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Branimir Scepanovic (book)
Alan Wade (written by)
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5 September 1997 (USA) See more »
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Christian Slater is a stranger who comes to a small town. The local citizens think he's up to no good... See more » | Add synopsis »
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"I'm not going to kill myself today, you can all go home" See more (23 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Christian Slater ... Julian Po

Robin Tunney ... Sarah

Michael Parks ... Vern

Cherry Jones ... Lucy

Frankie Faison ... Sheriff Leon

Harve Presnell ... Mayor Henry Leech

Allison Janney ... Lilah Leech

LaTanya Richardson ... Darlene (as Latanya Richardson)

Dina Spybey-Waters ... Dee (as Dina Spybey)
Bruce Bohne ... Pastor Bean
Roy Cooper ... Tobias the Barber

Zeljko Ivanek ... Tom Potter
Ellen McElduff ... Reva
Io Tillett Wright ... Walter

Jeremy Jordan ... Bobby

Erik Jensen ... Tyler

Silas Weir Mitchell ... Stonewall
B. Constance Barry ... Emma (as Constance Barry)
Anne Pitoniak ... Mrs. Danforth
Dechen Thurman ... Young Farmer
Nena Thurman ... Sarah's Mother

Directed by
Alan Wade 
 
Writing credits
Branimir Scepanovic (book "La Mort de Monsieur Golouja")

Alan Wade (written by)

Produced by
Jon Glascoe .... producer
Peggy Glascoe .... associate producer
Patricia LaMagna .... associate producer (as Patricia Lamagna)
Allan Mindel .... executive producer
Kim Moarefi .... associate producer
Joseph Pierson .... producer
Cecilia Kate Roque .... co-producer
Denise Shaw .... executive producer
Michael Traeger .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Patrick Williams 
 
Cinematography by
Bernd Heinl 
 
Film Editing by
Jeffrey Wolf 
 
Casting by
Todd Thaler 
 
Production Design by
Stephen McCabe 
 
Art Direction by
David Stein 
 
Set Decoration by
Susie Goulder 
 
Costume Design by
Juliet Polcsa 
 
Makeup Department
Victor DeNicola .... key hair stylist (as Victor P. Denicola Jr.)
Patricia Regan .... makeup artist: Mr. Slater (as Patricia Schenkel Regan)
Michael White .... hair stylist: Mr. Slater
Rosemary Zurlo .... key makeup artist (as Rosemarie Zurlo)
Alexis Kelley .... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Jack Deutchman .... post-production supervisor
Carla Fry .... executive in charge of production
Trish Hofmann .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Melissa V. Barnes .... second second assistant director
Susan Labunski .... second assistant director (as Susan Labunski-Saxe)
Jim LaClair .... first assistant director (as Jim Laclair)
 
Art Department
Bill Ballou .... construction coordinator
Chris Barnes .... scenic foreman
John A. Bradshaw .... construction grip
Jim Burke .... key construction grip
Jeff Butcher .... property master
Warren Cicotte .... carpenter
Guido DeCurtis .... lead person (as Guido Decurtis)
Midge Duffy .... on-set dresser
Cyd Fenwick .... camera scenic artist
Eric Fluster .... construction grip
Jeffrey L. Glave .... scenic artist (as Jeffrey Glave)
Elizabeth Goodall .... scenic artist
Russ J. Griffon .... set dresser (as Russ Griffon)
Anne Beiser Haywood .... master scenic artist
Deborah Jensen .... assistant art director
Dierdre Kane .... set dresser
Heather Danielle Kane .... assistant property master (as Heather Kane)
Claire Kirk .... art department coordinator
Julius Kozlowski .... scenic artist
Jen Martley .... art department production assistant
John Peter Melendez .... set dresser (as John 'J.P.' Melendez)
Ron Mingalone .... set dresser
Christine Moosher .... assistant set decorator
Philomena Papirnik .... set decorating coordinator
Graydon Pihlaja .... set dresser
Dean Schermerhorn .... carpenter
John Sicoransa .... storyboard artist
Edward Smith .... shop craftsman
Richard Tenewitz .... key carpenter
Peter Regnier .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David Boulton .... adr engineer
Scott Breindel .... sound mixer
Anton Gold .... sound production assistant
George A. Lara .... foley engineer (as George Lara)
Lisa J. Levine .... adr editor
Stuart Levy .... supervising sound editor
Branka Mrkic .... dialogue editor
David Novack .... adr engineer
Joe Romano .... boom operator
Melanie Ryder .... assistant sound editor
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
Steven Visscher .... foley editor (as Steven R. Visscher)
Peter Waggoner .... sound re-recording mixer
Brian Fredrickson .... remix engineer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Debra C. Victoroff .... visual effects coordinator
 
Stunts
Jeffrey Lee Gibson .... stunt double: Mr. Slater (as Jeff Gibson)
Tom Sierchio .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Billeci .... electrician
Jim Bridges .... still photographer (as James Bridges)
Steve Calalang .... first assistant camera: second unit
Phil Cohen .... first assistant camera: second unit
Daniel Cournoyer .... best boy grip (as Dan Cournoyer)
Jim Denny .... electrician
Robert K. Feldmann .... key grip (as Robert Feldmann)
Carlos Omar Guerra .... first assistant camera (as Carlos Guerra)
David Gurney .... grip
Haddon Hufford .... dolly grip
David Knox .... Steadicam operator
Kurt Lennig .... electrician
Michael Levine .... camera operator
David Noble .... grip
Hernan Otaño .... second assistant camera: second unit (as Mike Otano)
Rocco Palmieri .... generator operator
Scott H. Ramsey .... gaffer
Leigh Rathner .... second assistant camera
Mike Reed .... best boy electric (as Michael Reed)
John Ryan .... grip
Gerard Sava .... assistant Steadicam
Hiroo Takaoka .... camera loader
 
Casting Department
Beth Bowling .... casting assistant
Sunny Seibel .... extras casting
Gayle Keller .... casting associate (uncredited)
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Agnès B. .... selected wardrobe for Christian Slater (as Agnès B)
Susan Carrano .... assistant to costume designer
Elizabeth Feldbauer .... wardrobe supervisor
Katharine Grodd .... wardrobe intern
Elizabeth Gulczynski .... wardrobe supervisor (as Lizzy Gulczynski)
Mary Nemecek Peterson .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
John Scott Cook .... second assistant editor
Mark Ginsberg .... color timer
Brent Kaviar .... post-production services
Sara King .... executive in charge of post-production
Christopher Marcoux .... apprentice editor
Fabian Marquez .... post-production coordinator
Geoffrey O'Brien .... first assistant editor
Joe Violante .... dailies advisor
Sandra Nash .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Sean Valla .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bob Bowen .... music coordinator
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor (as Sandy De Crescent)
Bruce Dukov .... musician: violin solos
Toby Emmerich .... executive in charge of music
Dan Higgins .... musician: soprano saxophone solos
Mark Kaufman .... music executive
David Low .... orchestra contractor
Helle O'Connell .... music coordinator
Charles Pollard .... scoring engineer
Allan K. Rosen .... music editor
Dana Sano .... music executive
Patty von Arx .... music editor (as Patty Von Arx)
Patrick Williams .... conductor
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Robert Buckman .... driver
Robert Deluca .... driver
Mike Easter .... driver (as Michael Easter)
Michael Fennimore .... driver
Kevin Finnegan .... driver
Richard Holston .... transportation captain
Michael Hyde .... transportation captain (as Mike Hyde)
Robert 'Bull' Maher .... driver
Joe Mallon .... driver (as Joseph Mallon)
Robert Marsh .... driver
J.J. McGrane .... driver (as James Mcgrane)
Luis Rodriguez .... driver
 
Other crew
Marcus Barben .... chef
Marty Barnenholtz .... production assistant
Darlyne R. Baugh .... assistant production coordinator
Jeremy Bernard .... first assistant accountant
Blanca Camacho .... adr artist
Lisa Cline .... production assistant
Chloe Conroy .... location assistant
Sandra Constantine .... post-production accountant
Julian Coutts .... production assistant (as Julian David Coutts)
Susan Culley .... unit publicist
Anya Cytryn .... production assistant
Egan Danehy .... production assistant: production office
Bob Degus .... production executive (as Robert J. Degus)
Christopher Difate .... production assistant
Avy Eschenasy .... production attorney
Kareem Fahim .... production secretary
Jay Feather .... power pod operator: second unit
Emily Glatter .... production coordinator: in-house
John Grochal .... security officer
Nuria G. Gronos .... production assistant
Earl Hammond .... adr artist
Matt Hedge .... adr artist
Deirdre Horgan .... script supervisor
Jamie E. Hull .... production assistant
Daniel Kurzban .... production assistant
Pamela Lewis .... adr artist
Ginny Martino .... business affairs liaison
Conan McCarty .... adr artist
Tom McLellon .... sweaters for Christian Slater
Jimmy Mcquaid .... adr artist
Gary Miller .... caterer
Pamela Moller .... adr artist
Annie Nocenti .... production assistant
Reginald Oberlag .... housing coordinator
Tibor Pilenyi .... title designer: main and end titles
Paul Prokop .... production controller
Erin Quinn .... production accountant
Tamra Raven .... location assistant (as Tamara Raven)
Joshua Ravetch .... product placement
Marc Rindner .... production attorney
Rory Rowley .... assistant to chef
Paulette Rubinstein .... adr artist
Allison Russo .... production assistant
Harriet Sangvic .... location assistant
Roger Schebesta .... security officer
Lea Schell .... adr artist
Deidre Schrowang .... second assistant accountant
Matthew A. Schwartz .... assistant to producers (as Matthew Schwartz)
Peter Schön .... production coordinator (as Peter Schon)
Cory Scott .... adr artist
Craig Sechler .... adr artist
Michele Soddano .... payroll accountant
Stanley Squires .... security officer
Diana Strauss .... co-location manager
Rachel Talbot .... assistant to producers
Ganden Thurman .... production assistant
Mary Ann Todd .... craft service
Mark Winsten .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Zane .... post-production accountant
Jon Zeidman .... co-location manager (as Jonathan Zeidman)
Ted Kantrow .... caterer: New York (uncredited)
Sharif Khan .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Jed Alpert .... acknowledged contributor
Patrick Breen .... acknowledged contributor
Ellen Chenoweth .... acknowledged contributor
Michael Convertino .... acknowledged contributor
Cam Galano .... acknowledged contributor
Frances Grill .... acknowledged contributor
Joey Grill .... acknowledged contributor
Rachael Horovitz .... acknowledged contributor
Amy Labowitz .... acknowledged contributor
George Lane .... acknowledged contributor
Ellen Lewis .... acknowledged contributor
John S. Lyons .... acknowledged contributor
Mary Meagher .... acknowledged contributor
Rolf Mittweg .... acknowledged contributor
Bill Nisselson .... acknowledged contributor
Cynthia Pett-Dante .... acknowledged contributor
Johanna Ray .... acknowledged contributor
Robert Shaw .... acknowledged contributor
Christian Slater .... very special thanks
Renee Thomas .... acknowledged contributor
Uma Thurman .... acknowledged contributor
Ruth Vitale .... acknowledged contributor
J.A. Wade Jr. .... acknowledged contributor
Mary S. Wade .... acknowledged contributor
Eric Wedemeyer .... acknowledged contributor
Craig Westerberg .... acknowledged contributor
Marisa Westerberg .... acknowledged contributor
Frank Wuliger .... acknowledged contributor
 
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements related to suicide, and for language and some sensuality
Runtime:
84 min
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Germany:12 (video premiere) | Iceland:L | Portugal:M/12 (video premiere) | UK:12 | USA:PG-13
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Trivia:
The German dubbed version differs from the usual dubbing of foreign films. In this movie they use the German "Herr" instead of "Mister" and the German currency (then "D-Mark") instead of US currency (when Christian Slater hires a room).See more »
Quotes:
Julian Po:I'm not going to kill myself today, so you can all just go on home.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Taxi Driver (1976)See more »
Soundtrack:
How to FlySee more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
"I'm not going to kill myself today, you can all go home", 7 February 2005
Author: tammy tillinghast (tctill@yahoo.com) from Olympia, WA

"Julian Po" can be described as a darkly comedic drama with romantic undertones. Mostly, though, "Julian Po" is just strange.

The film stars Christian Slater in the title role and, in terms of a very basic plot, somewhat resembles Hal Hartley's "Henry Fool." Like Henry, Julian wanders into an unnamed town and turns its residents' lives into a frenzy. However, unlike the joyfully arrogant Mr. Fool, Julian is glum, mysterious, and basically wants to stay anonymous.

A 30-year-old bookkeeper, he apparently was on his way to the sea when his car broke down, and he decided to stop in the little town. He checks into a broken-down hotel and immediately his presence strikes up curiosity in the weirdo townspeople. Thanks to the redneck-ish hotel manager ... the town mayor, his wife, the sheriff, the priest, etc. are all soon aware of Julian. They are also very suspicious of him! Some of them think he's a drug dealer, and the mayor's wife also convinces many of them that Julian is some sort of serial killer and has come to their town to kill again. Finally, they confront Julian in a restaurant, bombarding him with questions and demanding to know why he is there. Julian blurts out his answer; he did in fact come to the town to kill somebody ... himself.

This is where the movie gets really odd. All of a sudden, the townspeople are fascinated by Julian! They start stopping by his hotel room to chat and bring gifts. They confide their darkest secrets; they also come to Julian for advice, and take what he tells them to heart. A whole bunch of the townspeople, led by a gang of young boys, literally follow him around everywhere. The hotel manager presents him with a gun to do the deed, and an old woman even starts taking bets on which day Julian will "off" himself!

Julian is baffled by this, and vaguely annoyed, but mostly he humors the townsoddballs. And when a pretty young woman named Sarah comes to his hotel room, tells Julian she has been waiting for him all her life, and starts kissing him ... he's thrilled. (*spoiler alert*)Unfortunately, Julian's relationship with Sarah leads her to take her own life, as some kind of love proclamation. The townsfolk aren't happy with this; as a result, they more or less force Julian to do what he came to do.

Quirky as that story might sound, surprisingly "Julian Po" works. I've seen the film a few times now, and it's one of those movies I like a little more with each viewing. Writer-director Alan Wade succeeds at both of his jobs, particularly with his offbeat script. And Patrick Williams' score is lovely, haunting, and effective.

However, the strongest of "Julian Po"'s assets are its characters -- and the talented cast that brings these characters to life. Christian Slater is fabulous as Julian! Tunney brings a nice intensity to her portrayal of the sweater-knitting Sarah.

Also noteworthy, in smaller roles, are: Cherry Jones as the hotel manager's mute housekeeper sister who may or may not have a crush on Julian (though her inquisitive eyes and perpetual frown might bug some at first); Allison Janney as the gossipy, busybody mayor's wife, Lilah Leech; Jeremy Jordan as Bobby, a mechanic who wants to be a movie star -- despite the fact that he says "Are you talking' to me?!" in the same tone he says everything else; Dina Spybey as Bobby's mousy blonde wife, who pledges to do anything for Julian; and Zeljko Ivanek as the men's clothing store owner -- who confesses to Julian his crush on Leon, the town sheriff. Many members of this cast are staples on Broadway, and that shows in their performances. ("Julian Po" is in fact very play-like.)

I must also give mention to young Io Tillett Wright. Miss Wright is a girl, but if I didn't happen to know that fact ... well, let's just say her portrayal of a boy named Walter makes Hilary Swank in "Boys Don't Cry" look like the girliest icon of femininity. Wright looks like a boy, walks like a boy, talks like a boy. I guess it's a testament to Wright's acting skills, but it did make me wonder -- why not just cast a boy?

There are a few things wrong with "Julian Po" that make me unable to rate it higher than I did. One big problem I had with the movie was its portrayal of the town pastor. At first, he is just kind of overearnest. Later on, though, a talk with Julian leads to a sermon in which the pastor announces, with great zeal, that he doesn't believe in God. This is yet another similarity the film shares with "Henry Fool" ... but at least in 'Henry' the pastor was more of a doubter ... and not an out-and-out goon like the pastor in this movie. Granted, almost everybody in "Julian Po" is a goon -- but, still, I do get tired of almost all religious characters in movies being played as evil or foolish. It's so unoriginal. Religion does not always make someone a bad guy.

But my other gripes about "Julian Po" are mostly minor...e.g. the film takes awhile to get into. Overall, if you're a fan of small quirky movies, "Julian Po" is worth checking out. And if you don't like it at first, give it another chance...it just might grow on you.

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