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Writer (WGA):
Charlie Peters (written by)
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Release Date:
12 November 1998 (Australia) See more »
Their romance began the day she was born.
Music From Another Room is a romantic comedy that follows the exploits of Danny, a young man who grew... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Jude Law ... Danny

Jennifer Tilly ... Nina

Gretchen Mol ... Anna

Martha Plimpton ... Karen

Brenda Blethyn ... Grace

Jon Tenney ... Eric

Jeremy Piven ... Billy

Vincent Laresca ... Jesus

Jane Adams ... Irene

Bruce Jarchow ... Richard

Kevin Kilner ... Hank

Jan Rubes ... Louis Klammer

Judith Malina ... Clara Klammer
Hillary Matthews ... Sarah
Caitlin Sarah Needham ... Lily

Jon Polito ... Lorenzo Palmieri

Tony Abatemarco ... Lucien

Joseph Pilato ... Carlo (as Josef Pilato)
Ann Shea ... Cheryl
Kari Leigh Floyd ... Emma
Rainey Taylor ... Stage Manager

Martha Hackett ... Paula
Margarita O'Quendo ... Dancing Lady
Wanda-Lee Evans ... Nurse (as Wanda Lee Evans)
Frank Lugo ... Justice
Gregg Almquist ... Doctor
Brumby Broussard ... Ed

Evie Peck ... Betty

Lee Weaver ... Porter
Cory Buck ... Young Danny
Joe Pichler ... Young Billy

Sara Paxton ... Young Karen

David Carpenter ... Konrad
Barbara Howard ... Denise

Cynthia Mace ... Roberta

Don Pugsley ... Taxi Driver

Thomas Rosales Jr. ... Jose (as Thomas Rosales)
Mel Green ... Abel

Richard Ruccolo ... Nick (as Rich Ruccolo)
Al Berman ... Norman

Fred Sanders ... Driver
Daniel Passer ... Dominic

Jennifer Christopher ... Jennifer

Paula J. Newman ... Lucy
Dana Edwards ... Train Patron
Tria Katz ... Girl with Luggage
Jane L. Moore ... Kate
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dunya Merell Djordjevic ... Goddess (uncredited)
Ralph Moratz ... Extra (uncredited)

Rocco Salata ... Construction Worker (uncredited)

Directed by
Charlie Peters 
Writing credits
Charlie Peters (written by)

Produced by
John Bertolli .... producer
Marc S. Fischer .... co-producer
Jeff Ivers .... executive producer (as Jeffrey D. Ivers)
Brad Krevoy .... producer
Douglas Morton .... associate producer
J.B. Rogers .... co-producer (as James B. Rogers)
Steven Stabler .... producer (as Steve Stabler)
Bradley Thomas .... producer
Original Music by
Richard Gibbs 
Cinematography by
Richard Crudo (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Carroll Timothy O'Meara  (as C. Timothy O'Meara)
Casting by
Mary Gail Artz 
Barbara Cohen 
Production Design by
Charles William Breen  (as Charles Breen)
Art Direction by
Chris Gorak 
Set Decoration by
Denise Pizzini 
Costume Design by
Mary Claire Hannan 
Makeup Department
Stacey K. Black .... additional assistant hair stylist
Voni Hinkle .... hair department head
Shari Perry .... key hair stylist (as Sharon Perry)
Amy Schmiederer .... makeup artist
Cindy J. Williams .... key makeup artist (as Cindy Jane Williams)
Production Management
Eric Bergman .... post-production supervisor
Marc S. Fischer .... unit production manager
Garrett Grant .... assistant unit production manager
Harvey Malkin .... production supervisor (as Harve K. Malkin)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Heather Kritzer .... second second assistant director
Hal Olofsson .... second assistant director
J.B. Rogers .... first assistant director (as James B. Rogers)
Art Department
Kelly Berry .... set dressing buyer
Philip C. Hurst .... greens person
Chris Hutchinson .... stand-by painter
William Hutchinson .... paint foreman
Patricia Jeffers .... art department coordinator
Frank Rosen .... assistant property master
Daniel Turk .... construction coordinator (as Daniel E. Turk)
Edward L. Turk .... construction foreman
Drew Williams .... lead man
Richard K. Wright .... property master
Robert J. Young .... set dresser
Sound Department
Harry Andronis .... re-recording mixer
Gary L. Bentley .... boom operator
Peter Bentley .... production sound recorder
Stuart Calderon .... sound effects editor (as Stuart C. Calderon)
Marconi de Morais .... dubbing mixer
Mike Goodman .... adr editor
Cameron Hamza .... sound mixer
John Keating .... consultant: DTS
Michael Kimball .... sound effects editor (as Michael John Kimball)
H. Jay Levine .... dialogue editor
Mark Lewer .... consultant: DTS
Maciek Malish .... dialogue editor
Gary Marullo .... foley artist
Cecilia Perna .... foley mixer
David Rawlinson .... supervising sound editor (as David H. Rawlinson)
Christopher B. Reeves .... dialogue editor (as Chris Reeves)
Debby Ruby-Winsberg .... adr mixer (as Debby Ruby)
Michael Salvetta .... foley artist (as Mike Salvetta)
Nick Saviano .... sound utility
Doug E. Turner .... re-recording mixer (as Douglas E. Turner)
Daniel W. Victor Jr. .... consultant: DTS (as Dan Victor)
David John West .... re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Jeffrey Harstedt .... producer: digital mosaic painting, The Digital Artists Agency (as Jeff Harstedt)
Craig Mullin .... digital mosaic painting
Richard L. Duran .... stunt player (as Richard Duran)
Dick Hancock .... stunt player
Jimmy Ortega .... stunts
Russell Towery .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Casey Bayles .... grip
Richard J. Cartwright .... still photographer
Dexter Eneriz .... chief lighting technician (as Dexter P. Eneriz)
Bill Essling .... second company grip
Nicholas Franchot .... dolly grip
Steve Galvin .... electrician
David Knudson .... key grip (as David V. Knudson)
Kary Knudson .... grip
Michelle Leve .... grip
Steven C. Marshall .... second assistant camera
Tina Mellberg .... loader (as Christina Mellberg)
Scott Moody .... assistant lighting technician
Gerry O'Malley .... Steadicam operator (as Jerry O'Malley)
Brian S. Osmond .... first assistant camera (as Brian Osmond)
Andrew Phillips .... electrician
Oscar Luis Rodriguez .... electrician
Matt Siess .... grip
Michael Stewart .... grip (as Michael D. Stewart)
Casting Department
Karen Meisels .... casting associate
Charlie Messenger .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Denverly Grant .... costumer
Lee Kartis .... costumer (as Lee Kurtis)
Dana Wright .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Omar Daher .... assistant editor
Erica Flaum .... assistant editor
Isabelle Fox .... post-production coordinator
Mike Healy .... post-production assistant (as Michael Healy)
Bob La Rossa .... color timer (as Robert J. La Rossa)
Soraya Nosrati .... post-production assistant
Smith Timsawat .... post-production assistant
Jonny Winograd .... first assistant editor
Location Management
Jimmy Badstibner .... assistant location manager (as James Badstibner)
Eric Hedayat .... location manager
Music Department
Marcus Barone .... music executive
Sharon Boyle .... music supervisor
Tim Boyle .... music scoring mixer
Richard Gibbs .... score producer
John Houlihan .... music supervisor
Will Kaplan .... music editor
Patrick Russ .... orchestrator
David Sabee .... orchestra contractor
Paul Silver .... additional music editor
Micki Stern .... music coordinator
Transportation Department
Michael Avallon .... driver
Jim DePue .... driver
Gordie Merrick .... transportation coordinator
Guy Merrick .... transportation co-captain (as Gordon C. Merrick III)
Michael Merrick .... transportation captain
Other crew
Troy Aldrich .... production assistant
Ruth Auerbach .... studio teacher
Hannah Bleier .... consultant: visual impairment
Josh Brownstein .... production assistant
Rex Carlson .... assistant accountant
Winston Carney .... assistant: Mr. Peters (as Winston Holmes Carney)
Jan Dauler .... supervisor: birth (as Jan Dauler M.D.)
Warren Davis II .... assistant: Mr. Ivers
John Driscoll .... assistant: Mr. Law
Terry Edinger .... post-production accountant
Gerard Facchini .... production assistant (as Gerard A. Facchini)
Vanessa Ferrer .... assistant: Mr. Gibbs
Steve Gehrke .... script supervisor
Lawrence Grey .... assistant: Mr. Krevoy
Greg Guzik .... key set production assistant (as Gregory W. Guzik)
Bill Hermanns .... assistant: Mr. Bertolli
Steven J. Hoffmann .... production assistant
Keith A. Jackson .... assistant: Mr. Fischer
Jay Johnson .... title designer
Nancy Johnston-Walker .... assistant: Mr. Krevoy
Christopher Kahn .... assistant production coordinator
Kay Kim .... assistant: Mr. Stabler
Tom Kocsis .... production assistant
Steven R. Kutcher .... bee wrangler
Rock LeRoy .... caterer
Rich Lewis .... key set production assistant
Juan Llano .... choreographer
Harvey Malkin .... supervising production accountant
Douglas Morton .... assistant: Mr. Thomas
Peggy Mulloy .... unit publicist
Mimi Munn .... stand-in
Kitty Olisky .... production coordinator
Michele Pollack .... bee wrangler (as Michele N. Pollack)
Jeff 'Doc' Porter .... first aid (as Jeffrey S. Porter)
Jade Ramsey .... assistant: Mr. Stabler
Angela Randazzo .... assistant accountant
Andrew T. Rothmund .... craft service (as Andrew Rothmund)
Karen Russell .... choreographer
Tre Saunders .... production assistant (as Trennell M. Saunders)
Burton Sharp .... group adr coordinator
Sharon B. Taksel .... production accountant
Adam Wallace .... production assistant (as Adam I. Wallace)
Carmen Wasil .... nurse (as Carmen Wasil R.N.)
Megan Wright .... production assistant
Paul A. Levin .... the producers wish to thank

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Rated PG-13 for sexuality and language
104 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
DTS | Dolby Digital (DVD version)
Canada:14A (Canadian Home Video rating) | France:Tous publics | Iceland:L | Singapore:PG | USA:PG-13 (No. 35524)

Did You Know?

There are numerous references to the book "Anna Karenina". They include, but are not limited to: Anna going out to skate the first time she meets Danny, the lecherous brother, the final scene involving a train.See more »
Continuity: Jude Law has a very obvious and pronounced cleft in his chin. The young actor who plays Danny as a child has a perfectly smooth chin. This is particularly glaring when the scene goes from a close up of the boy's face directly to a close up of Jude Law as the adult Danny.See more »
Karen Swan:I'm 29. Do you know how old I'm going to be next year?
Karen Swan:Don't mock me.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Forever Mine (1999)See more »
Fly AwaySee more »


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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Great Screenplay-Weak Lead Performances, 16 January 2006
Author: aimless-46 from Kentucky

"Music From Another Room" is certainly recommended viewing, for what it is and despite what it fails to be. "Writer" Charlie Peters constructed as good a screenplay as you will ever find in the "straight" romantic genre. Unfortunately there is a failure in the execution as "director" Charlie Peters drops the ball in his casting decisions and in his efforts to extract the necessary performances from the two leads, Jude Law (Danny) and Gretchen Mol (Anna). And solid efforts from the supporting cast are not enough to make up for these key deficiencies.

Peters' story was inspired by Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina". It is Danny's fate, shortly after arriving in town, to stumble across Grace Swan (Brenda Blethyn) and her family who he has not seen since he was five. "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way". At age five he had assisted his physician father in delivering daughter Anna (like the book the family's three daughters are named Anna, Karen, and Nina). Seconds after Anna's birth, 5 year-old Danny had vowed that they would one day be married. But there is no indication in the screenplay that the grown-up Danny has come to town for this purpose, on the contrary he came to be with another woman who he has fallen in love with but who dumps him and moves away shortly after his arrival.

Peters should get credit for a great title, as "Music From Another Room" is a metaphor Danny uses to illustrate how he has felt in the past when he was in love. The idea being that love is like listening to a favorite song playing in the distance and coming back on the same beat of the song when it has been periodically drowned out by closer noises.

He should also get credit for the originality of the two-headed coin flip sequence; which sets up the film's resolution according to the flip of a regular coin. The irony being the characters' ability to flip this device of randomness/destiny into an exercise of their free will.

Although not a comedy, the film is has a lot of charm and some funny moments. Even with its flaws it is better than average but this does leave you regretting that Peters did not recognize his limitations as a director and bring in someone who could have better executed the ambitious vision of his screenplay.

The problem is that the quirky and original elements, which make the screenplay so good, require exceptional performances from the lead characters who must non-verbally convey a whole lot of character motivation as well as several moments of profound revelation. For "actors" up to this challenge (and for a skilled director), the roles offer a wonderful "acting for the camera" opportunity. For Law, Mol, and Peters it is way too much to ask and the result is strained and unconvincing. Which means that the mixes of sadness and joy, fate and free will, ignorance and revelation never achieve the dimensionality they should have. The failure to fill in the blanks with behavioral information combined with elements that were deleted in the editing process introduces an element of incoherence that ultimate undermines an excellent story.

Law (who has certainly demonstrated acting ability in most of his films)has stated that he regrets doing "Music From Another Room" and that he let himself be talked into the part. This may actually be true as he certainly gives very little of himself to the performance. The interesting thing is that the part actually has more potential than roles he has chosen and into which he has thrown a lot of energy.

Brenda Blethyn and Jane Adams turn in great performances and one can only wish that Adams and Mol had traded parts.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

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