Nowhere (1997)

USA, France,
35mm film, colour, 1.85:1

An American fantasy film directed by Gregg Araki.

Plot Summary

During the course of one day and one night, a group of disaffected teenagers struggle to find their place in the world. 18-year-old film student Dark has a particularly wild night, running into a teen idol so famous that no one can remember his name, the dreaded Atari gang, some scary drag queens and an alien that has possessed the body of the boy he loves.


Director: Gregg Araki
Blurco, Desperate Pictures, UGC Images, Why Not Productions
Executive Producers: Gregoire Sorlat, Ilene Staple, Nicole Arbib, Pascal Caucheteux
Producers: Andrea Sperling, Gregg Araki
Script: Gregg Araki
Director of Photography: Arturo Smith
Editor: Gregg Araki
Music Supervisors: Peter M. Coquillard, Howard Paar, Windswept Pacific Entertainment Co
Sound Mixer: Christopher Taylor
Costume Designer: Sara Slotnick
Make-up and Hair: Jason Rail, Julie Zvorsky
Special Effects: L. Matt Hill, Michael Burnett Productions Inc
Alien Special Effects: Michael Burnett
Production Designer: Patti Podesta

James Duval (Dark)
Rachel True (Mel)
Nathan Bexton (Montgomery)
Chiara Mastroianni (Kriss)
Debi Mazar (Kozy)
Kathleen Robertson (Lucifer)
Joshua Gibran Mayweather (Zero)
Jordan Ladd (Alyssa)
Christina Applegate (Dingbat)
Sarah Lassez (Egg)
Guillermo Diaz (Cowboy)
Jeremy Jordan (Bart)
Alan Boyce (Handjob)
Jaason Simmons (The Teen Idol)
Ryan Phillippe (Shad)
Heather Graham (Lilith)
Scott Caan (Ducky)
Thyme Lewis (Elvis)
Mena Suvari (Zoe)
Beverly D'Angelo (Dark's mom)
Charlotte Rae (fortune teller)
Denise Richards (Jana)
Teresa Hill (Shannon)
Kevin Light (Noah)
Traci Lords (val-chick 1)
Shannen Doherty (val-chick 2)
Rose McGowan (val-chick 3)
John Ritter (Moses Helper)

Alternative Titles

Ectasy Generation – Italian title


Screen International no.1105 (25 April-1 May 1997) p.20
Billed as the finale of writer/director Gregg Araki's ‘Teen Apocalypse Trilogy', Nowhere presents the same refreshing take on teen angst as the trilogy's first two instalments, Totally F***ed Up and The Doom Generation, only this time in a jokier, less raw style. The new film does not have the immediate impact of its predecessors but, with its relative accessibility, strong soundtrack and the clout of distributor Fine Line, it should help Araki reach beyond his cult following to a slightly wider audience. […] While the rambling story loses focus from time to time, Araki packs in enough jolting mood changes to carry the film through to its kitschy conclusion. – from a review by John Hazelton



  • Empire July 1998 p.38 – review (by Jake Hamilton)
  • Film Review July 1998 p.25 – review (by Ian Calcutt)
  • Première October 1997 p.38 – review (by Peggy Olmi)
  • Screen International no.1105 (25 April-1 May 1997) p.20 – credits, review (by John Hazelton)
  • Studio September 1997 p.28 – review (by Michel Rebichon)
  • Total Film July 1998 p.101 – review (by Helen Van Kruyssen)


  • The Films of the Nineties: A Complete, Qualitative Filmography of Over 3000 Feature-Length English Language Films, Theatrical and Video-Only, Released Between January 1, 1990, and December 31, 1999 by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn L. Nowlan p.403