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June 1992 (USA) See more »
He Survived "Swimming to Cambodia." Now The Adventure Continues.
This is the story of Spalding Gray and his attempt to write a novel. It is a first person account about writing and living... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Spalding Gray ... Himself

Directed by
Nick Broomfield 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Spalding Gray 

Produced by
Jon Blair .... producer
Norman I. Cohen .... associate producer
Renée Shafransky .... producer
Original Music by
Laurie Anderson 
Cinematography by
Michael Coulter 
Film Editing by
Graham Hutchings 
Production Design by
Ray Oxley 
Makeup Department
Anna Prashker .... makeup artist
Production Management
Rieta Oord .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mary Soan .... first assistant director
Art Department
Kevin Evans .... stand-by carpenter
Alf Harmen .... set construction
Angus McCubbine .... stand-by carpenter
Debbie Williams .... set construction
Mark Williams .... set construction
Sound Department
Larry Goldberg .... sound assistant
Skip Lievsay .... sound effects
Sandy MacRae .... sound recordist
Grant Maxwell .... sound re-recording mixer
John Purcell .... sound editor
Neil Woods .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Bryan .... lighting consultant
Stuart Bunting .... grip
Eddie Burt .... key grip
Pete Cavaciuti .... camera operator
Nick Coward .... video assist operator
Uinkar 'Bobby' Dhillon .... clapper loader (as Bob Dhillon)
Terry Edland .... gaffer
Colin Finlay .... lighting console operator
Jeremy Gee .... camera operator
John Jordan .... assistant camera
Gary Romaine .... grip
Carole Stapleton .... assistant camera
Jonathan Sykes .... clapper loader
Gary Turnbull .... assistant camera
Konrad Watson .... electrician
Nigel Willoughby .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Andy Christie .... post-production coordinator (as Andrew Christie)
Chris Gacon .... post-production coordinator
Jim Hogan .... telecine operator
Steve Lucas .... telecine operator
Geraint Owen .... post-production coordinator
Paul Richmond .... assistant editor
James Thomas .... assistant editor
Other crew
Tatiana Bicât .... production runner
Mary Blackman .... production accountant
David Burden .... production runner
Sandra Eyitene .... production accountant
Ronald E. Feiner .... legal advisor
Colin Gregory .... theatre coordinator
Colin Gregory .... theatre coordinator
Vivianne Royal .... production assistant
Jo Sargent .... production associate
Renée Shafransky .... director: original stage production
Bob Storer .... legal advisor
Patrick Swaffer .... legal advisor
Susie Werster .... assistant to producer
Seamus Cassidy .... special thanks
Bernard Gersten .... special thanks
Gregory Mosher .... special thanks
Larry Sacharov .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Rated PG-13 for thematic material
87 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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The unnamed child who projectile vomited on stage at Lincoln Center's run of "Our Town" was Shane Culkin.See more »
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Don't read unless you know the final story of Spalding Gray, 13 July 2007
Author: doncasual-1 from United States

I really enjoy watching Spalding Gray's monologue films. The dry wit and humor, the self-deprecating approach to his insecurities and even those things that he felt pretty strongly about.

I was watching his "Monster in a Box" (1992) film this morning (July 13, 2007) and, again, enjoying his recollections about his professional and personal life since he made the previous hit, "Swimming to Cambodia," (1987).

And then it hit me...

Spalding Gray is dead. I'm watching a film record of a man who supposedly committed suicide by jumping off the Staten Island Ferry into the East River sometime in January, 2004.

His body wasn't found for nearly two months (March 9, 2004) and, by that time, the only thing that they believed they could recognize of Spalding Gray were the pants still clinging to the body.

I will miss Spalding Gray very much and I am appreciative of the knowledge that he will still visit me every now and then when I turn on the television and happily discover one of his old films is being broadcast. But here's the point of this comment here in IMDb: Watching "Monster in a Box" reveals a high degree of potential insight into what is to become of Spalding Gray seventeen years into the future. All you have to do is listen... and think, "This man will commit suicide seventeen years from when he spoke these words." Think about this, what he said in Monster in a Box"... He is talking about the Christmas holiday season approaching. The only way he knew it was coming was because he had heard something about it on the radio. And for some reason or another (I didn't catch this part) he wanted to participate in a suicide telephone helpline, where he might help people who had become despondent and suicidal during the holidays.

In order to join the suicide hotline "team," Spalding had to undergo a written test and then be interviewed by team leaders who were to determine his suitability to the task of stopping others from killing themselves.

He "failed" the interview. One member of the interview team told him that it would be a good idea if he (Spalding) sought psychological counseling. This confession got a good laugh from the audience... but I knew something they didn't - and I thought about it: Perhaps helping others to stop from killing themselves might have been the best form of counseling Spalding Gray could ever have had. I'm not sure.

Despite the fact that Spalding Gray had been habitually despondent ever since an auto accident in Ireland in 2001 had left him suffering from severe nerve damage, he had always struck me as being a tortured soul on the edge of self-destruction. His mother had committed suicide (he comments in the film about his own mother's severe despondency and how, on one occasion near the end, she had asked his advice on how she could best end her own life). It makes you wonder if suicide could somehow be genetic.

Anyway, I thought that I would share this thought with you and - along with me - watch "Monster in a Box" again sometime in the future, and pay particular attention to the hidden asides and innuendoes of a suicide yet to come. If you note something of interest, maybe you'll share it with me... You can comment on it in the IMDb blog or chat room or whatever they call it at the bottom of the IMDb "Monster in a Box" web page. I'll start a "thread" in there called "Staten Island Ferry." Come and add your comment.

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