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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ciarán Hinds ... Louis Wagner (as Ciaran Hinds)
Richard Donat ... Mr. Plaisted

Sarah Polley ... Maren Hontvedt

Ulrich Thomsen ... John Hontvedt
Anders W. Berthelsen ... Evan Christenson
Joseph Rutten ... Judge
John Walf ... Defense Attorney

Katrin Cartlidge ... Karen Christenson

Vinessa Shaw ... Anethe Christenson
Adam Curry ... Emil Ingerbretson

Catherine McCormack ... Jean Janes

Sean Penn ... Thomas Janes

Josh Lucas ... Rich Janes

Elizabeth Hurley ... Adaline Gunne

John Maclaren ... Dr. Parsons
Rita Kvist ... Young Maren Christenson
Jan Tore Kristoffersen ... Young Evan Christenson

Catherine Kellner ... College Student
Karl Júlíusson ... Mr. Christenson (as Karl Juliusson)
Peter Cobbold ... Priest

R.D. Call ... Coast Guard Officer (as R D Call)

Richard Scobie ... Clerk (as Scobie)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Murdoch MacDonald ... Bailiff (as Murdock McDonald)
Michele Maillet ... Mrs. Ingebretson (uncredited)

Directed by
Kathryn Bigelow 
Writing credits
Anita Shreve (novel)

Alice Arlen (screenplay) and
Christopher Kyle (screenplay)

Produced by
Lisa Henson .... executive producer
A. Kitman Ho .... producer
Steven-Charles Jaffe .... executive producer
Lorenzo O'Brien .... line producer: Mexico
Sigurjon Sighvatsson .... producer (as Sigurjón Sighvatsson)
Sean Wimmer .... co-producer
Janet Yang .... producer
Christopher Zimmer .... co-producer
Original Music by
David Hirschfelder 
Cinematography by
Adrian Biddle (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Howard E. Smith 
Casting by
Mali Finn 
Production Design by
Karl Júlíusson  (as Karl Juliusson)
Art Direction by
Mark Laing 
Set Decoration by
Laura Cuthill 
Patricia Larman 
Costume Design by
Marit Allen 
Makeup Department
Felicity Bowring .... makeup department head
Barbi Jollota .... hair stylist
Petra Schaumann .... hair stylist
Suzanne Stokes-Munton .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Karl Braun .... unit manager
Thomas Hayslip .... production manager
Sean Wimmer .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Ambury .... first assistant director: second unit
Sarah Dunsworth .... third assistant director
Devin Hillier .... first assistant director: second unit
Devin Hillier .... trainee assistant director
Jose Jimenez .... second assistant director
Martin Pedersen .... second assistant director: second unit
Kayla Popp .... second assistant director
Jason Shipley .... assistant director
Ernie Tremblay .... second second assistant director
David J. Webb .... first assistant director
Art Department
Daniel R. Bradette .... property master
Chris Brown .... art department production assistant
Robert Grani .... on-set dresser
Dylan McDonald .... assistant art director
Tony Perez .... lead man
Tammy Peters .... scenic artist
Terry Quennell .... assistant art director
Gabriele Schnutgen .... key scenic artist
Bruce Shibley .... lead: Canada
Jason Shurko .... set dresser
Ulo Greer .... greens assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jeffree Bloomer .... boom operator
Lance Brown .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Choi .... sound effects editor
Lisle Engle .... sound effects editor
Marc Fishman .... sound re-recording mixer
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Jason George .... adr supervisor
Michael Hertlein .... dialogue editor
Michael Kamper .... sound effects editor
Dennis Maitland II .... production sound mixer
Tod A. Maitland .... production sound mixer
Mike Smith .... sound mixer
Johanna Turner .... transfer engineer
Anne Slack .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Luis Alvarez .... special effects technician
Gary Coates .... special effects supervisor
Jose A. Cordero .... special effects technician
Christine Davis .... special effects technician
Roy Goode .... special effects technician
Ted Ross .... special effects coordinator
Lawrence Willett .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Jim Carbonetti .... digital compositor
Korey J. Cauchon .... visual effects
Robin L. D'Arcy .... visual effects producer
Herbert Dwight Raymond IV .... visual effects editor (as Dwight Raymond)
Alisa Christensen .... stunt double
Marny Eng .... stunt double: Sarah Polley
Tom Farr .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeffrey Michael Adams .... key grip (as Jeff Adams)
Christopher Ball .... camera operator: second unit
Doug Betts .... grip
Charles John Bukey .... key grip
Jake Clarke .... best boy electric
Jarrett Craig .... second assistant camera: Calgary
Mark Cyre .... first assistant camera "a" camera
Kevin Day .... gaffer
Keith Dimmer .... generator operator
Regan Enderl .... camera operator: "b" camera, Canadian unit
Rob Goldstein .... second assistant camera: "c" camera, storm sequence
Craig Haagensen .... camera operator
Craig Haagensen .... camera operator: additional principal photography
Pauline Heaton .... underwater cinematographer
Sven Heinrich .... second assistant camera: re-shoot
Francisco Hernandez .... video assist operator
Francisco Hernandez .... video assist operator: second unit
Daniel Herrera Arau .... video assist operator: storm sequence
Michael Jackson .... grip
Forbes MacDonald .... "b" camera
Tim Milligan .... dolly grip
David Reilly IV .... key rigger
Jordan Schella .... daily electrician
Robert Stecko .... camera operator: daily
James Thibodeau .... electrician
Neil Trafford .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Casting Department
Lindsey Hayes Kroeger .... casting assistant (as Lindsey Hayes)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bethana Briffett .... seamstress
Jennifer Ellis .... costume set supervisor
Michele Maillet .... costumer
Helena Marriott .... cutter
Editorial Department
Mike Bellamy .... final colorist
Daniel Craven .... assistant editor
Samuel Craven .... additional editor
Herbert Dwight Raymond IV .... first assistant editor (as Dwight Raymond)
Lee Michael Searles .... assistant print editor
Music Department
Scott Cochran .... music engineer
Melissa Deanne Ferguson .... music coordinator
Randy Gerston .... music supervisor
Alex Gibson .... music editor: temp music
David Hirschfelder .... conductor
Amy Rosen .... music coordinator
Joshua Winget .... music editor
Transportation Department
Kristin Arason .... driver: cast
Other crew
Iram Collantes .... production coordinator: Mexico
Bob Corff .... voice teacher
Lucinda Deschaine .... post-production accounting assistant
Jessica Drake .... dialect coach
Kimberly Edwards .... post-production accountant
Stephen Fielding .... tax credit administrator
Damien Fitzpatrick .... dive master
Anne C. Ford .... production accountant
Lili Gonzalez .... production coordinator: México
Shannon Guindon .... production assistant
Phil Hatcher .... production assistant
Tracey Hatcher .... assistant production coordinator
Jaime Herrera V. .... staff office
Neale Joudrie .... location manager: reshoot
Erin Lacey .... assistant: Kathryn Bigelow
Daniel Laiblan .... assistant to producer
Efrain Lomeli .... assistant production office coordinator: Mexico
Eva MacGregor .... assistant accountant
Juan Jose Meza-Leon .... on-set production assistant: Mexico
Cheryl Miller .... production coordinator
Deborah Ross .... title designer
Esteban Sanchez .... projectionist: Mexico (as Steve Sanchez)
Kim Stewart .... production secretary
Gary Swim .... location manager
Michael Wamboldt .... marine coordinator
Darren Winter .... assistant security coordinator
Efrain Lomeli .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)

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Rated R for violence, sexuality/nudity, and brief language
Russia:113 min | USA:113 min
Aspect Ratio:
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This story is the reason there is no death penalty in the State of Maine. After the execution they realized that the other woman could have been the killer.See more »
Continuity: When the documents are blown over the ship, they are blown to one side, but in the next shot you can see a flag blowing to the opposite side.See more »
Maren Hontvedt:I have discovered in my life that it is not always the nature of god nor why he may bring in one night pleasure & death & rage & tenderness all intermingled so that one can barely distinguish one from the other... and it is all that one can do to hang onto sanity.See more »
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27 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
I didn't get it., 25 May 2004
Author: Robert J. Maxwell ( from Deming, New Mexico, USA

Maybe it's too "European" for me. I mean it's pretty slow, ponderous, portentous, and moody. It's also confusing, partly because the cuts back and forth between the current and past stories take place at awkward times and partly because the editing of the modern climax leaves me in doubt about exactly what the heck HAPPENED and in fact, even who SURVIVED.

I've always kind of enjoyed Katheryn Bigelow's work. It's commercial, but man does she have an eye for the camera. In "Blue Steel" the lens lingers lovingly over a pistol's contours as if the two objects wanted to get it on.

But here, well, I can't help wondering if she overdosed on a full sleepless weekend of Ingmar Bergman.

The historic part first. I liked it. It reminded me a little of "Babette's Feast." The life is one of hard work and infrequent bare wooden pleasures. Bigelow does a splendid job of visualizing this nearly joyless existence and the acting is unimpeachable on the part of everyone concerned, especially Sarah Polley who is given a pinched wind-reddened face and a delivery that never deviates from the tone of a casual remark. She is what is known as repressed. It's like watching a boil grow as her emotions simmer. As in a Bergman film there's a lot of sex around here. Not just ordinary marital bliss, which never seems much fun, but homosexual and incestuous too. The final confrontation between the three women has Polley sitting in a bed with her sister-in-law and being accused of corrupting her. I can't get over the way Bigelow and Polley handle this important scene. Polley, previously the epitome of emotional restraint, glares at her accuser from under her tousled blonde hair, her blue eyes now big and blazing with anger, lighted from above so that they seem to glow from within the shadow of her brows. Finally Polley's character seems fully alive although mad. The story is a success in almost every respect.

Then there is the modern story of four amateur sailors come to investigate this century-old murder case. There's a lot of sex in this part too. Well -- let's face facts. With Elizabeth Hurley in a major role, you get sex whether you want it or not. What a succulent morsel! To imagine Hurley chaste is like trying to imagine the young Ann-Margaret as a nun. Not that I mean to knock her. She's never delivered a better dramatic performance. Catherine McCormack has a better, more complex role, and she delivers too. She doesn't exude sexuality the way Hurley does but her beauty is more subtle and more enduring, the kind of woman you must get to know to appreciate. Sean Penn is unconvincing as a lapsed poet. The other guy seems a nice enough fellow but I'm not sure why he's around except maybe to introduce a fourth character on whom suspicions can be cast. This is a plot in which people sit around ogling one another and intuiting so many things about the other characters, without actually voicing them, that it's enough to make Henry James roll over in his grave. Somehow -- I'm just guessing at this -- McCormack identifies with the repressed Polley. When Penn approaches McCormack in the deserted library stacks and tries to make love to her up against the tomes, she balks and says, "I can't do this." I suppose this is to be taken as repression rather than just a lack of desire to perform this kind of acrobatic pas de deux while standing up. (Penn may be a poet but he's no gentleman.) There's also the evidence of identification provided by McCormack's drowning hallucinations about coming face to face with Polley's smiling corpse underwater. But that's about the only parallel I can see, if in fact it exists. It would have been easier to follow if McCormack had bopped Hurley over the head and flung the slut overboard, but that isn't what happens.

The score is as moody as the picture. Lots of cello leads in the orchestration, although not Bach, as in that Bergman movie about sin and guilt and incestuous sex among family members on an isolated island. Nobody can criticize the photography though. In these latitudes, even in midsummer, the sun is never high in the sky but the weather is usually clear and windy, or at least it was during the summer I spent in Digby. It's a truly beautiful climate and it's thrilling to see it so well captured on screen.

If you're caught in a storm offshore in a sailboat and lose your engine, can't you throw over a bow anchor and ride it out? Or, failing that, a drogue?

I don't know. But then there are a lot of things about this movie that I didn't get.

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