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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
Annie Gould .... assistant sound editor: UK
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
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A really original introspective about complex relationships., 29 June 2006
Author: shanfloyd from India

"A soldier's daughter never cries" by James Ivory presents us with an interesting story about fine aspects of human relationships with really impressive acting. The film is divided into three segments - "Billy", "Francis" and "Daddy". Each containing the protagonist Channe's experiences with three men in her life - her adopted brother, her school friend and her father respectively. The film shows how these experiences let her become gradually mature... emotionally, sexually and also in terms of personality.

Acting is exceptional in this film. The first segment shows the time right after the brother, Billy, being adopted when he was 7 years old. Channe was also 7 at that time and the child actress who played her (Luisa Conlon) really deserves our praise. In the next two segments Channe (14 and 17 yrs respectively) was brilliantly portrayed by Leelee Sobeiski who is much responsible for the rather reserved nature of the character. Kris Kristofferson does a solid job as the father. His character is an unique one, as evident not only by the words he spoke, but also by Kristofferson's accent and expressions. Among the other actors Jesse Bradford is worth mentioning as Billy is last two segments. The actor who played Francis in "Francis" brings too much dramatic persona in my opinion. Though arguably that's one of the best things about the character. And there's also a nice extended cameo by Virginie Lledoyen as Billy's biological mother.

Now about the characters and screenplay. Though stated from Channe's point of view, her father is the major influential character in this film. It was always his decisions, his outlook towards life that affected his family. The character of Channe is somehow very interesting. Her experiences with womanhood and men are written in an unique manner. And how she develops into a warm, soft-spoken yet determined personality is clearly something that Ivory spent time on. On the other hand Billy is a rather shy and quite unimpressive character with no apparent personal feature that should be rendered as a quality. Now Channe's school friend Francis has all the unusual features - he's an opera singer, loves to dance puppets, has a really corky sense of humor and his mother is an existentialist. His relationship with Channe is one of the film's major assets. All the characters are quite multi-layered, even Billy. The script is also masterfully written. A nice example is the conversation between Channe's father and her High School boyfriend Keith. I don't understand French that well so can't comment about the French dialogues though.

Actually, it is a film that is bound to be enjoyed if seen in a special mood. I'm lucky that I had that mood when it was showing on TV. Also it is a film that grows wonderfully with time, segment after segment. It's a really good coming-of-age story that should be considered as Ivory's one of the best works.

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