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The Secret Lives of Dentists -- An introspective dentist's suspicions about his wife's infidelity stresses his mental well being and family life to the breaking point.
The Secret Lives of Dentists -- An introspective dentist's suspicions about his wife's infidelity stresses his mental well being and family life to the breaking point.


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Writers (WGA):
Jane Smiley (novel)
Craig Lucas (screenplay)
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Release Date:
29 August 2003 (USA) See more »
An introspective dentist's suspicions about his wife's infidelity stresses his mental well being and family life to the breaking point. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
5 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Campbell Scott ... David Hurst

Denis Leary ... Slater

Robin Tunney ... Laura
Peter Samuel ... Larry

Hope Davis ... Dana Hurst

Jon Patrick Walker ... Mark
Gianna Beleno ... Lizzie Hurst
Lydia Jordan ... Stephanie Hurst

Cassidy Hinkle ... Leah Hurst

Adele D'Man ... Carol
Kathleen Kinhan ... Virgin
Sara Lerch ... Virgin
Lori Mirabal ... Virgin
Mark Ethan ... Conductor

Flora Martínez ... Female Patient (as Flora Martinez)
J. Tucker Smith ... Handsome Patient

Kevin Carroll ... Dr. Danny

Kate Clinton ... Elaine
Herbie Ade ... Male Patient (as Herbert Ade)
Aisha De Haas ... Policewoman

Susie Essman ... Nurse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Randy Clark ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Alan Rudolph 
Writing credits
Jane Smiley (novella "The Age of Grief")

Craig Lucas (screenplay)

Produced by
Jonathan Filley .... executive producer
Martin Garvey .... executive producer
David Newman .... executive producer
Campbell Scott .... producer
George VanBuskirk .... producer
Original Music by
Gary DeMichele 
Cinematography by
Florian Ballhaus 
Film Editing by
Andy Keir 
Casting by
Pam Dixon  (as Pam Dixon Mickelson)
Production Design by
Ted Glass 
Art Direction by
Anna Louizos 
Set Decoration by
Alyssa Winter 
Costume Design by
Amy Westcott 
Makeup Department
Sherry Heart .... key hair stylist
Susan Reilly LeHane .... key makeup artist
Tania Ribalow .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Jonathan Filley .... unit production manager
John A. Machione .... unit production manager (as John Machione)
Kelly Miller .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jan Sebastian Ballhaus .... first assistant director
Francisco Ortiz .... dga trainee
Danielle Rigby .... second assistant director
Art Department
Gregg Anaroni .... set dresser
Wayne Brackett .... set dresser
Joseph DeLuca .... on-set dresser
Sarah Dennis .... art department assistant
Peter Gelfman .... property master
Caroline Irons .... camera scenic artist
Eric Lewin .... set dresser
Robin McAllister .... additional props
Robin McAllister .... property assistant
Addy McClelland .... art coordinator
Jeff Naparstek .... set dresser
Will Scheck .... second props
Mark Paul Selemon .... on-set dresser (as Mark Selemon)
Greg Sullivan .... charge scenic artist
Chris Vogt .... lead man
Dave Weinman .... lead man
Sound Department
Nancy Cabrera .... foley artist
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer
Gerald Donlan .... adr editor
Mariusz Glabinski .... sound effects editor
Marlena Grzaslewicz .... supervising dialogue editor
Bruce Kitzmeyer .... sound editor
Thomas Kodros .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Kevin Meehan .... boom operator
Branka Mrkic .... dialogue editor
Anne Pope .... assistant sound editor
Schavaria Reeves .... additional boom operator
Schavaria Reeves .... cable person
William Sarokin .... production sound mixer
Ira Spiegel .... supervising sound editor
Suzie Hollander .... dailies synching (uncredited)
David Yonson .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Janos Pilenyi .... visual effects producer
Ariel Enriquez Saulog .... visual effects artist
Norman Douglass .... stunt double
Roy Farfel .... stunt coordinator
Don Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Jodi Michelle Pynn .... stunt double
Keith Siglinger .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert M. Andres .... key grip
Alison Barton .... grip
Mel Cannon .... dolly grip
Caesar S. Carnevale .... second assistant camera (as Caesar Carnevale)
Andy Day .... gaffer
Samuel G. Friedman .... electrician
Charlie Grubbs .... lamp operator (as Charles Grubbs)
Michael Hunold .... lamp operator
Hollis Meminger .... camera loader
Heather Norton .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Rocco Palmieri .... best boy electric
John Panuccio .... grip (as Jack Panuccio)
Michael Lee Reed .... generator operator
Joyce Rudolph .... still photographer
Chris Skutch .... best boy grip
Susan Starr .... camera operator
Casting Department
Beth Bowling .... casting: New York
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
Kim Miscia .... casting: New York
Grant Wilfley .... extras casting
Rebecca Rian .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Kristian Sorge .... extras casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Diana J. Collins .... set costumer
Jessica Jahn .... costume assistant
Pamela Kezal .... wardrobe supervisor
Lisa Marzolf .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Charlene Hamer .... first assistant editor (as Char Hamer)
Fred Heid .... color timer
Misako Shimizu .... assistant film editor
Aaron Yanes .... editing production assistant
Music Department
John M. Davis .... music editor
Lee Mars .... music scoring mixer
Jonathan McHugh .... music supervisor
Henry Salgado .... musician
Transportation Department
Kevin Flynn .... transportation co-captain
Edward O'Donnell .... transportation coordinator (as Ed O'Donnell)
Other crew
Tara Andrus .... office production assistant
Brian Cantaldi .... first assistant accountant
Alison Cohen .... production counsel (as Alison S. Cohen)
Christina Dukagjini .... office production assistant
Tracy Ershow .... set production assistant
Kimberly Feinman .... location assistant
Cliff Fuller .... assistant production office coordinator
Amy R. Gorin .... location assistant
Meghan McElheny .... set production assistant (as Meghan McElhenry 'Irish')
Anthony Pettine .... script supervisor
David Price .... production coordinator
Kimberly Reiss .... assistant: Mr. Rudolph
Jason Rody .... key production assistant
Peter Samuel .... dialogue coach: children
Steven Weisberg .... assistant location manager
Mimi Wyeth .... production accountant
Tom Yeager .... location manager

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Rated R for sexuality and language
104 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): With an opera singer wife, he should have known to tell his daughters to shout "Brava!" and not "Bravo!" for their mother's performance.See more »
Slater:Now, you should really listen to her because she is on the ball.
Leah:Nobody asked you, ya big slimebucket!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The TV Set (2006)See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Go with no expectations., 19 June 2008
Author: princesss_buttercup3 from United States

First of all, the front page review for this movie makes me wonder if the person actually watched the film. Or perhaps s/he got up to get some popcorn during an especially critical scene, but we definitely do find out whether or not David (Campbell Scott) is correct is in belief that Dana (Hope Davis) is having an affair.

Secondly, this was a good, honest character driven movie. I was shocked at the low overall score, and I wonder whether most moviegoers these days lack the patience or attention span required to sit through a film whose sole purpose is to take the audience on a tour through the characters' relationships and private hopes, fears, and desires. There is virtually no action (in the typical Hollywood sense), no flash, and no monumental act of god or nature that is meant to shock. Instead, this is a film that all of us should be able to relate to on the most simple, human levels. It examines those day to day pieces of life that we take for granted, but which quietly take their toll. Perhaps the most profound line in the film is when Davis' character tells her husband that she expected their marriage to "get wider...but instead it just got smaller." The film reminded me a lot of another character-driven film about misunderstandings, dysfunctional relationships, and the inability to communicate: "You Can Count on Me." Both films are deeply intelligent, and both require their audiences to be as open and honest in what they allow themselves to get from the film as the movie is in giving it. In a nutshell, you will get out of this film what you are willing to put in. That being said, it's not for everyone. If you like fast action, melodrama, and lots of flash and glitter, this film is not for you. In you like a contemplative, honest piece of art, check it out.

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