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Tiptoes -- When his girlfriend becomes pregnant, the father-to-be is forced to reveal his little family secret: all his relatives are dwarfs. An offbeat romantic drama with an all-star cast.
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  (in credits order)

Gary Oldman ... Rolfe

Peter Dinklage ... Maurice

Kate Beckinsale ... Carol

Matthew McConaughey ... Steven Bedalia

Patricia Arquette ... Lucy

Debbie Lee Carrington ... Kitty Katz

Ed Gale ... Bobby Barry

David Alan Grier ... Jerry Robin Jr.

Marcia DeRousse ... Kathleen (as Marcia de Rousse)

Kacie Borrowman ... Margaret

Michael J. Anderson ... Bruno

Cherub Freed ... Tiffany (as Cherub Fried)

Alexa Nikolas ... Susan Barry
Brittney Guzman ... Janice

Santiago Segura ... Motel Manager
Bridget Powers ... Sally (as Bridget Powerz)

Peter Macdissi ... Adrissi

Brandon Thompson ... Chuck

Dana Sessen ... Darlene
Addie Roncal ... Girl Cadet
Agustina Covian ... Maid

Luigi Francis Shorty Rossi ... Augie (as Melvin Rossi)
Susan Barnes ... Sylvia

Chad Everett ... Kirk

David Weisenberg ... Rabbi
Frank Cohen ... Doctor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matt Gogin ... Himself
Leann Bankowski ... Party girl (uncredited)
Niki Botelho ... Irene (uncredited)
Chuy Bravo ... Little Person (uncredited)
Jen Dougherty ... FireGirl (uncredited)

Mark Povinelli ... Husband (uncredited)
Delna Rastomjee ... Spanish Motel Maid (uncredited)
Marla Singer ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Matthew Bright 
Writing credits
Bill Weiner (written by)

Produced by
Elie Cohn .... producer
Chris Hanley .... executive producer
Chris Hanley .... producer
John Langley .... producer
Margaret Langley .... executive producer
Jordan Leibert .... line producer
Darryl Marshak .... co-executive producer
Fernando Sulichin .... producer
Douglas Urbanski .... producer
Brad Wyman .... executive producer
Brad Wyman .... producer
Susan Zachary .... executive producer
Original Music by
Curt Sobel 
Cinematography by
Sonja Rom 
Film Editing by
Paul Heiman (director's cut)
Casting by
Ferne Cassel 
Production Design by
Chris Anthony Miller 
Art Direction by
Derek Hughes 
Set Decoration by
Ryan Welsch 
Costume Design by
Niklas J. Palm 
Makeup Department
Greg Cannom .... makeup effects consultant
Helen Cohen .... business affairs: Captive Audience Productions Inc.
David Dupuis .... additional makeup artist
Gregory J. Goertzen .... production assistant: Captive Audience Productions Inc.
Claudia Hardy .... lead character designer: Captive Audience Productions Inc.
Voni Hinkle .... personal hair stylist: Kate Beckingsale
Michael Johnston .... additional makeup artist
John Kim .... effects technician: Captive Audience Productions Inc.
Mary Kim .... makeup effects production supervisor: Captive Audience Productions Inc.
Bob Kretschmer .... wig maker: Captive Audience Productions Inc.
Veronica Lorenz .... additional makeup artist
Myke Michaels .... makeup effects artist for Gary Oldman
Lisa Nash-Jones .... additional makeup artist
Mark Nieman .... effects technician: Captive Audience Productions Inc.
Alexei O'Brien .... production assistant: Captive Audience Productions Inc.
Kim Perrodin .... additional makeup artist
Michael Peterson .... effects technician: Captive Audience Productions Inc.
Art Pimentel .... mold shop supervisor: Captive Audience Productions Inc. (as Arthur Pimentel)
Theraesa Rivers .... key hair stylist
Sabine Roller .... makeup department head
Tricia Sawyer .... makeup artist: Kate Beckingsale
Brian Sipe .... additional makeup artist
Brian Sipe .... lead character designer: Captive Audience Productions Inc.
Tara Smith .... hair department head
Anne Sweeting .... additional makeup artist
Tatiana Thorpe .... key makeup artist
Mario Torres .... sculptor: Captive Audience Productions Inc.
Todd Tucker .... lead character designer: Captive Audience Productions Inc.
Brian Van Dorn .... effects technician: Captive Audience Productions Inc. (as Brian Vandorn)
Keith VanderLaan .... makeup effects creator/producer: Captive Audience Productions
Keith VanderLaan .... special makeup effects artist
K. Troy Zestos .... additional hair stylist (as Konstantinos Zestos)
Debbie Zoller .... makeup artist: Ms.Arquette (as Debbi Zoller)
Nathan Franson .... effects technician (uncredited)
Production Management
Mitsuo Goto .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leslie Bennett .... first assistant director
Michael D. Gillis .... second second assistant director (as Michael Gillis)
Chaz Madison .... additional second assistant director
Charity Ozarowski .... additional second assistant director (as Charity Thomson)
Laurie Rose .... second assistant director
John Woods .... first assistant director
Art Department
Ryan J. Beyer .... assistant property master (as Ryan Beyer)
Matthew Ferreira .... set dresser
Corey Gomez .... assistant property master
Don Graben .... swing gang
Lorri Jakubuv .... property master
Jennifer Joos .... set dresser
Joseph Moore .... swing gang
Bryan Rogers .... props
Tony Sgarro .... set dresser
Mara A. Spear .... on-set dresser (as Mara Spear)
Jordan Steinberg .... swing gang
Heather L. Watson .... lead man
Terri Webster .... swing gang
Jameson Williams .... swing gang
Adele Wilson .... swing gang
Sound Department
Doug Andham .... sound re-recording mixer (as Doug Andorka)
Dave Davenport .... adr mixer (as David Davenport)
Giovanni Di Simone .... sound mixer
Patrick Giraudi .... sound re-recording mixer
Lisa Hannan .... sound effects editor
Jackie Johnson .... assistant dialogue editor
Shawn Kennelly .... foley mixer
Darrin Mann .... foley mixer
Jesse Pomeroy .... adr editor
Jesse Pomeroy .... dialogue editor
Reuben Simon .... sound effects editor
Paul Stanley .... post sound coordinator
Galen Walker .... supervising sound editor
Ace Williams .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Jeremy Hays .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Douglas Salkin .... visual effects producer
Andrew Tucker .... visual effects supervisor
Joni Avery .... stunts
Dan Bell .... stunt coordinator
Dan Bell .... stunt coordinator
Tommy J. Huff .... stunts (as Thomas Huff)
Larry Nicholas .... stunts
Bobby Porter .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Ross Addiego .... grip
Jason Andrew .... grip
Sammy Beavers .... best boy electric
Shane Buttle .... electrician (as J.A. Shane Buttle)
Rob Carius .... electrician (as Robert Carius)
Brek Cooney .... key rigging grip
Sheryll Coulon .... still photographer (as Sheryl Coulon)
David Delgado .... electrician
Manuel Duran .... grip
Justin Duval .... gaffer
John P. Fleenor .... electrician (as John Fleenor)
Steve Francis .... electrician
Daniel H. Goldstein .... electrician (as Dan Goldstein)
Sam Griffin .... rigging electrician
William H. Harlow IV .... camera loader (as William Harlow IV)
Chad Herr .... key grip
Matt Horochowski .... best boy grip
Colin Hudson .... additional Steadicam operator
Alexa Ihrt .... key rigging gaffer
Paul Janossy .... additional first assistant camera
Daniel Kauahi .... grip
Paul Lambiase .... grip
Charles Lenz .... grip
Anka Malatynska .... electrician
Damon Montgomery .... additional first assistant camera
Greg Morris .... first assistant camera
David 'Ez' Nielsen .... best boy rigging grip (as David Nielsen)
Doug Oh .... additional second assistant camera (as Douglas Oh)
Peter Ozarowski .... second assistant camera
Jesse Pence .... electrician
Caleb H. Poynter .... rigging electrician (as Caleb Poynter)
Greg Reyher .... electrician
Erik Rodgers .... key rigging gaffer
Jack Serino .... grip
Alec Shepherd .... grip
Charles Simons .... dolly grip: "A" camera
Wayne E. Smith .... grip (as Wayne Smith)
Brent Studler .... rigging electrician
Anthony Thomas .... grip
Derek Touvell .... electrician
Bela Trutz .... Steadicam operator
Erik Wolford .... grip
Paul Janossy .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Bela Trutz .... camera operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Peter Alwazzan .... extras casting
Aida Kattan .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pamela Berggren .... set costumer
Roger J. Forker .... wardrobe supervisor (as Roger Forker)
Claudia Hardy .... set costumer
Rubinger Jillian .... set costumer (as Jillian Rubinger)
Mary Matthews .... set costumer (as Mary Matthews-Smith)
Kelly O'Gurian .... key costumer
Mary Smith .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Kenny Becker .... color timer
Keith Brachmann .... first assistant editor
Terri Breed .... additional editor
Paul Heiman .... additional editor
Music Department
Julian Bratolyubov .... music copyist
Debbi Datz-Pyle .... orchestra contractor
Peter Doell .... additional orchestra recordist
Peter Dowdall .... additional music mixer: New York
Michael Golub .... additional music mixer: New York
Charlie Paakkari .... orchestra recordist
Steven Scott Smalley .... orchestrator
Curt Sobel .... conductor
Curt Sobel .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Scott Bourke .... driver
Byron Carter .... driver
Gary Claridge .... driver
Thomas Cozza .... driver
Nick Duron .... driver
William Foley .... driver
Robert Hunter Jr. .... driver (as Robert Hunter)
Jackson Iblings .... driver
Don Iwanaga .... driver
Morgan Jones .... driver
Robert Keller .... driver
Luis Lara .... driver
Elio Lupi .... personal driver: Ms. Beckinsale
Thomas McDonald .... driver
Patrick A. McLaughlin .... driver (as Patrick McLaughlin)
Mike Miliotti .... driver
Jeff Murray .... driver
Robert Nelson .... driver
Craig Scott .... driver
Timothy Sheehan .... transportation co-captain
Keven Simmons .... driver
Russ Tolliver .... transportation captain
Jeff Woodward .... driver
Steve Zerweck .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Charles Abdrade .... craft service assistant
Alan Abrams .... business and legal affairs
Peter Accardi .... animal wrangler
Herach Arzounian .... nurse (as Herach Arzourian)
Lauri Benton .... craft service
Robert Berryman .... fire safety officer
Tricia Bradbury .... production assistant
Andrew Chappel .... key set production assistant
William Clark Coit III .... location manager
Bobbie Davis .... fire safety officer
Michael Donner .... production accountant
Gregory Fuqua .... police officer
Pedro Garcia .... security officer
Joseph Gomez .... police officer
Joseph S. Griffo .... photo double (as Joe Griffo)
George Henderson .... police officer
Kendra Hollaway .... production assistant
Patrick G. Ingram .... medic (as Patrick Ingram)
Olga Ishkhanova .... pattern maker
David Kessler .... set medic
Howard Keys .... set medic
David La Gree .... fire safety officer
Sarah Langley .... production assistant
Margie Levers .... payroll accountant (as Margi Levers)
Robert Lewis .... production assistant
Robert Lewis .... security officer
Robert Lewis .... assistant location manager
George MacDonald .... balloon technician (as George MacDonald)
Frank Martinez .... security officer
Odell Massey .... security officer
Lucille M. Michaels .... nurse (as Lucille Michael)
Mavourneen Marie Michiels .... assistant to director
Narciso Mora .... security officer
Rene Morales .... security officer
Ernie Moreno .... security officer
Jerry Niehaus .... police officer
Brandy Nightingale .... assistant: Ms. Beckinsale
Anthony Penido .... set medic
Juan Perez .... security officer
John Anthony Ponce de Leon .... security officer
Aaron Pope .... script supervisor
Steven Rankin .... fire safety officer
Caryn Shuken .... location liaison
George Sigrist .... fire safety officer
Joann Smith .... studio teacher
Philip J. Strina .... production legal: Barab, Abrams & Coate
Scott Sullivan .... fire safety officer
Steven R. Thorpe .... craft service (as Steven Thorpe)
Sandy Townsend .... craft service
Michael 'Tuck' Tucker .... production coordinator
Patricia Valles .... security officer
Marisa Vitale .... production assistant
Crystal Von Hagen .... production coordinator
John Walsh .... fire safety officer
Aaron Wilkerson .... security officer
Tammy Lynn Yazgulian .... nurse (as Tammy Yazgulian)
Clark McCutchen .... production executive (uncredited)
Karen Borell .... thanks
George Gale .... thanks
Gus Gustawes .... thanks
Lynn Trachtenberg .... thanks
Susan Zachary .... thanks

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Rated R for language and some sexuality
France:91 min | USA:90 min
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Did You Know?

Director Matthew Bright was fired after he turned in his cut, and the whole film was then re-edited. Peter Dinklage has said the original director's cut, which screened in Austin, TX, was "gorgeous", but the people who fired Bright "ruined the movie".See more »
Continuity: At the Saharan hotel, when Lucy adjusts Maurice's back her round suitcase displays a 'love yourself' label reading right-side-up. In the next shot the label is missing. And then, when Lucy goes to pour another drink, the label is shown again reading upside-down.See more »
Carol:So you had a circle jerk with a bunch of little people? I would love to see that!See more »
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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Um....Ah....Well, I Don't Know.....Hmmmm....... --or-- Searching for Gary Oldman......., 17 July 2005
Author: underfire35 from Chicago, USA

TIPTOES is a film that attempts to deal with the largely unexplored subject of dwarfism, but quickly becomes convoluted and saccharine. The story is centered around Steven (Matthew McConaughey) who has been told by his fiancée Carol (Kate Beckinsale), that she is pregnant. What he has not told her, is that his twin brother, as well as his whole family are dwarfs, and that their child will more than likely be a "little person." We meet Steven's brother, Rolfe (Gary Oldman), who prompts Carol to discover more about what this means and in the process discovers important things about herself as well, etc. She becomes involved with an organization (modeled after the Little People of America, or LPA, group) whose aim is to promote understanding in the world at large. There is also a subplot involving Rolfe's friend Maurice (Peter Dinklage) and his relationship to Lucy, a "normal sized" woman (Patricia Arquette). Maurice is something of an anarchist, who rejects the politically correct nature of the "little person" label (as does Dinklage), has extreme views of the government, and drinks too much. He is one of the most interesting characters in TIPTOES, but is given little screen time and becomes more of a figurehead for the "little people are just people" subtext of the story (Dinklage would be given much more to work with in THE STATION AGENT). As the film progresses, the relationship between Steven and Carol becomes more melodramatic, and in the the end very little is resolved.

TIPTOES, as a film, seems to be more interested in delivering a warm-hearted message than creating a cohesive story. The film presupposes that the audience has a very narrow view of dwarfs: that they don't lead happy productive lives, that they aren't promiscuous or enjoy parties or drink to excess. All the "little people" in TIPTOES become exaggerated in order to dispel these notions, and are rarely given the opportunity to be simply characters in the story. The "normal sized" characters suffer from underdevelopment however and both McConaughey and Beckingsale fail to register as they are put through the motions of the uneven plot. TIPTOES rarely shows the prejudice that it constantly refers to. Observe the scene, when renting a motel room to Rolfe, Maurice and Lucy, the man behind the counter makes the comment "one adult and two children." No response is made by any of the characters, which seems unlikely considering Maurice is a gun-toting malcontent. The term "midget" is referenced as a derogatory epitaph, but little explanation is given (the word is a holdover from the "freak show" era). TIPTOES decides to sidestep many of these issues with well intentioned portrayals of normality, but generates little enlightenment into the specific social experience of dwarfs. Furthermore, the film fails to find the right tone for the material, going from bouncy to lachrymose in brief intervals; the subtext of Carol's pregnancy is also unsettling. The word 'abortion' is never used, but the capsulated plot detail on the packaging states that after she finds out her child will be a dwarf "Carol decides to have the baby anyway..." This line is used in a fluffy quasi-charming context and would be unthinkable to print if the unborn child was mentally handicapped or paralyzed.

Matthew Bright, the director of TIPTOES, has seemingly carved out a niche for himself by making odd-ball low budget films that have become cult favorites. Both THE FORBIDDEN ZONE, which he wrote, and FREEWAY, wrote/directed, have gone on to find a small, but faithful, audience on the fringe of modern film. The fact that the end result of TIPTOES was a soapy, romantic drama was apparently against Bright's wishes and he claims that the producers marginalized his input as the production went on. He went so far as publicly shun the finished film at the Sundance Festival. Even so, Bright is not a director whose work I would have sought out intentionally, but I was drawn to TIPTOES by the glimmering lure of Gary Oldman. Not only that, but Gary Oldman playing a "little person." After viewing the film, I am uncertain of what his motivations for choosing this film might have been. It could have been for the complicated technical aspects, or that it was a leading role that allowed him to show off his versatility. He does, however, create a fairly interesting, nuanced character (one of the few present in TIPTOES) considering the fact that he is playing a character roughly half his actual height, who walks with a cane (to mask the uneven gait while on one's knees I presume), and has a thick southern accent, all this while performing in heavy make-up (well done by Greg Cannom). That said, casting a person of "normal" size to play a dwarf (I'll let the reader draw their own comparisons) only added to the negative reaction the film received upon its' initial theatrical release (which was limited, basically going straight-to-video) from critics and the LPA. As other reviewers have noted, the methods by which the filmmakers accomplish the "dwarfing" of Oldman, cinematic ally speaking, are somewhat distracting. I would guess that the limitations in budget and time did not allow Bright and his crew to integrate the special photographic techniques as seamlessly as in a film like DEAD RINGERS. It is somewhat refreshing for a film to be relatively free of CGI effects, but the stand-ins and limited camera angles are obtrusive in sections and ultimately hurt the film. 3/10

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