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Writers (WGA):
Michael Chabon (novel)
Steve Kloves (screenplay)
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25 February 2000 (USA) See more »
Undependable. Unpredictable. Unforgettable.
An English Professor tries to deal with his wife leaving him, the arrival of his editor who has been waiting for his book for seven years, and the various problems that his friends and associates involve him in. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 24 wins & 41 nominations See more »
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An engaging, wonderful, inspiring motion picture--one of the years best. **** out of ****. See more (338 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Douglas ... Prof. Grady Tripp

Tobey Maguire ... James Leer

Frances McDormand ... Dean Sara Gaskell

Robert Downey Jr. ... Terry Crabtree

Katie Holmes ... Hannah Green

Rip Torn ... Quentin 'Q' Morewood
Richard Knox ... Vernon Hardapple

Jane Adams ... Oola

Michael Cavadias ... Miss Antonia 'Tony' Sloviak

Richard Thomas ... Walter Gaskell

Alan Tudyk ... Sam Traxler

Philip Bosco ... Emily's Father

George Grizzard ... Fred Leer

Kelly Bishop ... Amanda Leer
Bill Velin ... Officer Pupcik

Charis Michelsen ... Carrie

Yusuf Gatewood ... Howard
June Hildreth ... Emily's Mother

Elisabeth Granli ... Emily (photo)
Richard Hidlebird ... Hi-Hat Bouncer
Screamer ... Poe
Bingo O'Malley ... Wordfest Party Guest
Patricia Cray ... Wordfest Party Guest
Marita Golden ... Wordfest Party Guest
Victor Quinaz ... Wordfest Party Guest

James Ellroy ... Wordfest Party Guest
Lenora Nemetz ... Wordfest Party Guest
Tracey D. Turner ... Wordfest Party Guest
James Kisicki ... Wordfest Party Guest

Rob McElhenney ... Student
Anika Bobb ... Student
Katherine Sweeney ... Student
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lucia M. Aguirre ... Student (uncredited)
Tony Amen ... Businessman in Restaurant (uncredited)
Katrina M. Faessel ... Student (uncredited)
John W. Iwanonkiw ... Father at Hospital (uncredited)

Sean King ... Student (uncredited)
David Lean ... Student (uncredited)

Amber Mariano ... Extra (uncredited)
Robert James McMichael ... Student (uncredited)
Jackson Nunn ... Night Club Dancer (uncredited)
Sandy Slicker ... Woman in Forum (uncredited)
Karinzo Thompson ... Background extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Curtis Hanson 
Writing credits
Michael Chabon (novel)

Steve Kloves (screenplay)

Produced by
Ned Dowd .... executive producer
Lisa Grundy .... associate producer
Curtis Hanson .... producer
Scott Rudin .... producer
Adam Schroeder .... executive producer
Original Music by
Christopher Young 
Cinematography by
Dante Spinotti 
Film Editing by
Dede Allen 
Casting by
Mali Finn 
Production Design by
Jeannine Oppewall 
Art Direction by
Donald B. Woodruff  (as Don Woodruff)
Set Decoration by
Jay Hart  (as Jay R. Hart)
Costume Design by
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor 
Makeup Department
Michal Bigger .... key makeup artist
Kymbra Callaghan .... makeup artist
Joseph Coscia .... hair stylist: Mr. Douglas (as Joseph Mathew Coscia)
Aaron F. Quarles .... key hair stylist
Sacha Quarles .... hair stylist (as Sacha P. Quarles)
Allen Weisinger .... makeup artist: Michael Douglas
Production Management
Pat Rand .... post-production supervisor
Zane Weiner .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Renee Hill .... dga trainee (as Renee F. Hill)
Annie Loeffler .... second second assistant director
Jonathan McGarry .... second assistant director
Doug Metzger .... first assistant director (as Douglas C. Metzger)
Art Department
Mark Barill .... scenic artist
Vincent Borrelli .... scenic artist
Susan A. Burig .... graphic designer (as Susan Burig)
John Butler .... set dresser
Francine Byrne .... art department coordinator
Dennis Dubart .... set dresser
Eileen Garrigan .... scenic artist
Thomas J. Garrigan .... property assistant (as Thomas Garrigan)
Megan Graham .... property assistant
Todd Hatfield .... scenic artist
Gregory Jones .... head greensman
Eva Kamienska-Carter .... graphic designer
George Karnoff .... lead person
Selma Kora .... property assistant
Gary Kosko .... assistant art director
Alisa Lumbreras .... scenic foreperson (as Alisa B. Lumbreras)
Mike Matesic .... construction location foreperson
Barbie Pastorik .... set dresser (as Barbara Pastorik)
Troy Alan Peters .... on-set dresser (as Troy Peters)
Buster Pile .... construction coordinator
Ray Pivirotto .... set dresser
Gregory Puchalski .... scenic artist (as Gregg Puchalski)
Blake Rich .... scenic artist
Michael G. Richer .... construction foreman
Jim Schneider .... set dresser
Charles Stewart .... property master
Diana Stoughton .... set dresser
Brian Stultz .... charge scenic
Joseph Waterkotte .... construction location foreperson
Robert Buncher .... greensman (uncredited)
Bill Dalzell .... second on-set dresser (uncredited)
Chip Eccles .... carpenter (uncredited)
Jim Heastings .... carpenter (uncredited)
Kenneth J. Kellers .... set dresser (uncredited)
Lara Lampenfield .... painter (uncredited)
Lauri Mancuso .... scenic painter (uncredited)
Carly Starr Brullo Niles .... lead man: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Sound Department
George H. Anderson .... adr editor (as George Anderson)
Ron Bartlett .... re-recording mixer
Bill Burns .... assistant sound editor
Dennis Drummond .... supervising sound editor
Kim Drummond .... dialogue editor
Jim Emswiller .... cable person
Kirk Francis .... sound mixer
David Giammarco .... supervising sound editor
Galen Goodpaster .... first assistant sound
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
Chris Jenkins .... re-recording mixer (as Christopher Jenkins)
Jonathan Klein .... supervising foley editor
Karen Minahan .... assistant sound editor
Sarah Monat .... foley artist
Mark Narramore .... sound recordist
Andy Potvin .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Joe Schiff .... assistant sound editor
Randy Singer .... foley mixer (as Randy K. Singer)
Mark Smith .... re-recording mixer
Mychal Smith .... boom operator
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Renee Tondelli .... adr supervisor
Dan Yale .... foley editor
Mark Yardas .... dialogue editor
Robin Zacha .... apprentice sound editor
Sean England .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Scott Blackwell .... special effects foreman
Peter Haran .... coordinator: snow effects
Roland Hathaway .... snow effects technician
Jim Heastings .... special effects assistant
John D. Milinac .... special effects coordinator
Ralph Roger Pivirotto .... special effects assistant (as Ralph Pivirotto)
Mark Raymond .... snow effects technician
Raymond M. Tasillo .... special effects assistant (as Raymond Tasillo)
Tom von Badinski .... special effects assistant
Paul Bucciarelli .... snow effects (uncredited)
Dave Crownshaw .... snow effects supervisor (uncredited)
John Mason .... snow technician (uncredited)
Steve Newburn .... mold department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Ted Andre .... visual effects compositor
Mike Castillo .... visual effects compositor
Kevin Clark .... visual effects editor: Cinesite
Kevin Elam .... visual effects producer
Lubo Hristov .... visual effects art director
Bridgitte Krupke .... visual effects production assistant: Cinesite (as Bridgitte Nance)
Krystine Lankenau .... rotoscope artist
David Lingenfelser .... digital compositing supervisor
Craig Mathieson .... digital compositor: Cinesite
Kama Moiha .... visual effects compositor
Sean O'Connor .... visual effects compositor
Jerry Pooler .... visual effects supervisor: Cinesite
David Rey .... visual effects compositor
Sean Rourke .... discreet 4.0 editor
Jerry Sells .... visual effects compositor
Tony Sgueglia .... data operator: Cinesite
Jason Sullivan .... visual effects assistant editor: Cinesite
Jessica Trento .... visual effects coordinator: Cinesite
Jeffrey Edward Baksinski .... motion & tracking supervisor: Cinesite (uncredited)
Tim Gibbons .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Fred Jimenez .... 2D technical assistant: Cinesite Hollywood (uncredited)
Kevin LaNeave .... video editor (uncredited)
Vincent Lavares .... digital asset manager (uncredited)
Marcel Martinez .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Valerie McMahon .... digital artist (uncredited)
Norman Douglass .... stunts
Frankie 'G' Garbutt .... stunts (as Frank Garbutt)
Jeff Imada .... stunt coordinator
Kevin L. Jackson .... stunts (as Kevin LaMont Jackson)
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunts
Michael Runyard .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Glenn Brown .... second assistant camera
Jarrett Buba .... rigging electrician
Brian 'Buzz' Buzzelli .... grip (as Brian Buzzelli)
Daniel Casey .... video assist operator (as Dan Casey)
Frank Connor .... still photographer
Will Dearborn .... camera loader
Thomas Dolan .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Tommy Dolan)
Regis Donehue .... rigging grip
Gregory L. Edwards .... dolly grip: "b" camera (as Gregory Edwards)
Ray 'Chazz' Edwards .... rigging grip (as Ray Edwards)
John Evans .... electrician
Gregory Farrell .... chief rigging electrician
Bart Flaherty .... grip
Jay Fortune .... gaffer
Tom Gilligan .... second company grip (as Thomas Gilligan)
David Gurney .... rigging electrician
Gary Jay .... camera operator
Billy Kerwick .... key rigging grip
Dennis Maitland .... grip
James Malone .... chief rigging technician (as Jim Malone)
Duane Manwiller .... additional Steadicam operator
Duane Manwiller .... additional camera operator
Frank McGough .... electrician
Chris Muchow .... electrician
Troy Muhammed .... electrician (as Troy Muhammad)
Lee Nagle .... rigging grip
Jean-Pierre Nutini .... rigging electrician
Steve Purcell .... electrician
Ed Quinn .... first company grip (as Eddie Quinn Sr.)
Alberto S. Ramos .... dolly grip (as Albert Ramos)
Kyle Rudolph .... Steadicam operator
Kyle Rudolph .... camera operator: "b" camera
Keith Seymour .... grip
Chris Silano .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Peter Simonite .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Andrew Taylor .... rigging grip
Jeff Vandermolen .... electrician (as Jeff Vander Molen)
Joseph Viano .... rigging grip: second company (as Joseph A. Viano)
Steve Cohagan .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Peter Gulla .... camera operator (uncredited)
Jay M. Huntoon .... video assist operator: blue screen unit (uncredited)
David 'Yoko' Jose .... grip (uncredited)
Daniel Kendgia .... electrician (uncredited)
Chris Lugar .... electrician (uncredited)
Sean Murray .... electrician (uncredited)
Ray Patrick .... super technocrane operator (uncredited)
Brian Powers .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Stephen Purcell .... electrician (uncredited)
Nick Tallo .... grip (uncredited)
Ted Wiegand .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Donna M. Belajac .... casting associate: Pittsburgh (as Donna Belajac)
Vikki Ferguson .... location casting assistant
Lindsey Hayes Kroeger .... casting assistant (as Lindsey Hayes)
Nancy Mosser .... extras casting (as Nancy Mosser Bailey)
Emily Schweber .... casting associate
Brian Conlon .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Fran Allgood .... costumer: Mr. Douglas
Diane Collins .... costumer
Kendall Errair .... costume supervisor
David Page .... costumer
Vanessa Vogel .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Stacey S. Clipp .... assistant film editor: Avid
Rolf Fleischmann .... first assistant film editor
Adam Hernandez .... apprentice film editor (as Adam S. Hernandez)
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Craig Kitson .... additional film editor
Dana L. Marker .... negative cutter
John Morrisey .... assistant film editor
Kacie Haggerty .... negative cutter (uncredited)
Location Management
James A. Mahathey .... assistant location manager
Steve Parys .... assistant location manager
Steve Parys .... location scout
Judy Sepich .... location scout
Jeffrey R. Stimmel .... location manager (as Jeff Stimmel)
Larry Geyer .... location assistant (uncredited)
Deborah Parker .... location manager: New York (uncredited)
Christian Stavrakis .... location production assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Pete Anthony .... conductor
Pete Anthony .... orchestrator
Bruce Babcock .... additional orchestrator
Bob Bornstein .... music preparation
Kostas Christides .... orchestrator (as Konstantinos Christides)
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Norman Dlugatch .... music technical engineer (as Norm Dlugatch)
Carol Fenelon .... music supervisor
Robert Fernandez .... music mixer
Robert Fernandez .... music recordist
Dominic Gonzales .... music floor person
Tanya Noel Hill .... music editor
Thomas Milano .... supervising music editor
Sujin Nam .... score coordinator
Jasper Randall .... scoring coordinator: Christopher Young
Paul Wertheimer .... music recordist
Christopher Young .... additional orchestrator
Lars Anderson .... additional music arranger (uncredited)
Larry Campbell .... musician (uncredited)
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
M.B. Gordy .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Flavio Motalla .... score producer (uncredited)
Curt Sobel .... music editor: temp (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Denny Braun .... transportation captain (as Dennis J. Braun)
Donald A. Kraus .... transportation co-captain (as Donald Kraus)
Marc Scott .... transportation coordinator
Melvin Johnston .... driver: cast (uncredited)
Katie Scott .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Joshua A. Baker .... production assistant
Stacy Basil .... animal trainer (as Stacy M. Basil)
Casey Brown .... production assistant
Roger Aaron Brown .... adr voice
Pam Buchignani .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Pat Buckley .... production assistant
Kenneth Burgomaster .... synthesizer programmer
Eva Z. Cabrera .... script supervisor
Nathan Carlson .... adr voice
June Christopher .... adr voice
John A. Cohen .... assistant: Scott Rudin
Eben Davidson .... executive assistant: Mr. Rudin
Raechel Donahue .... adr voice (as Raechel H. Donahue)
Cameron Douglas .... production assistant
Terri Douglas .... adr voice
Dennis Lee Dressler .... production assistant (as Denny Dressler)
Robert Eckenrode .... production assistant
Marie Elder .... production accountant
Ben Famiglietti .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Mark Forbes .... animal trainer
Melisa Frick .... production assistant
Donald Fullilove .... adr voice (as Don Fullilove)
Katy Genovese .... payroll accountant (as Katy Tatian Genovese)
Jessica E. Giannotta .... production assistant
Alec Gillis .... animal replica: "Poe"
Barbara Goodson .... adr voice
Josh Greenstein .... production assistant
Nicholas Guest .... adr voice
Archie Hahn .... adr voice
Stephen Hough .... production assistant
Ted Kessler .... assistant: Mr. Downey
Tim Kessler .... assistant: Mr. Downey
Beth Koshinski .... production assistant
Amy Kovalchick .... production assistant
Mark R. Lindsay .... sales representative (as Mark Lindsay)
Susan A. Lukondi .... production secretary (as Susan Lukondi)
Caitlin McKenna .... adr voice
Catherine Middleton .... assistant accountant
Jamie Midgley .... assistant: Mr. Douglas
Lucia Murillo .... assistant: Mr. Schroeder
Eric Myers .... unit publicist
Hope Anne Nathan .... production assistant
Angelique Palozzi .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Phil Proctor .... adr voice
John Rickard .... production assistant
Mark Roybal .... production executive: Scott Rudin Productions
Jeremy Selman .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Mary Grace Shaughnessy .... assistant: Mr. Hanson
Mary Beth Spears .... first aid (as Mary Beth Spear)
Janice F. Sperling .... production coordinator
Diane Sunderlin .... assistant production coordinator
Ryan Sweeney .... production assistant
Fred Tatasciore .... adr voice
Lora Umphress .... assistant accountant
David H. 'Wino' Weinstein .... production assistant (as David H. Weinstein)
Claudette Wells .... adr voice
Jeanine Wilson .... first assistant accountant
Tom Woodruff Jr. .... animal replica: "Poe"
Mike Zemkosky .... production assistant
Daniel Beals .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jason Brock .... production assistant (uncredited)
Casey Brown .... rights and clearances (uncredited)
Shirley Davis .... production coordinator: additional photography, New York (uncredited)
Graeme Dunlap .... production assistant (uncredited)
Brendan McFadden .... intern (uncredited)
Dominic Mecchia .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jason Menz .... stand-in: Robert Downey, Jr. (uncredited)
Tony Rudenko .... computer graphic artist (uncredited)
Julian Ruhe .... production assistant (uncredited)
R. Dale VanBatenburg .... safety coordinator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for language and drug content
107 min
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Grady Tripp:"The young girl sat perfectly still in the confessional listening to her father's boots scrape like chalk on the ancient steps of the church, then grow faint, then disappear altogether. She could sense the priest beyond the grate..." On that particular Friday afternoon, last February, I was reading a story to my Advanced Writers' Workshop by one James Leer, Junior Lit major and sole inhabitant of his own gloomy gulag.
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18 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
An engaging, wonderful, inspiring motion picture--one of the years best. **** out of ****., 14 March 2000

WONDER BOYS / (2000) ****

Starring: Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, Frances McDormand, Katie Holmes, Robert Downey Jr., Rip Torn, and Richard Thomas Directed by Curtis Hanson. Written by Steve Kloves, based on the novel by Michael Chabon. Running time: 112 minutes. Rated R (for strong drug use and for language).

I have always dreamed of becoming a professional writer for a living. Curtis Hanson's new comic drama, "Wonder Boys," is as accurate and enriching to my opinions and hopes as any movie I have seen. This is a wonderful, inspiring motion picture--one of the years best. It is a movie that enlightens our culture and moves us passionately, while at the same time provides the audience with laughter and moral aspects. This is a great movie to start out the new year.

The film stars the extraordinary Michael Douglas as a college professor named Grady Tripp, who is around fifty years old. He has written an award winning novel, "Arsonist's Daughter," seven years ago. Since, however, his follow up is drifting and unfocused, wondering over 2,600 single spaced pages in length. Although he does not believe in it, everyone thinks he has writer's block.

There is an assortment of characters and events brilliantly portrayed within the film's setup, all surrounding Grady. His third wife recently left him, due to her loneliness. He is having an affair with the University's chancellor, Sara Gasket (Frances McDormand), who has become pregnant after several implied encounters and happens to be the wife of his boss, the chairman of the English department, Walter (Richard Thomas). A foreign, loony man, Vernon (Richard Knox), is furious over something to do with Tripp's automobile. His bisexual and antsy editor, Crabtree (Robert Downey Jr.), appearing with the company of a transvestite, desiring to take a look at Grady's long overdue writing piece, but uses the towns writer's conference as an ulterior motive. Also present, a high held writer named Q (Rip Torn), who raises the stress for Tripp, and two students of his, Hannah (Katie Holmes), who rents a room out of his house, and may even be willing to sleep with Grady, and his most brilliant author James Leer (Tobey Maguire), who bonds with him as the movie progresses.

A lot occurs in "Wonder Boys," and the plot is very labyrinthine, although it never becomes confused and always keeps its cool. The characters are perfectly defined and cast. Their intentions and motives are clear and developed with shape and gradual effectiveness. Curtis Hanson pays close attention to each separate character, giving them dimensional qualities, intelligence and depth.

Complications arise when several key events take place. There is a Monroe artifact stolen from the chancellor's closet and her pet dog ends up shot to death when James defends Grady who is being attacked. These occurrences lead to bondings between Grady Tripp and James, Heather and just about every other character in the film.

Heather says in one scene that Tripp's novel would be much better if he would lay off the marijuana usage. She is correct. Grady often lives under the influence, and this is just one of the ideas the film looks at, along with family dysfunction, adultery, abortions, theft, abuse, severe loss, and even violence. All these concepts apply to the morality of the movie.

The narrative through line enhances the story and characters thoroughly. Each scene propels the plot forward, either creating a new conflict or complicating a previous one. This film contains one of the most stolid structures I have seen all year. The conclusion of "Wonder Boys" is effectual and sums up everything in an apprehensive manor--and is of the same standards as its previous material. How rare is it to screen a movie when the finale is just as engaging as the overall story.

"Wonder Boys" contains dialogue that is decisive and smart. It has a wickedly witty mood, but is still beautifully written and portrayed. Improving the production is the moody atmosphere of a light thriller--and it still overlaps with comic travesty. Although the film is more conceptual than actual, and empowered with overtones rather than reflexive relief, the laughs are still frequent, the intrigue is constant and the statement is clear.

I also liked the film's visual style and cinematography. From the fitting soundtrack to the story's presentation, the atmospheres is absolutely mesmerizing from start to finish. Especially wonderful are the sequences in which it snows in the evening. The way the glistening white flakes drift gently down onto the ground from a peaceful and dark sky captures the characters emotional aspects is just stunning. Even the costuming, scenery, and tone are skillful.

Michael Douglas, known for characters more active than Grady Tripp, is utterly marvelous here. James writes in a page of his work that Grady, who was once capable for inspiring a world, is now unable to inspire himself. This painfully true scene in captured flawlessly by his Oscar worthy performance. As he, and the other earth shattering performers, entice the audience, we feel much emotion for these characters. So much that we do not realize it until the closing credits role past.

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