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  (in credits order)
Fab Filippo ... Tom Bennett (as Fabrizio Filippo)

Don McKellar ... Brad
Marya Delver ... Sandra West

Gordon Currie ... Curt Schwin

Tammy Isbell ... Kathy
Tobias Godson ... Randy
Jennifer Clement ... Vicki Strayhorn
James McBurney ... Phil
Derek Flores ... Paul
Xantha Radley ... June

Dan Willmott ... Julian
Judith Buchan ... Mrs. Drysdale
Michelle Beaudoin ... Anise
Harris Hart ... Mr. Mather
Nick Cleary ... James
Brian Stollery ... David
John Markey ... Pizza Guy
Mike Eberly ... Superhero
Jack Rich ... Secretary
Donna Brunsdale ... Magazine Store Clerk
Robert Manitopyes ... Falling Man

James Wilson ... Colliding Businessman
Bob Steele ... Radio DJ (voice)
Lisa Player ... Radio DJ (voice)
Joe Sports ... Radio DJ (voice)
Sue Deyell ... Radio DJ (voice)
Dave Wicks ... Radio DJ (voice) (as Wicksie)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tara Howie ... Smoker (uncredited)

Directed by
Gary Burns 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gary Burns 
James Martin 
Patrick McLaughlin  additional writer

Produced by
George Baptist .... associate producer
Gary Burns .... producer
Bryan Gliserman .... executive producer
Sharon McGowan .... consulting producer
Marguerite Pigott .... executive producer
Shirley Vercruysse .... producer
Original Music by
John Abram 
Cinematography by
Patrick McLaughlin 
Film Editing by
Mark Lemmon 
Casting by
Corinne Clark 
Wendy O'Brien 
Production Design by
Donna Brunsdale 
Art Direction by
Donna Brunsdale 
Costume Design by
Devora Brown 
Tara Kozak 
Makeup Department
Shae Barry .... makeup artist
Doug Wallace .... hair stylist
Production Management
Darin Wilson .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Derrick Bauman .... second assistant director
Cameron Labine .... third assistant director
Matthew Sinclair .... first assistant director (as Matt Sinclair)
Art Department
Robyn Burns McCabe .... painter
Alan Burns .... painter
Christopher Giesbrecht .... assistant art director
Kevin Jones .... property master
Sound Department
Amanda Aronczyk .... digital audio editor
Per Asplund .... sound mixer
Garrell Clark .... boom operator (as Gerald Clarke)
Wayne Deering .... digital audio editor
Pablo Mochcovsky .... digital audio editor
Rob Rapley .... sound mixing engineer
Brian Richards .... digital audio editor
Daniel Sperry .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as Dan Sperry)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jamie Finstad .... epk videographer
Jamie Finstad .... second assistant camera
Larry Geiger .... key grip (as Larry R. Geiger)
Darrell Lecorre .... still photographer
Damon Moreau .... Steadicam operator
Brian Shier .... first assistant camera
Derrick Waite .... best boy electric
Derrick Waite .... grip
Michael Robert Willis .... gaffer
Casting Department
Susan Bristow .... additional casting: Calgary (as Sue Bristow)
Marcy Dichter .... extras casting
Asha Gill .... casting associate
Jennifer Page .... casting associate: Vancouver
Editorial Department
Lionel Barton .... digital color corrector
Michael Dowse .... assistant editor
Dana Neville .... color timer
Music Department
Chris McBurney .... musician: background vocals
Transportation Department
Dean Cuming .... transportation
Other crew
Hahn Chau .... production accountant (as Hanh Chau)
John Clark .... artist: office artwork
Alan Duffy .... production coordinator
Cory Faulkner .... production assistant
Jim Gilfillan .... assistant location manager
Dennis Gordica .... location manager (as Dennis J. Gordica)
Richard Gorenko .... artist: office artwork
Mark Greaves .... production assistant
Dena Howell .... craft service
Dena Howell .... first aid
Fran Humphreys .... publicity consultant
Sandra Meigs .... artist: office artwork
Fraser Milner Casgrain .... legal advisor (as Fraser Milner)
Marilyn Moyer .... accounting consultant
Tracy Noga .... office production assistant
Jerry Schow .... office production assistant
Juliet Smith .... legal advisor (as Juliet D.W. Smith)
Anne Marie Wheeler .... continuity supervisor
Anne Brunsdale .... thanks
Blaine Brunsdale .... thanks
Jamie Finstad .... thanks
Deidre Martin .... thanks
Zetta Martin .... thanks
Frank Moore .... thanks
Netta Moore .... thanks

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Rated R for language, drug use and some sexuality
87 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The Radio Station CJAY 92 that plays "Start A Rumor Day" throughout the film is a real rock station in Calgary, and those are the stations actual DJs talking, and the phone number that is mentioned (249-CJ92) is the station's phone number.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Bradley staples messages to his chest, the padding under his shirt is visible.See more »
[Tom is on the phone speaking to who he believes is Curt, but he's really speaking to Brad]
Tom Bennett:Listen, Curt, I'm not saying competition is a bad thing, OK. I mean, certainly it's got its good points. I mean you don't want to turn out like 'Sadly I'm Bradley' or anything.
Brad:Sadly, I'm Bradley.
Tom Bennett:Yeah, it's pretty funny, huh?
Brad:Sadly, I *am* Bradley.
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Tom is an OFFICE SUPERHERO!!!, 23 January 2001
Author: smakawhat from Washington, DC

The film starts off being narrated by Tom (Fab Filippo), as we are first introduced to him on Day 24, smoking weed in a parkade to pass the time. We soon learn that in his meaningless cubicle Dilbert job, he is involved in a contest with 3 other employees to see who can stay indoors the longest in a downtown network of office buildings, shopping malls, food courts, apartments, and skywalks. The one who stays in the longest, will win a months salary.

The name of this place is not mentioned in the film, but for those who can recognize it, it is Calgary's downtown network. I guess due to it's size and huge facilities that it is attached to, you could practically spend the entire time never having to step outside, going from work to home and everything you need in between. Heck doesn't sound that far fetched, I even heard one person can spend their entire life in Chicago's Sears Tower and have everything they need. Needless to say the bet starts to take its toll on the characters sanity, and our lead hero Tom starts wondering what he is to make of his career and spiritual life, as his mind is slowly falling out of his body.

This movie was a lot of fun for me. I totally identified with Tom, who is trying to find something else meaningful in life, and work-hell being the catharsis for it. The movie is funny, and even has 3 particular gut busting scenes (which I won't give away). It's easy to see why Tom is so disenchanted, the place he works at is dull and boring, a firm named what else (Mather, Mather & Mather) headed by an octogenarian. We run into his other co-workers like (the VERY attractive) Sandra who is in on the bet, and at wits end since her supervisor orders her to follow Mr. Mather around the network cause he's a serious kleptomaniac (he goes around to all the stores and shoplifts like crazy!). For Tom to pass the time, he starts playing mind games on Sandra telling her the air is constantly being recycled and filthy, and if it feels stuffy. As a result we see Sandra running around the network constantly gasping for air, loosing her mind, and then even resorting to ripping out perfume inserts in a book store and sniffing them like a drug addict. Tom's other problems are 2 cubicle mates, Brad (Don McKellar, not in on the bet) a long standing employee who's been around TOO long and gone nowhere a ticking time bomb waiting to go off (everyone calls him Sadly Bradley), and Curt (who is in on the bet) a cocky arrogant, turtle neck wearing thinks he's cool but is not type of guy, who only refers to Tom by calling him ‘Dinkus'. Fun fun fun… who wouldn't be loosing their mind in a place like this?

This movie reminded me a lot of another film very similar called Office Space, where the characters are similar but different. It's different cause the film has some neat editing scenes, and goes into some fun philosophical points as Tom describes his non-existence while swimming around the downtown area. This makes the film more reflective and poignant, where Office Space is more goofy and fun. Also while Office Space has more cartoonish like characters, these characters are a little more complicated. The other killer was there was one supervisor who looked EXACTLY like the head supervisor for my department in this film (and for all I know may even have the same temperment!!!). But the similarities are the same in that the characters are both trying to figure out some type of meaning in their life in their HORRIBLE MEANINGLESS jobs. Some may criticize it as, Gen X whining but I don't think so cause here the complaints are valid, where as a film like Reality Bites (which is one of the most offensive and worst films I have ever seen) is pure stereotyping.

This is just a well done, good unique film. It is not BRILLIANT, or REVOLUTIONARY, but the story is memorable, and the film should definitely be seen by more audiences. Due to the nature of Canadian films being distributed, the chances that you may see this film are probably small and that's a shame cause it deserves a bigger audience.

Rating 7.5 out of 10

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