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This Christmas The More... The Scarier! See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
Shawn Levy 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. (novel "Cheaper by the Dozen") (as Frank Bunker Gilbreth Jr.) and
Ernestine Gilbreth Carey (novel "Cheaper by the Dozen")

Craig Titley (screen story)

Sam Harper (screenplay) and
Joel Cohen (screenplay) &
Alec Sokolow (screenplay)

Produced by
Michael Barnathan .... producer
Dustin Bernard .... line producer
Carrie Brody .... assistant producer
Ben Myron .... producer
Ira Shuman .... co-producer
Robert Simonds .... producer
Aaron Wilder .... development executive
 
Original Music by
Christophe Beck 
 
Cinematography by
Jonathan Brown 
 
Film Editing by
George Folsey Jr. 
 
Casting by
Nancy Klopper 
 
Production Design by
Nina Ruscio 
 
Art Direction by
Scott Meehan 
 
Set Decoration by
K.C. Fox 
 
Costume Design by
Sanja Milkovic Hays 
 
Makeup Department
Jody Burton .... hair stylist
Frank Griffin .... hair stylist: Steve Martin (as Frank H. Griffin Jr.)
Frank Griffin .... makeup artist: Steve Martin (as Frank H. Griffin Jr.)
Nancy J. Hvasta Leonardi .... makeup artist
Norma Lee .... hair stylist
Richard Lipinski .... hair stylist: Bonnie Hunt
Lydia Milars .... makeup department head
Patricia Miller .... key hair stylist
Ned Neidhardt .... additional makeup artist
Douglas Noe .... key makeup artist
Karen Scales .... makeup artist: Bonnie Hunt (as Karen J. Scales)
 
Production Management
Dustin Bernard .... unit production manager
Demetra Diamantopoulos .... production supervisor
Nikki Taylor .... assistant production manager
Patrick Esposito .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard S. Lederer .... second assistant director: Chicago second unit
John Pontrelli .... second second assistant director
Brian Relyea .... second assistant director
Marty Eli Schwartz .... first assistant director
Catherine Petra Villalobos .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Will Batts .... set designer
Richard Baum .... set dresser: Northern California
Matt Callahan .... buyer
Susan Chooljian .... art department coordinator
Doug Crawford .... propmaker
Shannon Curfman .... lead person (as Shannon Curfman-Dayan)
Jann K. Engel .... set designer
Neil Gahm .... propmaker
Stephanie Gilliam .... set designer
Mark Haber .... set designer
Dale Haugo .... scenic artist: Northern California
Gabriel Higgins .... property master
Allyson Hollingsworth .... art assistant
Sean House .... set dresser: Northern California
Matthew C. Kime .... assistant property master
Jim Krase .... foreman
William F. Matthews .... set designer
Jeffrey McMahon .... construction foreman
Tony Miller .... lead plaster foreman
Kris Nagle .... welder foreman
Roderick Nunnally .... paint supervisor
Steven O'Bannon .... labor foreman
Ron D. Peake .... welder gangboss
Jason Puga .... painter
Steve Roll .... propmaker
John H. Samson .... construction coordinator
David Scott .... graphic designer
Jonathan Woods .... storyboard artist
Anthony Aguilar .... propmaker (uncredited)
Michael Grover Forster .... propmaker gangboss (uncredited)
Teresa Raschilla .... painter (uncredited)
Ilya Seperich .... additional props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
James Bolt .... sound re-recording mixer
Derek Casari .... adr engineer
Andrew DeCristofaro .... supervising sound editor
Marc Deschaine .... adr assistant
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer
David Esparza .... sound effects editor
Dawn Fintor .... foley artist
Kevin Globerman .... digital recordist
Tim Gomillion .... sound recordist
Aaron J. Green .... post sound services
Michael Hoffman .... sound mixer: B unit
Jason Johnston .... cable person
David Lucarelli .... adr recordist
Steve Mann .... sound editor
Paul Massey .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim McColm .... re-recording engineer
Nancy Nugent .... dialogue supervisor (as Nancy Kyong Nugent)
David Obermeyer .... sound mixer
Michael Payne .... sound effects editor
Thomas A. Payne .... boom operator
Stephen P. Robinson .... sound effects editor
Dennis Rogers .... sound recordist
John C. Stuver .... dialogue editor
Becky Sullivan .... supervising adr editor
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Robert DeVine .... special effects technician: stunt frog puppet
Franco Goss .... specialty props
David P. Kelsey .... special effects director (as David Kelsey)
John Poulter .... special effects technician
Keith Suzuki .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Cosmas Paul Bolger Jr. .... visual effects supervisor
Chris Hopkins .... 3D artist
Heather Ignarro .... production coordinator
Ken Locsmandi .... animator/modeler
Robert Nall .... digital artist
Roger Nall .... digital effects artist: 11:11 MediaWorks
Marco S. Paolini .... digital compositor
Rich Thorne .... production executive
Tommy Tran .... digital effects artist
 
Stunts
Joe Childs .... utility stunts
Sophia Crawford .... utility stunts
John Dixon .... stunts
David Hugghins .... stunt rigger
Michael Hugghins .... stunts
Gita Isak .... stunts
Brandon Molale .... stunt actor
Michael Munoz .... stunt double: kid
Ernie F. Orsatti .... stunt coordinator
Rowbie Orsatti .... stunts
Clark Tucker .... stunt double: Wayne Knight
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pete Asidilla .... dolly grip
Danny Barfield .... best boy grip
Tracy Bennett .... still photographer
Hans Bjerno .... aerial director of photography
Kirk Bloom .... second assistant camera
John Bratlien .... rigging electrician
Erik L. Brown .... first assistant camera
Henry Cantor .... electrician
Damon Doherty .... key rigging grip
Tulio Duenas .... film loader
Adam Harrison .... electrician
Jay M. Huntoon .... digital video assist operator
Peter Kuttner .... first assistant camera: Chicago
Elizabeth Miller .... second assistant camera (as Elizabeth Smith)
Juan Morse .... electrician
Anthony G. Nakonechnyj .... gaffer
Brian W. Nordheim .... b camera / steadicam operator
Paul Plannette .... first assistant camera
Landon Ruddel .... grip
Thomas J. Ruffner .... dolly grip
Mark Sadler .... set lighting
Ronald Schlueter .... video assist
Larissa Supplitt .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Jorge Sánchez .... assistant camera
Sam Urdank .... still photographer
Andy Young .... best boy rigging grip
 
Casting Department
Justine Hempe .... casting associate
Sharon D. King .... extras casting: local
Terri Kinney .... extras casting
Jeff Olan .... extras casting
Tony Rasmussen .... extras casting
Bryan Riley .... casting assistant
Jacquie Schmall .... extras casting
Tim Sullivan .... extras casting
Randi Acton .... extras casting (uncredited)
Christian Kaplan .... executive in charge of casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Suzy Magnin .... costume assistant
Lawrence Quon .... set costumer
Lani Reynolds .... costumer: Bonnie Hunt
Irena Stepic .... key costumer
Don Vargas .... costumer: Steve Martin
 
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Alexander Garcia .... assistant editor
Dave Lee .... colorist: dailies
Lonnie A. Mathes .... post-production assistant
Dennis McNeill .... color timer (as Denny McNeill)
George Missor .... epk assistant editor
Mark Nakamine .... colorist (digital color correction)
Brad E. Wilhite .... first assistant editor
Valance Eisleben .... high definition editorial services (uncredited)
Nadav Streett .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Celeste Chada .... music licensing
Mike Deasy .... musician
George Doering .... musician
Hilary Duff .... music crew
Mark Graham .... music librarian
Dave Jordan .... music supervisor
Andrew Kaiser .... composer: additional music
Kevin Kliesch .... orchestrator
Mike Nowak .... conductor
John Rodd .... orchestral scoring recordist
Peter Rotter .... orchestra contractor
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Casey Stone .... music scoring mixer
Ceiri Torjussen .... orchestrator
Jojo Villanueva .... music coordinator
Terry Wilson .... music editor
Peter Erskine .... musician (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Lewis Burnett .... driver: honeywagon
Margo Hunt .... driver
Ron Kunecke .... transportation captain
William Lubin .... driver
Rhonda Martin .... transportation office coordinator
Joe Vanis .... transportation coordinator
Bryce Guy Williams .... transportation coordinator
Bonnie Yamahiro .... driver
 
Other crew
Kyle Alexander .... assistant location manager
Valentina Aulisi .... assistant: Steve Martin
Paul Belenardo .... production accountant
Allan Bragg .... stand-in: Steve Martin
Carrie Brody .... assistant production coordinator
Starr Buttler .... production assistant
Tim Clark .... production secretary
Mike Crotty .... production assistant
Heather Deaton .... assistant: Robert Simonds
Diane Durant .... script supervisor
Glen Evans .... production assistant
Heidi Falconer .... publicist
Mary-Rachel Foot .... stand-in
Michael Franck .... aerial coordinator
Josh Geller .... set production assistant
Marc C. Geschwind .... extras coordinator
Rhona Gordon .... studio teacher
Seth William Hansen .... additional set production assistant
Jeffrey Harris .... assistant post-production accountant
Sue Jennings .... production coordinator
Nicki Johnson .... assistant coordinator
June Jordan .... stand-in
Greg Kappy .... assistant location manager
Mark Kelly .... production secretary
Christian Krieger .... assistant location manager
Stephen Mapel .... location manager
Gordon T. Martin .... tow generator operator
Jerie McBride .... studio teacher
Joe Morganella .... production assistant
Alexander Nicolas .... marketing
Kevin O'Neil .... production assistant
Gene A. Roepke .... assistant: Shawn Levy
Troy Rowland .... acting coach
Karen Shane .... second assistant accountant
David Simmer .... assistant: Ben Myron
B.J. Smith .... medic
Rick S. Sulier .... post-production accountant
Karla Torres .... production assistant
Ilene Waterstone .... executive assistant: Steve Martin
Paige Wilbanks .... production assistant
Marijan Zoric .... chef
Dawn Barkan .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Melinda Eichberg .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Paul Sarran .... location production assistant (uncredited)
Donna Tegan .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
 

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Rated PG for language and some thematic elements
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98 min | Germany:94 min (DVD version)
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Trivia:
From oldest child to youngest child, the list of kids is: Nora (23), Charlie (17/18), Lorraine (14), Henry (12), Sarah (11), Jake (10), Mark (9), Jessica (7), Kim (7), Mike (6), Kyle (5), Nigel (5). In reality, Jacob Smith (Jake Baker) is 3 years older than Alyson Stoner, who plays his older sister Sarah Baker. As well, Morgan York (Kim Baker) is the same age as Alyson Stoner, and Forrest Landis, Blake Woodruff, and Liliana Mumy are all the same age when their characters are a year difference at least.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: One may question how Mark was able to board the Amtrak train without meeting the age requirement to have purchased a ticket. It is a common practice of Amtrak conductors to make their rounds taking tickets several minutes after the train has left the station, so he could have boarded and found a seat with no question.See more »
Quotes:
[Sarah has just orchestrated a major practical joke against Hank]
Tom:You have a dark gift, Sarah Baker.
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Rockin' RobinSee more »

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31 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
'Name Only' Remake of 1950 Classic is Warm, Funny Film..., 28 March 2004
Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada

While the CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN opening titles credit the authors of the best-selling book the original 1950 film was based on (Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey), don't expect to see a remake of the charming, early-20th century comedy about two efficiency experts (Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy) running a complex but happy family...and this is not a BAD thing!

While the 1950 production is a minor classic, the thrust of the earlier film was with the parents, and oldest daughter (the late Jeanne Crain). Clifton Webb was a gifted, acerbic actor, best known, previously, as 'child hating' author Lynn Belvedere, who proved he was as adept at raising children as he was at EVERYTHING he attempted, in the 1948 hit, SITTING PRETTY. The film was such a success that two sequels were made, and Webb would do several more 'family' comedies before his death in 1966. Playing Frank Bunker Gilbreth, the father of twelve, was a 'natural' for the actor, and the 61-year old Webb 'stole' the film with his self-effacing, 'scientific' approach to child rearing. As his wife, Lillian, Myrna Loy, who had graduated from being 'Nora Charles' in the "Thin Man" series, to being Hollywood's favorite wife/mom, shared Bonnie Hunt's sweetness, sense of organization, and dry humor, but lacked a sexual chemistry with Webb that would have actually produced twelve children (perhaps because of the less 'permissive' time the film was made, or perhaps because of Webb's screen persona). Jeanne Crain, one of 20th Century Fox's favorite ingénues for over six years, had a large fan base, which the studio capitalized on (She was actually second-billed in the film, behind Webb). Her scene at a 1920's prom, with Webb as her 'date', is a film highlight. While the eleven other children were given 'moments' in the film, they barely registered, individually.

Would 2003 audiences have gone to see Martin in a period comedy set eighty years earlier? I doubt it. And had the original story had been simply 'updated', would it have been truly faithful to the source, even in spirit? Unlikely, as so much has changed over the years. Ultimately, the film makers erred, I believe, in using the title of the earlier film, but not in the approach of making a 'family-friendly' comedy about a household of massive proportions.

With Steve Martin, who has become Hollywood's quintessential 'Dad', as a loving, unconventional father/football coach given an opportunity to head his alma mater's team, he displays the same kind of sensitivity that made PARENTHOOD such a wonderful film. Bonnie Hunt, as his wife, is completely believable as a successful author who could handle her large family and still-frisky husband equally well. She is, as always, a treasure!

The children are really the stars of the film, though, and each is special, and individual, from the eldest daughter (Piper Perabo), who, at 22, wants the family to accept the guy she's living with (Ashton Kutcher, in a funny, brief role), to the youngest pair of twins (Brent and Shane Kinsman), who make an art out of wreaking havoc. Tom Welling is quite likable, and proves that he is more than just 'Clark Kent' (For you trivia fans, Kutcher almost got the part of 'Superman' in an upcoming film, which would have put two 'Men of Steel' in the cast). The only discordant note is Hillary Duff's annoyingly brittle second daughter; she may be a 'teen idol', but she is more grating than endearing.

Director Shawn Levy's previous film, JUST MARRIED, was a loud, unpleasant, clichéd bore; in CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN, he redeems himself with a more enjoyable, richer film.

While the movie will never earn the 'classic' status the earlier film achieved, it stands very well on it's own merits!

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