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15 May 1998 (USA) See more »
Innocence is a dangerous friend
Newly arrived in an up-market housing development, quiet ten-year-old Devon doesn't quite fit in. Ignoring the urgings of her social-climbing father... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mischa Barton ... Devon Stockard

Sam Rockwell ... Trent

Christopher McDonald ... Morton Stockard

Kathleen Quinlan ... Clare Stockard
Miles Meehan ... Billy

Bruce McGill ... Nash

David Barry Gray ... Brett

Eric Mabius ... Sean Torrance

Angie Harmon ... Pamela 'Pam' Gregory
José Orlando Araque ... Salvador the Mailman

Beth Grant ... Trent's Mother

Tom Aldredge ... Jake - Trent's Father
Odin the Dog ... Tracker
Tafeki the Dog ... Tracker

Directed by
John Duigan 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Naomi Wallace  written by

Produced by
Ron Daniels .... executive producer
Amy J. Kaufman .... line producer (as Amy Kaufman)
Duncan Kenworthy .... producer
David Rubin .... co-producer
Original Music by
Trevor Jones 
Cinematography by
Elliot Davis (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Humphrey Dixon 
Casting by
Ronna Kress 
David Rubin 
Production Design by
John Myhre 
Set Decoration by
James Edward Ferrell Jr. 
Costume Design by
John A. Dunn  (as John Dunn)
Makeup Department
Philip Ivey .... key hair stylist (as Phillip Ivey "Mr. P.")
Patricia Regan .... key makeup artist (as Patricia Schenkel Regan)
Rick Stratton .... makeup artist: prosthetic scars
Production Management
Jo Human .... post-production supervisor
Amy J. Kaufman .... unit production manager (as Amy Kaufman)
Jennifer Roth .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marc Garland .... second assistant director
Nina Jack .... dga trainee
Michael Samson .... first assistant director
Art Department
Kevin E. Anderson .... carpenter
Ron Ashmore .... scenic artist
Alice Baldwin .... on-set dresser
Bruce Carnahan .... assistant greens
Mac Davis .... carpenter
Jeffrey DeBell .... assistant greens (as Jeff DeBell)
Stephanie Gerckens .... lead painter
Amy L. Jones .... art department assistant
Robin Justus .... assistant on-set dresser
Rich Koll .... carpenter
Ted Mavity .... lead construction
Joseph R. McGuire Jr. .... set dresser
Stephen C. Peterman .... leadman
Suzanne C. Reynolds .... art department coordinator
Ronald H. Sachs .... assistant greens
Skip Schields .... assistant property master
Philip Schneider .... property master (as Philip G. Schneider)
James Smith .... set dresser
Stephanie Waldron .... greensperson
Kieran Wathen .... draftsperson
Joel R. Wilhelmi .... property assistant
Sound Department
Michael Barosky .... sound mixer
Jonathan Bates .... supervising sound editor
Tara Bellando .... sound assistant
Philip Bothamley .... dialogue editor
Tim Cavagin .... sound re-recording mixer
O.J. Connell III .... additional boom operator (as O.J. Connell)
Mark Goodermote .... boom operator
Dean Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Christopher Lloyd .... foley editor
Julian Pinn .... sound consultant: Dolby
Alastair Sirkett .... assistant sound editor
Special Effects by
Peter Kunz .... special effects
Fiona Walkinshaw .... framestore producer
Visual Effects by
Robert Duncan .... digital effects artist
Libby Hazell .... visual effects coordinator: FrameStore
Timothy Webber .... visual effects supervisor (as Tim Webber)
John Copeman .... stunt coordinator
Thomas Couch .... stunts
Danny Downey .... stunts
John Gilbert .... stunt double: Mischa Barton
Randy Peterson .... stunt diver
Camera and Electrical Department
David Berryman .... camera loader
Corwin A. Bibb .... best boy electric (as Cory Bibb)
Greg Bubb .... camera operator
Jeff Busdieker .... lamp operator
Thomas Crawford .... best boy grip
Louis DiCesare .... gaffer
T. Colin Dodd .... grip
James Drew .... lamp operator
Greg Fausak .... grip
Paul Hamacher .... dolly grip (as Paul B. Hamacher)
Troy House .... lamp operator
Chris Lombardi .... first assistant camera
Richard Mall .... key grip
Thomas Marshall .... lamp operator
Lee McLemore .... grip
Mark C. McManus .... video assist operator (as Mark McManus)
Bill H. Roberts Jr. .... second assistant camera (a camera)
Peyton Skelton .... lamp operator
Bobby Spalding .... grip
Michael Tackett .... still photographer
J.R. Thompson .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Casting Department
Michelle Levi .... casting assistant
Kim Petrosky .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marina Marit .... costume supervisor
Lauren Press .... assistant costume designer
Amanda Zenil .... key set costumer
Editorial Department
Anna Aylward .... first assistant editor (as Anna K. Aylward)
Claire Ferguson .... second assistant editor
Music Department
Geoff Alexander .... orchestrator
Clem Clempson .... musician: solo dobro guitar
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Trevor Jones .... orchestrator
Julian Kershaw .... orchestrator
Simon Rhodes .... music scoring mixer
Victoria Seale .... music coordinator
Tony Stanton .... music copying
Gavyn Wright .... orchestra leader (as Gavin Wright)
Transportation Department
Glen Brown .... driver
Wil Collins .... driver
Jeff Couch .... transportation captain
Homer Davis .... driver
Richard A. Davis .... driver (as Rick Davis)
Mike Fackler .... transportation steward
Vicky Grigsby .... driver
Dave Haldeman .... driver
Neil Hyman .... transportation coordinator
A. Welch Lambeth .... transportation coordinator
Sue Ann Mitchell .... driver
Jerry Nall .... driver
Jan Overson .... driver
Larry Ritter .... driver
Gary Shuckahosee .... driver (as Gary Shucahosee)
Other crew
Chris Allies .... title designer
Tony Atwood .... craft service
Brian Bailey .... post-production accountant
Pennie Christie Barger .... on-set tutor
Jane Beck .... on-set production assistant (as Jane V. Beck)
Peg Beeler .... stand-in
Lynn Birkett .... on-set production assistant
Daniel Blankenship .... on-set medic
Jennifer Brown .... production office assistant (as Jennifer 'J.B.' Brown)
Richards Butler .... legal services
Rob Caudill .... intern
Todd Cooper .... production office assistant
Gareth Cousins .... synthesizer engineer
Gareth Cousins .... synthesizer programmer
Wendy Dade .... assistant to producer
Mina S. Davis .... assistant production coordinator
Thom Delisle .... intern
Larry Donahue .... chef
Mike Edwards .... stand-in
Scott Evans .... on-set medic
Kristin Fenster .... stand-in
Adam Field .... stand-in
Brian Garr .... stand-in
Anne Gordon .... animal trainer
Jim Graham .... stand-in
Lizz Grant .... production coordinator
Julie Gregory .... second assistant accountant
P.J. Haines .... assistant chef
John Hess .... intern
Jo Human .... assistant to director
Madeleine Klein .... assistant animal trainer
Kenneth M. Kroll .... production accountant
Greg Maddox .... on-set production assistant
Lilene Mansell .... dialect coach
George Maranville .... assistant to producer
Jack D. McKinney .... craft service
Lindsey Mills .... stand-in
Peggy Mulloy .... unit publicist
Carla Raij .... location manager (as Carla Ingrid Raij)
Joseph Stephans .... assistant location manager (as Joe Stephens)
Susan Strine .... assistant accountant
Selena Stumbo .... stand-in
Peggy Sutton .... script supervisor
Drew Vandervelde .... intern
Marion Wallace .... on-set medic
Mark A. Wells .... location assistant
Chris Wise .... stand-in
Steven Wortham .... on-set medic

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Rated R for sexuality/nudity, violence and language
101 min
Color (Rankcolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The Rank Organization's last film and so the final time their famous gong man is to be seen introducing a movie.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Devon refers to Baba Yaga as "he" several times and describes the character as having chicken legs, however, in Russian fairy tales/folklore Baba Yaga is an old woman and gets around by flying in a mortar and pestle, it is her house that runs about on chicken legs.See more »
[first lines]
Devon:Once upon a time, in a far off land, lived a girl and her mother and father. Their village was surrounded by a high wall. Outside the wall was the forest, home of Baba Yaga, the witch. Baba Yaga had iron teeth like three trees. His legs were like chicken legs, and he ate little girls for dinner. But inside the wall we were safe.
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48 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
A hugely original and surprising drama., 25 September 2002
Author: sackleywhistle ( from Manchester, England

I first saw this film on late night BBC in England and was half watching it while packing for college. By the half way mark, i was sucked in and couldn't not watch.

The first thing that will knock you out is Sam Rockwell. Over the last few years he has risen in fame due to high-profile parts in Charlie's Angels, The Green Mile and Mamet's Heist, but here is the arrival of a veritable acting talent. His is a simple, truthful unshowy performance that resonates throughout the film without crushing it. He is the film's heart, rather than a scene-stealer. As we learn more about his poor, white-trash lawn cutter, we sympathise and begin to realise how easily the reactions of others higher up on the food chain conspire to create chaos for him.

I won't give too much about the story away, because it frequently heads off in new, interesting directions, but essentially this is the story of Devon (newcomer child actor Mischa Barton) and the above mentioned Trent (Rockwell) and their relationship. He is poor, she comes from wealthy stock, but feels out of place in her materialistic world and they are both children of nature. What makes it compelling is that she knows this and revels in it and Trent has to be shown, by her.

John Duigan does a wonderful job of introducing strands and themes which at first seem offbeat and peculiar but which all add to the sense prejudice, division and isolation felt by these two brillaintly-wrought characters. Each find the other intriguing but are hesitant to become close because of others' values. Eventually they become friends and just as they accept this, the world around them turns on them and what started out as an irreverent comedy-drama, turns into something much darker and even terrifying.

Where the film goes from there, I will leave to you to discover. Please do, because this is a very unique film in American independent cinema. Much like the more high-profile American Beauty, what at first seems like character cliche and predictability rapidly leads you down the path least expected. Its beautifully shot, making full use of a handful of gorgeous locations, wonderfully acted, particularly by Barton and Rockwell, but also by the ever-reliably sleazy Christopher Mcdonald (Shooter McGavin in Happy Gilmore and Louise's husband in Thelma & Louise), the quietly strong Kathleen Quinlan and the lesser spotted Bruce McGill in one of his best roles as security guard Nash. The music is also peerless, at first playful and calm, building to a dramatic climax.

That climax is what makes this film stand head and shoulders above the rest. An emotional pay-off such as you have never seen in a film of this ilk. 9/10

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