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Writers (WGA):
Chris Radant (short story)
W.D. Richter (screenplay)
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Release Date:
3 November 1995 (USA) See more »
On the fourth Thursday in November, 84 million American families will gather together... And wonder why. See more »
After losing her job, making out with her soon-to-be former boss and finding out that her daughter plans to spend Thanksgiving with her boyfriend, Claudia Larson faces spending the holiday with her family. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Holly Hunter ... Claudia Larson

Robert Downey Jr. ... Tommy Larson

Anne Bancroft ... Adele Larson

Charles Durning ... Henry Larson

Dylan McDermott ... Leo Fish

Geraldine Chaplin ... Aunt Glady

Steve Guttenberg ... Walter Wedman

Cynthia Stevenson ... Joanne Wedman

Claire Danes ... Kitt

Emily Ann Lloyd ... Brittany Lace

Zack Duhame ... Walter Wedman Jr.

Austin Pendleton ... Peter Arnold

David Strathairn ... Russell Terziak

Amy Yasbeck ... Ginny Johnson Drewer

James Lecesne ... Ron Drewer

Angela Paton ... Woman on Airplane

Randy Stone ... Man In Car
Sam Slovick ... Jack
Susan Lyall ... Woman at Party

Shawn Hatosy ... Counter Boy
Nat Benchley ... Airport Cop
Molly Austin ... Woman on Airport Phone
Vivienne Shub ... Woman on Airport Phone
Julie Ann Mendez ... Woman on Airport Phone
Bus Howard ... Man on Airport Phone
Johnny Tonini ... Young Henry
Eva Langsdorff ... Young Adele
Wilder Ferguson ... Young Glady
Stephaine Francoz ... Young Claudia
Blake Hovespian ... Young Tommy
Natasha Stanton ... Young Joanne

Directed by
Jodie Foster 
Writing credits
Chris Radant (short story)

W.D. Richter (screenplay)

Produced by
Jodie Foster .... producer
Stuart Kleinman .... executive producer
Peggy Rajski .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Isham 
Cinematography by
Lajos Koltai 
Film Editing by
Lynzee Klingman 
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
Production Design by
Andrew McAlpine 
Art Direction by
James E. Tocci 
Set Decoration by
Barbara Drake 
Costume Design by
Susan Lyall 
Makeup Department
Katherine James .... makeup artist (as Kathrine James)
Janice Kinigopoulos .... additional hair stylist
Cheryl 'Pickles' Kinion .... additional makeup artist (as Cheryl Kinion)
Frances Mathias .... hair stylist
Cheri Montesanto-Medcalf .... assistant makeup artist
Doreen Vantyne .... assistant hair stylist
Debi Young .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Caroline Baron .... unit production manager
Katie Gilbert .... production supervisor
Mary F. Jansen .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Ferro .... second second assistant director
Ivan J. Fonseca .... second second assistant director
Michael McCue .... second second assistant director
Rebecca Strickland .... second second assistant director
Mike Topoozian .... first assistant director
Bob Wagner .... second assistant director
Art Department
Robert Sebastian Algeri .... assistant art department coordinator
P. Scott Bailey .... set dresser
Scott Baily .... set dresser
Elizabeth Bell .... set dresser: Baltimore
Lisa V. Benson .... painter: Baltimore
Jamie Bishop .... on-set dresser
Robin Broadfoot .... painter: Baltimore
Steve Callas .... construction coordinator
Samantha Cameron .... food stylist
Carl Catanese .... set dresser: Baltimore (as Carl Catonese)
Kevin Constant .... crew: Baltimore
Richard Crandall .... paint foreperson
F. Dale Davis .... set dresser: Baltimore
Michael Davis .... construction coordinator: Baltimore (as Mike Davis)
Bobby Lee Deal Jr. .... painter: Baltimore
Scott C. Dunn .... propmaker: Baltimore
Gary Flowers .... propmaker: Baltimore
Ellen Freund .... property master
Steve George .... props assistant: Baltimore (as Steven H. George)
Francesca Gerlach .... paint foreperson
George Gugler .... paint foreperson (as George E. Gugler)
Roger B. Henry .... portrait artist
Randy G. Herbert .... greensperson
Kalina Ivanov .... storyboard artist
Nicholas C. John .... stand-by painter (as Nicholas John)
Scott G. Jones .... set dresser
James Kelley .... propmaker: Baltimore
Jay Klein .... lead person: Baltimore
Teri Lane .... assistant property master
Randy Martens .... key greensperson
John Millard .... set dresser
Keith Neely .... assistant art director
Wayne Nycz .... paint foreperson
Edward E. O'Connell .... paint foreperson
Phred Palmer .... art department coordinator
Tony Paolone .... paint supervisor
Christopher Parker .... set dresser (as Chris Parker)
Chris Pascuzzo .... set dresser
William H. Phen Jr. .... propmaker foreperson
Carmen Roderique .... construction accountant
Mick Rossman .... painter: Baltimore (as E.M. 'Mick' Rossman)
Michael Sabo .... set dresser
Craig Lee Schuman .... painter: Baltimore
Wayne Shepherd .... lead man
Carl J. Stensel .... set designer (as Carl Stensel)
Tedi Tate .... assistant property master
Robert L. Thompson .... propmaker foreperson
Thomas Turnbull .... construction foreman
Robert Webb .... propmaker foreperson
Becky Weidner .... assistant set decorator: Baltimore (as Rebecca Weidner)
Mike Wells .... general foreman
Helen Wilson .... draper
Julie Withers .... assistant set decorator
Richard Salinas .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Sandina Bailo-Lape .... foley editor
Tom Barwick .... foley artist
Phil Benson .... dialogue editor
Beau Borders .... assistant sound editor (as Robert Borders)
Beau Borders .... sound technical assistant
Gloria S. Borders .... supervising sound editor
Karen Brocco .... supervising sound assistant (as Karen A. Brocco)
Tony Eckert .... foley recordist
Sean England .... machine room operator
Sue Fox .... adr editor (as Suzanne Fox)
Karen Harding .... assistant sound editor
Gregg Harris .... second boom operator
Lora Hirschberg .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer
Barbara McBane .... dialogue editor
Cheryl Nardi .... assistant dialogue editor
Christopher Newman .... sound
Claire Sanfilippo .... dialogue editor
Robert Shoup .... sound effects editor
Marc-Jon Sullivan .... boom operator
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
Tina Canny .... machine room operator (uncredited)
Ronald G. Roumas .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Eric Allard .... special effects coordinator
Danny Cangemi .... special effects coordinator
Joe Digaetano .... special effects (as Joe DiGaetano III)
Dave Gerlach .... special effects
Gary Pilkinton .... special effects
Kathleen Tonkin .... special effects
Bob Turk .... special effects crew
Robert Vazquez .... special effects supervisor
G.A. Aguilar .... stunt coordinator
Karl Otter .... precision driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dustin Ault .... company grip
Herb Ault .... first company grip
Wayne Baker .... underwater first assistant camera
Kirk Bloom .... additional second assistant camera
John W. Brumshagen .... lighting technician (as John Brumshagen)
Doug Chartier .... dolly grip
Doug Cowden .... second company grip
Tim Dunford .... second assistant camera (as Timothy Dunford)
Larry Freeman .... lighting technician
Sherman Fulton .... lighting technician
Jerry Galerkin .... video assistant
Rusty Gardner .... lighting technician: Baltimore
Bob Gorelick .... Steadicam operator
Kim Heath .... company grip
Robert Jason .... gaffer
Dennis J. Laine .... first assistant camera
Claiborne Lashley .... company grip: Baltimore (as Clai 'Red Dog' Lashley)
Bob Marshak .... still photographer
Larry McCarron .... company grip
Michael Murray .... lighting technician: Baltimore (as Mike Murray)
Rod Robertson .... assistant chief lighting technician
Dan Rogers .... company grip: Baltimore
Dan Rogers .... grip
Pete Romano .... underwater director of photography
Michael St. Hilaire .... camera operator
Stuart Stein .... second assistant camera: Baltimore
Rick Strodel .... company grip: Baltimore
Chris Williamson .... lighting technician: Baltimore
Ed Slater .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Adam Fusco .... location casting associate
Julie Lichter .... casting assistant
Pat Moran .... location casting
John Strawbridge .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laurie Buehler .... tailor
Eden Clark Coblenz .... costumer
Deb Dalton .... costumer
Frank L. Fleming .... assistant costume designer (as Frank Fleming)
Cookie Lopez .... costumer
Carol Anne Vaeth .... assistant costumer: Baltimore
Taryn Weaver .... costume supervisor (as Taryn Walsh)
Editorial Department
Camille Bourque .... assistant editor
Michael Hofacre .... first assistant editor
Nina Lucia .... assistant editor: lightworks
David Orr .... color timer
Barbara Riley .... negative cutter
Brent White .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Stephen Fitzmaurice .... assistant music mixer
Julianne Jordan .... music project manager (as Julianne Kelley)
Stephen Krause .... music mixer (as Steven Krause)
Money Mark .... composer: song "Pow" (as Mark Nishita)
Richard McIlvery .... scoring stage manager
Craig Pettigrew .... music editor
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Dawn Soler .... music supervisor
Frank Macchia .... music preparation (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Charles E. Bauer .... driver
Troy Flynn .... driver: production van
Michael Luckeroth .... transportation captain
Bill M. Puluti .... transportation coordinator (as Bill Puluti)
Gerald Titus .... transportation
Douglas A. Walk .... driver
Marshall Yaji .... transportation captain
Russ Tolliver .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Robert Sebastian Algeri .... assistant: Ms. Rajski
Curtis A. Andrews Jr. .... production assistant: Baltimore
Charley Armstrong .... assistant location manager: Baltimore
Frank Bartolucci .... production assistant: Baltimore
Francie Brown .... dialect coach: Holly Hunter
Jason Crockarell .... craft service
Stephen C. Dawson .... location manager
Steve Dayan .... location manager
Debra Donaldson .... location manager: Baltimore
Dianne Dreyer .... script supervisor
Robert G. Endara II .... assistant production coordinator
Tara Foran .... accounting assistant
Thomas H. Forrest .... production assistant
Rhona Gordon .... studio teacher
John J. Hermansen .... production assistant (as John Hermansen)
Kenneth Hunter .... assistant location manager
Joe Incaprera .... production assistant: Baltimore
Jeff Johnson .... set medic: Baltimore
Jessica Jost .... production assistant: Baltimore
Brooke Knight .... production assistant: Baltimore
Joan Krawczyk .... art works
Shauna L. Kroen .... assistant accountant
Patricia LaMagna .... assistant production coordinator: Baltimore (as Patty La Magna)
Allison Levenson .... animal trainer (as Allison Revenson)
Lauren Levitt .... stand-in: Brittany Lace Wedman
Kevin McLaughlin .... production assistant: Baltimore
Simon Millar .... production secretary
Lucas Moore .... studio teacher
Phill Norman .... title designer
Erin O'Donnell .... production assistant
Erin L. O'Donnell .... production assistant (as Erin O'Donnell)
Laura Ornstein .... production assistant: Baltimore
Alison Parraco .... assistant production accountant
Miles A. Perman .... production assistant
Kathy Petty .... production accountant
Anne S. Reilly .... unit publicist
Michelle Rosenblatt .... assistant: Ms. Foster
Woody Schultz .... production assistant
Karen L. Sirota .... production secretary
John Starr .... craft service
Tia Stine .... production assistant
Paul Torok .... production assistant
Patti Vailati .... publicist
Doug Weaver .... assistant: Ms. Foster, Baltimore
Darryl Wharton .... production assistant: Baltimore
George Figgs .... projectionist (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material, language and brief drug use
103 min
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Did You Know?

Robert Downey Jr. publicly admitted to using heroin during the making of this film. Jodie Foster wrote him a letter praising his work but warning him that he could not keep doing this on other films.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Tommy and Leo are peaking into the house with the night vision goggles, you can hear Tommy say "come on" even though his mouth does not move.See more »
Joanne:I have friends in Boston, Tommy. Did you ever think of that? There are other people in this world. People who tell people. I mean, how embarrassing.
Tommy:Desert looks pretty good.
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Movie Connections:
References "Charlie's Angels" (1976)See more »
It's Not UnusualSee more »


Chapter Headings, an unofficial version:
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24 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Teensy Little GEM, 2 December 2003
Author: cpg-2 from Carlsbad, CA

I am so glad I found this movie. It is a snug little favorite of mine already. I come from a big family (all weirdos) who somehow get along very well. But this story of a bunch of weirdos who do not is just GRAND. Others may say that the themes of family and home and blah blah are the central idea here, but I say it is that Claudia (Hunter, playing our protagonist) has a really wonderful brother (Downey Jr. who nearly steals this film altogether).

Brother Tommy comes home for the holidays unexpectedly because he finds out his sister has just had a reaaaaalllly bad day (fired from her job, teen daughter announces she's going to have sex, loses her coat, makes out with her boss, etc) and dealing alone with the family would be unthinkable. He arrives with some hilarious fanfare, and proves to be excellent moral support for Hunter, a distraction for his family, and the provender of an interesting new the person of Leo Fish, who may or may not be Tommy's new "partner."

Tommy ((heavily embellished and ad-libbed by Downey...listen carefully to his banter...hilarious)ends up taking the inevitable flack for his gayness (probably why he was not going to come home in the first place) but her lets it roll off his back, choosing instead to enjoy his sister's company and his parents' foibles. He also really enjoys (and so do we) watching Claudia and Leo Fish figure each other out.

They do...albeit obliquely and elliptically, with the conclusion sort of up in the air (hee hee). But in the process we are treated to Leo's very funky and offhand outlook on life. Listen for his very wry speech about trying to talk golf with his own father...."Par Par Bogie Bogie Par Par" has become a catchphrase for "blah blah blah" in my house...

Anne Bancroft and Hunter are stellar, and McDermott is darned cute (the making-out-on-the-doorstep scene is darling). But Downey (yet again) is the one you watch. The director's commentary by Foster gives a clue that he was frustrating to work with, but it seems very worth it here. He is just SO watchable, boistrous, too-energetic, motor-mouthed and loveable. We should all have such a brother. Lucky Claudia.

OH! Don't miss the turkey scene. Play it again to catch the peripheral characters' faces. I cannot wait for Thanksgiving!

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