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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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29 August 2003 (USA) 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:
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Boom mic visible: There is a boom mic visible in the upper right of the screen in the scene where the father comes to check on the mother while she's sick in the bedroom. As the camera zooms in, the mike disappears from the frame.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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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
The Secret Lives of Dentists (2003), 19 March 2004
Author: ManhattanBeatnik from Waynesville, OH

2003 wasn't a particularly great year for film: although there were a few diamonds in the rough (see Kill Bill, The Station Agent, and Lost in Translation), for the most part, mainstream releases were nothing more than glorifications of the Hollywood blockbuster formula. So I suppose it comes as no surprise that Alan Rudolph's terrific film, The Secret Lives of Dentists, practically slipped by unnoticed -- not only by audiences, but by critics and award ceremonies as well. What a shame. While it isn't a spectacular film per se, The Secret Lives of Dentists is a fine example of a film-maker who tried something different and -- for the most part -- succeeded. David (Campbell Scott) and Dana Hurst (Hope Davis) are married dentists trying to form a functional family with their three daughters, and David eventually cracks under the pressure and develops an alter-ego (incarnated by Denis Leary -- not the person I would pick to be MY Tyler Durden, but whatever). The movie is very subtle -- even for an independent picture -- but it works: as the Hursts' marriage gradually crumbles under scrutiny, director Rudolph doesn't hammer us over the head with cliches. David begins to suspect that Dana is having an affair, but unlike other family dramas -- which would boil down the situation to the point where it's just a husband trying to catch his wife in the act --, Rudolph deals with the issue in relation to the rest of David's life, rather than just the present: David can't bring himself to uncover the truth about Dana for fear that it would destroy their relationship (or what's left of it), and so every action he takes is essentially a procrastination of confrontation. While not wise on David's behalf, this is a very smart move for Rudolph. He builds up immense tension throughout the film and only releases enough to keep us from dying of anxiety; by the time it's all over, we feel as if the Hursts' story is still unfinished. Screenwriter Craig Lucas (who adapted the script from a novel by Jane Smiley) has created two characters that have a life beyond the restraints of the film's running time, and he has done it masterfully. His script is marvelously low-key, making us laugh at the most unlikely moments and moving us in unexpected ways. Campbell Scott is equally slight in his performance, creating a passive-aggressive character we can't help but sympathize with, but Hope Davis (who received an Independent Spirit Award nod for the film) is the true standout: she brings her grace and complexity to a role that we might have otherwise seen as an enemy to the protagonist. Leary plays himself, so whether or not he's good is purely dependent on the viewer, but the least you could say is that he picked a decent movie for once. Add a wonderfully bizarre soundtrack (featuring a unique rendition of the Velvet Underground's "I Found a Reason" by Cat Power) and Rudolph's quirky direction, and you have an unexpected winner of a film. As I said before, The Secret Lives of Dentists isn't a great movie, but it's something perhaps even better: noteworthy. Either way, the next time I go to get my teeth cleaned, I won't be able to keep myself from wondering what my dentist does on the weekends.

Grade: A-

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