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  • Actors: Dan Futterman, Paige Turco, Scott Denny, Sanjiv Jhaveri, Lothaire Bluteau
  • Directors: Jon Shear
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2001
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000584ZI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,781 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Editorial Reviews

Alan Cummings, Dan Futterman. Deeply affecting drama about the life of an ordinary gay man. 2000/color/105 min/R.

Customer Reviews

The visual aspects of this film and the story have so many layers and so many "stories".
Thomas Janowski
Anyways Urbania moves on like I said not a moment wasted to a conclusion that really lets you give this tale the ending you feel is your personal idea of just!
Shear has taken care to use film to express a state of mind, and a gay man's life, in such a way as to actually innovate.
John A. Koehler

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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Marc Cabir Davis on February 7, 2001
Format: DVD
I really dont care that 'You can count on me' was voted the Best Picture at Sundance in 2000. That honor, to me at least, was most deserved by Jon Shear's 'Urbania', and though it never won, it at least whipped up an audience and stirred commentary from various quarters, and any film that can do that is truly revolutionary.
To say that 'Urbania' is gay-friendly would be naive. While this is predominantly a movie that deals with homophobia and the universal issue of acceptance and lack of, it becomes some sort of poster-boy for the neccessity of tolerance in our lives. It also goes on to show us that the greatest films are the ones least talked about. After I saw this movie, I was amazed at just how little attention it had received. Perhaps people aren't ready for such in-your-face storytelling. But I was, and have benefitted immensely in my personal life, from the lessons this film teaches us. 'Urbania' is one long lesson in enlightenment.
The story is fairly simple. It starts off with our hero, as a sad wandering twenty-something searching for his special someone on the streets of New York, the city of the Urban Legend. Jon Shear goes on to show us that NYC really is the home of the tragic folk tale come true, and then proceeds to introduce us to the fact that the hero is gay. This comes not so much as a surprise as a casual unfolding of the story and fits in very nicely. However, the object of his obsession at the moment appears to be a straight man that most people would keep away from. Why the main character follows this man forms the rest of the tale, and I can't really give away more without revealing the ending and the mysteries between.
Lets just say that this is a film with a shock at every turn. And not just for effect either.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By NewModelGeisha on April 11, 2004
Format: DVD
My first encounter with this movie was on the Independent Film Channel at 12 in the morning. I had no idea what it was about, who was in it -- nothing. 2 hours later, I was curled up in a ball crying my eyes out with feelings of intense sadness for the character(s) in Urbania. This movie has proved to me that film has the capability of changing one's perception of life.
Without going into further detail about why I was crying (that would ruin the movie, yes?) , I will say that this film revolves around the gay main character Charlie (Dan Futterman, in a wonderfully believable performance) and his search for inner peace after a horrific experience leaves him lonely and traumatized. The key to begin healing, Charlie believes, is finding the man "that will make it all better". This man, Dean, played by Samuel Ball, is a rugged, handsome, heterosexual male. Dean has a snake/heart tattoo and smokes his cigarettes with seductive ease.
The big question is:
"What would Charlie, a depressed young gay male, want with a character like Dean?"
That question gets answered in the final minutes of the movie, when everything is out in the open and HARSH reality sets in.
This movie is set in the dark shadows of New York City -- entirely at night, which gives the movie a creepier feel than it would have had it been set in complete daylight.
There are scenes in which urban legends are present -- in fact, this movie is encircled by a web of them -- the one night stand with AIDS, the woman who microwaved her dog in an effort to dry it.. they're all here. Their presence really has no point to the movie whatsoever, other than to show that sometimes even the most horrific urban legends are not nearly as terrible as real life can be.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By joe goggins on April 29, 2001
Format: DVD
This movie affected me more than any other movie this year, though the last half hour of Dancer in the Dark was pretty awesome as well. Urbania (neat title that) is funny, scary, and moving. While it's sometimes difficult to know exactly what's going on, it ultimately fills in its secrets in a whoosh that made me want to cry and go "Wow" all at the same time. It's like the ending of Usual Suspects crossed with the emotional undertow of Sixth Sense, while always occupying an unsettling zone all its own. The unsettledness seems to be the point. We're in the mind of a man who's lost his anchor, his love, and with him, we're trying to get our bearings. The movie seemed to present the varied ways we can respond to a catastrophe: despair, revenge, redemption. I've read in the other reviews a tussle over whether this is an agenda movie. I think it's not, because with an agenda movie if you remove it's message, there's nothing left. Here, if you take out the homophobia and gay desire of the film, it's still a compelling ride into the mind of a character who's been victimized and wants to get back in the driver's seat. So, how can it be an agenda film? It's a multi-layered, visionary film about someone who's different from me, and I appreciated that. Though it made me a little uncomfortable at times, that didn't make me feel it wasn't made for me. It felt like it was testing my ability to see the world through someone else's eyes. I look forward to watching it again and how often can you say that?
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Horner on May 11, 2002
Format: DVD
"Urbania" is an intense and disturbing movie that takes place mainly during one freakish night on the streets of New York. What leads to the events that take place is shown in flashbacks. Its conclusion is quite powerful, especially for those like myself who don't quite figure out what's going on until near the end. A second viewing allows one to appreciate the clues contained throughout the film.
I can't say only so much about the plot without using spoilers. The protagonist, Charlie [Dan Futterman], is obviously very disturb by something that recently occurred. We see him in flashbacks with his lover, Chris [Matt Keeslar]. They seem to have a very loving relationship. In the present, we watch him call Chris several times and leave messages on Chris' answer machine. They seem to have broken up, but how and why? Or is it something more? We watch Charlie prowls the streets looking for something or someone. He charms, then shocks a young stud and his bimbo girlfriend. He goes to visit an old friend. In the flashbacks the friend is lively and vibrant. He gives wild parties. In the present, the friend is sick and alone. The encounter is tense and sad. Charlie befriends a bartender and gives him $50 to be on the lookout for an alcoholic, over the hill hustler [Samuel Ball]. What could he want with this sleazy character?
Dan Futterman gives an astonishing performance - edgy, tinged with a wealth of emotions from grief to rage. He is in every scene. Keeslar is suitably pretty and charming. Beyond his smiling face there is a decided sadness. Samuel Ball is frighteningly authentic as the hustler, one of those street-smart people whose aura is one of havoc and violence.
This is a gay-themed movie that breaks the mold. Charlie is a real character, not some by-the-numbers stereotype.
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