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The story that shocked a Nation See more »
The true story of a young journalist who fell from grace when it was found he had fabricated over half of his articles. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 13 wins & 22 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Hayden Christensen ... Stephen Glass

Peter Sarsgaard ... Charles 'Chuck' Lane

Chloë Sevigny ... Caitlin Avey

Rosario Dawson ... Andy Fox

Melanie Lynskey ... Amy Brand

Hank Azaria ... Michael Kelly

Steve Zahn ... Adam Penenberg

Mark Blum ... Lewis Estridge

Simone-Élise Girard ... Catarina Bannier

Chad Donella ... David Bach

Jamie Elman ... Aaron Bluth

Luke Kirby ... Rob Gruen

Cas Anvar ... Kambiz Foroohar
Linda Smith ... Gloria (as Linda E. Smith)

Ted Kotcheff ... Marty Peretz

Owen Roth ... Ian Restil (as Owen Rotharmel)
Bill Rowat ... George Sims

Michele Scarabelli ... Ian's Mother
Terry Simpson ... Joe Hiert

Howard Rosenstein ... Suit #1
Louis Philippe Dandenault ... Michael (as Louis-Philippe Dandenault)

Morgan Kelly ... Joe
Christian Tessier ... Cade
James Berlingieri ... Jason

Brett Watson ... Seth

Andrew Airlie ... Alec Shumpert

Russell Yuen ... Emmit Rich
Pierre LeBlanc ... Monica Merchant #1 (as Pierre Leblanc)
Pauline Little ... Monica Merchant #2
Kim Taschereau ... Stout Woman
Phillip Cole ... Security Guard

Mark Camacho ... Glass' Lawyer (as Mark Camocho)
Ian Blouin ... Chuck's Son
Lynne Adams ... Kelly's Colleague

Caroline Goodall ... Mrs. Duke

Brittany Drisdelle ... Megan (as Brittany Drisdell)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Isabelle Champeau ... Journalist (uncredited)

Sean Cullen ... Magazine Lawyer (uncredited)
Jeffrey Ford ... Security Guard (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Billy Ray 
Writing credits
Buzz Bissinger (article) (as H.G. Bissinger)

Billy Ray (written by)

Produced by
Craig Baumgarten .... producer
Tove Christensen .... producer
Tom Cruise .... executive producer
Gaye Hirsch .... producer
Adam Merims .... producer
Tom Ortenberg .... executive producer
Michael Paseornek .... executive producer
Paula Wagner .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mychael Danna 
Cinematography by
Mandy Walker (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jeffrey Ford 
Casting by
Cassandra Kulukundis 
Production Design by
François Séguin 
Art Direction by
Pierre Perrault 
Set Decoration by
François Sénécal (decorator) (as François Senecal)
Costume Design by
Renée April 
Makeup Department
Annock Bolvin .... key makeup artist: additional photography
Francine Gagnon .... key makeup artist
Corald Giroux .... key hair stylist
Catherine Lahaye .... makeup artist
Gaétan Landry .... key hairdresser: additional photography (as Gaetan Landry)
Manon Paquet .... hairdresser: additional photography
Gérard Royer .... hair stylist (as Gerard Royer)
Fanny Vachon .... makeup artist: additional photography
Annabelle MacNeal .... key makeup: Washington DC unit (uncredited)
Production Management
Maurice Forget .... unit manager
Stéphane Fréchette .... unit production manager: additional photography (as Stephane Frechette)
Isabelle Godin .... assistant unit manager
Jacky Lavoie .... production manager
Carl Pedregal .... post-production supervisor: Los Angeles
Philip Stilman .... post-production supervisor: Toronto (as Phil Stilman)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard L. Fox .... first assistant director
Richard L. Fox .... first assistant director: additional photography
Michelle Gold .... second assistant director
Brigitte Goulet .... second assistant director: additional photography
Roxanna Macedo .... second second assistant director (as Roxana Macedo)
Natalia Ortelli .... second second assistant director: additional photography
Natalia Ortelli .... third assistant director
Art Department
Donald Beaulieu .... scenic technician
Robert Bourdeau .... head painter
Cecile Braemer .... art department coordinator (as Cécile Braemer)
Michel Brochu .... head carpenter
Real Capuano .... scenic technician (as Réal Capuano)
Martin Dupré .... assistant property master
Anne Galéa .... key set director (as Anne Galea)
Odette Gauvreau .... head painter
Sébastien Gervais .... scenic technician
François Gosselin .... scenic technician
Jean-Pierre Gosselin .... scenic technician
Erik Guay .... assistant craft person
Martin Handfield .... set property master
Manon Lemay .... assistant decorator
Carl Lessard .... graphics
Ann Lockell .... craft person
Denys Marois .... assistant props: additional photography
Julie-Agnès Morin .... property buyer
Christian Pierre .... scenic technician
Guy Pigeon .... draftsman
Claude Rainville .... prop master: additional photography
Julie Raymond .... assistant decorator
Marcel Robidoux .... assistant craft person: additional photography
Larry Taman .... art department runner
Mike Vaudrin .... craft person: additional photography
Sound Department
David Bach .... supervising sound editor
Catherine Bellazzi .... boom operator
Pierre Blain .... production sound mixer
Pierre Blain .... sound mixer: additional photography
William Clément .... cable puller: additional photography (as William Clement)
David Esparza .... supervising effects editor
Marshall Garlington .... sound re-recording mixer
Aaron Johl .... sound trainee
Clarissa Keller .... mix facility coordinator
Shawn Kennelly .... foley mixer
Laura Macias .... foley artist (as Lara Macias)
Michael A. Morongell .... mixing engineer (as Michael Morongell)
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Paul Rodriguez .... mix facility coordinator
Sean Rowe .... foley artist
Martin Schloemer .... mixing recordist
Dan Scolnik .... foley editor
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Elliot Tyson .... sound re-recording mixer
David Yonson .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Shaina Holmes .... digital compositor
Jere Gillis .... stunt double: Stephen Glass
Yves Langlois .... stunt double: Charles Lane
David McKeown .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Kelly Baylis .... grip
Robert B. Baylis .... key grip (as Bobby Baylis)
Denis Boudreau .... dolly grip: additional photography
André Bélaieff .... generator operator (as André Belaieff)
Frédéric Chamberland .... first assistant camera: additional photography (as Frederic Chamberland)
François Daignault .... Steadicam operator (as François Daigneault)
Daniel Dallaire .... electrician (as Dan Dallaire)
Benoit Descary .... second assistant camera: second camera
Stéphanie Doré-Bertet .... video assist operator: additional photography (as Stephanie Dore-Berthe)
Jacques Dupuis .... grip: additional photography
François Dupéré .... key grip: additional photography (as Francois Dupéré)
Daniel DuSablon .... grip: additional photography
Jacob Fortier .... key rigging gaffer
Claude Fortin .... key rigging grip
Gilbert Gagnon .... best boy grip: additional photography
Julie Garceau .... video assist operator
Marie-Pierre Gratton .... clapper loader (as Marie-Pierra Gratton)
Laurent Alexis Guertin .... camera loader: additional photography (as Laurent-Alex Guertin)
George Haryszyn .... generator operator: additional photography
Olivier Hetu .... electrician: additional photography
Jean Kavanagh .... second assistant camera
Sylvain Labrecque .... grip
Christian Lemay .... first assistant camera: second camera
Jean Levasseur .... electrician: additional photography
John Lewin .... gaffer: additional photography
Nicolas Marion .... first assistant camera
Alain Masse .... dolly grip
Phedon Papamichael .... director of photography: additional photography
Guillaume Parisien .... second assistant camera: additional photography
Dany Prévost .... extra grip (as Danny Prevost)
Gordon Ramesa .... grip: additional photography
Louis Richard .... electrician: additional photography (as Lousi Ruchard)
Claude Sauvageau .... best boy grip
Jeff Scott .... best boy: additional photography
Jonathan Wenk .... still photographer
Francois Archambault .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Frédéric Chamberland .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Eames Gagnon .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
John Harris .... additional rigging electrician (uncredited)
Mathieu Price .... daily grip (uncredited)
Mark Walpole .... assistant camera: Washington D.C. (uncredited)
Casting Department
Julie Breton .... extras casting
Robin D. Cook .... casting: Toronto
Johnny Gidcomb .... voice casting (as John Gidcomb)
Lucie Robitaille .... casting: Montreal
John Barba .... casting associate (uncredited)
Nicole Hilliard-Forde .... casting associate: Toronto (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Fabienne April .... wardrobe coordinator
Sophie Beasse .... key dresser (as Sophie Béasse)
Marie-Etienne Bessette .... wardrobe mistress: extras (as Marie-Étienne Bessette)
Sylvie Dagenais .... assistant key dresser
Louise Eusanio .... key dresser: extras
Martine Gagnon .... assistant costume designer
Liane Garneau .... seamstress
Maory Gastelo .... assistant wardrobe
Manon Paquet .... assistant dresser: additional photography
Emilie Perrault .... key dresser: additional photography
Jean Théberge .... wardrobe runner
Editorial Department
Jennifer Hwang .... post-production coordinator
Michel Proulx .... cutter
Matvey Shatz .... color timer
Craig Tanner .... associate editor
Brian Borne .... colorist (uncredited)
Valerie Laurie .... post-production facility coordinator (uncredited)
Jessica Roberts .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Nicholas Dodd .... conductor
Nicholas Dodd .... music arranger
Joel C. High .... music supervisor
Paul Intson .... music editor
Paul Intson .... musician: bass
Dan Parr .... copyist
Lenny Solomon .... orchestra contractor: Toronto Canada Recording Orchestra
Stephanie Lynn Urcheck .... music coordinator
Brent Brooks .... music editor: temp music (uncredited)
Ron Searles .... music score recording engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Réjean Bouchard .... driver captain
Owen Coughlan .... driver
Stephane Desharnais .... driver: additional photography
Walter Diaz .... driver
Luc Poirier .... vehicle coordinator
Charles Prud'homme .... driver: additional photography
Andrée Roy .... driver: cast Peter Sarsgaard
Patrick St-Pierre .... driver: additional photography (as Patrick St. Pierre)
Joseph 'Tino' Viscusi .... transportation coordinator (as Tino Viscusi)
Jerome Wheeler .... driver
Other crew
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
Olivier Barzic .... set production assistant
Claude Boissonneault .... production assistant: additional photography (as Claude Boissonnauilt)
Holly Brace-Lavoie .... receptionist
Rosana Bruni .... payroll clerk
Jennifer Bydwell .... clearance coordinator
Roch Chalifour .... assistant location manager
Trish Kelly Chornyj .... production secretary
Etienne Desrosiers .... location scout
Elizabeth Dixon .... business & legal affairs coordinator: Lions Gate Entertainment
Yvan Francoeur .... office runner
Hugues Gaudreault .... production assistant
Paule Girardin .... production coordinator
Bob Harris .... set medic: additional photography
David Hutkin .... vice president: The Lewis Horwitz Organization
Richard Jordan .... executive vice president of physical operations: Lions Gate Entertainment
Justin Kelly .... assistant accountant
Brian M. Kingman .... insurance: AON/Ruben Winkler Entertainment Insurance Brokers (as Brian Kingman)
Marianne Knai .... assistant clearance coordinator
Rosemary Lara .... assistant: Mr. Paseornek
Nicolas Lemieux .... unit runner
Wayne Levin .... executive vice president of business affairs: Lions Gate Entertainment
Daniel MacArthur .... production coordinator: Lions Gate Entertainment
Caroline Maynard .... set production assistant: additional photography
Stacey McKay .... production accountant (as Stacy McKay)
Robert M. Melnik .... senior vice president business affairs: Lions Gate Entertainment (as Robert Melnik)
Curtis A. Miller .... manager of production: Lions Gate Entertainment
Martin Monette .... truck production assistant
Anjalika Mathur Nigam .... assistant: Mr. Merims (as Anjalika Nigam)
Nathalie Picard .... script supervisor: additional photography
Emily Rice .... post-production accountant
Bernard Rodrigue .... location manager
Frédéric Rousseau .... assistant: Mr. Ray
Tiffany Ryan .... assistant: Mr. High
Darin Selden .... attorney for business and legal affairs: Lions Gate Entertainment
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
Joey Shanley .... assistant: Ms. Hirsch
Donna Sloan .... senior vice president of production: Lions Gate Entertainment
Caileen Uznis .... business & legal affairs coordinator: Lions Gate Entertainment
Catherine Veaux-Logeat .... script supervisor
Jeremy Walker .... unit publicist
Charlyn Ware .... director of business and legal affairs: Lions Gate Entertainment
Keri Winters .... insurance: AON/Ruben Winkler Entertainment Insurance Brokers
Pamela B. Green .... producer: main titles (uncredited)
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond company representative (uncredited)
Stephanie Lovell .... set production assistant: Washington, DC (uncredited)
Adriana Poblano .... travel coordinator (uncredited)
Chris Box .... acknowledged assistance (as Chris Boz)
Danny Bramson .... acknowledged assistance (as Danny Branson)
Allison Butler .... acknowledged assistance
David Butow .... acknowledged assistance: Corbis SABA
Jason Cinkus .... acknowledged assistance
Anthony Cooper .... acknowledged assistance: Ecosene/Corbis
David Daniel .... acknowledged assistance
Mary Evans .... acknowledged assistance: Esselte Canada
Niki Gascon .... acknowledged assistance
George Hall .... acknowledged assistance: Corbis
Hillary Kahn .... acknowledged assistance
Bruce Kaufman .... acknowledged assistance
Michael Kelly .... dedicatee
Pat Kingsley .... acknowledged assistance
Elliott Kleinberg .... acknowledged assistance
Joanna Lee .... acknowledged assistance
Josh Lieberman .... acknowledged assistance
John McLaughlin .... special thanks
Wally McNamee .... acknowledged assistance: Corbis
Andre Morgan .... acknowledged assistance
Manny Nunez .... acknowledged assistance
Martin Rogers .... acknowledged assistance: Corbis
Susan Scott .... acknowledged assistance
Joseph Sohm .... acknowledged assistance: Visions of America/Corbis (as Joseph Sohn)
Mirek Towski .... acknowledged assistance: DMI/TimePix
Pat Woods .... acknowledged assistance
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG-13 for language, sexual references and brief drug use
94 min | Canada:99 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | Australia:89 min
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When David shows up late in the office to give Stephen Glass some coffee, Stephen's computer screen shows him building a website for Juct Micronics. In the DVD commentary, Billy Ray and Charles Lane said he was building the website to cover his tracks for the next day.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Charles Lane confronts Stephen Glass in his office after realizing that Stephen's brother was the voice of George Sims, an expletive describing the voice mail was dubbed over to preserve the film's PG-13 rating.See more »
Chuck Lane:You're fired, Steve.
Stephen Glass:What?
Chuck Lane:You're fired, Steve. You've lost your job.
Stephen Glass:But you can't do that.
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114 out of 129 people found the following review useful.
a mesmerizing morality play, 30 October 2004
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

One of the unsung and unheralded movie treasures of 2003, 'Shattered Glass' tells the fascinating story of Stephen Glass, one of the top reporters for The New Republic in the 1990's, who rocked the media world when he had to finally confess that he had fabricated many of his stories. 'Shattered Glass' plays like a modern Greek tragedy, centered on a man of great talent and potential brought down by his own internal weaknesses. Glass was only 24 when he fell from grace; prior to that, he was a hot shot reporter who, in the highly competitive world of high stakes journalism, kept looking for that little added edge to make his stories saleable. For a number of years, Glass managed to slip those stories past his editors and fact-checkers without being discovered. However, in the spring of 1998, his world came crashing down around him after an internet magazine became suspicious of a story he had written about a computer hacker who, it turns out, never actually existed.

'Shattered Glass,' which is based on an article by Buzz Bissinger, succeeds as both a complex character study and a top notch thriller. The film never gives us any easy answers as to just why Glass put his journalistic integrity and career on the line by perpetrating these frauds. As portrayed in the film, Glass is a paradoxical mixture of both arrogance and insecurity, a smooth manipulator who can charm and sweet talk his way into getting people to like and trust him while at the same time employing those same skills to get himself out of tough situations. Eventually, however, the act runs out of steam and he is exposed for who and what he really is. Yet, who, indeed, is he? Is Glass simply a pathological liar? Is he a stressed-out, overworked 'kid' trying desperately to keep his head above water in the cutthroat world of professional journalism? Is he merely a smooth-talking, unethical charmer who knows what he wants and will stop at nothing to get it? Could it be that he is some or all of these things at the same time? The fact that the film never fully answers these questions is what pulls us so deeply into the drama. Moreover, Hayden Christensen gives a superb performance as Glass, making the character both smarmy and vulnerable, repellant and sympathetic all at the same time. In addition to Christensen, the film is filled with brilliant, subtle performances by Peter Sarsgaard, Chloe Sevigny, Hank Azaria and many others.

Superbly written and directed by Billy Ray, 'Shattered Glass' is one of the most suspenseful films of recent times, far more gripping than most so-called thrillers because the film is dealing with real-world issues of integrity and ethics. We watch with morbid fascination the slow unraveling of a man's 'crime' and character, as Glass becomes more and more ensnared in a web of his own making. The step-by-step process by which a promising young man's true nature is uncovered, then his reputation destroyed, becomes the stuff of classic tragedy.

Although The New Republic eventually recovered from this debacle, the filmmakers do not let the magazine off the hook quite so easily. The thing we are most struck by is how incredibly young the reporters at the magazine were at the time (we are told their average age was 26!). How such unseasoned writers came to play so prominent a part in so major and venerable a publication is indeed one of the great mysteries of the story - and one of the sharpest indictments leveled against the magazine by the makers of the film.

'Shattered Glass' is an ineffably sad film, one that makes us mourn the loss of a promising, talented individual who sowed the seeds of his own destruction (he is currently a lawyer). Yet it also inspires and uplifts us by reminding us that men of integrity will almost always triumph over men of little or no integrity in the long run. That's a truism worth remembering in this time of great moral confusion in which we find ourselves living. 'Shattered Glass' is not to be missed.

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