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Writer (WGA):
Charlie Kaufman (written by)
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Release Date:
12 September 2001 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
In the Interest of Civilization... Conform.
Plot:
A woman is in love with a man in love with another woman, and all three have designs on a young man raised as an ape. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Patricia Arquette ... Lila Jute

Rhys Ifans ... Puff

Tim Robbins ... Dr. Nathan Bronfman
Ken Magee ... Police Detective

Sy Richardson ... Police Detective

David Warshofsky ... Police Detective

Hilary Duff ... Young Lila Jute

Stanley DeSantis ... Doctor (as Stanley Desantis)

Peter Dinklage ... Frank

Toby Huss ... Puff's Father
Bobby Harwell ... Congressman

Daryl Anderson ... Congressman
Bobby Pyle ... Young Puff
Chase MacKenzie Bebak ... Young Nathan (as Chase Bebak)

Mary Kay Place ... Nathan's Mother

Robert Forster ... Nathan's Father

Rosie Perez ... Louise

Miguel Sandoval ... Wendall the Therapist

Miranda Otto ... Gabrielle
Anthony Winsick ... Wayne Bronfman

Mary Portser ... Bistro Waitress

Laura Grady ... Aversion Therapy Model (as Laura Grady Peterson)

Angela Little ... Chester's Waitress
Deborah Ferrari ... Stripper
Jeremy Kramer ... Lecture Host

Nancy Lenehan ... Puff's Mother
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Juan Canopii ... Reporter (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michel Gondry 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Charlie Kaufman (written by)

Produced by
Anthony Bregman .... producer
Julie Fong .... co-producer
Ted Hope .... producer
Spike Jonze .... producer
Charlie Kaufman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Graeme Revell 
 
Cinematography by
Tim Maurice-Jones (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Russell Icke 
 
Casting by
Jeanne McCarthy 
 
Production Design by
K.K. Barrett 
 
Art Direction by
Peter Andrus 
 
Set Decoration by
Gene Serdena 
 
Costume Design by
Nancy Steiner 
 
Makeup Department
Luisa Abel .... key makeup artist: Tim Robbins
Barney Burman .... prosthetic makeup artist
Janis Clark .... key hair stylist
Tony Gardner .... body hair effects: Alterian Studios
Connie Grayson Criswell .... project supervisor: Alterian Studios (as Connie Grayson)
Sheri Knight .... additional makeup artist
Roz Music .... makeup department head
Susan Zietlow-Maust .... additional hair stylist (as Susan Maust)
Jessica Huebner .... project manager: special makeup effects (uncredited)
Jamie Kelman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Zoe Odlum .... production supervisor: second unit
Gilly Ruben .... unit production manager
Emma Wilcockson .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Haze J.F. Bergeron III .... first assistant director
Carolyn Sara Fine .... second second assistant director (as Carolyn Fine)
Otto Michael Penzato .... second assistant director (as Otto Penzato)
 
Art Department
Fanée Aaron .... set designer
Robert W. Anderson .... set dresser (as Robert Anderson)
Jess Anscott .... greens
Gregory Paul Austin .... propmaker
Robert Brown .... propmaker
David Carberry .... set painter
Jaime Castellanos .... greens (as Jamie Castellanos)
Shelley Chamberlain .... set painter (as Shelly Chamberlain)
Adrianna Lopez Cook .... art department production assistant (as Adrianna Lopez-Cook)
Steve Cook .... laborer (as Steven Cook)
Robert Davis .... labor foreman
Hector Fernandez .... set painter
James A. Fleming .... set dresser (as Jamie Fleming)
Chris Forster .... construction coordinator
Jamie Galindo .... greens
J. Michael Glynn .... set dresser
Rod Gregory .... greens
Scott Head .... general foreman
Wendy Hyde .... assistant set decorator: miniature, Holy Cow
Christian Kastner .... on-set dresser
Jon Krueger .... greens
Michael Leblovic .... lead set painter
Christopher Lee .... propmaker (as Chris Lee)
Tanya B. Magidow .... assistant props (as Tanya Magidow)
Paul Manion .... set dresser
Chris McCann .... propmaker (as Chris Mccann)
Patti McNulty .... art department coordinator (as Patty Mcnulty)
Robert Neves .... greens
Jeffrey M. O'Brien .... property master
Jose Orozco .... greens
Laura Plansker .... set decorator: miniature, Holy Cow
Bobby Pollard .... set dresser
Aimee Rousey .... art department coordinator
Anders Rundblad .... propmaker
Martin Russell .... propmaker
Ahmed Saker .... construction medic
Grant Samson .... leadman (as Grant D. Samson)
Andrew Schultz .... propmaker
Porfirio Silva .... greens foreman
Daron Smith .... propmaker
Gary Smith .... art department: second unit
Gary Smith .... miniature construction
Reese St. Amant .... set painter (as Charisse St. Amant)
Carly Starr Brullo Niles .... assistant props (as Carly Brullo-Niles)
David Steiner .... painter foreman
Gary Stel .... laborer
Robert Stover .... buyer
Don Tucker .... laborer
Sloane U'Ren .... set designer
David Valdes .... set painter
Scott B. Valdes .... set painter (as Scott Valdes)
Kenneth White .... laborer
Keith Wood .... assistant property master
Debra Yukelson .... propmaker
George Capetanos .... set dresser (uncredited)
Aaron Sowd .... illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David Bach .... sound re-recording mixer
Joe Barnett .... sound re-recording mixer
François Blaignan .... supervising sound editor (as Francois Blaignan)
Lawrence L. Commans .... boom operator (as Larry Commans)
Gregoire Couzinier .... sound editor
Mark Curry .... mix engineer
Fred Johnston .... utility sound technician
Warren Kleiman .... sound re-recording mixer
Drew Kunin .... production sound mixer
Claude Letessier .... supervising sound designer
John Post .... foley artist
John Reese .... sound editor
John Reese .... sound re-recording mixer
Yuri Reese .... sound re-recording mixer
John Ross .... lead sound re-recording mixer
William Smith .... sound re-recording mixer (as Bill Smith)
Walter Spencer .... adr editor
Walter Spencer .... dialogue editor
Walter Spencer .... supervising sound editor
Greg ten Bosch .... assistant dialogue editor (as Greg Tenbosch)
James Wright .... consultant: Dolby Sound
Jose R. Castellon .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Gregoire Couzinier .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Patrick Giraudi .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Philip Bartko .... special effects supervisor (as Phil Bartko)
Boyd Lacosse .... special effects foreman (as Boyd La Cosse)
Bobby Milstein .... special effects coordinator (as Robert Milstein)
Harley Riker .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Xavier Allard .... computer graphics: BUF
Pierre Avon .... computer graphics: BUF
Yann Blondel .... computer graphics: BUF
Ferdinand Boutard .... computer graphics: BUF
Pierre Buffin .... visual effects supervisor
Olivier Cauwet .... computer graphics: BUF
Jean-François D'Izarny .... computer graphics: BUF
Hervé de Crécy .... additional graphics: H5 (as Herve De Crecy)
Valerie Delahaye .... production: BUF
Olivier Dumont .... visual effects artist: BUF
Anthony Farquhar-Smith .... animator: Holy Cow
Olivier Gondry .... computer graphics designer: Method (as Olivier 'Twist' Gondry)
Anne Gros Lafaige .... production: BUF
Paul Perez Hahn .... visual effects producer: Method
Neysa Horsburgh .... executive producer: Method
Ludovic Houplain .... additional graphics
Nadine Le Gouguee .... office manager: Los Angeles
Anthony Lyant .... computer graphics: BUF (as Anthony Liant)
Ahmidou Lyazidi .... computer graphics: BUF (as Amidhou Liazidi)
Scott McNeil .... Inferno artist: Method (as Scott Mcneil)
Geoffrey Niquet .... computer graphics supervisor: BUF
Fabienne Reilly .... production: BUF
Shaun Sewter .... animation supervisor: Holy Cow
Brian Smallwood .... additional graphics
Andreas Wacker .... director of technology: Method
Dan Walker .... digital opticals artist: Digital Film Labs (as Dan Walker Arquette)
Cyril Cosenza .... research and development: BUF (uncredited)
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging: THDX (uncredited)
Steven Emmert .... optical compositor: THDX (uncredited)
David Fred Masselink .... optical effects line-up (uncredited)
Ziad Seirafi .... CGI supervisor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Joni Avery .... stunt player
Jared S. Eddo .... stunt player (as Jared Eddo)
Al Goto .... stunt player
Eddie Perez .... stunt coordinator
Tim Rigby .... stunt player
Jimmy Romano .... stunt player
Joni Avery .... stunt double: Patricia Arquette (uncredited)
Tim Rigby .... stunt double: Rhys Ifans (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric D. Andersen .... camera operator: second unit
Matt Bardocz .... electrician (as Matthew Bardocz)
Bruce Birmelin .... still photographer
Matt Blum .... key grip: second unit (as Matthew Blum)
Michael Brady .... camera production assistant: second unit
Brian Breithaupt .... camera loader: second unit
George Canaday .... company grip
Ricky Ellis .... dolly grip: second unit
Sean Fairburn .... camera technician: high definition
Bobby Foster .... dolly grip (as Robert Foster)
Steve Galvin .... assistant chief lighting technician
George Gregory .... grip
Billy Gunn .... best boy electric: second unit
Zoli Hajdu .... dolly grip (as Sid Hajdu)
Chris Hathaway .... additional electrician
Shawn Holoubek .... gaffer: minature unit, Holy Cow
Mike Lavere .... best boy rigging grip
Michael Lohmann .... first assistant camera (as Mike Lohmann)
Michael Lohmann .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Mike Lohmann)
Tommy Lohmann .... camera operator
Tommy Lohmann .... camera operator: second unit
Brian Louks .... chief lighting technician (as Brian T. Louks)
Brian Louks .... gaffer: second unit (as Brian T. Louks)
Greg Mayer .... electrician
Julia Means .... camera department intern
Scott Moody .... gaffer: second unit
David Palmieri .... grip
David Palmieri .... grip: second unit
Vince Palomino .... key grip (as Vincent M. Palomino)
Calmar Roberts .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Cal Roberts)
Oscar Luis Rodriguez .... rigging gaffer (as Oscar Rodriguez)
Mark Sasabuchi .... second assistant camera: second unit
Tim Sheridan .... camera loader
Lilith Simcox .... second assistant camera
Sam Spiegel .... camera production assistant
Calvin Starnes .... best boy grip: second unit
Shannon Summers .... best boy grip
Joseph Tawater .... grip (as Joe Tawater)
David Taylor .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Dave Taylor)
James Vititoe .... electrician (as Jim Vititoe)
Patrick Webb .... key rigging grip (as Pat Webb)
Mike Lavere .... company grip (uncredited)
Matthew Livingston .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Patrick Webb .... company grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Sande Alessi .... extras casting director
Debbie Amler .... casting intern
Kristan Berona .... extras casting associate
Blythe Cappello .... casting associate
Stacy Jorgensen .... casting intern
Nadia Lubbe Simon .... casting intern (as Nadia Lubbe)
John Srednicki .... casting intern
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Baird .... costume production assistant
Anita Louise Brown .... set costumer (as Anita Brown)
Jennifer Dozier .... assistant costume designer
Marina Marit .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Mark Cabalquinto .... post-production assistant
Kristin Eaton .... film conform editor
Debra Goldfield .... assistant editor: production
Michelle Li .... post-production assistant
Bret Marnell .... film conform editor
Mato .... color timer
Jeff McEvoy .... first assistant editor (as Jeff Mcevoy)
Hope Moskowitz .... film conform editor
Maggie Ostroff .... film conform editor
Ron Pogue .... post-production coordinator
Stefanie Wiseman .... film conform editor
 
Music Department
Jean-Michel Bernard .... composer: Lila's songs
Brian Bulman .... additional source music editor
Zigmund Gron .... music editor: temp music (as Zig Gron)
Larry Mah .... score premix services
Tracy McKnight .... music supervisor
Roy Prendergast .... music editor: temp music
Ashley Revell .... music editor
Graeme Revell .... score arranger
Graeme Revell .... score producer
David E. Russo .... music programmer (as David Russo)
Tim Simonec .... orchestrator
Steve Smith .... scoring mixer
Florence Fontaine .... lyrics (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Michael 'Crash' Anderson .... driver
Greg Bauer .... driver
James Biehahn .... driver
James Boniface .... driver
Mike J. Dawson .... driver (as Michael Dawson)
Pablo Gonzalez .... driver
David Hernandez .... driver
Krister C. Johnson .... transportation captain (as Krister Johnson)
Morgan McGuinness .... driver (as Morgan Mcguinness)
Glen McRaven .... driver (as Glen Mcraven)
Jim Moores .... driver
Griff Ruggles .... transportation coordinator
John Simanovich .... driver (as John Simanouich)
Ronald Stinton .... driver
Gregg Videgain .... driver (as Buster Videgain)
Scott Visser .... driver
Rick Whitesman .... driver
Craig Williams .... driver
 
Other crew
Mary Allison .... office production assistant
Serena Baker .... location scout
Ernest Belding .... assistant location manager (as Ernest T. Belding)
Susan H. Bodine .... legal counsel: Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein (as Susan Bodine)
Deborah Brighton .... animal trainer
Aillene Laure Bubis .... first assistant accountant (as Aillene Bubis)
Fernanda Cardoso .... set intern
Matthew Cassel .... location scout (as Matt Cassel)
John Cassese .... choreographer (as John Cassese, The Dance Doctor)
Alison Cohen .... legal counsel: Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein
Judy Dickerson .... dialect coach (as Judi Dickerson)
Maureen Duffy .... completion bond: Film Finances
Harry Fitzpatrick .... key set production assistant
Andrew Fox .... set production assistant
Brian Galyean .... stand-in: Mr. Ifans
Sean Gilleland .... assistant: Julie Fong
Jeffrey Gladu .... payroll accountant (as Jeff Gladu)
Eric Grush .... production assistant: second unit
Wendy Harrold .... assistant production coordinator
Joy Highsmith .... stand-in: Ms. Otto
Carol Hopkins .... coordinator: FotoKem Laboratories
Nicholas Irwin .... second assistant accountant (as Nick Irwin)
Mark Jackson .... animal trainer
Nancy G. James .... craft service (as Nancy James)
Clement Jolin .... office intern
Aaron Kampfer .... key set production assistant: second unit
Aaron Kisner .... continuity supervisor
Phil Klemmer .... assistant: Michel Gondry
Gary Kurashige .... set medic
Michelle Li .... office intern
Leo Loera .... caterer: Tony's Food Service
David R. Maier .... stand-in: Mr. Robbins (as David Maier)
Donny Martino Jr. .... location assistant
Douglas S. McClintock II .... location scout (as Doug Mcclintock)
Randy McKenney .... stand-in
Anthony Mezzapelle .... cast production assistant (as Tony Mezzapelle)
Cristie Miele .... animal trainer (as Christie Miele)
Ross Miller .... insurance: D.R. Reiff & Associates
Michael M. Mosley .... assistant craft service (as Michael Mosley)
Hoppy Munz Jr. .... assistant craft service (as Hoppy Munz)
Joanna Murphy .... cast production assistant
Gregg Nestor .... copyist
Kelly O'Quinn .... stand-in: Ms. Arquette
Lara Osborn .... animal trainer
Deborah J. Page .... location manager
Trish Peebles .... animal trainer
Kait Pickering .... production coordinator
Ron Pogue .... key set production assistant: second unit
Ron Pogue .... set production assistant
Jennifer Porst .... assistant: Ted Hope
Bennett Pozil .... financing: Natexis Banque
Clint Rowe .... wolf trainer
Neda Rudela .... caterer: Tony's Food Service (as Neda Kerum)
Paula Schmit .... completion bond: Film Finances
Cheryl Shawver .... animal trainer
Mindy Sheldon .... production accountant (as Mindy Sheldon-Barry)
Howard Shur .... assistant: Spike Jonze
Doree Sitterly .... lead mouse trainer (as Doree Sitterly Bayliss)
Sabrina Smith .... consultant: electrolysis
Krista Thomas .... cast production assistant
Ante Topic .... caterer: Tony's Food Service
Greg Trattner .... completion bond: Film Finances
John Watkinson .... office production assistant
Charles Weaver .... additional craft service
Tony Whitmore .... set medic
Emma Wilcockson .... assistant: Anthony Bregman
Veronica Wise .... lead mouse trainer
Kurt Woolner .... completion bond: Film Finances (as Kurt Wolner)
Amy Lillard .... unit publicist (uncredited)
David R. Maier .... photo double: Mr. Robbins (uncredited)
Dylan Verrechia .... office intern (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Danny Benair .... special thanks
Georges Bermann .... special thanks
Kimiko Bernard .... special thanks
Scott Carlton .... special thanks
Tim Clawson .... special thanks
Roman Coppola .... special thanks
Karl Cresser .... special thanks (as Carl Cresser)
Nicole Dionne .... special thanks
Jean-Pierre Dionnet .... special thanks
Gina Fortunato .... special thanks
Melissa Fox .... special thanks
Jordan Freid .... special thanks
Evan Green .... special thanks
David Hayes .... special thanks
Laura Kim .... special thanks
Jean Kleiman .... special thanks
Vincent Landay .... special thanks
Amy Lillard .... special thanks
Tom Muldoon .... special thanks
John Murray .... special thanks
Chris Nadel .... special thanks
Charles Thomas .... special thanks: environmental consultant
Larry Thorpe .... special thanks
Pamela Trucano .... special thanks
Joey Waronker .... special thanks
Alex Wengert .... special thanks (as Alex Wengart)
 
Crew believed to be complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial Effects
  • Alterian (body hair effects) (as Alterian Studios)
  • BUF (visual effects and mouse animation)
  • Holy Cow (miniature animation created by)
  • Method Studios (additional visual effects shot) (as Method)
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MPAA:
Rated R for sexuality/nudity and language
Runtime:
96 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
Steven Soderbergh was first interested in directing Charlie Kaufman's script back in late 1996, when Kaufman was still trying to get Being John Malkovich (1999) produced. Soderbergh's considerations for casting were for David Hyde Pierce in the role of Nathan Bronfman, Chris Kattan in the role of Puff (likely due to his character Mr. Peepers on Saturday Night Live at the time), and Marisa Tomei in the role of Lila Jute. He was about to go into pre-production when he was offered Out of Sight (1998) and after much deliberation he left the project.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Dr. Bronfman (Tim Robbins) enters the woods with the pistol (a German Luger) there is the sound of the hammer of a revolver being cocked - but a Luger does not make a sound like that.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Lila Jute:I'm *not* sorry.
Puff:I *am* sorry.
Nathan Bronfman:I don't even know what sorry means anymore.
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Movie Connections:
References Sophie's Choice (1982)See more »
Soundtrack:
Hair EverywhereSee more »

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39 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Just say bonobo..., 7 December 2003
Author: ThurstonHunger from Palo Alto, CA, USA

I read the IMDB reviews on this two nights ago, and decided not to rent this film. But then as if by coincidence, the next night I noticed it was on cable currently, so I taped it.

And I'm glad I did.

It seems some reviewers lament the lack of a message in this, I can appreciate such weighty films, hey I enjoyed the "Whale Rider," but such films often reduce down simply to hackneyed sententia. I'm kinda afraid life does as well...but this ain't the forum for that chat.

Charlie Kaufmann seems to specialize in *mixed* message films. I enjoy them as I enjoy a puzzle. They are thought-provoking both in theme and in details (don't know about you, but I had to look up Franz Kline...)

Other reviewers lament the onanism going on (or should that be down). To me, "Adaptation" was a whole lot more masturbatory, this has an easier-to-follow plot. The humor rises more quickly to the surface...and yes I did chuckle at times.

No one so far has voiced concern over this being a film that reflects back from the start. It is done deftly; although I know some people dislike that as a device.

There are several nice film tricks. A circular beginning/ending, Robbins clearly being in a closed afterworld, and nods to other films...Bambi, Tarzan, Frankenstein, Sophie's Choice... ;> No, I'm forgetting another real one. I'm not that familiar with the director's MTV exploits, but I'll rent that collection sooner or later.

No one here yet has mentioned Young Frankenstein (which I see as more of a prototype than Pygmalion...or even Oedipus Rex.) But there are some serious questions being posed. Less these days than in the 70's do we get pitched an idyllic ideal; one wherein if man were stripped of his modern trappings, social strictures, political oppression and other garb, would we find a purer being? Isn't that also an element of Marx/Hegelism?

Kaufmann weaves a new sort of unibrow...uniting the high and the low.

There are other more universal moments here. Arquette struggling not to care what others think about her. Robbins trying to chose between the sweet girlfriend and the saucy seductress, between his heart and his...

Ahem, still there's much more here than what I fear is found in "Me and Him." Libido is a prime mover...whether subjugated or conjugal.

I'm having a hard time wrapping this up...is it a film that states that human nature is deceitful (all of four main characters are in at least one charade)?

Again, I'm glad I rented it. I've got to get better at cross-referencing other reviewers when reading posts here. I think Kaufmann is a very gifted, and very conflicted guy.

7/10

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