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The Pallbearer -- Hot star David Schwimmer makes a hilarious big-screen debut in this outrageous comedy hit! As Tom Thompson, the popular star plays a befuddled college grad whose social life is practically D.O.A....that is, until he's asked to be a pallbearer at the funeral of a classmate he can't remember!
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Writers (WGA):
Jason Katims (written by) &
Matt Reeves (written by)
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Release Date:
3 May 1996 (USA) See more »
A comedy about life-long crushes, mistaken identity and one really bad eulogy. See more »
A young man's life is thrown into a loop when he is asked to be a pallbearer for the funeral of a classmate he doesn't remember, and his old high school crush temporarily returns to town. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

David Schwimmer ... Tom Thompson

Gwyneth Paltrow ... Julie DeMarco

Michael Rapaport ... Brad Schorr

Toni Collette ... Cynthia

Carol Kane ... Tom's Mother

Michael Vartan ... Scott

Bitty Schram ... Lauren
Jean De Baer ... Suzanne DeMarco

Elizabeth Franz ... Aunt Lucille

Mark Margolis ... Philip DeMarco

Barbara Hershey ... Ruth Abernathy

Edoardo Ballerini ... The Job Interviewer

Matthew Faber ... Jared
Robin Morse ... Sylvie
Tony Machine ... The Undertaker
Robert Katims ... An Abernathy Cousin

Greg Grunberg ... An Abernathy Cousin

David Vadim ... An Abernathy Cousin

Zak Orth ... An Abernathy Cousin

Kevin Corrigan ... A Pallbearer

Joseph D'Onofrio ... A Pallbearer
John A. Mudd ... A Pallbearer (as John Mudd)

Eric Morace ... A Pallbearer
Marnie Pomerantz ... Roller Coaster Rider
George Masters ... Maitre D'
Todd Schrenk ... The Other Tom
Joel Y. Zion ... Rabbi (as Rabbi Joel Zion)

George Katt ... Wedding Guest
Gwen Goldsmith ... Wedding Guest
Sal Maneri ... Wedding Guest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John D. Bair ... Groomsman (uncredited)
Carlo Giuliano ... Guest (uncredited)

John Romano ... Bartender (uncredited)

Patty Sherman ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Matt Reeves 
Writing credits
Jason Katims (written by) &
Matt Reeves (written by)

Produced by
J.J. Abrams .... producer (as Jeffrey Abrams)
Jason Katims .... co-producer
Nellie Nugiel .... line producer
Meryl Poster .... executive producer
Paul Webster .... producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
Original Music by
Stewart Copeland 
Cinematography by
Robert Elswit 
Film Editing by
Stan Salfas 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Billy Hopkins 
Suzanne Smith 
Production Design by
Robin Standefer 
Art Direction by
Stephen Alesch 
Set Decoration by
Kate Yatsko 
Costume Design by
Donna Zakowska 
Makeup Department
Joseph Coscia .... additional hair stylist (as Joe Coscia)
William A. Farley .... key hair stylist (as Bill Farley)
Janet Garr .... additional makeup artist
Allen Weisinger .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Leslie A. Leitner .... post-production supervisor (as Leslie Leitner)
Mari-Jo Winkler .... production manager
Rick Dallago .... production manager: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Victoria McGarry .... production manager: New York reshoots (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cindy Craig .... second second assistant director
Jude Gorjanc .... second assistant director
Todd Pfeiffer .... first assistant director (as Todd R. Pfeiffer)
Jeffrey Lazar .... additional first assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Joseph Badalucco Jr. .... assistant property master
Anthony Baldasare .... set dresser
John Canterella .... art department coordinator (as John Cantarella)
John Davis .... storyboard artist
Bronwen Epstein .... art department production assistant
Fry Karins .... stand-by scenic
Robin Koenig .... lead man
Kevin Mahon .... set dresser
Teresa Mastropierro .... scenic artist
Jeff Mazzola .... property master (as Jeff 'Baby' Mazzola)
Addison Pettit .... construction coordinator
Mike Platarote Jr. .... assistant props
Jeffrey Rollins .... set dresser
Rob Walsh .... art department production assistant
Sound Department
David W. Alstadter .... foley mixer
Dana Austin .... adr recordist (as Dana Johnson-Porter)
Michael Barosky .... sound mixer
Larry Blake .... supervising sound editor
Patricia Brolsma .... boom operator
Chris David .... re-recording mixer
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer (as Bob Deschaine)
David Diamond .... boom operator: second unit
John Dunn .... sound editor
Aaron Glascock .... sound assistant (as Aaron Glasscock)
Avram D. Gold .... sound editor
Robin Haskins .... foley recordist
John Hulsman .... sound editor
Robin Johnston .... stage recordist
Pamela Kahn .... foley artist (as Pamela Nedd Kahn)
Paul Massey .... re-recording mixer
Rick Mitchell .... sound editor
Art Schiro .... stage recordist
Micah Solomon .... boom operator
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
David A. Whittaker .... sound editor
James Wright .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
G.A. Aguilar .... stunt coordinator (as George Augustus Aguilar)
Tyrin Benoit .... stunts
Donald John Hewitt .... stunts (as Don J. Hewitt Jr.)
Camera and Electrical Department
Angelo Di Giacomo .... first assistant camera (as Angelo DiGiacomo)
John Donohue .... dolly grip
James W. Finnerty .... key grip
Jamie Gallagher .... generator operator
Timothy Healy .... electrician
Jonathan Herron .... camera operator (as Jon Herron)
Gary Hildebrand .... best boy electric
Tom Kerwick .... best boy grip
Jonathan Lumley .... gaffer
John Mazzola .... grip
Kevin McMahon .... grip
Andy Niceberg .... electrician
Katherine Ruppe .... second assistant camera (as Katherine T. Ruppe)
Chris Sferrazza .... assistant camera
William M. Weberg .... grip (as William Weberg)
Barry Wetcher .... still photographer
Chris Hayes .... camera operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Karen E. Etcoff .... extras casting (as Karen Etcoff)
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Renata Chaplynsky .... wardrobe buyer
Sarah Edwards .... assistant costume designer
Cheryl Kilbourne-Kimpton .... wardrobe supervisor
Jane E. Myers .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Charles Bunn .... second assistant editor: Los Angeles (as Charles R. Bunn)
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
David V. Butler .... post-production coordinator
Johanna Groepl .... second assistant editor: Los Angeles
David Hamme .... assistant coloring
Dan Muscarella .... color timer
Craig Nisker .... first assistant editor: New York
Kevin Nolting .... first assistant editor: Los Angeles
Jae Pak .... post-production assistant: New York
Melanie Ryder .... second assistant editor: New York
Sarah Sullivan .... post-production assistant: Los Angeles
Joe Violante .... dailies advisor: Technicolor
Clarinda Wong .... first assistant editor: Los Angeles
Location Management
Jay Horne .... assistant location manager (as Jeff 'Jay' Horne)
Nancy Roth .... location manager
Andrew Saxe .... assistant location manager
Darren Setlow .... location assistant
Music Department
Peter Afterman .... music supervisor
Stewart Copeland .... musician: percussion
Michael Dittrick .... music editor
Dan Garde .... music editor: temp music
Sharyn Gersh .... assistant music editor (as Sharyn Tylk)
Jill Meyers .... music business affairs
Judd Miller .... musician: EVI
Stephanie Post Pollard .... assistant: Mr. Copeland (as Stefanie Post Pollard)
Jeff Seitz .... music mixer
Jeff Seitz .... music recordist
Jeff Seitz .... musician: percussion
Michael Thompson .... musician: guitar
Elizabeth Wendel .... associate music supervisor
Transportation Department
Timothy P. Cassella .... driver
Tom Fennimore .... driver (as Thomas Fennimore)
David Lenhart .... driver
Joe Mallon .... driver
Brian Maxwell .... transportation captain
George Nadramia Jr. .... driver
Vincent Nebbia .... driver
Donald Sweeney .... transportation co-captain
Daniel Young Jr. .... driver
Other crew
Brooks Baldwin .... dialect coach
Craig Bankey .... unit publicist
Donna L. Bascom .... legal services (as Donna L. Bascom esq.)
Jenny Beresford .... set production assistant
James Bigwood .... production consultant
Tracey Bing .... assistant: Mr. Webster (as Tracey Nicole Bing)
Lisa Bowman .... set production assistant
Sarah Brandston .... set production assistant
Jeanne Brennan .... production coordinator
Tiffany Marie Rocquemore Delorme .... assistant: Mr. Abrams (as Tiffany Rocquemore)
Allison Emmert .... production secretary
Bronwen Epstein .... researcher
Patricia Forrest .... travel arrangements: Adventure Express (as Pat Forrest)
Gina Francis .... looping group
Jennifer Gerould .... set production assistant (as Jenn Gerould)
Ellen Goldin .... craft service: Cecil B. De Meal Inc.
Lynn Goldman .... production auditor
Marlus Harding .... set production assistant (as Marlus C. Harding)
Jon M. Johnson .... parking coordinator (as Jon Johnson)
Chanda Kochie .... assistant: Ms. Paltrow
Stephanie Lane .... assistant accountant
Lauren Mattson .... office production assistant
Gretchen McGowan .... assistant accountant
Andy Muller .... assistant: Mr. Reeves
Pepper O'Brien .... assistant accountant
Julie Oppenheimer .... script supervisor
Jennifer L. Pearlman .... set production assistant
Tracy Rosen .... assistant production coordinator (as Tracy E. Abrams)
Jamie Sheridan .... office production assistant
Jeff Wadlow .... office production assistant (as Jeffrey Clark Wadlow)
April L. Brooks .... production assistant (uncredited)
Hunter Cain .... office assistant: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Betty Chin .... production coordinator: New York re-shoots (uncredited)
Julie B. Crane .... production coordinator: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Doris Del Castillo .... production assistant (uncredited)
John D. Genovese .... production assistant: re-shoots (uncredited)
Steve Ginsburg .... production assistant: re-shoots (uncredited)
Dana Gottlieb .... production assistant: re-shoots (uncredited)
Sherry Greenberg .... temp production coordinator (uncredited)
Ray McCort .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Michael McKenna .... production assistant: re-shoots (uncredited)
Katreniah L. Washington .... assistant: Ms. Nugiel (uncredited)
Mike Nichols .... special thanks
Todd Oldham .... special thanks
Leslie Siebert .... special thanks
Edward Zwick .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Happy Blue" - Japan (English title)
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Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and language
98 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

One of the music tracks that composer 'Stewart Copeland' wrote for the film, "Bill is Dead", was later remixed for the 1998 video game "Spyro the Dragon", which Stewart also composed. It was used as the music for the Lofty Castle level, where it played at a faster pace and with a few minor differences in instrumentation.See more »
Continuity: When the mother is making instant coffee, the jar label is turned between shots.See more »
Brad Schorr:Did you have sex with the dead guy's mother?
Tom:Don't make a big deal out of it!
Brad Schorr:Did you tell Scott?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Scream 3 (2000)See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A film the US does well, 13 February 2009
Author: imspartacus1 from United Kingdom

I watched this film for the 1st time last night and immediately thought, "how did I miss this one". The obscurity of the film was even mirrored by the fact that it doesn't even show in my timeout encyclopedia. Not being a huge "Friends" fan I used to be a little sceptical of Schwimmers talents but after seeing this film I must say that he's growing on me.

This is the type of film that I love to see Americans making. It reminded me of "Sideways" and "Nobody's fool". Great lines executed by a good cast. Hershey is very sexy and I wanted Tom to choose her over Paltrow, I know I would of.

I laughed a fair few times and would probably watch this again in a couple of years time on a rainy Yorkshire afternoon.

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