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Waking the Dead -- A congressional candidate questions his sanity after seeing the love of his life, presumed dead, suddenly emerge.


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Writers (WGA):
Scott Spencer (novel)
Robert Dillon (screenplay)
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24 March 2000 (USA) See more »
Sometimes love has a life of its own.
A congressional candidate questions his sanity after seeing the love of his life, presumed dead, suddenly emerge. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Billy Crudup ... Fielding Pierce
Bill Haugland ... TV Newsman at Bombing

Nelson Landrieu ... Francisco Higgens

Ivonne Coll ... Gisela Higgens

Jennifer Connelly ... Sarah Williams
Maxine Guess ... Danny's Receptionist

Paul Hipp ... Danny Pierce

Hal Holbrook ... Isaac Green

Lawrence Dane ... Governor Kinosis

Ed Harris ... Jerry Charmichael
Robert Harding ... TV Newsman #2

Janet McTeer ... Caroline Pierce

Molly Parker ... Juliet Beck

Larry Marshall ... Angelo Bertelli

Don Jordan ... Minister with Bertelli on TV
Caroline Sabourin ... Little Sarah Look-Alike

Stanley Anderson ... Fielding's Father
Patricia Gage ... Fielding's Mother

John Carroll Lynch ... Father Mileski

Bruce Dinsmore ... Tony Dayton

Mimi Kuzyk ... Adele Green

Tony Calabretta ... Sonny Marchi
Walter Massey ... Otto Ellis
Norris Domingue ... Congressman at Isaac's Party
Dean Hagopian ... Politician at Isaac's Party
Bernard Behrens ... Father Stanton
Philip Williams ... Al

Sharon Washington ... Kelly
Ranee Lee ... Woman from Fielding's Campaign
Zoe Sakellaropoulo ... 'Sarah' in Caroline's Flashback (as Zoë Sakellaropoulo)
Scott Spencer ... Man with Sarah in Flashback
Alan Fawcett ... Reporter at Restaurant

Leah Pinsent ... Reporter from Fielding's Past
Karina Iraola ... Seny

Marco Ledezma ... Gustavo
Walt MacPherson ... Sarah's Father
John Walsh ... Protest Leader Outside Sarah's Funeral (as Father John Walsh)

Vlasta Vrana ... Priest at Sarah's Funeral

Sandra Oh ... Kim

Rafael Petardi ... Kids who Mug Fielding (as Pascal Petardi)

Leonardo Fuica ... Kids who Mug Fielding
Qariy Hendrickson ... Kids who Mug Fielding

Sandra Caldwell ... Concerned Mom from Letter
Justin Bradley ... Adopted Kid from Letter

Richard Hicks ... Young Man from Letter
Ed Cambridge ... Old Man from Letter

Directed by
Keith Gordon 
Writing credits
Scott Spencer (novel)

Robert Dillon (screenplay)

Produced by
Jodie Foster .... executive producer
Keith Gordon .... producer
Stuart Kleinman .... producer
Irene Litinsky .... co-producer
Linda Reisman .... producer
Original Music by
Scott Shields 
tomandandy (score by)
Cinematography by
Tom Richmond (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jeff Wishengrad 
Casting by
Richard Hicks 
Ronnie Yeskel 
Production Design by
Zoe Sakellaropoulo  (as Zoë Sakellaropoulo)
Set Decoration by
Anne Galéa (head decorator)
Simon La Haye  (as Simon Lahaye)
Joëlle Turenne 
Costume Design by
Renée April 
Makeup Department
Béatrice de Lempdes .... makeup artist: extras (as Béatrice DeLempdes)
Lizane La Salle .... makeup artist (as Lizanne La Salle)
Martin Lapointe .... hair: extras
Martine Léveillé .... hair: extras
Johanne Paiement .... key hairdresser
Josée Pellerin .... makeup artist: extras
Pina Rizzi .... hairdresser
Diane Simard .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Daniel Auclair .... unit manager
Alain Bernard .... assistant unit manager
Robert Hoffman .... post-production supervisor
Irene Litinsky .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Erik Ajduk .... assistant director trainee
Marie-José Bourassa .... second assistant director
Pedro Gandol .... first assistant director
Dandy Thibaudeau .... third assistant director
Art Department
Carole Arpin .... assistant property master
Patrick Boulianne .... swing gang
Anthony Bourgouin .... swing gang (as Anthony Bourgoin)
Alain Brochu .... construction supervisor
Andre Brochu .... head carpenter (as André Brochu)
Eric Brunet .... swing gang (as Eric Gabriel Brunet)
Frederic Chamoro .... swing gang (as Fréderic Chamorro)
Emmanuel Cote .... swing gang (as Emanuel Côté-Ponzoni)
Denis Côté .... swing gang
Marc Desjardins .... painter
Marc Desjardins .... scenic artist
Johanne Dumoulin .... painter
Johanne Dumoulin .... scenic artist
Dominic Gaucher .... artist: back-drop
Martin Gendron .... assistant art director
Nicolas Godbout .... swing gang
Dominique Gosselin .... assistant decorator
Clare Keyte .... production buyer
Marie-Claude L'Heureux .... art department coordinator
Eric Lafrance .... carpenter
Bruno Lahaye .... property master
Louis-René Landry .... draftsman
Diane Legris .... property buyer
Carl Lessard .... graphic artist
Jean Morin .... assistant art director
David Nichols .... pre-production design consultant
Jean-Marie Paquet .... painter
Lyne Rancourt .... assistant decorator
Kris Rogers .... assistant decorator
Eric Turenne .... swing gang
Marcus von Holtzendorff .... art department runner (as Marcus Von Holtzendorff)
Sound Department
Mark Berger .... supervising re-recording mixer
Leslie Bloom .... foley artist (as Leslie Bloome)
Frank Canonica .... machine room supervisor
Yin Cantor .... sound effects recordist
Yann Cleary .... sound trainee
Ben Conrad .... foley mixer
Tobin Davis .... assistant sound editor (as Tobin John DeLacca Davis)
Patrick Dodd .... dialogue editor
Denis Dupont .... boom operator
Malcolm Fife .... foley editor
Grant Foerster .... sound recordist
Anna Geyer .... transfer room operator
Rick Kahn .... transfer room operator
James Lebrecht .... sound effects designer (as James LeBrecht)
Kyrsten Mate .... sound effects editor (as Kyrsten Mate Comoglio)
John Nutt .... supervising sound editor
Margie O'Malley .... foley artist
Dan Olmsted .... sound recordist
David Parker .... sound re-recording mixer
Jim Pasque .... foley recordist (as James Pasque)
Steve Phillips .... sound mixer
Frank Rinella .... foley mixer
Patrick Rousseau .... sound mixer
Daniel Sperry .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Dan Sperry)
Jeff Whittle .... supervisor: transfer room
Mary Works .... assistant sound editor
Frank Canonica .... supervising sound recordist: mix stage (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Louis Craig .... special effects supervisor
Mario Dumont .... special effects senior technician
André Laforest .... special effects technician
Eric-André Paquin .... special effects technician
Pierre 'Bill' Rivard .... special effects coordinator: Les Productions de l'Intrigue (as Bill Rivard)
Sebastien Roussel .... special effects technician
Martin Williams .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Tom Williamson .... visual effects supervisor
Jeff Barnes .... executive producer: Computercafe (uncredited)
Christopher Dusendschon .... in-show optical compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Stephanie Carey .... stunt performer
Elaine Ford .... stunt coordinator
Nathalie Girard .... stunt double
Stéphane Lefebvre .... stunts
David McKeown .... stunt coordinator (as Dave McKeown)
Charles Ramsay .... stunt performer
Jason White .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Kim Alepin .... camera trainee
Jocelyn Bertrand .... grip
Mikey Bertrand .... key grip
Jean-François Chapadeau .... rigging electric
François Daignault .... Steadicam operator
Mathieu Décary .... first assistant camera: dailies
Eames Gagnon .... rigging best boy
Michel Girard .... focus puller
John Harris .... electrician
Maxime Imbeau .... grip
Pierric Jouvante .... electric
Keith Kerr .... grip
Jean Levasseur .... electric
John Lewin .... rigging gaffer
Kenneth MacKenzie .... best boy grip (as Kenneth Mackenzie)
Martin Protat .... clapper loader
Raymond Rivard .... grip
Jeff Scott .... rigging electric
Takashi Seida .... set photographer
Normand Viau .... gaffer
Paul Viau .... best boy electric
Casting Department
Julie Breton .... casting assistant
Ross Clydesdale .... casting: Toronto
Jennifer Levy .... casting assistant
Florence Mourez .... extras casting
Lucie Robitaille .... casting: Montreal
Juli-Ann Kay .... casting assistant: Toronto (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Johanne Baril .... wardrobe technician (as Joanne Baril)
Sophie Beasse .... head dresser (as Sophie Béasse)
Marie Bellemare .... assistant wardrobe: extras
Mureille Blouin .... breakdown/specialized wardrobe technician (as Murielle Blouin)
Blanche-Danielle Boileau .... costume supervisor (as Blanche Danielle Boileau)
Josée Boisvert .... wardrobe mistress: extras
Sylvie Dagenais .... dresser: cast
Mark J. De Coste .... tailor (as Mark Joseph De Coste)
Angela Di Marzio .... wardrobe swing
Sylvie Gagnon .... extras dresser
Jennifer Lys Grenier .... extras dresser (as Jennifer-Lys Grenier)
Marie-France Labbé .... assistant wardrobe: extras fittings
Diane LeBlanc .... seamstress (as Diane Leblanc)
Caroline Poirier .... assistant to costume designer
Lison Proulx .... seamstress
Michel Proulx .... cutter
Dominique Theriault .... assistant wardrobe: extras (as Dominique Thériault)
Andrée Tremblay .... seamstress
Editorial Department
Claudette Duff .... first assistant editor: Montreal
Bob Fredrickson .... color timer
Michael Gay .... assistant editor: Los Angeles (as Michael D. Gay)
Jeremy Milton .... first assistant editor: Los Angeles
Sarah Shetter .... post-production assistant: Mr. Gordon
Music Department
Bernie Dresel .... musician: drums
Mala Ganguly .... vocals
Badar Ali Khan .... vocals
Steve Mac .... score engineer
Chris McGeary .... music editor
Kristina Misiunas .... score producer
Joni Mitchell .... composer: songs "A Case of You"
Frankie Pine .... music supervisor: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Nina Plaseckyj .... musician: cello
Dawn Soler .... music supervisor: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment (as Dawn Solér)
Bruce Watson .... musician: guitar
Mark Jan Wlodarkiewicz .... additional music editor
Lyle Workman .... musician: guitar and bass
Transportation Department
David Barry .... transportation captain
Réjean Bouchard .... transport coordinator
Michel Brouillette .... picture car coordinator
Jean-Marc Devieieux .... transport captain (as Jean-Marc Devirieux)
Marco Fania .... driver
John Gendron .... driver
Francois Labrie .... driver (as François Labrie)
Donal MacCormack .... driver (as Donal MaCormack)
Ted Wilson .... driver (as Teddy Wilson)
Other crew
Lysandre Auger .... production assistant
Rasha Ayouby .... receptionist
Ilinca Cynthia Balaban .... assistant accountant
François Baron .... production assistant
Julie Brazeau .... stand-in
Anne Brosseau .... production coordinator
Stéphane Byl .... stand-in: 'Fielding'
Joanne Camacho-Gendron .... production insurance: B.F. Lorenzetti & Associates (as Joanne Camacho)
Alana Cymerman .... assistant location manager
Gaetan Fluet .... craft service (as Gaëtan Fluet)
Philipe Gilbert .... production assistant
Marc-André Goyer .... production assistant
Bernard Guay .... production assistant
Andrew Hill .... production accountant
Scott Hiskey .... assistant production accountant
Leah Holmes .... post-production accountant: R.C. Baral & Company, Inc.
Lorraine Jamison .... unit publicist
Annika Krausz .... assistant: Ms. Reisman
Louise Lapointe .... hotel accommodations: Marriott Residence Inn
Patrick Legault .... production assistant
Bruce Miller .... first assistant accountant
Lili Partheniou .... production accountant (as Lily Partheniou)
Stella Paulin .... hotel accommodations: Hotel Intercontinental
Nathalie Picard .... script supervisor
Nathalie Poulin .... location assistant
Max-Pol Proulx .... production assistant
Michael Prupas .... production legal counsel: Heenan Blaikie, Montreal
Patrick Rainville .... production assistant
Michel Robert .... office runner
Howard Rosenoff .... production legal counsel: Heenan Blaikie, Montreal
Julie Shapiro .... travel: Travel Corps
Judy Sharinger .... credits secretary
Michèle St-Arnaud .... location manager
Jim Stevens .... assistant: Mr. Crudup
Brigitte Tanguay .... production secretary
Chantal Valade .... stand-in: 'Sarah' (as Chantale Valade)
Kate Wilson .... assistant: Mr. Kleinman
Marianne Wisenthal .... assistant: Mr. Gordon
Barbara Coston .... thanks (as Barbara Costan)
David Daugherty .... thanks
Griffin Dunne .... thanks
Rachel Griffin .... special thanks
Meg LeFauve .... thanks
Margaret Mitchell .... thanks
Amy Robinson .... thanks
Steve Shurtz .... thanks
Paula Weinstein .... thanks
Mark Wolfe .... thanks

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Rated R for sexuality and language
105 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (Canadian Home Video rating) | Chile:18 | France:U | Iceland:12 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:13 | UK:15 | USA:R (No. 36371)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Jennifer Connelly also portrayed a character named Sarah Williams in Labyrinth (1986), which was released 13 prior to Waking the Dead (2000).See more »
Factual errors: 23 January 1983, the election day, was on a Sunday.See more »
Sarah Williams:Our lives have taken us so far apart now. It seems wrong to think we belong together.
Fielding Pierce:But I think it.
Sarah Williams:I do too. I think I know why.
Fielding Pierce:Why?
Sarah Williams:Because it's what we want. But... so few people get what they want. And the ones they do aren't really the lucky ones anyway.
Fielding Pierce:They're not? Who are?
Sarah Williams:The ones that do what they are meant to.
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Movie Connections:
References Labyrinth (1986)See more »
Piano In The DarkSee more »


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42 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
2000's hidden gem is also its Crown Jewel, 30 March 2001
Author: mercury-26 from Grand Haven, MI

Never mind `Traffic'. Forget `Gladiator'. To find 2000's finest, most nail-on-the-head perfect film, you'll need to look a little deeper. A small film that only enjoyed limited release in theaters and isn't getting much attention on DVD either, is Keith Gordon's latest, `Waking the Dead'.

Back in 1992, there was another under-appreciated independent film called `A Midnight Clear' that had the misfortune of being released alongside the likes of `Unforgiven' and `Last of the Mohicans'. For reasons I can't fathom, this brilliant film seemingly did nothing to help Gordon's career. His budgets stayed small, but he continued looking for the most daring and fascinating material. In 1996, he released `Mother Night', another war-themed film, only this time set in the aftermath of WWII.

With `Waking the Dead', Gordon outdoes himself. He casts Billy Crudup as Fielding Pierce, an ambitious Coast Guard officer who'd like to be president--and he means it. His world is turned upside-down when he meets Sarah Williams (Jennifer Connelly), who just wants to feel like she `lives on the planet'. Fielding and Sarah could not be more different, yet they cannot live without each other. Each is the antithesis of the other, which dooms their relationship and intensifies their love at the same time.

The film begins with the announcement of Sarah's death, and continues pulling you back and forth in time. Employing this storytelling technique and maintaining the momentum of the story is a difficult task. While we see Fielding wrestle with her memory, we're shown the powerful connection these two had during her life.

What's more, Fielding begins to see visions of her. Some of these visions are so real, he begins to believe she's alive. The hauntings come just as he begins campaigning for the U.S. House. It begins to affect his life and threatens his campaign. The question of whether Sarah is really alive is the dramatic carrot Gordon dangles in front of us. It's then we realize that she was his conscience in life and remains so in death. Gordon pours it on right until the very last frame. He gets the best performance of Connelly's career out of her, plus a jaw-dropping performance out of Crudup that's worthy of an Oscar. Whoever was in charge of plugging this film for awards nominations must have fallen asleep at the wheel (though I see it did win an Independent Spirit award for its script).

That this film or others in the same situation get no recognition is definitely for the best. The more popular a film becomes, the more idiots that come out of the woodwork to second-guess it. So best to leave it to be discovered by those willing to seek it out. It is 2000's crown jewel.

Grade: A (but only because there isn't a higher grade)

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