Tape : About The Cast

Ethan Hawke- Vince
Ethan Hawke stars as Vince, a volunteer fireman and small-time drug dealer who revisits his hometown of Lansing, Michigan, in order to confront a former high school classmate with accusations of raping a girl that they both dated as teenagers ten years before.

Ethan Hawke was born in Austin, Texas, but later moved with his family to Princeton Junction, New Jersey. He made his feature film debut in 1985 at the age of 14 in the science fiction film EXPLORERS. Since then he has established a career not only in film, but also in theater and as a writer.

Hawke began his study of acting at Princeton's prestigious McCarter Theater and landed his first professional job in that theater's production of Shaw's St. Joan. He later studied theater in England with the British Theatre Association and at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He performed in Chekhov's The Seagull at the National Actors Theater and in Chicago, Hawke starred in the Steppenwolfe Theater Company's production of Sam Shepherd's Buried Child, directed by Gary Sinise.

Hawke portrayed Todd Anderson in Touchstone Picture's Academy Award-winning DEAD POET'S SOCIETY. He then starred opposite Jack Lemmon and Ted Danson in DAD, and in the screen adaptation of Jack London's classic Alaskan adventure, WHITE FANG, directed by Randal Kleiser. Other films followed, including RICH IN LOVE with Albert Finney, WATERLAND with Jeremy Irons, A MIDNIGHT CLEAR, and Disney's true-life adventure ALIVE. Hawke played leading man to Winona Ryder in REALITY BITES and to Julie Delpy in the critically acclaimed BEFORE SUNRISE.

Hawke's first novel, The Hottest State, was published by Little Brown in 1996 and praised by The New York Times Book Review as "a sweet love story…(in which)…Mr. Hawke does a fine job…(and)…easily evokes the restlessness of being 21 in the mid-1990s south of 14th Street. "

In 1997 Hawke starred with Uma Thurman and Jude Law in the sci-fi futuristic thriller GATTACA, written and directed by Andrew Niccol. He then worked with Richard Linklater on THE NEWTON BOYS, also starring Matthew McConaughey, Skeet Ulrich, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Dwight Yoakam. In 1998 he was also seen in Columbia Tristar's updated version of the Charles Dickens classic GREAT EXPECTATIONS, co-starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert DeNiro. The next year he starred in Scott Hicks' acclaimed adaptation of David Guterson's best-selling novel SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS and also appeared in Frank Whaley's JOE THE KING.

Hawke made his directorial debut on STRAIGHT TO ONE starring Josh Hamilton, the story of a couple, young and in love, living in the Chelsea Hotel. He also directed the music video Stay for long-time friend and former neighbor Lisa Loeb and is currently directing CHELSEA WALLS, starring Kevin Corrigan, Vincent D'Onofrio, Kris Kristofferson, Robert Sean Leonard, Natasha Richardson, Uma Thurman, Tuesday Weld, Frank Whaley and Steve Zahn, for InDigEnt.

Uma Thurman- Amy
Uma Thurman stars as Amy, an Assistant District Attorney who must confront what may or may not have been an unpleasant episode in her past when she is reunited with two former high school classmates ten years after one of them may have raped her.

The daughter of a psychologist and a college professor, Uma Thurman was raised in Amherst, Massachusetts, and in Woodstock, New York. She attended a preparatory school in New England, where at fifteen she was discovered by two New York agents. At sixteen she transferred to the Professional Children's School in New York City in order to pursue an acting career.

Thurman made her film debut opposite Anthony Michael Hall in JOHNNY BE GOOD but it was her role as the goddess Venus in Terry Gilliam's 1988 fantasy entitled THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN that brought her international attention. The actress the went on to star as an 18th Century virginal convent girl in Stephen Frears' acclaimed production of DANGERGOUS LIAISONS, also starring Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer and Keanu Reeves.

The next year Thurman starred as writer Henry Miller's neurotic and erotic bisexual wife in Philip Kaufman's HENRY & JUNE before appearing as Dabney Coleman's daughter in John Boorman's WHERE THE HEART IS.

Subsequent film credits include Phil Joanou's FINAL ANALYSIS with Richard Gere and Kim Basinger, JENNIFER 8 again with Malkovich, MAD DOG AND GLORY with Robert DeNiro and Bill Murray, and Gus Van Sant's EVEN COWGIRLS GET THE BLUES as Sissy Hankshaw, a big-thumbed, bisexual hippie hitchhiker.

In 1995 Thurman received an Academy Award nomination for her performance as a sexy and comedic mobster's wife in Quentin Tarantino's PULP FICTION. Later that year she was seen in A MONTH BY THE LAKE with Vanessa Redgrave and BEAUTIFUL GIRLS, directed by Ted Demme. She then appeared in THE TRUTH ABOUT CATS AND DOGS, BATMAN & ROBIN, GATTACA, LES MISERABLES and THE AVENGERS.

Thurman's most recent film credits include Woody Allen's SWEET AND LOWDOWN, with Sean Penn and Samantha Morton, VATEL, starring with Gerard Depardieu and Tim Roth, and the Merchant/Ivory film THE GOLDEN BOWL starring with Nick Nolte, Angelica Huston and Jeremy Northam.

Robert Sean Leonard- Jon
Robert Sean Leonard stars as Jon, a budding filmmaker who revisits his hometown of Lansing, Michigan, where one of his films is scheduled to screen at a local film festival, only to be accused of raping an ex-high school flame who is now an Assistant District Attorney.

Robert Sean Leonard began his acting career at New York's Ridgewood Theater at the age of fourteen. Five years later he made his film debut in the Academy Award-winning DEAD POETS SOCIETY starring with Robin Williams and Ethan Hawke.

Leonard's stage credits include the Broadway productions of The Iceman Cometh starring Kevin Spacey, The Glass Menagerie, Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, Candida (for which he received a Tony Award nomination), The Speed of Darkness, Breaking the Code, Brighton Beach Memoirs and the recent revival of The Music Man. He also appeared in the West End production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town and won the 2001 Tony Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Play for his performance in Stoppard's The Invention of Love.

Among Leonard's additional film credits are LAST DAYS OF DISCO with Chloe Sevigny, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING with Denzel Washington, Emma Thompson and Keanu Reeves, THE AGE OF INNOCENCE with Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Winona Ryder, SWING KIDS and MR. AND MRS. BRIDGE with Paul Newman. Leonard will also be seen starring in the upcoming CHELSEA, based on the play of the same title by Nichol Burdette and directed by Ethan Hawke for InDigEnt.

Author : Lions Gate Films