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Garden State -- A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade.
Garden State -- Andrew has a difficult time with a dog who has taken a fancy to his leg.
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Garden State -- Andrew realizes that Sam makes him feel safe and at home.
Garden State -- Sam's mother shows Andrew a tape of Sam in an ice skating show.


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A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Zach Braff ... Andrew Largeman
Kenneth Graymez ... Busboy

George C. Wolfe ... Restaurant Manager

Austin Lysy ... Waiter

Gary Gilbert ... Young Hollywood Guy

Jill Flint ... Obnoxious Girl

Ian Holm ... Gideon Largeman

Peter Sarsgaard ... Mark

Alex Burns ... Dave

Jackie Hoffman ... Aunt Sylvia Largeman

Michael Weston ... Kenny

Christopher Carley ... Gleason Party Drunk (as Chris Carley)

Armando Riesco ... Jesse

Amy Ferguson ... Dana

Trisha LaFache ... Kelly

Jim Parsons ... Tim

Jean Smart ... Carol
Yvette Mercedes ... Neurology Receptionist

Jayne Houdyshell ... Mrs. Lubin

Natalie Portman ... Sam

Ron Leibman ... Dr. Cohen

Ann Dowd ... Olivia

Ato Essandoh ... Titembay

Wynter Kullman ... Pam

Geoffrey Arend ... Karl Benson
Soara-Joy Ross ... Handi-World Cashier
Ryan B. Moschetti ... Teen in Hallway

Method Man ... Diego
Joe Bacino ... Man Having Sex
Tracey Antosiweicz ... Hooker
Seth Michael May ... Peeping Tom

Denis O'Hare ... Albert

Debbon Ayer ... Faye
Ice ... Arthur-the-Dog

Magoo ... Masturbating Dog
Janine Strafaci ... Herself - News 12 New Jersey News Anchor (archive footage) (voice)
Kurt Siegelin ... Himself - News 12 New Jersey News Anchor (archive footage) (as Kurt Sirgelin)
Mark Murphy ... Himself - News 12 New Jersey Meteorologist (archive footage)
Joanna Leslie ... Skating Gator (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pamela Abdy ... Casting Assistant (uncredited)

Marc Alan Austen ... Cemetery Rabbi (uncredited)

David Barroso ... Joe Customer (uncredited)
Courtney Delong ... Girl in pool scene (uncredited)

James Ecklund ... Bored Actor (uncredited)
Lori Finkel ... Party Extra (uncredited)
Keith Hallworth ... Waiter (uncredited)

Ben Hauck ... Sleeping Actor (uncredited)

Jakob Hawkins ... Waiter (uncredited)
Joe Ho ... Restaurant Boss (voice) (uncredited)
Jennifer Johns ... Party Girl (uncredited)

Michael Marinoff ... Kaufman (uncredited)
Lisa Soule ... Crying Mom with Baby (uncredited)

Jenna Willis ... Party Girl (uncredited)
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Directed by
Zach Braff 
Writing credits
Zach Braff (written by)

Produced by
Pamela Abdy .... producer
William H. Brown .... co-producer (as Bill Brown)
Danny DeVito .... executive producer
Gary Gilbert .... producer
Dan Halsted .... producer
Richard Klubeck .... producer
Ann Ruark .... line producer
Michael Shamberg .... executive producer
Stacey Sher .... executive producer
Original Music by
Chad Fischer 
Cinematography by
Lawrence Sher (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Myron I. Kerstein  (as Myron Kerstein)
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
Production Design by
Judy Becker 
Art Direction by
Laura Ballinger 
Set Decoration by
Heather Loeffler 
Costume Design by
Michael Wilkinson 
Makeup Department
Robin Day .... additional hair stylist
Jason Hayes .... additional hair stylist
Kabuki .... additional makeup artist
Kathleen Karridene .... makeup artist: Los Angeles
Corinna Liebel .... hair stylist: Los Angeles (as Karina Liebel)
Evelyne Noraz .... key makeup artist
Dina Sliwak .... additional makeup artist (as Dina Sliwiak)
Gianna Sparacino .... key hair stylist
Davion Edwards .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Cassandra Keating .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Eleanor Sabaduquia .... makeup artist: Los Angeles pickups (uncredited)
Production Management
Meryl Emmerton .... production manager
Michael R. Williams .... unit production manager: Los Angeles (as Michael Williams)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alyson Latz .... second assistant director
Michael Lerman .... first assistant director
Joe Smalley .... second second assistant director
Art Department
George Abdy .... art department assistant
Jill Alexander .... property master
Martin Bernstein .... key carpenter
Coburn Boyd .... on-set dresser
Ethan Brooke .... art department assistant
Jason 'Jay' Brown .... swing gang (as Jason Brown)
Bear Davies .... swing gang
Bill Davis .... prop master: Los Angeles
Mike Dickman .... swing gang
Emily Gaunt .... charge scenic
Gerald Gloster .... construction grip
Paul W. Gorfine .... scenic (as Paul Gorfine)
C.J. Howard .... swing gang (as CJ Howard)
Jesse Kaufmann .... art department assistant
Katie Kemsley .... scenic
Beth Kuhn .... scenic
Edmund Levine .... assistant property master
Chris Wolfgang Mauch .... storyboard artist (as Christopher Wolfgang Mauch)
Brad Morrison .... set decorator: Los Angeles
Jane Nelson .... scenic
Celia Parker .... camera scenic
James Pesce .... leadman (as Jim Pesce)
Jagger Potter .... art department assistant
Peter Regnier .... swing gang
Rosalie Russino .... scenic (as Rosalile Rusino)
Stephen Shapiro .... carpenter
Larry Steinberg .... key construction grip
Sylvia Trapanese .... scenic foreman
Jill Bream .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
James Bailey .... foley artist
Steve Bartkowicz .... re-recording engineer
Weldon Brown .... adr mixer: Los Angeles
John W. Cook II .... sound re-recording mixer (as John W. Cooke II)
Larry Ellena .... sound recordist
Mitch Gettleman .... supervising sound editor (as Mitchell C. Gettleman)
Jeff Gunn .... foley supervisor
James B. Howe .... foley mixer (as James Howe)
Ken Ishii .... sound mixer
Daryl Lathrop .... adr recordist: Los Angeles
Jeff Malham .... re-recording engineer
Steve Morantz .... production sound mixer: Los Angeles (as Steven Morantz)
Peter Nusbaum .... sound effects editor (as Peter J. Nusbaum)
Peter Nusbaum .... sound re-recording mixer (as Peter J. Nusbaum)
Whitney Purple .... sound recordist
Alex Raspa .... adr recordist: New York
Schavaria Reeves .... boom operator
David Ruth .... dialogue editor
Clint Smith .... foley artist (as Clinton Smith)
Karl Wasserman .... boom operator
Kirsty Wilson .... intern: Todd A-O
Paul J. Zydel .... adr mixer: New York (as Paul Zydel)
David Ruth .... dialogue mixer (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Kim Englehart .... effects technician: Los Angeles
Josh Hakian .... effects coordinator: Los Angeles
Drew Jiritano .... effects coordinator
Josh Hakian .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Rocco Gioffre .... visual effects supervisor: Svengali Visual Effects
Travis Dutch .... scanning and recording (uncredited)
Jamie Venable .... visual effects producer: Svengali Visual Effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Almeida .... best boy electric
Tony Arnaud .... grip
K.C. Bailey .... still photographer
Katherine M. Butler .... first assistant camera (as Kate Butler)
Gregory Cahill .... dolly grip (as Greg Cahill)
Michael Callaghan .... second assistant camera
Steve Charnow .... electrician: Los Angeles
James Domorski .... 24 frame video operator
Devin Donegan .... video playback operator
Chris Drechsler .... generator operator
Jeffrey B. Gregg .... key grip: Los Angeles (as Jeffrey Gregg)
Bryan G. Haigh .... camera loader: Los Angeles (as Brian Haigh)
Chip Hart .... best boy grip: Los Angeles
Sandy Hays .... Steadicam operator (as Sandy Hayes)
Sandy Hays .... camera operator: "a" camera (as Sandy Hayes)
Gary Hildebrand .... electrician
Jasper Johnson .... grip
Zsolt Kadar .... first assistant camera: Los Angeles
John Keating .... grip
Stan Keitt .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Mary Latvis .... second assistant camera
Frederick Lawrence .... grip: Los Angeles
Dennis A. Livesey .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Dennis Livesey)
Courtney Moser .... second assistant camera: Los Angeles
Iain O'Higgins .... electrician: Los Angeles
Sean Peacock .... electrician: Los Angeles
John Priebe .... gaffer: Los Angeles
Finn Riley .... video playback: Los Angeles
Joe Romeo .... best boy electric: Los Angeles
Jerry Sandager .... grip: Los Angeles
Charles Sherron .... key grip
Richie Sherron .... grip
Melissa Soltis .... film loader
Larry Sweet .... dolly grip: Los Angeles
Niknaz Tavakolian .... film loader
Mark van Rossen .... electrician (as Mark Van Rossen)
John Velez .... gaffer
Paul Volo .... best boy grip
Chris Drechsler .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Andy C. Huber .... gaffer: additional photography (uncredited)
David Irwin .... gaffer: additional photography (uncredited)
Chan Jeon .... additional grip (uncredited)
Christopher Kiso .... best boy electric: additional photography (uncredited)
Kia Kiso .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Michael Kleiman .... additional first assistant camera: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Darrin Smith .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Perry Unjang .... additional grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Cody Beke .... casting assistant (as Cody P. Beke)
Jessica Daniels .... casting associate
Karen E. Etcoff .... extras casting: KEE Casting
Bill Tripician .... extras casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Christina Afferholder .... wardrobe assistant: Los Angeles (as Christina Affholder)
Catherine George .... assistant costume designer
Rebecca Gregg .... assistant costume designer (as Rebecca Bentjen)
Kathy Karbowski .... wardrobe assistant
Roopa Kosuri .... wardrobe assistant
Catherine Osborne .... wardrobe assistant
Kate Quinlan .... wardrobe supervisor
Christine Schultz .... costume tailor/cutter (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Rachel Goodlett Katz .... first assistant editor (as Rachel Goodlett)
Michael Hatzer .... color timer
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Mark Nakamine .... colorist (digital color correction)
David O. Rogers .... assistant editor: New York (as David Rogers)
Kaylie Schiff .... editorial intern
Yuko Yokoyama .... editorial intern
Michael R. Taylor .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Buck Damon .... music supervisor
David Nadal .... guitar coach: Mr. Sarsgaard
Amanda Scheer-Demme .... music supervisor (as Amanda Scheer Demme)
Zach Braff .... executive soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
William Baker .... driver (as Bill C. Baker)
Jon Bell .... driver: Los Angeles
Ralph Devivo .... driver (as Ralph DeVivo)
Mario Estarella .... driver: Los Angeles (as Mario Estrello)
George Grenier .... driver
Micky Hohl .... set production assistant driver
Eugene O'Neill .... transportation captain (as Gene O'Neil)
Peter Reith .... transportation co-captain
Other crew
Tara Andrus .... assistant production coordinator
Sunny Antrim .... key set production assistant
Charmaine Boos .... welfare worker: Los Angeles
Jason Boshart .... additional set production assistant
Jack Ciano .... craft service: Los Angeles
Jack Ciano .... set medic: Los Angeles
Alison Cohen .... production legal: Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein
Richard Craig .... production assistant: Los Angeles (as Ted Craig)
Sarah Curran .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Betsy Davis .... set production assistant
David De Filippis .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Erin Dicker .... assistant: Ms. Sher
Amanda Dragon .... assistant: Mr. DeVito
Leo Driver .... parking coordinator
Steve Faughnan .... location assistant
John B. Finn .... post-production accountant (as John Finn)
Charlotte Fleck .... dialect coach: Mr. Holm
Ken Franchi .... assistant: Ms. Abdy
Amanda Goodman .... office production assistant
Andrew D. Goodman .... office production assistant
Steve Gould .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Gabe Greenberg .... location scout
Terry Gusto .... location consultant: Los Angeles
Laura Hahn .... additional set production assistant
Traci Hainsworth .... production resources
Philip Andrew Hall .... assistant: Mr. Halsted
Joseph Helmreich .... set intern
Sean Hogan .... production accountant
Andrew Hurwitz .... production legal: Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein
Joe Kelly .... location scout
Jonathan Knopf .... director: News 12 New Jersey News Footage
Kim Krafsky .... animal trainer
Ronnie Kupferwasser .... location manager
Megan Levine .... set intern
Mat Lynch .... set production assistant
M.J. Magbanua .... production coordinator
Patrick Mahoney .... craft service
Seth Marshall .... assistant: Mr. Gilbert
Darren Maynard .... set production assistant
Steve McAuliff .... animal trainer
Kimberly Metsch .... additional set production assistant (as Kim Metsch)
Lia Mijangos .... assistant: Mr. Halsted
Frank Murray .... assistant production accountant
Genevieve Norante .... skating liaison: Essex Skating Club
Peter Pastorelli .... assistant location manager
David Posamentier .... assistant: Mr. Braff
Christina Schaich .... office production assistant
Elliot Schimel .... set intern
Tracy Scott .... script supervisor: Los Angeles
Joe Sevey .... location scout
Mike Sikucinski .... set production assistant
Joia Speciale .... documentarian
Alison Strother .... assistant: Mr. Klubeck
Michael Sullivan .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Michael Taylor .... script supervisor
Robert Velo .... assistant: Mr. Shamberg
Jared Weisfelner .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Aurelia Winborn .... documentarian (as Auriela Wilborn)
Greg Conroy .... location scout (uncredited)
Aaron Hurvitz .... location assistant (uncredited)
Kevin H. Law .... production coordinator: additional photography (uncredited)
Jonathan Mariande .... office intern (uncredited)
Jay Sheveck .... premiere and release (uncredited)
Catherine Petra Villalobos .... production assistant (uncredited)
Derek Yip .... additional post-production accountant (uncredited)
George Abdy Sr. .... special thanks
Camille Abdy .... special thanks
Jon Bell .... special thanks (as Jonathon Bell)
Elaine Braff .... special thanks
Hal Braff .... special thanks
Anne Brodzinsky .... special thanks
David Brodzinsky .... special thanks
Cary Brothers .... special thanks (as Carey Brothers)
Joseph Carrillo .... special thanks
David Downs .... special thanks
Scott Fleischer .... special thanks
Steve Garfinkel .... special thanks (as Steve Garfinkle)
Roy Gilbert .... special thanks
Steven Gorelick .... special thanks: The New Jersey Film Commission (as Steve Gorelick)
Andrew Graham .... special thanks: The New Jersey Film Commission
Dave Grove .... special thanks
Alex Halpern .... special thanks
Janice Holden .... special thanks: JFK International Airport
Ann Hubbell .... special thanks
Greg Jones .... special thanks
Brad Katz .... special thanks
Melinda Webber Kerstein .... special thanks
Martin Korngut .... special thanks: Palace Hotel
Bill Lawrence .... special thanks
Doug Mandart .... special thanks: JFK International Airport
Andrew Marcus .... special thanks
Barbara Margulis .... special thanks: JFK International Airport
Tom O'Donnell Jr. .... special thanks
Jim O'Hagen .... special thanks
Nick Oliveri .... special thanks
Joshua Radin .... special thanks (as Josh Radin)
Phil Radin .... special thanks
Rachel Robinson .... special thanks
Martha Savelio .... special thanks
David W. Schoner Jr. .... special thanks: The New Jersey Film Commission (as David Schoner)
Bonnie Somerville .... special thanks
Michael Spiller .... special thanks
Anthony Trapasso .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for language, drug use and a scene of sexuality
102 min
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103 out of 134 people found the following review useful.
A subtle, quiet reflection for Zach Braff, 4 April 2006
Author: jjay75 from United Kingdom

Garden State isn't like many Hollywood films these days.

There's no big men with one liners and 300 pound weapon arsenals. it is a simple, quiet film thats been made with a care only found in independent films.

The plot, in not too many words, is pretty basic. A young, heavily medicated, twenty-something returns home to New Jersey for his mothers funeral. He meets a lot of his old loser friends from high school, and a girl called Sam. I won't reveal any more details, but I assure you that there is nothing you won't see coming.

The plot is not the main driving force, and throughout it remains very focused on the characters, all of whom are thoroughly believable and likable.

The jokes in the film (and the mixture of comedy with drama), are very similar to Braff's comedy series Scrubs. From the off-the-wall nature of the shirt joke (you'll see) to the directness of the indefatigable dogs there's certainly a broad range to appeal to everybody.

The performances are all spot on as well. Zach Braff essentially reprises his role of J.D from Scrubs, and brings the level of intensity you can expect from a man who's been on Lithium for as long as he has. Not that he gives a performance thats lesser than all the other characters, in fact if he'd been anymore vibrant he would of appeared false, but he does seem to let his co-stars run with it in almost every scene, placing him firmly in the background, which is very strange for a main character. He does all his character is required to do and essays a likable, interesting lead man.

Natalie Portman, on the other hand, is entirely different. This is the film that blasted her to dream girl status, and you can see why. She plays the traditional free spirited young girl, but she adds so much more than just blatant eccentricity. She takes what could of been a banal, two dimensional character and turns her into an utterly believable, independent young woman. Of course shes very pretty, that goes without saying, but that is never really used as an excuse for her and Braffs relationship. Believe me, any self respecting man/boy between the ages of 12-50 wont leave the theatre without feeling very attached to Samantha.

The supporting cast are all suitably excellent. Peter Saarsgard gives an outstanding performance as Braffs old best friend, as does Ian Holm as his mourning father. All of the others are very good, but seeing as their are so many I shall not list them here (most new areas have another supporting character or two).

All in all, an excellent debut from Braff, who shows that he is capable of delivering simple emotional stories with love and care. Anchored by intelligent scripting and believable performances Garden State is a truly remarkable piece of indie cinema.

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