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House of Sand and Fog -- An Iranian immigrant, has spent most of his savings trying to enhance his daughter's chances of a good marriage. Once she is married, he spends the remaining funds on a house at an auction, unwittingly putting himself and his family in the middle of a legal tussle with the house's former owner. What begins as a legal struggle turns into a personal confrontation, with tragic results.
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House of Sand and Fog -- An abandoned wife is evicted from her house and starts a tragic conflict with her home's new owners.


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Writers (WGA):
Andre Dubus III (novel)
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Release Date:
9 January 2004 (USA) See more »
Some dreams can't be shared.
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 32 nominations See more »
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  (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
Andrea Krout .... rigging grip (as Andi Ruane)
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
Michael J. Schwartz .... lighting technician
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
Tien Brunelle .... assistant: Mr. Samuels (as Tien Nguyen)
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
Scott Peterson .... script supervisor
Deborah Ricketts .... archive researcher
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:
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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: Kathy spills a significant amount of gas at the station when filling the canister, however, when she drives off, there is only a very small amount on the ground.See more »
[first lines]
Officer at End:Are you Kathy Nicolo?
Officer at End:Is this your house?
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References The Searchers (1956)See more »
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300 out of 362 people found the following review useful.
Incredible Comment On Cultural Gap In America, 25 December 2003
Author: josephinerenae3 from Chicago, IL

First of all, anyone who says that s/he didn't "get the point of this movie" needs to go back to watching movies produced solely by Jerry Brukheimer because the point could not be more apparent to anyone of any intelligence. House of Sand and Fog is a commentary on the cultural gap between American-born citizens and immigrants from war-ridden countries such as Iran. Unfortunately that gap is shown for what it is: wider than ever.

The character of Kathy is portrayed brilliantly by Jennifer Connelly as an emotionally unstable young woman caught up in the turmoil of losing both her husband and her family's home within eight months of each other. Kathy ignorantly fails to realize that the house her dead father has left her brother and her is in jeopardy of being put up for auction due to unpaid taxes. Kathy comprehends, too late, that the thirty years it took her father to pay off their home has been in vain when it is sold to an Iranian family shortly after auction. Her character is pinned against Ben Kingsley's Colonel Behrani when Behrani buys Kathy's auctioned house in order to return his own family to a sense of stability. The audience is conflicted by its empathy for both character's need to satisfy his and her own pride in family and the preservation of his and her heritage.

The catalyst for the two characters' conflict with each other is drawn from the supporting character of Officer Lester (Ron Eldard), a representation of the ignorance and lack of empathy some Americans feel towards people whose lives have led them to seek better ones in the United States. While Behrani's main motive is to protect his family and give it a sense of security, Lester puts his own selfish pleasures before the wellbeing of his own family. Behrani and Lester are complete opposites, Behrani clearly the nobler. It is clear why Kingsley chose to do this role: Kingsley's portrayal of an Iranian refugee is both superb and honest, not to mention Oscar-worthy. The film shows that there are greater sacrifices in this world than those materialistic in nature. Ironically many Americans might find that point hard to absorb, probably the reason why they are so quick to write off House of Sand and Fog as "one of the worst movies" they have ever seen. House of Sand and Fog is a film, not a movie. Those who give this film a thumbs down need to get a dictionary and distinguish the difference between the two terms. Andre Dubus III's novel has been done justice. Thumbs up.

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