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Pieces of April -- A wayward daughter invites her dying mother and the rest of her estranged family to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Writer (WGA):
Peter Hedges (written by)
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Release Date:
19 February 2004 (Germany) See more »
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She's the one in every family.
Plot:
A wayward daughter invites her dying mother and the rest of her estranged family to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 17 wins & 18 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Katie Holmes ... April Burns

Derek Luke ... Bobby

Oliver Platt ... Jim Burns

Alison Pill ... Beth Burns

John Gallagher Jr. ... Timmy Burns

Patricia Clarkson ... Joy Burns

Alice Drummond ... Grandma Dottie

Vitali Baganov ... Half Asleep Man

Lillias White ... Evette

Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... Eugene

Adrian Martinez ... Man in Mohair Sweater
Susan Bruce ... Tish
Jamari Richardson ... Boy on Bicycle
Leila Danette ... Woman in Stairwell
Stephen Chen ... Lee Loung Tan
Sally Leung Bayer ... Lee Quong Tan

Sean Hayes ... Wayne

Sisqó ... Latrell (as SisQo)
Marcus Lovett ... Parade Announcer
Jack Chen ... Lee Quong
Jacqueline Dai ... Lee Lang
Rosa Luo ... Lee Wai Yam
Birdie M. Hale ... Woman outside Bodega

Armando Riesco ... Tyrone
Christine Todino ... Waitress
Anney Giobbe ... Young Mother
Elizabeth Douglass ... Young Girl
Rusty De Wees ... Joy's Biker Guy (as Rusty DeWees)
Vincent Roselli ... Timmy's Biker Guy
Ficchi ... Bernadette the Dog

Directed by
Peter Hedges 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Peter Hedges (written by)

Produced by
Alexis Alexanian .... producer
Lucy Barzun Donnelly .... co-producer (as Lucy Barzun)
Dianne Dreyer .... associate producer
Caroline Kaplan .... executive producer
John S. Lyons .... producer (as John Lyons)
Jonathan Sehring .... executive producer
John Sloss .... executive producer
Lucille Smith .... co-producer (as Lucille Masone Smith)
Gary Winick .... producer
Holly Becker .... supervising producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Stephin Merritt 
 
Cinematography by
Tami Reiker (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Mark Livolsi 
 
Casting by
Will Cantler 
Bernard Telsey 
David Vaccari 
 
Production Design by
Rick Butler 
 
Art Direction by
Shannon Robert Bowen 
Aleta Shaffer 
 
Costume Design by
Laura Bauer 
 
Makeup Department
Julie Delaney .... hair department head
Mike Potter .... makeup department head
Mike Potter .... wig maker
HolliPops Smith .... hair department head
Joanna Stewart .... key makeup artist (as Joanna J. Stewart)
 
Production Management
Jake Abraham .... post-production supervisor
Lucille Smith .... unit production manager (as Lucille Masone Smith)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vebe Borge .... first assistant director
Augie Carton .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Betsy Baker .... set dresser
Jack Marcus Brodsky .... properties and furniture courtesy of
Steph Brynner .... assistant art director
Devin Butler .... scenic artist
Denise Carbonelle .... sculpture: April's apartment courtesy of
Carole Hedges .... ceramic turkeys courtesy of
Leo Holder .... graphic artist
Shane Klein .... on-set dresser
Tim Okamura .... paintings: April's apartment courtesy of (as Tim C. Okamura)
Tim Okamura .... scenic artist (as Tim C. Okamura)
Christina Polumbo .... scenic artist
Jimmy Simak .... art department assistant (as Jim Simak)
Devin Butler .... painter (uncredited)
Danny Rovira .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording mixer
Mariusz Glabinski .... post-production sound services: 701 Sound
Piotr Glabinski .... post-production sound services: 701 Sound
Marlena Grzaslewicz .... post-production sound services: 701 Sound
Bryant Musgrove .... boom operator
Aaron J. Rudelson .... production sound mixer (as Aaron Rudelson)
Steve F.B. Smith .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Ira Spiegel .... post-production sound services: 701 Sound
Chad Birmingham .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Leslie Bloom .... foley artist (uncredited)
Nancy Cabrera .... foley artist (uncredited)
Mariusz Glabinski .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Piotr Glabinski .... sound editor (uncredited)
Marlena Grzaslewicz .... adr editor (uncredited)
Marlena Grzaslewicz .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Dan Korintus .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Matthew McKenzie .... adr recordist: Toronto (uncredited)
Colin McLellan .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Eric Rolnick .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Ira Spiegel .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cat Crosby .... key grip
Hardwick Johnson .... thanks: Camera Service Center (as Hardwrick Johnson)
Sam Levy .... camera operator: "b" camera
Teddy Maki .... still photographer
Stephen Mann .... thanks: action camera cars
Nathaniel Miller .... first assistant camera
Kate Phelan .... gaffer
Charlie Tammaro .... thanks: Camera Service Center
Jason Vandermer .... second assistant camera
Graham Willoughby .... gaffer
Lou Massa .... co-key grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Jaclyn Brodsky .... casting associate
Craig Burns .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amy R. Burt .... wardrobe supervisor (as Amy Burt)
Bobby Frederick Tilley .... assistant costume designer (as Bobby Tilley)
 
Editorial Department
Rachel Biles .... associate editor
Milan Boncich .... colorist
Emily Gardiner .... post-production coordinator
Carlos Rodriguez .... colorist
John Dowdell .... colorist (uncredited)
Michael Hatzer .... color timer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
Alison LaCourse .... music editor
Alex Steyermark .... executive music producer
 
Other crew
Bettina Bilger .... intern
Brian Brown .... caterer: Shooting Stars Cattering
Jeffrey A. Brown .... location manager (as Jeff Brown)
Lisa Brown .... caterer: Shooting Stars Cattering
Chika Chukudebelu .... intern (as Chika I. Chukudebelu)
Wendy Cohen .... production resources
Mara Hade Connolly .... assistant production accountant (as Mara Connolly)
Adrian Correia .... set production assistant
Dianne Dreyer .... script supervisor
Jacqueline Eckhouse .... production legal: Sloss Law Office (as Jacqueline Eckhouse Esq.)
Kerin Ferallo .... production coordinator
Peter Friedlander .... assistant: John Lyons
Jennifer Gaylord .... production legal: Sloss Law Office (as Jennifer Gaylord Esq.)
Dave Hall .... location assistant
Emily Hart .... intern
Sebastian Ischer .... intern
Richard S. Kaplinski .... intern
Marion Koh .... intern
Matt Longwell .... assistant location manager (as Matthew Longwell)
Berndt Mader .... office production assistant (as R. Berndt Mader)
Maria Maggenti .... dog supplier: Ficchi
Kevin McGill .... caterer: Shooting Stars Cattering
Karrie Myers .... intern
Josh Newport .... location assistant
David Pfluger .... tape to film shooting
Thomas R. Polleri .... location scout (as Tom Polleri)
Paul Polow .... set production assistant
Taylor Roe .... intern
Thomas Roughan .... set production assistant (as Thomas 'Bravo' Roughan)
Jonathan Roumie .... location consultant
Brian Sachson .... intern
Ruedi Schick .... tape-to-film supervisor
Beth M. Schniebolk .... assistant production coordinator
Mandy Tagger .... production coordinator: InDiGent
Adele Thaxton .... intern
Matilde Valera .... production accountant
 
Thanks
Steve Abraham .... special thanks (as Dr. Steve Abraham)
Gary Baker .... special thanks
Chris Barra .... thanks: Xeno Lights
Susan Batten .... special thanks
Kamau Benjamin .... special thanks
Carl Berg .... special thanks (as Dr. Carl Berg)
Merri Biechler .... special thanks
Jane P. Brawley .... thanks: deputy commissioner, New York City Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting
Steve Briemer .... special thanks (as Stephen F. Breimer)
Stephanie Broadnax .... thanks: The Palisade Interstate Park Commission, Bear Mountain, New York
Joannie Burstein .... special thanks
Diana Burton .... special thanks
Niamh Butler .... special thanks
Joseph Calritos .... special thanks
Andrew Cathcart .... thanks: Meow Mix, New York City
Justin Christopher .... special thanks
Ana Cintron .... special thanks
Myfa Cirinna .... thanks: Entertainment Partners Inc.
Vin Crapanzano .... thanks: St. Thomas Aquinas College
Tomas Crespo .... thanks: Organic and Natural Food Market
Elaine Crowley .... thanks: New York City Parks
Joe Dapello .... special thanks
Chris Delosangeles .... special thanks
Steve Dontanville .... special thanks
Berrain Eno .... thanks: Arthur's Dress Shop
Mary Clare Evans .... special thanks
Anthony Famigietti .... special thanks
Brian Fiarello .... thanks: Krispy Creme of East Meadow, New York
Van Fleet .... thanks: Arthur's Dress Shop
Marc H. Glick .... special thanks
Wendy Goidell .... special thanks
Claudia Gonson .... special thanks
Kenny Goodman .... special thanks
Richard Greenberg .... special thanks
Desmond Guthrie .... special thanks
Frankie Hailey .... thanks: The Salvation Army
Carole Hedges .... in memory of
Laurel Hedges .... special thanks
Lucas Hedges .... special thanks
Robert B. Hedges .... special thanks (as Rev. Robert B. Hedges)
Simon Hedges .... special thanks
Karl Heiselman .... special thanks
Belinda Houchens .... thanks: Kings Korner Gifts Scottsburg, Indiana
Randy Johnson .... thanks: Randy's Garage
Susan King .... special thanks
Peter Krimitsos .... thanks: Blauvelt Coach Diner
Scott Laule .... special thanks
Michael Leslie .... special thanks
Jill Lichtig .... special thanks
Rich Lichtig .... special thanks
Ken Lipper .... special thanks
Austin Lopez .... special thanks
Derrick Loris .... special thanks
Tod A. Maitland .... special thanks
Jaime Marks .... thanks: The Puck Building
Ryan McMahon .... special thanks
Douglas McWilliams .... special thanks
Lisa McWilliams .... special thanks
Megan McWilliams .... special thanks
Tory Metzger .... special thanks
Ruth Moore .... special thanks
Harold W. Morris Sr. .... thanks: Willis Avenue United Methodist Church (as Rev. Harold W. Morris Sr.)
Bruce Page .... thanks: Greenbush Presbyterian Church
Mary-Louise Parker .... special thanks
Tim Patmont .... thanks: Patmont Motor Works
Adrienne Patsos .... thanks: Barbizon Lighting Company
Michael Peretzian .... special thanks
Scott H. Ramsey .... thanks: Xeno Lights (as Scott Ramsey)
Bob Ricca .... special thanks
Ann Roth .... special thanks
Carin Sage .... special thanks
Kirsten Schatz .... special thanks
Ira Schreck .... special thanks
Larry Schwartz .... thanks: The Puck Building
Eric Scott .... special thanks
Mike Scott .... special thanks
Pat Scott .... thanks: commissioner, New York City Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting (as Patricia Reed Scott)
Lawrence Shaffer .... thanks: The Salvation Army (as Major Lawrence Shaffer)
Raymond Ted Shelton .... special thanks (as Raymond T. Shelton)
Eric Shonz .... thanks: Entertainment Partners Inc.
David Shuchat .... special thanks
Sydney Sidner .... special thanks
Alin Splichel .... special thanks
Erwin Stoff .... special thanks
John A. Narcissa Titman .... special thanks
Leslie Topping .... special thanks
Brooke Webster .... thanks: Meow Mix, New York City
Sally Willcox .... special thanks
Jim Zachar .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for language, sensuality, drug content and images of nudity
Runtime:
80 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The title "Pieces of April" comes from a Three Dog Night song.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Joy's wig is wet after she rinses it in the sink. Presumably a short time later, the ride continues, but Joy's wig is completely dry.See more »
Quotes:
April Burns:Once, there was this day... this one day when... everyone realized they needed each other.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Jolly Old St. NickSee more »

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36 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Took Me By Surprise, 23 November 2005
Author: evanston_dad from United States

This film blew me out of the water. I was expecting an amiable, slight comedy, serving more than anything else as a launching pad for Katie Holmes's career into the Hollywood big time. But instead, this movie is a substantive and very moving story about a young girl who desperately wants to make a nice Thanksgiving dinner for a family from whom she feels somewhat estranged. It's extremely warm but extremely sad, and left me with a huge lump in my throat.

Katie Holmes is winning and sweet as April, and whether or not you like Holmes, I bet you'll be rooting for her by the film's end. For one day, her whole world becomes about planning one successful dinner party, and her lack of skill forces her to fall back on the kindness of neighbors she's never taken the time to meet. Meanwhile, her family (mother, father, brother and snotty sister) are on their way into the city to April's apartment, whining and complaining about having to visit a crummy part of town and missing no opportunity to criticize April, while trying to ignore the white elephant in the room, the fact that their mom has cancer and may not live to see another holiday. Of course, the conversations they have with each other communicate heaps of back story and clue us in to the family dynamic, and we learn that April's biggest critic, her mom, also happens to be the most like her daughter.

Patricia Clarkson has become one of my favorite actresses, and her Academy Award nomination for her performance as the mom in this film was richly deserved (I think she should have won). She beautifully plays this role with just the right amount of sarcasm and wit to prevent the movie from ever getting bogged down in sentimentality. When she finally is reunited with April at the very end, what could have been an icky, maudlin ending instead knocked the wind out of me with its simplicity and honest emotion.

"Pieces of April" just feels like one of those movies that is based on actual events in the life of its writer or director. It's full of tiny details of behavior that make the characters feel completely authentic, rather than creations. And there's a total understanding on everybody's part of the dynamics at play in a family that doesn't always get along and of that tendency of families facing some sort of crisis to latch on to one thing that's pretty mundane in order to avoid dealing with something else that is too big for the individual family members to deal with on its own.

Grade: A

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