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Things Behind the Sun -- Allison Anders? semi-autobiographical story of how she came to terms with being raped by a group of teenaged boys at the age of twelve.


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Writers (WGA):
Allison Anders (written by) &
Kurt Voss (written by)
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Raped of her innocence. Robbed of his manhood. In search of a second chance.
A young music journalist's dark memories are awakened when he goes to interview a female rock singer, and both are forced to confront troubling secrets from their pasts. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 5 nominations See more »
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Hard subject matter sensitively portrayed See more (36 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Aria Alpert Adjani ... Violet (as Aria Alpert)
Ruben Anders ... Carlos

Rosanna Arquette ... Pete
Mitchell Boshnack ... Cape Canaveral Police Officer #1
Owen Butler ... Young Owen
Caitlin Caldwell ... Girl at House

Don Cheadle ... Chuck
Bill Cordell ... AA Secretary
Justin DePrume ... Young Dan (as Justin De Prume)

Kim Dickens ... Sherry

Hal Dion ... Public Defender

Brittany Renee Finamore ... Young Sherry (as Brittany Finamore)

Alison Folland ... Lulu

Jesse Gelaznik ... Magazine Intern / L.A. Club Band: Cowboys and Indians (as Jessie Gelaznick)
Jade Gordon ... Sam

Francis T. Hickman Jr. ... Cape Canaveral Police Officer #2 (as Frank Hickman)

Jessica Howell ... Jamie

Patsy Kensit ... Denise
Kadu Lennox ... Jeremy

Kai Lennox ... Colin

Joshua Leonard ... Todd

Gabriel Mann ... Owen
Jonathan Osteen ... Sonny
Talia Osteen ... Kathy
Ed Pellasce ... Corrections Officer (as Sgt Ed Pellasce)

Elizabeth Peña ... Carmen

CCH Pounder ... Judge

Shawn Reaves ... Tex
Alexander Sommer ... Randy
Stephanie Stern ... Truck Stop Girl

Eric Stoltz ... Dan

Marty Stonerock ... AA Speaker
Rob Sullivan ... Club Bystander

Tom Caffey ... Martin - The Sherry McGrale Band

J. Mascis ... Fred - The Sherry McGrale Band (as J Mascis)
Steve McDonald ... Alex - The Sherry McGrale Band
Jeffrey McDonald ... Eric - The Sherry McGrale Band (as Jeff McDonald)
Chad King ... L.A. Club Band: Cowboys and Indians
Josh Maynard ... L.A. Club Band: Cowboys and Indians
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael S. Nunez ... Boardwalk Employee (uncredited)
Kristen Vigard ... Singing Voice (uncredited)

Directed by
Allison Anders 
Writing credits
Allison Anders (written by) &
Kurt Voss (written by)

Produced by
Robin Alper .... producer
Gary Barkin .... executive producer
Rick Dallago .... co-producer
Amy Eldridge .... associate producer
Marla Grossman .... executive producer
Daniel Hassid .... producer
Doug Mankoff .... producer
Joseph Rice .... executive producer
Peter Wetherell .... executive producer
Original Music by
Sonic Youth 
Cinematography by
Terry Stacey (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Chris Figler 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Mark Bennett 
Billy Hopkins 
Suzanne Smith 
Production Design by
Jeffrey Scott Taylor  (as Jeffrey S. Taylor)
Set Decoration by
Vera Mills 
Costume Design by
Jody Felz 
Makeup Department
Karina Del Bel .... hair assistant
Karina Del Bel .... makeup assistant
Noah Hatton .... hair extensions: Kim Dickens
Dolores Hernández .... key hair stylist (as Delores Hernandez)
Dolores Hernández .... key makeup artist (as Delores Hernandez)
Production Management
Lia DeCicco .... production supervisor
Daniel Hassid .... unit production manager (as Dan Hassid)
Douglas Salkin .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Delphine Lafont .... second assistant director
Jamin O'Brien .... first assistant director
Art Department
James Hayward .... property master
Joseph E. Stone .... set dresser (as Joe Stone)
Robert Welch .... set dresser (as Bob Welch)
Sound Department
Doug Andham .... sound re-recording mixer (as Doug Andorka)
Dave Arms .... production sound mixer
Lisa Hannan .... sound editor
Jessica Harrison .... apprentice sound editor
Markus Innocenti .... supervising sound editor
Shawn Ian Kerkhoff .... assistant sound editor
John Kohlbrenner .... sound effects editor
Jesse Pomeroy .... sound editor
Reuben Simon .... sound editor
Paul Stanley .... sound facilities liaison
Jon Tendrich .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Eleanor Harwood .... magic bullet producer
Aaron Rhodes .... magic bullet colorist
Ziad Seirafi .... CGI supervisor: titles
Dan Walker .... titles
Camera and Electrical Department
Clark Cardwell .... company grip
Oliver Cary .... camera operator: "b" camera
Oliver Cary .... first assistant camera
Brandon Click .... still photographer
Jason Grant .... company grip
Soleil Konkel .... assistant camera
Michael Lewis .... digital still photographer
Al Maletesta .... electrician
John Muliler .... best boy electric
Richard Ramee .... key grip
Steve Ramsey .... gaffer
John Sawyer .... best boy grip
Andy Seely .... electrician
Casting Department
Ed Arenas .... casting: Florida
Mark Bennett .... casting: New York
Deborah Maxwell Dion .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Editorial Department
Christopher Johnson .... assistant editor
Melissa Wegman .... Bond Co. Post Superviser
Music Department
Doug DeAngelis .... composer: additional music
Chris Figler .... music editor
Kevin Haskins .... composer: additional music
Bobby Lavelle .... music consultant
Howard Paar .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
David Hamilton .... transportation captain
Other crew
Devon Anders .... production assistant
Blake Ashman .... set production assistant
Brik Berkes .... production assistant
Michael Bruggink .... production assistant
Mark Dempsey .... production office: Los Angeles
Albert T. Dickerson III .... completion bond
Jennifer DiQuollo .... craft service
Michael Donner .... post-production accountant
Amy Eldridge .... production accountant
Jason Graham .... key set production assistant
Jennifer S. Jackson .... script supervisor (as Jennifer Helmuth)
Brian McCloskey .... production office: Los Angeles
Karyn Rachtman .... consultant
Benjamin R. Reder .... production counsel (as Benjamin Reder Esq.)
Kelly Rouse .... assistant: Echo Lake producers
Dana Smith .... script supervisor
Liza Hall .... thanks

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Rated R for strong sexual violence, sexuality, language and substance abuse
120 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:MA (cable rating) | Australia:R (original rating) | UK:15 | USA:R
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Did You Know?

The film is based on Allison Anders' personal experience when she was raped at the age of 12 and then brutally manhandled by a stepfather until she ran away from home at the age of 17. The rape scene in the film was actually filmed in exactly the same house where Anders was raped as a child.See more »
Sherry:[to Colin and Jeremy at the bar] Okay okay, yeah yeah... you don't have to fight. Cause guess what - it's fun to share. Ha! You know about sharing?
[Kisses Colin. Kisses Jeremy]
Sherry:Let's get outta here.
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Hard subject matter sensitively portrayed, 3 August 2002
Author: MeanderingMegan from Seattle

A compelling film. This film really touched my heart. While the film is certainly far from perfect, I thought it dealt wonderfully with the subject matter and showed such a sensitivity towards not only victims of violence but also towards how scars incurred in childhood can mar us forever.

Gabriel Mann was awesome in this. He gave the role such a conscience and it was nice to see him used fully as an actor as opposed to his rather less than full role in 'High Art' (which I happen to love nonetheless). But whereas High Art was Radha Mitchell and Ally Sheedy's film, this film really, for me, belonged to Mann. Kim Dickens did a great job also, but Mann still takes top billing in my book. My hat off to Allison Anders - it's nice to know that there are filmmakers out there that are not so concerned with commercialism as they are with substance and exploration. The fact that it says that the film is semi-autobiographical just makes me applaud her more. If you're into character studies and the way the past effects ones life, this is a movie worth seeing.

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