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Pieces of April -- A headstrong young woman (Katie Holmes) who has alienated her parents is forced to confront their troubled relationship when she learns that her mother (Patricia Clarkson) is dying of cancer.
Pieces of April -- A wayward daughter invites her dying mother and the rest of her estranged family to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner.
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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28 November 2003 (USA) See more »
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  (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
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 Bloome .... 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
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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Rated PG-13 for language, sensuality, drug content and images of nudity
80 min
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Although the film is dedicated to Peter Hedges' mother, who died of cancer, the only true aspect he incorporated is the line where Joy talks about the fictional singer "Smack Daddy". The line is almost word for word what Peter's mother told him while in the hospital, the only exception being that she was talking about Barry White.See more »
Continuity: When Bobby goes out, April is shown with a bandage on her finger long before she actually cuts it.See more »
[Beth has just finished singing]
Jim Burns:Bravo! Encore, encore!
Beth Burns:Any requests?
Joy Burns:That you stop.
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45 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
funny and moving little film, 11 April 2004
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

Written and directed by Peter Hedges, `Pieces of April' is a droll little comedy with deadly serious overtones. April is the black sheep of the Burns family, the one child of whom her mother has no fond memories. Although from what we see of her, April seems to be a pretty decent young lady, it is obvious that her parents and her brother and sister harbor deep resentments towards her (her earlier involvement with drugs and drug dealers seems to be the primary cause of bitterness). Well, it's Thanksgiving Day and April is attempting to mend some bridges by hosting this year's dinner at her cramped New York City apartment. April is terrified of failure and her family members have little faith that she will be able to pull the event off. Complicating matters even further is the fact that Joy, April's mother, is suffering from terminal cancer.

As a narrative, the film basically runs along two parallel tracks. One involves April and her frantic attempts to get her dinner cooked despite the fact that her gas oven has suddenly stopped working. This forces her to go up and down the hallway of her apartment building throwing herself on the mercy of her colorfully eccentric neighbors, some of whom offer their assistance and some of whom don't. Hedges mines his richest vein of humor in this section, capturing the offbeat nature of both the people and the situation. The other plotline - involving the family's reluctant trek from suburbia into the city - naturally carries with it far more serious overtones, dealing as it does with death, recrimination, family dysfunction and despair. But even here, Hedges is able to inject some moments of wicked black humor into the proceedings.

Oddly enough, of all the characters, April is one of the least fully developed in the film. She remains basically a passive observer and most of what we learn about her comes from comments made by various family members. We have to take it on faith that she is such a loser and a troublemaker because we see very little evidence of it with out own eyes. Certainly the most intriguing character in the story is the ironically named Joy, ironic because, even though her terminally ill status should elicit sympathy from the audience, her often-nasty disposition makes it difficult for us to like her. This is Hedges' boldest touch, this refusal to sugarcoat or sentimentalize a person just because life and the fates have been unkind to her. Also quite fascinating is the character of Beth, April's younger sister. We see how Beth thrives on the positive attention she receives simply by being the `good' daughter of the family, and how she jealously and ever-so-sweetly guards her own position while subtly sabotaging any effort on the part of April to make amends and to find her way back into the fold. It's a fascinating portrayal of sibling rivalry carried to destructive proportions.

`Pieces of April' features wonderful performances by Katie Holmes as April, Oliver Platt as her father, Alison Pill as her sister, and Derek Luke (from `Antwone Fisher') as her boyfriend. Particular praise should go to Lillias White, as the neighbor who supplies April with a stove at her greatest hour of need, and to Patricia Clarkson as Joy, who achieves the Herculean task of making her pain-wracked character both abrasive and sympathetic at the same time. It's an award-worthy performance.

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