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Writers (WGA):
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Barry Gifford (written by)
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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 ... 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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Also Known As:
Rated R for language and some violence
116 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Many of those who portray minor characters in the film are expatriates living in Cambodia rather than professional actors.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 »
Jimmy:Excuse me.
Jimmy:I'm looking for a man named Casper.
Emile:I don't know everybody who comes in this place. What's your name?
Emile:Can I get you something?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Do You Like Hitchcock? (2005) (TV)See more »
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59 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Excellent mood and atmosphere, 9 June 2004
Author: Michael Chmilar from Los Angeles

What I really enjoyed about "City of Ghosts": The atmosphere of modern Cambodia; the understated characters and storytelling.

I recently spent a couple of weeks in Cambodia. The portrayal of Cambodia in the movie brought back many memories of the place, and I found the overall feeling to be accurate. We get a sense of the sadness and tragic history of the country, its current condition, and the wonderful warmth of its people (as portrayed by Sok, the cyclo driver, who is absolutely authentic).

Some reviewers have complained that Cambodia is portrayed too negatively in this film. However, the bad elements shown - brothels, mugging and beating, corruption, Generals building casinos, and the run-down condition of Phnom Penh - are real. The film is about criminal characters who are doing some "business" in Cambodia, so it makes sense to see these seedy elements. To put it in perspective: we see many movies that show Los Angeles as a gang-ridden city with daily drive-by shootings, but that is only one slice of the city. (I do encourage everyone to visit Cambodia - it is a fantastic and beautiful place - but be aware, and pay attention to the warnings in your guidebook!)

"City of Ghosts" does not sensationalize the seedy aspects of Cambodia. It merely shows them as part of the story being told. It does not get bogged down in the mud, but uses it as part of the backdrop of the story.

The comparison to "The Third Man" is interesting and relevant. It points out how, in our modern world, not only is "Harry Lime" (Marvin) corrupt and soulless, but "Holly Martins" (Jimmy) is complicit in the crimes. We also see that the crimes of Harry Lime have become institutionalized and common today, not only in the third world (Generals spend tax and aid money building luxurious casinos, while Phnom Penh still looks like a war zone after twenty-five years of peace), but in the United States ("City of Ghosts" opens with massive insurance fraud perpetrated in the U.S. by Marvin).

There is more depth to "City of Ghosts" than first meets the eye. Its understated style is deceptive. Rather than over-sensationalizing and over-dramatizing, it gives us something to think about.

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