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Writers (WGA):
Buzz Bissinger (article)
Billy Ray (written by)
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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 14 wins & 24 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 .... 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 .... 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)
Location Management
Roch Chalifour .... assistant location manager
Etienne Desrosiers .... location scout
Bernard Rodrigue .... location manager
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
Trish Kelly Chornyj .... production secretary
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
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
Joe Cappelletti .... additional voices (uncredited)
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?

Melanie Lynskey had no costume changes. She wore the same outfit throughout the movie.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Stephen tells Chuck his sure if he'll finish writing his story, Chuck should've told Stephen his obligated to finish writing the story, Stephen doesn't get to decide if he finishes the story or not.See more »
Stephen Glass:[Pitching his next article] Every radio station is talking about Mike Tyson biting Evander Holyfield and these are supposed to be news stations. So on Tuesday I started calling a few of them and finally got through to one, a bible talk station in Kentucky, I managed to convince the screener that I was a behavioral psychologist that specializes on human-on-human biting...See more »
Wild ThingSee more »


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76 out of 81 people found the following review useful.
An impressively compelling film, 20 September 2004
Author: FilmOtaku ( from Milwaukee, WI

The public-at-large loves a good scandal, and in 1998, the scandal involving Stephen Glass was a pretty darn good one. It turned out that Glass, a young prodigy who was writing for several magazines, but primarily for the prestigious 'New Republic' ('the in-flight magazine of Air Force One') had fabricated some or all of 21 of his 41 well-received stories; a scandal that rocked the journalism world and was picked up by the general public and was later repeated with Jayson Blair.

'Shattered Glass', co-written and directed by Billy Ray examines this true-life story, with Hayden Christensen playing Glass and Peter Sarsgaard as his editor, Chuck Lane. I have never seen Christensen's work in anything else until this point, and I was impressed by his acting chops. He was able to handily express Glass's desperate need for acceptance and his compulsive and repulsively cunning nature so well that the viewer, when faced with the dilemma of how to feel about this man, can only watch numbly as the train wreck that becomes his life careens further out of control. Sarsgaard, as usual, is fantastic as the fair and decent-minded Lane, the editor who first tries to help and protect Glass, but then, after digging deeper, finds that there is a lot more to the man than sloppy journalism.

It is actually surprising to me that 'Shattered Glass' became a film. I remember reading a Vanity Fair piece on Glass back when the scandal broke, and that, and the myriad other articles seemed to be sufficient exposure. The fact that 'Shattered Glass' was released five years after the scandal settled down, and that it is a compelling screenplay and film is a testimony to Ray's (a first time director) talent. 'Shattered Glass' is gut-wrenching in that it is difficult to watch because the viewer knows how deep Glass digs himself, and it's not necessarily fun to watch. 'Shattered Glass' is an intelligent, well-done film and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who appreciates that a film doesn't have to be showy in order to make an impact.


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