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The Civilization of Maxwell Bright -- Patrick Warburton (TV's Less Than Perfect and Seinfeld) is Max Bright, a male chauvinist who's tired of relationships with strong-willed, independent women. Max's solution: shell out big bucks for an Asian mail order bride who will do what she's told, only speak when spoken to and never say "no." But what Max gets is an unexpected lesson in life in this moving film about the search for meaning and the power of love. Also starring Academy Award nominee Jennifer Tilly, Simon Callow, Eric Roberts and Carol Kane, The Civilization of Maxwell Bright will challenge your perceptions and lift your spirits.


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Writer (WGA):
David Beaird (written by)
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28 September 2007 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Patrick Warburton ... Max Bright

Marie Matiko ... Mai Ling

Simon Callow ... Mr. Wroth

Austin Pendleton ... Jaurice

Jennifer Tilly ... Dr. O'Shannon

Kurt Fuller ... Berdette

Eric Roberts ... Arlis

Keith Diamond ... Jackson
Rick Mali ... Timo
Constance Hsu ... Mrs. Wroth
Bryan Clark ... Justice of the Peace
Erryn Cleaver ... Erin the Makeup Artist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Monique Coppola ... Gabby Client (scenes deleted)

Leland Crooke ... Buddy DeHare

Cathryn de Prume ... Helen

Nora Dunn ... Mary Jane

Nicole Gian ... Claudine

John Glover ... Ogden

Carol Kane ... Temple

Terence Knox ... Officer Riggs

Missi Pyle ... Cop
Renee Ridgeley ... Amber
Paul Taegel ... Hugo

Shawn David Thompson ... David Law
Justin Ipock ... Church member (uncredited)

Sophia Santi ... Cop (uncredited)

Nicole Sciacca ... Officer Marquelies (uncredited)

Directed by
David Beaird 
Writing credits
David Beaird (written by)

Produced by
Shevonne Durkin .... co-producer
Paul Etheredge .... co-producer
Robin R. Oliver .... associate producer
Michael Roth .... co-producer
Brad Warshaw .... associate producer
Steven J. Wolfe .... producer
Original Music by
Greg Ellis 
Cinematography by
Dean Lent 
Film Editing by
Shawn David Thompson 
Production Design by
Fred Cline 
Set Decoration by
Linnea Pattillo 
Costume Design by
Bethan Land 
Makeup Department
Josh Martin .... key makeup artist
Mayumi Murakami .... key hair stylist (as Maya Murakami)
Debra Schrey .... key makeup artist: Patrick Warburton
Production Management
Adam Fike .... post-production supervisor
Steven J. Wolfe .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brett Dos Santos .... second assistant director
Donna Fewell .... second assistant director
Robin R. Oliver .... first assistant director
Tregg Rustad .... second assistant director
Art Department
Karey Green .... assistant set decorator
Maria Higgins .... property master
Timothy Kelley .... graphic design & computer screens
Brian Kindregan .... storyboard artist
Brian Kindregan .... visual consultant
Chiyo Kindregan .... production illustrator
Paul Taegel .... set dresser
Sound Department
Monroe Cummings .... additional sound mixer
Paul Drenning .... adr mixer
Stephen Fitzmaurice .... sound re-recording mixer
Stephen M. Galvin .... adr editor
Stephen M. Galvin .... dialog editor
Patrick M. Griffith .... supervising sound editor
Steve McCarty .... sound editor
Matthew Nicolay .... production sound mixer
Chris Ostler .... sound recordist
Timothy Pearson .... foley artist
John Peccatiello .... foley coordinator
Griffin Richardson .... sound mixer
Cathleen Rowland .... sound effects editor
Galen L. Senogles .... sound effects editor (as Galen Senogles)
Larry Stensvold .... sound re-recording mixer
Don Thomas .... sound mixer
Noel Vought .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Ron Trost .... special effects
Robert G. Goodwin .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Robert Bradshaw Bennett .... best boy electric
Anthony Borton .... key grip
Steven D'Arcangelo .... grip
Roger Deforest .... gaffer
Edward Green .... assistant camera
Matt Michaels .... additional best boy electric
Adam Peabody .... gaffer
Josh Siemens .... best boy grip
Casting Department
Brad Warshaw .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Judi Kelly .... set costumer
Jenny Wunderlich .... set costumer
Editorial Department
April Larson .... assistant editor
Music Department
Daniel Pinder .... score mixer (as Dan Pinder)
Other crew
Adam Fike .... production coordinator
Stephen A. Mintz .... location manager
Martin Quaden .... production assistant
Robert Shirreffs .... script supervisor

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Rated R for strong language including sexual references, some sexuality and graphic nudity
107 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Continuity: During the standoff at the store, the gun Max is holding jumps from one hand to the other.See more »
Max Bright:I'm gonna go throw some britches on before somebody gets sick.See more »


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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Surprisingly good, 7 April 2009
Author: megabigblur from Penang, Malaysia

The movie starts out with a long shot of a nun meditating at a temple and a voice-over: "A good Buddhist would be willing to jump into hell to save just one other person." Then it cuts to a picture of a Southern California town with a big caption: "HELL".

I thought this movie was going to be an amusing comedy about a boor who gets his expectations of a submissive, doll-like mail-order bride turned upside down. He does, but rather than being comedic this movie is dramatic and touching. Maxwell Bright starts out as a guy who is self-destructing and losing everything in life - his business, his friends, his house, his self-image. He thinks he can buy a "geisha girl" who will prop up his ego, but what he gets is a quietly strong woman who both makes him realize what humiliating depths he's sunk to, and pulls him out of them.

It seems like a low-budget production because the camera work is a bit choppy and the pacing is terrible - slow bits should be fast and fast bits should be slow - but the writing and acting are great.

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