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Hanging Up -- Moving comedy/drama about three sisters (Diane Keaton, Meg Ryan, Lisa Kudrow) and their relationship with their irascible father (Walter Matthau). Screenplay by Nora & Delia Ephron. Directed by Keaton.
Hanging Up -- A trio of sisters bond over their ambivalence toward the approaching death of their curmudgeonly father, to whom none of them was particularly close.


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Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
18 February 2000 (USA) See more »
Every family has a few hang-ups.
A trio of sisters bond over their ambivalence toward the approaching death of their curmudgeonly father, to whom none of them was particularly close. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
Diane Keaton 
Writing credits
Delia Ephron (book)

Delia Ephron (screenplay) &
Nora Ephron (screenplay)

Produced by
Delia Ephron .... executive producer
Nora Ephron .... producer
Laurence Mark .... producer
Diana Pokorny .... co-producer
Bill Robinson .... executive producer
Original Music by
David Hirschfelder 
Cinematography by
Howard Atherton (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Julie Monroe 
Casting by
Lisa Beach 
Production Design by
Waldemar Kalinowski 
Art Direction by
Troy Sizemore 
Set Decoration by
Florence Fellman 
Costume Design by
Bobbie Read 
Makeup Department
Janice Alexander .... hair supervisor (as Jan Alexander)
Fríða Aradóttir .... hair stylist: Ms. Ryan
Steve Artmont .... makeup supervisor
Kelcey Fry .... makeup artist: Ms. Keaton
Angela Levin .... makeup artist: Ms. Kudrow
Edward St. George .... hair stylist: Ms. Kudrow
Toni-Ann Walker .... hair stylist: Ms. Keaton
Production Management
Michelle Morrissey .... production supervisor
Diana Pokorny .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paula Case .... second second assistant director (as Paula Harris)
K.C. Colwell .... first assistant director
Darin Rivetti .... second assistant director
Laurie Webb .... dga trainee
Art Department
Deana Albers .... assistant property master
Mick Cukurs .... set designer
Maureen Farley .... property master
Barry Kingston .... construction coordinator
Brent Rice .... lead man
Lee Runnels .... greensman
Michael Stone .... assistant art director
François Audouy .... illustrator (uncredited)
Tony Castagnola .... greens foreman (uncredited)
Kevin Coyle .... set dresser (uncredited)
Judson Crowder .... set dresser (uncredited)
Paul Dowler .... set dresser (uncredited)
Patricio M. Farrell .... assistant art director: reshoots (uncredited)
Monica Frommholz .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Gregor Habsburg .... assistant to production designer: Fine Art reproduction (uncredited)
Joshua Hunt .... set dresser (uncredited)
Helen Kozora .... set decoration buyer (uncredited)
Scott Lafferty .... carpenter (uncredited)
Steven Light-Orr .... set dresser (uncredited)
Mark A. Mancinelli .... plaster supervisor (uncredited)
Merdyce McClaran .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Fred O'Connor .... propmaker (uncredited)
Fred Seibly .... painter (uncredited)
Eric Sundahl .... set designer (uncredited)
Jason Sweers .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Stu Bernstein .... sound effects editor
Bob Bowman .... assistant sound editor
Michael Broomberg .... foley artist (as Michael Bloomberg)
Joe Dorn .... adr editor
Richard Duarte .... foley mixer
Mark Gordon .... foley editor
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist (as Gary Hecker)
Greg Hedgepath .... sound effects editor
Philip A. Hess .... sound effects editor (as Philip Hess)
Andrea Horta .... adr editor
Drake Jenevein .... assistant sound editor
Kimaree Long .... dialogue editor
Gary Mundheim .... foley editor
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
Greg P. Russell .... sound re-recording mixer
Todd O. Russell .... boom operator (as Todd Russell)
Roy Seeger .... assistant sound editor
Frederick H. Stahly .... dialogue editor
Lauren Stephens .... dialogue editor
Charles M. Wilborn .... production sound mixer
Michael D. Wilhoit .... supervising sound editor
Scott Wolf .... sound effects editor
Christopher S. Aud .... sound editor (uncredited)
Paul Drenning .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Hanson Hsu .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Hanson Hsu .... stage engineer (uncredited)
James J. Mase .... sound (uncredited)
Fred Peck III .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Greg Steele .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Tom Seymour .... special effects
J.D. Streett .... special effects supervisor
Charles Cooley .... special effects technician (uncredited)
David Gallion .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Christopher Grandel .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Ralph Maiers .... in house supervisor: CRC Digital (uncredited)
Charlie Brewer .... stunts
Jack Gill .... stunt coordinator
Al Goto .... stunts
Jimmy Graham .... stunts
Tabby Hanson .... stunts
Craig Hosking .... stunts
Jeff Imada .... stunts
Kevin Scott .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Stuart Abramson .... key grip
Vincent Contarino .... assistant chief lighting technician
Melinda Sue Gordon .... still photographer
Gregory Lundsgaard .... Steadicam operator
Richard B. McCormick .... dolly grip (as Rich McCormick)
Darin Necessary .... second assistant camera
Douglas F. O'Neons .... camera operator
Michael Orefice .... chief lighting technician (as Michael Paul Orefice)
Scott Rathner .... first assistant camera
Ron Tondreau .... second grip
Ben Betts .... video engineer (uncredited)
Josh Denering .... grip (uncredited)
Kenneth Estes .... computer and video playback operator (uncredited)
Mary Funsten .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ron Goodman .... camera operator: SpaceCam (uncredited)
Eldon Hansen .... rigger (uncredited)
Jeb Johenning .... digital video assist operator (uncredited)
Paul La Fontaine .... special still photographer (uncredited)
Patriq Luo .... electrician (uncredited)
Daniel Mellitz .... video assist operator: re-shoot (uncredited)
Arnaud Peiny .... rigging key grip (uncredited)
Dennis Seawright .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Gary Stark .... set electric lighting technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sarah Katzman .... casting associate
Kelly Mittelman .... casting assistant
Steve Spiker .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Terry Anderson .... key costumer
Elinor Bardach .... costume supervisor
Alison Gail Bixby .... set costumer
Romeo Pompa .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Charles Bunn .... first assistant film editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Jordan Dawes .... assistant film editor
Matvey Shatz .... color timer
Dale Jones .... avid technician (uncredited)
Eric Rigney .... avid technician (uncredited)
Music Department
Bonnie Greenberg .... music consultant
Thomas Pasatieri .... orchestrator
Dennis S. Sands .... music scoring mixer (as Dennis Sands)
Richard Whitfield .... music editor
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Norman Ludwin .... bass (uncredited)
Norman Ludwin .... musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Cesar Angobaldo .... transportation co-captain
Randy White .... transportation captain
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
Dean E. Mason .... transportation coordinator: reshoots (uncredited)
Kenneth Newland .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Deanna Adney .... assistant location manager
Chad Ahrendt .... assistant: Mr. Mark
Petra Alexandria .... executive: LMP
Matthew Cope .... production assistant
Robert Earl Craft .... location manager
Victoria Gregory .... first assistant accountant
Anna E. Hayward .... production assistant (as Anna Hayward)
Laura Hogan .... production assistant
Brigette Lester .... production coordinator
Eric Mansur .... assistant: Mr. Mark
Amanda McHugh .... executive: Blue Relief
Jonathan Pecarsky .... assistant: Mr. Robinson
Michele Posch .... production assistant
Tiffany Powell .... production secretary
Elena Ritchie .... assistant: Ms. Keaton
J.J. Sacha .... assistant: Ms. Nora Ephron
Spooky Stevens .... unit publicist
Elizabeth Tompkins .... production accountant (as Elizabeth K. Tompkins)
Marion Tumen .... script supervisor
Derek Jan Vermaas .... assistant production coordinator
Kristin Webb .... production assistant
Jesse Yoshimura .... production assistant
Jennifer Burkley .... production assistant: pre-production (uncredited)
Gary Michael Clark .... lead payroll accountant (uncredited)
Dawn Clounch .... assistant: Diana Pokorny (uncredited)
Danita Cole .... second assistant accountant (uncredited)
Lannie Franklin .... production assistant (uncredited)
Peter Hansen .... caterer: pastry chef (uncredited)
Jack E. Herman .... extras set coordinator (uncredited)
Lucy Herrera .... second assistant accountant (uncredited)
Jean Hodges .... food stylist (uncredited)
Michele Kennedy .... production assistant: Re-shoots (uncredited)
Paul Kruhm .... location services: EastWest Locations (uncredited)
Anne Lockhart .... adr voice (uncredited)
Diane Modafferi .... accounting clerk (uncredited)
Danny Mormino .... set production assistant: second unit (uncredited)
Holly Payberg-Torroija .... assistant to ms. kudrow (uncredited)
Carrie Shaw .... blocking actor (uncredited)
John Trujillo .... layout board (uncredited)
Greg Yaitanes .... visual consultant (uncredited)
Garson Yu .... title designer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG-13 for language and some sex-related material
94 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Walter Matthau was hospitalized with pneumonia for two months when filming ended in May 1999.See more »
Continuity: After Lou says, "June Allyson," his head is shown in two different positions depending on the camera shot. In the close-up his head is straight up. In the wider shot including his daughters his head is at a left angle.See more »
Lou Mozell:You know, that I actually met a girl by the name of Moo Goo Gai Pan? That was her last name. Her first name was Freida. Freida Moo Goo Gai Pan. She was half-Jewish, half-Chinese. A lot of people called her the Ori-Yenta.See more »
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What is the house that is used as the girls' childhood home? I think I have seen it in another movie also (possibly 'The Fast and the Furious'?)
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Truly terrific motion picture filled with heart, 21 December 2001
Author: mattymatt4ever from Jersey City, NJ

My main motivation for renting this movie was to see Walter Matthau's final performance. Matthau was one of our most talented, all-around actors. It was sad to see him go, but his performance in this movie was a fine conclusion to his thriving career. I don't think he could've picked a better final role to play. And being that Matthau played a dying father, it was even more heartbreaking to watch. I didn't break into tears any time during the movie, but I came close to it quite a few times.

First off, "Hanging Up" was pretty much marketed as a comedy. A fluffy romantic comedy, or chick-flick if you want to go with the stereotype. There are undeniably some very funny moments, but it's all done as comic relief. Overall, this is a sad, touching story that should hit home to many people who've had--or have--severed communications with their siblings or parents. I personally don't experience that in my family, but I know many who do. The father-daughter relationship, especially between Meg Ryan and Matthau, is brutally realistic. It's very touching to see how the two of them stick with each other through thick and thin, even through Dad's messy alcoholic rages. The other two sisters, Lisa Kudrow and Diane Keaton, have grown distant from their sick, elderly father with Alstheimer's Disease. While Ryan uses every ounce of her free time to visit her Dad in the hospital, the other sisters use their work as an excuse for never finding time.

I've heard people say that the scenarios in this film are unrealistic. Well, as far as I understand, the movie is based on the real life relationships of the Ephron sisters (who wrote the screenplay). Of course, there's some witty dialogue and situations that were obviously thrown in for entertainment purposes, but it's all based on real life. Truth can be stranger than fiction. Besides, I wasn't once doubting the plausibility of the film. Maybe it's because I was so indulged in the characters and the spirited performances, but whatever it was--it worked.

I have to say, I never thought Meg Ryan looked really attractive, before I saw her in "You've Got Mail." I liked her "When Harry Met Sally..." and some of her past movies, but she just had a conservative, housewifey appearance that never really did anything for me. Now she looks soooooooo cute with her straight blonde hair. Every minute she was on screen I just wanted to run up to the screen and kiss her! And may I say, she has a smile to die for.

Walter Matthau is both entertaining and touching in an understated performance that he should be remembered for, not just because it was his last performance (Hell, I loved John Candy, but I'm not going to say his performance in "Wagon's East" was the greatest), but because it was a brilliant one. Not only does he make the funniest, sometimes vulgar and off-color, wisecracks but he's so likable. Yet he has an alcohol problem. Showing us that even the most likable people have their faults. You do feel the sisters' pain when (in a flashback) Matthau barges into his grandson's birthday party, completely drunk, yelling obscenities, humiliating everyone and finally destroying the party altogether and causing the kids to cry, but you also feel his pain when his daughter's husband (Adam Arkin) chases him out of the house and wants to make sure that he never sets foot in the house again.

"Hanging Up" has everything you can possibly want in a film: humor, romance, sentiment, drama, moments of truth. Yet it's not delivered in a schmaltzy, "Lifetime" Movie of the Week format. And you leave with a good feeling in your heart. I definitely recommend this movie, especially since it reached a very scant audience in theaters. Just make sure you have the phone numbers of your sisters or fathers handy, because you're definitely gonna want to give them a call afterwards!

My score: 7 (out of 10)

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