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Matchstick Men -- Nicolas Cage stars as a con man with an obsessive-compulsive disorder whose orderly life and latest scam are threatened by the reappearance of a teenage daughter he never knew existed.
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Writers (WGA):
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A phobic con artist and his protégé are on the verge of pulling off a lucrative swindle when the former's teenage daughter arrives unexpectedly. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A fine brew of psychological character and crime story. A- See more (335 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Nicolas Cage ... Roy Waller

Sam Rockwell ... Frank Mercer

Alison Lohman ... Angela

Bruce Altman ... Dr. Klein

Bruce McGill ... Chuck Frechette

Jenny O'Hara ... Mrs. Schaffer

Steve Eastin ... Mr. Schaffer

Beth Grant ... Laundry Lady

Sheila Kelley ... Kathy

Fran Kranz ... Slacker Boyfriend
Tim Kelleher ... Bishop

Nigel Gibbs ... Holt

Bill Saito ... Pharmacist #1

Tim Maculan ... Pharmacist #2
Stoney Westmoreland ... Man in Line

Lynn Ann Leveridge ... Bank Clerk

Giannina Facio-Scott ... Bank Teller (as Giannina Facio)

Sonya Eddy ... Parking Garage Cashier

Michael Clossin ... Long Winded Parking Booth Driver
Kim Cassidy ... Stripper
Paul Hubbard ... Store Clerk

Monnae Michaell ... Carpet Store Manager
Dennis Anderson ... Cashier

Marco Kyris ... Pizza Boy

Jerry Hauck ... Taxi Cab Driver

Jim Zulevic ... Bartender

Ramsey Malouky ... Hospital Intern
Andi Sherrill ... Pharmacy Cashier

Kate Steele ... Strip Club Waitress

Adam Clark ... Strip Club Bouncer
Daniel Villarreal ... Car Wash Employee
Marco Assante ... Valet Parker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Larry Vigus ... Pharmacy Customer (uncredited)

Melora Walters ... Heather, Roy's Ex-Wife (uncredited)

Directed by
Ridley Scott 
Writing credits
Eric Garcia (book)

Nicholas Griffin (screenplay) (as Nick Griffin) &
Ted Griffin (screenplay)

Produced by
Sean Bailey .... producer
Giannina Facio-Scott .... co-producer (as Giannina Facio)
Ted Griffin .... producer
Jack Rapke .... producer
Charles J.D. Schlissel .... co-producer
Ridley Scott .... producer
Steve Starkey .... producer
Robert Zemeckis .... executive producer
Original Music by
Hans Zimmer 
Cinematography by
John Mathieson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Dody Dorn 
Casting by
Debra Zane 
Production Design by
Tom Foden 
Art Direction by
Michael Manson 
Set Decoration by
Nancy Nye 
Costume Design by
Michael Kaplan 
Makeup Department
Tarra D. Day .... makeup department head (as Tarra Day)
Amy L. Disarro .... makeup artist
Mary L. Mastro .... hair department head
Kristina Vogel .... makeup artist
Larry Waggoner .... hair stylist: Mr. Cage
Allen Weisinger .... makeup artist: Mr. Cage
Production Management
Teresa Kelly .... post-production supervisor
Mark Scoon .... executive in charge of production
Leigh Shanta .... unit production manager
Barbara Russo .... post-production executive (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Battaglia .... second second assistant director
K.C. Hodenfield .... first assistant director
Jeff Okabayashi .... second assistant director
Art Department
Chuck Askerneese .... co-property master
Todd Bennett .... plaster foreman
Denis Cordova .... general foreman
R. Scott Doran .... leadman
L. David Gordon .... drapery foreman
Brock Helfer .... set dresser
Daniel R. Jennings .... assistant art director
Adam Khalid .... art department coordinator
Ann Knight .... set buyer
Douglas T. Madison .... property master (as Doug Madison Jr.)
Bobby Mara .... propmaker foreman
Frank Musitelle .... greens coordinator
Fred O'Connor .... propmaker
Mike Peritz .... set dresser
Eric Rosenberg .... graphic designer
William V. Ryder .... set designer
Jessica Samuelson .... assistant property master
John Villarino .... construction coordinator
Cheree Welsh .... art department coordinator
Richard Robinson .... propmaker (uncredited)
Sound Department
Mike Anderson .... utility sound
James Ashwill .... foley mixer
Christopher Assells .... sound effects editor
Karen Baker Landers .... supervising sound editor
John Bires .... sound engineer
Eddie Bydalek .... sound recordist
Colette D. Dahanne .... adr mixer (as Colette Dahanne)
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer
Per Hallberg .... supervising sound editor
Adam Howell .... intern
Chris Jargo .... adr supervisor
Tom Lalley .... sound re-recording engineer
Anna MacKenzie .... adr editor
Anna MacKenzie .... sound editor
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Philip D. Morrill .... assistant sound editor
Melissa Muik .... assistant to Hans Zimmer
Tony Negrete .... first assistant sound editor
Myron Nettinga .... sound re-recording mixer
Lee Orloff .... production sound mixer
Thomas A. Payne .... boom operator
Gregg Silk .... second engineer
Peter Staubli .... sound editor
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Kimaree Long .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Bruce Maddocks .... mastering engineer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jeff Bresin .... special effects technician
Martin Bresin .... special effects coordinator
Jake Valdez .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Alfredo R. Barcia .... lead production services technician: SPI
Sarah Coatts .... visual effects associate producer: main title sequence: yU+co.
Lisa Deaner .... senior Inferno artist
Sheena Duggal .... visual effects supervisor
Stephen Kowalski .... systems engineer
Andrea Maxwell .... visual effects editor
Paul McGhee .... digital color timer: SPI
Ethan Ormsby .... digital artist
Mike Sabga .... computer and video supervisor
David A. Smith .... CG supervisor
Marty Taylor .... Inferno artist: SPI
Cari Thomas .... visual effects producer
Jeremie Winslow .... visual effects production assistant: SPI
Lisa Zusmer DelPrete .... visual effects production manager (as Lisa Zusmer)
Jessica Berri .... visual effects production assistant: SPI (uncredited)
Danielle Conroy .... digital production management (uncredited)
Timothy Eaton .... visual effects editor (uncredited)
Christopher Grandel .... trailer digital effects, Howard Anderson Company (uncredited)
Anthony Harris .... digital color timer (uncredited)
George Richman .... senior production services technician: SPI (uncredited)
Mitch Zeitlin .... video editorial coordinator: SPI (uncredited)
Mickey Giacomazzi .... stunt performer
Carrick O'Quinn .... stunt driver
Michael Trisler .... stunts
Eddie Yansick .... stunt coordinator
Eddie Yansick .... stunt double: Nicolas Cage
Bill Willens .... precision driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Rob Abbey .... video assist operator
Dominic Aluisi .... second assistant camera
Paul Birk .... electrician
Massimo Bordonaro .... ad/pub services
A. Anthony Cappello .... assistant camera
David Deever .... video engineer
Mitch Dubin .... camera operator: "a" camera
François Duhamel .... still photographer
Keith Dunkerley .... camera production assistant
Carlos M. Gallardo .... dolly grip (as Carlos Gallardo)
Paul Hazard .... best boy rigging electric
Tony Hibbard .... set lighting technician
James Keys .... rigging gaffer
Scott Kidner .... assistant chief lighting technician
Stuart Kirschner .... lighting technician
Damon Marcellino .... set lighting technician: re-shoots
Steven Meizler .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Ralph Mendoza .... aerial camera operator: SpaceCam
Ralph Merzbach .... computer video playback
Ronald A. Miller .... rigging grip
Ron Newburn .... lighting technician
Reggie Newkirk .... first assistant camera
Tony Olivieri .... Steadicam focus puller
Tony Olivieri .... first assistant Steadicam
Greg Patterson .... set lighting technician
Chis Rountree .... grip
Paul Toomey .... film loader
Naomi Villanueva-Brunner .... b camera: second assistant camera (as Naomi Villanueva)
Jim McComas .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Terri Taylor .... casting associate
Tannis Vallely .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lorraine Crossman .... set costumer
Adrienne Greshock .... costume production assistant
Vincent Lapper .... costumer
Linda Matthews .... costume supervisor
Natasha Paczkowski .... costume manufacturing foreperson
Hana Rausalova .... costumer
Debbie Travis .... wardrobe: Mr. Cage
Editorial Department
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Bob Kaiser .... color timer
Cybele O'Brien .... assistant editor
Pablo Prietto .... assistant editor
Adam P. Scott .... associate editor
Trudy Yee .... assistant editor
Bill Daly .... post-production executive (uncredited)
Adrian Kays .... editor: main titles (uncredited)
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Al Clay .... score mixer
Bryan Clements .... scoring crew
Kevin Connolly .... musician
Jim Dooley .... music arranger
Jim Dooley .... music programmer (as James Michael Dooley)
Dody Dorn .... music supervisor
Mark Eshelman .... scoring crew
Bruce Fowler .... conductor
Bruce Fowler .... orchestrator
Malcolm Luker .... additional scoring mixer
Robin Lynn .... music consultant
Marina Manukian .... musician
Frank Marocco .... musician
Adam Michalak .... score recordist
Trevor Morris .... music score consultant
Melissa Muik .... music score consultant
Heitor Pereira .... musician
Satnam Ramgotra .... musician (as Satnam Singh Ramgotra)
Emil Richards .... musician
John Rodd .... orchestral scoring recordist
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Del Spiva .... assistant music editor
Marc Streitenfeld .... music editor
Marc Streitenfeld .... music supervisor
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn
Pat Weber .... scoring technician
Geoff Zanelli .... composer: additional music
Hans Zimmer .... music arranger
Hans Zimmer .... music programmer
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Mark Graham .... music librarian (uncredited)
Yvonne S. Moriarty .... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
Mel Wesson .... music arranger: electronic arrangements (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Hedy Phil Balani .... driver generator operator
Casey Boden .... driver
Troy Bridenstine .... driver
Rob Byer .... driver
Linda Cipperley .... transportation
Robert Dulys .... driver dispatcher
Rita Lundin .... transportation
Mike Riportella .... transportation captain
Wayne Williams .... transportation coordinator
Dennis Lally .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Tommy Bernard .... production assistant
René Brar .... story editor
Stephen Bures .... assistant: Mr. Cage
Chris Castaldi .... set production assistant
Matthew B. Chamberlin .... key assistant location manager
Brian Clark .... rigging medic
Kelsey Clark .... assistant: Mr. Zemeckis
Scott Cler .... production secretary
Maguy R. Cohen .... production assistant (as Maguy J.B. Cohen)
Heather I. Denton .... crowd extras coordinator
Lisa Dietrick .... assistant to producer
Devon Evans .... animal trainer
Jack Hayes .... assistant to producer
Adam Howell .... intern
Cheri Jacobs .... second assistant accountant
Valerie Johnson .... set production assistant
Heather Kelton .... assistant: Mr. Starkey (as Heather Smith)
Janette Kim .... set assistant: Nicolas Cage
Jon Ko .... medic
Tracie Laymon .... set production assistant: re-shoots
Ernie Malik .... unit publicist
Margaret Mitchell .... production accountant
M. Michelle Nishikawa .... production coordinator
Kathryn Oden .... assistant: Mr. Rockwell
Monique Perez .... assistant to writer and producer
Janice Polley .... location manager
Jessica Rapke .... set production assistant
Ryan Robertson .... main title producer
Jay Sheehan .... production assistant
Jordan Sheehan .... assistant: Mr. Scott
Neville Shulman .... special advisor: Mr. Scott
Margaret Sigel .... assistant: Mr. Rapke
Ryan Suffern .... set production assistant
Ray Utarnachitt .... assistant production coordinator
Daniel Villarreal .... production assistant
Amy Wilkins .... set production assistant
Anne Marie Wilson .... set staff assistant
Garson Yu .... title designer
Stuart Raven Barter .... location scout (uncredited)
Kevin Blumenfeld .... technical assistant: Hans Zimmer (uncredited)
Ardy Brent Carlson .... set staff assistant (uncredited)
Bruce Gray .... sculpture art provided by (uncredited)
Gregg Lehrman .... technical assistant: Hans Zimmer (uncredited)
Moanike'ala Nakamoto .... assistant: Hans Zimmer (uncredited)
Jesse Wagler .... production assistant: yU+Co. (uncredited)
Lynnanne Zager .... adr voice (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, violence, some sexual content and language
116 min | Canada:120 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-11 | Germany:12 (w) | Iceland:12 | Ireland:12 | Japan:PG-12 | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:M | Norway:15 | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:PG13 (re-rating) | South Korea:15 | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:12 (canton of the Grisons) | UK:12A (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2004) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #39979)

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Beth Grant and Fran Kranz previously appeared in Donnie Darko (2001). They don't share scenes in any of those movies.See more »
Continuity: Roy Waller purchases Tareyton cigarettes, and is seen with packs of Tareyton, but smokes Kool cigarettes throughout the movie. The name can be seen on the cigarettes, and the telltale Kool gold stripe is seen on all his smokes. The ashtray in Roy's car in one fast cut shot is also full of Kool butts.See more »
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85 out of 98 people found the following review useful.
A fine brew of psychological character and crime story. A-, 15 September 2003
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Ridley Scott and Nicolas Cage deliver some of their best and most intelligent work in a few years, even if Matchstick Men is not quite either's great contribution for this year in film. What they have done, from Eric Garcia's novel (adapted by The Griffins), come off rather entertaining, if anything else, and boasts much more thought than would usually be attributed to such a Hollywood film. Nicolas Cage, who plays Roy, part anxious/obsessive compulsive, part sly con man, and part father to a daughter he never knew he had, is a main reason to see this movie. His performance is on par with someone like Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets for watch-ability of a truly sad lifestyle, and while Nicholson's performance was and still is funnier and more charming, Cage gets so into his character, the little mannerisms that pop up more often than expected, that we feel for the guy even as his eyes get twitchy and goes over certain spots in his house like a detective. He may be the most believable obsessive compulsive/con man you'll see in a long while. Add then an outgoing, occasionally sneaky daughter (Alison Lohman in a performance that skillfully balances sweetness and irritability, sorrow and playfulness in a teenage girl) to the mix, along with a protégé-cum-partner (a cool Sam Rockwell) who has a love/loathe relationship Roy, and there's the map work for an interesting, if here and there predictable, drama/comedy/crime film.

Along with the performances, which are all above average (Cage could be deserved of an Oscar nomination come February, and Lohman could deserve the win possibly), is the visual framework that Scott pushes in each scene. By getting certain camera tricks, and fantastic editing by Dody Dorn (of 'Memento' fame), the viewer can really get into Roy's head even in the smaller scenes, the ones that have little to do with the plot and only to do with the neuroses of Roy (there is even a little touch that I loved when Roy is waiting online early in the film at the supermarket, and the music in the background is an excerpt of the mental hospital music from 'Cuckoo's Nest'). This echoes the style that Scorsese used in Bringing out the Dead, also with Cage, in moving the film to get so into the mood that the story, no matter how intriguing and important, becomes secondary.

Which brings me to my own personal beef with the movie, and that is the last fifteen minutes or so. It was clever, up to a point, but as it unfolded, no matter how much I was still emotionally involved with these people, I felt that the twists (I won't reveal them here) undermined a lot of the rest of the film. It will be based on viewer to viewer, but I just thought that it did a little too much to jab at Roy's lifestyle. And yet, when I walked out of the theater, though I wasn't sure I had seen anything spectacular, I didn't feel like I had wasted time and money either. Matchstick Men is witty, sometimes wonderful moviemaking.

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