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Writers (WGA):
Daniel Clowes (comic book)
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Release Date:
18 October 2001 (Germany) See more »
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Tagline:
Accentuate the negative. See more »
Plot:
With only the plan of moving in together after high school, two unusually devious friends seek direction in life. As a mere gag, they respond to a man's newspaper ad for a date, only to find it will greatly complicate their lives. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 37 wins & 38 nominations See more »
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User Reviews:
Mature, intelligent and haunting (but in a good way) See more (477 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Thora Birch ... Enid

Scarlett Johansson ... Rebecca

Steve Buscemi ... Seymour

Brad Renfro ... Josh

Illeana Douglas ... Roberta Allsworth

Bob Balaban ... Enid's Dad

Stacey Travis ... Dana

Charles C. Stevenson Jr. ... Norman

Dave Sheridan ... Doug

Tom McGowan ... Joe

Debra Azar ... Melora

Brian George ... Sidewinder Boss

Pat Healy ... John Ellis

Honorine Bell ... Graduation Speaker (as Rini Bell)

T.J. Thyne ... Todd

Ezra Buzzington ... Weird Al

Lindsey Girardot ... Vanilla - Graduation Rapper

Joy Bisco ... Jade - Graduation Rapper

Venus DeMilo ... Ebony - Graduation Rapper (as Venus DeMilo Thomas)

Ashley Peldon ... Margaret - Art Class
Chachi Pittman ... Phillip - Art Class
Janece Jordan ... Black Girl - Art Class
Kaileigh Brielle Martin ... Snotty Girl - Art Class (as Kaileigh Martin)
Alexander Fors ... Hippy Boy - Art Class

Marc Vann ... Jerome, the Angry Guy - Record Collector

James Sie ... Steven, the Asian Guy - Record Collector

Paul Keith ... Paul, the Fussy Guy - Record Collector

David Cross ... Gerrold, the Pushy Guy - Record Collector
J.J. Bad Boy Jones ... Fred Chatman - Blues Club (as J.J. 'Bad Boy' Jones)

Dylan Jones ... Red-Haired Girl - Blues Club

Martin Grey ... M.C. - Blues Club

Steve Pierson ... Blueshammer Member - Blues Club

Jake La Botz ... Blueshammer Member - Blues Club (as Jake LaBotz)
Johnny Irion ... Blueshammer Member - Blues Club
Nate Wood ... Blueshammer Member - Blues Club

Charles Schneider ... Joey McCobb, the Stand Up Comic
Sid Hillman ... Zine-O-Phobia Creep (as Sid Garza-Hillman)
Joshua Wheeler ... Zine-O-Phobia Creep

Patrick Fischler ... Masterpiece Video Clerk (as Patrick Fishler)

Daniel Graves ... Masterpiece Video Customer
Matt Doherty ... Masterpiece Video Employee

Joel Michaely ... Porno Cashier

Debi Derryberry ... Rude Coffee Customer

Joseph Sikora ... Reggae Fan (as Joe Sikora)
Brett Gilbert ... Alien Autopsy Guy

Alex Solowitz ... Cineplex Manager
Tony Ketcham ... Alcoholic Customer

Mary Bogue ... Popcorn Customer

Brian Jacobs ... Soda Customer
Patrick Yonally ... Garage Sale Hipster

Lauren Bowles ... Angry Garage Sale Woman

Lorna Scott ... Phyllis, the Art Show Curator
Jeff Murray ... Roberta's Colleague

Jerry Rector ... Dana's Co-Worker
John Bunnell ... Seymour's Boss (as Sheriff John Bunnell)

Diane Salinger ... Psychiatrist
Anna Berger ... Seymour's Mother

Bruce Glover ... Feldman, the Wheel Chair Guy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Randall Barnwell ... Walking Dead Man (uncredited)
Tracy Bennett ... Defaced Magazine Photo (uncredited)

Joan Blair ... Lady Crossing Street Slowly (uncredited)
Michael Chanslor ... Orange Colored Sky Keyboarder, Graduation Band (uncredited)
Kacee DeMasi ... Suicidal Mother (uncredited)

Teri Garr ... Maxine (uncredited)

Alan Heitz ... Driver (uncredited)
James Matusky ... Reggae Fan #2 (uncredited)
Edward T. McAvoy ... Mr. Satanist (uncredited)

Michelle McGinty ... Mom in Convenience Store (uncredited)
Margaret Kontra Palmer ... Lady at Garage Sale (uncredited)
Larry Parker ... Orange Colored Sky Bassist, Graduation Band (uncredited)

Greg Wendell Reid ... Yuppie #1 (uncredited)

Peter Yarrow ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Terry Zwigoff 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Daniel Clowes (comic book)

Daniel Clowes (written by) &
Terry Zwigoff (written by)

Produced by
Pippa Cross .... executive producer
Janette Day .... executive producer
Lianne Halfon .... producer
Barbara A. Hall .... line producer
John Malkovich .... producer
Russell Smith .... producer
Jonathan Weisgal .... producer: front end credits
Michael Shamberg .... executive producer: Jersey Shore (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
David Kitay 
 
Cinematography by
Affonso Beato (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Carole Kravetz Aykanian  (as Carole Kravetz-Aykanian)
Michael R. Miller 
 
Casting by
Cassandra Kulukundis 
 
Production Design by
Edward T. McAvoy 
 
Art Direction by
Alan E. Muraoka 
 
Set Decoration by
Lisa Fischer 
 
Costume Design by
Mary Zophres 
 
Makeup Department
Vickie Mynes .... hair stylist
Emjay Olson .... hair department head
James Ryder .... makeup department head
Amy Schmiederer .... key makeup artist
Carol F. Doran .... wig maker (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Tad Driscoll .... unit production manager
Robert Hoffman .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Susie Balaban .... second second assistant director
Haze J.F. Bergeron III .... first assistant director: additional photography
William Paul Clark .... first assistant director
Dawn Massaro .... second assistant director
Otto Michael Penzato .... second assistant director: additional photography
 
Art Department
James Arrigo .... propmaker foreman (as Jim Arrigo)
Peter Bankins .... property master
Robert Bankins .... assistant property master
David Brace .... lead man
Daniel Clowes .... scrapbook artist: Cook's Chicken
Paul Cohen .... construction coordinator (as Paul Z. Cohen)
Sophie Crumb .... sketchbook: Enid
Kris Fuller .... set dresser
Richard Hart .... propmaker foreman
Holiday Landa .... art department coordinator
John Rankin .... set dresser
Robert Lee Robinson .... set dresser (as Bob Robertson)
Liz Shaner .... lead scenic
Eddie Tique .... set dresser
Chris Buchinsky .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Charles Schneider .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David Franklin Bergad .... supervising sound editor (as David Bergad)
Mark Berger .... supervising re-recording mixer
Lawrence L. Commans .... boom operator
Piotr Filipowski .... sound effects editor
Anna Geyer .... assistant dialogue editor
Chris Gridley .... assistant sound editor
Nathan Gunn .... assistant sound editor
Kate Lumpkin .... utility sound (as Kat Craig)
John Nutt .... supervising sound editor
David Parker .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank Rinella .... foley mixer
Earl Sampson .... boom operator
Patti Tauscher .... foley editor
Mark Weingarten .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Ron Bolanowski .... special effects coordinator
Michael Duenas .... special effects (as Mike Duenas)
 
Visual Effects by
Al Magliochetti .... visual effects supervisor
Ziad Seirafi .... CGI supervisor
Devin Uzan .... digital compositor
Dan Walker .... digial opticals
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging: THDX (uncredited)
Steven Emmert .... optical compositor: THDX (uncredited)
 
Stunts
John Branagan .... stunts
Charles Croughwell .... stunt coordinator (as Charlie Croughwell)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Babineaux .... best boy electric
Leo Behar .... grip
Tracy Bennett .... still photographer
Jack English .... chief lighting technician
Erik A. Erichsen .... lamp operator (as Erik Erichsen)
Rick Guertin .... grip
Robert Lackey .... lamp operator
Michael Levine .... camera operator
Victor Macias .... grip
Nino Neuboeck .... first assistant camera
David W. Nims .... key grip (as David Nims)
Michael Ottevanger .... video engineer
Rico Priem .... grip
Felipe Reinheimer .... second assistant camera
Nancy Schreiber .... additional photographer
Edmondo Sepulveda .... dolly grip (as Edmundo Sepulveda)
Chris Thornton .... best boy grip
Stephen Thorp .... lamp operator (as Steve Thorp)
Toby Tucker .... loader
Bennie Zura .... lamp operator (as Ben Zura)
 
Casting Department
John Barba .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
María Aguilar .... costume supervisor (as Maria Aguilar)
Marilyne Kohn .... wardrobe assistant
Cookie Lopez .... set costumer
Cynthia Freund .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Blake Maniquis .... first assistant editor
Bob McMillian .... color timer (as Robert McMillan)
Jeremy Milton .... first assistant editor
Nick Moore .... additional editor
Vincent Mourou .... assistant conforming editor
 
Music Department
Melissa Axelrod .... music consultant
Christine Bergren .... music legal and clearance
Michael Boustead .... music editor
Kaylin Frank .... music supervisor
Jon-Erik Kellso .... musician
David Kitay .... conductor
Chris McGeary .... music editor
Don Nemitz .... orchestrator
Lonnie Sill .... music consultant
Greg Townley .... music engineer
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer
Roy B. Yokelson .... period music recreation recording engineer
William Levine .... music preparation (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Tim Abbatoye .... transportation coordinator
Caey Boden .... driver
Casey Boden .... driver
Mark L. Hendrix .... transportation captain (as Mark Hendrix)
John Ornstein .... driver
Brett Round .... driver
Leo Schaible .... driver
Laree Scrignolli .... driver (as Laree Sgrignoli)
Greg Stuckey .... driver
Randy L. Thiedeman .... driver (as Randy Thiedeman)
Warren Welsh .... driver
Clint White .... driver (as Klint White)
 
Other crew
Gerard Averill .... location manager
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances
Erin Borel .... assistant accountant
Robert D. Brugger .... set medic
Judy Heinzen Culotta .... assistant location manager (as Judy Heinzen)
Bianca Escobar .... director: experimental short film segment
Bianca Escobar .... intern
Laura Gary .... studio teacher
Kevin Goldblum .... production assistant
Brendan Gregory .... assistant to producers
Heath Howard .... production assistant
Carrie Mae Jones .... production assistant
Michael J. Kelly .... assistant location manager
Danny Muscoplat .... production assistant
Ronit Ravich-Boss .... script supervisor
Debra Sanderson .... clearance
Sara Scarritt .... production coordinator
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances
Meline von Brentano .... assistant: Mr. Zwigoff
Scott Challgren .... special promotion (uncredited)
John Frost .... interstitial radio and tv background voices (uncredited)
Adam Toht .... poster designer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Robert Crumb .... thanks
Sophie Crumb .... thanks
Mark Everett .... special thanks (as E)
Don Knotts .... thanks
Aline Kominsky .... thanks (as Aline Crumb)
Kristine Mckenna .... thanks
David Wirtschafter .... thanks (as Dave Wirtschafter)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for strong language and some sexual content
Runtime:
111 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The cashier at Zine-O-Phobia who is talking about how to remove flesh from a corpse is also leafing through a supplemental catalog from Loompanics Unlimited, a company that sells controversial and unusual books. The book with the reddish cover on the counter in front of the cashier is "Secrets of a Super Hacker" (it's about computers, not machetes) which is available from Loompanics.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Enid's art class shows their first works the one painting of the ocean with two mountains turns from a day scene to a night scene between cuts.See more »
Quotes:
Joe:It's a waste of time trying to logically figure out the female brain, that's for sure. Maybe she got another boyfriend.
[farts]
Seymour:Well... thanks for cheering me up!
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Movie Connections:
References Rear Window (1954)See more »
Soundtrack:
Hooked On YouSee more »

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187 out of 215 people found the following review useful.
Mature, intelligent and haunting (but in a good way), 11 June 2002
Author: (JonathanHollis@hotmail.com) from London, England

Movies that criticise the world can fall into many traps, leaving the viewer to feel jaded by the film's experience. Ghost World's witty appraisal of 'America' successfully avoids being childishly caustic or self-important and thus emerges as one of the best films of 2001. We sympathise with Enid (the luscious Thora Birch) without being expected to completely believe that her cynical world-view is necessarily the right one. Enid's (and her best-friend Rebecca's)negativity is turned on all around them, and their obsessive need to be cool but on their own terms sees them take post-modernism to its absurd conclusion.

Enid's bizarre costume choices mean that she stands out from the rest of her baggy-panted generation, and in one scene is infuriated that no-one, even Rebecca, understands her 'original 1977 punk look' she's testing out.

The fact that we should not fully empathise with Enid is shown by the contrasting character arc of Rebecca. There is a definite sense that she grows up over the course of the movie, but not in a "what have we learned about life" Disney way. Perhaps she has sold out to the conservative ideals that seemed so repulsive to them at the beginning of the movie, but just as Enid ultimately fulfils her desires, so does Becky live out her 'seventh grade fantasy'. The important thing is not the choices people make, but whether they make choices with which they are happy.

The movie's main targets are people who betray themselves in an effort to fit in, and their resulting stupidity by doing so. But the people who have remained true to their values (like Steve Buscemi's Seymour, in a performance that should have been at least nominated for an Academy Award), are portrayed as leading equally vacuous lives. Seymour's infrequent attempts to achieve 'normality' are galling for us to observe, and near soul-destroying for him to experience.

This is an excellent movie. Thora Birch gives her most confident performance to date, and Scarlett Johansson is superbly laconic as Enid's icy side-kick. The supporting cast all shine. Strongly recommended!

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