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Lisa Cholodenko (written by)
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5 June 2003 (Israel) See more »
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On the road to the perfect life, Sam & Alex took a little detour.
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When an uptight young man and his fiancee move into his libertine mother's house, the resulting clash of life attitudes shakes everyone up. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A well-made character study, `Laurel Canyon,' explores the reasons for the distress and resentment that can reside between parents and their children. See more (145 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Frances McDormand ... Jane

Christian Bale ... Sam

Kate Beckinsale ... Alex

Natascha McElhone ... Sara

Alessandro Nivola ... Ian McKnight

Lou Barlow ... Fripp (as Louis Knox Barlow)
Russell Pollard ... Rowan
Imaad Wasif ... Dean
Mickey Petralia ... Mickey

Melissa De Sousa ... Claudia
Alexandra Carter ... Darla
Michelle DeMirjian ... China (as Michelle Demirjian)

Rick Gonzalez ... Wyatt
Dennis Howard ... Mr. Elliot

Catherine McGoohan ... Mrs. Elliot
Judith Montgomery ... Woman 1
Patricia Place ... Woman 2
Willo Hausman ... Cambridge Party Guest #1

Greg Wolfson ... Cambridge Party Guest #2

Brandy Nightingale ... Cambridge Party Guest #3

Catharine Scott ... Stewardess

Marcus Ashley ... Tom

Lyle Kanouse ... Hospital Patient #1
Marcia Cholodenko ... Hospital Patient #2
Gina Doctor ... Gloria

Lauri Johnson ... Landlord
Tom Griffiths ... Manager

Reef Karim ... ER Doctor

Lou Cutell ... Elderly Man
Zeus ... Elderly Man's Dog

Nick Kiriazis ... Justin
Heidi Sulzman ... Laura

Ariel Felix ... Mark
Marie Blanco ... Debby

Ted Koland ... Room Service Guy

Philip Pavel ... Philip, the Concierge
Mark Rogerson ... Doctor
Justin Meldal-Johnsen ... Soft Rocker
Mark Linkous ... Himself

Daniel Lanois ... Himself
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Directed by
Lisa Cholodenko 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Lisa Cholodenko (written by)

Produced by
Scott Ferguson .... executive producer
Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte .... producer (as Jeffrey Levy-Hinte)
David McGiffert .... co-producer
Susan A. Stover .... producer
Dara Weintraub .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Craig Wedren 
 
Cinematography by
Wally Pfister 
 
Film Editing by
Amy E. Duddleston 
 
Casting by
Deborah Aquila 
Tricia Wood 
 
Production Design by
Catherine Hardwicke 
 
Art Direction by
Stephanie Gilliam 
 
Set Decoration by
Gene Serdena 
 
Costume Design by
Cindy Evans 
 
Makeup Department
Margot Boccia .... makeup artist: Ms. Beckinsale
Voni Hinkle .... hair department head
Melanie Hughes .... key makeup artist (as Melanie Hughes-Weaver)
Ben Nye Jr. .... makeup artist
Shari Perry .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
Scott Ferguson .... unit production manager
Beau J. Genot .... post-production supervisor
James R. Maceo .... production supervisor (as Jim Maceo)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephen E. Hagen .... second assistant director (as Stephen Hagen)
David McGiffert .... first assistant director
John R. Saunders .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Rita Rani Ahuja .... art department intern (as Rita Ahyja)
Chuck Askerneese .... assistant property master
Mychael Bates .... property master
Mike Boudreau .... swing gang
Jack Cornelius .... swing gang (as Jack B. Cornelius Jr.)
Nicole Cramer .... art department intern
Peter Croyle .... construction coordinator
Heather Duthie .... art department intern
Elias Garcia .... labor foreman
J. Michael Glynn .... swing gang (as Michael Glynn)
Canada Johanna Gordon .... assistant art director
Jean B. Kliever .... art department coordinator
Robert Louden .... greensman
Todd Morris .... on-set dresser
Craig Anthony Muzio .... master scenic (as Craig Muzio)
John 'Johnny O' Ornelas .... assistant props (as John Ornelas)
Eric Reichardt .... master scenic
Lee Ross .... stand-by painter
Grant Samson .... lead person
Jessica Samuelson .... assistant props
Keith Sawyer .... stand-by painter
Christopher E. Schmid .... greens foreman
Thomas Spencer .... swing gang
Robert Stover .... assistant set decorator (as Robert L. Stover)
Paul Treuscorff .... construction foreperson
Craig Zumbroegel .... propmaker (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Mandy Allen .... adr recordist
Joe Barnett .... sound re-recording mixer
Javier Bennassar .... sound effects editor
Frank Bradley .... utility sound
Evan Daum .... sound assistant
Jed M. Dodge .... dialogue editor (as Jed Dodge)
Matt Dubin .... sound recordist
Tom Efinger .... adr recordist
Mary Erstad .... foley mixer
Marc Fishman .... sound re-recording mixer
Bruno Frascà .... adr mixer (as Bruno Frasca)
Frank Gaeta .... sound designer
Frank Gaeta .... sound supervisor
Phyllis Ginter .... foley artist
Marilyn Graf .... foley mixer (as Marilyn Graff)
Robert Jackson .... boom operator
Emily McCullough .... adr recordist (as Emalie McCullough)
Steve Nelson .... production sound mixer
Alec St. John .... sound effects editor
Trevor Ward .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
 
Special Effects by
Larry Fioritto .... special effects coordinator
Virgil Sanchez .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Devin Johnson .... motion control assistant
Lee Ford Parker .... motion control photographer
 
Stunts
Elle Alexander .... stunts (as Elle Itkoff)
Steve M. Davison .... stunts (as Steve Davison)
Debbie Evans .... stunts (as Debbie Evans Leavitt)
Greg Harris .... stunts (as Greg C. Harris)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt coordinator
Norman Howell .... stunts
Diana R. Lupo .... stunts (as Diana Lupo)
Chuck Picerni Jr. .... stunts
Chad Randall .... stunts
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunts
Katie Rowe .... stunts
Mike Smith .... stunt double
Dana Stein .... stunts
Ron Stein .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jerry Bertolami .... dolly grip
Paul Birk .... electrician
Jeff Chassler .... electrician
Eric M. Davis .... electrician
Mitch Dubin .... camera operator
Richard Fezzey .... grip
Robert Forrest .... grip (as Robert G. Forrest)
Cory Geryak .... chief lighting technician
Bob Gorelick .... Steadicam operator
Michael Guthrie .... grip (as Mike Guthrie)
Bob Hall .... first assistant camera
Amy Hoffecker .... electrician
Casey Jones .... key grip (as Casey P. Jones)
Joe Kelly .... grip
Joe Macaluso .... grip
Peter McAdams .... best boy grip (as Pete McAdams)
Jim McComas .... electrician
Daniel C. McFadden .... camera loader (as Dan McFadden)
John Monsour .... 24 frame video operator
Noe Nava .... electrician
Neal Preston .... still photographer
P. Scott Sakamoto .... Steadicam operator
David A. Seekins .... camera loader (as David Seekins)
Philip Shanahan .... second assistant camera (as Phil Shanahan)
Laura Stewart .... electrician
Larry Sushinski .... best boy electric
Rachel Wells .... electrician
Curtis A. Andrews Jr. .... lighting technician (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Martin Garner .... computer animator
 
Casting Department
Rich King .... extras casting
Jennifer Munoz .... casting associate
Jennifer L. Smith .... casting associate (as Jennifer Smith)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Deborah Myles Davis .... costume supervisor
Anne Laoparadonchai .... costumer
Laura Marolakos .... costumer
Peggy A. Schnitzer .... assistant costume designer (as Peggy Schnitzer)
 
Editorial Department
Don Capoferri .... dailies color grader
Alana Greenfield .... negative cutter
Vivian Hengsteler .... negative cutter (as Vivian Hengstelar)
Caryn Marcus .... editorial
Mato .... color timer
Hilary Schroeder .... associate film editor
 
Music Department
Mike Andrews .... musician: guitar, Ian's Band
Lou Barlow .... musician: bass, Ian's Band
Latashia DeVeaux .... music coordinator (as Latashia Deveaux)
Justin Jacquemotte .... music production assistant
Greg Kurstin .... musician: keyboards: Ian's Band
Lee Mars .... additional score mixer
Mickey Petralia .... music producer: Ian's Band
Russell Pollard .... musician: drums, Ian's Band
Karyn Rachtman .... executive soundtrack album producer
Karyn Rachtman .... music supervisor
Lise Richardson .... music editor (as Lisé Richardson)
Fred Vogler .... music recording engineer (as Fred R. Vogler)
Joey Waronker .... musician: drums, Ian's Band
Imaad Wasif .... musician: guitar, Ian's Band
Craig Wedren .... additional score mixer
 
Transportation Department
Mark 'Bugsy' Albertson .... driver
David F. Hoiseck .... driver
Paul Kowalczyk .... driver
David G. Lang .... driver
John 'Hoover' Lee .... driver (as John Lee 'Hoover')
Randy Mellison .... driver
Chaddon E. Merrick .... driver
Gordie Merrick .... driver
Guy Merrick .... transportation captain
Michael Merrick .... transportation coordinator
Roxanne 'Rocky' Merrick .... driver
Gregg Videgain .... driver (as Gregg R. Videgain)
Johnny Videgain .... driver
Louis Videgain .... driver
Gary Wiseman .... driver (as Gary J. Wiseman)
 
Other crew
Gregg Alberg .... set production assistant
Tamara Allen .... production coordinator
Sia Aryai .... artwork provider
Chad Attie .... artwork provider
Mary Pat Bentel .... assistant: Ms. Cholodenko
Myron Bitting .... coordinator: LAPD
Kyle Boorman .... artwork provider
Kayce Brown .... set production assistant
Heather Cappiello .... script supervisor
Harrison Cheung .... assistant: Mr. Bale
Mark A. Ciardelli .... cook
Vincent Cortez .... security officer (as Vince Cortez)
Chris Cox .... artwork provider
Julie David .... stand-in: Ms. Beckinsale
Matilda de Cagny .... animal trainer (as Mathilde De Cagney)
Brad Doran .... album art courtesy of
Antonio Evans .... first aid
Perri Fichtner .... location scout
John B. Finn .... post-production accounting services: JFA Inc. (as John Finn)
Corinne Fixmer .... accounting consultant
Jenny Fumarolo .... assistant: Frances McDormand
Oanas Alberto Garcia .... cook
Sharon Gardner .... accounting consultant
Mimi Glaser .... clearance/product placement coordinator
John Goetz .... artwork provider
Michael Haber .... artwork provider
Don Hannah .... album art courtesy of
Tom Hellyer .... set production assistant
Michael Hobley .... artwork provider
Brandon Hollyer .... first assistant accountant
Takeo Hori .... staff: Antidote Films
Kim-Minh Huberwald .... office production assistant
April A. Janow .... production accountant
Phill Kane .... location scout (as Phil Kane)
Greg Kappy .... assistant location manager
Reef Karim .... medical technical advisor (as Reef Karim M.D.)
Phyllis Kaufman .... legal services
Jeremy Kidd .... artwork provider
Zbigniew Kozlowski .... unit publicist: Block-Korenbrot (as Ziggy A. Kozlowski)
Stephen Krug .... key set production assistant (as Steve Krug)
Susan Leber .... staff: Antidote Films
Elio Lupo .... assistant: Ms. Beckinsale
James R. Maceo .... location manager (as Jim Maceo)
Sheikh 'Ubi' Ubaid Mahmood .... office production assistant
Michael Manheim .... artwork provider
Cleo Maye .... assistant craft service
Frankie McEwen .... stand-in: Ms. McElhone
Paul Mercier .... looping group
John Monsour .... computer consultant
Scott Morgan .... production secretary (as Phil Packer)
David Mortimer .... unit publicist: Block-Korenbrot
Darin Moss .... layout board
Stan Nelson .... consultant: bioinformatic (as Stan Nelson M.D.)
Carla S. Nemec .... additional clearances (as Carla Nemec)
Brandy Nightingale .... personal assistant: Ms. Beckinsale
René Norman .... artwork provider
KB Pugliese .... payroll accountant
Antonio Quinn .... stand-in: Mr. Nivola
Irwin M. Rappaport .... legal services (as Irwin M. Rappaport Esq.)
Emmanuel T. Reyes .... cook's helper
Nathan Robinson .... assistant: Mr. Nivola
Karen Robson .... legal services
Mark Rogerson .... stand-in: Mr. Bale
Matthew Rudolph .... location assistant
Michael Sartain .... set production assistant
Charlie Scott .... craft service
Mary Jane Skalski .... staff: Antidote Films
Helene Slavin .... artwork provider
Michael Spalt .... artwork provider
Pattee Stayrook .... art consultant: Art O'Rama
Dorit Thies .... artwork provider
Justin Thomas .... chef
Peter Vogel .... assistant production coordinator
Beth Wernick .... looping group
J. John Corbett .... title designer (uncredited)
Frank Murray .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Dan Riley .... assistant: Irwin M. Rappaport (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Karen Bernstein .... special thanks
David Bowie .... special thanks
Laura Cholodenko .... special thanks
Marcia Cholodenko .... special thanks
Paul Cholodenko .... special thanks
Mark Christopher .... special thanks
Janet Clogston .... special thanks
David Colden .... special thanks
Elvis Costello .... special thanks
Jennifer Cox .... special thanks
Maureen Duffy .... special thanks
Larry Elins .... special thanks
Linda Elins .... special thanks
Howard Fabrick .... special thanks (as Howard Fabrick Esq.)
Graham Dary Ferguson .... special thanks
Rodrigo García .... special thanks (as Rodrigo Garcia)
Christie Gaumer .... special thanks
Deborah Harry .... special thanks
Michael Hausman .... special thanks (as Professor Michael Hausman)
Peter Himmelstein .... special thanks
Tamara Jenkins .... special thanks
Justin Kardan .... special thanks
Karen Kardan .... special thanks
Kayvan Kardan .... special thanks
Larry Klein .... special thanks
Julia Kole .... special thanks
Jeanne Levy-Hinte .... very special thanks
Emmanuel Lubezki .... special thanks
Andy Marcus .... special thanks
Charles 'Chip' McDaniel .... special thanks (as Dr. Charles 'Chip' McDaniel)
Doug McGrath .... special thanks
Kathy McWorter .... special thanks
Barry Mendel .... special thanks
Eric Mendelsohn .... special thanks
John Miller-Monzon .... special thanks
Joni Mitchell .... special thanks
Susan Muir .... special thanks
Phedon Papamichael .... special thanks
Iggy Pop .... special thanks
Alex Porter .... special thanks
Kelly Reichart .... special thanks
Kate Robin .... special thanks
Ira Sachs .... special thanks
Michelle Satter .... special thanks
Amy Scholder .... special thanks
Sleater-Kinney .... special thanks
Bruce Springsteen .... special thanks
Chris Stein .... special thanks
Patrick Stettner .... special thanks
Robin Vachal .... special thanks
Bart Walker .... special thanks
Brendan Ward .... special thanks
Joey Waronker .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Rated R for sexuality, language and drug use
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Of the five main actors in this movie, only one, Frances McDormand, uses her own accent. The others are: a Welsh man (Christian Bale) performing an American accent; an English woman (Kate Beckinsale) performing an American accent; an American man (Alessandro Nivola) performing a British accent; and an English woman (Natascha McElhone) performing an Israeli accent.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The album-wrap party takes place in a suite on an upper floor of the Chateau Marmont (we see Ian order more champagne for the "penthouse suite", and the view from the balcony is clearly an upper floor). Yet when Sam storms out of the suite, then runs downstairs while arguing with Jane, they only descend one flight before reaching the lobby. There is a cut, but the dialog implies that no time was cut from their descent.See more »
Quotes:
Jane:Are we ever gonna have a relationship?
Sam:Here we are - having it.
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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A well-made character study, `Laurel Canyon,' explores the reasons for the distress and resentment that can reside between parents and their children., 9 June 2003
Author: ilovedolby from New York State

People are often disappointed in the ones that love them or the ones that they love. This disappointment can stem from the mistakes made by parents in the upbringing of their children, or perhaps the simple differences that separate family members. It is this frustration that plagues Christian Bale's character, Sam, in the film `Laurel Canyon.' A well-made character study, `Laurel Canyon,' explores the reasons for the distress and resentment that can reside between parents and their children. `Laurel Canyon' is about a man named Sam (Bale) and his fiancé Alex (Kate Bekinsale) who move to California so he can begin his medical residency at a local hospital and she can finish her dissertation. The pair moves in with Sam's mom Jane (Frances McDormand) who is record producer who lives on Laurel Canyon Road in Hollywood. Although she is in her mid 40s, she lives the life of a rock star, smoking pot, drinking, partying, and hanging out with her rock star boyfriend Ian (Alessandro Nivola), who is 16 years younger than she. Sam and Jane are always at odds with each other as he is ultraconservative and Jane is like a teenager. The two must weed out their problems and come to terms with each other about the mistakes that Jane made while bringing up Sam. Although a bit slow at times, `Laurel Canyon' was an interesting film that has its lighthearted and touching moments. It's funny to watch the subtle changes that begin in the characters lives. Alex, although conservative like Sam, is slowly being drawn into the free spirited world of Jane's home, with her parties and rock friends always around. Sam is being tempted by the fruit of another woman named Sara (Natascha McElhone), as their share their sexual desires with each other over private conversations in a car. And even Jane is beginning to recognize her own faults-she had several lovers throughout her life is starting to feel the need to settle on just one, Ian. Every character starts to understand that they are all the extreme end of different spectrums and they must learn to meet somewhere in the middle. The acting in the film was excellent. Every actor was believable and to a certain extent, the audience can feel their pain and happiness. McDormand (`Fargo') and Bale (`Empire of The Sun') steal the show with their amazing abilities to transcend the characters in the script to the dynamic people they present on the screen. Praise must also be given to Bekinsale (`Pearl Harbor') and Nivola (`Jurassic Park 3') for their exceptional performances.

One other superior quality of `Laurel Canyon' was the music, some of which was sung by Nivola. The soundtrack holds a great deal of classic rock songs from groups such as `Steely Dan,' `Leroy' and `Mercury Rev.'

Overall, `Laurel Canyon' was a very good movie that reminds its audience to look beyond the surface of things and to see what really matters in all relationships-love. ***

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