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4 February 2005 (Denmark) See more »
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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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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 .... additional sound effects recordist (as Rasmus Winther Jensen)
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
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
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)
Lina Bach Christensen .... production coordinator
Chris Besseling .... uk marketing executive: Metrodome
Morten Bundgaard .... production assistant: director
Andrea F. Cannistraci .... legal services
Thomas Caspersen .... digital preparation
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
Rüdiger Jordan .... location manager: Germany
Rüdiger Jordan .... location scout: Germany
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
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 »
Dick Dandelion:The Regulations are, that the most important thing for a Dandy is never to show off his partner, whatever the provocation. We carry them as moral supports. And that's the most important thing. They may be carried, but never brandished. That would be the worst thing of all.
[contiunes as voice-over narrative]
Dick Dandelion:Not one of us were in doubt about the most important thing of all. The reason why our partners could only be fired in the darkness of the old mine and could never be exposed to full light and thereby be woken up. Because once awoken nothing could stop them from following their true nature and killing. And it was so forbidden to say that word, that we called it "loving" instead. And "loving" could never ever happen because that would be the end of it all.
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53 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
There's a lot going on inside these characters., 4 November 2005
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"Dear Wendy" comes from the talents that brought us "Festen" and "It's All About Love" (both written and directed by Thomas Vinteberg), "Dogville," "Dancer in the Dark" and "Breaking the Waves" (written and directed by Lars Von Trier). They have collaborated on Dear Wendy, with Vinteberg at the helm and penned by Trier.

This is my favorite kind of movie; it begins with a "what if..." premise, which the storytellers follow with relentless commitment. In this case, the premise is "what if some misfit kids fell in love with their guns." Well, they'd give them names, they'd practice shooting and have a secret clubhouse, they'd study the famous gun-toting heroes of old, and the relationship they have with their weapons would become a mirror for their relationships with the world. All of which are pursued beautifully in the film.

Quite a few American movie critics read this film as a critique of American society, and they resent a European making a film about small-town America. An oft-vented complaint is that Trier has no business criticizing a country which he's never actually visited. I don't think, however, that this is ultimately a film about guns; the relationship these kids have with their guns is simply a unique window through which the filmmakers have chosen to show us the rich inner lives of the protagonists. They could have used a dysfunctional family (Festen), or movie musicals (Dancer In The Dark) or a tolling church bell (Breaking The Waves) to show us that world - but in this case it's guns.

Within the limits of the film medium - 10,000 words of dialog and around 140,000 frames of film - the choices of the filmmaker often revolve about what to leave OUT rather than what to put IN. This is a film that could be used as a textbook for economists. The script is tight - not a word out of place, although the narration feels conversational and casual. A film about child misfits and their guns could easily follow thematic red herrings all over the place in pursuit of social commentary, but "Dear Wendy" is utterly restrained - in spite of the "loaded" subject matter. On the cutting room floor are social commentary, cliché, and many of the cinematic crutches which Trier and Vinterberg rejected in their Dogme 95 days.

Any film lover who cares to see a film utterly committed to its premise, a film made with economy and efficiency, a film full of sweet irony, a film of deceptive simplicity, would do well to check out "Dear Wendy."

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