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About Schmidt (2002)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  3 January 2003 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gary Nordin - Warren's Replacement
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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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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

3 January 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

As Confissões de Schmidt  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$282,367 (USA) (13 December 2002)


$787,649 (Japan) (6 June 2003)

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In the opening scene, while Warren Schmidt is sitting in his office watching the clock, the telephone, and especially the phone cable, repeatedly change positions on the desk between shots. See more »


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15 April 2004 | by (Aachen, Germany) – See all my reviews

This film was a masterpiece. It even shows that Nicholson is able to act unusually. We are used to him as grinning a man with pointed irony and sarcasm. But in the role of Warren Schmidt he did not use this specific talent just to entertain us but to open our mind for the possibly deep emptiness of people who call somewhere in their life and recognize that they aren't as rich as they are supposed to be. Schmidt tries to convince the audience that a full life should be the goal instead of just living without being aware of the own role. This can give a very positive motivation for every age.

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