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A young boy in a nameless, timeless American town establishes a gang of youthful misfits united in their love of guns and their code of honor. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Jamie Bell ... Dick Dandelion

Bill Pullman ... Krugsby

Michael Angarano ... Freddie

Danso Gordon ... Sebastian
Novella Nelson ... Clarabelle

Chris Owen ... Huey

Alison Pill ... Susan

Mark Webber ... Stevie
Trevor Cooper ... Dick's Dad

Matthew Géczy ... Young Officer

William Hootkins ... Marshall Walker

Teddy Kempner ... Mr. Salomon

Thomas Bo Larsen ... Customer

Directed by
Thomas Vinterberg 
Writing credits
Lars von Trier (written by)

Produced by
Gillian Berrie .... co-producer: UK
Bettina Brokemper .... co-executive producer
Marie Gade Denessen .... co-producer (as Marie Cecilie Gade)
Bo Ehrhardt .... executive producer
Peter Garde .... executive producer
Birgitte Hald .... executive producer
Marianne Jul Hansen .... line producer
Peter Aalbæk Jensen .... executive producer
Sisse Graum Jørgensen .... producer
Marianne Slot .... co-executive producer
Juliane Thevissen .... line producer: Germany
Vibeke Windeløv .... associate producer
Original Music by
Benjamin Wallfisch 
Cinematography by
Anthony Dod Mantle 
Film Editing by
Mikkel E.G. Nielsen 
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
Joyce Nettles 
Production Design by
Karl Júlíusson 
Jette Lehmann 
Art Direction by
Jette Lehmann 
Peter Menne 
Costume Design by
Annie Périer 
Makeup Department
Pascale Bouquière .... makeup designer
Mai-Britt Haurholm .... additional makeup artist
Dorte Jacobsen .... additional makeup artist (as Dorthe Jacobsen)
Morten Jacobsen .... special makeup effects artist
Susanne Søbye .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Pia Nielsen .... post-production supervisor
Carsten Sparwath .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bill Kirk .... first assistant director
William Westh-Lillesøe .... third assistant director (as William Vest-Lillesøe)
Art Department
Sebastian Bacquaert .... set props
Christine Bechameil .... painter
Jean Roch Bechameil .... painter
Uwe Belke .... painter
Uwe Brauer .... painter: Germany
Lotte Kryger Broe .... assistant to the art director
Michael Böttger .... set construction
Mieke Casal .... painter
Frantz Dahl .... set dresser
Lene Ejlersen .... set props
Simon Empt .... set dresser
Tom Forger .... set construction
Tony Grob .... property master: US
Karsten Holst .... set dresser
Morten Isbrand .... property master: Denmark
Søren Jochumsen .... construction manager
Magnus Kasting .... assistant property master
Daniel Kolarov .... property master: Germany
Kajsa Kvaale .... painter
Matthias Lerch .... props
Matthew McLemore .... painter
Peter Menne .... art director: Germany
Lars Munck .... artist
Liselotte Møller .... painter
Rolf Rexhausen .... set construction
Sune Saabye .... property master: second unit
Benjamin Salomon .... set dresser
Julia Schacky .... art department crew
Vivian Bak Sørensen .... painter
Uli Tegetmeier .... set dresser
Rasmus Thjellesen .... set designer
Anja Wessel .... property assistant: second unit
Claus Zier .... set designer
Sound Department
Kristian Eidnes Andersen .... sound designer
Coll Anderson .... sound effects recordist
Ray Beckett .... sound mixer
Anne Jensen .... foley editor
Per Dybdal Jensen .... sound assistant (as Per Dybdal)
Vincent Maloumian .... foley assistant
Peter Murphy .... boom operator
Julien Naudin .... foley artist
Eddie Simonsen .... sound re-recording mixer
Brian Slack .... adr mixer
Rasmus Winther Jensen .... additional sound effects recordist
Special Effects by
Kim Blidorf .... special effects technician
Søren Skov Haraldsted .... special effects assistant
Søren Hvam .... special effects technician
Hummer Højmark .... special effects supervisor (as Hummer Høimark)
Christian Kitter .... special effects technician
Ilja Jonbak Nielsen .... special effects technician (as Ilja Nielsen)
Visual Effects by
Stefan Ciupek .... digital colorist
Niels Valentin Dal .... digital matte painting
Sune Elskær .... storyboard artist
Stig Günther .... stunt coordinator
Sidsel Jensen .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Alsted .... clapper loader: second unit
Torben Borup Madsen .... best boy
Felix Buchholz .... additional electrician
Stefan Ciupek .... digital camera supervisor
Alexander Damaschke .... additional electrician
Thue Garde .... clapper loader
Felix Keuck .... electrician
Jeppe Lassen .... grip assistant
Aslak Lytthans .... electrician
Maike Maier .... grip assistant
Thomas Neivelt .... gaffer
Jens Nolte .... video operator
Mogens Otte .... lighting technician
John Frimann Rasmussen .... focus puller
Claus Rosenløv Jensen .... focus puller: second unit
Michael Rosenløv Jensen .... focus puller: second unit
Roman Schauerte .... clapper loader
Jens Schlosser .... director of photography: second unit
Markus Wiebecke .... best boy
Astrid Wirth .... still photographer
Casting Department
Cody Beke .... casting assistant (as Cody P. Beke)
Constance Demontoy .... casting: France
Elizabeth Greenberg .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandrine Bernard .... costumer
Lotte Dandanell .... wardrobe assistant
Grith Deleuran .... wardrobe: second unit
Anne-Dorthe Eskildsen .... key costumer (as Anne Dorthe Eskildsen)
Editorial Department
Sune F. Andersen .... assistant editor
Stefan Ciupek .... digital colorist
Carsten Dyhr .... assistant editor: avid
Peter Harry .... assistant editor: avid
Julie Klitgaard .... post-production assistant: second unit
Charlotte Mazzinghi .... intermediate color grader
Nicolaj Monberg .... assistant editor: second unit
Fabien Pascal .... color timer
Nanna Rosenstock .... post-production coordinator: second unit
Cecilie Rui .... post-production assistant: second unit
Ludivine Saes .... assistant editor
Location Management
Rüdiger Jordan .... location manager: Germany
Rüdiger Jordan .... location scout: Germany
Music Department
Mikael Carlsson .... executive soundtrack producer
Mikkel Maltha .... music coordinator
Tony Stanton .... music copyist
Paul Talkington .... musical director
Anders Valbro .... music coordinator
Benjamin Wallfisch .... conductor
Nick Wollage .... score recordist
Alison Wright .... music score coordinator
Other crew
Svend Abrahamsen .... consultant: Nordisk Film- & TV-Fond
Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm .... assistant to producer (as Samanou Acheche)
Chris Besseling .... uk marketing executive: Metrodome
Morten Bundgaard .... production assistant: director
Andrea F. Cannistraci .... legal services
Thomas Caspersen .... digital preparation
Lina Bach Christensenh .... production coordinator
Stefan Ciupek .... technical supervisor
Mikael Colville-Andersen .... script translator
Carrie Comerford .... production executive: UK
Kerstin Dick .... production accountant
Anna Duffield .... assistant to producer: UK
Laura Einmahl .... production coordinator
Lillian Rype Fokdal .... continuity: second unit
Morten Grunwald .... consultant: Danish Film Institute
Camilla Hammerich .... consultant: TV 2/Danmark
Jarl Axel Hansen .... production assistant
Caspar Heider .... production assistant
Anders Jacobsen .... production coordinator
Anders Thomas Jensen .... script consultant
Mikkel Kastberg .... assistant to producer
Matthias Krause .... assistant to producer: Germany
Anders Lexne .... armorer
Dan Loghin .... high definition operator
Hans Lönnerheden .... completion bond
Xénia Maingot .... assistant to producer: France
Zoe Morgan .... script supervisor
Emma Murphy .... post production assistant
Mikael Olsen .... script editor
Levke Palm .... set manager
Diane Pitblado .... on-set dialect coach
Adam Price .... consultant: TV 2/Danmark (as Adam Prince)
Howard Samuelsohn .... dialect coach
Sofie Saxild .... production assistant: Denmark
Valérie Sieye .... accountant
Charlotte Vinther .... production controller
Ann Vognsen .... key accountant
Sarah Wells .... accountant
Walter Wißmann .... weapons coordinator
Lars Bornø .... runner (uncredited)
Daniel Karpantschof .... development consultant (uncredited)
Emil Tralov .... runner (uncredited)

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105 min | Argentina:102 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
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Cameo: [Thomas Bo Larsen]Thomas Vinterberg's mascot appears as a customer in Mr. Salomon's shop.See more »
[Huey has just shot Marshall Walker in the head]
Huey:Officer d-d-down, I'm afraid!
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31 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Von Trier is at it again: he's on America's case about hypocrisy, violence and injustice, 15 December 2005
Author: ( from Portland, Oregon, United States

All of this recent fuss about David Cronenberg's film, "A History of Violence." What rot. You want a good film about violence and the gun culture in America? Check out this little gem from the co-founders of Denmark's Dogme 95 movement: Thomas Vinterberg ("The Celebration"), who directed this film, and Lars von Trier, who wrote the screenplay.

Von Trier drives many American film critics absolutely bonkers because he has the temerity to make films about the "American Character," even though he apparently has never set either of his personal feet on U.S. soil. First came "Dancer in the Dark," set in central Washington State, then "Dogville," set somewhere in the Colorado Rockies. (The actual locations were European, as is the case in Dear Wendy.) These earlier films may have had their problems, but they nonetheless stung with their unflattering depictions of American hypocrisy, greed, violence and injustice.

The worst thing you can say about von Trier's depictions is that they are derivative, hardly novel or unique. Think of Nathaniel Hawthorne, or Theodore Dreiser, or Ralph Ellison, or Don DeLillo , or David Foster Wallace, or any number of other authors. Pick from almost any generation of American writers and you'll find these same themes sounded. Because – like it or not - they are valid. And it should come as no surprise that some intelligent foreigner who reads deeply about America might be capable of writing a credible screenplay about our national foibles.

"Dear Wendy" is set in an unnamed mining town sometime before the present day, probably the 1960s, judging from the musical soundtrack. The town is obviously a false set, not a natural location (odd since this violates of one of Dogme 95's central tenets, to always use natural locations). A miner's son, Dick Dandelion (Jamie Bell, who has carved out a niche, it seems, playing miner's sons, beginning with his splendid performance in Billy Elliot) is a misfit, too fragile and disinterested to spend his life down the mines. Out of sorts, aimless, Dick one day buys a toy gun as a gift for a buddy. But he learns from his fellow misfit friend Stevie (Mark Webber) that this gun is actually a small but real bullet shooting weapon. Stevie, as it happens, has an obsessive passion for guns, gun history and the workings of guns.

These two hit upon a plan: why not start a little club, a cult of losers and outcast young people, the town's stray kids, and bring a little honor, pride and some decent principles of conduct into their lives. No one else is going to give them a break, so it's self-help time. The club will have a secret headquarters for meetings, indoctrination and just hanging out. The unifying themes will be the possession and adulation of firearms juxtaposed with pacifism (is this an amusingly ironic riff on our culture or what ?!) Members will learn to love their guns, to name them, to vivify imagined relationships to their guns. But they will also be honor bound never to use them to commit violent acts against others, not to mention each other.

The group is named The Dandies, presumably after Dick's surname, and grows to include Susan (Alison Pill), Huey (Chris Owen), Freddie (Michael Angarano), and Sebastian (Danso Gordon). An aging black woman, Clarabelle (Novella Nelson), eventually becomes a sort of honorary member, or, more precisely, someone whom The Dandies find need to protect from harm, once the going gets rough.

And the going does get rough. We know that it will only be a matter of time before the idyllic fantasy life shared by this noble little band is somehow shattered by violence. This force arrives in the form of Sheriff Krugsby (Bill Pullman) and a legion of police sharpshooters. It's the gunfight at the Not Very OK Corral. Without getting into further particulars, I will say that the final shootout between The Dandies and Pullman's legion is conducted with an awesome display of police firepower that absolutely resembles the massive use of high tech weaponry that we are accustomed to witnessing when America goes to war, whether abroad or in quelling domestic uprisings (think of Fallujah and Waco).

All the actors I have named deliver good turns. I was especially impressed by Bill Pullman, Jamie Bell and Mark Webber. The sound track features several songs by the 60s British pop/rock band, The Zombies, including their great hits, "She's Not There" and "Time of the Season." More than anything, to me this film feels a lot like a couple of Gus Van Sant's movies. The Dandies adopt period costumes as well as arcane, stylized manners like the street people in "My Own Private Idaho," and the notion of outcast young people bearing weapons, of course, permeates "Elephant," in a similarly lyrical manner.

I think "Dear Wendy" is a powerful film, brimming with poetic truth about us. Yes, it is polemical, one sided, provocative. It may be only half the truth, ignoring our national virtues. And the slant may be familiar. But Vinterberg and von Trier have teamed up to make a decent movie about our seemier side. (In English). My rating: 8/10 (B+). (Seen on 12/11/05). If you'd like to read more of my reviews, send me a message for directions to my websites.

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