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Panic -- On the surface, Alex (William H. Macy) is a normal man with a wife, a son and a steady job. But Alex has a secret life no one knows about: he's a contract killer suffering a midlife crisis.
Panic -- The story of Alex, who tries to get out of the Family Company but his father wont let him. While seeking the help of a therapist he meets a sexually-charged-23-year-old Girl, who he falls in love with.


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Writer (WGA):
Henry Bromell (written by)
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Release Date:
26 April 2001 (Singapore) See more »
A Story of Family, Lust, Murder ...and Other Midlife Crises
Alex, a hit man, tries to get out of the family business, but his father won't let him do so. While seeking the help of a therapist, he meets a sexually charged 23-year-old woman with whom he falls in love. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William H. Macy ... Alex

John Ritter ... Dr. Josh Parks

Neve Campbell ... Sarah Cassidy

Donald Sutherland ... Michael

Tracey Ullman ... Martha

Barbara Bain ... Deidre

David Dorfman ... Sammy

Tina Lifford ... Dr. Leavitt
Bix Barnaba ... Louie

Nicholle Tom ... Tracy
Thomas Curtis ... Alex - Age 7

Andrea Baker ... Candice (as Andrea Taylor)
Steven Moreno ... Sean (as Steve Moreno)
Erica Ortega ... Rachel

Greg Pitts ... Alex - Age 20

Stewart J. Zully ... Eddie

Miguel Sandoval ... Detective Larson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Nick Cassavetes ... (unconfirmed)

Steve Valentine ... (unconfirmed)

Directed by
Henry Bromell 
Writing credits
Henry Bromell (written by)

Produced by
David Cooper .... executive producer
Matt Cooper .... producer
Glenn S. Gainor .... line producer
Jody Hedien .... co-producer
Andrew Lazar .... producer
Lori Miller .... producer
Carol S. Trussel .... associate producer
Original Music by
Brian Tyler 
Cinematography by
Jeff Jur (director of photography) (as Jeffrey Jur)
Film Editing by
Lynzee Klingman 
Cindy Mollo 
Brent White 
Casting by
Matthew Barry 
Nancy Green-Keyes 
Production Design by
Dan Bishop 
Art Direction by
Daniel Bradford 
Set Decoration by
Emma Fairley 
Costume Design by
Susan Matheson 
Makeup Department
Nathalie Allen .... makeup artist
Susan A. Cabral .... key makeup artist (as Susan Cabral Ebert)
Audrey Futterman-Stern .... key hair stylist
Lydia Milars .... makeup artist
Thomas Opitz .... hair stylist
Production Management
Bryan Bishop .... post-production supervisor (as Bryan C. Bishop)
Debra L. Gainor .... production supervisor
Glenn S. Gainor .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stacey Holmes .... second second assistant director
Wendi Lampassi .... second assistant director
John Nelson .... first assistant director (as John M. Nelson)
Art Department
Scott Buckwald .... prop master (as Scott A. Buckwald)
David Clark .... assistant property master
Agee Clayton .... swing gang (as Aggy Clayton)
Andre Combs .... swing gang (as André Alise Combs)
Karen Greene .... set painter
Alan K. Harrison .... set dresser
Paul Linkogle .... swing gang
Noel McCarthy .... swing gang (as Noel J. McCarthy)
Ed McGrady .... swing gang (as Edward McGrady)
Marilyn Morgan .... on-set dresser
Neil O'Sullivan .... lead man
Missy Parker .... art department coordinator
Brandon Peterson .... storyboard artist
Bernadette Repasi .... shopper
Suzette Stotts .... lead scenic
Thomas 'Noe' Welch .... swing gang
Sound Department
Steve Arcabascio .... utility operator
Joe Barnett .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Ross Davis .... sound re-recording mixer
Rob Disner .... utility operator (as Robert Disner)
Jed M. Dodge .... adr supervisor
Scott Doorley .... utility operator
Matt Dubin .... digital sound transfer engineer
Paula Fairfield .... supervising sound editor
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer (as Alan 'Danger' Freedman)
Cormac Funge .... sound effects editor
Robert Getty .... assistant sound editor
Chato Hill .... assistant sound editor
C.W. Jones .... foley mixer
Ossama Khuluki .... foley artist
Kevin Maloney .... boom operator
David Mann .... foley editor
Carla Murray .... sound effects editor
Bryan Pennington .... sound consultant: Dolby
Tim Philben .... sound re-recording mixer
Yuri Reese .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Richard D. Rogers .... sound re-recording mixer (as Richard Rogers)
Steve Scoville .... dialogue editor
Dean St. John .... adr mixer
Johanna Turner .... digital sound transfer engineer
Ed White .... production sound mixer
Special Effects by
Greg Landerer .... pyrotechnician (as Gregory C. Landerer)
Lee McConnell .... pyrotechnician
Visual Effects by
Christopher Dusendschon .... hazeltine optical element timing: THDX (uncredited)
Christopher Dusendschon .... maintitle and in-show optical compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Steven Emmert .... optical compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Bobby C. King .... stunt coordinator
Nathan Siebring .... stunts
Justin Sundquist .... stunts
Bobby C. King .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Tracy Bennett .... still photographer (as Tracey Bennet)
Craig Bilodeau .... grip
Chris Brow .... dolly grip (as Christopher N. Brow)
Steve Colgrove .... rigging gaffer
Don Devine .... camera operator
Jennifer Ann Henry .... second assistant camera
Greg Jarrett .... electrician (as Gregory Jarrett)
Pete Johnson .... key grip
John Joyce .... Steadicam operator
Shane Kelly .... electrician
Chris Kovalski .... grip
Giovani Lampassi .... chief lighting technician
Bill-Brady Majors .... best boy grip (as Bill Brady-Majors)
Bill-Brady Majors .... key rigger (as Bill Brady-Majors)
Bruce D. McDonald .... electrician (as Bruce McDonald)
Eric Moore .... best boy electric (as Eric 'Pine Mountain' Moore)
Jerry Mundy .... electrician (as Jerry 'Grape Ape' Mundy)
Caleb Nelson .... grip (as Caleb R. Nelson)
Perry H. Patterson .... first assistant camera
Ralph Pichler .... first assistant Steadicam (as Ralph Pitchler)
John T. Pouncey .... camera loader (as John Pouncey)
Jesse Wine .... electrician
Jennifer Ann Henry .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
David Anthony .... extras casting: background players
Judy Cook .... extras casting: background players
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting: The Loop Group
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jeannine Bourdaghs .... costume supervisor (as Jeanine Bourdaghs)
Bradley Inaba .... costume assistant
Susan Strubel .... key set costumer (as Susan M. Strubel)
Editorial Department
Julia Drumheller .... assistant editor
Bob Fredrickson .... color timer (as Bob Frederickson)
Location Management
David Y. Okata .... assistant location manager
Brett Williams .... location manager
Michael Anthony .... location manager (uncredited)
Christopher Lee .... location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Gary Calamar .... music supervisor
Christopher Lennertz .... orchestrator
Michael Nielsen .... music editor (as Michael Nielson)
Dana Niu .... orchestrator
Scott Rouse .... music editor
Brian Tyler .... conductor
Brian Tyler .... orchestrator
Jeff Vaughn .... score recording engineer
Transportation Department
Billy Colbert .... transportation coordinator
Mac 'Buck' Cook .... driver
John De Troia .... transportation captain (as John V. Detroia)
Troy Gould .... driver
Chip Henderson .... driver
Jeffrey F. Jones .... driver (as Jeffrey Jones)
Mike Mancini .... driver
Victor Moore .... driver: honeywagon (as Victor A. Moore)
Don Riesau .... driver (as Donald L. Riesau)
Ray Stuart .... driver
Dave Walden Jr. .... transportation captain (as David 'Junior' Walden II)
Chris Walden .... driver: production van (as Chris D. Walden)
Other crew
Jann Andersen .... caterer: Pascal's Catering
Sarah Anthony .... assistant: Ms. Miller
Pascal Besse .... caterer: Pascal's Catering
Marcy Brown .... stand-in
Keith Burrell .... assistant production accountant
Nick Ciraldo .... set intern
Roxa Crow .... studio teacher: Terrific Teachers (as Roxa Crowe)
Kerry Da Silva .... set production assistant (as Kerry Dasilva)
Todd A. Decker .... set production assistant (as Todd Decker)
Guin Dill .... animal wrangler: Paws for Effect (as Guin Noland)
Kathy Duliakas .... unit publicist
Phil Eisenhower .... studio teacher: Terrific Teachers
Tony Ervolina .... stand-in
Brendan Garst .... production coordinator
Michael Goldberg .... production accountant
Frank Gunn .... caterer: Pascal's Catering
Kent Hamilton .... insurance: Truman Van Dyke
Gilbert Hernandez .... security officer
Gym Hinderer .... assistant: Mr. Lazar
Annette Hobday .... set production assistant (as Annette Hawley)
Edward Holley .... set production assistant
Daniel Kamil .... assistant: Mr. Bromell
Nancy Karlin .... script supervisor
Clark Mansfield .... liaison: L.A.P.D.
Craig Marks .... stand-in
Chandra Marrs .... animal wrangler: Paws for Effect
Lynne Martin .... set production assistant
Megan Melcher .... set intern
Irwin M. Rappaport .... legal services (as Irwin Rappaport Esq.)
Christina Richard .... craft service
George A. Romero .... set medic
Rick Saloomey .... production secretary
Julie Schultz .... animal wrangler: Paws for Effect
Robert 'Skid' Skidmore .... set production assistant
Jim Switzer .... payroll services: All Payments Services Inc.
Tony Whitmore .... set medic
Sean Wicks .... assistant: Mr. Lazar
Robert Altman .... special thanks
Joey Alvarez .... special thanks
William B. .... special thanks (as William B)
Peter Benedek .... special thanks
Seth Berg .... special thanks
Willie Bromell .... special thanks
Bill Buckley .... special thanks: Rogers & Cowell
Alice Calamar .... special thanks
Nick Cassavetes .... special thanks
Wendy Christiansen .... special thanks
Katurah Clarke .... special thanks (as Katurah Clark)
Howard Cohen .... special thanks
Marsha Costa .... special thanks
Howard Fabrick .... special thanks (as Howard Fabrick Esq.)
Ester Friedman .... special thanks
Thomas Golubic .... special thanks
Josh Haynie .... special thanks
Lou Hill .... special thanks
Pamela James .... special thanks
Bobby Jones .... special thanks
Maggi Kelley .... special thanks: The Lantana Center
Michael Lai .... special thanks
David Landau .... special thanks
Linda Lichter .... special thanks (as Linda Lichter Esq.)
Lawrence Lui .... special thanks
John Massa .... special thanks
Gene Meyer .... special thanks
Kathryn Morrow .... special thanks
Suzanne Moss .... special thanks
Peter Nichols .... special thanks (as Peter Nichols Esq.)
Jodi Peikoff .... special thanks (as Jodi Peikoff Esq.)
Marisa Porter .... special thanks
Neil Portnow .... special thanks
Clar Ryu .... special thanks
Shawn Simon .... special thanks (as Shawn Hopkins)
Trish Soodik .... special thanks
David Steel .... special thanks
Joanne Steenson .... special thanks
Jay Sures .... special thanks
Jessica Swirnoff .... special thanks
Robert Szymanski .... special thanks (as Rob Szymanski Esq.)
Diane Upson .... special thanks
Pat Woods .... special thanks
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for language and elements of violence
88 min
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The Gregory Hines and Billy Crystal movie they can't remember the title of is Running Scared (1986)See more »
Sarah Cassidy:All you're doing is walking along the street with a beautiful young girl.
Alex:That's enough to get me killed.
Sarah Cassidy:Your wife's possessive?
Alex:All women are possessive.
Sarah Cassidy:Hah! All women?
Sarah Cassidy:Each and every one the world over?
Sarah Cassidy:Does the word "enlightenment" ever come your way?
Alex:You know a woman who's not possessive?
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24 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Strikingly Realistic Character Study, 29 June 2001
Author: Josh ( from Los Angeles, CA

Why Panic never got a good theatrical release is easily seen: it's much too smart, and audiences would have probably had a difficult time with it, comparing it to American Beauty in its probing of a midlife crisis, and Sopranos and Analyze This in it's study of illegal goings-on amidst family life. Though Panic may seem to derive from unoriginal material, Brommel's lifelike characters coupled with deft dialogue and observant direction make the film a realistic look at the undoing of a middle aged man.

William H. Macy stars as Alex, a hitman who works for his father's (Sutherland) contract-killing business. He leads a double life, with his wife (Ullman) and son unaware of his real trade. In his middle-age, he becomes increasingly disgusted with what he has done all his life. Under his calm, collected facade stirs repressed resentment for his father's controlling grasp on his life. When he meets a young woman(Campbell) he feels invigored and decides it's time to quit the family business.

The fact that writer/director Henry Brommel decided to make the profession his main character was trying to break away from contract-killing is disposable. He could have easily substituted it with any undesirable profession; his characters are so well-developed and believable, scenes handled so smoothly and realisticly and dialogue written so insightfully and naturally that the focus falls on Macy's conflicted character rather than his job as a hitman. Brommel's script feels like a Shakespearean tragedy, with a definite theme of destiny running throughout.

In Alex, Macy creates a tragic, easily sympathetic character, and turns in yet another brooding, great performance, as can always be expected. Donald Sutherland is also effectively abrasive and abusive as his overbearing father, and Ullman's dramatic turn as Macy's wife is a welcome change for the comedian. Consider a scene in a bicycle shop, where her mood subtly darkens and peaks in an affecting scene of emotional confusion.

Henry Brommel's first feature, Panic is a film that is well-crafted in its sincerity. With a first-rate cast, a plausible script, terse dialogue, and nice direction, this character-study is hopefully just a taste of Brommel's aptness for creating characters that seem real.

8 out of 10

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