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Far from Heaven -- Oscar nominee Julianne Moore stars with Dennis Quaid in this seductive story of a seemingly perfect family and the forbidden desires that threaten to tear them apart.
Far from Heaven -- In 1950s Connecticut, a housewife faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the outside world.


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In 1950s Connecticut, a housewife faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the outside world. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 107 wins & 59 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Julianne Moore ... Cathy Whitaker

Dennis Quaid ... Frank Whitaker

Dennis Haysbert ... Raymond Deagan

Patricia Clarkson ... Eleanor Fine

Viola Davis ... Sybil

James Rebhorn ... Dr. Bowman
Bette Henritze ... Mrs. Leacock

Michael Gaston ... Stan Fine

Ryan Ward ... David Whitaker

Lindsay Andretta ... Janice Whitaker

Jordan Puryear ... Sarah Deagan
Kyle Timothy Smith ... Billy Hutchinson (as Kyle Smyth)

Celia Weston ... Mona Lauder

Barbara Garrick ... Doreen
Olivia Birkelund ... Nancy
Stevie Ray Dallimore ... Dick Dawson
Mylika Davis ... Esther
Jason Franklin ... Photographer
Gregory Marlow ... Reginald Carter
C.C. Loveheart ... Marlene

June Squibb ... Elderly Woman
Laurent Giroux ... Man with Mustache
Alex Santoriello ... Spanish Bartender

Matt Malloy ... Red Faced Man
J.B. Adams ... Farnsworth
Kevin Carrigan ... Soda Jerk

Chance Kelly ... Tallman

Declan Baldwin ... Officer #1

Brian Delate ... Officer #2
Pamela Evans Haynes ... Kitty (as Pamela Evans)

Joe Holt ... Hotel Waiter
Ben Moss ... Hutch's Friend
Susan Willis ... Receptionist
Karl Schroeder ... Conductor
Lance Olds ... Bail Clerk

Johnathan McClain ... Staff Member #1
Nicholas Joy ... Blond Boy
Virl Andrick ... Blond Boy's Father
Jezabel Montero ... Hooker (as Jezebel Montero)
Geraldine Bartlett ... Woman at Party
Ernest Rayford ... Glaring Man (as Ernest Rayford III)

Duane McLaughlin ... Jake

Betsy Aidem ... Pool Mother
Mary Anna Klindtworth ... Pool Daughter
Ted Neustadt ... Ron
Thomas Torres ... Band Leader

Blondell Cooper ... Hostess
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fabrizio Fante ... Hartford Commuter (uncredited)

Ben Hauck ... Refreshments Boy (uncredited)

Michael Linstroth ... Kenny's Brother (uncredited)

Sarah Beth Nelson ... Box Office Ticket Seller (uncredited)

John H. Tobin ... Hartford Art Buyer (uncredited)
Kristen Vermilyea ... New Year's Eve Party Goer (uncredited)

Jennifer Weedon ... Kissing Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Todd Haynes 
Writing credits
Todd Haynes (written by)

Produced by
Jody Allen .... producer (as Jody Patton)
Declan Baldwin .... co-producer
George Clooney .... executive producer
Eric Robison .... executive producer
Brad Simpson .... co-producer (as Bradford Simpson)
John Sloss .... executive producer
Steven Soderbergh .... executive producer
Christine Vachon .... producer
John Wells .... executive producer
Tracy Brimm .... executive producer (uncredited)
Diane Cornell .... financial line producer (uncredited)
Jean-Charles Levy .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
Cinematography by
Edward Lachman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
James Lyons 
Casting by
Laura Rosenthal 
Production Design by
Mark Friedberg 
Art Direction by
Peter Rogness 
Set Decoration by
Ellen Christiansen 
Costume Design by
Sandy Powell 
Makeup Department
Alan D'Angerio .... key hair stylist
Hildie Ginsberg .... makeup artist
Michael Kriston .... hair stylist
Elaine L. Offers .... makeup supervisor (as Elaine Offers)
Mary Cooke .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Eva Polywka .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Brad Goodman .... post-production supervisor
Buzz Koenig .... production manager (as Scott Koenig)
Katie Roumel .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Timothy Bird .... first assistant director
Kristal D. Moseley .... second second assistant director
Peter Thorell .... second assistant director
Art Department
Derrick Alford .... shop craft
JoAnn Atwood .... on-set dresser
Robert Barnett .... camera scenic
Eric Bart .... journeyman
James Boniece .... best boy construction grip
Douglas Bowen .... shop craft (as Douglas M. Bowen)
Paul Candrilli .... construction grip
Ralph Contrado .... journeyman
Michele Corn .... journeyman (as Michele Corn Farrell)
Eva P. Davy .... journeyman (as Eva Davy)
Rena DeAngelo .... assistant set decorator
Alex DiGerlando .... art department production assistant (as Alex Digerlando)
Paul George Divone .... shop craft (as Paul Divone)
James Donahue .... journeyman
Bridget Drummond .... construction tracker
Marcial Garlitos .... shop craft
Alison Gilham .... journeyman
Harvey Goldberg .... set dresser foreman
Charles Goodman .... construction grip
Jonathan Graham .... key construction grip
Roman Greller .... set dresser
Tom Grunke .... construction grip
Sandy Hamilton .... property master
Joanna Hartell .... set dresser
James Hoff .... journeyman
Dana Hook .... best boy construction grip (as Dana S. Hook)
Bruno Jakob .... paintings by
Janet Kalas .... journeyman
Henry Kaplan .... set dresser
Brad Katz .... paintings by
Lisa Kennedy .... journeyman
Myron Kerstein .... paintings by
Claire Kirk .... art department coordinator
Mort Korn .... construction grip (as Morton Korn)
Gordon Krause .... key shop craft
Rob Landoll .... shop scenic (as Robert Landoll)
Roger Lang .... shop craft
Steven E. Lawler .... shop craft (as Steven A. Lawler)
Elizabeth Linn .... charge scenic
Jeff Lomaglio .... shop craft
Michael Loonam .... shop production assistant
Miguel López-Castillo .... assistant art director (as Miguel Lopez-Castillo)
James Maiello .... shop craft
Timothy Main .... shop craft (as Tim Main)
Jeffrey D. McDonald .... assistant art director (as Jeff McDonald)
Michael A. McFadden .... construction grip (as Michael McFadden)
Timothy Metzger .... leadman (as Tim Metzger)
Nick Miller .... construction coordinator
Ronald Miller .... shop craft
Kris Moran .... assistant property master
Don Nace .... scenic foreman
Quang Nguyen .... journeyman
Mel Noped .... construction grip (as Melvin Noped)
Michael O'Dell Green .... journeyman (as Michael D. Green)
Janine Pesce .... set dresser
Romano C. Pugliese .... greensperson (as Romano Pugliese)
Charles Quinlivan .... construction grip
Paul Ramirez .... shop scenic
Malcolm Reid .... shop craft
Lawrence Robinson .... journeyman
James Sadek .... shop craft
Johnny Santiago .... construction grip
Will Scheck .... first greensperson
Elaine Schindler .... journeyman
Mark Paul Selemon .... second greensperson (as Mark Selemon)
Richard A. Sirico .... shop craft
Jennifer Snoeyink .... journeyman (as Jennifer Snoeyink-Moskowitz)
Beth Solin .... journeyman
Jonathan Swain .... greensperson
Robert Vaccariello .... shop craft (as Robert A. Vaccariello)
Holly Watson .... graphics
Thomas White .... shop craft
Anthony Baldasare .... set dresser (uncredited)
Stephen Barth .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Paul Camarro .... set dresser (uncredited)
Brent Godek .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Kelley Baker .... supervising sound editor
David Boulton .... adr mixer
Robert Carr .... mix recordist
David A. Cohen .... dialogue editor
Michael 'Gonzo' Gandsey .... sound editor
Marshall Garlington .... re-recording mixer
Jeanne Gilliland .... boom operator (as Jeanne L. Gilliland)
Amy Hammer .... operations: Wilshire Stages
Drew Kunin .... production sound mixer
Marnie Moore .... foley artist
Richard Moore .... sound editor
Richard Partlow .... foley artist (as Rick Partlow)
Andy Peach .... mix recordist (as Andrew Peach)
Frank Rinella .... foley mixer (as Frank Renella)
Paul Rodriguez .... operations: Wilshire Stages
Leslie Shatz .... sound re-recording mixer
Concha Solano .... first assistant sound editor
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Lesly Verduin .... apprentice sound editor
Joe White .... boom operator (as Joseph White Jr.)
James Willetts .... foley recordist
Patrick Winters .... adr and foley editor
James Wright .... consultant: Dolby Sound (as Jim Wright)
Peter Appleton .... adr supervisor (uncredited)
Russ Gorsline .... additional adr (uncredited)
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Eric Stolberg .... additional dialogue recording (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Michael Bird .... special effects assistant
Steven Kirshoff .... special effects coordinator (as Steve Kirshoff)
Thomas Viviano .... special effects assistant (as Thomas L. Viviano)
Visual Effects by
Shaina Holmes .... digital compositor (uncredited)
L. Elizabeth Powers .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Mark Sawicki .... optical camera (uncredited)
Peter Bucossi .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Divine Cox .... grip (as Divine T. Cox)
John W. DeBlau .... gaffer (as John W. Deblau)
Jay Feather .... second assistant camera
Richie Ford .... rigging best boy (as Richard Ford)
David Franzoni .... best boy electric
Abbot Genser .... still photographer (as Abbott Genzer)
Rick Gioia .... first assistant camera (as Richard Gioia)
Craig Haagensen .... camera operator
Anthony Hecanova .... loader (as Anthony Hechanova)
Paul Kinghan .... shop electric
David Lee .... still photographer
Dave Lowry .... best boy grip (as David F. Lowry Jr.)
Rick Marroquin .... dolly grip
Jim McMillan Jr. .... grip (as James C. McMillan Jr.)
James McMillan .... key grip (as James C. McMillan III)
Charles Meere III .... generator operator
Tom Percarpio .... rigging gaffer (as Thomas Percarpio)
Mark Schwentner .... third electric
Christopher Vaccaro .... grip (as Chris Vaccaro)
Craig Vaccaro .... key rigging grip
Nicky 'Nuckles' Vaccaro .... rigging grip (as Nick Vaccaro)
Peter Colavito .... electrician (uncredited)
Jason Micallef .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Melissa O'Brien .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Krista Bogetich .... casting assistant
Karen E. Etcoff .... extras casting: Kee Casting (as Karen Etcoff)
Bill Tripician .... extras casting assistant
Ali Farrell .... casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jill E. Anderson .... set costumer
David Davenport .... wardrobe supervisor
Patricia Eiben .... costumer
Joni M. Huth .... tailor
Jessica Jahn .... costume assistant
Dain I. Kalas .... tailor (as Dain Kalas)
Cheryl Kilbourne-Kimpton .... set costumer
Mary Jo McGrath .... costume coordinator (as M. J. McGrath)
Lisa Padovani .... assistant costume designer
Barbara Presar .... costumer
Tom Soluri .... set costumer
Thomas Stokes .... costumer (as Tom Stokes)
Susan J. Wright .... wardrobe supervisor
Susan Bakula .... costume tailor (uncredited)
Stephanie Biear .... seamstress (uncredited)
John Cowell .... head costume painter (uncredited)
Addie Hall .... costumer (uncredited)
Stacy Havens .... tailor (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Jack Baierlein .... colorist: video dailies
Kiersten Harter .... second assistant editor
Elizabeth Merrick .... editorial production assistant
Veronica Vichit-Vadakan .... apprentice editor
Joe Violante .... dailies advisor (as Joey Violante)
Joe Violante .... dailies processor: Technicolor (as Joey Violante)
Shelly Westerman .... associate editor
Lee Wimer .... color timer
Joe Finley .... digital colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Emilie A. Bernstein .... orchestrator
Joanie Diener .... music editor
Nathan Kaproff .... music contractor
Joe Lisanti .... music editor
Cynthia Millar .... musician: piano solos
Patrick Russ .... assistant orchestrator
Carl Sealove .... assistant music editor
Dan Wallin .... scoring engineer
Warren Sherk .... music preparation (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Tommy Allen .... period vehicle coordinator (as Thomas C. Allen)
Robert Buckman .... transportation co-captain
Timothy P. Cassella .... driver
Richard Clark .... driver
Louis Ferraioli .... driver
William R. Hilt .... driver
Michael Hyde .... transportation captain
William J. Junior .... driver
Peter Krienbihl .... driver (as Peter A. Kreinbihl)
Salvatore R. Maffei .... driver
Robert 'Bull' Maher .... driver (as Robert Maher)
Jimmy Mahr .... driver (as James Mahr)
Edward Meyers .... driver (as Edward Myers)
Michael B. Russell .... driver (as Michael Russell)
Other crew
Ethan Anderson .... craft service
Anita Boudreaux .... assistant post-production accountant
Paul Brennan .... legal services: Sloss Law Office (as Paul Brennan Esq.)
Rich Cairns .... production office intern
Cheyanne M. Casey .... production office intern
David Chambers .... location production assistant
Kevin Chisolm .... stand-in
Mike Currie .... set production assistant
Mark Dornfeld .... titles and opticals: Custom Film Effects
Deb Dyer .... production accountant
Lisa Edmondson .... assistant: Mr. Bernstein
Missy Eustermann .... post-production accountant
Lindsay Feldman .... set intern
Katie Feola .... set intern
J. Eric Fisher .... office production assistant
Daniel Garrison .... set intern
Jennifer Gaylord .... legal services: Sloss Law Office (as Jennifer Gaylord Esq.)
Rhonda George .... assistant production coordinator
Dave Glew .... key production assistant
Reshma Gopaldas .... assistant: Ms. Moore
Kenda Greenwood .... production office intern
Bill Hansard Jr. .... process projection (as William G. Hansard)
Bill Hansard Jr. .... rear screen projection (as William G. Hansard)
Don Hansard .... process projection (as Don Hansard Jr.)
Don Hansard .... rear screen projection (as Don Hansard Jr.)
Jocelyn Hayes .... creative executive: Killer Films
Jeff Hill .... publicist
Beau Holden .... assistant: Mr. Quaid
Jesse Hove .... location production assistant
Sebastian Ischer .... set intern
Thomas Johnston .... script supervisor
Sherman Kaplan .... immigration attorney (as Sherman I. Kaplan)
Eva Karlicki .... cleaning services
Louis Katz .... production physician (as Louis Katz MD)
Diedre Kilgore .... stand-in
Vince Klein .... stand-in
Ryan Lakenan .... office production assistant
Christine Leaman .... location assistant
Yana Collins Lehman .... legal services: Sloss Law Office (as Yana Collins)
Erica Levy .... set production assistant
Ana Lombardo .... location coordinator
Lisa Madden .... accounting clerk (as Lisa Marie Madden)
Anabel Manchester .... location intern
Jon Marcus .... production executive: Killer Films
Keira Marcus .... first assistant accountant (as Keira March)
Marlene McCarty .... title design: Bureau
Raynelle Irene Mensah .... film runner (as Raynelle Mensah)
Kellie Morrison .... assistant location manager
Kip Myers .... location assistant
Raymond L. Negron .... set intern (as Ray Negron)
Zerlina Oppenheim .... set intern
Macall B. Polay .... payroll accountant
Joaquin Diego Prange .... location assistant
Jonathan Raymond .... assistant: Mr. Haynes (as Slats Grobnik)
Mike S. Ryan .... location manager
Kieran Shea .... location scout
Susan Shin George .... titles and opticals: Custom Film Effects
Nicola Silverstone .... administrator: Square One
Tanya Smith .... assistant: Mr. Haynes (as Checkers Smith)
Karen Koula Sossiadis .... production coordinator (as Koula Sossiadis)
Katina Sossiadis .... production secretary
Brett Spiegel .... production office intern
Susan J. Spohr .... liaison: CFI (as Susan Spohr)
Debbie Stampfle .... set production assistant
Jennifer Stefanon .... film runner
Conrad Tamayo .... production office intern (as Conrad L. Tamayo)
April Taylor .... location assistant
Edward Tejada .... parking coordinator
Ginger Thatcher .... choreographer
Jay Van Hoy .... office manager
Sheri von Seeburg .... researcher (as Sheri Von Seeberg)
Daniel Wagner .... assistant: Ms. Vachon
Derek Wimble .... set production assistant
Danny Winchester .... film runner (as Daniel Winchester)
Annie Young Frisbie .... product placement (as Annie Young)
Vikas Bandhu .... production assistant (uncredited)
Travis Blue .... office intern (uncredited)
Michael J. Cargill .... production assistant (uncredited)
Rebecca Ewing .... production assistant (uncredited)
Randy Manion .... location scout (uncredited)
Raynelle Irene Mensah .... office production assistant (uncredited)
Guillaume Renberg .... remote head technician (uncredited)
Vicki Dee Rock .... production executive (uncredited)
Eugene Stamos .... craft service (uncredited)
Dan Frazier .... the producers wish to thank
Craig Gering .... special thanks
Scott Greenstein .... the producers wish to thank
Wendy Haynes .... the producers wish to thank
Pamela Koffler .... acknowledgement: for Killer Films
Joan McAllister .... the producers wish to thank
Phil Morrison .... the producers wish to thank
Steven Raphael .... special thanks
Noah Reibel .... the producers wish to thank
Robin Rosenberg .... the producers wish to thank
Katie Roumel .... acknowledgement: for Killer Films
Michael Silverman .... the producers wish to thank
Joanne Woodward .... the producers wish to thank
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sexual content, brief violence and language
107 min
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This film is heavily influenced by the work of Douglas Sirk.See more »
Anachronisms: A secretary is heard answering the phone with, "How may I direct your call?" According to a viewer who worked as a secretary during the period, this phrase was not used by secretaries in the 1950s.See more »
[Frank is drunk at the cocktail party]
Stan Fine:Frank is the luckiest guy in town!
Frank Whitaker:It's all smoke and mirrors, fellas. That's all it is. You should see her without her face on.
Cathy Whitaker:No, he's absolutely right. We ladies are never what we appear, and every girl has her secrets.
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30 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Works on several levels (though some better than others), 28 February 2003
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Cathy and Frank are a society couple in 1950's Connecticut. Their perfect house, perfect kids and happy marriage all contribute to making them the toast of the middle classes. However Frank's secret desire for men wrecks Cathy's image of their marriage but they manage to keep it a secret and seek help. When Cathy confides in her black gardener the rumours begin that again threaten Cathy's all-American society queen existence.

It helps when writing a review of a film like this that you can throw round all the right references and draw comparison's wit the two Sirk films from which Haynes drew inspiration from. Sadly I can't do that as I haven't seen either of the works (although have seen some Sirk films), so I'll do the best I can! From the outset this film builds a plastic perfect 50's world before revealing that everything isn't as the outside world (and even those on the inside) may perceive. This works well but the film is strong because it works on several other levels past this one.

Past the fake nature of lives – we are all human after all – are several other broader themes that are not as clear but still important. The place of women is society is one – where Frank's indiscretion appears to still let him work etc, Cathy much smaller crime sees her condemned from all around. Her relationship with Raymond shows how women held social status only as trophies in some circles and, when this role was threatened or made redundant, they had little more standing that blacks etc.

The two fallings of Frank and Cathy are parallel and it is interesting to see the two. Frank stigma that he must hide is one of sexuality while Cathy is less lucky in that her stigma is as clear to observers as the skin on Raymond's face. This is not to say that the film works as well on each of these levels, but it does work well enough on all of them. It is slow and patient and it may frustrate some audiences who will claim `nothing really happens' – if a review says this then ignore it – they have clearly missed the point.

The 50's feel is bang on and very well done. I'm not sure if Haynes has lifted the touches that make it feel `50's' from Sirk directly (i.e. copied) but it really works. The colours are lush and every set and costume feel like it must be straight from the 50's. It is to Haynes credit that he has done this without being camp or wistful in the way that many films set in the period can be. He plays it straight down the line.

The cast are roundly good. Moore deversedly got her nomination for this work and she is excellent. She never goes over the top but is visibly simmering throughout. Quaid is good but has a less complex character to carry, we don't get to understand what he is going through or felling – is it deep guilt, lust, love etc? Haysbert in 24 is OK but plays a stiff, morally righteous man who is so `good' as to be difficult to swallow! Here it is not quite as bad but Raymond is still a ` good, wholesome' man. Haysbert does him well but again I wanted more to the character. The support cast are good and all play the plastic socialites and professionals of 1950's well.

Overall this film is very lush – nothing but praise can be given to director, costumes and set designers etc. The cast are all good even if they must act with decorum and patience throughout and the emotion and drama of the story (although stilted and controlled) is still very involving. A very good film – if it had been made in the 50's it would be held as a classic today.

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