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Writers (WGA):
George Eliot (novel)
Steve Martin (written by)
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Release Date:
2 September 1994 (USA) See more »
A twist of fate brought them something wonderful... Each other!
His life was emotionally closed off from the world, until an orphaned baby showed up at his house. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Steve Martin ... Michael McCann

Gabriel Byrne ... John Newland

Laura Linney ... Nancy Lambert Newland

Catherine O'Hara ... April Simon

Alana Austin ... Mathilda McCann - Age 10
Alyssa Austin ... Mathilda McCann - Age 5
Alaina Mobley ... Mathilda McCann - Age 3
Callie Mobley ... Mathilda McCann - Age 3
Victoria Evans ... Mathilda McCann - Age 1
Elizabeth Evans ... Mathilda McCann - Age 1

Stephen Baldwin ... Tanny Newland

Byron Jennings ... Keating

Michael Des Barres ... Bryce (as Michael des Barres)

Tim Ware ... Rob
David Dwyer ... Joe the Bartender
Tom Even ... Dod the Cop

Ed Grady ... Judge Marcus

Amelia Campbell ... Marsha Swanson
Danny Nelson ... Dr. Roberts
Kellen Crosby ... Lawrence - Age 11
Adam Crosby ... Lawrence - Age 8
Chase Conner ... Lawrence - Age 5

Carolyn McCormick ... Elaine McCann

Terry Loughlin ... Cal
Eric Brooks ... Butler
Leon Lamar ... Stablehand
Shauna Leigh Austin ... D.C. Teacher
Suzanne Stewart ... Judge's Wife
Dan Chandler ... Cop
Deborah Duke ... Esther
Michelle Benjamin Cooper ... Teacher (as Michelle Benjamin-Cooper)
Muriel Moore ... Mrs. Latham
Boyce Holleman ... Politician #1

Judson Vaughn ... Politician #2

Afemo Omilami ... Bailiff
Janell McLeod ... Court Stenographer

Mary Ann Hagan ... Girl at Polo Game

Kathrin Nicholson ... T.V. Reporter

Don Henderson Baker ... T.V. Cameraman (as D. Henderson Baker)
Mary Nell Santacroce ... Female Social Worker

Ric Reitz ... Male Social Worker
Libby Whittemore ... Playgroup Mom
Scott Brian Higgs ... Summons Server (as Scott Higgs)
Pamela Fitch ... Mathilda's Pal

Stephanie Astalos-Jones ... Parent
Don Young ... Graveyard Worker
Jon Kohler ... Janitor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kristoffer Tabori ... (unconfirmed)

Dianna Avena ... Gymnist Mom (uncredited)

Eileen Grubba ... Polo Club Guest (uncredited)

Anne Heche ... Tanny's Playmate (uncredited)
Barry Hopkins ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Sean Sweeney ... Drug Dealer (uncredited)

Hawk Younkins ... Choir Singer (uncredited)

Directed by
Gillies MacKinnon 
Writing credits
George Eliot (novel "Silas Marner")

Steve Martin (written by)

Produced by
Ric Kidney .... producer
Steve Martin .... executive producer
Karen Snow .... associate producer
Original Music by
Cliff Eidelman 
Cinematography by
Andrew Dunn 
Film Editing by
Humphrey Dixon 
Casting by
Dianne Crittenden 
Production Design by
Andy Harris 
Art Direction by
Tim Galvin 
Set Decoration by
Maria Nay 
Costume Design by
Hope Hanafin 
Makeup Department
Frank Griffin .... makeup artist
Philip Ivey .... hair stylist
Suzanne Kontonickas .... hair stylist
Sarah Mays .... additional makeup artist
Judy Ponder-Patton .... makeup department head
Production Management
Marty P. Ewing .... unit production manager (as Marty Ewing)
Angel Pine .... Post Production Executive (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vebe Borge .... first assistant director
Peter Herman .... second second assistant director
Ric Kidney .... second unit director
Jerry Pece .... first assistant director: second unit
Christopher Swartout .... second assistant director
Todd Turner .... assistant director
Art Department
Robert Beck .... property master
Wren Boney .... set dresser
Tony Bradley .... carpenter
Tracey A. Doyle .... assistant set decorator
Jack Johnson .... illustrator
Steven Kerlagon .... lead scenic painter
Gary Kosko .... assistant art director
Tony Kupersmith .... construction coordinator
Kim Larsen-Santini .... assistant property master
Alba Leone .... lead person
Otto Lindsey .... set dresser
Alisa Lumbreras .... stand-by scenic
Jean-Paul Menard .... set dresser
Cheree Miller .... art department assistant (as Cheree Welsh)
Ruffin Moye .... greensman
Mark Nave .... painter
Edward T. Reiff Jr. .... set constructor
Bob Renna .... buyer
Julia Starr Sanford .... set designer (as Julie Sanford)
Jonathan Short .... set designer (as Jonathon Short)
Sound Department
David E. Campbell .... re-recording mixer
Mary H. Ellis .... sound mixer
David Gertz .... foley mixer
Avram D. Gold .... adr editor
Robert W. Hedland .... assistant sound editor
Allen Hurd .... sound recordist
Fred Judkins .... supervising sound editor
James Moriana .... foley artist
John T. Reitz .... re-recording mixer
Gregg Rudloff .... re-recording mixer
Robert L. Sephton .... sound designer
Robert L. Sephton .... sound editor
Bryan O. Watkins .... sound editor (as Bryan O. Watkins)
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Lisa Reynolds .... special effects assistant
Bob Shelley .... special effects
Thomas R. Ward .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Paul Lasaine .... matte artist
Wally Schaab .... digital compositor
Gary Cerveny .... stunts
Mark Hays .... stunts
Robert Jauregui .... stunts
Webster Whinery .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
John Bramley .... still photographer
Dan Cornwall .... electrician
Ian Forsyth .... electrician
Robert Kempf .... key grip
Bobby McMahan .... camera loader
Greg Morse .... 24 frame video operator
Paul M. Pollard .... camera operator: second unit
Paul M. Pollard .... director of photography: second unit
Joseph Thomas .... assistant camera
Celine Thomas-Hays .... second assistant camera
Brian Tidmore .... assistant camera
Paul Varrieur .... camera operator: "a" camera
Ronald Vidor .... Steadicam operator
Ronald Vidor .... camera operator
Tom Bradley .... electrician (uncredited)
Animation Department
Matthew Butler .... on set greensman
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jill Halbreich .... set costumer
Cheryl Kilbourne-Kimpton .... costume supervisor
Juliet Polcsa .... assistant costume designer
Dennis Schoonderwoerd .... costumer
Amanda Zenil .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Janet Ogletree .... apprentice editor
William Webb .... additional editor
Location Management
Justin Garrick Bell .... assistant location manager
John Findley .... assistant location manager (as John Findley III)
Richard Klotz .... location manager
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
George Doering .... musician
Robert W. Hedland .... assistant music editor
Mark McKenzie .... orchestrator
Matt Walker .... music executive (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Stephen Roland .... van driver
Hank Van Apeldoorn .... transportation: second unit
Windi Robinson .... art driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Linda Burns .... production secretary
Dennis G. Carter .... craft service
Terry J. Erdmann .... unit publicist
Jan Garner .... production accountant
Lilene Mansell .... dialect coach
Senia Phillips .... head animal trainer
Steven Reder .... production assistant
Louis C. Robins .... stand-in: utility male
Patience Thoreson .... script supervisor

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Rated PG-13 for a drug-related situation
106 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

When Tanny gives the envelope of money to Marsha, he wakes her by saying "Pennies from Heaven!". In 1981 Steve Martin starred in the movie Pennies From Heaven as a man who has an illicit affair with a woman, resulting in a child.See more »
Continuity: When John Newland (Byrne) is outside in the stables talking to his wife Nancy, he is not wearing any neckwear. Yet in the next scene when they are inside, just before he confesses his secret to her wife, he sports a gray silk ascot tie.See more »
Michael McCann:When you turn a gift away from your door, it goes to the one who takes it in.See more »
Movie Connections:
Running BearSee more »


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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
I enjoyed viewing this movie., 22 October 2000
Author: michelle_johnson_76180 from USA

I feel that Steve Martin acted well in this movie as well as adapting it. I've heard people comment that Martin was not made for this role, however I've seen him do worse in his natural genre, i.e. The Man With Two Brains.

Watching the movie prompted me to read the book and it did not ruin the book. Maybe because the two stories are set in different era's, but I choose to believe that it is because Martin adapted the book nicely for the movie and that George Eliot wrote a good book. Viva la Steve!

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