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Shattered Glass -- This fact-based film depicts the rise and fall of disgraced journalist Stephen Glass (Hayden Christensen), who was a staff writer at The New Republic and contributed stories to Rolling Stone and other magazines. Glass fabricated many of his stories, which led to his downfall. Steve Zahn plays the technology reporter who uncovered the truth about Glass's deception.
Shattered Glass -- The true story of a young journalist who fell from grace when it was found he had fabricated over half of his articles.
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Writers (WGA):
Buzz Bissinger (article)
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26 November 2003 (USA) See more »
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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Did You Know?

Originally, Greg Kinnear was to play Charles Lane.See more »
Continuity: When Marty sits in on the editors' meeting, Caitlin is wearing a light blue sleeveless top. When the camera cuts back to the editors sitting down and checking the paper for "comma errors", she is wearing a dark blue button-up shirt with short sleeves.See more »
Amy Brand:Have you noticed the way Steve's phone has been ringing lately? Did you see all those editors at the correspondence dinner? The way they were circling him?
Caitlin Avey:Is that what you want, Amy? To get a bunch of smoke blown up your ass by a pack of editors?
Amy Brand:Yes. Yes it is.
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Is Shattered Glass based on a book?
Is Buzz Bissinger the real name of Adam Penenberg?
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34 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Quite believable, says this former investigative journalist, 31 May 2005
Author: isenberg-e from Corrales, New Mexico

As the subject line above says, I have to admit to an insider's point of view. I was an award-winning investigative reporter and editor working in newspapers, magazines, wire services, radio, and network-affiliate TV. I quit journalism in 1980 in large part because of the ever-increasing number of talent-challenged first-year "journalists" who wanted to be the next Woodward/Bernstein, and worse, the willingness of management (especially in local television news) to hire and even promote them. To be honest, however, I would have to add that the low pay, true even at places like The New Republic, was a major factor to an expectant father.

So I am sad to say that I completely buy the characterizations presented in this docudrama on Stephen Glass' time at that august magazine. The only thing that didn't ring true was that I never met anyone who had the time or inclination to be as considerate of his fellow journalists as Steve Glass apparently was. My wife pointed out that she never met one journalistic co-worker she would spend time with if she had the choice. I would admit that the nicest I knew were, at best, benign. I should add that I was NOT the nicest I knew. Even I didn't like me those days.

Getting back to the film, I can't speak to what actually motivated this particular person to fabricate 27 of 41 stories at a very major national magazine. The film suggests that he was too eager to please, and perhaps that is true. But that probably wasn't what motivated Jayson Blair (at the New York Times) or others who have recently been exposed as serial fabricators. Ambition unrestrained by ethics, unreasonable pressure to succeed due to premature promotions, other unknown and perhaps unknowable motivations... they probably figure into these sorts of disasters. But what is certainly true, and given very short shrift by the film, is the role journalistic management plays. To put a rather fine point to it, too many editors do not know how to, or perhaps just don't like to, do their jobs.

Too many times I see on national news programs statements treated as fact that somehow I can't believe were ever fact-checked. Just today I saw an episode of HBO's RealSports where an amazing statistic was mentioned: that a certain percentage (I believe about 4% but wasn't taking notes) of people who start playing poker as young kids go on to have gambling problems. I instantly asked myself: where did those statistics come from? Poker playing among the very young (pre-college-age) was probably a fairly rare thing before the past couple of years. How would they know today that 15 years ago such-and-such a percent would later have problems? If you understand statistics you would know that you can't find gambling addicts now, ask how many played poker as young kids, and extrapolate any useful estimate of future danger (100% of alcoholics once drank socially, but that doesn't mean 100% of social drinkers go on to become alcoholics). So did some editor at RealSports check this out? Why don't I believe someone did?

In writing this six-paragraph movie review, perhaps to be seen by no one, I checked things over time and again for accuracy. Oops: I misspelled Jayson Blair; fix it. Spelling errors no one cares about in this Internet-only story: check the entire piece in an external spell checker. In all I made almost two dozen changes. No one reading this will notice, or if they do, care. But that is what I do because I once was an editor.

It is this instinct for distrust of EVERYTHING anyone says or writes, including oneself and one's own work, that I believe is missing in far too many editors today. It is this shortcoming that allowed Stephen Glass, Jayson Blair et al to last so long before being exposed. It is a major weakness in journalism, and the lack of acknowledgement of this weakness is the only fault I found in this otherwise excellent film.

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