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1 November 2002 (Ireland) See more »
After her beloved husband's suicide, a mourning supermarket worker and her best friend hit the road in Scotland, but find that grief is something that you can't run away from forever. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
10 wins & 16 nominations See more »
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A work of art, a novel and a painting come to life. See more (111 total) »


  (in credits order)

Samantha Morton ... Morvern Callar
Kathleen McDermott ... Lanna

Paul Popplewell ... Cat in the Hat
Ruby Milton ... Couris Jean

Dolly Wells ... Susan

Dan Cadan ... Dazzer
Carolyn Calder ... Sheila Tequila
Raife Patrick Burchell ... Boy in Room 1022
Steve Cardwell ... Welcoming Courier

Bryan Dick ... Guy with Hat's Mate
El Carrette ... Gypsy Taxi Driver
Andrew Flanagan ... Overdose

Des Hamilton ... Him
Mette Karlsvik ... Sick Girl / Bikini Girl
Andrew Knowles ... Green Boy #1
Duncan McHardy ... Red Hanna

Linda McGuire ... Vanessa
Mischa Richter ... Rick, the American Courier
Vito Rocco ... Swimming Pool Courier
Danny Schofield ... Dave
Matthew Townend ... Green Boy #2
Andrew Townley ... Creeping Jesus
Yolanda Vazquez ... Spanish Mother
James Wilson ... Tom Boddington (as Jim Wilson)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Donnie Baxter ... Extra
William Hall

Andy Hazel ... Dancer in Club (uncredited)

Directed by
Lynne Ramsay 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Liana Dognini 
Lynne Ramsay 
Alan Warner  novel

Produced by
Leonard Crooks .... executive producer (as Lenny Crooks)
George Faber .... producer
Andras Hamori .... executive producer
Barbara McKissack .... executive producer
Seaton McLean .... executive producer
Charles Pattinson .... producer
Robyn Slovo .... producer
David M. Thompson .... executive producer
Ronaldo Vasconcellos .... line producer
Cinematography by
Alwin H. Küchler  (as Alwin H. Kuchler)
Film Editing by
Lucia Zucchetti 
Casting by
Des Hamilton 
Production Design by
Jane Morton 
Art Direction by
Philip Barber 
James David Goldmark 
Costume Design by
Sarah Blenkinsop 
Makeup Department
Trefor Proud .... makeup artist
Tania Wanstall .... hair stylist
Tania Wanstall .... makeup artist
Production Management
Alex Sutherland .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Karoline Blohm .... second assistant director
Michael Elliott .... assistant director
Mark Fenn .... assistant director
Ana Gallardo .... second assistant director: Spain
Rufus Rawley .... third assistant director
Nic Shearer .... second assistant director: Spain
Anthony Wilcox .... third assistant director: Spain
Art Department
Kirsty Anderson .... art department assistant
Peter Ashwin .... property master: Spain
Carrie Bond .... art department assistant
Charles Brooke .... stand-by props: Spain
Ursula Cleary .... stand-by art director
Linda Doyle .... art department assistant
Jim Elliott .... property master
Richard Gommersall .... props buyer: Spain
Andrea Matheson .... assistant art director
Tom McEwen .... dressing props: UK
Matt Mooney .... dressing props: UK
Polly Philcox .... production buyer
Paulo Torres .... construction manager (as Paulo A. Torres)
David Wallwork .... art assistant (as David J. Gomez Wallwork)
Kem White .... art department assistant
Damien Williams .... stand-by construction
Rhona Wilson .... stand-by props: UK
Sound Department
Tim Alban .... sound re-recording mixer
James Andrews .... adr editor
James Andrews .... adr mixer
Owen Bleasdale .... foley assistant
Paul Davies .... sound designer
Richard Flynn .... sound
Robin Green .... additional boom operator
Alex Hudd .... sound consultant: dolby
Martin Ireland .... sound trainee
Melissa Lake .... foley artist
Andy Moffat .... boom operator
Gerard Roche .... adr mixer
Steve Schwalbe .... dialogue editor
Barnaby Smyth .... foley editor (as Barnaby Smythe)
Barnaby Smyth .... foley recordist (as Barnaby Smythe)
Andrew Stirk .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Jason Swanscott .... foley artist
Stuart Wilson .... sound recordist: second unit
Visual Effects by
Simon Frame .... visual effects supervisor
Gruff Owen .... digital compositor
Glenn Marks .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Ackland .... clapper loader
Nick Barrett .... camera operator: EPK
David Bourke .... electrician
Simon Bray .... Steadicam operator
Lewis Buchan .... additional focus puller
Gautier Deblonde .... still photographer
Matthew Dowlar .... electrician
Robin Earle .... stand-by rigger
Mark Hutchings .... rigging gaffer
Clive Johnson .... electrician
Alison Lai .... camera trainee
Andy Long .... gaffer
Andrew Moorhead .... company grip (as Andy Moorhead)
Ronan Murphy .... additional grip
Jay Jay Odedra .... focus puller (as Jay Odedra)
Andy Ormesher .... stand-by rigger
Tony Sankey .... key grip
Sky Sharrock .... additional clapper loader
Jamie Summers .... electrician
Thomas Townend .... camera operator
Thomas Townend .... director of photography: second unit
David Wall .... electrician
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... adr voice casting
Brendan Donnison .... adr voice casting
Zeynep Santiroglu .... casting: Spain
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vivienne Jones .... wardrobe supervisor
Penny Keeling .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Pani Ahmadi-Moore .... first assistant editor
Mike Fraser .... negative cutter
Alec Gibson .... color grader
Jamie Perritt .... editor trainee
Location Management
Juan Fernández .... location manager: Spain
Ben Hepworth .... location manager
Aurelia Thomas .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Maggie Bazin .... music supervisor
Andrew Cannon .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Tim Jefferis .... construction truck driver
Other crew
Carrie Beaumont .... set runner: Spain
James Biddle .... production coordinator
Colin Bishop .... projectionist: Mr. Youngs Preview Theatre
Diane Black .... production assistant
Ramon Casajust .... production assistant
Nick Childs .... production assistant
Maria Del Mar Gutierrez .... assistant accountant: Spain
Clare Dodin .... stand-in: Ms. Morton
Steve Emmerson .... production assistant
John Fass .... title designer
Mike Fraser .... rushes transfer
Anna Graham .... assistant accountant
Willow Grylls .... business affairs: Company Pictures
Silvia Gómez .... assistant coordinator: Spain (as Silvia Gomes Gonzales)
Silvia Gómez .... assistant coordinator: Spain (as Silvia González)
Mary Haddow .... script supervisor
Stewart Hamilton .... production assistant (as Stuart Hamilton)
Shian Holt .... location trainee: Scotland
Alex Jenkins .... assistant coordinator: UK
Sarah Louise Kay .... production accountant
Lacia Kornylo .... head of production: Alliance Atlantis
Rowena Ladbury .... additional script supervisor
Christina Lesbirel .... assistant: Ms. Morton
Christine MacLean .... production executive: BBC Scotland
Ben Mangham .... floor runner
Lorn McDonald .... set runner: Scotland
Mark McGhee .... production assistant
Steve McIntyre .... head of production: Scottish Screen
Charlotte Mickie .... head of production: Alliance Atlantis
Mark Niemierko .... assistant coordinator: London
Ann Ramsay .... assistant: Ms. Ramsay
Andrew Rosen .... production executive: Alliance Atlantis
Tam Tolmie .... production assistant
Estela Torres .... production assistant
Javi Zapata .... production assistant
Juan Zegura .... production assistant
James Wilson .... thanks

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Rated R for sexuality, nudity, language and some disturbing images
97 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Morvern Callar was the debut novel by Scottish author Alan Warner, first published in 1995.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Morvern drags Lanna out of the hotel room and into the cab with the loud music and the decorated dashboard, the shots of the driver show that the dials on the dashboard of the car are not operating, suggesting that the car is, in fact, being towed for filming purposes.See more »
Lanna:Where are we going?
Morvern Callar:Somewhere beautiful.
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Movie Connections:
References Ms .45 (1981)See more »
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30 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
A work of art, a novel and a painting come to life., 2 November 2002
Author: Azeem Ali Khan from United Kingdom

After all the hype that greeted Lynne Ramsay's first film, Ratcatcher, which I didn't see, I approached this with caution. The presence of Samantha Morton was my guarantee that it would at least be watchable, as she's never yet put a foot wrong on screen. And boy was my faith rewarded! It's a long time since I've emerged from a cinema so entranced, and then started itching to see the film again just a few hours later.

Samantha Morton's performance is truly extraordinary, bringing to life this mysterious, inscrutable woman who is at the same time very alive and in-your-face, not out of place getting smashed at a party, yet seeming like an alien as she wanders around listening to her walkman with a dazed 1000 yard stare. I was amazed to read that Kathleen McDermott, who plays her best friend, is a non-professional; it says a lot for her performance that she holds her own opposite such a stellar talent - and also says a lot for the naturalism and generosity of Morton's performance.

Some critics have been much exercised by the implausibilities in the plot (around the fate of her boyfriend's body and the dealings with the publisher, for example). I don't care about all that stuff! This film is as far away from gritty realism as it's possible to get. Go with the flow and soak up the atmosphere is my advice.

You may read that this film is beautifully photographed, that every shot is a small work of art, exquisitely composed and framed. If not, you've just read it from me. That's all very well, of course - they say the same things about Peter Greenaway, who as far as I'm concerned would have been burnt at the stake in a more civilised age. The difference here is the warmth and seeming spontaneity of Lynne Ramsay's work. I didn't hear a voice shouting "look at me, aren't I beautifully filmed??". She doesn't tell us, she just shows us, revealing a gift for finding beauty in the mundane.

The other stroke of genius in this film is the soundtrack - and I don't just mean the music, although that is brilliantly chosen, revealing a trace of gallows humour in the film's grisliest scene; no, just the use of sound, the way we can hear everything, even the cockroach scuttling along the hotel room floor; and the way some of the conversations fade in from a distance, but in such a way that we can still just about hear what is being said.

For once, the hype is justified: Lynne Ramsay is the real deal, and Samantha Morton deserves another Oscar nomination for this breathtaking performance. Unreservedly recommended. So there.

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