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Love Liza -- Following the unexplained suicide of his wife Liza, website designer Wilson Joel (Philip Seymour Hoffman) turns to gasoline fumes and remote control gaming while avoiding an inevitable conflict with his mother-in-law (Kathy Bates).
Love Liza -- Following the unexplained suicide of his wife Liza, website designer Wilson Joel (Philip Seymour Hoffman) turns to gasoline fumes and remote control gaming while avoiding an inevitable conflict with his mother-in-law (Kathy Bates).
Love Liza -- Following the unexplained suicide of his wife Liza, website designer Wilson Joel (Philip Seymour Hoffman) turns to gasoline fumes and remote control gaming while avoiding an inevitable conflict with his mother-in-law (Kathy Bates).

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Director:
Writer:
Gordy Hoffman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
31 January 2003 (Ireland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Comic Tragedy
Plot:
Following the unexplained suicide of his wife Liza, a web designer turns to gasoline fumes and remote-control airplanes while avoiding an inevitable conflict with his mother-in-law. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
This is not your mother's film about death of a loved one See more (92 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Wilson Joel

J.D. Walsh ... Bern (as JD Walsh)
Jimmy Raskin ... Pad

Kathy Bates ... Mary Ann Bankhead

Erika Alexander ... Brenda
Sarah Koskoff ... Maura
Mark Hannibal ... Waiter with Drink

Jim Wise ... Bland Man
Trace Turville ... Bland Woman

Wayne Duvall ... Gas Station

Stephen Tobolowsky ... Tom Bailey

Kevin Breznahan ... Jim
Jennifer Keddy ... Lynne
David Lenthall ... Hobbytown USA Clerk (as David Lenthal)

Jack Kehler ... Denny
Pauline Boyd ... Zoo
Ernest Perry Jr. ... Trucker

Cullen Douglas ... Cashier at Pancake House

Joanne Pankow ... Grandma Clerk

Dan Klass ... Officer Escort

Chris Ellis ... Patriot Model Aeronautics Clerk
George Mills ... Pickup Truck Driver

Julia Lashae ... Breakfast Woman
Don Hood ... Good Morning Man
John McConnell ... High School Principal #1

Terry Loughlin ... High School Principal #2
Maggie Valentine ... Girl on Front Porch
Teegan Eley ... Jenn
Morgan Grace Jarrett ... Stacy (as Morgan Jarrett)
Daniel Farber ... Huffer Boy

Kelli Garner ... Huffer Girl
Shannon Holt ... Angela Ryan from Bailey Federated

Annie Morgan ... Liza (as Ann Morgan)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jennifer Bransford ... (uncredited)

F.X. Vitolo ... Sammy Shuttle (uncredited)
Jeff Yesko ... Walla (uncredited)

Directed by
Todd Louiso 
 
Writing credits
Gordy Hoffman (screenplay)

Produced by
Ruth Charny .... producer
Yvette Cobarrubias .... associate producer
Jim Czarnecki .... executive producer
Rita Dagher .... associate producer
Daniel Guckau .... executive producer
Chris Hanley .... producer
David Hillary .... executive producer in charge of production
Rainer Kölmel .... executive producer (as Rainer Kolmel)
Alain de la Mata .... executive producer
D. Scott Lumpkin .... co-producer
Ian MacGregor .... line producer: New York (as Ian McGregor)
Vincent Maraval .... executive producer
Clark McCutchen .... executive producer
Jacky Lee Morgan .... line producer (as Jacky Morgan)
Timothy Wayne Peternel .... associate producer (as Timothy Peternel)
Jeffrey Roda .... producer (as Jeff Roda)
Fernando Sulichin .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jim O'Rourke (music composer)
 
Cinematography by
Lisa Rinzler (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Anne Stein 
 
Casting by
Mark Bennett 
Lisa Mae Fincannon  (as Lisa Mae Wells Fincannon)
Monika Mikkelsen 
Rita VanderWaal  (as Rita Vanderwaal)
 
Production Design by
Stephen Beatrice 
 
Art Direction by
Tim Cohn 
 
Set Decoration by
Brenna Griffin 
 
Costume Design by
Jill Newell 
 
Makeup Department
Leisa Adcock .... hair assistant
Leisa Adcock .... makeup assistant
Dolores Hernández .... hair stylist (as Delores Hernandez)
Dolores Hernández .... makeup artist (as Delores Hernandez)
 
Production Management
D. Scott Lumpkin .... unit production manager
Corky O'Hara .... executive in charge of post-production (as Corky Ohara)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian Pitt .... second second assistant director
Leonard Reynolds .... second second assistant director
Sholto J. Roeg .... first assistant director (as Sholto Roeg)
Jimi Woods .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Dave Adams .... set dresser
Scot Broadus .... property master
Josh Campbell .... art department swing gang
David Cooney .... storyboard artist
Jacob Cowart .... art department swing gang
Laura Donogue .... art department swing gang
David Erwin .... art department swing gang (as David Irwin)
Daniel Fox .... art department swing gang
Michael Gibbs .... art department swing gang
Mark Hannibal .... set dresser
Dennis Highland .... art department swing gang
Frits Jetten .... property assistant
Matt Lumpkin .... art department swing gang
Robin Polk .... art department swing gang
Tyler Q. Rosen .... property assistant
Keith Smith .... scenic painter
 
Sound Department
Vienna Abramowitz .... boom operator
Todd Anisman .... sound editor
Todd Anisman .... sound re-recording mixer
Dean Mark Beattie .... supervising sound editor
Dario Biscaldi .... foley artist
Christoph Brosius .... foley recordist (as Chris Brosius)
John Burnley .... foley mixer
Jesse Dodd .... adr editor
Charlie Essers .... dialogue editor
Charlie Essers .... sound re-recording mixer
Skip Godwin .... sound mixer
Bruce Graham .... sound services: vice president, Vidfilm International Digital
Eric Happoldt .... sound editor
Steve Kinsey .... sound effects recordist
Mark McBryde .... foley artist
Matthew Pavolaitis .... sound editor (as Matt Pavolaitis)
Alexander Schwartz .... foley artist (as Alex Schwartz)
John Walker .... foley recordist
Ben Williams .... boom operator
Vince Williams .... sound services supervisor: Vidfilm International Digital
Mandell Winter .... foley recordist (as Dell Winter)
 
Visual Effects by
Reid Burns .... titles and opticals
Lindsay Hallett .... visual effects producer: Asylum (as Lindsay Burnett)
Allan Levine .... titles and opticals
 
Stunts
Anthony Cecere .... stunt coordinator
Phil O'Dell .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Will Arnot .... Steadicam operator
Paul Beard .... grip
Todd Bearden .... lighting provider
Alec Boehm .... camera operator: Los Angeles
Trey Bosworth .... electrician
Buddy Carr .... dolly grip
Gilly Charbonnet .... key grip (as Gilly Charbonet)
Chris Ekstrom .... grip
Sean Finnegan .... director of photography: second unit (as Sean Fennigan)
Sean Finnegan .... rigging gaffer (as Sean Fennigan)
Jonathan Furmanski .... first assistant camera: New York (as John Furmanski)
Matthew Gaumer .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Matt Gaumer)
Matthew Gaumer .... second assistant camera (as Matt Gaumer)
Lavelle Higgins .... best boy electric
Vic Keatley .... electrician (as Victor Keatley)
Carolina Loreto .... rigging
Lee McLemore .... grip
William Newell .... gaffer (as Bill Newell)
Terry O'Deen .... electrician
Forrest Perryman .... grip
Ryan Puckett .... electrician
Martina Radwan .... first assistant camera
Timothy Reilly .... key grip: New York (as Tim [Lopez] Reilly)
Jonathan E. Robinson .... camera loader (as Jonathan Robinson)
Don W. Wegner .... best boy grip (as Don Wegner)
Tobin Yelland .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Heather Campbell .... on-set costumer
Liz Staub .... wardrobe supervisor
Andrea Sweet .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Kelly Donnellan .... assistant editor
Erik Freid .... film processing & lab services
Mike Mertens .... color timer
Dean Ramser .... film processing & lab services
Keith Robinson .... supplier: AVID
Drew Stevens .... film stock provider
Melissa Wegman .... Bond Co. Post Superviser
 
Music Department
Will Oldham .... composer: song "Song Of All"
 
Transportation Department
Jesse Braggs .... driver
Ricky Damazio .... transportation coordinator
Mike Freeman .... provider: transportation equipment
Lionel Johnson .... transportation captain (as Lionel 'LJ' Johnson)
Kenny Lewis .... driver
Dalton Mabien .... driver
Ken Miller .... driver
George Mills .... driver
Robert Sharp .... driver
John Smith .... driver
 
Other crew
Damasia Benson .... intern
Evan Blackford .... production assistant: New York
Erin Booth .... office production assistant
Susan Bufkin .... set medic
Billy Collins Jr. .... production accountant (as Billy J. Collins Jr.)
Adrian Correia .... production assistant: New York
Dave Cowart .... production assistant
Michael Donner .... post-production accountant
W. Boyd Ford .... assistant: director
W. Boyd Ford .... assistant: line producer (as Boyd Ford)
Megan Grant .... production assistant
Drew Hall .... assistant location manager
Sanford Hatcher .... craft service (as Samford Hatcher)
Bryan Kalfus .... assistant: line producer
Ted Kantrow .... caterer: Location Catering
Jacob Koskoff .... creative consultant
Star Lee .... production assistant
Amy Lumpkin .... travel and accomodation
Chris Lumpkin .... production assistant
Chelsea Madrigal .... assistant: Mr. Hoffman
Clark McCutchen .... production attorney
James G. Miller .... chef (as James Miller)
Dan Milner .... production assistant: New York
Melissa Morgan .... production coordinator
Dave Nguyen .... production assistant
Tony Niknejadi .... production assistant
Kathy Chambless Oliver .... assistant production coordinator (as Kathy Chambless)
Jimmy Raskin .... web site designer: Indelible
Adam Carter Rose .... production assistant: New York
Horst Sarubin .... location manager (as Horst C. Sarubin)
Nick Selig .... production assistant
Chad Singleton .... set medic
Paul Smith .... provider: lifts
Carmen Soriano .... script supervisor
Barry Steadman .... assistant production coordinator
Laura Street .... travel and accomodation
Randy Witherington .... set medic
Toni Wynne .... production assistant
Steve Zeigler .... assistant chef (as Steven Zeigler)
Mickey Cottrell .... publicist (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Robert Abramoff .... special thanks: Burgee & Abramoff (as Bob Abramoff)
Dede Allen .... special thanks
Stephanie Argy .... special thanks
Kyle Bergersen .... special thanks
Barbara Bowen .... special thanks: The Los Angeles Zoo
Mike Brantley .... special thanks
Hank Bunker .... special thanks
Shawna Casey .... special thanks
Hellyn Cunningham .... special thanks (as Hellyn Cunningham and Family)
Willie Dennis .... special thanks: radio control boater, Port City Model Boating Association (Laurel, MS )
Dean Dergess .... special thanks: radio control boater, Port City Model Boating Association
Tatiana Derovanessian .... thank you to
Mike Dow .... special thanks: The City of Mobile (as Mayor Mike Dow)
Mark Ellison .... special thanks: radio control boater, Port City Model Boating Association
Tony Farmer .... special thanks: radio control boater, Port City Model Boating Association (St. Louis, MO )
J.D. Foster .... special thanks
Michael Freeman .... special thanks
John Gavin .... special thanks
Scott Gayle .... special thanks: radio control airplanes
Laurie Gershon .... special thanks
Eva Golson .... special thanks: Director, Mobile Film Office
Gus Grimsley .... special thanks: radio control boater, Port City Model Boating Association
David Hall .... special thanks: radio control boater, Port City Model Boating Association (Birmingham, AL )
Drew Hall .... special thanks
Roberta Hanley .... special thanks
Kenneth Hildretch .... special thanks: radio control boater, Port City Model Boating Association (Florsit, MO )
Frits Jetten .... special thanks: radio control airplanes
Brian Jordan .... special thanks
Bryan Kalfus .... special thanks
Larry Kent .... special thanks: radio control boater, Port City Model Boating Association (Atlanta, GA )
Peter Konerko .... special thanks
Dan Koretzky .... special thanks (as Dan Koretsky)
Richard Lewis .... special thanks
Buddy Lowe .... special thanks: radio control boater, Port City Model Boating Association
Dan Lumpkin .... special thanks
Dori Lumpkin .... special thanks
Bill Lutz .... special thanks: radio control boater, Port City Model Boating Association
Jeff Lutz .... special thanks: radio control boater, Port City Model Boating Association
Alexis Magagni-Seely .... special thanks (as Alexis Seely)
Rob Marsala .... special thanks: The Bauer Company
R.A. Mashner .... special thanks (as Dr. R.A Mashner)
Francine Matarazzo .... special thanks
John McDuff .... special thanks (as Dr. John McDuff)
Brandon Milam .... special thanks: radio control boater, Port City Model Boating Association
Jeff Phillips .... special thanks
David Poythress .... special thanks: radio control boater, Port City Model Boating Association
William Rotko .... special thanks (as Bill Rotko)
Pat Scanlon .... special thanks
Jonathan Shoemaker .... special thanks
Kurt Soto .... special thanks: Vans Shoes
Will Speck .... special thanks
Al Stokes .... special thanks: Chief of Staff, The City of Mobile
Marilyn Szatmary .... special thanks: Silver, Massetti and Szatmary, Ltd.
Ethan Tucker .... special thanks
Wesley Walker .... special thanks (as Wes Walker)
David Weininger .... special thanks
John Whiddon .... special thanks
Greg Wood .... special thanks: Lubbock Boaters Association
Bill Zuber .... special thanks: radio control boater, Port City Model Boating Association (Huntsville, AL )
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for drug use, language and brief nudity
Runtime:
90 min
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Quotes:
Model Boat Man:HEY! There's no swimming today!
Wilson Joel:Do you know who I am?
[pause]
Wilson Joel:I am a big fan of Radio Control!
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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
This is not your mother's film about death of a loved one, 11 February 2003
Author: darthmaus from Vancouver, BC

This is not 'Terms of Endearment'. This film does not offer answers, explanations, or resolution, and as such I found it to be a very effective portrayal of the aftermath of a suicide.

It's not an enjoyable film to watch, but it's very much worthwhile. First off, the acting is fantastic. Philip Seymour Hoffman deserves all the raves he's getting for this role -- he's downright painful to watch. All of the supporting cast -- except for the mother-in-law portrayed by Kathy Bates, who is exhausted with her own grief -- brilliantly introduces nuances of discomfort. It's not overdone, but it's obvious that these characters are internally dealing with the question of how to deal with Hoffman's character Wilson, who has just suffered this terrible and shocking loss. The dialogue is consistently and realistically not natural, in keeping with the awkward position of the supporting characters and Wilson's deteriorating mental health.

I have seen this film criticized because Wilson's position is *so* dreary, that it may seem over-the-top, unrealistic. But, really, the character's wife recently shot herself. What bright spots were such critics expecting in this character's life at this time? I believe the writing of the plot is realistic in this regard.

Structurally, it's brave, risky, and effective. I felt alienated by the lack of explanation and resolution of Wilson's position. Not a positive emotion to walk out of a film with, but extremely powerful. The sparse soundtrack and the painfully sympathetic supporting characters all added to this feeling of alienation.

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