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  (in credits order)

Gil Bellows ... Richard

Parker Posey ... Celia

Kevin McDonald ... Fred

John Neville ... Uncle Henrick

Valerie Mahaffey ... Susan

Trevor Blumas ... Young Richard

Joseph Kell ... Dennis
Patricia Gage ... Aunt Bonnie

Aidan Devine ... Officer Mike
Leon Pownall ... George Billings

Don Francks ... Gus

Kristin Lehman ... Sarah Billings
Deborah Lobban ... Mom

Christopher Lloyd ... Dad
Anthony Nicholas Antonacci ... Young Billy (as Anthony Antonacci)

Boyd Banks ... Talent Show MC
Hayley Dineen ... Cute Girl
Roger Dunn ... Principal O'Sullivan
Damian Gryski ... Juggling Dave
Lisa Hynes ... Janis

Kathryn Kirkpatrick ... Big Judy
Katya Ladan ... Mrs. Billings
Fred Lee ... Japanese Executive

Jody Racicot ... Billy Ratree
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nancy E.L. Ward ... Geisha Server (uncredited)

Directed by
Shawn Thompson 
Writing credits
Shawn Thompson (written by) (as Shawn Alex Thompson)

Produced by
Janet E. Cuddy .... co-producer (as Janet E. Cudy)
Alison Emilio .... co-producer
Karen Lee Hall .... associate producer
J. Todd Harris .... executive producer
Gareth Jones .... executive producer
Regina Robb .... line producer (as Reggie Robb)
Jon Slan .... producer
Original Music by
Carlos Lopes 
Cinematography by
Robert C. New 
Film Editing by
Michael Pacek 
Casting by
Susan Forrest 
Production Design by
Marian Wihak 
Costume Design by
Resa McConaghy 
Makeup Department
Diane Mazur .... first makeup assistant
Production Management
Lori A. Waters .... director of post-production: Paragon/Handmade
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kathleen Hallam Kibzey .... third assistant director
Michael Pacek .... second unit director
Erin Walker .... third assistant director
Art Department
David Gruer .... props
Sound Department
Joe Bracciale .... assistant sound editor
Andrew Bray .... assistant sound editor
Nelson Ferreira .... adr editor
Nelson Ferreira .... supervising sound editor
Craig Henighan .... sound effects editor
Darcy Kite .... sound re-recording mixer
Daniel Pellerin .... sound re-recording mixer
Stephen Roque .... sound effects editor
Andrew Tay .... sound re-recording mixer
John J. Thomson .... sound
Todd Warren .... sound re-recording mixer
Alan Zielonko .... boom operator
Brad Zoern .... foley recordist
Special Effects by
Adrian Hardy .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Doug Campbell .... digital effects supervisor
Wayne Trickett .... visual effects supervisor
Marco Bianco .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Gaal .... rigging grip
Casting Department
Donna Dupere .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carole Griffin .... costume assistant
Erika Larner .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
John Cameron .... first assistant editor
Rob Evans .... dailies colorist
Ricardo Olivero .... color timer
Transportation Department
Wayne Corrigan .... driver: cast
Cheryl Darbey .... driver
Other crew
Arthur Clarke .... location manager
Karen de Montbrun .... production accountant
Joel Green .... unit publicist

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Rated PG-13 for some sexuality, language and brief drug content
93 min

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Aunt Bonnie:We had the bible read to us by Charleston Heston I wish it had been a longer trip, I'd like to have heard the ending.
Fred:The Hero dies.
Aunt Bonnie:No!
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Slightly charming but forgettable, 12 April 1999
Author: Swinger-12 from Toronto, Ontario

"Dinner at Fred's" is not necessarily a bad film. Someone must have been nervous about it in some respect, though, because the first time I saw it was at a film festival in September 1997. I heard more of it in the spring of 1999, when plans to release it were falling into place. Strange. Anyways, it was made before Gil Bellows of apparent "Ally McBeal" fame was famous, and it includes a charming performance from former indie-queen Parker Posey and flat-out weirdness from most of the rest of the cast. The thing is, it comes across as if this film is almost trying to be too oddball, and it seriously chokes the "unlikely" romantic sub-plot developing between the characters of Bellows and Posey. Most of the plot reminded me of similarly themed fish-out-of-water romances including snow, such as "Trapped in Paradise" and the like. The writing is not incredibly inspired either, but the actors do well with what they have in this predictable but mildly cute romantic comedy. See it if you're bored, and don't expect to remember much of it a day later.

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