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Release Date:
17 August 2007 (Kazakhstan) See more »
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Tagline:
the devil is in the details.
Plot:
A down-and-out writer sells his soul to the devil in exchange for fame and fortune. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Took so long to see the light of day, because it's pretty blah. See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Virl Andrick ... Dick
Ray Aranha ... Mailman
Kaniel Arocho ... Skateboard Kid #1
Jorge Arocho ... Skateboard Kid #2

Mary Ashton ... Production Assistant

Howard Atlee ... Award Audience Man

Dan Aykroyd ... Julius Jensen

Alec Baldwin ... Jabez Stone

Gregg Bello ... Rick Fusco

Bobby Cannavale ... Cop

Jann Carl ... Herself

Kim Cattrall ... Constance Hurry
Antoni Cornacchione ... Security Guard
Bill Corsair ... Aging Writer
Grenville Cuyler ... Taxi Hailer
Calvert DeForest ... Bailiff (as Calvert De Forest)
Marilyn Dobrin ... Joan Jenson

Jhon Doria ... Photographer

Mike Doyle ... Luke
Drew Eliot ... Man
Jack Ferver ... Jabez's Assistant
Ranardo Domeico Grays ... Photographer's Assistant (as Renardo-Doemeico Grays)
La Tanya Hall ... Young Woman at Museum

Darrell Hammond ... Andrew Bailey

Jack Hartnett ... Gay Waiter

Judith Hawking ... Segment Producer
Sue Porter Henderson ... Decorator

Jennifer Love Hewitt ... The Devil
John Hills ... Truman Capote
John Hines ... Bob Miller
Mike Hodge ... Mike's Friend at Bar

Anthony Hopkins ... Daniel Webster
Alice Johnson ... Anchorwoman
Doug Johnson ... Reporter

Gustave Johnson ... Cab Driver
Christine Jones ... Woman
Jay Aubrey Jones ... Clerk
Herb Klinger ... Waiter at Elaine's

Canedy Knowles ... Webster's Assistant
David Leon ... Bartender

Marni Lustig ... 'Normal' Woman

Peter Maloney ... John Hardy

Terrence Mann ... Art Dealer
Antoine McLean ... Other Kid
Kelly Mealia ... Woman at Elaine's
Barry Miller ... Mike Weiss
Ken Murton ... Real Estate Broker

Kevin Olson ... Tommy Anderson
Brendan O'Mally ... Johnnie

Ken Page ... Clerk
Carmine Parisi ... Director
Leonard Parker ... Guard

Amy Poehler ... Molly Gilchrest
Jim Pritchett ... Adam Stone

Rohan Quine ... Nazi Officer
Jerome Richards ... Man on the Street
Denise Richardson ... CNN Reporter
Freddie L. Robinson Jr. ... Henry Johnson (as Fred Robinson)
Jack Ryland ... Mike's Friend at Bar
Al Sachs ... Cop #2
Sue Simmons ... Herself
Ariana Smith ... Mary

Mark Steines ... Himself
David Stepkin ... Clarence
Paul Stolarsky ... Old Man
Robert Stone ... Himself
Gay Talese ... Himself
Midori Tashima ... Kee
Ronald 'Kafe' Thermidor ... Messenger

Leia Thompson ... Magazine Reporter

Scott 'Carrot Top' Thompson ... Himself
John Unruh ... Hitler

Karen Ziemba ... Mrs. Miller

Kim Zimmer ... Patty
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Boylan ... Ernest Hemingway (uncredited)

Jane DeNoble ... Jabez's Crony (uncredited)
Monte Farber ... (uncredited)

Jonathon Gentry ... Marlon (uncredited)
Julie Lamb ... Jabez Stone's 1940's Book Character (uncredited)
Bill Montgomery ... (uncredited)

Katherine O'Sullivan ... Charlotte Bronte - court scene (uncredited)
Al Palagonia ... Anthony (uncredited)

Jason Patric ... Ray (uncredited)
Luis Pedron ... Constance's Assistant (uncredited)

Musto Pelinkovicci ... Yuli (uncredited)

Martin Pfefferkorn ... Rasputin (juror) (uncredited)

George Plimpton ... Himself (uncredited)

David C. Roehm Sr. ... Limo driver (uncredited)

John Savage ... Johnny (uncredited)
Paul Thornton ... James Joyce (uncredited)
Victor Velez ... Stagehand #2 (uncredited)
Philippe Vonlanthen ... Philippe (uncredited)
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Directed by
Alec Baldwin  (as Harry Kirkpatrick)
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Stephen Vincent Benet (story "The Devil and Daniel Webster")

Archibald Macleish (play "Scratch")

Peter Dexter (screen story) (as Pete Dexter)

Peter Dexter (screenplay) (as Pete Dexter) and
Bill Condon (screenplay) &
Nancy Cassaro (screenplay)

Produced by
Alec Baldwin .... producer
Tony Cataldo .... executive producer
Terry Chase Chenowith .... associate producer
Jonathan Cornick .... producer
Katie Daily .... associate producer
Craig Darian .... executive producer
Randall Emmett .... associate producer
Randall Emmett .... co-executive producer
George Furla .... associate producer
George Furla .... co-executive producer
Patrick F. Gallagher .... executive producer
Carol Gillson .... producer
David Glasser .... producer
Michael Z. Gordon .... co-producer
Michael S. Grayson .... executive producer
Howard G. Kazanjian .... executive producer
Brian R. Keathley .... executive producer
Dessie Markovsky .... associate producer
Clint Morris .... consulting producer
Adam M. Stone .... producer (as Adam Stone)
Scott G. Stone .... executive producer
Jeff G. Waxman .... line producer
Jason Zelin .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Christopher Young 
 
Cinematography by
Adam Holender 
 
Film Editing by
John Carter 
Mark Winitsky 
Jeff Wood 
 
Casting by
Roe Baker 
Anna Maniscalco 
Grant Wilfley 
 
Production Design by
Edward Pisoni 
 
Set Decoration by
Beth Kushnick 
 
Makeup Department
Robin Day .... additional hair stylist
Todd Kleitsch .... makeup department head
Heidi Kulow .... makeup artist
Christine Leiter .... assistant makeup artist
Rick Provenzano .... key hair stylist
Gianna Sparacino .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Jeff G. Waxman .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alyson Latz .... second second assistant director
Michael Lerman .... first assistant director
Federico Marsicano .... first assistant director
Peter Thorell .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Joseph Alfieri .... construction coordinator
Eric Cheripka .... assistant property master
Jason De Bari .... art department coordinator
Alex Gorodetsky .... charge scenic artist
Judy Gurr .... assistant set decorator
Paul Herndon .... storyboard artist
Addison Pettit .... graphic designer
Michael Scarola .... key construction grip
 
Sound Department
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer
Mark Ettel .... sound re-recording mixer
Tod A. Maitland .... sound mixer
Paul Menichini .... sound editor
Paul Ratajczak .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Ratajczak .... sound supervisor
Emile Razpopov .... sound designer
David Schumacher .... sound recordist
Michael Scott .... boom operator
Xavier Sol .... sound editor
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist
 
Special Effects by
John Stifanich .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Derry Frost .... director of production: Amalgamated Pixels
Rob Meyers .... title animations
Michael Morreale .... executive producer: Amalgamated Pixels Inc.
Jeremy Oddo .... visual effects
Phillip Palousek .... visual effects coordinator
Cristiana Rumori .... production coordinator
Carlo Scaduto .... visual effects
Alessandro Tibiletti .... visual effects coordinator: Mediacube
Eric Person .... digital compositor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Chris Colombo .... stunt double
Kristopher Medina .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Will Arnot .... Steadicam operator
Ralph Brandofino .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Phil Cohen .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
James W. Finnerty .... key grip
Patrick Fontana .... electrician
Peter Girolami .... rigging gaffer
Jendra Jarnagin .... additional electrician
Tom Kerwick .... key grip: second unit
David Knox .... camera operator
David Larue .... best boy grip
Thomas O'Connor .... electrician
Noah Prince .... electrician
Adam Putnam-Thomas .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Leon Sanginiti .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Patrick Shelby .... best boy grip
William M. Weberg .... grip
 
Casting Department
Anna Maniscalco .... extras casting associate
Grant Wilfley .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frank Avanzo .... set costumer
Careen Fowles .... wardrobe supervisor
Winsome G. McKoy .... costume supervisor
Barbara Presar .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Donna Donato .... associate editor
Nancy Hirami .... post-production consultant
Blaine Hope .... editing intern (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Samantha Barker .... assistant: Christopher Young
Vincent Cirilli .... engineer: pro tools
Robert Fernandez .... music recording/mixing engineer
David Giuli .... scoring coordinator (as Dave Giuli)
Simon James .... music contractor
Guillaume Jodoin .... synthesizer programmer
Derrick Lefebvre .... orchestrator
Haseo Nakanishi .... synthesizer programmer
Jonathan Price .... synthesizer programmer
Jasper Randall .... scoring coordinator
Aldo Shllaku .... assistant to composer
Vofka .... scoring coordinator (as Vladimer Solovyov)
Christopher Young .... music producer: score
Richard Glasser .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Michael Z. Gordon .... music producer (uncredited)
Ian Honeyman .... additional music editor (uncredited)
Ciaran Hope .... music editor (uncredited)
Robert Puff .... music preparation (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Alan Alters .... senior technical advisor
Kevin Baird .... production assistant
Blair Barnette .... production assistant
Steve Cardone .... completion guarantor: WorldWide Film Completion
Katie Daily .... assistant to producers
Gino Falla .... second assistant accountant
Patrick Floyd .... set production assistant
Richie Gibbs .... production assistant
Kathrina Miccio .... body double
Meredith Mills-Cavalluzzo .... assistant production coordinator (as Meredith Mills)
Jennifer Quesenbery .... location scout
Emile Razpopov .... technical director
Brieann Rich .... craft service
Nicholas Rich .... set medic
David C. Roehm Sr. .... body double: D. Stipkin
Jonathan Roumie .... assistant location manager
Holly S. Rymon .... production office coordinator
Kris Schackman .... location scout
Leigh Henley Sorge .... production assistant
Trish Vengoechea .... payroll accountant
T. Vincent .... assistant to director
Dixie D. Walker .... production accountant
M. Dal Walton III .... production executive: Emmett Furla Films
Rebecca White .... first assistant accountant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Devil and Daniel Webster" - USA (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for language and sexual content
Runtime:
106 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
Filming was completed in 2001 but the movie has been shelved for several years due to lack of funds to complete post-production. However, My Own Worst Enemy Productions acquired the rights to the title and is set to release it in 2007.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: While showing Jabez his new apartment, the Realtor says Irving Berlin wrote "White Christmas" there. In fact, the song was written while sitting at the pool at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona in 1940.See more »
Quotes:
Daniel Webster:And so it was that the chariot of the devil smote down Jensen. You see, Jensen was a loose end. And the devil doesn't like loose ends, if you know what I mean.See more »
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Soundtrack:
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Took so long to see the light of day, because it's pretty blah., 2 February 2009
Author: TheEmulator23 (Shelman23@gmail.com) from S. Lake Tahoe, CA

This is one of those films that I remember being in the can for years before anything happening w/it. I don't think it's terrible, but it's not really good either. Alec Baldwin was pretty good, but the plot is it kind of flimsy at best. The cast is pretty good in what they're given, but again you are only as good as the script. Baldwin directing this although I could have sworn he didn't direct all of it, I thought I read somewhere or lots of re-shoots wasn't bad but he definitely has some potential in there. Although his work on "30 Rock" is nothing short of genius & should keep him busy for a little while longer. I just hope the show bows out gracefully a la Seinfeld, but maybe not even that long. 9 years it went. So if you want to see a film that you won't get much from, but won't really hate either well this is for you. I can't remember the last time a film had been wrapped so long before finally being released & only on DVD at that. It was nice to see Alec Baldwin & Anthony Hopkins again together since their excellent yet not much people have seen "The Edge." Now pick up that excellent film for some real entertainment.

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