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Igby Goes Down -- Igby Slocumb, a rebellious and sarcastic seventeen-year-old boy, is at war with the stifling world of "old money" privilege he was born into. With a schizophrenic father, a self-absorbed, distant mother, and a shark-like Young Republican big brother, Igby figures there must be a better life out there -- and sets about finding it. Happily flunking out of yet another prep school, Igby is sent off to a military academy in the dreaded Midwest.


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Writer (WGA):
Burr Steers (written by)
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Release Date:
4 October 2002 (USA) See more »
Insanity is relative
A young man's peculiar upbringing renders him unable to competently cope with the struggle of growing up. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 15 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kieran Culkin ... Igby

Claire Danes ... Sookie

Jeff Goldblum ... D.H.

Jared Harris ... Russel

Amanda Peet ... Rachel

Ryan Phillippe ... Oliver

Bill Pullman ... Jason

Susan Sarandon ... Mimi Slocumb

Rory Culkin ... 10-Year-Old Igby

Peter Anthony Tambakis ... 13-Year-Old Oliver (as Peter Tambakis)

Bill Irwin ... Lt. Smith

Kathleen Gati ... Ida

Gannon Forrester ... Little Cadet

Celia Weston ... Bunny
Elizabeth Jagger ... Lisa Fiedler
Nicholas Wyman ... Suit (as Nick Wyman)
Amber Gross ... Girl
Cassidy Ladden ... Hockey Player

Erin Fritch ... Hockey Player

Jim Gaffigan ... Hilton Manager
Arnie Burton ... Front Desk Clerk

Eric Bogosian ... Mr. Nice Guy

Cynthia Nixon ... Mrs. Piggee
Michael Formica Jones ... Peeka

Glenn Fitzgerald ... Surfer Tommy

Reg Rogers ... Therapist

Danny Tamberelli ... Turtle

David Arrow ... Waiter

Ronobir Lahiri ... Intern
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Delancey Birzin ... Cadet (uncredited)
Aaron Boyum ... Cadet (uncredited)

Ty Copeman ... Diner (uncredited)
Marshall Factora ... Street Vendor (uncredited)

Gregory Itzin ... Eulogist #2 (uncredited)

Gore Vidal ... First School Headmaster (uncredited)

Directed by
Burr Steers 
Writing credits
Burr Steers (written by)

Produced by
Helen Beadleston .... executive producer
Trish Hofmann .... co-producer
Stacy Kramer .... co-producer
Fran Lucci .... executive producer
Miggel .... co-producer
David Rubin .... executive producer
Lisa Tornell .... producer
Rainer Virnich .... associate producer
Marco Weber .... producer
Trish Hofmann .... line producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen  (as Uwe Fahrenkrog Petersen)
Cinematography by
Wedigo von Schultzendorff (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William M. Anderson  (as William Anderson)
Padraic McKinley 
Casting by
Richard Hicks 
Ronnie Yeskel 
Production Design by
Kevin Thompson 
Art Direction by
Roswell Hamrick 
Set Decoration by
Jennifer Alex Nickason  (as Jennifer Alex)
Costume Design by
Sarah Edwards 
Makeup Department
Ma Kalaadevi Ananda .... makeup artist: Ms. Sarandon (as Marilyn Carbone)
Milton Buras .... hair stylist: Ms. Sarandon (as Milton A. Buras)
Quentin Harris .... key hair stylist
Lisa Hazell .... assistant hair stylist (as Lisa Hazel)
Eileen Kastner-Delago .... makeup designer
Evelyne Noraz .... key makeup artist
Maryann Marchetti .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Taurance F. Williams .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Vanessa Coifman .... executive in charge of production
Trish Hofmann .... unit production manager
Jamie H. Zelermyer .... production supervisor (as Jamie Zelermyer)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alexandra K. Browne .... second second assistant director
Michael T. Meador .... second assistant director (as Michael Meador)
Jonathan Starch .... first assistant director
Art Department
Thom Bumblauskas .... stand-by scenic
Brian Buteau .... set dresser
Julie Dubrow .... set dresser
Tim Grimes .... property master
Akeo Ihara .... set dresser
Linda Krantz .... assistant prop master
Michael Mills .... art department assistant
Leann Murphy .... art department coordinator
Dave Reardon .... leadman (as David Reardon)
Debra Sugarman .... on-set dresser
Thom Bumblauskas .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Patrick Campbell .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Thomas Cukier .... set decorator: additional shooting (uncredited)
Brent Godek .... set dresser (uncredited)
Rebecca Meis DeMarco .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Brian Basham .... adr recordist
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Tim Boggs .... adr supervisor
Susan Cahill .... digital assistant
Jon Christodoulou .... utility
Marty Church .... foley mixer (as Marin Church)
Marty Church .... foley (as Martin L. Church)
Gary Coppola .... re-recording mixer (as Gary J. Coppola)
Ken Dufva .... foley
Joe Earle .... re-recording mixer
Thom 'Coach' Ehle .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Thom Ehle)
Jeanne Gilliland .... boom operator
Frederick Howard .... supervising sound editor
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
Michael Kamper .... sound effects editor
George Leong .... boom operator
Tommy Louie .... utility
James Marchione .... adr recordist (as Jim Marchione)
Diane Marshall .... foley (as S. Diane Marshall)
David Melhase .... dialogue editor
Michael Mullane .... sound effects editor
James H. Nau .... additional adr: New York
William Sarokin .... sound mixer
Richard Jay .... sound recordist: epk (uncredited)
Jeff Malham .... re-recording engineer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging: iO Film (uncredited)
Adam Hawkey .... digital opticals (uncredited)
Kevin Mullican .... research and development (uncredited)
Danny Aiello III .... stunt coordinator
Tim Gallin .... stunt taxi/limo driver
Janet Paparazzo .... stunt double: Mimi
Jodi Michelle Pynn .... stunt double: Igby (as Jodi Pynn)
Camera and Electrical Department
Myles Aronowitz .... still photographer
Matt Blades .... grip
Craig Burfeindt .... loader
Geb Byers .... first assistant camera
Tony Campenni .... dolly grip
Joel Carucci .... grip
Jack Coffen .... gaffer: rigging
Michael Gallart .... electric
William Hines .... generator operator (as Billy Hines)
Chaim Kantor .... camera operator
Lee Kazista .... second assistant camera
Dan Kelly .... camera technician: Wescam
Tom Kerwick .... key grip
Neal Luberda .... grip (as Neil Luberda)
David Norris .... camera operator: Wescam (as Dave Norris)
Stephen Martin Paull .... lighting technician
Michael Proscia Jr. .... chief lighting technician (as Mike Proscia)
Mark Proscia .... electric
Daniel Salk .... video playback
William M. Weberg .... second company grip
Amanda Hannan .... grip (uncredited)
Michael Proscia Jr. .... gaffer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Bradford Cholmondeley .... extras casting associate
Kelly Foster .... casting associate: New York
Mark Scott .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jill E. Anderson .... wardrobe supervisor
Natalie Arango .... wardrobe coordinator
Kevin P. Faherty .... costumer
Jennifer Joseph .... assistant costume designer
Kate Southern .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Gilbert Carreras .... color timer
Robert Frazen .... additional film editor
Padraic McKinley .... additional film editor
Eric O. Schusterman .... assistant editor (as Eric Schusterman)
Audrey Tallard .... post-production coordinator
Melissa Wegman .... Bond Co. Post Superviser
Angela Williamson .... post-production assistant
Chad Mochrie .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Joseph Virzi .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Tom Yeager .... location manager
Michael Fucci .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Clare Lord .... location assistant (uncredited)
Collin Smith .... location assistant (uncredited)
Collin Smith .... location scout (uncredited)
Music Department
M. Sid Behrend .... score production supervisor (as Sid Behrend)
René Decker .... additional music recordist (as Renee Decker)
Lori L. Eschler .... music editor (as Lori Eschler)
Nic Harcourt .... music supervisor
Rudi Masacz .... orchestra supervisor
Alberto Mompellio .... score arranger
Alberto Mompellio .... score mixer
Daniel Nielsen .... composer: trailer music
Rainer Oleak .... score mixer
Rainer Oleak .... score producer
David Sardy .... music producer: song
Enrique Ugarte .... conductor
Transportation Department
Michael C. Bauer .... assistant transportation captain
Kenny Gaskins .... transportation captain (as Kenneth Gaskins)
Other crew
Heath Jacob Baldwin .... assistant production coordinator
Andreas Berner .... web site video
Gaycia Bowen .... assistant: Ms. Lucci
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Ophelia Chong .... web site designer
Marc de Keller .... set production assistant (as Marc De Keller)
Eric Dean .... production secretary
Rob Dickerson Jr. .... key production assistant
John Diemer .... production legal
Larry Donahue .... caterer: Movie Chefs
Karen G. Fairbank .... production legal (as Karen Fairbank Esq.)
Laurie Gershon .... product placement
Amy R. Gorin .... assistant: Mr. Steers and Ms. Tornell
Gian Claudio Guiducci .... set intern
Hubert Hagg .... business development
Michael Hansen .... publicist (as Michael Hanson)
Michael John Hertzler .... set intern
Vanessa Hoffman .... set production assistant
Shane Hughes .... catering: Movie Chefs
Eric Kops .... publicist
Shane Kuhn .... web site producer
Alma Victoria LeMarr .... second assistant accountant (as Alma Lamar)
Stacey Menegay .... set production assistant
Eddie Michaels .... publicist
Mark Mistretta .... office production assistant
Michael O'Connor .... office production assistant
Julie Oppenheimer .... script supervisor (as Julie S. Oppenheimer)
Erika Pappa .... payroll accountant
Erin Pond .... assistant: Mr. Weber, New York
Bebe Reynolds .... assistant: Mr. Fairbank
Dave Richardson .... web site programmer (as David Richardson)
Brad Ross .... business manager
J. Max Ruschak .... first assistant accountant
Kara Ryan .... office production assistant
Peter Sabat .... production coordinator (as Peter I. Sabat)
Kathi Scharer .... production accountant
Julie Schroeder .... assistant: Mr. Weber, Los Angeles
Michael Anthony Scott .... production assistant
Jill Simpson .... executive coordinator
Doug Webster .... key production assistant (as John Douglas Webster)
Nicole Whelan .... web site photography
Dickens Whitley .... production secretary
Scott Challgren .... legal assistant (uncredited)
Samuel V. Franco .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Luke Gale .... production assistant (uncredited)
Anna Novick .... production assistant (uncredited)
John Palermo .... executive assistant: Susan Sarandon (uncredited)
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances (uncredited)
Miura Smith .... executive assistant: David Rubin (uncredited)
Sandra Aldenhoff .... special thanks
Chris Andrews .... special thanks
Michael Donnelly .... special thanks
Roland Emmerich .... special thanks
Christoph Haesner .... special thanks
Albert Kriemler .... very special thanks: Susan Saranden's wardrobe courtesy of
Barbara Baynes Mahoney .... very special thanks: Chicago poster
Marc Schlotterbeck .... special thanks

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Rated R for language, sexuality and drug content
98 min | Argentina:99 min (Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema)
Aspect Ratio:
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Argentina:16 | Australia:MA15+ | Brazil:18 | Canada:14A | Denmark:7 | Finland:K-15 | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 | Iceland:14 | Iceland:16 (video rating) | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R(A) (original rating) | Singapore:M18 (re-rating) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Zurich) | UK:15 | USA:R | USA:TV-MA (TV rating)

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Writer/director Burr Steers originally intended to make this a novel, not a movie.See more »
Continuity: In the scene where Oliver comes into the loft and finds Igby and Sookie sleeping side by side, Sookie sits up slightly and the camera makes a quick cut to Oliver. The camera quickly cuts back to Sookie and Igby, and Sookie's head is back on the pillow again (as in the first shot) and then she sits up again.See more »
[first lines]
Igby:Why couldn't she have been a fucking smoker.
Oliver:This has nothing to do with her being in such wonderful shape. The cause of our trouble was our inability to come up with a drug short of paint thinner, that would be at least somewhat novel to her system. She's built up a tolerance to everything.
Igby:A tolerance? She's taking her fucking afternoon nap.
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34 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Smart movie with good performances, 16 June 2003
Author: Danny_G13 from Glasgow, Scotland

There's no question aspects of this are quite brutal. But the theme of the story dictates they would be so.

Igby Goes Down is about a kid in nowhere's land. He doesn't know where he's going in life and responds to this by being a rebel in everything. Add to this his parental instability with a schizophrenic father and a tyrannical mother and you can understand why he'd be a little mixed up.

In many ways it is a coming of age story, but in others it is too dark to be that. Indeed there is an ambivalence of themes with hope and despair featured in equal measure.

As Igby, Kieran Culkin excels. He's outstanding, the best thing in the movie - which given the quality of his peers, such as a sinister and agenda-ridden Jeff Goldblum, a monstrous and hierarchial Susan Sarandon, a confused and tortured Bill Pullman and a squeaky clean upstart in Ryan Phillippe, is no mean feat at all.

Performances are uniformly excellent, the story involving, and the themes well explored.

Well done all round.

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