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About Schmidt -- Academy Award-winner Jack Nicholson ("The Bucket List") stars as Warren Schmidt, an embittered man who has just retired after 32 years as an insurance company actuary.
About Schmidt -- Warren Schmidt is a man in his 60's. While trying to run his daughter's life, he realizes that he wasted his.


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Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
3 January 2003 (USA) See more »
Schmidt Happens
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jack Nicholson ... Warren Schmidt

Kathy Bates ... Roberta Hertzel

Hope Davis ... Jeannie Schmidt

Dermot Mulroney ... Randall Hertzel

June Squibb ... Helen Schmidt

Howard Hesseman ... Larry Hertzel

Harry Groener ... John Rusk

Connie Ray ... Vicki Rusk

Len Cariou ... Ray Nichols
Mark Venhuizen ... Duncan Hertzel
Cheryl Hamada ... Saundra

Phil Reeves ... Minister in Denver

Matt Winston ... Gary Nordin - Warren's Replacement

James M. Connor ... Randall's Best Man (as James Micheal Connor)
Jill Anderson ... Bridesmaid Reading St. Paul
Vaughan Wenzel ... Man Mourning Helen
Judith Kathryn Hart ... Woman Mourning Helen
Marilyn Tipp ... Neighbor Lady (scenes deleted)
Robert Kem ... Priest in Omaha (as Reverend Robert Kem)
Melissa Hanna ... Dairy Queen Employee
Tung Ha ... Frat Kid
James J. Crawley ... Other Frat Kid
Mary Beth Nelson ... Bartender

Steve Heller ... Tire Store Employee (as Stephen Heller)
Lester Kills Crow ... Native American Cashier
Thomas Michael Belford ... Funeral Director
McKenna Gibson ... Six-year-old Jeannie
Emily McNaughton ... Twelve-year-old Jeannie
Beth Heimann ... Wedding Singer #1
Linda Wilmot ... Wedding Singer #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Huse ... Chuck Woodard (uncredited)

Joe Kunze ... Partygoer #1 (uncredited)

Angela Lansbury ... Angela Lansbury (voice) (uncredited)
Mark J. O'Leary ... Bartender (uncredited)

Robert Kingston Phillips Green ... Male shopper (uncredited)

Lonnie Ray Senstock ... Bus boy (uncredited)
Michael Tolochko ... Surly Denver Neighbor Taking Trash Out (uncredited)

Directed by
Alexander Payne 
Writing credits
Louis Begley (novel "About Schmidt")

Alexander Payne (screenplay) &
Jim Taylor (screenplay)

Produced by
Bill Badalato .... executive producer
Michael Besman .... producer
Harry Gittes .... producer
Rachael Horovitz .... executive producer
Original Music by
Rolfe Kent 
Cinematography by
James Glennon (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Kevin Tent 
Casting by
Lisa Beach 
Sarah Katzman 
Production Design by
Jane Ann Stewart 
Art Direction by
T.K. Kirkpatrick  (as Tim Kirkpatrick)
Pat Tagliaferro 
Set Decoration by
Teresa Visinare 
Costume Design by
Wendy Chuck 
Makeup Department
Carrie Angland .... makeup artist: Mr. Nicholson
Danielle Cunningham .... makeup artist
Emjay Olson .... key hair stylist
Angie Paul .... hair stylist
Jeanne Van Phue .... key makeup artist
Joy Zapata .... hair stylist: Mr. Nicholson
Lisa Brockman-Kalz .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Stacy Heatherly .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Bill Badalato .... unit production manager (as William Badalato)
Billy Badalato .... production supervisor
Carla Fry .... executive in charge of production
Rick Reynolds .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rocco Marra .... additional second assistant director
Shari Nicotero .... second assistant director
George Parra .... first assistant director
David Waters .... second second assistant director (as David 'Muddy' Waters)
Art Department
Rob Baker .... utility construction
Dave Brown .... shop steward
Nathan Carlson .... graphic designer (as Nate Carlson)
Andrew Wayne Carson .... set dresser
Jack Clowers .... set dresser
Paula Clowers .... set dresser
Kevin Cowan .... carpenter
Michael Daly .... carpenter
Ron Gielow .... co-construction coordinator
Merve Johnson .... co-construction coordinator
Melanie Jones .... painter foreman
Rick Kaufman .... carpenter
Sora Kimberlain .... set painter
Robert E. Knight .... lead painter (as Robert Ellison Knight)
Craig Lee .... set painter
Patrick Lees .... leadman
Tanya B. Magidow .... assistant property master (as Tanya Magidow)
Chanda McConnell .... additional property
Stephen Miller .... construction gang boss (as Steve Miller)
Jeffrey M. O'Brien .... property master (as Jeff O'Brien)
Ron Rhodes .... co-construction coordinator
Michael Tagel .... paint gang boss
Debi Shirk Tagliaferro .... construction auditor (as Debi Tagliaferro)
Packy Tagliaferro .... construction production assistant
Brian Vogelgesang .... set dresser
Steven Wolfe .... on-set dresser
Greg Berger .... carpenter (uncredited)
Matthew Richard Harris .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Scott Austin .... daily sound transferer
Javier Bennassar .... sound effects editor
John Cannon .... sound assistant
Claudia Carle .... adr recordist
Mark Choi .... sound effects editor (as Mark Hunshik Choi)
Patrick Cyccone Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Lisle Engle .... sound effects editor
Frank Gaeta .... sound designer
Frank Gaeta .... sound supervisor
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer
David Grant .... dialogue editor
Ann Hadsell .... adr mixer
Rickey Hawkes .... utility sound technician
Adam Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Kimaree Long .... adr supervisor
James Moriana .... foley artist
Mark Ormandy .... additional sound
Michelle Pazer .... dialogue editor
Art Rochester .... sound mixer
Earl Sampson .... boom operator
Unsun Song .... sound recordist
David Stanke .... sound assistant
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist (as Jeff Wilhoit)
Greg Zimmerman .... foley recordist
Holger M. Thiele .... sound mastering engineer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Pat Tagliaferro .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Erik Henry .... visual effects supervisor
Robert Stromberg .... matte painter
Edward Helmers .... digital artist (uncredited)
Shaina Holmes .... digital compositor (uncredited)
L. Elizabeth Powers .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Mark Sawicki .... optical camera (uncredited)
Patrick Zentis .... digital compositor: Digital Backlot (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Axtell .... electrician
Michael Baird .... video assist operator
Claudette Barius .... still photographer
Monty Bass .... grip
Dave Behn .... grip
Quintin Bogard .... rigging electrician
Dennis Buffum .... electrician
Dwight Campbell .... chief lighting technician
Lora Davis .... grip
Milo Durben .... dolly grip
Robert Edesa .... additional photographer (as Bob Edesa)
Robert Edesa .... camera operator: "a" camera (as Bob Edesa)
Paul Eichler .... electrician
Geoff Eng .... electrician
Melissa Freeman .... camera loader
Kevin Ketelhut .... rigging electrician
Aaron Lemere .... electrician
Stephen B. Martinez .... best boy grip (as Stephen Martinez)
Mike Mastre .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Scott McCarthy .... additional camera loader
Simone Perusse .... best boy electric
Radan Popovic .... additional photographer
Radan Popovic .... camera operator: "b" camera
Kaile Shilling .... additional photography supervisor
Dennis Shotsman .... grip
John A. Small .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as John Small)
R. Michael Stringer .... key grip
Jay Swanson .... rigging electrician
Michael Tolochko .... rigging gaffer
Travis Williams .... rigging electrician
Steve Wolpa .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
James M. Wykoff .... grip (as Mike Wykoff)
Justin Akers .... key grip: second unit (uncredited)
Robert K. Feldmann .... key grip: second unit (uncredited)
Craig Ladwig .... rigging key grip (uncredited)
Patriq Luo .... electrician (uncredited)
Kyle T. MacDowell .... grip (uncredited)
John Pycha .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Chad Bishoff .... extras casting assistant
Sandy Holt .... adr voice casting
John Jackson .... casting: Midwest
Teresa Affleck .... casting intern (uncredited)
Kathleen Chopin .... casting: New York (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jeannine Bourdaghs .... costume supervisor
Linda Carol Flake .... set costumer (as Linda Flake)
Christel Highland .... set costumer
Nava R. Sadan .... wardrobe: Mr. Nicholson (as Nava Sadan)
Susan Strubel .... set costumer
Cat Cacciatore .... additional costumer (uncredited)
Jeannie H. Kelly .... additional costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
David Berman .... apprentice editor
Tom Dailey .... first assistant editor: avid
Danya Joseph .... first assistant film editor
Jody Levin .... executive in charge of post-production
Mato .... color timer
Mark Scovil .... assistant editor
Carla Swanson .... montage: Warren
Mike Sowa .... digital color timer: mastering (uncredited)
Jayson Wall .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Tony Blondal .... orchestrator
Bob Bowen .... music executive
Paul Broucek .... music executive
Robert Fernandez .... score mixer
Richard Ford .... music editor
Larry Groupé .... conductor
David Sabee .... music contractor
Annie Searles .... music clearances
Lori Silfen .... music business affairs
Kerry Wikstrom .... additional orchestrator
Shie Rozow .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Chet Badalato .... driver: Mr. Nicholson
Steve Brill .... transportation coordinator
Joe Brumbaugh .... driver
Larry Cain .... transportation captain (as Larry 'Weasel' Cain)
Angie Carraher .... driver
Gary Edelman .... transportation captain
Lindsay Elliott .... driver (as Lindsey Elliott)
Floyd Erwin .... driver
Michael Grooms .... driver (as Mike 'Sluggo' Grooms)
Donald Jones .... driver
Gracie Klein .... driver
Gary Labs .... driver
Dave Nickel .... driver
Gary Roberts .... driver (as Gary 'Jonboy' Roberts)
Robert J. Rocco .... driver (as Robert Rocco)
Lawrence Root .... driver (as Lawrence 'Sparky' Root)
Bernard Sczemanski .... picture car captain (as Bernard 'Ski' Sczemanski)
Tony Swartz .... driver
Carla Klein .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Erika Anderson .... set production assistant
Sam Arent .... set production assistant
Anne Badalato .... accounting clerk
Tommy Baratta .... chef: Mr. Nicholson (as Tommy Barratta)
Dana Belcastro .... production executive
Carolyn Blackwood .... production attorney
Tracy Boyd .... assistant: Alexander Payne
Kaylene Carlson .... production coordinator
Laurie Cartwright .... risk management
Laura Chang .... production office assistant
Stephen Coleman .... technical consultant (as Stephan Coleman)
Teresa Cowan .... craft service assistant
Jeff Egan .... production safety
Karen Eisenstadt .... production accountant
Stacy Eyrich .... location assistant: Mr. Nicholson
Nicholas Fitzgerald .... set production assistant (as Nick Fitzgerald)
April Fitzsimmons .... set production assistant
Jim Foyt .... projectionist
Will Gatlin .... craft service
Josh Geller .... set production assistant (as Josh Gellar)
Lynn Giordano .... assistant: Jane Stewart
Jeffrey Gladu .... payroll accountant (as Jeff Gladu)
Emily Glatter .... supervising production coordinator
Sherri Goldman .... first assistant accountant
Brian Grummert .... additional accounting clerk
John Hackett .... double: Mr. Nicholson
John Hackett .... stand-in: Mr. Nicholson
Gene L. Hamilton .... photo double (as Gene Hamilton)
Gene L. Hamilton .... stand-in (as Gene Hamilton)
Joshuwa Hannum .... photo double
Joshuwa Hannum .... stand-in
Marc Jacobs .... production resources
Wayne Lamkay .... assistant production coordinator
John Latenser V .... location manager
Mike Latenser .... assistant location manager
Sagan Lewis .... photo double
Sagan Lewis .... stand-in
Kendra Liedle .... location production assistant
Roland Manarin .... production secretary
Andrew Matthews .... financial advisor
Jennifer Mount .... risk management
Dawn Perlin .... executive assistant: Mr. Nicholson
Dawn Pieke .... photo double
Dawn Pieke .... stand-in
Paul Prokop .... production controller
Steven John Reynolds .... second assistant accountant (as Steve Reynolds)
Rebecca Robertson .... script supervisor
Amy Romeo .... production office assistant
Oswaldo Rosa .... chef: Mr. Nicholson
Suzanne Rosencrans .... business affairs executive
Amy Russell .... clearances: The Clear Choice
Kaile Shilling .... assistant: Alexander Payne
Aaron Smith .... production office assistant
David Sporn .... business affairs administrator
Lee Tucker .... preview technical supervisor
Edward C. Wang .... assistant: Harry Gittes
Rick Williams .... assistant: Michael Besman
Deborah Wuliger .... unit publicist
Teresa Affleck .... production assistant (uncredited)
Helen Blume .... production assistant (uncredited)
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... inventory services (uncredited)
Peter Pham .... additional production assistant: second unit (uncredited)
Traci Stick .... production assistant (uncredited)
Kirk Tedeski .... video coordinator (uncredited)
Julie Ginsburg .... thanks: Omaha Film Commission Office (as Julie Ginsberg)
Laurie Richards .... thanks: Nebraska Film Commission Office
Kathy Sheppard .... thanks: Omaha Film Commission Office
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for some language and brief nudity
125 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

A scene that echoes Jack Nicholson's famous diner scene in Five Easy Pieces (1970) (his exchange with the waitress) was in an early cut of the movie in which Schmidt concedes in a cowardly fashion to the dictates of the waitress. Though the preview audience went wild over it, director Alexander Payne cut it from the final film because he felt that the scene was too much of a pointed reference to Nicholson's iconography and that something so referential took the audience out of the film.See more »
Continuity: During a conversation between Schmidt and his daughter, his sandwich changes from a fairly sparse one to a somewhat plumper one. It subsequently returns to its original thin shape.See more »
Warren Schmidt:Randall, what happened about that investment opportunity? You never called me back.
Duncan Hertzel:You mean that pyramid scheme?
Larry Hertzel:Let's not talk about that now.
Duncan Hertzel:All I know is I lost $800.
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37 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Classic Cinema Art - A "Must See" Film!, 8 April 2006
Author: (trgusa) from Mt. Pleasant, Mi

I spent a day watching "About Schmidt", with Jack Nicholson... and then the evening rambling through reviews, since my wife's perception of the ending differed somewhat from mine....

Conflict can often lead to enlightenment and discovery, but not so in the case of Warren Schmidt. In his case it leads to a life of complacency, denial, delusion, and passive-aggressive behaviors... and eventually, to a meaningless life of servitude devoid of passion or purpose.

Since my wife and I are around the same age as the character, and we ponder the same issues of our lives, the film had more significance to us. I found the work to be a cinema-graphic piece of art laced with symbolism and dark humor (at best). I likened it to previous movies like "Death of a Salesman", "The Apartment", "The Swimmer" (Burt Lancaster), or a short filmed called "The Bridge".

As a cautionary tale (or social comment) on the "American Way" of life, the messages it conveys are slightly exaggerated, but nevertheless there to be debated. We are talking about identity, achievement, interpersonal relationships, and the "average IQ".

In the end, I believe this film will become one that is studied in future classrooms, and it was brave of Nicholson to participate in such a character study and a work intended primarily for writers, actors, and directors. If laughter is "the sound we make when we are surprised (or shocked) by the truth", then the amount of humor you find in this film may be directly related to your own level of naivety or denial. After all, laughter can often be just another defense mechanism, right?

Some movies are straightforward, some are magical, some are mystical, and then, some are symbolic. This movie falls into the last category. The use of time, space, cognitive dissonance, and Irony abound in this work and challenge us to look, think, and feel.

Notes: we would have cut or altered the "Percodan scene" at the rehearsal (as overdone), also note- the cattle at the funeral who later appear on the freeway, inside jokes about Des Moines and Denver, Randall's "Certificate of Attendance", the look on Jeannie's face at the end of Warren's speech at the Wedding Reception, the use of "overstatement", details of wall decorations, and Warren's obvious attraction to the trite, idealistic, delusional, and superficial.

If you are a thinking, feeling, serious movie-lover, you should SEE this film once, and then STUDY it the 2nd time!

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