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One Night at McCool's -- Every man has a different recollection of the beautiful young woman who wreaked havoc on their lives during one heated night.
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Matt Dillon ... Randy

Mary Jo Smith ... Bingo Caller

Michael Douglas ... Mr. Burmeister

Paul Reiser ... Carl

Reba McEntire ... Dr. Green

John Goodman ... Detective Dehling

Richard Jenkins ... Father Jimmy

Sandy Martin ... Bingo Vendor Woman

Liv Tyler ... Jewel

Andrew Dice Clay ... Utah / Elmo (as Andrew Silverstein)

Ric Sarabia ... Uniformed Cop at Bar

Tim De Zarn ... Detective Ertagian (as Tim DeZarn)

Leo Rossi ... Joey Dinardo
Rob Neukirch ... Deliveryman

Andrea Bendewald ... Karen
Anthony Winsick ... Ethan
David Kronenberg ... Baby Tom
Michael Kronenberg ... Baby Tom
Rosco DeSpain ... Bingo Player #1 (as Roscoe DeSpain)
Earl Carroll ... Bingo Player #2

Eric Schaeffer ... Greg Spradling

Eric Ware ... Uniformed Cop at House #1
Gary Brussell ... Uniformed Cop at House #2

Donielle Artese ... Carl's Assistant
Rad Milo ... State Trooper
Veslemøy Ruud Zwart ... Clinique Counter Saleswoman (as Veslemoey Ruud Zwart)

Harry Van Gorkum ... Psychic Guru
Jeanne McCarthy ... Psychic

Kelly Slater ... Jeep Owner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Helen Hunt ... Truck Driver (scenes deleted)
Paulie DiCocco III ... Frat Guy in Bar (uncredited)

June Lockhart ... Bingo Player (uncredited)
Helen Moore ... Bingo Caller's Assistant (uncredited)

Directed by
Harald Zwart 
Writing credits
Stan Seidel (written by)

Produced by
Michael Douglas .... producer
Whitney Green .... executive producer
Allison Lyon Segan .... producer
Veslemøy Ruud Zwart .... associate producer (as Veslemoey Ruud Zwart)
Original Music by
Marc Shaiman 
Cinematography by
Karl Walter Lindenlaub (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Bruce Cannon 
Casting by
Juel Bestrop 
Jeanne McCarthy 
Production Design by
Jon Gary Steele 
Art Direction by
David Lazan 
Set Decoration by
Larry Dias 
Costume Design by
Ellen Mirojnick 
Makeup Department
Richard Dean .... makeup designer
Lydia Milars .... key makeup artist
Arturo Rojas .... assistant hair stylist
David Syner .... assistant makeup artist
Joy Zapata .... key hair stylist
Gary Archer .... dental prosthetics (uncredited)
Production Management
Whitney Green .... unit production manager
Peter Mavromates .... post-production supervisor
Sara E. White .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anne Berger .... second second assistant director (as Anne M. Berger)
Tommy Harper .... second assistant director (as Thomas Harper)
Craig Harris .... dga trainee
Ellen H. Schwartz .... first assistant director
Art Department
Christian Andersen .... propmaker
Dale E. Anderson .... swing gang (as Dale Anderson)
Brook Bacon .... swing gang
Jason Bedig .... leadperson
Sharleen Bright .... paint foreman
Jo Brown .... gang boss
Charisse Cardenas .... set designer
Steven E. Eyrse .... painter
Marc Fekkes .... toolman
Andy Friend .... storyboard artist
Rob Garlow .... general foreman (as Robert Garlow)
Serge Genitempo .... painter
Brandon S. Gilgen .... painter (as Brandon Shawn Gilgen)
Carlos Guaicochea .... labor foreman
Shannon Hart .... set decorating buyer
Jim Heritage .... plasterer foreman
Julian Hyde .... painter
Mark Lapotsky .... greensman (as Mark J. Lapotsky)
Carolyn Lassek .... on-set dresser
Charles 'Chuck' Lungren .... stand-by scenic (as Chuck Lungren)
José López .... painter (as Jose Lopez)
Rangel Mata .... painter (as Rangel 'The Dragon' Mata)
Brynn McQuade .... art department coordinator
Barbara Murphy .... painter
Jeffrey M. O'Brien .... property master
Joe Ondrejko .... construction coordinator
Lisa Penaranda .... set decorating assistant
Eric Ramirez .... swing gang
David A. Rochow .... propmaker
Rebecca Roka .... painter
Kevin Rubottom .... propmaker
Jay Siroy .... stand-by construction
Doug Thomas .... painter
Keith Wood .... assistant property master
Carly Starr Brullo Niles .... on-set props assistant (uncredited)
Carly Starr Brullo Niles .... third property assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Brian Basham .... adr recordist
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Mark Choi .... sound effects editor
Simon Coke .... dialogue editor
Richard Dwan Jr. .... dialogue editor (as Richard Dwan)
Victor Ray Ennis .... first assistant sound editor
Paula Fairfield .... sound effects editor
Stephanie Flack .... dialogue editor
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer
Dick Hansen .... utility sound technician
Greg Hedgepath .... supervising sound editor (as Gregory Hedgepath)
Nicholas James .... adr supervisor (as Nick James)
Lee W. Lebaigue .... sound assistant (as Lee LeBaigue)
Michael Magill .... adr editor
James Matheny .... adr editor
James Moriana .... foley artist
Philip D. Morrill .... sound assistant
Carla Murray .... sound effects editor
George Nemzer .... foley editor
Kim H. Ornitz .... sound mixer
Geoffrey G. Rubay .... co-supervising sound editor
Brad Sherman .... sound re-recording mixer
Melissa Sherwood Hofmann .... sound re-recording mixer (as Melissa Hofmann)
Mary Ruth Smith .... adr editor (as Mary Smith)
Mychal Smith .... boom operator (as Mychal D. Smith)
Drew Webster .... digital sound mix technician
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist (as Jeffrey B. Wilhoit)
Greg Zimmerman .... foley recordist
Mark Choi .... sound conforming editor (uncredited)
Richard Dwan Jr. .... adr editor (uncredited)
Nerses Gezalyan .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Carla Murray .... sound designer (uncredited)
Greg Steele .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Timothy B. Graham .... key special effects
J.D. Streett .... special effects coordinator
David Gallion .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Randy Starr .... visual effects producer: Rhythm & Hues
S. 'Kiki' Chansamone .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Daniel Aristoteles Collins .... systems/operations: Rhythm & Hues (uncredited)
Andrea D'Amico .... visual effects producer: R!OT Pictures (uncredited)
Ken Dackermann .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Phil Holland .... scanning & recording operator (uncredited)
Matt McFarland .... scan/record manager (uncredited)
Tabby Hanson .... stunts
Alisa Hensley .... stunts
David Leitch .... stunts
Ron Morgan .... stunts
Manny Perry .... stunts
David Powledge .... stunts
Rex Reddick .... stunts
Steve Rizzo .... stunts
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunts
Michael Runyard .... stunt coordinator
Alisa Hensley .... stunt double (uncredited)
Steve Rizzo .... stunt double: Andrew 'Dice' Clay (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Colin Anderson .... camera operator
Colin Anderson .... steadicam operator
Robert Arredondo .... grip (as Bobby Arredondo)
Lisa Bonaccorso .... camera loader
Loren Corl .... key grip
Andreas Crawford .... dolly grip
John Crimins .... electrician
William Daimont .... grip
Ric Delgado .... best boy electric
Carlos Escobar .... grip
Sammy Escobar .... grip (as Sam Escobar)
Pål Bugge Haagenrud .... camera operator (as Paul Haagenrud)
Dave Lujan .... electrician
Jerry L. Marshall .... grip (as Jerry Marshall)
Scott McGeo .... best boy grip
Jamie Midgley .... still photographer
Charles Newhart .... electrician
Alex Payne .... camera intern
Thomas A. Pendell .... video playback operator
Dan Riffel .... chief lighting technician
Felix Rivera .... rigging gaffer
Freddie Saba .... rigging best boy electric (as Freddie M. Saba II)
Paul Santoni .... second assistant camera
Steven Strong .... electrician
Michael D. Weldon .... first assistant camera
Lisa Bonaccorso .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Edward A. Gutentag .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Pat O'Mara .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Blythe Cappello .... casting associate
Lisa Gabaldon .... extras casting
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Tony Hobbs .... extras casting
Stacy Jorgensen .... casting assistant
John Srednicki .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Fran Allgood .... costume supervisor
Robin Borman .... key set costumer
Maritza Garcia-Roddy .... assistant costume designer (as Maritza L. Garcia-Roddy)
Bonnie E. Morris .... wardrobe seamstress
D. Barak Stribling .... wardrobe cutter
Lovelynn Vanderhorst .... set costumer (as Lovelynn Ann Vanderhorst)
Editorial Department
Justin Bourret .... first assistant editor
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Nathan W. Jones .... post-production assistant (as Nathan Jones)
Maggie Ostroff .... conform assistant
David Raymond .... assistant film editor
Matt Boatright-Simon .... editorial assistant (uncredited)
Joe Walser .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Peter Afterman .... music supervisor
Pete Anthony .... conductor
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
Tim Boyle .... score mixer
Tim Boyle .... score recordist
Jessica Clements .... assistant to music supervisor
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor (as Sandy De Crescent)
Dan DiPrima .... supervising music editor
Norman Dlugatch .... music scoring engineer (as Norm Dlugatch)
Dominic Gonzales .... music scoring floorperson
Lisa Jaime .... music editor
Paul Wertheimer .... music scoring recordist
Margaret Yen .... associate music supervisor
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Grant Buckerfield .... music credit (uncredited)
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Lise Richardson .... music editor: temp score (uncredited)
Patrick Russ .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Nick Vidar .... music programmer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Bonnie Alden .... driver
Jose Aleman .... driver (as Jose Pedro Aleman)
Michael Allegro .... driver
Ray Appel .... driver (as Ray 'Radar' Appel)
Leo Baker .... driver
William E. Bess .... driver
Harry Brady .... driver
Denny Caira .... transportation coordinator
Michael Chonos .... driver
Dennis Clark .... driver (as Dennis R. Clark)
Bill Cockrell .... driver (as William R. Cockrell)
Paulie DiCocco .... driver (as Paul A. DiCocco)
Robiy Ellison .... driver
Wallace Frick .... driver (as Wally Frick)
John Grant .... driver (as John J. Grant)
Gary Kincaid .... driver
Payton J. Kirkpatrick .... driver
James Norton .... driver (as James C. Norton)
Theresa M. Roehner .... driver (as Theresa Roehner)
Tim Roslan .... driver
Danny Rowe .... driver (as Danny S. Rowe Sr.)
Mike Shannon .... transportation captain
Steve Sorkin .... driver (as Steve H. Sorkin)
David Teasley .... driver
Tad Venger .... driver
Mark Wescott .... driver
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
Other crew
Alex Apple .... location assistant
David Arnott .... adr
Rick Baca .... first assistant production accountant
Danny Bress .... production assistant
Kate Brownlee .... assistant: Ms. Segan
Allen Burry .... unit publicist
Cathy Cavadini .... adr (as Catherine Cavadini)
Dawn Clounch .... assistant: Ms. Green
Chris Cussen .... first aid
Robert Darwell .... production legal: Troop Steuber Pasich Reddick & Tobey
Stephen P. Del Prete .... production assistant
Holly Dorff .... adr
Daniel Eisenberg .... payroll accountant (as Dan Eisenberg)
Zecjko Z. Erlic .... chef (as Zecjko 'Z' Erlic)
Greg Finley .... adr
Jay Floyd .... clearance services: Now Clear This!
Charles W. Francis .... production accountant
Adam Fratto .... assistant: Mr. Segan
Marie Healy .... assistant location manager
Tracey Ann Hiete .... accounting assistant (as Tracey Heite)
Nancy Honeycutt .... assistant production coordinator
Cary 'C.P.' Levine .... production secretary (as Cary Levine)
Elizabeth Ludwick-Bax .... script supervisor (as Elizabeth Ludwick)
Lance Mancuso .... construction medic
David McCharen .... adr
Robert Mitas .... assistant: Mr. Douglas
Kelsey Mulrooney .... adr
Stephanie Murray .... stage manager
Jose Ortiz .... assistant caterer (as Jose A. Ortiz)
Michael H. Perman .... assistant: Mr. Zwart
Mary Linda Phillips .... adr voice (as Mary-Linda Phillips)
Van Quattro .... adr
David Randolph .... adr (as David J. Randolph)
Flumencio Renteria .... craft service
Vernon Scott .... adr
Jim Small .... location assistant
Aaron Spann .... adr
Joe Steele .... production assistant
Derek Jan Vermaas .... production coordinator
Kristin Webb .... production assistant
Tim Werle .... first aid
Boyd Wilson .... location manager
Ted Yonenaka .... craft service
Ann Zoric .... assistant chef
David Fencl .... armorer (uncredited)
Marc C. Geschwind .... photo double: Andrew Dice Clay (uncredited)
Julie Hannum .... location scout (uncredited)
Jason Z. Kemp .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michele Kennedy .... assistant production coordinator: pre-production (uncredited)
Lucas Moore .... studio teacher (uncredited)
Vicki Dee Rock .... production executive (uncredited)
Amy Louise Tripodi .... assistant: actor (uncredited)
Frank G. Turner .... stand-in: John Goodman (uncredited)
Garson Yu .... title designer (uncredited)
Stan Seidel .... in memory of
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for violence, sexuality and language
93 min
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Mr. Burmeister's (Michael Douglas) hairstyle is modeled after the hairstyle of Dennis Hopper's character Frank Booth from the 1986 thriller "Blue Velvet".See more »
Continuity: When Randy and Jewel arrive at Randy's house for first time, gate is closed. In next shot its open and following shot its closed again.See more »
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Bingo Caller:N-43. Four-three on the N.
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45 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
One of the few black comedies that work. The filmmakers take advantage of the funny material. *** (out of four), 7 May 2001

ONE NIGHT AT McCOOL'S / (2001) *** (out of four)

By Blake French:

According to Harald Zwart, the director of "One Night at McCool's," this film is "a dark comedy about the power of women over men, and how a group of people can all perceive different realities. It's the same story told from three different points of view, and each time we tell the story, we try to reveal a little bit more about what actually happened, which nobody really knows."

"One Night at McCool's" marks the feature film directorial debut of Zwart, an award winning commercial and music video director who began making short films when he was eight years old. I always get nervous when a director of commercials and music videos turns to filmmaking. We have seen so many examples of how these guys think they are making another advertisement or music video for TV with their productions. Zwart resists that tendency. He captures a specific humorous truth in "One Night at McCool's," from an inventive, complex screenplay by the late Stan Seidel, even if it is often somewhat perplexing.

"One Night At McCool's" features three men who share their separate experiences about a particularly beautiful young woman. In some ways, this movie is the comedy version of "American Beauty," but in others, it is a world apart.

"It all started one night at McCool's" explains each of the three men to their various listeners. There is Randy (Matt Dillon), a tender at the local bar, and his cousin, a lawyer named Carl (Paul Reiser), who stays until the place closes. Detective Dehling (John Goodman), arrives when the saloon becomes the crime scene of the dead boyfriend of a female fatal appropriately named Jewel (Liv Tyler). Randy is the first to see her, as an individual treats her unkindly. He stands up for her, and before you can say SEXY, they are having vigorous sex and she moves in with him. At first, Randy is reluctant: "The sex and the violence, all in one night – it's a little much." But who could turn a jewel like Jewel away.

Jewel changes the lives of each of the three men. For Detective Dehling, she pulls him out of a hole of grief since his wife died. For Carl, she makes him forget his loving family and nice little suburban household. For Randy, she lights a few fires, both positive and negative, the later persuading him to contact a bingo playing hit man named Burmeister (Michael Douglas) to put an end to her deceptive ways.

It is interesting how the movie perceives the three different chronicles-even the costuming of Jewel is relative to the man telling the story. Dehling sees Jewel as a beautiful, mesmerizing gift from God. Carl sees Jewel as two sexy legs and lots of cleavage. Randy is unsure what to make of her, an awakening to his otherwise boring, road to nowhere life. The most intriguing element of this movie is Jewel herself, however, deliciously played by the always delightful Liv Tyler ("Armageddon"). She is not really interested in the men, but what they can offer her. Her motives are all too simple, not truthfully diabolical or evil; she is simply a young lady who has learned at an early age that she can get what she wants out of life through her beauty.

The film has a lot of fun with its material. From the enthusiastically entertaining cast, to its violently hilarious showdown, "One Night at McCool's" takes advantage of most of its humorous ideas. What makes the movie even funnier is how the three men's points of view differ. The actors have a lot of fun with their characters, too. Goodman is curiously whimsical; Reiser fits his kinky, squirmy part quite well; Douglas is sly and mysterious in one of the movie's funniest performances; Dillon gives his character arrogant personality, even though Randy is a lackluster nobody; Liv Tyler is dazzling. She injects Jewel with the perfect amount of boastful charisma and tantalizing wit. She reminds us of Mena Suvari's intimate performance in "American Beauty."

"One Night at McCool's" is the first film to come from Michael Douglas' new production company, Furthur Films. It is a creative, genuine, and sexy production. Along the way we often become caught up in the twisty structure, but that is a natural response to a movie that intentionally interweaves several angles to a single story. The movie ends on a note that is both black and comedic. This is another one of those comedies in which serious events take place in a humorous way; i.e., the black comedy. Many films of this genre come across as either too black or too lackadaisical. "One Night at McCool's" is one of the few that actually work.

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