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Alex & Emma -- Alex is an author whose writer's block and gambling debts have landed him in a jam. In order to get loan sharks off his back, he must finish his novel in 30 days or wind up dead.
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Writer (WGA):
Jeremy Leven (written by)
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Release Date:
20 June 2003 (USA) See more »
Is it love... or are they just imagining things?
A writer must turn out a novel in thirty days or face the wrath of loan sharks. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Luke Wilson ... Alex Sheldon / Adam Shipley

Derek Barbosa ... Tony / Flamenco Dancer #2 (as Chino XL)

Lobo Sebastian ... Bobby / Flamenco Dancer #1

Rob Reiner ... Wirschafter

Kate Hudson ... Emma Dinsmore / Ylva / Elsa / Eldora / Anna

Paul Willson ... Whistling John Shaw

David Paymer ... John Shaw

Sophie Marceau ... Polina Delacroix
Alexander Wauthier ... Andre Delacroix
Leili Kramer ... Michele Delacroix

Rip Taylor ... Polina's Father

Gigi Bermingham ... Madame Blanche

Jordan Lund ... Claude
François Giroday ... Croupier

Robert Costanzo ... Bus Driver

Cloris Leachman ... Grandmother
Earl Carroll ... Bernard Pompier

Jordi Caballero ... Flamenco Dancer #3
Michael St. Michaels ... Casino Owner (as Michael Rappaport)

Danica Sheridan ... Receptionist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Camden Munson ... Scooter Boy (uncredited)

John H. Tobin ... Croupier (uncredited)

Directed by
Rob Reiner 
Writing credits
Jeremy Leven (written by)

Produced by
Todd Black .... producer
Jason Blumenthal .... executive producer
Alan Greisman .... producer
Peter Guber .... executive producer
James A. Holt .... co-producer
Jeremy Leven .... producer
Joseph Merhi .... co-producer
Rob Reiner .... producer
Elie Samaha .... producer
Adam Scheinman .... co-producer
Tracee Stanley .... co-producer
Jeffrey Stott .... executive producer
Steve Tisch .... executive producer
Original Music by
Marc Shaiman 
Cinematography by
Gavin Finney 
Film Editing by
Alan Edward Bell 
Robert Leighton 
Casting by
Janet Hirshenson 
Jane Jenkins 
Production Design by
John Larena 
Art Direction by
Helen Harwell 
Set Decoration by
Andi Brittan 
Costume Design by
Shay Cunliffe 
Makeup Department
Jennifer Bell .... hair department head
Kathryn Blondell .... hair stylist: Kate Hudson
Carol Collini .... makeup artist: Ms.Leachman
Renata Helfman .... makeup artist: Luke Wilson
Pam Phillips .... makeup artist
Colette Slattery .... hair stylist
Ronnie Specter .... makeup artist: Kate Hudson
Rita Troy .... key hair stylist
Patty York .... makeup department head
K. Troy Zestos .... hair stylist: Luke Wilson
Production Management
Alice S. Kim .... post-production supervisor
Catherine S. McComb .... production supervisor
Jeffrey Stott .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Melissa V. Barnes .... second second assistant director
Frank Capra III .... first assistant director
Todd Y. Murata .... second assistant director
Brent Stanton .... second second assistant director (day player)
Art Department
Roger Baer .... construction foreman
James Davidson Bennett .... set dresser
Scott Buckwald .... property master
Martin Charles .... graphic designer
Camellia Cox .... intern
Jon De Pabon .... painter
Kristrune Jolfsdottir .... intern
Stephen Lynd .... art production assistant
Megan Malley .... buyer
Joe Monaco .... set dresser
John Pollard .... on-set dresser
Christopher Schultz .... gang boss
F. Andrew Scott .... stand-by painter
Abigail Sheiner .... art department coordinator
Brent Smith .... set dresser
Eric Steinway .... leadman
Walter Weiss .... carpenter (as Wally Weiss)
Gaston Wurth .... set dresser
Sound Department
Neal J. Anderson .... dialogue editor (as Neal Anderson)
Lon Bender .... supervising sound editor (as Lon E. Bender)
Bob Bowman .... first assistant sound editor
David Buell .... adr recordist
Perry Dodgson .... boom operator
Robert Eber .... sound mixer
Paul Flinchbaugh .... digital audio assistant
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer
Nerses Gezalyan .... sound mixer
Dan Hegeman .... sound effects editor
Chris Hogan .... adr editor
J. Stanley Johnston .... sound re-recording mixer (as Stanley Johnston)
David Kudell .... assistant sound editor
David Kudell .... digital audio assistant
Anna MacKenzie .... adr editor
Mark L. Mangino .... sound effects editor
Kimberly R. McCord-Wilson .... dialogue editor (as Kimberly McCord-Wilson)
James Moriana .... foley artist
David Raymond .... utility sound
Melissa Sherwood Hofmann .... sound re-recording mixer (as Melissa S. Hofmann)
Christopher Sidor .... sound recordist
Paul P. Soucek .... adr editor
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Karen Vassar Triest .... sound editor (as Karen Vassar)
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Bart Dion .... special effects
Dennis Dion .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Michael Caplan .... visual effects producer
Ron Crabb .... matte painter
Kirk Douglas .... visual effects
Josh Hayes .... storyboard artist (as Joshua Hayes)
Eric Heavens .... digital compositor
John K. Jenkins .... head of pre-viz
John Myers .... visual effects executive producer: Ring of Fire
Michael S. Pryor .... visual effects producer
Jerry Spivack .... animation supervisor: main titles
Jerry Spivack .... visual effects supervisor
One Danny Yoon .... digital compositor
Donna Evans .... stunts
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunt coordinator
Jeremy Fitzgerald .... stunts
Steve Kelso .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Norman Ash .... set lighting technician
Paul Birk .... electrician
Jeff Case .... key grip
John T. Connor .... assistant camera
Brandon M. Cox .... film loader
Scott Crabbe .... video assist operator
Don Estes .... grip
Carlos M. Gallardo .... grip (as Carlos Gallardo)
Bob Gorelick .... Steadicam operator
Bob Gorelick .... camera operator
Paul Hazard .... best boy rigging electric
Brendan Keefe .... electrician: Boston
Scott Kidner .... assistant chief lighting technician
Serge Nofield .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Bill Pollock .... best boy
Chis Rountree .... grip
David W. Slodki .... lighting console programmer
Suzanne Tenner .... still photographer
Frans Wetterings III .... gaffer: Boston
Greg Wimer .... first assistant camera
Eric Komar .... dolly grip: "a" camera, second unit (uncredited)
Ron Newburn .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Michelle Lewitt .... casting associate
Jocelyn E. Thomas .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer Lax .... costume shopper
Mary Beth Ramsey .... set costumer
Robin Roberts .... costume supervisor
Candice Sabbah .... costumer: Ms. Hudson (as Candice Sabbah Dobkousky)
Tim Wegman .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Aaron Marshall .... first assistant editor
David Orr .... color timer
Tom Scully .... assistant editor
Jim Towne .... assistant editor
Music Department
Pete Anthony .... conductor
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
Frank Bennett .... orchestrator
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Tim Boyle .... score mixer
Vincent Cirilli .... scoring
Jane Antonia Cornish .... orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
George Doering .... musician
Bruce Dukov .... concert master
Jon Kull .... orchestrator
Patrick Russ .... orchestrator
Carl Rydlund .... orchestrator
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Scott Stambler .... music editor
Diana Stata .... music clearances
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Nick Vidar .... music programmer
Laura Ziffren .... music supervisor (as Laura Z. Wasserman)
Transportation Department
Adrian Cannon .... driver: Mr. Reiner
Kelsey Kimes .... driver
Mike Miliotti .... driver: production van
Jack Jay Reece .... driver (as Jay Reece)
Timothy Sheehan .... transportation captain
Other crew
Nicole Anderson .... craft service: Boston unit
Michael Wesley Aycock .... assistant location manager
Bostic Beard .... set assistant: Mr. Reiner
Bill Blair .... casino technical advisor
Tiffany K. Boehmke .... business affairs executive
Jordi Caballero .... choreographer
Robert C. Campion .... production accountant
Bridget Carroll .... set production assistant
Jeffrey Caruso .... production secretary
Angie Lee Cobbs .... assistant: Ms. Hudson
Olivia d'Albis .... title designer: main titles
Michael Damski .... production assistant
David Ducar .... business and legal affairs
David Falicki .... set medic
Mark Fitzgerald .... location manager
Michael Frayeh .... assistant production accountant
Michael Frayeh .... post-production accountant
Michael D. Gillis .... assistant: Mr. Wilson (as Mike Gillis)
Robbie Goldstein .... location manager
Bill Hardy .... key set production assistant
Susan Hegarty .... dialect coach
James Henderson .... stand-in: Mr. Wilson
Ryce Hetherington .... production assistant
Lindsay Hudson .... construction medic
Jerry P. Jacobs .... production executive
Pam Jones .... assistant: Mr. Reiner
Alice S. Kim .... assistant: Mr. Stott
Micki Krimmel .... production assistant
Keith Lesser .... assistant: Mr. Greisman
Scott Masterson .... set production assistant: Boston
Kathy McCullen .... stand-in: Kate Hudson (as Kathleen McCullen)
Julie McKinnon .... stand-in
Kerry Lyn McKissick .... script supervisor
Dauv McNeely .... computer and video playback technician
Annette Montalvan .... set production assistant
Paulette Osorio .... unit publicist
Nancy Patterson .... stenographer
Danielle Perry .... stand-in: Ms. Hudson: Boston
Benjamin R. Reder .... production counsel
Marci Rosenberg Gayner .... production coordinator (as Marci Rosenberg)
Sabrina Somma .... rigging medic
Kenny Vasquez .... set production assistant
Tracy J. Ware .... masseuse
Ian Watermeier .... production executive
Troy Waters .... marine coordinator
Lavinia Zetina .... payroll accountant

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some language
USA:96 min | Argentina:96 min
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When Alex and Emma go outside for a walk, after they go on the boat, they are walking and there is a flash visible. It was a paparazzo taking a picture.See more »
Continuity: When Emma is rolling over the unconscious Alex, her scarf is first around her neck. We don't see it fall or her take it off, yet in the next shot, when she pulls him into the apartment, it is several feet away from the door, on the floor next to a painting. It is in another spot when Alex returns it to Emma after their argument in the stairwell.See more »
Emma Dinsmore:You're looking for sex, Mr. Shipley. You're barking up the wrong body.
Alex Sheldon:Ms Dinsmore, I have no intention of barking up your body. I'm sure there are men who would be thrilled to find themselves in bed with such a forthright woman. I prefer my women to be more...well less forthright.
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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Endearing Hybrid of ADAPTATION and PARIS WHEN IT SIZZLES, 21 January 2004
Author: Dorian Tenore-Bartilucci (dtb) from Whitehall, PA

Rob Reiner's return to the romantic comedy genre starts out pleasant but unremarkable -- that is, until the Central Casting Cuban loan sharks leave (though it's funny when they appear in the novel-within-the-movie as shady flamenco dancers) and wastrel writer Alex Sheldon (any relation to Paul Sheldon in Reiner's earlier adaptation of MISERY? Hmm... :-) starts dictating his novel to smart, opinionated stenographer Emma Dinsmore. That's when ALEX & EMMA springs to life like a goofy cross between ADAPTATION and PARIS WHEN IT SIZZLES. Luke Wilson is likable enough as Alex, but I must admit I think his brother Owen Wilson would've brought more verve and magnetism to the role. (Man, Owen Wilson and Kate Hudson together on the big screen -- I'd pay full admission price for that! But I digress... :-) As Emma, our household fave Kate Hudson plays a slightly starchier brunette version of her usual endearing self. In particular, she seems to be having great fun playing not only Emma, but also several variations of the same constantly-revamped au pair/cook/all-purpose domestic in Alex's novel-in-progress as it's enacted onscreen. I liked Emma as soon as I realized she and I share a certain quirk: we both like to read the end of books before buying them (albeit for slightly different reasons: Emma feels if the ending isn't good, it's a waste of time to read the book, whereas I like to see how the rest of the book happened to lead up to that particular ending. But I'm digressing again -- this movie had that effect on me; make of that what you will! :-)! I think writers would appreciate ALEX AND EMMA more than most moviegoers, if only because it does a pretty good job of getting into a writer's head, and the gags involving the novel-within-the-film are funny and inventive. Interestingly, ALEX & EMMA is very loosely based on Dostoyevsky's relationship with his stenographer, who he wed in real life. In fact, the movie's original title, LOOSELY BASED ON A TRUE LOVE STORY, would also have fit the novel-within-the-film, which turns out to have more parallels with Alex's real-life experiences than he'd previously admitted. (THOSE SWEET WORDS would've been a good title as well, especially since that's also the name of the Norah Jones song over the end credits.) Anyway, ALEX & EMMA would be a nice "date movie" for writers and the people who love them; now that it's available on home video, why not rent it for a snuggly movie-watching evening at home? :-)

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