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Some dreams can't be shared.
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Superb movie, well directed and a stunning performance from Connelly. Shakespearean Tragedy in a modern setting. See more (459 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jennifer Connelly ... Kathy

Ben Kingsley ... Behrani

Ron Eldard ... Lester

Frances Fisher ... Connie Walsh

Kim Dickens ... Carol Burdon

Shohreh Aghdashloo ... Nadi

Jonathan Ahdout ... Esmail

Navi Rawat ... Soraya

Carlos Gómez ... Lt. Alvarez

Kia Jam ... Ali
Jaleh Modjallal ... Yasmin

Samira Damavandi ... Little Soraya
Matthew Simonian ... Little Esmail

Namrata Singh Gujral ... Wedding Guest (as Namrata S. Gurjal-Cooper)

Nasser Faris ... Wedding Guest (as Al Faris)

Mark Chaet ... Wedding Guest

Marco Rodríguez ... Mendez (as Marco Rodriguez)

Al Rodrigo ... Torez

Aki Aleong ... Tran
Joyce Kurtz ... Kathy's Mom
Scott N. Stevens ... County Official
Ken Kerman ... Locksmith

Scott Kinworthy ... Deputy Trainee
Tom Benick ... Hotel Security
Samuel Hart ... Elevator Man
Jackie Ahdout ... Elevator Woman

Spencer Garrett ... Auctioneer

Cooper Thornton ... Gary
Isabelle James ... Teenage Girl

Bonita Friedericy ... Motel Manager
David Carrera ... Carpenter

Michael Papajohn ... Carpenter

Joe Howard ... Appraiser
Aaron Frazier ... Courier
Dan Brinkle ... Husband Buyer
Yan Lin ... Wife Buyer

Andre Dubus III ... Myers
Max Jansen Weinstein ... Nate

Ashley Edner ... Bethany (as Ashley Louise Edner)

Ray Abruzzo ... Frank

Tom Reynolds ... Gas Station Worker
Jose L. Vasquez ... Arresting Officer (as Jose Vasquez)
Matthew Waite ... Arresting Officer (as Matt Waite)

Pamela Shaddock ... Nurse

Frank Gallegos ... Prison Guard (as Frank Gallego)

Karl Makinen ... Officer at End

Zoran Radanovich ... Sergei

Markus Baldwin ... Young Husband

Brian Reed Garvin ... Fat Man
Dennison Samaroo ... Doctor
Elton Ahi ... Wedding Singer

Shani Rigsbee ... Wedding Singer

Andy Madadian ... Wedding Singer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Leslie Yeransian ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)

Directed by
Vadim Perelman 
Writing credits
Andre Dubus III (novel)

Vadim Perelman (screenplay) and
Shawn Lawrence Otto (screenplay)

Produced by
Michael London .... producer
Shawn Lawrence Otto .... co-producer
Vadim Perelman .... producer
Nina R. Sadowsky .... executive producer
Jeremiah Samuels .... co-producer
Chris Soldo .... associate producer
Stewart Till .... executive producer
Original Music by
James Horner 
Cinematography by
Roger Deakins 
Film Editing by
Lisa Zeno Churgin 
Casting by
Deborah Aquila 
Tricia Wood 
Production Design by
Maia Javan 
Art Direction by
Drew Boughton 
Set Decoration by
Gene Serdena 
Costume Design by
Hala Bahmet 
Makeup Department
Judy Chin .... key makeup artist
Kris Evans .... makeup artist: Mr. Kingsley
Kathrine Gordon .... key hair stylist
Lori Rozman .... assistant hair stylist
Betty Lou Skinner .... hair stylist
Production Management
Sven E. Fahlgren .... post-production supervisor
Gina Fortunato .... production supervisor
Jo Dee Freck .... post-production supervisor
Kevin Halloran .... production supervisor
Jeremiah Samuels .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Greg Hale .... second assistant director
Stephanie Kime .... second second assistant director
Cliff T.E. Roseman .... first assistant director
Chris Soldo .... first assistant director
Art Department
Ron Ashmore .... paint supervisor
Peter Bankins .... property master
Jay Dupuy .... plaster department head
J. Michael Glynn .... set dresser
Lance Gunnin .... general foreman
Steve A. Hagberg .... construction coordinator (as Steve Hagberg)
Sarah Harwich .... construction purchaser
Sean Lyons .... on-set paint
Jonah Markowitz .... art department
Gary Metzen .... laborer
Christopher Morente .... greensperson
Todd Morris .... on-set dresser
Dan Ondrejko .... greens coordinator
Stuart Rankine .... assistant property master
Grant Samson .... lead man
Nithya Shrinivasan .... assistant art director
Thomas Spencer .... set dresser
Robert Stover .... buyer
Rick C. Taplin .... art department assistant
Cheree Welsh .... art department coordinator
Sound Department
James Ashwill .... foley mixer
George Berndt .... adr supervisor
Colin Cooper .... adr recordist
Susan Dudeck .... sound editor
Christopher Eakins .... sound assistant
Robert Jackson .... boom operator
William B. Kaplan .... production sound mixer (as Bill Kaplan)
Tateum Kohut .... sound re-recording mixer
Greg LaPlante .... digital mastering
Skip Lievsay .... supervising sound editor
Peggy Names .... sound utility
Kevin O'Connell .... supervising sound mixer
Jeremy Peirson .... sound editor
Jerry Ross .... supervising sound editor
Greg P. Russell .... sound re-recording mixer
Dan Sharp .... sound re-recordist
Greg ten Bosch .... foley supervisor
Ron Vignone .... assistant sound editor
Cary Weitz .... boom operator
Susan Dawes .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Lynn Garrido .... special effects technician
Richard O. Helmer .... special effects director
Michael Lantieri .... special effects coordinator
Brandon K. McLaughlin .... special effects
Christopher A. Suarez .... special effects technician
Douglas D. Ziegler .... special effects foreman
Visual Effects by
Ozzie Carmona .... digital compositor
Brad Kalinoski .... digital compositor
Greg Rodin .... scan/record operator
Greg Anthony .... stunt double: Esmail
Craig Branham .... stunts
Wendi Bromley .... stunt double: Jennifer Connelly
Bud Davis .... stunts
Jewel Donohue .... stunt double: Kathy
Diana R. Lupo .... stunt double: Jennifer Connelly (as Diana Lupo)
Chris Monberg .... stunts
Chris O'Hara .... stunts
David D. Renaud .... stunt double: Behrani (as David Renaud)
Russell Solberg .... stunts
Scott Sproule .... stunt coordinator
Sonny Tipton .... stunts
Jose L. Vasquez .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
James Barrett .... electrician
Bruce Birmelin .... still photographer
Josh Blakeslee .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Earl R. Cantrell .... electrician
Chad Cohlmia .... lighting technician
Julian de la Pena .... electrician
Will Dearborn .... camera loader
Seong Dilg .... dolly grip
Clinton Dougherty .... camera operator
Andrew Dumas .... additional second assistant camera
Nersi Elahi .... camera production assistant
Kenn Ferro .... camera operator: "a" camera (as Ken Ferro)
Chris Gordon .... dolly grip
Robert Gray .... key grip (as Bob Gray)
Quinn Grove .... best boy grip
Rick Grover .... grip
Bruce Hamme .... dolly grip
Jimmy Harritos .... rigging electrician
Paul Janossy .... first assistant camera: second unit
Jesse Kaplan .... video assistant
Jerry Kim .... grip
Mako Koiwai .... assistant camera: second unit
Ronald A. Miller .... rigging grip foreman
Chris Napolitano .... chief lighting technician
David A. Parks .... best boy rigging electric
Matthew A. Petrosky .... assistant camera: time-lapse photography, second unit
Andrea Ruane .... rigging grip (as Andi Ruane)
Sean Smith .... electrician
David Stockton .... director of photography: second unit
Mike Stockton .... lighting technician
Chuck Weiss .... video assist operator
Scott C. Williman .... rigging
Robert Zullo .... rigging grip
Steve Zvorsky .... rigging electrician
Christian J. Killingsworth .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Tracy Dixon .... extras casting
Jennifer L. Smith .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marisa Aboitiz .... assistant costume designer
Virginia Burton .... costume supervisor
Jill Korengold .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Phillip J. Bartell .... assistant editor
Kenny Becker .... color timer
Mike Bellamy .... final colorist
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Martin Cohen .... post-production executive
Kevin Du Toit .... assistant post-production
Helen Hand .... first assistant editor
Jeffrey C. Price .... editorial production assistant
Shannyn Riba .... apprentice editor
Dana E. Glauberman .... additional editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Elton Ahi .... composer: songs
Ramiro Belgardt .... music editor
Bob Bornstein .... music preparation
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Jim Henrikson .... supervising music editor
Todd Homme .... executive music supervisor
James Horner .... conductor
James Horner .... orchestrator
Joe Lisanti .... music editor: temp music
Jason Lloyd .... scoring assistant
Andy Madadian .... song music
Julyce Monbleaux .... music supervisor
Jen Monnar .... assistant music editor
Simon Rhodes .... music scoring mixer
Shani Rigsbee .... song music
Peter Rotter .... orchestra contractor
Jay Selvester .... scoring assistant
Transportation Department
Randy Burke .... driver
Daniel Davis .... driver: base camp generator
John Lybrand .... transportation
Bill McCance .... driver
Chad Moore .... production driver
Jack Jay Reece .... driver (as Jay Reece)
Don Violett .... transportation captain
Other crew
Martin Allen .... location scout
Derek Avila .... location scout
Luke Bishop .... assistant: Mr. Kingsley
Jean Costello .... assistant production coordinator
Judy Heinzen Culotta .... key assistant location manager (as Judy Heinzen)
Maria DeVane .... post-production accountant
Marty Elfalan .... assistant accountant (as Martin Elfalan)
Arash Esfandi .... production assistant
Timothy Falconer .... location manager (as Tim Falconer)
Robert Foulkes .... co-location manager
Jesec Griffin .... production assistant
Jill Hahn .... payroll accountant
Marc W. Havener .... set production assistant
Doris Hellmann .... production accountant
Travis Hills .... set production assistant
Jay Johnson .... main title design
Andrew C. Keeter .... location manager (as Andy Keeter)
Jay Y. Lee .... production assistant
Steven Maines .... stand-in
Lisa Markou .... digital coordinator
Randy McKenney .... stand-in
Matthew Michaud .... assistant: Mr. Perelman
Steven R. Molen .... production executive
Jennifer Monroe .... assistant: Mr. London (as Jennifer Hilton)
Shelly Morita .... assistant: Ms. Connelly
Tien Nguyen .... assistant: Mr. Samuels
Scott Peterson .... script supervisor
Jim Roberts .... medic
Peter Robinson .... assistant: Mr. Perelman
Chad Saxton .... set production assistant
Sara Scarritt .... production coordinator (as Sarah Scarritt)
Yovel Schwartz .... production assistant: San Francisco
Christina Sibul .... production executive
Emre Sonmez .... location scout
Louise Spencer .... unit publicist
Gail Stempler .... location scout: San Francisco
Pavel Sterba .... key assistant location manager
Jack Stern .... studio teacher
Val Tasso .... stand-in: Jonathan Ahdout
Leif Tilden .... assistant location manager
Gerald A. Vitatoe Jr. .... second assistant accountant
Steven Jetton .... layout board (uncredited)
Cynthia Megna .... craftservice (uncredited)

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Rated R for some violence/disturbing images, language and a scene of sexuality
126 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Canada:14A | Chile:14 | Czech Republic:15 | Finland:K-15 | Germany:12 | Iceland:14 | Iceland:12 (video rating) | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 (edited for re-rating) | Singapore:R(A) (original rating) | Singapore:M18 (re-rating) (uncut) | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 (canton of the Grisons) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #40189)

Did You Know?

Jonathan Ahdout would play Shohreh Aghdashloo's son one more time in the fourth season of 24 (2001).See more »
Continuity: The morning after Lester and Kathy arrive at the cabin, Kathy emerges from the front door and her long hair is tucked into the back of her shirt. A moment later, it is loose.See more »
[first lines]
Officer at End:Are you Kathy Nicolo?
Officer at End:Is this your house?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Lucky Number Slevin (2006)See more »
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69 out of 80 people found the following review useful.
Superb movie, well directed and a stunning performance from Connelly. Shakespearean Tragedy in a modern setting., 21 October 2005
Author: Richard Brunton from Edinburgh, Scotland

Movie It's a great movie, without a doubt, a strong and intelligent offering with some of the strongest and most heartfelt performances I've seen for a long time. Jennifer Connelly is stunning, and I don't just mean in looks, her acting is amazing and is picked up on the audio commentary again and again. One scene early on requires her to shed a single tear while talking quite normally on the phone, as if on queue it drops. You can hardly believe someone could give such a heart wrenchingly emotional and confused performance as this and manage to retain a normal life, watching her you believe that she is in a downward spiral of depression and self destruction. A totally believable and emotionally charged performance.

Ben Kingsley also gives a great performance, although not so outwardly recognisable in emotion, it's only really until you watch the audio commentary and listen to the praise given by the Director and author that you realise how subtle and exacting his performance is. His character is defined by strength, beliefs and pride, and Kingsley gives an excellent performance, Shakespearean in stature.

The film itself is emotionally draining, and you feel you're being taken on that roller-coaster drop along with Connelly's character, but don't for a second think that you shouldn't see it for those reasons, it's a journey that is superbly rewarding as a movie and an education in the miscommunication of people. Particularly people of different cultures.

As the movie progresses and the events step further and further down towards their tragic conclusion, the characters become more and more complex. Starting as simple, pigeon holed characters that you've seen before, they soon become more real and pull you into the movie, wrapping you up in them. They become utterly engaging and you totally disengage from life around you.

There's a strong supporting cast, although the performance from Jonathan Ahdout is not too convincing, those around them are, I think a particular mention is required to Shohreh Aghdashloo who provides an emotional balance for the coldness of Kingsley's character and an emotional mirror to the devastation of Connelly's character.

Two things are mentioned in the audio commentary that I didn't really pick up on until then, but retrospectively you realise these contribute greatly to making it a great movie. The first is the subtlety, there are many images and scenes without words that you don't truly appreciate until a second viewing, or a very careful first one. The second is the way that Kinglsey praises the Director's style of never telling the audience what did happen and is going to happen, events just occur. For instance the breaking of the marriage of Ron Eldard, where there is no explanation given, it's just happened. This has the effect of treating the audience with respect and realising that they have intelligence, and it also makes for an excellent way of keeping the pace of the movie.

Picture Presented: The picture is crisp and sharp, a superb use of lighting in the movie moving from the bright opening beginning of the story it darkens through time to the bleak and dismal closing scenes. The light is always warm and inviting, with any artificial light looking sterile, and the darker shots bleak and dismal. Some of the time lapse shots between scenes are beautiful.

Audio Presented: The audio is very good, although there is nothing to really take advantage of a surrounding speaker system, the sound is kept sparse and atmospheric, with an extremely subtle and limited soundtrack it gives everything to the movie and never distracts.

Extras Presented: What strikes you about this DVD are the beautiful animated menus, black and white shots from through the movie fill the background giving you the feeling of mystery and indeed sadness.

The Deleted Scenes are good, although alongside they have a dull and very annoying commentary. Rather than talking about the scene and giving some insights you are treated to noises of laughter, snorting and approval interspersed with over the top bouts of backslapping. Awful, before it's over you're dreading the onset of the audio commentary. The Behind the Scenes is good, but nothing new.

The Photo Gallery is very well done as it's not a gallery at all, it's a featurette that is filled with stills between interviews with people talking about actors, characters and key scenes. It's a very engaging way of creating a gallery. Another huge extra is the Shohreh Aghdashloo Audition, it's truly amazing to see this actress work through some very emotionally harrowing scenes one after the other right in front of your eyes, it gives you a superb grounding in what it really means to be an actor and auditioning. With this performance it's hardly surprising she gained the role.

Finally there is the Audio Commentary, and after the pathetic commentary on the deleted scenes I was really concerned. However the backslapping was slightly subdued for the full commentary, still very evident but much more bearable due to the amount of information that was given about the story, filming and the actors themselves. Combining Kingsley, Vadim Perelman and Andre Dubus III, you are treated to a really wide view from story conception through development, filming, acting and ultimately post production. I really enjoyed this insightful commentary, although bordering on the crawling at parts, it gave you a lot more about the movie and the story. It also provides an interesting look at the actors and their methods.

Overall The movie is superb and firmly fixes itself in the realms of classic tragedy. The acting from both leads is stunning, particularly Connelly, and the supporting cast provide strong backing. Powerful, emotional and at times quite harrowing, this is superb entertainment and a movie deserving far more recognition than it did, again particularly for Connelly.

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