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About Schmidt (2002)

A man upon retirement, embarks on a journey to his estranged daughter's wedding, only to discover more about himself and life than he ever expected.

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Minister in Denver
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Gary Nordin - Warren's Replacement
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Randall's Best Man (as James Micheal Connor)
Jill Anderson ...
Bridesmaid Reading St. Paul
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Storyline

Warren Schmidt has led a safe, predictable life working in the insurance industry in Omaha, Nebr. for many years, yet now faces retirement. At the same time he is forced to take a hard look at his wife, his life and his relationship with his estranged daughter. An often hilarious series of events follow as Schmidt embarks on an unpredictable RV journey to attend his daughter's wedding in Denver. Written by wacoastguy

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Rated R for some language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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3 January 2003 (USA)  »

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As Confissões de Schmidt  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$282,367, 15 December 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$65,016,287

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$105,834,556
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Trivia

The production crew created a lifetime Endowed Scholarship for the real-life Ndugu, Abdallah Mtulu, through the real Childreach Organization. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the retirement dinner, Warren Schmidt is wearing a small gold pin on the left lapel of his suit jacket. When he arrives home from the function and takes the phone call from his daughter, the pin is missing. See more »

Quotes

[Warren is on top of the motor home under a starry night]
Warren Schmidt: Helen, what did you really think of me, deep in your heart? Was I really the man you wanted to be with? Was I? Or were you disappointed and too nice to show it? I forgive you for Ray. I forgive you. That was a long time ago, and I know I wasn't always the king of kings. I let you down. I'm sorry, Helen. Can you forgive me? Can you forgive me?
[a shooting star passes by]
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References Misery (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Sentimental Lady
(1972)
Written by Bob Welch (as Robert L. Welch)
Performed by Bob Welch
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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The poetry of deceit and loneliness
13 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

This film must be watched very carefully. If you're not paying enough attention to it, you would miss it (some did). It's in the frames, the atmosphere, the tiny details, the situations, the acting, everything. But it's not that obvious, unless you enter that world. Simple story? Sure. Life is simple. So is great art. All in all, "About Schmidt" is a really great film. Bitter humor, all-pervading lie, the infinite sadness of loneliness and failure, sincere egoism, everyday dullness, desperate and quiet hope - this is life, and in a non-blatant, nor melodramatic manner. But you're going to weep (and smile) at the ending (I did!). And one more question: is The Mulholland Man the greatest actor ever or not?


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