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Riding in Cars with Boys -- A single mother, with dreams of becoming a writer, has a son at the age of 15 in 1965, and goes through a failed marriage with the drug-addicted father.

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Beverly D'Onofrio (book)
Morgan Ward (screenplay)
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19 October 2001 (USA) See more »
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Based on a true story. See more »
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A single mother, with dreams of becoming a writer, has a son at the age of 15 in 1965, and goes through a failed marriage with the drug-addicted father. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Drew Barrymore ... Beverly Donofrio

Steve Zahn ... Ray Hasek

Adam Garcia ... Jason

Brittany Murphy ... Fay Forrester

James Woods ... Mr. Leonard Donofrio

Lorraine Bracco ... Mrs. Teresa Donofrio

Rosie Perez ... Shirley Perro

Sara Gilbert ... Tina Barr

Peter Facinelli ... Tommy Butcher

Mika Boorem ... Beverly Donofrio - Age 11

Celine Marget ... Janet Donofrio - Age 8

Vincent Pastore ... Uncle Lou
Maryann Urbano ... Aunt Ann

Alissa Dean ... Townie Girl #1
Jessica Leshnower ... Townie Girl #2

Alexia Landeau ... Jenny

Kristin Proctor ... Cindy
Temple Brooks ... Karen

Lauren Lake ... Karen's Friend

Desmond Harrington ... Bobby

Jordan Gelber ... Kevin

Gabriel Carpenter ... Sky Barrister

Kevin Thoms ... Mark

Vincent De Paul ... Linebacker #1

Joseph Cassese ... Linebacker #2

Kevin O'Rourke ... Jail Ward
Susan Forristal ... Mrs. Forrester

John Bedford Lloyd ... Mr. Forrester

Paz de la Huerta ... Phone Call Flirt
Olivia Morgan Scheck ... Janet Donofrio - Age 12

David Moscow ... Lizard

Dusty Rizzo ... Wedding Singer Tony

Gene Canfield ... Pete
Carl Capotorto ... Cop #1
Robert Greenhut ... Cop #2
Heather Hodder ... Donofrio Cousin
Sean Liotine ... Zippy

Tracy Reiner ... Nurse
Joseph M. Cannizaro ... Jason - Newborn
Noah Hartwick ... Jason - Newborn
Briana Tilden ... Jason - Baby
Skye Arens ... Jason - Age 1
Patrick Salerno ... Jason - Age 2
Robert Salerno ... Jason - Age 2

Logan Arens ... Jason - Age 3
Samantha Reale ... Amelia - Age 3
Wade Mylius ... Al

Jon Korkes ... Counselor
Cody Arens ... Jason - Age 6
Samantha Lucier ... Amelia - Age 6
Gaetano Lisi ... Sweeny's Owner

Marisa Ryan ... Janet Donofrio - Age 19

Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Amelia

Logan Lerman ... Jason - Age 8

Skye McCole Bartusiak ... Amelia - Age 8

Michael Linstroth ... Dennis Forrester
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sophia Barricelli ... Sophia (uncredited)

Toni D'Antonio ... Tied -Dyed Girl (uncredited)
Anna Damergis ... Cop's Wife (uncredited)

Gene Gabriel ... Make-Out Guy (uncredited)

Shani Haller ... Waitress (uncredited)
Donna Sue Jahier ... Woman in Maternity Ward (uncredited)

Rich Keen ... Passer By in Car (uncredited)

Richard Keith ... Heald Family Member (uncredited)

Sara Klingebiel ... Townie Girl #3 (uncredited)

Peter Austin Noto ... Short Order Cook (uncredited)

Randi Rosenholtz ... Townie Girl #4 (uncredited)

Dana Segal ... Hippie Neighbor (uncredited)

Mario Simone ... Student (uncredited)
Marilyn Spanier ... Mary (uncredited)

Todd Wall ... Nice Guy at Party (uncredited)

Bill Walters ... Hippie at Party (uncredited)
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Directed by
Penny Marshall 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Beverly D'Onofrio (book "Riding in Cars with Boys")

Morgan Ward (screenplay) (as Morgan Upton Ward)

Produced by
Julie Ansell .... producer
Timothy M. Bourne .... co-producer
James L. Brooks .... producer
Sara Colleton .... producer
Beverly D'Onofrio .... co-producer
Bridget Johnson .... executive producer
Amy Lemisch .... co-producer
Laurence Mark .... producer
Richard Sakai .... producer
Morgan Ward .... executive producer (as Morgan Upton Ward)
 
Original Music by
Heitor Pereira 
Hans Zimmer 
 
Cinematography by
Miroslav Ondrícek (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Lawrence Jordan 
Richard Marks 
 
Casting by
Sheila Jaffe 
Georgianne Walken 
 
Production Design by
Bill Groom 
 
Art Direction by
Teresa Carriker-Thayer 
 
Set Decoration by
George DeTitta Jr.  (as George DeTitta)
 
Costume Design by
Cynthia Flynt 
 
Makeup Department
Judi Goodman .... hair stylist
Kimberly Greene .... makeup artist: Ms. Barrymore
Stanley Hall .... hair stylist
Don Kozma .... makeup artist (as Donald Kozma)
Christine Leiter .... makeup artist
Bernadette Mazur .... key makeup artist
Barbara Olvera .... hair stylist: Ms. Barrymore
Francesca Paris .... key hair stylist
Sanja Milic .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Dina Sliwak .... additional makeup artist (uncredited as Dina Sliwiak)
 
Production Management
Richard Baratta .... unit production manager
Yvonne Yaconelli .... production supervisor: added scenes (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter J. Dowd Jr. .... second second assistant director
Richard Patrick .... first assistant director
Douglas Plasse .... second second assistant director
Danielle Rigby .... second assistant director
Rosadel Varela .... dga trainee
 
Art Department
David H. Allen .... property master
Roland Brooks .... scenic chargeman
Garf Brown .... scenic artist
Stephen H. Carter .... assistant art director
Doug Cluff .... scenic artist (as Douglas Cluff)
Damian J. Costa .... stand-by greenperson (as Damian Costa)
Gerald DeTitta .... leadman (as Jerry DeTitta)
Richard Bryan Douglas .... stand-by carpenter
Rochelle Edelson .... stand-by scenic artist
Ann Edgeworth .... props
Ann Edgeworth .... second props (as Ann L. Edgeworth)
Jason Farrar .... construction accountant
Ted Haigh .... assistant art director
Betsy Klompus .... assistant props
Marion Kolsby .... assistant art director (as Marion S. Kolsby)
Todd MacNicholl .... construction grip
Molly Mikula .... assistant art director
Mark Newell .... on-set dresser
Chuck Potter .... assistant set decorator
John Ralbovsky .... scenic foreman
Malcolm Reid .... set foreman
Lawrence Robinson .... scenic artist (as R. Lawrence Robinson)
Amy Safhay .... greensperson
Raymond M. Samitz .... construction coordinator (as Ray Samitz)
Sylvia Trapanese .... scenic artist
Gerard J. Furey .... set construction foreman (uncredited)
Daniel Geary .... carpenter (uncredited)
Erika S. Katz .... set dresser (uncredited)
Ross La Terra .... set dresser (uncredited)
Mark Lane-Davies .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Christine Mayer .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Rich Pashayan .... construction grip best boy (uncredited)
Joseph S. Patire .... shop craftsman (uncredited)
Ginny Walsh .... greens foreman (uncredited)
Mimi Wyeth .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David A. Arnold .... dialogue editor (as David Arnold)
Bill W. Benton .... sound re-recording mixer
David Betancourt .... foley mixer (as David Lazaro Betancourt)
Tracy Bolt .... sound recordist
Lane Burch .... foley mixer
Bill Burns .... assistant sound editor
John Chalfant .... sound effects editor (as John M. Chalfant)
Richard Corwin .... dialogue editor
Gloria D'Alessandro .... dialogue editor (as Gloria D'Allesandro)
Christine Danelski .... foley editor
Matthew Dettmann .... foley artist
Dennis Drummond .... supervising sound editor
Kim Drummond .... dialogue editor
Ann Ducommun .... assistant sound editor
Kira Edmunds .... assistant sound editor
Dawn Fintor .... foley artist
Alison Fisher .... adr supervisor
Dana LeBlanc Frankley .... assistant sound editor (as Dana LeBlanc)
Galen Goodpaster .... assistant sound editor
Laura Graham .... adr editor
Wayne Griffin .... adr editor
Jeffrey J. Haboush .... sound re-recording mixer
Scott G.G. Haller .... foley editor
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist (as Gary Hecker)
Brad Kanfer .... apprentice sound editor
Jonathan Klein .... foley supervisor
Howard London .... adr mixer
Kim Maitland .... cable person (as Kim H. Maitland)
Stewart Nelsen .... sound effects editor
Michael O'Farrell .... sound effects editor
T.J. O'Mara .... production sound mixer
Michele Perrone .... adr editor
Carin Rogers .... dialogue editor
Victoria Rose Sampson .... dialogue editor (as Victoria Sampson)
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist (as Alicia Irwin)
Joe White .... boom operator (as Joseph White Jr.)
Mark DeSimone .... adr engineer (uncredited)
Gregg Silk .... second engineer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jean-Paul Menard .... special effects crew
J.C. Brotherhood .... special effects (uncredited)
Byron K. Lovelace .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Jeff Naparstek .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Sean Callan .... technical assistant (uncredited)
Brandon Criswell .... 2D artist: Asylum (uncredited)
Sheena Duggal .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Lindsay Hallett .... visual effects producer: Asylum (uncredited)
Michael S. Harbour .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Anthony Harris .... digital color timer (uncredited)
Edward Helmers .... digital artist (uncredited)
Nicole Herr .... digital character animator: SPI (uncredited)
Shaina Holmes .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Vincent Lavares .... digital asset manager: Cinesite Hollywood (uncredited)
L. Elizabeth Powers .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Mark Sawicki .... optical camera (uncredited)
Eric Withee .... visual effects coordinator: SPI (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael J. Betzag .... second grip (as Mike Betzag)
Keith Bunting .... dolly grip
Joe Collins .... first assistant camera
Kathleen Corgan .... camera loader
Craig DiBona .... camera operator
Richard Dolan .... key rigging electric
Xavier Henselman .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Xavier Henselmann)
Petr Hlinomaz .... chief lighting technician
John McDonald .... second assistant camera
Kevin McKenna .... video assist operator
A. Lee Morris .... second assistant camera
Gary Muller .... first assistant camera
Billy Patsos .... key rigging grip (as William Patsos)
George Patsos .... key grip
Kyle Rudolph .... Steadicam operator
Andrew D. Schwartz .... unit still photographer (as Andrew Schwartz)
John Sosenko .... camera operator
Brett Albright .... additional assistant camera (uncredited)
Jon Delgado .... electrician (uncredited)
Chris Drechsler .... electrician (uncredited)
Mai Iskander .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Thomas Landi .... electrician (uncredited)
Michael 'Flash' McDonald .... electrician (uncredited)
David Norris .... camera operator: Wescam camera (uncredited)
Frank Schumo .... grip (uncredited)
Hopper Stone .... still photographer: re-shoots (uncredited)
Kevin Tiesiera .... set lighting technician: re-shoots (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Katharina Eggmann .... casting associate
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Anna Maniscalco .... extras casting
Sara Weitlauf .... extras casting
Grant Wilfley .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles C. Crutchfield .... costumer (as Charles Crutchfield)
Lynn Hoffman .... assistant costume designer (as Lynn P. Hoffman)
Joni M. Huth .... seamstress
Cheryl Kilbourne-Kimpton .... wardrobe supervisor (as Cheryl Kilbourne Kimpton)
Kathleen Mobley .... wardrobe coordinator (as Kathlene Mobley)
Frankie Ritacco .... costume assistant (as Francine A. Ritacco)
Rose Wells .... wardrobe supervisor (as Rosalie Wells)
Michael Anzalone .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Addie Hall .... costumer (uncredited)
Joseph La Corte .... set costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Abdul Franklin .... apprentice editor (as Abdul K. Franklin)
Terel Gibson .... assistant editor
Jeffrey Gove .... apprentice editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Dennis McNeill .... color timer (as Denny McNeill)
Marisa Morabito .... assistant editor
Paul Parsons .... assistant editor
Debra L. Tennant .... first assistant editor
Greg Thompson .... assistant editor
Juli Vizza .... assistant editor
Dale Jones .... avid technician (uncredited)
Eric Rigney .... avid technician (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Slamm Andrews .... score mixer
Bob Badami .... executive music producer (as R.A. 'Bob' Badami)
Lynn Geller .... music consultant
Elliot Lurie .... executive music producer
Verna Mandel .... music editor
Jennifer Nash .... music editor
Laura Perlman .... music editor
Kevin Blumenfeld .... music intern (uncredited)
Todd Kasow .... music editor (uncredited)
James S. Levine .... additional music arranger (uncredited)
James S. Levine .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Malcolm Luker .... music score mixer (uncredited)
Alan Meyerson .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
Dylan Quirt .... apprentice music editor (uncredited)
Lee Scott .... music editor: temp music (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Tommy Allen .... picture car coordinator
Dan Buckman .... driver
Robert Buckman .... transportation co-captain
Kerry Clark .... parking coordinator
Michael Hyde .... transportation captain
Kenny Swanson .... driver
Bobby Alberga .... driver (uncredited)
Joseph Barry .... driver: picture car (uncredited)
Sam Cardarelli Jr. .... driver (uncredited)
Kevin Harrigan .... driver (uncredited)
Tom Heilig .... driver (uncredited)
Billy Hilt .... driver (uncredited)
Rich Keen .... picture car (uncredited)
Don 'Ducky' Lapine .... driver (uncredited)
Robert 'Bull' Maher .... driver (uncredited)
Jimmy Mahr .... driver (uncredited)
Bobby Marsh .... driver (uncredited)
Robert Marsh .... driver (uncredited)
J.J. McGrane .... driver (uncredited)
Brett Michael .... driver (uncredited)
Daniel Palmer .... driver (uncredited)
Joe Parvis .... driver (uncredited)
Dan Paustian .... driver (uncredited)
Amos Poe .... driver (uncredited)
Michael B. Russell .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Chad Ahrendt .... assistant: Mr. Mark
Tamara Bally .... production accountant
Natalie Bortoli .... assistant: Ms. Ansell
Michelle Lee Brown .... craft service
Robyn M. Brown .... craft service
Jason Budrow .... technical consultant
Patty Carey .... assistant location manager
Nicole Cassidy .... assistant: Ms. Marshall
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
James Alexander Cohen .... office production assistant
Joanna Dransfeldt .... assistant: Mr. Sakai
Tracey Ershow .... set production assistant
Philippe Gallichet .... chef
Una Hill .... assistant production coordinator
Ava Jamshidi .... assistant: Ms. Lemisch
Charles 'Man' Johnson .... location assistant (as Man Johnson)
Tudor Jones .... set production assistant
Dora R. Kaplan .... assistant: Ms. Colleton
Kathleen E. Kearney .... set production assistant
Nicole Klett .... location assistant
Scott Kordish .... production coordinator
Luca Kouimelis .... script supervisor
Amy Leigh Johnson .... unit publicist
Randy Manion .... location coordinator
Brian Mannain .... location assistant
Shawn P. McKeegan .... office production assistant (as Shawn McKeegan)
Chris Miller .... assistant: Ms. Barrymore
Brendan Murphy .... assistant: Mr. Brooks
Kip Myers .... set production assistant
Murphy Occhino .... production assistant (as Murphy Achino)
Greg Outcalt .... production secretary
Lyn Pinezich .... location manager
Curt M. Pratt .... assistant: Ms. Marshall
Erik Proveaux .... chef
Judy Pursley .... assistant accountant
Craig Radow .... set production assistant
Doug Rice .... assistant: Mr. Zahn
Timothy Ross .... office production assistant
Bethann Schebece .... set production assistant
Julian Smirke .... office production assistant
Doug Webster .... production assistant (as John Douglas Webster)
Angela Athayde .... production assistant: re-shoots (uncredited)
Kaz Boyle .... assistant: Mr. Zimmer (uncredited)
Frank Cattano .... location assistant (uncredited)
Nicky Craft .... payroll accountant: re-shoots (uncredited)
Joni Cuquet .... field publicist (uncredited)
John DeSarno .... assistant caterer (uncredited)
Jim Dooley .... assistant: Mr. Zimmer (uncredited)
Kathleen Fellegara .... set medic (uncredited)
Rich Fellegara .... set medic (uncredited)
Jordan Brendan Finnegan .... production assistant (uncredited)
Chris George .... location assistant (uncredited)
Steve Ginsburg .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Peter Hansen .... caterer: pastry chef (uncredited)
Tony Hernandez .... accounting assistant (uncredited)
Jean Hodges .... food stylist (uncredited)
Eric Mansur .... assistant: Laurence Mark (uncredited)
Trevor Morris .... assistant: Hans Zimmer (uncredited)
Moanike'ala Nakamoto .... assistant: Hans Zimmer (uncredited)
Ben Nicolosi-Endo .... stage manager (uncredited)
Kris Olson .... production coordinator: re-shoots (uncredited)
Claire Partin .... stand-in (uncredited)
Rudy A. Persico .... production assistant (uncredited)
Macall B. Polay .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Robin F. Samson .... location scout (uncredited)
Erik Sharkey .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sue Smith .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Melanie Habeck .... special thanks
Jeffrey Kimball .... special thanks
Alan Mandel .... special thanks
Garry Marshall .... special thanks
Chris Menges .... special thanks
Mimi Wyeth .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Thank You, Boys" - Japan (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, drug and sexual content
Runtime:
132 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Drew Barrymore, who plays Adam Garcia's the mother, is two years younger than him in real life.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: A girl at the party takes something out of another girl's braces with a toothpick. The girl with the braces asks, "Is it out?", and the other girl replies, "Yeah" with her mouth closed.See more »
Quotes:
Fay:Okay, pretend that I'm your parents, say what your gonna say.
Beverly:Okay, Mom, Pop?
Fay:Yeah?
Beverly:I don't know how to say this...
Fay:But...
Beverly:I'm pregnant.
Fay:My daughter's a tramp! My daughter's a tramp! You're 15 years old, how could you do this to me? Why don't you just take my gun. Take my gun and shoot me in the head with it tramp! I wish that you were never born! How was that?
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25 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A great way to learn about life., 4 July 2006
Author: Pookyiscute from Nyiregyhaza, Hungary

It's a shame that this movie can't be shown in high schools, as an educational video. It would certainly serve a terrific purpose, of how one small mistake can change the rest of your life forever.

Beverly (Barrymore), at fifteen, falls in love with the quarterback of the football team. She decides one night at a party to show her love to him, by presenting him with a poem, she's written for him. Unfortunately, being as naive as she is, she presents it to him, in front of all of his friends, where she is then made fun of. Feeling sorry for herself, and very hurt, she runs upstairs to the bathroom, in the house where the party is taking place, crying. There, she meets the man she will soon fall for, and give herself to, for the very first time. However, this boy is not the boy she wants to marry, but is forced to, by her parents, because she is now pregnant. At fifteen, and married, she is now faced with a new life, and new responsibilities. The movie circles around this new life, and how she is able to overcome so much, with so very little. Her deadbeat husband, small and poor home, young child to raise, and at time hopeless future, all gang up on her, while she tries to overcome all of it. Her dreams are not unrealistic, but rather unreachable because of all the problems and mishaps that happen throughout the next fifteen years of her life.

It's poignant, sweet, funny and honest. There is not one person who will watch this, and not relate to at least one thing from the story. Although it may take place in the 1960s-80s, it's still very true to life, and understandable.

I would recommend it to anyone, and hope that everyone will see the power of a message this film holds. It's really an amazing true story, and there aren't many like this out there.

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