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Groove -- Acclaimed ensemble piece that follows one life-changing night for a group of party-goers who attend an underground rave party at an abandoned San Francisco warehouse.
Groove -- An inside look into one night in the San Francisco underground rave scene.


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Release Date:
19 October 2000 (Germany) See more »
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An inside look into one night in the San Francisco underground rave scene. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Chris Ferreira ... Bill

Mackenzie Firgens ... Harmony
Elizabeth Sun ... Maggie

Steve Van Wormer ... Ernie
Dmitri Ponce ... Guy (as Dmitri from the Lower Haight)

Ari Gold ... Cliff
Aaron Langridge ... Joe
Wendy Turner-Low ... Lisa
Bradley K. Ross ... Aaron (as Bradley Ross)

Rachel True ... Beth
Denny Kirkwood ... Colin
Matthew Bernsen ... Record Store Customer
Bing Ching ... DJ Snaz

Jeff Witzke ... Neil
Jill Jose ... Monique
Chris Stone ... Geo

Lola Glaudini ... Leyla

Hamish Linklater ... David

Angelo Spizzirri ... Todd
Lew Baldwin ... Tobin
Jonathan Muller ... Crew Member
Eva Christiansen ... Car Passenger
Sam Trychin ... Car Passenger
Jina Park ... Setup Crew
Jason Zemlicka ... Setup Crew
Noah Zisman ... Setup Crew

Sona-Rebecca Klein ... Setup Crew

Vincent Riverside ... Anthony
Pete Davison ... Cigarette Guy
Karl Ackerman ... Shep (as Karl Ackermann)
Christoph Klotz ... Arty
Brian Behlendorf ... Chill DJ #1
Polywog ... Dance Floor DJ #2

Nick Offerman ... Sergeant Channahon
Justin Baumrucker ... Sticker Kid
Ed Abratowski ... Green-Haired Guy
Forest Green ... Dance Floor DJ #3

Danielle Renfrew ... Map Point Betty
No Battles ... Chill DJ #2

Wade Hampton ... Dance Floor DJ #4 (as WishFM)
Monty Luke ... DJ #5
Kei Hashinoguchi ... Body Painter
Melissa Leebove ... Body Painter
Jeffrey Crane ... Scammer at Door
Casey Landis ... Cop #1
Rob Schröder ... Cop #2 (as Rob Schroeder)
Shranny ... Chill DJ #3
John Digweed ... Dance Floor DJ #6
Matthew Tyreman ... Digweed's Roadie
Brian Benson ... Toll Booth Operator
Lisa Acuna ... Featured Extra
Victoria Diebler ... Featured Extra
Mark Hong ... Featured Extra
Shawn Keenum ... Featured Extra
Cassandra Kummerow ... Featured Extra
Shannon McNeil ... Featured Extra
Paul Ossenbruggen ... Featured Extra
Kerry Power ... Featured Extra
Monique Ramirez ... Featured Extra
Phillipe Tapon ... Featured Extra
David Thom ... Featured Extra
Anne Wojciak ... Featured Extra
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mike Justice ... Dancer
Devon Marlink ... Dancer

Greg Camilleri ... Raver (uncredited)
Dean Chesnutt ... Dancer (uncredited)
N'Dea Davenport ... Herself (uncredited)
Chris Jackson ... Himself (uncredited)
Mixmaster Morris ... Himself (uncredited)
Jonah Sharp ... Himself (uncredited)
Christian Smith ... Himself (uncredited)
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Directed by
Greg Harrison 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Greg Harrison 

Produced by
Michael Bayne .... executive producer
Dorothy Fadiman .... associate producer
James Fadiman .... associate producer
Andrea Gard .... associate producer
Ray Greenwell .... associate producer
Greg Harrison .... producer
Danielle Renfrew .... producer
Jeff Southard .... executive producer
Todd Wagner .... line producer
Jason Zemlicka .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Matthew Irving 
Film Editing by
Greg Harrison 
Casting by
Maria Ray 
Production Design by
Chris Ferreira 
Costume Design by
Kei Hashinoguchi 
Elizabeth Rodriguez 
Makeup Department
Divi Crockett .... hair stylist
Divi Crockett .... makeup artist
Tonya Crooks .... hair stylist
Tonya Crooks .... makeup artist
Polywog .... hair stylist: Polywog
Polywog .... makeup artist: Polywog
Rebecca Schwedner .... assistant hair stylist
Rebecca Schwedner .... assistant makeup artist
Jacob Semans .... assistant hair stylist
Jacob Semans .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Jack Moyal .... unit production manager
Todd Wagner .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roxie Bartholemew .... second assistant director
Pietro Antonio Belluschi .... additional second assistant director (as Pietro Belluschi)
Lynnette M. Myers .... first assistant director
Max Sandoval .... additional second second assistant director
Sean Vawter .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Chris Horvath .... property master
Melissa Leebove .... swing gang
Cindy Lopez .... additional art
Erica Love .... swing gang
Emmett Murray .... additional art
Orin Rubinstein .... swing gang
Gaby Sankovich .... additional art
Christopher Wood .... lead man
Noah Zisman .... swing gang
Sound Department
Christopher Barrick .... foley mixer (as Chris Barick)
Chris Barron .... digital sound transferer (as Christopher Barron)
Tim Burby .... digital sound transferer
Lori Dovi .... sound recordist
Tony Eckert .... foley mixer
Doug Ford .... sound engineer
Andrea Gard .... sound designer
Andrea Gard .... supervising sound editor
Jonathan Greber .... digital sound transferer
Gabriel Guy .... machine room operator
Etina Hom .... boom operator
Stephen Kearney .... sound effects editor
Sean Landeros .... machine room operator
Joanna Laurent .... sound effects editor
Mark Lindow .... sound mix technician
Ronald G. Roumas .... sound re-recordist
Susan Sanford .... sound effects editor
Jurgen Scharpf .... sound re-recording mixer
Tony Sereno .... sound re-recording mixer
Daniel Sperry .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as Dan Sperry)
Erich Stratmann .... sound effects editor
Jana Vance .... foley artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Casey Alicino .... dolly grip (as Casey 'Bam Bam' Alicino)
Cyrus Amini .... key grip
David Axelbank .... still photographer
David Axelbank .... title photographer
Robert Barcelona .... crane operator
Seth Brown .... grip
Christine Cannavo .... best boy electric
Russell Hosking .... additional electrician
Russell Hosking .... additional grip
Mark Jones .... special lighting designer
Gregor Keller .... electrician (as Greg Keller)
Chris Lindsay .... grip
Chris Lindsey .... additional electrician
Chris Lindsey .... additional grip
David Luzius .... additional electrician
David Luzius .... additional grip
Tim McKnew .... special lighting designer
Jeff McRory .... electrician
John Osteen .... additional electrician
John Osteen .... additional grip
Oliver Power .... electrician
Andrea Ruane .... additional electrician (as Andi Ruane)
Andrea Ruane .... additional grip (as Andi Ruane)
Andrew Sachs .... additional second assistant camera
Jake Sarfaty .... additional electrician
Jake Sarfaty .... additional grip
John Schweitzer .... best boy grip
Andrew D. Stadler .... additional electrician
Andrew D. Stadler .... additional grip
Todd Stoneman .... additional electrician
Todd Stoneman .... additional grip
Lisbeth Storandt .... first assistant camera
Cliff Traiman .... gaffer
Paciano Triunfo .... additional electrician
Paciano Triunfo .... additional grip
Deron Tse .... additional electrician
Deron Tse .... additional grip
Tracy Viera .... second assistant camera
Ralph Walters .... grip
Jonathan 'Sketch' White .... additional electrician
Jonathan 'Sketch' White .... additional grip
Scott Jason Farr .... grip (uncredited)
Animation Department
Christoph Klotz .... animator: 415 logo
Casting Department
Scott Globus .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Polywog .... wardrobe: Polywog
Deirdre Scully .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Adam Agard .... editorial consultant
Richard E. Flores .... negative cutter
Bob Fredrickson .... color timer
Scott Grayson .... editorial consultant
Brian Hamrick .... editorial consultant
Josh Lowman .... assistant editor
Lance Stubblefield .... assistant editor
Music Department
Wade Hampton .... music supervisor: Domestic Recordings (as Wade Randolph Hampton)
Stephanie Smiley .... music supervisor: Domestic Recordings
Transportation Department
Ed Abratowski .... driver
Rob Schröder .... driver (as Rob Schroeder)
Other crew
Warlie Avillanoza .... optical assault squad: 3-D Dynamic
Lew Baldwin .... title designer
Max Baloian .... set production assistant
Justin Baumrucker .... set production assistant
Brian Benson .... pre-production scheduling
Benjamin Brand .... assistant: Ms. Renfew
Eugene Carlsen .... optical assault squad: 3-D Dynamic
Jim Chapman .... set production assistant
Sabin Cloud .... optical assault squad: 3-D Dynamic
Jeffrey Crane .... key set production assistant
Terry Estioko .... video projectionist: Viberation
Emmett Feldman .... optical assault squad: 3-D Dynamic
Andrea Flores .... splicer
Raleigh Freeman .... additional credit artwork
Michaela Higgins .... set production assistant
Jennifer Hughes .... production coordinator
Riyad Ideis .... set production assistant
Sona-Rebecca Klein .... set production assistant
Jake Kornbluth .... pre-production scheduling
Melissa Leebove .... promotions supervisor
Nathan Levy .... set production assistant
Josh Lowman .... title designer
Holly MacPhee .... optical assault squad: 3-D Dynamic
Owen Maigret .... additional credit artwork
Stamatis Marinos .... set production assistant
Lauren McAuliffe .... script supervisor
Mike Migurski .... video projectionist: Viberation
Rick Naka .... assistant: Mr. Harrison
Jina Park .... extras coordinator
Marcos Ramirez .... optical assault squad: 3-D Dynamic (as Marcos 'Pippy' Ramirez)
Monique Ramirez .... set production assistant
Sheraz Sadiq .... set production assistant (as Scheraz Sadiq)
Darren Seghesio .... set production assistant
Stephanie Smiley .... unit publicist: Push Media
Robert Sokol .... production accountant
John Torrijos .... video services (as John 'J.T.' Torrijos)
Scott Veach .... optical assault squad: 3-D Dynamic (as 'Astronaut' Scott Veach)
Cat Vollert .... set production assistant
Christian von Burkleo .... video services

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Rated R for drug use, language and brief sexuality
86 min
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Did You Know?

All the other DJs playing throughout the movie are notable real-life West Coast DJs, particularly Polywog, Forest Green, and WishFM. WishFM also served as the music supervisor for the movie under his real name, Wade Randolph Hampton.See more »
Continuity: Midway through the movie after the police man gets a tour of the "company" he is holding a bottle of water that is nearly full, but a few seconds later when he takes a drink, the bottle is nearly empty.See more »
Todd:Dude... When did you get all Haight-Ashbury on me? I mean - you used to listen to Nitzer-Ebb!
Cliff:I was 12, and I was a Nazi.
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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
As good as you can get to being at a rave yourself, 4 October 2004
Author: DrLenera from UK

Groove has often been compared with Human Traffic, but both are actually quite different. While Human Traffic was about a group of people who go to clubs and take drugs, Groove is about an actual rave. Director Greg Harrison is less interested about depicting the lives of the people who go to a rave than trying to cinematic ally get his audience to experience what a rave is like.

On that level, Groove is a triumph. For those who used to rave, this film is the best flashback you'll ever get, the best way to relive the experience. For those who currently rave, it will make you want to go out and find a party NOW. For those who have never raved, the film brilliantly shows the sight and sounds of a rave while trying to be like a rave itself through careful pacing and use of music.

The characters are thinly sketched in the early scenes but that's all we need, it's what they are and do at the rave that matters ,with the exception of the squabbling gay couple who may not make it to the party at all and are hilarious. The growing attraction between experienced 'partied out' girl and dorky novice is touching, and all the characters in the film have at least one stand out moment. Performances are generally strong, and some of the use of sound is superb, such as when the main protagonist is 'coming up'.

The film has been criticized for being pro drugs, but it just shows the drug {especially E}experience in it's various forms. Some characters abstain, some overdo it and pay the price {though like Human Traffic there are refreshingly no deaths or serious fatalities}, most just enjoy themselves. The film is not saying drugs are good for you, it's just saying that drugs are something many people do, and maybe not because that are addicted, but because to them it's fun!

The music is excellent, varied and well chosen. The appearance by a certain superstar DJ at this small rave of around 200 people has been rightly called unrealistic, and lets just say that acting is not his strong point! However comments that parties never start up again after they are shut down {as in this film}are untrue, I experienced it! In any case, it climaxes the film on a true 'high'.

The many shots of people dancing may bore some, and there will be many for whom this film will have no interest at all. But ignore some of the hardcore purists, this is as close to a depiction, and more importantly the experience, of a rave as cinema can probably get.

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