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Writers (WGA):
Michael Chabon (novel)
Steve Kloves (screenplay)
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Release Date:
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 »
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  (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)

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 .... sound 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 .... sound 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 .... sound 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)
Douglas Duerring .... additional grip: day-player (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)
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
Susan A. Lukondi .... production secretary (as Susan Lukondi)
James A. Mahathey .... assistant location manager
Caitlin McKenna-Wilkinson .... adr voice (as Caitlin McKenna)
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
Steve Parys .... assistant location manager
Steve Parys .... location scout
Phil Proctor .... adr voice
John Rickard .... production assistant
Mark Roybal .... production executive: Scott Rudin Productions
Jeremy Selman .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Judy Sepich .... location scout
Mary Grace Shaughnessy .... assistant: Mr. Hanson
Mary Beth Spears .... first aid (as Mary Beth Spear)
Janice F. Sperling .... production coordinator
Jeffrey R. Stimmel .... location manager (as Jeff Stimmel)
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)
Larry Geyer .... location assistant (uncredited)
Brendan McFadden .... intern (uncredited)
Dominic Mecchia .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jason Menz .... stand-in: Robert Downey, Jr. (uncredited)
Deborah Parker .... location manager: New York (uncredited)
Tony Rudenko .... computer graphic artist (uncredited)
Julian Ruhe .... production assistant (uncredited)
Christian Stavrakis .... location 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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James mentions his parents live in the town of Carvel. Carvel is the name of the fictional town where Andy Hardy and his family lived in the series of Andy Hardy films from the 1930s and 1940s. While James is watching TV at Emily's house, he stops for a minute on Babes in Arms (1939), which (though not an Andy Hardy film) stars Mickey Rooney, who played Andy Hardy in 16 movies, and Judy Garland, who appeared with Rooney in many of them.See more »
Continuity: James's gun holds only one round, but he fires twice.See more »
[first lines]
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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62 out of 78 people found the following review useful.
WONDERful, 6 February 2003
Author: keefy-d from Darlington

Not many people have heard of this film. It's not what the masses want, they yearn for Men In Black II, Legally Blonde, Die Another Day and so on. This minor gem is strange, unconventional, rich and moving. It is a classically written character study with unexpected comic twists and turns from every angle. You feel warmer for having watched this movie, and it is a shame that films like these only occur once or twice a year.

Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas) is a middle-aged professor of English, and is writing his second novel, `The Wonder Boys'. However, this character is not a stereotypical teacher but a fantastically original creation emphasized by Douglas' winning performance. He smokes weed and lives with a student of his (Katie Holmes), he is in the midst of his third divorce and is in love with his married boss, Sara Gaskell (Frances McDormand), and that second novel is forever incomplete, and has been for seven years. One of his pupils is James Leer, played to perfection by Tobey Maguire, who writes amazingly obtuse stories and is obsessed with the death of film stars. James and Grady become partners in crime when they shoot Sara's blind dog and steal the coat Marilyn Monroe was married in. From here on in we are absorbed into the life of Grady and those around him, from his publisher terry Crabtree (Downey jr) to his writer rival, Q. we see lives slowly fall apart, relationships blossom, a novel disappear into the wind and a black dude who refuses to be called Vernon Hardapple, all in one weekend.

Wonder Boys never disappoints. It's dry humour and bizarre imagination never stops for a second, and we are glued with a grin on our faces. Hardly realistic, the audience can still feel for the characters as their lives spiral into a comic frenzy. Grady and his off-beat world crumbling around him as he searches for happiness; Terry, the flamboyant homosexual who puts on a brave face, believing in others as he searches for a comeback novel (which he will not get from Grady); James, the loner who needs to release the genius within himself. These are the wonder boys. Frances McDormand and Katie Holmes gladly take a back seat in the story as this film refuses to be weighed down by sap.

The acting is flawless, with at least two superb supporting roles. Robert Downey jr sparkles in his greatest role since Chaplin, but it is Tobey Maguire who makes us feel he has always been that awkward, deadpan student that is James Leer. For those who have seen Pleasantville and The Cider House Rules will recognise Maguire for the talant he is (it almost makes one feel he sold out when taking the Spider-Man role), and here he has been sadly overlooked for a Best Supporting Actor nomination. Douglas is in fine form as he always is in these strange and demanding roles, the last one being Falling Down. He can play a suicidal maniac and a stoned teacher and both roles will seem tailor made. The direction is impeccable as Hanson allows the characters to shine and the story flow, and it is almost unbelievable that this man directed the gritty, deadly serious L.A. Confidential. He packs Kloves screenplay with comic beauty and I sincerely hope he continues to direct these understated movies.

The big money-makers over the past few years have been either remakes, sequels or by-the-number churned out garbage and all these have one objective: to earn copious amounts of cash. Many of these film are successful in this aim but fail to capture one's imagination as Wonder Boys does so well. It is a shame to see the public throw there money at `Rocky and Bullwinkle' when it really should go to those who deserve it, those who still care about the art of motion picture. Anyone that will sit down to watch this will agree that it is a treasure to behold. A hidden treasure

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