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18 September 1998 (USA) See more »
The city of lights. A famous American author and the decade that changed a generation...forever.
This fictionalized story, based on the family life of writer James Jones, is an emotionless slice-of-life story... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kris Kristofferson ... Bill Willis

Barbara Hershey ... Marcella Willis

Leelee Sobieski ... Charlotte Anne 'Channe' Willis, Age 14

Jane Birkin ... Mrs. Fortescue

Dominique Blanc ... Candida

Jesse Bradford ... Billy Willis, Age 14
Harley Cross ... Keith Carter

Isaach De Bankolé ... Mamadou (as Isaac De Bankole)
Macha Méril ... Madame Beauvier (as Macha Meril)
Nathalie Richard ... Mademoiselle Fournier
Anthony Roth Costanzo ... Francis Fortescue
Bob Swaim ... Bob Smith

Virginie Ledoyen ... Billy's Mother

Luisa Conlon ... Young Charlotte Anne 'Channe' Willis, Age 7
Samuel Gruen ... Benoit / Young Billy Willis, Age 7
Frédéric Da ... Stephane (as Frederic Da)

Michelle Fairley ... Miss O'Shaunessy
Sarah Haxaire ... Mademoiselle Devereux
Marie Henriau ... Social Worker
Pierre-Michel Sivadier ... Mr. Flowers
Scott Thomas ... First Jock
Catriona MacColl ... Mrs. Smith

Dominic Gould ... Poker Player, Paris
Susan Gutfreund ... Poker Player, Paris
Stéphanie Levin ... Poker Player, Paris
Louis Niedleman ... Poker Player, Paris
Anna Niedleman ... Poker Player, Paris
Louis Saint Calbre ... Poker Player, Paris (as Louis St. Calbre)
Freddy Stracham ... Dancer
Véronique Bellegarde ... Test Monitor
Miranda Raimondi ... Melissa
Anne-Cécile Crapie ... Mademoiselle Picot (as Anne-Cecile Crapie)
Eric Nacacche ... Lawyer
Elizabeth Villeminot ... Cassandra Smith
Catherine Villeminot ... Mary-Ellen Smith
Florence Villeminot ... Gillis Smith
Emma Scaife ... Bethany
Anthony Decadi ... Schoolyard Tease
Valérie Tolédano ... Mademoiselle Fauchon (as Valerie Toledano)
Daniel Tepfer ... Kevin
Alycia Fashae ... Salomé, Soprano
Marcos Pujol ... Herod, Baritone
Catherine Alcover ... Hérodias, Mezzo-Soprano

Tammy Arnold ... Real Estate Agent
Loretta Anawalt ... Poker Player, Wilmington
Bruce Anawalt ... Poker Player, Wilmington
Tammy Helm ... Poker Player, Wilmington

Don Baker ... Poker Player, Wilmington

Mitch Eakins ... Second Jock

Christopher Berry ... Steve Bates
Antoine Chain ... Pierre Anloite (Billy's Father)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Woody Allen ... Himself (interviewee on TV) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Hélène Arié ... The Queen (uncredited)
Fanny Crawford ... (uncredited)
Jean-Claude Drouot ... Thierry la Fronde in Program on TV (archive footage) (uncredited)
Pauline Kael ... Herself (with Woody Allen) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Philippe Pelletier ... Opera Spectator (uncredited)
Kawan Rojanatavorn ... WWII Soldier (uncredited)
David Walen ... New Years Band Singer (uncredited)

Directed by
James Ivory 
Writing credits
Kaylie Jones (novel)

James Ivory (screenplay) &
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay)

Produced by
Jane Barclay .... co-executive producer
Paul Bradley .... co-producer
Nayeem Hafizka .... executive producer
Sharon Harel .... co-executive producer
Richard Hawley .... executive producer
Ismail Merchant .... producer
Original Music by
Richard Robbins 
Cinematography by
Jean-Marc Fabre 
Film Editing by
Noëlle Boisson  (as Noelle Boisson)
Casting by
Tricia Tomey 
Costume Design by
Carol Ramsey 
Makeup Department
Janet Carey .... additional makeup artist
David Halsey .... assistant hair stylist: USA
David Halsey .... assistant makeup artist: USA
Tina Harrelson .... assistant hair stylist: USA
Tina Harrelson .... assistant makeup artist: USA
Martina Kohl .... associate hair designer: France
Martina Kohl .... associate makeup designer: France
Joël Lavau .... hair assistant: France (as Loel Lavau)
Joël Lavau .... makeup assistant: France (as Loel Lavau)
Thomas Nellen .... key hair designer: France
Thomas Nellen .... key makeup designer: France
Tony Rocchetti .... hair assistant: France
Tony Rocchetti .... makeup assistant: France
Production Management
Rahila Bootwala .... unit production manager: France
Philippe Groff .... unit production manager
Richard Hawley .... unit production manager: USA
Michel Imbert .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Maud Baignères .... third assistant director: France
Gaëtan de Laugardière .... third assistant director: France
George Every .... second assistant director: France
Christopher Granier-Deferre .... first assistant director: France
Richard Hawley .... first assistant director: USA
Stephan Miller .... second second assistant director
Stephanie P. O'Brien .... second assistant director: USA (as Stephanie O'Brien)
Vincent G. Gonzales .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Jane Beck .... assistant props: USA
Gerard Bouguet .... head carpenter: France
Jacques Bufnoir .... production designer: France
Adam Cameron .... set dresser: USA
Jean-Michel Chantrel .... curtain constructor: France
Jean-Michel Chantrel .... upholstery constructor: France
James Paul Dallas .... art department assistant: USA
Thurston Edwards .... assistant prop buyer: USA
James Edward Ferrell Jr. .... set decorator: USA (as James Ferrell)
John France .... on-set dresser: USA
Pat Garner .... production designer: USA
Marie-Noëlle Giraud .... set dresser: France (as Marie-Noelle Giraud)
Vernon Harrell .... property master: USA
Wil David Johnson .... greensman: USA
Cynthia La Jeunesse .... assistant set decorator: USA (as Cindy La Jeunesse)
Andrew Litvack .... artistic associate
Bruno Madesclaire .... property buyer: France
Jean-Pierre Masson .... construction grip: France
Joe McGuire .... set dresser: USA
Henri Moisan .... property master: France
Stephen C. Peterman .... leadman: USA (as Stephen Peterman)
Victor Piazza .... head painter: France
Jean Poinot .... construction manager: France
Per-Olof Renard .... art director: France
Greg Sasser .... greensman: USA
Pierre Sicre .... stand-by props: France
Linwood Taylor .... art director: USA
Kenneth Tregembo .... head painter: USA
Dana Windsor .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Tim Cavagin .... sound re-recordist: Twickenham Film Studios
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer
Michel Filippi .... adr: France
Anne Gould .... assistant sound editor: UK (as Annie Gould)
Dean Humphreys .... sound re-recordist: Twickenham Film Studios
Ludovic Hénault .... sound (as Ludovic Henault)
Craig Irving .... sound re-recordist: Twickenham Film Studios
Jean-Luc Laborde .... boom operator: France
Jacques Leroide .... foley editor: UK
Nick Lowe .... dialogue editor: UK
Colin Miller .... supervising sound editor: UK
Michael Piotrowski .... boom operator: U.S. (as Mike Piotrowski)
Alastair Sirkett .... assistant sound editor: UK
Nick Watson .... sound consultant: Dolby
Special Effects by
Grégoire Delage .... rain effects: France (as Gregoire Delage)
William Purcell .... special effects: USA
Dean Mumford .... stunt coordinator: USA
Roland Neunreuther .... stunt coordinator: France
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Bartsch .... key grip: USA
Guy-Auguste Boléat .... key grip: France (as Guy-Auguste Boleat)
Jim Bridges .... still photographer
Glen Brown .... assistant camera: USA (as Glen Brown)
Glen Ade Brown .... assistant camera
Scott Canfield .... electrician: USA
Dan Cornwall .... best boy electric: USA
Kelly Curry .... best boy grip: USA
Lynn Dodson .... gaffer: USA
Laurent Duquesnoy .... grip: France
Jason Harris .... camera loader: USA
Laurel Hughes .... second assistant camera: USA
Eric Jennings .... electrician: USA
Elin Kirschfink .... second assistant camera: France (as Elin Kirscheink)
Hervé Lode .... second assistant camera
Philippe Lu .... gaffer: France
Mark C. McManus .... playback operator: USA (as Mark McManus)
Mark C. McManus .... video assist operator (as Mark McManus)
Frédéric Menut .... best boy electric: France (as Frederic Menut)
Marc Monnaye .... electrician: France
Pascal Payet .... grip: France
Seth Rubin .... still photographer: France
Marie Spencer .... assistant camera: France
Carole Tizon .... third assistant camera: France
Dick Van Newkirk .... dolly grip: USA
Simon Carey .... additional electrician (uncredited)
Jeffery J. Tufano .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Tracy Kilpatrick .... casting: Wilmington
Marion Tenet .... extras casting: France
Annette Trumel .... casting: France
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eve-Marie Arnault .... associate costume designer: France
Jeanie Baker .... set costumer: USA
Azmin Jaffer .... costumer: France
Dennisse Kane .... set costumer: USA (as Denisse Kane)
Anjali Lenglet .... costumer: France
Leigh Leverett .... assistant costume designer: USA
Rosalida Medina .... costumer: USA
Anne Micolod .... costumer: France
Mary Sheldon .... cutter/fitter: USA
Verena O'Connor .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Chris Bannister .... color timer
Jason Costelloe .... assistant picture editor: UK (as Jason Costello)
Brian Day .... second assistant editor: USA (as Bryan Day)
Gillean Dickie .... post-production administrator: UK
David Hamme .... assistant colorist
Gladys Joujou .... first assistant editor: UK
Jonathan Kaye .... second assistant editor: USA
Marla Shelton .... post-production coordinator: New York
John Dowdell .... telecine colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Geoff Alexander .... orchestrator
John Bell .... music arranger: jazz arrangements
Matt Dunkley .... music preparation
Harry Rabinowitz .... conductor
Kirsty Whalley .... score recording engineer
Kirsty Whalley .... score mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Chuck Flynn .... transportation coordinator: USA
Scott Glen .... transportation captain: USA
Christophe Martin .... period vehicles: France
Scott Siler .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Alberto Abraham Amar .... production coordinator
Karin Bootwala .... tutor: France
Davis Canady .... dance instructor: USA
Catherine Cary .... production office assistant: France
Caroline Charlety .... production office assistant: France
Nadine Chaussonnière .... unit location manager: France (as Nadine Chaussoniere)
Melissa Chung .... production coordinator: France
Patrick Crawford .... production trainee: USA
Deborah Devgan .... production office assistant: USA (as Deborah Deygan)
Louis F. DiFelice .... unit location manager: USA (as Louis Di Felice)
Pierre Dreyfus .... assistant location manager: France
Brigitte Galea .... assistant production accountant: France
Philippe Gallichet .... chef
Vincent Garenq .... location assistant
Pierre Geismar .... production trainee: France
Heidi Gilbert .... set production assistant: USA
Vincent G. Gonzales .... key set production assistant: USA (as Vincent Gonzales)
Laetitia Gre .... location trainee: France
Michel Imbert .... production trainee: France
Dione Kirby .... craft service: USA
Sunil Kirparam .... production accountant: France
Johanna Klingenberger .... assistant accountant: USA
Jean-Luc Lucas .... assistant location manager: France
Mike Marcucci .... researcher
Dara McQuillan .... post production coordinator
Abel Monem .... assistant location manager: France
Eric Plassing .... tutor: France
Kathy Rayle .... production office assistant: USA (as Kathy Parthemos)
Shannon Rippy .... production coordinator: USA
Ryan Schaetzle .... assistant location manager: USA
Kelley Sims .... office assistant
Samantha Timmerman .... script supervisor: France
Dmitri Vigneswaren .... production office coordinator: UK
Adam Yager .... set production assistant: USA
Amy Zaltzman .... assistant production coordinator: USA
Hannah Block .... acknowledgment: "The Jim Burns Show"
Jim Burns .... acknowledgment: "The Jim Burns Show"
Paul Jenkins .... thanks: loan of paintings by Paul Jenkins
Suzanne Jenkins .... thanks: loan of paintings by Paul Jenkins
Andrew Litvack .... thanks: coaching and directing French language section of "Billy"
Robert Palm .... thanks: his support
Mark L. Stricklin .... thanks: L'Ecole Active Bilingue

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Rated R for language
127 min
Color (Fujicolor)
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Anachronisms: The family is watching Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) on TV, which was not even released to theatres until 1974, but we later see a date on a gravestone of 1973 (which means the TV scene was probably set in 1972, since there was an intervening New Year's Eve scene).See more »
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you won´t cry either, 24 June 2001
Author: Jan Hrubin from Prague, Czech Republic

"A Soldier´s Daughter Never Cries" is the kind of movie that, in spite of American production, feels very European. American movies tend to be sentimental with plenty of scenes specifically calculated to make viewers get teary eyed. European movies, though, usually opt for a more naturalistic approach that refuses to wallow in emotions. In the case of "Soldier´s Daughter", this characteristic can be both good and bad. It is good in the sense that the movie seems more realistic because one must admit that in real life, melodramatic conduct is not too common. Emotions seem to be hidden rather than absent and they actually do appear in small explosions like in the somewhat odd outbursts of the mother towards the end. Emotions also seem to be behind the strange behavior of the characters (e.g. the maid scrubbing the floor at midnight after breaking up with her lover or Billy acting antisocial to make up for his feelings of resentment). Howwever, there are quite a few scenes which should have been emotionally powerful but aren´t. A good dose of American sentiment could have made a difference. For example, in the one scene where Channe finally starts crying (the title of the movie is a saying her father keeps quoting at her), I understood the place of it in the plot but was not touched by it. When Francis, heartbroken, says goodbye to Channe after telling her his secret, the situation should have been heartrending but it also left me feeling hollow - and this in spite of the fact that Francis, an effeminate heterosexual, was probably the film´s most fascinating character. Furthermore, the parents´ understated reactions often make it seem that they do not really love or care about their children the way everyone keeps insisting they do (is that a possible hidden meaning ?).

Otherwise, the movie is fine in the sense that it is intelligently written. Not only is it based on a novel but it feels as if it WAS a novel rather than a movie. The family is portrayed quite realistically. Even though the film does not seem to try to be artistic, it is lyrical enough to be seen as art.

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