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Alex & Emma -- Alex is an author whose gambling debts have landed him in a jam. To getloan sharks off his back, he must finish his novel in 30 days or wind updead.
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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 Holt .... co-producer (as James A. Holt)
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
Dan Schmit .... 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
James Keys .... rigging gaffer
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
Location Management
Michael Wesley Aycock .... assistant location manager
Mark Fitzgerald .... location manager
Robbie Goldstein .... location manager
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
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
Michael Frayeh .... assistant production accountant
Michael Frayeh .... post-production accountant
Michael D. Gillis .... assistant: Mr. Wilson (as Mike Gillis)
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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The plot for this movie comes roughly from the life of Fyodor Dostoyevsky (author of "Crime and Punishment"). He had promised to complete a new novel by a certain date, but had not written any of it yet when there was only one month left before the deadline. After a recommendation, he hired a stenographer named Anna, who helped him complete the book ("The Gambler") in 26 days. The plot of "The Gambler", which is based off of one of the author's own experiences, is about a tutor (Alexei) who falls in love with Polina, who toys with him. During the writing process, Dostoyevsky and the stenographer fall in love; they later marry and have 4 children. Thus the movie mirrors loosely both Dostoyevsky's life and the novel he wrote during that time.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When the mobsters are dangling Alex over the roof, one of them says, "In thirty days." His voice does not match his accent, and his lips say something else.See more »
Adam Shipley:He was wracked with confusion. For the first time in his life, he understood the true meaning of the expressions "horns of a dilemma" and "between a rock and a hard place" - although the concept of "paying through the nose" had always tormented him. How does the money get in the nose in the first place? Once in, is it pulled out by hand, or is a sneeze involved? And who would accept such a transaction? Burning questions all, but he had bigger fish to fry.See more »
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22 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Cute but too much yada yada yada, 24 December 2003
Author: George Parker from Orange County, CA USA

In "Alex & Emma" Alex, a writer, Alex (Wilson), spends most of the run dictating a romance novel to his stenographer, Emma (Hudson), in his Boston apartment. As the novel develops, Emma becomes more involved in the process and, of course, in Alex. Periodically the film cuts away to vignettes in the world of the novel with Wilson and Hudson playing the lead characters. As a result we get to watch the couple slowly gravitate toward one another with predictable results. Overall the film is watchable though not memorable, eminently predictable, and relies heavily on Wilson and Hudson. Production value is par, the chemistry is just so-so, the ending is clever and twisty, and the sum of the parts is something which will be most enjoyed by sentimental romcom junkies. (C+)

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