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Writers (WGA):
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Barry Gifford (written by)
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27 March 2003 (Israel) See more »
where you go when you can't turn back. See more »
A con man (Dillon) travels to Cambodia (also on the run from law enforcement in the U.S.) to collect his share in an insurance scam, but discovers more than he bargained for... Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Matt Dillon's directorial debut is a film noir of intrigue and sentiments - "Both Sides Now" in a Cambodian setting, with strong cast: Caan, Depardieu, Skarsgård See more (66 total) »


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Matt Dillon ... Jimmy

James Caan ... Marvin

Natascha McElhone ... Sophie

Gérard Depardieu ... Emile (as Gerard Depardieu)
Kem Sereyvuth ... Sok (as Sereyvuth Kem)

Stellan Skarsgård ... Joseph Kaspar

Rose Byrne ... Sabrina

Shawn Andrews ... Robbie
Chalee Sankhavesa ... Sideth
Christopher Curry ... Larry Luckman

Rob Campbell ... Simon (as Robert Campbell)
Bernard Merklen ... Gerard

Jack Shearer ... FBI Agent Burden

Kirk Fox ... FBI Agent Philips
Kyoza ... Rocky
Apichart Chusakul ... Ming Chew (as Abhijati Jusakul)
Gennady Fleyscher ... Nevesky
Vladimir Yepifanov ... Nevesky Thug (as Vladamir Epifanov)
Jouni Johannes Anttones ... Nevesky Thug
Rided Lardpanna ... Heng
Michael Hayes ... Harry - American Ex-pat
Pok Panhavicyetr ... Dr. Bopha
Suon Bou Loto ... Red Tuxedo Man (as Suon 'Loto' Bou)
Chim Sophal ... Bar Kep Manager
Murray Wray ... Backpacker
Dean B. Cornish ... Backpacker
Srai Lin ... Buddhist Nun
Anvanith Gui ... Mr. Fung
Peun Pad ... Bo Tree Man
Ang Cheata ... Bellville Boy
Vanna ... Buffalo Boy
Som Sophiak ... Laughing Lotus Thug
Phoeuk Sokhen ... Laughing Lotus Girl
Seth Sophiak ... Laughing Lotus Girl
Sor Chandara ... Laughing Lotus Mamasan
Kong Senghiene ... Laughing Lotus Papasan
Ian 'Snowy' Woodford ... Australian Ex-pat (as Ian 'Snow' Woodford)
Jon Chan Lakana ... Bar Kep Girl
Nuon Mony Rath ... Bar Kep Girl
Pin Yatheam ... Bar Kep Girl
Meng Bopha ... Bar Kep Girl
Em Tep Sophea ... Sen (as Em Tepsophea)
Polin ... Mover
Bettina Schunter ... Carol
Sa Eum ... Somnang
Saichea Wongwivoj ... Casino Man
Seng Kawee ... Casino Man (as Kawee Sirikanerat)
Run Rosa ... Orphanage Boy
Thou Soth ... Wat Sarawan Pa Monk
Jadet ... The Monkey
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Barbara Christie ... Shelter Victim (uncredited)

Leo Fitzpatrick ... (uncredited)

Bo Hopkins ... Teddy (uncredited)
Kathryn Johnston ... Shelter Victim (uncredited)

Directed by
Matt Dillon 
Writing credits
Matt Dillon (written by) &
Barry Gifford (written by)

Produced by
Willi Bär .... producer (as Willi Baer)
Michael Cerenzie .... producer
Olivier Granier .... co-producer (as Oliver Granier)
J.B. Meyer .... co-producer
Deepak Nayar .... producer
Nicholas Simon .... associate producer
Roni Ya'ackov .... line producer (as Rony Yakov)
Marc Sferrazza .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Tyler Bates 
Cinematography by
Jim Denault 
Film Editing by
Howard E. Smith 
Casting by
Felicia Fasano 
Anne McCarthy 
Mary Vernieu 
Production Design by
David Brisbin 
Art Direction by
Lek Chaiyan Chunsuttiwat  (as Lek Chaiyan)
Set Decoration by
William A. Cimino 
Costume Design by
Moji Sangi 
Makeup Department
Songniwat Korpob .... hair stylist (as Songniwat 'Noi' Korpob)
Raissa Patton .... key hair stylist
June Westmore .... key makeup artist
Ardit Yeamchavee .... makeup artist (as Ardit 'Kwang' Yeamchavee)
Production Management
Danny Ben Menahem .... executive in charge of production (as Danny Ben-Menachem)
Chris Debiec .... production supervisor (as Christopher A. Debiec)
Chris Lowenstein .... production manager: Bangkok, Thailand
Claudia Sumner .... post-production supervisor
P. Tim .... production supervisor: Bangkok, Thailand
Roni Ya'ackov .... unit production manager (as Rony Yacov)
Ken Halsband .... production manager (uncredited)
Pamela Thur .... production manager: New York (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Paul Clark .... first assistant director (as William P. Clark)
Chedpong Laoyant .... second assistant director: Thailand (as Cherdpong Laoyont)
Dawn Massaro .... second assistant director
Nicholas Simon .... second unit director
Stacey Beneville .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Eva Tep Bruce .... art department coordinator
Sarawut Chincharoen .... lead man
Joanne Craig .... assistant property master
Joanne Craig .... on-set dresser
Choung Chan Fibora .... draftsman
Robyn Glaser .... property master
Will Grant .... greensman (as William Grant)
Vasu Kantatham .... assistant art director: Bangkok (as Vasu 'A' Kantatham)
Colin McGreal .... sketch artist (as Colin Mcgreal)
Tiwa Punprasert .... construction coordinator
Somwang Rattanasirivanich .... assistant art director (as Somwang 'Wang' Rattanasirivanich)
Kim Rith .... draftsman
Hjul Samoeun .... assistant property master (as Hul Samoeun)
Hurley Scroggins .... set decorating buyer
Yin Soeum .... set decorating buyer
Surasak Sritapanya .... construction foreman
Witoon Suanyai .... lead man
Boontawee Thor Taweepasas .... construction foreman: Bangkok, Thailand (as Boontawee 'Tor' Taweepasas)
Thanadech 'Ben' Thananorrakarn .... assistant props: Bangkok, Thailand
Warakarn Waruttamangkoon .... construction foreman: Bangkok, Thailand
Paul DeBlois .... assistant to the art department (uncredited)
Joseph E. Stone .... prop weapons supplier (uncredited)
Tim Winchester .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Joe Barnett .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael J. Broomberg .... foley artist (as Michael Broomberg)
Weldon Brown .... adr mixer
Susan Cahill .... assistant sound editor
Jed M. Dodge .... dialogue editor
Alex Epstine .... boom operator (as Alexander Epshtein)
Marc Fishman .... sound re-recording mixer
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Jason George .... supervising sound editor
Robert Getty .... dialogue editor
David Grant .... dialogue editor
George Haddad .... sound effects editor
Craig Jurkiewicz .... foley editor
Cham Roeun Kim .... cable person
Aaron Levy .... stage recordist
Diane Marshall .... foley artist (as S. Diane Marshall)
Michael Mullane .... sound effects editor
Lucy Sustar .... foley mixer
Eli Yarkoni .... production sound mixer
Richard Hocks .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Daryl Lathrop .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Leon Minas .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Surin Keanthong .... special effects assistant
Sweang Nenyod .... special effects assistant
Rangsun Rangsimaporn .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Adam Benton .... digital matte artist
Minky Billups .... lead compositor
Scott Billups .... visual effects supervisor
Chris Buchakjian .... digital effects artist
Tim Cutt .... digital effects artist
Ralph Fairweather .... digital effects artist
Brian Fortenberry .... optical lineup
Josh Levine .... digital effects artist
Mark Edwards .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Keith Adams .... stunt coordinator
Anoon Gruaykangploo .... stunts
Seng Kawee .... stunt coordinator (as Kawee Sirikhanaerut)
Krittiya Lardphanna .... stunts
Suban Phusoi .... stunts (as Suban Phuso)
Sombat Wantanorm .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Sam Chantha .... video assistant
Johnny Erbes-Chan .... key grip
Chantri Kriangkraisorn .... dolly grip (as Chantri 'Sprite' Kriangkraisorn)
Rittikorn Manonom .... second assistant camera (as Rittikorn 'Neong' Manonom)
Scott Miller .... chief lighting technician (as Scotty Miller)
Roland Neveu .... still photographer
Voranon Paipad .... camera loader (as Woranon Paipad)
John Pirozzi .... camera operator
John Pirozzi .... cinematographer: second unit
Visal Sea .... video assistant
Cheap Sovichea .... assistant camera
Joshua Van Praag .... assistant lighting technician
Tom Vulliez .... second company grip
Aurelia Winborn .... first assistant camera (as Aurelia J. Winborn)
Eric Morin .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Mono Khan Keo .... casting assistant
Raweeporn 'Non' Srimonju .... casting: S.E. Asia
Oum Vuthy .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sevilla Granger .... costume buyer
Punchaporn Perkpan .... costumer
Supawan Rodkird .... costumer
Mutita Na Songkla .... costume supervisor (as Mutita 'Air' Songkla)
Editorial Department
Mindy Elliott .... assistant editor
Mato .... color timer
John Scott III .... post-production assistant: Los Angeles
George Koran .... telecine colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Dondi Bastone .... music supervisor
Greg Ellis .... musician: bells, percussion
Michael Farrow .... score mixer
Janna Jacoby .... musician: violin/viola
Wolfgang Matthes .... musician: synthesizer programming
Wolfgang Matthes .... score mixer
Brian Richards .... music editor
Pok 'Max' Saravuth .... consultant: Cambodian music
Mark Skillingberg .... assistant music editor
Cameron Stone .... musician: cello
Transportation Department
Ilan Appel .... transportation manager
Wanchai 'Jockey' Jaipongsai .... transportation manager: Bangkok, Thailand
Sanit 'Bang-an' Lokhunpoom .... assistant transportation manager: Bangkok, Thailand
Channa Ngoun .... transportation: Cambodia
Oh .... transportation manager
Suwimon Petcharayutporn .... transportation manager: Bangkok, Thailand
Long Vong Sanith .... picture car coordinator
Ung Savuth .... transportation assistant
Other crew
Lylie Almedia .... assistant production accountant (as Lylie Almeida)
Kwanwana 'Kwan' Seang Aroon .... location assistant: Bangkok, Thailand (as Kwanwana 'Kwan' Seang A-Roon)
Sadana Bacha .... set production assistant
Sebastian Blockley .... dialogue coach
Pathomwat Boonyachalotorn .... animal trainer
Tranlong Borin .... assistant location manager
Mark Bowman .... security officer
Charn 'Charn' Chatpathumthong .... production assistant: Bangkok, Thailand
Laurie Dodsworth .... post-production accountant: Los Angeles
Susan Dretzka .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Marina Grana .... production coordinator
Todd Grove .... production accountant
Ann Hanlon .... assistant: Mr. Caan (as Ann M. Hanlon)
Secha Holloway .... catering buyer
Crystal Sopheap Hul .... assistant: Mr. Dillon
Crystal Sopheap Hul .... translator
Pornpan Jormsak .... production secretary: Bangkok, Thailand (as Pornpan 'Goong' Jormsak)
Tamir Kfir .... camp manager
Tika Kong .... set production assistant
Veasna Kong .... assistant production coordinator
Khourn Meng Kry .... set production assistant
Keaw 'Keaw' Lipiwongwattanakit .... assistant accountant: Bangkok, Thailand
Dany Ly .... liaison: Cambodia
Sey Meas .... set production assistant
Lim Pagnia .... office production assistant
Andrew Pendleton .... security officer
Andrew Pendleton .... senior consultant: Cambodia
Andrew Pendleton .... translator
Santi Phaithoon .... location manager (as Santi 'Tak' Phaithoon)
Henri Phimasset .... liaison: Sud-Est
Gaye Pope .... unit publicist
Kong Puthikar .... office production assistant
Te Chan Rith .... liaison: Kampot
Thanapon 'Viroj' Sabcharoen .... caterer
Ilan Sagiv .... camp manager
Somchai Santitharangkun .... location manager: Bangkok, Thailand (as Somchai Santithyangkul)
David Schermerhorn .... electronic press kit
Kanyarat 'Apple' Sealim .... work permits: Bangkok, Thailand
Lisa Serra .... assistant: Mr. Dillon
Avivah Sharon .... travel arrangements
Chanakarn 'Jumbo' Sirisanti .... production assistant: Bangkok, Thailand
Warakon Sitpat .... production assistant: Bangkok, Thailand (as Warakon 'Keng' Sitpat)
Seang Solhea .... first aid
Michael Sarun Srisomsub .... location assistant: Bangkok, Thailand (as Michael Sarvn Srisomsub)
Mattana Suthammasa .... production assistant: Bangkok, Thailand
Patricia Sutherland .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Sudkamol Tangtham .... location assistant: Bangkok, Thailand
Michael Taylor .... script supervisor
Tamar Yacov .... assistant to line producer
Mao Auyath .... thanks
Bernard Bouix .... thanks
David Chandler .... thanks
Oliver De Bernard .... thanks
Princess Norodom Bopha Devi .... thanks (as H.R.H. Princess Norodoh Bopha Devi)
Julian Goldberger .... thanks
Michael Hayes .... thanks
Tim Hunter .... thanks
Khieu Kanharith .... thanks (as H.E. Khieu Kanharith)
Romyda Keth .... thanks
Mike Kieffer .... thanks
Heng Monychenda .... thanks
Mary Nayar .... thanks
Yvette Pierpaoli .... dedicatee
Edward Quinn Jr. .... thanks
Kenneth Quinn .... thanks (as H.E. Ambassador Kenneth Quinn)
Kathy Schulman .... thanks
Amy Louise Tripodi .... thanks (as Amy Tripodi)
Rulf Von Bueren .... thanks
Benny Widyono .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for language and some violence
116 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

First time that James Caan and 'Stellan Skarsgard' were in a film together. They teamed up again immediately for Dogville (2003).See more »
Continuity: Towards the end of the movie Jimmy is lying in the back seat of the cab with a red shirt covering his face. The cab driver wakes him up and Jimmy exits the cab and puts on a green shirt.See more »
Joseph Kaspar:I'll call you if I want to see you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Do You Like Hitchcock? (2005) (TV)See more »
Mou Pei NaSee more »


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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Matt Dillon's directorial debut is a film noir of intrigue and sentiments - "Both Sides Now" in a Cambodian setting, with strong cast: Caan, Depardieu, Skarsgård, 15 June 2003
Author: Ruby Liang (ruby_fff) from sf, usa

"City of Ghosts" works like a film noir suspense thriller, Dillon and co-writer Barry Gifford also layered human drama into the mix. Gifford wrote the novel "Wild At Heart" 1990, which David Lynch adapted and directed; he also co-scripted with Lynch on "Lost Highway" 1997. No wonder I felt some (Twin Peaks-like) Lynch atmosphere when Caan and Skarsgård were at some remote location - kinda eerie and sinister with the camera approach suggesting foreboding elements a-lurking.

I like the film right from the start - intrigue is established in the prologue: the TV news, the simple and brief office scenes - within minutes we are given the backdrop to the story yet to unfold. We are following a mystery, right beside Dillon's character, Jimmy. We landed in Cambodia in no time. Good or evil, the enchantment starts.

It's wonderful to see the down to earth cyclo driver Sok, portrayed by local Cambodian Kem Sereyvuth - how the friendship between him and Jimmy evolved, developed, matured. Then there's Skarsgård, bringing some of his "Insomnia" insecurity aura with him, is the doubtful associate Kaspar. Should you, could you, trust or depend on him? Ah, Gérard Depardieu's Emile, one slick (business man) dual bar and hotel owner, who can handle baby, monkey, clients and hooligans all at the same time. It's one juicy role for Depardieu without even having to dress up - in the most casual of manners, he inhabited this man in subtle strokes of flamboyance. We get chuckles and humorous relief whenever we're with him.

James Caan, the veteran thespian, in his elements again. His character Marvin is a mix of "The Yard," "Mickey Blue Eyes," "Leaving Las Vegas," "The Way of the Gun," and "Godfather" savvy and then some. Is he a mentor cum father-figure who's protective of Jimmy, or could he be the disappearing real father to Jimmy? Contradictions, confusing sentiments, Jimmy has to sort out. Yes, love inherently beckons. Natascha McElhone provides that niche of an important ingredient to living - Jimmy is discovering himself and learning what's important in life through this journey. 'Both Sides Now' he's experienced, and yes, he may 'really don't know life at all' after all, but we have a clear blue sky shot with clouds - listening to Joni Mitchell's song, it almost seems like the film was plotted with her lyrics in mind. The song sung in Asian language gives a heartwarming hopeful feeling as the credits rolled.

Cinematographer Jim Denault seems to be a favorite with women Indie filmmakers - Patricia Cardoso: "Real Women Have Curves" 2002, Katherine Diekmann: "A Good Baby" 2000, Kimberly Peirce: "Boys Don't Cry" 1999, Jill Sprecher: "Clockwatchers" 1997. "City of Ghosts" must be a rewarding experience for him to shoot on location at Cambodia and Thailand, besides Canada and New York.

Bravo to Matt Dillon's persistence (6 years) in realizing this first film. MGM and United Artists were behind the production and distribution of the film. The official site provides interesting production notes.

John Malkovich's directorial debut "The Dancer Upstairs" came out the same weekend as Dillon's. "City of Ghosts" is more entertaining per se. Malkovich's film, in a way, is more cerebral with political tone; Javier Badem effectively portrays the empathetic police detective Augustin, who's a romantic at heart.

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