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Writers (WGA):
Jerry Stahl (book)
David Veloz (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 April 1999 (Iceland) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ben Stiller ... Jerry Stahl

Maria Bello ... Kitty

Jay Paulson ... Phoenix Punk

Spencer Garrett ... Brad / Tim from Mr. Chompers

Owen Wilson ... Nicky

Elizabeth Hurley ... Sandra

Lourdes Benedicto ... Vola

Fred Willard ... Craig Ziffer

Chauncey Leopardi ... Jerry at 16
Mary Thompson ... Grandma Whittle

Connie Nielsen ... Dagmar

Charles Fleischer ... Allen from Mr. Chompers

Liz Torres ... Dita

Douglas Spain ... Miguel

Janeane Garofalo ... Jana Farmer

Sandra Oh ... Friend
Scott Williamson ... Gary Warren

Cheryl Ladd ... Pamela Verlaine

Jerry Stahl ... Dr. Murphy

Peter Greene ... Gus
Nancye Ferguson ... Nurse

Sam Anderson ... Dr. Olsen
Regina Nichols ... Scrub Nurse

John Prosky ... Cop
François Giroday ... Peter (as Francois Giroday)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Andy Dick ... 'Damian', Talk Show Guest (uncredited)

Ren Hanami ... TV Host (uncredited)

Daniel Hartley ... Benny (uncredited)

Lainie Kazan ... Jerry's Mother at Funeral (uncredited)

L. Christian Mixon ... Tough Guy (uncredited)
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Directed by
David Veloz 
Writing credits
Jerry Stahl (book)

David Veloz (screenplay)

Produced by
David Brookwell .... line producer: second unit
Jane Hamsher .... producer
Robert Leveen .... co-producer
Don Murphy .... producer
Yalda Tehranian .... executive producer
Original Music by
Daniel Licht 
Cinematography by
Robert D. Yeoman  (as Robert Yeoman)
Film Editing by
Cara Silverman 
Steven Weisberg 
Casting by
Richard Hicks 
Ronnie Yeskel 
Production Design by
Jerry Fleming 
Art Direction by
Ryan Ong 
Set Decoration by
Betty Berberian 
Costume Design by
Lori Eskowitz-Carter  (as Lori Eskowitz)
Louise Mingenbach 
Makeup Department
Christina Bartolucci .... key makeup artist
Bridget C. Henry .... assistant hair stylist
Bridget C. Henry .... assistant makeup artist
Edward St. George .... key hair stylist
Lynn Taylor-Wood .... hair stylist (as Lynn Taylor)
Heba Thorisdottir .... hair stylist
Heba Thorisdottir .... makeup artist
Jill Von Gortler .... assistant hair stylist (as Jill von Gortler)
Jill Von Gortler .... assistant makeup artist (as Jill von Gortler)
Production Management
Beau J. Genot .... post-production supervisor
Susan McNamara .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Erin Alexander .... second second assistant director
Joel Jeffrey Nishimine .... first assistant director
Marie O'Keefe .... second assistant director (as Marie J. O'Keefe)
Scott Remick .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Denise Anderson .... assistant property master
Mark Anderson .... property master
Jeffery A. Chavers .... construction foreman
Zachery A. Coiteau .... on-set dresser (as Zachery Coiteau)
Orion V. Cox .... on-set dresser
John Dennis .... swing gang
Lance DeSpain .... scenic artist (as Lance M. Despain)
Garrett T. Gervais .... swing gang
Terry Hargis .... lead man
Susan Hutchinson .... scenic artist
Eleas Kostis .... lead scenic
Eleas Kostis .... paint foreman
Patricia Kruijer .... art department coordinator
Marcus Larsen .... scenic artist
Roy Metcalf .... construction coordinator
Stephen Mezlor .... carpenter
Joe Monaco .... swing gang
Benedict S. Ofstead .... carpenter
Nancy Olsen .... buyer
Nancy Olsen .... shopper
Fabrice Berger Remond .... scenic artist
Thomas Rousseau .... scenic artist
Chris Schultz .... carpenter
Christopher Schultz .... carpenter (as Christopher A. Schultz)
Christopher Schultz .... swing gang
Dan Sherrill .... on-set dresser
David Silverstone .... swing gang
David Silverstone .... swing
Michael Spitaletto .... painter
Michael Spitaletto .... scenic artist
Erin Thyne .... swing gang
Erin Thyne .... swing
Shaun Thyne .... swing gang (as Shaun 'Evil' Thyne)
Bob Titulaer .... on-set dresser
Jacques Vercelli .... carpenter
J.D. White .... carpenter
Sound Department
Peter Austin .... adr editor
Peter Austin .... co-supervising sound editor (as Peter Drake Austin)
Joan Chamberlain .... adr recordist
Don Digirolamo .... sound re-recording mixer
Dean Drabin .... adr mixer
Eric Enroth .... sound mixer
Ron Evans .... dialogue editor
David E. Fluhr .... sound re-recording mixer
Dennis Gray .... dialogue editor
Stephen Grubbs .... supervising sound editor
Barbara Issak .... dialogue editor
Adam Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Linda Keim .... sound effects editor (as Linda L. Keim)
Aaron Levy .... sound recordist (as Aaron Levi)
Gary Lewis .... dialogue editor
Paul Longstaffe .... dialogue editor
Lionel Luna .... boom operator
David Melhase .... adr editor
Brian Thomas Nist .... sound effects editor
Eric A. Norris .... sound effects editor
Brian Ruberg .... adr mixer
Cary Stratton .... adr recordist
Lee Tinkham .... adr mixer
Kevin Wilson .... boom operator
James Wright .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby Stereo (as Jim Wright)
Ingrid Alexander .... post sound recordist (uncredited)
Steve Mann .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Jeff Cadiente .... stunts
Thomas Dewier .... stunts (as Tom De Wier)
Clint Jones .... stunts
Eddie Perez .... stunt coordinator
Frank Torres .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Tim Barry .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
J.D. Bishop .... rigging gaffer
Dustin Blauvelt .... camera operator: "b" camera
Bryan Booth .... best boy electric
Erik Capek .... key rigging grip
Robert Chavez .... electrician
Bernie Druckman .... video playback operator
Jamal J. Farley .... electrician (as Jamal Farley)
Dominik Feller .... electrician
Scott Froschauer .... dolly grip (as Scott Froschouer)
Tank Girl .... grip
David Gonzales .... best boy grip
Anthony Gotta .... rigging gaffer
Greg Jarrett .... grip (as Gregory N. Jarrett)
John Johnson .... still photographer
Kelly Jones .... electrician (as Dr. Kelly Jones)
Martin Leeper .... gaffer
Todd Loncto .... second assistant camera
John M. Norman .... grip
Michael Pescasio .... rigging grip (as Michael Percasio)
Storn Peterson .... first assistant camera
Joseph Prado .... grip
Bradley Richard .... second assistant camera (as Bradley V. Richard)
Charles H.E. Richards .... key grip
Kosta Rigopoulos .... grip
Patrick Rizzotti .... grip (as Big Pat Rizzotti)
Eric S. Rothchild .... camera loader
Courtney Rowe .... rigging gaffer
William Russell .... rigging gaffer
Doug Rymes .... rigging gaffer
Lawrence Schweich .... electrician
Tim Shinkle .... grip
Rachel Wells .... electrician
Xopher .... electrician
Dan Zaitz .... still photographer
Chris Bangma .... assistant camera: SpaceCam (uncredited)
Mark W. Hindle .... video playback operator (uncredited)
Steve Koster .... camera operator: SpaceCam (uncredited)
Sacha Riviere .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
David Schmalz .... video assist operator (uncredited)
Robert Zuckerman .... key art photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Tony Hobbs .... extras casting
Sandy Holt .... adr voice casting
Jennifer Levy .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andrea Federman .... costumer
Andrew Federman .... key costumer
Jenny Gering .... costumer
Claudette Gill .... wardrobe assistant (as Claudette Gil)
Meredith McLaughlin .... costumer
Patricia Peppard .... costumer
Jo Torngren .... seamstress (as Joanne M. Torngren)
Mary Walbridge .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
JC Bond .... assistant editor: avid (as Joseph C. Bond IV)
Richard Conkling .... assistant film editor (as Richard Conklin)
Roger Cooper .... assistant editor: avid
Rick Downey .... negative cutter
Nate Fitzgerald .... assistant film editor
Eleanor Grand .... assistant film editor
Harry Muller .... color timer
Benjamin P. Schwartz .... first assistant film editor (as Benjamin Schwartz)
Ron South .... assistant film editor
Jonas Thaler .... post-production consultant
Charise E. Angone .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Bryan Ellenburg .... executive in charge of post-production (uncredited)
Dennis Thorlaksen .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Thomas Bartke .... assistant music editor
Mike Flicker .... music editor
Paul Hepker .... score arranger
Daniel Licht .... score arranger
Emma-Jane Mezher .... assistant to composer
Jeff Rabhan .... music supervisor
Adam Schiff .... score mixer
Adam Schiff .... score recordist
Klay Shroedel .... music consultant
Jilien Smith .... music consultant (as Jilien Manges)
Marc Bonilla .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Marc Bonilla .... musician: electric guitar (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Joe Barreras .... driver
Joseph G. Bingenheimer .... driver
Michael Coady .... transportation captain
Dick Dionne .... driver
Chris Gorden .... driver (as Christopher Gordon)
Steve Howard .... driver
Mike Painter .... transportation coordinator (as Michael A. Painter)
Michael Robbins .... driver: insert car
Paul Tumber .... driver
John Watson .... driver (as John E. Watson)
Sebastian G. Zabala .... driver
Other crew
Harold Adler .... title designer
Herbert W. Ankrom .... assistant production coordinator (as Herb Ankrom)
Lynell Bangs .... production accountant
Nicole Barnette .... assistant: Mr. Veloz
Rick Benattar .... assistant: Ms. Hamshee and Mr. Murphy
Kathy Berk .... studio teacher
Jason Carney .... professional skater
Robert Chynoweth .... runner (as Robert C. Chynoweth)
Stephen P. Del Prete .... set production assistant (as Stephen P. Delprete)
Kathy Ferrara .... office production assistant (as Kathleen Ferrara)
Felipe Galdo .... production office intern
Lori Grabowski .... script supervisor
Kevin Gunning .... stand-in: Ben Stiller
Harley E. Hebert .... set production assistant (as Harley Hebert)
Paul Hepker .... synthesizer programmer
Jennifer Hopkins .... assistant: Mr. Stiller
Sharon House .... unit publicist
Sam Hyde .... assistant: Mr. Stiller
David Jenison .... product placement supervisor
Zachary Kahn .... office production assistant
J.C. Logan .... creator and designer: Mr. Chompers
John Lopez .... title designer
Casey Mako .... office production assistant
Mike James Masumoto .... location manager (as Michael J. Masumoto)
Robert A. Mirisch .... legal services
David Montgomery .... key set production assistant
Elizabeth Much .... unit publicist
Robin Mulcahy Fisichella .... production coordinator (as Robin Mulcahy)
Stevie Nelson .... location manager
Stephen Price .... assistant location manager
Dylan Shrader .... assistant: Ms. Hurley (as Dylan Schrader)
Joel Sinderman .... assistant location manager
Marianne E. Titiriga .... assistant: Ms. Hurley (as Marianne Titriga)
Sara E. Tower .... assistant production accountant
Victoria Vaus .... title designer
J.D. Ward .... projectionist
Carlos Yniguez .... craft service
Carlos Yniguez .... medic
Patrick Jack Lee .... production financing (uncredited)
Judy Sharinger .... credits consultant (uncredited)
Maria Williams .... assistant: Ben Stiller (uncredited)
Jason Zook .... production coordinator: second unit (uncredited)
Rufus Burnam .... thanks
Chris Davis .... thanks
Gareth Grundy .... thanks
Scott Mabbutt .... thanks
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for pervasive graphic drug use, strong sexuality and language
88 min
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The fictional television show "Mr. Chompers" was based on author Jerry Stahl's experience writing for "ALF" (1986). The other television series was based on Stahl's experiences on "Twin Peaks" (1990) and "Moonlighting" (1985), and its star was apparently based on Cybill Shepherd.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Jerry is at the methadone clinic, the doctor is checking boxes on a form he's filling out. The questions he asks Jerry do not match the boxes he checks.See more »
[first lines]
Jerry:You know what's mortifying? Smack is like the leisure suit of the nineties. Instead of wrecking dad's Buick on prom might, these little suburban fucks are coping habits and OD'ing in the rec room.
Kitty:And you're different, because?
Jerry:I never got to the prom.
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21 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
There's Something about Jerry (Stahl), 16 May 2001
Author: Daniel J. Fienberg (d_fienberg) from Los Angeles, CA

First, let me apologize for the easy joke in the one line summary. It was simply too easy to pass up. And sometimes writers fall back on easy cliches, especially in headlines.

Actually, make that especially in headlines and in movies about substance abuse. Simply put, Permanent Midnight fails. And it doesn't fail because of the direction, or the writing, or the performances (thought there are certainly serious flaws with each), but because it doesn't have anything new to the discussion. Permanent Midnight on one hand is about the depths to which drugs can drive a man, but it's also about the superficiality of Hollywood. The problem is that neither angle has anything remotely original in it and so barring something remarkable in the execution, there's really no point in making the movie. Permanent Midnight, though, features many good things, but nothing remarkable enough to justify the "been there/ done that" feeling that remains when the narrative is finished.

Permanent Midnight features a framing story that feels made up. Since I haven't read Jerry Stahl's book of the same name, I cannot speak to the truth of the framing sequences which feature Maria Bello as an ex-drug addict named Kitty. I can only say how painfully convenient it is for recovering Jerry (Ben Stiller) to have this blond angel more than willing to hear his story of degradation. Not a moment between Jerry and Kitty rings true emotionally, but at least it gives writer/director David Veloz and entre into the story, not that the story actually goes anywhere. You see, when Jerry arrives in LA he's already a junkie, living with his friend Nickie (Owen Wilson), who's also already a junkie. He marries a British TV producer so that she can get her green card and she helps him get a television writing job. As shown in the film, there's nothing about his life that leads the the progression of his drug addiction. He just gets deeper and deeper and befriends shadier and shadier characters.

There's an arbitrary point at which he obviously decided to quit (since he's clean in the frame story), but by the time we get there, it seems so obvious and so unsatisfying as to make the journey feel wasted. No matter how bad things seems to get, the audience knows it could always be worse, because we've seen worse drug addictions in a dozen movies of varying qualities. Throughout the flashback, Jerry makes no real attempts at recovery and yet only falls to a certain level. He never makes it to hell. Nothing in the film has a payoff.

Much of the problem, then, is in Veloz's episodic screenplay. Characters wander in and out and nothing really comes together. Jerry seems strung-out, but he never seems horrible, so we can't really pity the people who trust him and love him because he doesn't really do any serious damage to them. Everything just comes and goes.

The film is filled with tiny "star" cameos which meet with only occasional success. Owen Wilson and Janeane Garofalo are always good to have around, as is the perpetually psychotic Peter Greene. Cheryl Ladd, Fred Willard, Andy Dick, and Connie Nielsen, though, provide uninteresting one shot encounters.

Veloz perhaps wisely avoids drug movie hallucination clichés. Aware that he lacks the visual sensibility to rival Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or Trainspotting, he restricts his flourishes to a single drug nightmare and to boring New Wave-y jump cuts and the like. Veloz clearly sets the film up as Ben Stiller's show.

As Jerry Stahl, Stiller is never less than solid. He makes it clear why people would continue to trust Jerry even with all of his problems. The script, however, gives no indication of the genius that everybody attributed to Stahl, making it difficult to feel that the character is wasting his talent. Stiller, then, is fleetingly amusing, fleetingly harrowing, and always acting. When the character, in a moment of true desperation turns to his neck for an uncollapsed vein, it's Ben Stiller shooting up into his neck, not the character. It's tough to watch, but you feel for an actor on the edge, rather than a character.

So people in Hollywood are so self-absorbed that they don't notice what's going on around them. OK. I've seen that before. And amidst all that egomania, people with problems are allowed to fall through the cracks. And I've seen that before. And recovery is possible? In a one-day-at-a-time way? I've seen that before as well. I kept waiting for Permanent Midnight to offer me something new and different. But it was only more of the same. There's enough good there for a 5/10.

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