Banger Sisters, The : About The Cast


Academy Award-winner Goldie Hawn plays Suzette, a colorful free spirit who sets off on a quest to find something she lost long ago. Most recently, Hawn starred along with Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Andie MacDowell and Garry Shandling in TOWN & COUNTRY for New Line Cinema. In March of 1998, she re-teamed with her HOUSESITTER co-star, Steve Martin, in the Paramount Pictures comedy THE OUT-OF-TOWNERS. Prior to that, Hawn was seen in two critically acclaimed films, THE FIRST WIVES CLUB, starring with Bette Midler and Diane Keaton, and Woody Allen's musical comedy EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU.

In 1997, Hawn made her debut behind the camera as the director of the Turner Network Television original film "Hope," which starred Christine Lahti, J. T. Walsh and Jena Malone.

Hawn made her feature film debut in THE ONE AND ONLY, GENUINE, ORIGINAL FAMILY BAND before playing opposite Walter Matthau and Ingrid Bergman in CACTUS FLOWER, for which she won the 1969 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She went on to star in BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE and THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS, Steven Spielberg's feature debut.

Her additional early films include THERE'S A GIRL IN MY SOUP, THE GIRL FROM PETROVKA and THE DUCHESS AND THE DIRTWATER FOX, among others. She also starred opposite Warren Beatty in the 1975 box office hit, SHAMPOO.

Following a two-year hiatus, in which she devoted time to her family, Hawn returned to the screen to star with Chevy Chase in FOUL PLAY. She then executive produced and starred in the 1980 box office smash PRIVATE BENJAMIN, garnering a Best Actress Academy Award nomination. She went on to star in SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES, again with Chevy Chase; BEST FRIENDS, with Burt Reynolds; and Jonathan Demme's SWING SHIFT.

Hawn continued her success, both as an actress and producer, with a variety of film projects including PROTOCOL, WILDCATS, OVERBOARD, MY BLUE HEAVEN, CRISSCROSS and SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT, which starred Julia Roberts. She then appeared in the action hit BIRD ON A WIRE, opposite Mel Gibson; the thriller DECEIVED; HOUSESITTER, with Steve Martin; and DEATH BECOMES HER, with Meryl Streep and Bruce Willis.

Born in Tacoma Park, Maryland, Hawn began training for a career as a dancer at the age of 3. By the time she was 17, she was running her own ballet school. Hawn was still a high school student when she acted professionally for the first time, playing Juliet in a Williamsburg, Virginia production of "Romeo and Juliet. " After studying drama at American University for two years, she made her professional dancing debut at the Texas Pavilion of the New York World's Fair in 1964-65 and remained in New York to perform as a singer and dancer in off-Broadway productions of "Kiss Me, Kate," "Guys and Dolls," "Pal Joey," "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and "The Boyfriend. "

She continued to work steadily as a dancer, which led to television work in Los Angeles, culminating in her appearance in the classic comedy/variety show "Rowan & Martin's

Laugh-In. " Hawn has also headlined her own show in Las Vegas and has returned to television for several specials over the years including "Pure Goldie," "Goldie and the Kids - Listen to Us," "Goldie and Liza Together" and "The Goldie Hawn Special. "

Hawn is a principal in Cosmic Entertainment, a production entity comprised of her own banner, Clear Light, as well as the production companies of Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson and Oliver Hudson. The company is actively producing and developing over a dozen projects for film and television.


Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon plays Lavinia, a tightly wound, type-A mother of two who appears to be as far from the world of rock 'n' roll as she is from her true self.

Sarandon brings her own brand of sex appeal and intelligence to every role - from her fearless portrayal in BULL DURHAM to her Oscar-nominated performances in THELMA & LOUISE, LORENZO'S OIL, THE CLIENT and ATLANTIC CITY, and her Academy Award-winning and SAG Award™-winning role as Sister Helen, a nun consoling a death-row inmate in DEAD MAN WALKING.

Sarandon made her acting debut in the movie JOE, which she followed with a continuing role in the drama A WORLD APART. Her early film credits include THE GREAT WALDO PEPPER, LOVIN' MOLLY, THE FRONT PAGE and the 1975 cult classic THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. In 1978, she played Brooke Shields' mother in Louis Malle's controversial PRETTY BABY and went on to receive her first Oscar nomination in Malle's ATLANTIC CITY.


More recently, Sarandon starred opposite Paul Newman and Gene Hackman in

TWILIGHT; with Julia Roberts in the poignant comedy STEPMOM; in the erotic farce ILLUMINATA, directed by John Turturro; Tim Robbins' drama CRADLE WILL ROCK; Wayne Wang's ANYWHERE BUT HERE; and Stanley Tucci's JOE GOULD'S SECRET. She provided one of the voices for the hit animated features RUGRATS IN PARIS, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH and CATS & DOGS, and served as narrator for Laleh Khadivi's documentary 900 WOMEN about female prison inmates. She also starred in HBO's "Earthly Possessions," based on the Anne Tyler novel and directed by James Lapine. On Broadway, Sarandon appeared in "An Evening with Richard Nixon" and received critical acclaim for her performances off-Broadway in "A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talkin'" and the thriller "Extremities," and off-off-Broadway in "The Guys. "

She will soon be seen in Brad Silberling's MOONLIGHT MILE, with Dustin Hoffman, and with Jeff Goldblum in the comedy IGBY GOES DOWN.


Academy Award-winner Geoffrey Rush plays the meticulous, neurotic Harry, who can only be released from his mental prison by the boundary-less Suzette.

Rush won the 1997 Best Actor Oscar® and Golden Globe for his performance as the pianist David Helfgott in SHINE, which drew acclaim from critics and audiences around the world. In 2000, Rush was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for his chilling portrayal of the Marquis de Sade in Fox Searchlight Pictures' QUILLS. He received Academy, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for Best Supporting Actor for his memorable portrayal of Philip Henslowe in the Oscar-winning Best Picture of 1999, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE. Also in 1999, Rush starred opposite Cate Blanchett in Shekar Kapur's ELIZABETH, for which he won a BAFTA Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.

Other recent projects include: LANTANA, with Barbara Hershey and Anthony LaPaglia; Gillian Armstrong's OSCAR AND LUCINDA; the role of Inspector Javert in LES MISÉRABLES, with Liam Neeson; THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL and MYSTERY MAN. In 2002, Rush will also appear in Julie Taymor's FRIDA, starring Salma Hayek and Alfred Molina. Rush just finished production on the Coen brothers' INTOLERABLE CRUELTY and is currently working on Sydney Pollack and Walter Salles' THE ASSUMPTION, which will star Academy Award-winners Juliette Binoche and Vanessa Redgrave.

An acclaimed and distinguished stage actor, Rush's career has spanned more than 70 theatrical productions. He began by studying mime, movement and theater in Paris in the 1970s, returning to his native Australia to play the fool in Warren Mitchell's "King Lear" and starring with the young Mel Gibson in "Waiting for Godot. " He then joined Jim Sharman's Lighthouse ensemble company, playing many classic roles throughout the early '80s.

Rush went on to star in several acclaimed Australian feature film productions including Gillian Armstrong's STARSTRUCK, Neil Armfield's TWELFTH NIGHT, George Whaley's ON OUR SELECTION and CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION, starring Judy Davis and Sam Neill.


Erika Christensen plays Hannah, Lavinia's eldest daughter, who has a little more inner BANGER SISTER than her mother is comfortable with.

Christensen stunned audiences as Michael Douglas' drug-addicted daughter in Steven Soderbergh's Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning film TRAFFIC. She, along with the rest of the cast, received the prestigious Screen Actors Guild Award®. Christensen individually received the Movieline Award for Standout Performance and MTV's Breakthrough Performance Female Award for her role.

Christensen has gravitated toward dramatic roles in award-winning television dramas including: "The Practice," "Touched by an Angel," "Time of Your Life," "The Pretender" and "Nothing Sacred," for which she was nominated by The Hollywood Reporter for the Young Star Award: Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama TV Series.

Christensen was also seen in Universal's LEAVE IT TO BEAVER. She has guest starred on the television sitcoms "That '70s show," "Frasier," "Third Rock From The Sun," and more recently, "Movie Stars. "

Other projects include the Disney film CAN OF WORMS, in which she played the teen heroine, and the CBS/Touchstone summer comedy series "Thanks. " In September 2002, Christensen can be seen in Twentieth Century Fox's SWIMFAN, in which she will play the role of the classic femme fatale in a love triangle.


Eva Amurri had ample experience to play the part of Lavinia's hysterically adolescent daughter Ginger; she is Susan Sarandon's daughter in real life. Amurri, who turned 16 years of age during THE BANGER SISTERS' shoot, made her feature film debut in 1992 in Tim Robbins' BOB ROBERTS and followed that role up with a small part in Robbins' DEAD MAN WALKING.

In 1999, Amurri appeared in the HBO drama "Earthly Possessions" and in Fox 2000's ANYWHERE BUT HERE, directed by Wayne Wang. She will soon be seen in a starring role in MADE-UP, which was awarded Best Independent Feature at the 2002 Santa Barbara Film Festival.


Robin Thomas plays the starched, corporate lawyer husband of Lavinia, who is as oblivious to the uprising occurring in his own family as he is to his wife's colorful past.

In addition to THE BANGER SISTERS, in 2002, Thomas will play a lead role in Paramount's sci-fi time travel film CLOCKSTOPPERS and will star opposite Ed Asner in MISSING BRENDAN.

Thomas made his feature film debut in Edward Zwick's 1986 cult classic . .. ABOUT LAST NIGHT, starring Rob Lowe and Demi Moore, and had a lead role the following year opposite Mark Harmon and Kirstie Alley in Carl Reiner's SUMMER SCHOOL. He has appeared in THE CONTENDER, for which he and the cast received a Broadcast Film Critics Award; Michael Browning's MORE DOGS THAN BONES; BREAK UP, starring Bridget Fonda and Kiefer Sutherland; STAR MAPS directed by Miguel Arteta and released by Fox Searchlight; the Warren Beatty-directed BULWORTH; William Friedkin's JADE; WELCOME HOME, ROXY CARMICHAEL, starring Winona Ryder and Jeff Daniels; and his voice is featured in Steven Spielberg's Academy Award-winning film SAVING PRIVATE RYAN.

A seasoned television actor, Thomas has been featured in Movies of the Week including: "Wild Horses," "Halloweentown," "High Stakes," "Color Me Perfect," "Rape of Dr. Willis," "Element of Truth" and "From The Dead of Night. " He has enjoyed recurring roles on: "The Division," "The Court," "Party of Five," "thirtysomething" and "Murphy Brown. " Thomas has appeared on the following television programs: "The West Wing," "Chicago Hope," "The Practice," "JAG," "High Incident," "Touched by an Angel," "Diagnosis Murder," "Walker, Texas Ranger," "To Have and To Hold" and "It's Like, You Know. "

Thomas' stage experience includes "Laura," starring with Linda Hamilton at the Tiffany Theatre, "Dogs" for Circle Rep West, "Straw Head" for the Actors Studio and Director Norman Mailer, and numerous other plays in New York City and Los Angeles. He most recently appeared as Julius Rosenberg in "Worse Than Murder," again starring with Linda Hamilton.


In the role of Jules, Matthew Carey is Hannah's partner in crime as she begins to discover the wild side she has always suppressed. In addition to THE BANGER SISTERS, in 2002 Carey will appear in ROAD TRIP Director Todd Phillips' OLD SCHOOL, opposite Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson and Will Farrell. Carey has also just completed filming PARTY MONSTER, opposite Seth Green and Macaulay Culkin.

Carey currently has a recurring role on Fox's "24" and previous recurring roles on "Bless This House" and "Family Rules. " Additionally, Carey was a series regular on MTV's "Live Through This" and has guest appeared on "Judging Amy," "Undressed," "Saving Graces," "Early Edition," "ER," "Party of Five," "Law & Order," "The Pretender" and "Too Something. "

Carey starred in independent films WAR OF THE ANGELS and VILLAGE OF IDIOTS and appeared in BILLBOARD DAD and LEAVE IT TO BEAVER.