Pennies (2006)

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Amy Adams as: Charlotte Brown
Directed by: Warner Loughlin, Diana Valentine
Written by: Eddie Adams, Marcus Kayne
Selected Cast: Cerina Vincent, Darren Le Gallo, David Reivers
Release Date: October 20, 2006 (St. John’s International Women’s Film and Video Festival)
Genre: Short / Drama / Thriller
MPAA Rating: n/a

How far would you go for your child?

Pennies is the story of Charlotte Brown, a waitress and young single mother who will do anything for her daughter Jenny, and when push comes to shove, she does. With a menacing figure on the other end of the phone and a time limit of two hours, she must raise enough money to ensure that she sees the smiling face of her child again. Charlotte’s customers are her only hope. The clock is ticking as we see the desperate young mother dealing with one eccentric customer after the next, displaying her charming vulnerability and inspiring strength through all the chaos. With her feet firmly planted on the ground, Charlotte maintains her focus and attempts to beat the clock and save the day.

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Amy’s Role

Amy plays Charlotte Brown, a struggling waitress stuck in a thankless job to make her daughter’s dreams come true. While this is a low-budjet short film, do not let that put you off. It is a good and original film and Amy is very good in the leading role. It offers her more to do than some of older full length movies.


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Character Quotes

• “She calls you her little Mighty Mouse!”

• “Thank you, God. Thank you.”

•”You know what. It’s on the house.”

Trivia & Facts

• Production of the film started in 2002 and proceeded to 2003 but the movie wasn’t released until 2006. It premiered at some film festivals and eventually aired on Comcast.

• It’s a short film that clocks in at just under 25 minutes.

• Amy’s real life boyfriend, Darren Le Gallo, has a small role. He plays Cowboy Jim.

• Amy’s brother Eddie Adams, co-wrote and has a small role as Customer #1. Matthew Grant, the other writer also appears in it, as Cowboy Tom.


“Excellent direction and production, and Amy Adams was convincing and vulnerable. The actress, Debby Porter and one-half of a pair of closeted lesbians was quite humorous for a new actress. Matthew Grant is always a stand-out in any part that he undertakes, having also produced and directed films. Diana Valentine is an experienced director, having started out as a stunt-woman, then moving to script supervising before directing. Warner Loughlin is a successful acting coach, with a quite impressive clientèle. Eddie Adams writing is very mature for his young age. The crew consisted of some of the best gaffers, cameramen and A.D.s in the business. Ronnie Schell, a veteran actor, really adds some character to the picture. It’s a feel-good picture, and shouldn’t be missed if you have the chance to see it. Pennies is an all-around hit!” –
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