis her role is very underused, she has her scenetowards the end but her character was the most interesting so it's ashame that she wasn't utilized more. Orlando Bloom exudes arroganceperfectly, and it's nice to see Laura Linney let her hair down and getfeisty in a mean way, (in my opinion she can do no wrong). Mark Ruffalomanages to bring his charm and charisma to the role of a priest whojust wants to do right by everyone.

      I think the production of Sympathy For Delicious is top notch I justthink the direction let it down, In saying that though I do still lookforward to seeing what Mr Ruffalo does next.

      All in all for me though it was forgetful and unfulfilling.

    9. napierslogs from Ontario, Canada
      30 Mar 2012, 12:12 am

      "Sympathy for Delicious" invites us to feel sympathy for the leadcharacter nicknamed Delicious D. He's a former DJ now paralysed and ina wheelchair living day-to-day off the support of a local church-runhomeless shelter. However, it's implied that he's in his currentpenny-less situation because of his disability. But as far as I know,there aren't many high paying jobs for DJs available regardless ofability to stand.

      Almost simultaneously, Dean meets up with a struggling rock band tryingto make it famous while the in-house priest at the shelter observes himhealing people with incurable diseases. The rock band is a combinationof heavy metal and techno with no rhythm or melody. They are way toocool for playing some stupid melody. As amusing as that may soundremember that this is a drama and is not played out for comedy, andmore importantly, their music makes up the soundtrack.

      The movie continues with how Delicious D can make money off of his"gift". Surprisingly, to the non-cynical folk out there, the churchalso wants to make money off of his gift, but of course in a moredeserving kind of way. This storyline would be unexpected if thefilmmakers agree with the church's stance that hands-on healing exists.But that hint of surprise is immediately undone with the naggingsuspicion that the filmmakers believe that this is a true story.

      "Sympathy for Delicious" is dark and dismal — literally andmetaphorically. If the types of characters portrayed didn't reallyexist, it could be amusing in a comic sort of way, but instead it'safflictive in a realistic kind of way. The headache from the dissonantmusic will stay with you long after it's over.

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