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No Such Thing -- Writer Director Hal Hartley takes a humorous and satirical look at a society concerned only with instant gratification and voyeuristic sensationalism.  Disgusted with human evolution, a foul-mouthed Monster (Robert Burke) kills anyone who crosses his path. When news crew sent to investigate the Monster disappears, a guileless young woman (Sarah Polley) dispatched to follow up on the story befriends the Monster and becomes his only hope in ending his life of misery.


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Release Date:
15 November 2002 (Iceland) See more »
A modern day fable.
"No Such Thing" tells the story of a young journalist who journeys to Iceland to find her missing fiancée only to encounter a mythical creature. She eventually forges a relationship with the being. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Sarah Polley ... Beatrice

Helen Mirren ... The Boss

Julie Christie ... Dr. Anna

Robert John Burke ... The Monster
Margrét Ákadóttir ... Rental agent
Julie Anderson ... Beautician
Anna Kristín Arngrímsdóttir ... Sólveig
Ilene Bergelson ... Ethel
Guðrún María Bjarnadóttir ... Marta (as Guðrún Bjarnadóttir)
Bessi Bjarnason ... Captain
Helgi Björnsson ... Leó
Stacy Dawson ... Mugger

Maria Ellingsen ... Karlsdóttir / Gate-Manager (as María Ellingsen)

Anthony Giangrande ... Journalist

Erica Gimpel ... Judy
Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson ... First mate
Brynhildur Guðjónsdóttir ... Ticket clerk
Baldvin Halldórsson ... Jón
Björn Ingi Hilmarsson ... Smuggler
Jón Hjartarson ... Mayor
Baldur T. Hreinsson ... Johansen (as Baldur Trausti Hreinsson)
Bergur Þór Ingólfsson ... Smuggler
Theodór Júlíusson ... Borg
Sigurveig Jónsdóttir ... Gréta
Björn Jörundur Friðbjörnsson ... Þór (as Björn Jörundur)

Kristbjörg Kjeld ... Nurse Joan

Baltasar Kormákur ... Artaud
Paul Lazar ... Fred
Daniel C. Levine ... Pissing kid
Paul Liberti ... Journalist

D.J. Mendel ... Agent
Miho Nikaido ... Beautician
David Neumann ... Agent (as David Nuemann)

Peter O'Hara ... Tom

Annika Peterson ... Margaret

Abby Royle ... Scientist

Bill Sage ... Carlo

Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson ... Dr. Svendsen (as Ingvar Sigurðsson)
Guðrún Stephensen ... Mayor's wife
Sigurður Skúlason ... Old man
Jón Tryggvason ... Guide

James Urbaniak ... Concierge
Benham Valadbeygi ... Cook

Wendy Walker ... Journalist

Damian Young ... Berger

Directed by
Hal Hartley 
Writing credits
Hal Hartley (written by)

Produced by
Willi Bär .... executive producer (as Willi Baer)
Francis Ford Coppola .... executive producer
Friðrik Þór Friðriksson .... producer (as Fridrik Thor Fridriksson)
Hal Hartley .... producer
Linda Reisman .... executive producer
Cecilia Kate Roque .... producer
Original Music by
Hal Hartley 
Cinematography by
Michael Alan Spiller  (as Michael Spiller)
Film Editing by
Steve Hamilton 
Production Design by
Árni Páll Jóhannsson 
Art Direction by
Ed Check 
Set Decoration by
Karin Wiesel  (as Karen Wiesel)
Costume Design by
Frank L. Fleming 
Helga I. Stefánsdóttir 
Makeup Department
Ragna Fossberg .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Kelley Cribben .... post-production supervisor
Shirley Davis .... production manager
Meryl Emmerton .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dan Brillman .... second second assistant director: New York
Gagga Jonsdottir .... second second assistant director
Michael Lerman .... first assistant director
Peter Thorell .... second assistant director
Art Department
Daniel Boxer .... property master
Dierdre Kane .... assistant property master: New York
Julian Ledger .... creature color concept sketches
Kori E. Wilson .... art department coordinator
Sound Department
Huldar Freyr Arnarson .... boom operator
David Boulton .... adr recordist
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
Steve Hamilton .... supervising sound editor
Kjartan Kjartansson .... sound mixer
Andy Kris .... sound effects editor
George A. Lara .... foley mixer
Jen Ralston .... sound effects editor (as Jennifer Ralston)
Ivan Samuel .... boom operator
Reilly Steele .... sound re-recording mixer
Ivan Sveinsson .... boom operator
Ivan Sveinsson .... boom operator (as Ivan Gonzalez)
Special Effects by
Mark Bero .... special effects coordinator
Russ Herpich .... special effects assistant: Creature Effects Inc.
Eggert Ketilsson .... special effects technician
Mark Rappaport .... special makeup effects
Robert J. Scupp .... special effects foreman (as Bob Scupp)
Stefan Jorgen .... assistant special effects makeup (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Randall Balsmeyer .... visual effects supervisor
Julian Ledger .... creature effects
Matt McDonald .... visual effects
Dan Trezise .... compositor: Balsmeyer & Everett
Ric Anderson .... dive safety: second unit
Ric Anderson .... stunts
Douglas Crosby .... stunt coordinator
Valdimar Jóhannsson .... stunts
Andrew Lasky .... stunt performer
Brad Martin .... stunt performer
Brad Martin .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Brett Albright .... assistant camera
Bart Blaise .... second assistant camera
Michael Caracciolo .... camera operator
Tim Davies .... grip
Robert K. Feldmann .... key grip
Doug Meils .... shooting electric
Storn Peterson .... assistant camera
Graham Rutherford .... gaffer
Ingvar Stefánsson .... electrician
Frank Stubblefield .... chief lighting technician
Richard Sylvarnes .... still photographer: Iceland
Demmie Todd .... still photographer: New York
Casting Department
Kristine Bulakowski .... extras casting
Fahad Falur Jabali .... extras casting
Driss Tijani .... extras casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marian Toy .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Erin Crackel .... apprentice editor
Jeff Drury .... first assistant editor
Armando Fente .... assistant editor (as Armando Fente Jr.)
Adam Geiger .... assistant editor
Chris Patterson .... assistant editor
Dave Pultz .... color timer
James Nichols Jr. .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Susan Paley Abramson .... assistant: Linda Reisman (as Susan Abramson)
Lisa D. Carey .... payroll accountant
John 'JR' Craigmile .... accountant
Arnar Einarsson .... assistant location manager
Patrick Floyd .... set production assistant
Mary Gambardella .... script supervisor: New York
Fahad Falur Jabali .... location manager
Shannon Lail .... production executive
Heather Neeld .... assistant production coordinator
Andy Russ .... assistant: Hal Hartley
Jonathan Shepard .... location manager: New York
Sharon Watt .... production assistant
Annie Young Frisbie .... assistant to producers (as Annie Young)
Harpa Elísa Þórsdóttir .... production assistant

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Additional Details

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Rated R for language and brief violence
102 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Iceland:L (original rating) | Iceland:LH (video rating) | Netherlands:12 | USA:R | USA:TV-14 (cable rating)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Hal Hartley originally wanted Jean-Luc Godard to play the role of The Monster.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When the two men are shot in the airport, the imprint of one of the actors' "blood bag"s can be seen through his shirt.See more »
The Monster:I can't go out there and be expected not to kill anybody.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)See more »


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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
The monster speaks!, 21 July 2004
Author: jotix100 from New York

Hal Hartley is an original film maker. With this film, which I recently saw in DVD form, he presents us a modern day parable about the media an its influence on our lives.

It's curious to see how ahead of his times Mr. Hartley is when he deals with paranoia, even before the attacks of 9/11, in his own subtle way. It was not intentional, I'm sure, but he proves to have a keen eye for what was coming.

The film is not one of Mr. Hartley's best, but we see his sure hand behind all what he is trying to do here. He is working with a cast that is working with him for the first time, with the exception of Robert John Burke, the Monster. Sarah Polley, is one of the best actresses working in movies these days. Her Beatrice is a study in contrasts. Also excellent, as always, is Helen Mirren, Beatrice's boss who is ruthless, arrogant, and manipulative. She knows the secret of how to get attention in the worst possible ways. Julie Christie makes a rare appearance as a kind doctor who befriends Beatrice.

The scenery in Iceland is magnificent and Mr. Hartley captures it brilliantly.

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