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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Stephen Mailer ... Gabriel Higgs
Grahame Wood ... Lab Partner

Kristy Swanson ... Kirby Watts
Daniel R. Gerson ... Ross
Stan Brown ... Professor

Sean Bridgers ... Dumpster Hunter (as Sean Bridges)

Len Cariou ... Dr. Lionel Higgs / Dr. Ezekial Higgs

Christine Baranski ... Mrs. Margaret 'Maggie' Higgs

Dorothy Recasner Brown ... Proctor (as Dorothy Brown)

Dave Chappelle ... Ron

Andrew McCarthy ... Rupert Grimm
George Lee ... Dr. Peters
Christina Keefe ... Rachel
Roy Lind ... Dean Stiller
Laura Cathey ... Jubilant Student
Kate Finlayson ... Helen

Joanne Pankow ... Nurse
Pat Lavelle ... Receptionist

Matthew Perry ... Randall Burns

Blake Lindsley ... Tina
Colleen Doherty ... Coed
Nealy Glenn ... Tense Student

Calista Flockhart ... Amanda Morel
Claire Whitworth ... Jody
Andrew Lauren ... Fraternity Brother
Hedgie Bartol ... Fraternity Brother

Jackson Walker ... Fraternity Brother
Spiro Malas ... Mr. Grimm
Rick Andosca ... Cop
Angela Jones ... Librarian
Bahni Turpin ... Valerie Bookbinder

Robert Longstreet ... Man in Library
Jason Jenks ... Hacker
David Holland ... Officer Denby
Avram Ludwig ... Officer
Gary Gennerich ... Sergeant
Arthur L. Liman ... Anatomy Professor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Helen Sifford ... Student (uncredited)
Zed Starkovich ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Doug Liman 
Writing credits
P.J. Posner (written by) &
Joel Posner (written by) &
Jonathan Lewin (written by)

Produced by
Glenn Aveni .... executive producer
Steve Klinenberg .... co-producer
Adam Lindemann .... producer
Philippe Martinez .... executive producer
Nelle Nugent .... producer
David Pachter .... co-producer
P.J. Posner .... associate producer
Bradford L. Schlei .... executive producer
Victor Simpkins .... producer
Barbara Skydel .... associate producer
Lauren Zalaznick .... line producer
Original Music by
Alex Wurman 
Cinematography by
David Claessen 
Film Editing by
Stephen Mirrione 
Casting by
Susan Booker 
Production Design by
Tim Eckel 
Art Direction by
Sarah Alcorn 
Costume Design by
Linda Fisher 
Makeup Department
Linda Biondo .... assistant hair stylist
Trina Brown .... assistant makeup artist
Shelly Hutchins .... assistant makeup artist
Tyger Tate .... key makeup artist
Rita Troy .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Ned Weisman .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Edmonds .... first assistant director
Michelle Edmonds .... second assistant director (as Michelle 'Muggs' Edmonds)
Deanna Stadler .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Chet Fenster .... assistant props
Nathan Gray .... property master
Andy Krish .... leadman
Thomas C. Mentzer .... construction foreman
Jim Pleasants .... assistant set dresser
Megan Ricks .... set dresser
Richard Whitney .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Bruce Bell .... foley mixer
Tim Chilton .... foley artist
Darin Goldberg .... production sound
David Grecu .... supervising sound editor
Elliot Jacobson .... sound mixer
Thomas Kearney .... dialogue editor
Nash Michael .... foley supervisor
Nancy Tracy .... adr editor
James G. Williams .... sound re-recording mixer (as Jim Williams)
Special Effects by
Drew Jiritano .... special effects coordinator
Greg Jiritano .... special effects assistant
Candice Ashley .... stunts
John Bamburg .... stunts
John Copeman .... stunt coordinator
Sylvia Gateway .... stunts
Patricia Ann Gray .... stunts
Tripp Greason .... stunts
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Marshall Isley .... stunts
Jennifer Lamb .... stunts
Dean Mumford .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Almeida .... lamp operator
John Barnett .... electrician
Lewis Binkowski .... electrician
Joe Clarke .... grip
Harry Gene Davis .... grip
Anthony M. Gutierrez .... director of photography: second unit
Geoff Herbert .... best boy grip
Dan Jones .... electrician
Kathleen Kim .... third assistant camera
Didier Koskas .... key grip
Harrison Palmer .... grip
Zed Starkovich .... assistant camera
Alan Steinheimer .... gaffer
Steve Tiborcz .... first assistant camera
Heyward Tunstall Jr. .... second assistant camera
Joe Victoria .... best boy electric
Casting Department
Maxann Crotts .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lisa A. Doyle .... set costumer
Stephanie Ittleson .... key costume assistant
Kim Wilcox .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Xochilt Baez .... apprentice editor
Maura Driscoll .... apprentice editor
Andrea Fatur .... apprentice editor
Nicole LaLoggia .... post-production coordinator
Mariano Llosa .... first assistant editor (as Mariano E. Llosa)
Amber Pfeiffer .... second assistant editor
Rebecca Weigold .... apprentice editor
Music Department
Eric Harryman .... music supervisor
Barry Levine .... music supervisor
Tanya L. Montgomery .... main title vocalist
Other crew
Leeann Cronk .... technical assistant
Jeffrey L. Davidson .... production coordinator
Jeff Gold .... technical assistant
Matt Helms .... technical assistant
Jim Herring .... location manager
Kate Miller .... assistant production coordinator
Richard Rionda Del Castro .... studio executive
Michael Swafford .... first assistant accountant
Kimberly Weeks .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Kill Me Tender" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for language and some violence
94 min
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According to director Doug Liman, the title sequence was shot for $500 using his out-of-pocket funds. He brought the cat along to chase the rats and motivate them to run, but the rats weren't afraid of the cat. Rather, the opposite was true, so Liman filmed the rats chasing the cat and then re-edited the footage.See more »


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How difficult that can be sometimes, 14 September 2010
Author: robert-temple-1 from United Kingdom

This is an early effort of director Doug Liman, who has since hit the big time as director of THE BOURNE IDENTITY (2002). The film is extraordinarily whimsical, full of jokes and spoofs, but all set within the context of an absorbing tale of ruthless competition amongst young people trying to get into Johns Hopkins Medical School, and the extent to which human greed and ambition will cause anyone, even students, to do anything to get what they want. The lead character is called Gabriel Higgs. He is very engagingly and charmingly played by Stephen Mailer. He is the son of rich, oppressive parents, and has a father with a Napoleon complex who bullies him relentlessly (terrifyingly played by Len Cariou). Gabriel has been preceded by four generations of men (all portrayed by large and impressive oil portraits on the walls of the family drawing room, in a substantial and richly-furnished house, where the camera makes sure we see the chandelier) who were all distinguished men of medicine. All went to Johns Hopkins, including the father. Gabriel is instructed that he must attend the same famous medical school as his forebears, carrying on 'the family tradition' as the fifth generation. Gabriel is really interested in botany but has been bullied into thinking he must become a medical doctor. He has applied only to Johns Hopkins and nowhere else, since there is no other place as far as his father is concerned. As he sits his entrance exam, Gabriel makes a slip and misses a line in the multiple choice questions, giving the correct answers but in the wrong lines. Then he is ordered to close his exam booklet and put his pencil down just he discovers this, so that he is unable to correct the erroneous entries. The exam process and the dictatorial woman in charge are well parodied, for this film is full of such satire against 'the system', suggesting that Liman has a congenial streak of anarchy in his character, or perhaps the writers Posner and Lewin do. The result of all this is that Gabriel is not admitted to the medical school, but is instead put on a waiting list for admission in case of vacancies, along with five other people. He dare not admit the truth to his parents, or rather when he tries over a glass of celebratory champagne to tell them, they laugh at his quaint joke and he lacks the courage to correct them, as he has never challenged his overbearing father before (who is so controlling that he criticises Gabriel if he is even five minutes late for dinner). This sets in train a series of events involving bribery, corruption, blackmail, and eventually murder. No, Gabriel doesn't try to kill anybody, but another one of the candidates on the waiting list does, and Gabriel is set up as the suspect, since he has been trying to pay them money to drop off the list in his favour. The plot gets very complicated and the story goes way over the top, but it does so in a mode of black humour which works. The comedic effects in this film are largely successful, and that is not easy to pull off in a complex tale of intrigue and murder. Such efforts can often fall flat. The funniest performance in the film is by Dave Chappelle, who plays Gabriel's computer nerd friend, Ron. He suffers from agoraphobia, which is the fear of open spaces, and at one crucial juncture in the story where his help is required outside of the computer room where he spends all his time, the hysterically funny scenes ensue where he says: 'You want me to go OUT?' and his computer nerd friends all look horrified as he edges towards the door and express their hope that he is not going OUT! This joke against the nerds works very well. When Chapelle hams it up by clinging to stair rails and walls with his eyes bulging in apprehension at being OUT, it is all the more effective because Chapelle is a natural born comedian and can get away with it. The girls in this film are all portrayed as ruthless, tough, and vicious, even the one played by Kristy Swanson who in between being horrid to Gabriel also falls in love with him. There are no sweetie-pies here. Boys watch out! Andrew McCarthy excels as a sinister, indeed psychopathic, chess genius who will do anything to 'get in'. And so the film unfolds, successfully combining tense mystery and suspense with satire and comedy. It does not have a contemporary feel to it anymore, because students and audiences have changed so rapidly, and it seems to be aimed at the same type of viewers who loved PAPER CHASE (1973 and 1978-82). It is well worth rescuing, but appears never to have been put onto DVD, being available only in NTSC video format.

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