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  (in credits order)
Matt Mitler ... Danny Gold
Carolyn McDermott ... Carolyn

Jason Brill ... Jake Weinberg

Kimberly Flynn ... Kimberly

Chuck Montgomery ... Lucky Jackson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Todd Alcott ... Himself
Sherry Anderson

John Augustine

Kevin Brown ... Dack

Justin Case ... Cameraman

James Giordano ... Jim (as Jim Giordano)
Dan Greenberger ... TV Producer

Michael Hirsch ... Jojo
Chris Kropp ... TV Producer
Debra K. Lynn ... Hazel

Camryn Manheim

Paul Parducci ... Paul
Robert Prichard ... Pritch

Frank Senger ... Frank Kansy

David Wells ... Alan

Debra Wilson
Stefanie Zadravec ... Sales girl
R. Sikoryak ... Angry Cheerleader (uncredited)

Directed by
Matt Mitler 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Theodore P. LoRusso 
Matt Mitler  screenplay
Matt Mitler  story

Produced by
Jennifer Babtist .... associate producer (as Jennifer Prichard)
Justin Case .... associate producer
Lilli Mitler .... co-producer
Matt Mitler .... producer
William Otterson .... associate producer
Robert Prichard .... associate producer
Original Music by
Arthur Rosen 
Cinematography by
Mark Traver 
Film Editing by
Matt Mitler 
Art Direction by
Ben DuLong 
Shawn Sullivan 
Costume Design by
Carol Brys 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jude Gorjanc .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Sheldon Steiger .... sound mixer
Robert Taz Larrea .... sound (as Rob Taz)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ian Vollmer .... electrician

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92 min


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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Pure Gold, 30 May 2002
Author: Toby Osborne

For those unfamiliar with Matt Mitler's previous cinematic work, ‘Cracking Up' is a fitting baptism of fire.

Matt Mitler takes the lead role in his directorial debut as the toxic and larger than life wannabe Danny Gold. Playing a struggling actor was never going to be a stretch for him, but, as the infectious stand-up comic (and struggling actor) who is destined for greater things, Mitler shines. Not only does he make the part his own; he throws in so many quirks and specialties from his private repertoire that he makes his act a tough one to follow.

In this visually-rich film, Gold is on the road to fame and finds it lined with greedy managers and execs. This results in a feeding frenzy to snap up the unsigned frantic, yet fragile, actor before he completely ‘cracks up.' The audience is drawn into a comic-strip reality (which is indeed very real) as Danny takes us on a haunting tour of his New York hangouts, tempestuous love life and recurring drug habit. All the while, ‘Cracking Up' ails from Tourettes syndrome in the form of Danny's insane impressions and spontaneous musical numbers.

My advice: buckle up and enjoy the ride. And don't blink for a second as you wouldn't want to miss Mitler performing an act as Robert De Niro as Jesus (!), complete with crucifix; simulating masturbation with a can of cola; and the manic energy of his ‘Penis Man' routine.

Ultimately, Gold's mental frailty, and genius, is brutally exposed, and the route that gets us there is an interesting and humor-filled trip. The laughs are on a level higher than the average ‘blockbuster' tripe; instead the jokes often hit the mark with the force of a sledgehammer. It helps, of course, that the supporting cast (Flynn, Brill, McDermott), mostly playing themselves, share a unique camaraderie that gels the story together.

In the very beginning, the ubiquitous Matt Mitler plays Danny Gold playing Marlon Brando in a take-off of the famous scene in ‘On the Waterfront.' This results in a hilarious and unforgettable break-out of a Pee Wee Herman impression that would no doubt inspire Brando himself to label ‘Cracking Up' a serious `contender.'

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