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11 November 2004 (Germany) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Christian Bale ... Trevor Reznik

Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Stevie

Aitana Sánchez-Gijón ... Marie

John Sharian ... Ivan

Michael Ironside ... Miller

Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... Jackson (as Larry Gilliard)
Reg E. Cathey ... Jones

Anna Massey ... Mrs. Shrike
Matthew Romero Moore ... Nicholas (as Matthew Romero)
Robert Long ... Supervisor Furman

Colin Stinton ... Inspector Rogers

Craig Stevenson ... Tucker
Ferran Lahoz ... Gonzales

Jeremy Xido ... Evangelisti
Norman Bell ... DMV Clerk

Nancy Crane ... Waitress
Richard Torrington ... Radiologist
Buffy Davis ... Marge

Reg Wilson ... Bartender
Ramon Camín ... Detective
Christopher Hood ... Drunk
Marc Aspinall ... Inspector Daniels
Guillermo Ayesa ... Old Fisherman
Daniel Ceren ... Pedestrian
Marta Rubio ... Woman in Crowd
Ewan Watson ... Man in Crowd
Chike Johnson ... Young Policeman

Molly Malcolm ... Ticket Agent
Jaume Mimó ... Man in Stall
Flora Álvarez ... Woman in Stall
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Juan Carlos Guzmán ... Extra
Ina Liza ... Extra
James DePaul ... Reynolds (uncredited)

Oliver Moon ... Factory Worker (uncredited)

Directed by
Brad Anderson 
Writing credits
Scott Kosar (written by)

Produced by
Javier Arsuaga .... line producer
Carlos Fernández .... executive producer
Julio Fernández .... producer
Teresa Gefaell .... line producer
Antonia Nava .... executive producer
Original Music by
Roque Baños 
Cinematography by
Xavi Giménez (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Luis de la Madrid  (as Luis De La Madrid)
Production Design by
Alain Bainée 
Art Direction by
Iñigo Navarro (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Héctor Gil 
Costume Design by
Patricia Monné 
Maribel Pérez 
Makeup Department
Carlos Barea .... prosthetics and special makeup effects
Alma Casal .... key makeup artist
Pedro Raúl de Diego .... prosthetics and special makeup effects (as Pedro R. De Diego)
Berta García .... prosthetics and special makeup effects
Rosana Gatell .... prosthetics and special makeup effects
Nada Kuraica .... preparatory hairdresser: Mr. Bale
Satur Merino .... head hairdresser
Mariló Osuna .... key makeup assistant
Irene Puche .... prosthetics and special makeup effects
Yolanda M. Valbuena .... key makeup assistant
Esther Villar .... effects makeup artist
Production Management
Eduard Aguiló .... production manager
Josep Amorós .... production manager
Pascual Otal .... production manager
Jesús L. Pérez Villar .... post-production supervisor (as Jesús Pérez Villar)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Víctor Cuadrado .... fourth assistant director
Daniela Forn .... first assistant director
Rodrigo Lamoso .... additional assistant director
Sandra Manganell .... additional assistant director (as Sandra G. Manganell)
Ivana Piqué .... third assistant director
Eva Poveda .... additional assistant director
Anna Rua .... second assistant director
Rita Rubio .... third assistant director
Montse R. Tixé .... additional assistant director
Art Department
David Aguado .... additional assistant art director
Juan Antonio Agulló .... additional assistant art director
Oriol Baucells .... additional assistant art director
David Bennassar .... additional assistant art director (as David Bennássar)
Alberto Bermejo .... additional assistant art director
Llorenç Castañer .... additional assistant art director (as Llorenç Castanyer)
Ferran Casterà Mosquera .... additional assistant art director
Nicolás Castro .... additional assistant art director
David Codosero .... additional assistant art director
José Ignacio Gandarias .... additional assistant art director (as Ignacio Gandarias)
Ricard Garcia .... graphic designer
Jaume Granell .... graphic designer
Jordi Huguet .... storyboard artist
María Losada .... assistant set decorator
Iñigo Navarro .... assistant art director (as Íñigo Navarro)
Fernando Pizarro .... additional assistant art director
Jordi Segarra .... graphic design manager
Octavi Segarra .... graphic designer
Sergi Segarra .... graphic designer
Sarah Sigaudes .... trainee art director
Jordi Soler .... on-set decorator
Álvaro Soler .... illustrator
Silvia Steinbrecht .... set dresser
Javier Tuñon .... assistant on-set decorator
Cris F. Vila .... props master (as Cris Vila)
Chan Canelo .... artist painter (uncredited)
Josh Fifarek .... set dresser (uncredited)
Ignacio J. Santeugini .... construction manager (uncredited)
Sound Department
Biel Cabré .... boom operator
Biel Cabré .... sound design assistant
Manuel Carrión .... foley effects
Albert Manera .... sound editor
Albert Manera .... sound
Fabiola Ordoyo .... sound editor
Marc Orts .... mix engineer
James A. Puig .... consultant: Dolby (as Jaume Puig)
Juan Suárez .... mix assistant
Greg Steele .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Joan Fusté .... atmospheric effects
Raúl Romanillos .... mechanical effects
Visual Effects by
José María Aragonés .... artistic & technical manager: Filmtel
Susana Argila .... digital effects compositor: Filmtel
Gloria Bernabeu .... digital effects compositor: Filmtel
Álex Blasco .... film scanning: Filmtel
Ivan Busquets .... digital compositor: Filmtel
Martin Contel .... CG animation artist: Filmtel
Jordi Costa .... CG animation artist: Filmtel
Ricardo Juan .... conforming: Filmtel
Laura Maynadé .... digital effects coordinator: Filmtel
Quico Noizeux .... digital effects compositor: Filmtel
Joan Pardo .... CG animation artist: Filmtel
Oskar Pérez .... digital intermediate coordinator: Filmtel
Iñaki Sánchez .... systems administrator: Filmtel
Jaime Torelló .... digital effects compositor: Filmtel
Xavier Tribó .... software development: Filmtel
Joan Carles Vendrell .... CG animation artist: Filmtel
Jaume Vilaseca .... digital effects supervisor: Filmtel
Jesús Luque .... visual effects (uncredited)
Mitch Paulson .... digital preview colorist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Luis Ayala .... additional lighting technician (as Luís Ayala)
Charly Bujedo .... additional lighting technician
Albert Carreras .... camera operator
Francesc Carreras .... first assistant camera
Alexis Carreño .... grip assistant
Pau Castejón .... second assistant camera: second unit
Salva Castellarnau .... grip assistant
Miguel Checa .... Steadicam assistant
Ricard Durany .... additional lighting technician
José Manuel Díaz .... additional lighting technician
Oscar Faura .... director of photography: second unit
Isabel Fernández .... assistant lighting technician
Manuel Fernández .... lighting technician
Ángel Fernández .... assistant lighting technician
Gina Ferrer .... second unit: second assistant camera (as Georgina Ferrer)
Nicolás Geller .... still photographer
Javi González .... first grip
Juan Carlos Gorriz .... assistant camera
Charly Guerrero .... key grip
Javier Guerrero .... assistant lighting engineer
Emilio Guirao .... second assistant camera
Oriol Julià .... additional lighting technician
José Ángel Manrique .... second grip
Enrique Martínez .... assistant lighting technician
Roger Martínez .... first assistant camera: second unit
Diego Moyano .... lighting technician
Miguel Ángel Pérez .... additional lighting technician
José Luis Rodríguez .... lighting engineer
Carlos Rojals .... video playback operator
Jordi Ruiz .... lighting technician
Ramón Sánchez .... Steadicam operator
Juan Torres .... Steadicam assistant
Sandra Valencia .... assistant lighting technician
Eduardo Valero .... camera intern
David Valldepérez .... second assistant camera
Debora Witte .... additional lighting technician
Boris Zapata .... additional lighting technician
Casting Department
Pep Armengol .... casting: Spain
Wendy Brazington .... casting: UK
Sheila Jaffe .... casting: US
Mireia Juárez .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ester Grangel .... additional wardrobe assistant
Núria Roig .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Maribel Asensio .... editing
Félix Bueno .... post-production assistant
José Calderón .... editing
Guillermo de la Cal .... first assistant editor
Álex De Molena .... post-production assistant
Ricardo Guzman .... second assistant editor: New York (as Ricardo Guzmán)
Manolo Millán .... color grader
Jorge Ortiz Yus .... telecine colorist
Pepín .... digital color corrector
José Pérez .... editing
Music Department
Roque Baños .... orchestrator
Claudio Ianni .... orchestrator
Lydia Kavina .... musician: theremin
Mario Klemens .... conductor
Zacarías M. de la Riva .... orchestrator (as Zacarias Martinez)
Queti Pazos .... music producer
Radovan Sancera .... musician: concertino
José Vinader .... music mixer
José Vinader .... score recordist (uncredited)
David Álvarez .... music mixing assistant (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Lluís Botella Pont .... actor's chauffeur: Taxi Internacional (as Lluís Botella)
Manel Burés .... actor's chauffeur: Taxi Internacional
Juan Chavero .... driver: electrician vehicle
Juan Julián González .... driver: generator truck (as Julián González)
Isidro Martínez .... driver: generator truck
Ángel Martínez .... driver: electrician vehicle
José Marín .... driver: camera vehicle (as J. Marín)
M. Millán .... driver: wardrobe vehicle
Other crew
Mar Abadín .... sales executive
Jon Aistui .... traffic control
Víctor Antolín .... product manager
Oriol Aragay .... financial department
Inés Arpa .... sales assistant
Maica Avilés .... press & promotion department
Eduardo Balada .... financial manager
Glòria Blanes .... script (as Glòría Blanes)
Mary Brites .... production accountant
Vicente Canales .... sales manager
Jordi Carbonell .... web developer
Ginés Carrión .... copyist
Cristina Carro .... post-sales assistant
Luis Castillejo .... messenger: SMP
Nacho Cerdà .... making-of: Deliverance Pictures, S.L.
M. Dolores Clemente .... assistant to general manager
Raquel Clemente .... tv sales executive
Alfonso Delgado .... computer department
Francisco Domínguez .... operations manager
Carlos Díaz .... brand manager
Iván Díaz .... post-sales manager
Sandra Ejarque .... press & promotion department
Silvia Elguer .... tv sales executive
Dámaso Elkoroiribe .... traffic control
Ruth Fernández .... production runner
Angela Fillingham .... dialogue coach
Mar Francolí .... location manager
Sergio Guirado .... financial department
Juan Carlos Guzmán .... stand-in
Rafael Gómez .... production runner
Anna Güell .... direction runner
Jordi Homedes .... financial manager
Miguel Ibáñez Monroy .... additional production assistant (as Miguel Ibañez)
Meritxell Juncosa .... production coordinator
Ina Liza .... stand-in
Sandra Lomeña .... financial department
Jordi López .... production runner
Jaume Marfá .... financial controller
Alberto Marini .... development executive
Jordi Martínez .... development
Emilio Martínez-Borso .... production assistant
Daniel Mateu .... production intern
Mary Kay McCoy .... dialogue coach: Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Madrid (as Mary Kay Mc Coy)
Moira McMillan .... assistant legal affairs
Nacho Melero .... shooting
Manuel Monzón .... development executive
Roser Morte .... production assistant
Antonia Nava .... head of worldwide sales
Alejandra Navarro .... financial department
Manuel Olguín .... internet supervisor
Anna Oms .... documentation
Victor Padró .... computer department
Deborah Palomo .... press & promotion department
Maria Parrón .... head of business & legal affairs
Mario Pascual .... financial advisor
Benito Pelayo .... traffic control
Augustín Pitarch .... general managing consultant
Jordi Punsola .... production runner
Fernando Purcalla .... traffic control
Eva Ramos .... production accountant assistant
Ariane Riera .... press & promotion department
Bernat Rifé .... production assistant
Pere Roca .... development manager
Pau Rocher .... title designer
Sílvia Rodrigo .... production runner
Ovidio Rodríguez .... financial department
Laura Roige .... title designer
Carlos Rojano .... marketing and commercial supervisor
Sonia Roldán .... financial department
Carlos Rosal .... production runner
Rosa M'Porras Rueda .... financial department (as Rosa M' Porras Rueda)
Lluís Salgado .... production runner (as Luis Salgado)
David Sans .... technical supervisor
Elena Serra .... development executive
Elisa Sirvent .... production secretary
Xavier Soriano .... communications manager
Patricia Sánchez .... financial department
J. Gonzalo Tamajón .... second production assistant (as Gonzalo Tamajón)
David Tardà .... web developer
Marta Tarrida .... production intern
Lluís Ventós .... assistant: Mr. Anderson
Immaculada Vera .... financial department
Enric Verdaguer .... production accountant assistant
Manel Vicaria .... head of press & promotion department
Xsepa .... production runner
Manuel Yebra .... marketing assistant
Alberto Álvarez .... production assistant
Ivan Álvarez .... production runner
Marc Álvarez .... production assistant
Helena Moreno Núñez .... development executive (uncredited)
Olga Arasa .... thanks
Miren Berrueta .... thanks
Sibi Blazic .... special thanks (as Sibi Bale)
James DePaul .... thanks (as James De Paul)
Chris Donnelly .... special thanks
Ender .... special thanks
Víctor Fernández .... thanks
Pamela Field .... thanks
Anna Fornells .... thanks
Susana Gómez .... thanks: Filmax Madrid
Sheila Jaffe .... special thanks
Lorena .... thanks
Lauren Mansfield .... special thanks
Max McGuire .... thanks (as Max Mc Guire)
Monique .... thanks
Ester Pascual .... thanks
Laura Pino .... thanks
Begoña Salcedo .... thanks
John Sloss .... special thanks
Tom Strickler .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for violence and disturbing images, sexuality and language
101 min | Turkey:94 min (TV version)
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As Trevor and Nicholas travel through the Route 666 amusement ride and turn left onto the "Highway to Hell", various odd but later significant scenes are momentarily sliced in with the strobe lights, but those scenes are only noticeable on a frame by frame view.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Though the film is set in a West Coast American city, the pavement markings in the streets are European, e.g. no center yellow stripes.See more »
[first lines]
Ivan:Who are you?
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Movie Connections:
References Fight Club (1999)See more »
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254 out of 324 people found the following review useful.
'Thinner' meets 'Memento' by way of 'Angel Heart' a la Hitchcock, 25 October 2004
Author: ( from fairview, nj

THE MACHINST (2004) ***1/2 Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, John Sharian, Michael Ironside, Reg E. Cathey.

'Thinner' meets 'Memento' by way of 'Angel Heart' a la Hitchcock

There are a few select actors who have gained or shed weight to make a true transformation on screen but the one that will probably remain imprinted for years to come is the truly shocking display by Christian Bale who lost a whopping 63 lbs. to a skeletal shell of 120 for his portrayal of dank creepy perfection.

Bale stars as the afflicted Trevor Reznik, a shell of a man who works in a machine factory and apparently is nursing some horrible demon that has led to his astonishing appearance, ghostly pallor and paranoia soaked delusions that call to question his amazing confession: How can a man not sleep for an entire year and waste away to a shadow of his being and keep his sanity?

The answer isn't so transparent as Reznik becomes submerged in some sort of dreamscape nightmare of conspiracy theories and the innate distrust of his own mind playing tricks on him one night when he encounters the perpetually grinning Ivan (Sharian sporting the sharkiest Cheshire Cat smile in recent film memory) an apparently new shift employee who distracts him to the point of a horrific accident that causes his employer and co-worker to mistrust him and suspect his deteriorating looks as something a tad more sinister.

Reznik's only solace is in literally a mother-whore relationship he shares with a well-meaning lovely waitress (Sanchez-Gizon) at the airport diner he frequents as much as the hooker he lies with to express his thoughts and odd happenings (Leigh in her umpteenth whore role that must have filled her quota by now).

After the accident Reznik is plagued with a series of Post-Its sporting a game of hangman that leads to a few clues to his rationale and ultimately to his fate of 'Who Am I?'

Directed by Anderson who helmed the criminally underrated spooky horror flick 'Session 9' a few years back returns to a dark story of a man clearly unraveling and destroying himself in the process that echoes Stephen King's 'Thinner' by way of the identity crises of 'Memento' and the psychological thriller 'Angel Heart' yet invokes a sharply executed script by Scott Kosar (who penned the worthy remake of 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' last year) that recalls David Fincher meets David Lynch paroxysms of fate and the build up to a discovery that is all too recognizable to the thriller genre in recent years of identity masked as phobic reality with its latter day Hitchcock everyman skewed nicely. Kudos to cinematographers Xavi Gimenez and Charlie Jiminez for its bleak, green/grey drudgery and the Herrmannesque score by Roque Banos mixes perfectly to the dread at hand displays.

Bale went above and beyond the call of duty in his somewhat controversial display of Holocaust invoking demeanor yet it works shockingly well as it delves into the troubled soul of a man who is wasting away not only as a metaphor but as a penance for some hell to pay.

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