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Release Date:
10 October 2003 (USA) See more »
A romantic comedy with bite. See more »
A beautiful gold digger matches wits with a shrewd Beverly Hills divorce lawyer who is increasingly attracted to her. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George Clooney ... Miles

Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Marylin

Geoffrey Rush ... Donovan Donaly

Cedric the Entertainer ... Gus Petch

Edward Herrmann ... Rex Rexroth

Paul Adelstein ... Wrigley

Richard Jenkins ... Freddy Bender

Billy Bob Thornton ... Howard D. Doyle

Julia Duffy ... Sarah Sorkin

Jonathan Hadary ... Heinz, the Baron Krauss von Espy

Tom Aldredge ... Herb Myerson

Stacey Travis ... Bonnie Donaly

Jack Kyle ... Ollie Olerud

Irwin Keyes ... Wheezy Joe

Judith Drake ... Mrs. Gutman
George Ives ... Mrs. Gutman's Lawyer
Booth Colman ... Gutman Trial Judge

Kristin Dattilo ... Rex's Young Woman

Wendle Josepher ... Miles' Receptionist

Mary Pat Gleason ... Nero's Waitress

Mia Cottet ... Ramona Barcelona

Kiersten Warren ... Claire O'Mara
Rosey Brown ... Gus's Pal

Ken Sagoes ... Gus's Pal

Dale E. Turner ... Gus's Pal
Douglas Fisher ... Maitre d'
Nicholas Shaffer ... Waiter
Isabell O'Connor ... Judge Marva Munson (as Isabell Monk O'Connor)
Mary Gillis ... Court Reporter
Colin Linden ... Father Scott

Julie Osburn ... Stewardess
Gary Marshal ... Las Vegas Waiter

Blake Clark ... Convention Secretary

Allan Trautman ... Convention Lawyer

Kate Luyben ... Santa Fe Tart

Kitana Baker ... Santa Fe Tart

Camille Anderson ... Santa Fe Tart

Tamie Sheffield ... Santa Fe Tart

Bridget Marquardt ... Santa Fe Tart

Emma Harrison ... Santa Fe Tart
John Bliss ... Mr. MacKinnon
Patrick Thomas O'Brien ... Bailiff

Sean Fenton ... Bailiff
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Royce D. Applegate ... Mr. Gutman (uncredited)

Justine Baker ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Bruce Campbell ... Soap Opera Actor on TV (uncredited)

Barbara Kerr Condon ... Herb Myerson's Private Nurse (uncredited)
Jason De Hoyos ... Gardener (uncredited)

Larry Vigus ... Lawyer (uncredited)

Susan Yeagley ... Tart #1 (uncredited)

Directed by
Joel Coen 
Ethan Coen (uncredited)
Writing credits
Robert Ramsey (story) &
Matthew Stone (story) and
John Romano (story)

Robert Ramsey (screenplay) &
Matthew Stone (screenplay) and
Ethan Coen (screenplay) &
Joel Coen (screenplay)

Produced by
John Cameron .... co-producer
Ethan Coen .... producer
Sean Daniel .... executive producer
Robert Graf .... associate producer
Brian Grazer .... producer
Grant Heslov .... co-producer
James Jacks .... executive producer
James Whitaker .... co-producer
Joel Coen .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Carter Burwell 
Cinematography by
Roger Deakins (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ethan Coen  (as Roderick Jaynes)
Joel Coen  (as Roderick Jaynes)
Casting by
Ellen Chenoweth 
Production Design by
Leslie McDonald 
Art Direction by
Tony Fanning 
Set Decoration by
Nancy Haigh 
Costume Design by
Mary Zophres 
Makeup Department
Trish Almeida .... key hair stylist
Jean Ann Black .... makeup designer (as Jean Black)
Patti Brand .... additional makeup artist
Karyn Huston .... hair stylist: Ms. Zeta-Jones
Peggy Nichols .... additional makeup artist
Waldo Sanchez .... hair stylist: Mr. Clooney
Amy Schmiederer .... key makeup artist
Kelvin R. Trahan .... hair designer (as Kelvin Trahan)
Cindy J. Williams .... makeup artist: Ms. Zeta-Jones (as Cindy Williams)
Anita Brabec .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Laverne Caracuzzi .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Thomas Opitz .... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
John Cameron .... unit production manager
Karen Ruth Getchell .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
J. Todd Anderson .... second unit director
Betsy Magruder .... first assistant director
Rusty Mahmood .... second second assistant director
Jonathan McGarry .... second assistant director
Krista Reymann .... dga trainee
Peter Dress .... day player additional second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
J. Todd Anderson .... unit limner
Paige Augustine .... assistant set decorator
Cliff Bergman .... foreman
Jack Blanchard .... set dresser
James M. Davis .... general foreman (as Jim Davis)
Jann K. Engel .... set designer
Joe Griffith .... illustrator (as Joseph F. Griffith Jr.)
Scott G. Jones .... set dresser
Adam Kirby .... set dresser
Ritchie Kremer .... property master
Leslie 'Tinker' Linville .... set dressing gang boss (as Leslie Linville)
John Hammer Maxwell .... on-set dresser (as John H. Maxwell)
Jeff Passanante .... construction coordinator
Monica Perez .... assistant property master
Monica Perez .... on-set propmaster
Nashon Petrushkin .... set dresser
Sara Philpott .... set dressing coordinator
Lori Rowbotham .... set designer (as Lori Rowbotham Grant)
Brian Seccombe .... property assistant
Mark Sparks .... foreman (as Mark A. Sparks)
Angela Stauffer .... art department coordinator
Karen Teneyck .... graphic designer
Edward L. Turk .... foreman
Jason Weil .... assistant art director
Mark Weissenfluh .... leadman (as Mark C. Weissenfluh)
Craig B. Ayers Sr. .... head greens coordinator (uncredited)
Thomas E. Brown .... paint supervisor (uncredited)
Chris Casny .... propmaker (uncredited)
Cora Lee Coomber .... construction accountant (uncredited)
Oscar Delgadillo .... set dresser (uncredited)
Yann Denoual .... sculptor (uncredited)
Anthony Klaiman .... set dresser (uncredited)
Cameron Matheson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Kari J. Nowell .... props: Las Vegas (uncredited)
Tom Sharp .... draper (uncredited)
Ara Soudjian .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Sheila Thomas .... painter (uncredited)
Timothy Vierra .... propmaker gang boss (uncredited)
Sound Department
Benjamin Cheah .... foley editor (as Ben Cheah)
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
Kelly Doran .... sound utility
Mark Filip .... apprentice sound editor
Sean Garnhart .... re-recording mixer
Sean Garnhart .... sound effects editor
Lewis Goldstein .... dialogue editor (as Lew Goldstein)
Kenton Jakub .... adr editor
Randall L. Johnson .... boom operator (as Randy Johnson)
Peter F. Kurland .... production sound mixer (as Peter Kurland)
George A. Lara .... foley mixer (as George Lara)
Skip Lievsay .... re-recording mixer
Skip Lievsay .... supervising sound editor
Cate Montana .... assistant sound editor
Greg Orloff .... re-recording mixer
Bill Orrico .... assistant sound editor (as Billy Orrico)
Steven Visscher .... foley editor
Joanna Bush .... digital archivist (uncredited)
Kay Denmark .... adr boom operator (uncredited)
Michael Miller .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Alex Raspa .... adr mixer: New York (uncredited)
David Warzynski .... foley assistant (uncredited)
David Warzynski .... foley librarian (uncredited)
Special Effects by
John L. Chaldu .... special effects technician (as John Chaldu)
Joe Heffernan .... special effects technician
Emmet Kane .... special effects coordinator
Lee Alan McConnell .... special effects technician
Roland Blancaflor .... special makeup effects technican: Rick Baker/Cinovation Studio (uncredited)
Thomas Zell .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
J. John Corbett .... digital artist: Big Film Design
Shellaine Corwel .... lead compositor: Rhythm & Hues
Bill Georgiou .... roto artist: Rhythm & Hues
Heather Jennings .... visual effects producer: Rhythm & Hues
Gene Kozicki .... digital production supervisor: Rhythm & Hues
Mike Meaker .... matte painter: Rhythm & Hues
Betsy Paterson .... visual effects supervisor: Rhythm & Hues (as Betsy Patterson)
Steven J. Scott .... digital color timer: EFilm
Craig Seitz .... 2d supervisor: Rhythm & Hues
Amit Sethi .... digital artist: Big Film Design
Jon Maichel Thomas .... digital artist: Big Film Design
Patrick Clancey .... digital opticals (uncredited)
Daniel Aristoteles Collins .... systems/operations: Rhythm & Hues (uncredited)
Brandon Craig .... render supervisor (uncredited)
Chris Dawson .... motion control camera operator (uncredited)
Phil Holland .... scan- and record coordinator (uncredited)
Matt Kelly .... compositor: Rhythm & Hues (uncredited)
Ntana Key .... digital intermediate paint artist (uncredited)
J.W. Kompare .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
Kevin Lin .... digital cleanup artist (uncredited)
Thomas Mathai .... data manager (uncredited)
Jeff McLean .... compositor (uncredited)
Fred Simon .... systems support: Rhythm & Hues (uncredited)
Marla Tanigawa .... systems operator: Rhythm & Hues (uncredited)
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Lisa Hoyle .... stunts
Eddie L. Watkins .... stunts (as Eddie Watkins)
Danny Wynands .... stunts (as Dan Wynands)
Camera and Electrical Department
Erik Bernstein .... best boy electric
Josh Blakeslee .... second assistant camera (as Joshua Blakeslee)
Will Dearborn .... loader
Clinton Dougherty .... camera operator (as Clint Dougherty)
Kevin Fahey .... best boy rigging grip
Charley Gilleran .... key rigging grip (as Charlie Gilleran)
Melinda Sue Gordon .... still photographer
Bruce Hamme .... dolly grip
Andy Harris .... first assistant camera
Mitchell Andrew Lillian .... key grip (as Mitch Lillian)
Michael A. McFadden .... best boy grip (as Mike McFadden)
Chris Napolitano .... rigging gaffer
David A. Parks .... best boy rigging electric (as Dave Parks)
Rick Rader .... rigging grip foreman
Randy Woodside .... chief lighting technician
Colin Anderson .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
James Barrett .... electrician (uncredited)
Alex M. Cacciarelli .... motion control video assist (uncredited)
Richard Clark .... video playback operator (uncredited)
Chad Cohlmia .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Billy Craft .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Julian de la Pena .... electrician (uncredited)
Seong Dilg .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Andrew Dumas .... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
Jeff Durling .... dimmer operator (uncredited)
Raymond Gonzales .... electrician (uncredited)
Christopher Kiso .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Jaim O'Neil .... electrician (uncredited)
Charles Papert .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Cary Sachs .... electrician (uncredited)
Sean Smith .... electrician (uncredited)
Chris Stanman .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Don Telles .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Andy Young .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Steve Zvorsky .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
David Anthony .... extras casting
Judy Cook .... extras casting
Tracy Dixon .... extras casting
Sondra James .... voice casting
Rachel Tenner .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Diana Demoff .... costumer (as Diana Edgmon)
Jenny Eagan .... costumer
Annie Garrity .... costumer
Ariel Gold .... costumer
Alix Hester .... costumer
Cookie Lopez .... key set costumer
Robin McMullan .... costume supervisor (as Robin McMullen)
Andrew Slyder .... set costumer
Christine Wada .... costumer
Editorial Department
Karyn Anonia .... apprentice editor (as Karyn L. Anonia)
Emily Calederone .... post-production assistant (as Emily Calderone)
David Diliberto .... associate film editor
Kate E. Emmert .... post-production assistant
Catherine Farrell .... apprentice editor
Daniel Fort .... consultant: digital editing (as Dan Fort)
Chris Jensen .... digital colorist assistant: EFilm
Katie Mcquerrey .... assistant editor (as Katie McQuerrey)
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Steven J. Scott .... digital color timer
Ian Silverstein .... assistant editor: LA
Neil A. Stelzner .... first assistant editor
Michael A. Wong .... consultant: digital editing (as Michael Wong)
Kenny Becker .... color timer (uncredited)
Valance Eisleben .... high definition editorial services (uncredited)
Hilda Saffari .... digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
Location Management
Rod Bacote .... assistant location manager
Carrie Cantore .... assistant location manager
Judy Heinzen Culotta .... assistant location manager (as Judy Heinzen)
David Diamond .... key assistant location manager
Ned R. Shapiro .... location manager (as Ned Shapiro)
Music Department
Evan Barker .... music copyist
Carter Burwell .... conductor
Carter Burwell .... score orchestrator
David Diliberto .... music supervisor
Michael Farrow .... music scoring mixer
Tony Finno .... music copyist
Danl M. Kasow .... assistant music editor (as Danl Kasow)
Todd Kasow .... music editor
Sonny Kompanek .... score orchestrator
Adriana Marinescu .... music copyist
Kathy Nelson .... executive in charge of music: Universal Pictures
Sandra Park .... contractor
Dean Parker .... score producer
John Moses .... musician: clarinetist (uncredited)
Timmy Olmstead .... assistant engineer (uncredited)
Jason Stasium .... digital score recordist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Paul Ripple .... transportation dispatcher
Timothy P. Ryan .... transportation captain (as Tim Ryan)
Don Tardino .... transportation coordinator
Gil Amaral .... driver (uncredited)
Buddy Hunter .... driver (uncredited)
Jack Jay Reece .... driver (uncredited)
Roger Wooge .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Randall Balsmeyer .... titles designer: Big Film Design
Randall Balsmeyer .... titles supervisor: Big Film Design
Jules Carideo .... production coordinator
Amy Minda Cohen .... assistant: Mr. Clooney (as Amy Cohen)
Jennifer Côté .... assistant: Ms. Zeta-Jones
Jenny DeArmitt .... production secretary
Jason Cooper Hall .... assistant: Mr. Cameron / Mr. Graf
Elizabeth Himelstein .... dialect coach (as Liz Himmelstein)
Ryan Hintz .... second assistant accountant
Stephani Hunter .... assistant production coordinator
Nancy G. James .... craft service (as Nancy James)
Thomas Johnston .... script supervisor (as Tom Johnston)
Kathy Kelehan .... titles producer: Big Film Design
Cheryl Kurk .... production accountant
David R. Lawson .... medic
Angel McConnell .... assistant: Mr. Clooney
Patricia Mary Murphy .... serious matters (as Patricia Mary Murphy Esq.)
Nicholas David Nesbitt .... set production assistant (as Nick Nesbitt)
Taylor Phillips .... set production assistant
Mandy Philpott .... office production assistant
Keith Potter .... set production assistant
Miguel Ian Raya .... assistant: Mr. Grazer (as Miguel Raya)
Ferguson Reid .... medic (as Dr. Ferguson Reid)
Stephen Ross .... office production assistant
Todd Spears .... payroll accountant
Louise Spencer .... unit publicist (as Louise A. Spencer)
Kristan Wagner .... additional location manager
Karen Yokomizo .... first assistant accountant
Terrence B. Zinn .... office production assistant
Greg Burkart .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Jackamoe Buzzell .... stand-in (uncredited)
Ivan Drehspul .... airline technical supervisor (uncredited)
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Josh Gallegos .... production assistant (uncredited)
Bruce Gray .... sculpture art provided by (uncredited)
Michael A. Heath .... asset manager (uncredited)
Kimberly Logan .... assistant: Cedric the Entertainer (uncredited)
Travis Nicholson .... production assistant (uncredited)
Chris Palmer .... assistant: Sean Daniel (uncredited)
Isaac Palmisano .... stand-in (uncredited)
Gregory J. Pawlik Jr. .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Monica Perez Gelbman .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
John H. Price .... on-set interviews (uncredited)
Peter Pamela Rose .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Bill Timoney .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Michael Coldwell .... special thanks: Caesar's Palace/Park Place Entertainment
Ron Cozart .... special thanks: Caesar's Palace/Park Place Entertainment
Michael Heenan .... special thanks: Caesar's Palace/Park Place Entertainment
Bill Hudson .... special thanks: Apple Computer
Alan Schoolcraft .... fondly remembered
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Divorce Show" - Japan (English title)
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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language and brief violence
100 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Canadian Home Video rating) | Chile:TE | Finland:K-7/4 (2012 reform re-rating) | Finland:K-7/5 (original rating) | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 (bw) | Iceland:L | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:MG6 | Norway:11 | Peru:Apt | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:PG13 (re-rating) | South Korea:15 | Spain:T | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12A (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2003) | USA:PG-13 (No. 39509)

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The judge shares the same name as the main female character in the Coen Brothers movie The Ladykillers. The shared name is Marva Munson.See more »
Factual errors: Much of the film's plot is driven by inaccurate representations of California divorce law. Under the community property theory, factors like infidelity are virtually irrelevant to the distribution of property upon divorce.See more »
[first lines]
Donovan Donaly:[singing] I'm just a poor boy, though my story's seldom told.
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45 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
uneven film with a most beautiful lady, 25 October 2003
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

I doubt that there are two more strikingly attractive actors in movies today than George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Zeta-Jones, in particular, has the kind of classic beauty that puts her right up there with the great screen legends of all time, women like Ingrid Bergman, Natalie Wood and Audrey Hepburn, who, with their ravishing good looks and photogenic quality, came to define the ideal of female pulchritude in their time.

Credit the Coen Brothers, who made `Intolerable Cruelty,' with having the good sense to know what they had in these two stars and for exploiting it to the full. They have allowed the actors to play off their good looks, most especially Ms. Zeta-Jones, portraying an icy gold-digger who specializes in marrying rich men with the express purpose of taking them for everything they've got once the marriage is ended. Clooney is the first-rate divorce lawyer who finally meets his match when he falls under the spell of this strangely bewitching woman.

The major joy in `Intolerable Cruelty' comes from watching these two tremendously attractive stars go at one another – be it in lust, passion or anger. Miles and Marylin are both seasoned game-players and world-class manipulators who know how to get the better of the hapless victims who stumble headlong into their paths. Unfortunately, the film itself never lives up to its promise of becoming a slashing satire on the mores of our divorce-happy society. The main reason for this is that the script often shoots too low in its tone, opting for an overly broad, slapstick approach when a slyer, subtler style is what's really called for. It's not that `Intolerable Cruelty' doesn't provide its fair share of laughs; it's just that we feel there should be a whole lot more of them given the pedigree of the film's makers and the high-powered acting of its amazingly gifted cast.

In addition to Clooney and Zeta-Jones – who hit all the right notes in their playing off one another – the lineup also includes Geoffrey Rush, Billy Bob Thornton, Edward Herrmann, Richard Jenkins and Cedric the Entertainer, who steals the few scenes he's in with his manic interpretation of a private investigator who specializes in capturing wayward spouses in compromising positions.

Perhaps, `Intolerable Cruelty,' for all its moments of mirth and fun, simply doesn't go far enough into the realm of outrageousness to make the concept really work. The Coen Brothers, who have proven themselves masters of the absurd in the past, for some reason seem to be holding back in this film, going for the easy laugh and the easy sentiment when what we really want is for them to cut loose and go for the jugular (as Danny De Vito did with similar material in `The War of the Roses' so many years ago). Maybe Miles and Marylin need to be a little more nasty, a trifle more cutthroat in their demeanor to bring it all to life.

`Intolerable Cruelty' offers some hearty chuckles and some definite eye-candy in the person of Ms. Zeta-Jones, but, when all is said and done, the film is mainly just promises and not enough delivery.

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