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18 March 2005 (Austria) See more »
Old Habits Die Hard
A woman stuck in a stale marriage struggles to raise her children and manage her secret drug habit. But when winter comes to her small town, her balancing act begins to come crashing down. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Vera Farmiga ... Irene

Hugh Dillon ... Bob

Clint Jordan ... Steve

Caridad 'La Bruja' De La Luz ... Lucy (as Caridad De La Luz)
Jasper Daniels ... Ben (as Jasper Moon Daniels)
Taylor Foxhall ... Jason
Giles Penderghast ... Pet Store Clerk
Terry McKenna ... Gene
Richard Lieske ... Richard
Hector Vasquez ... Hector
Joel Saeks ... Lars
Lori Berryman ... Acupuncture Therapist
Walt Bolde ... Walt

Edward Crawford ... Kevin
Gia Mitchell ... April
Anthony Ricci ... John
Liam Underhill ... April & John's Son
Kira Daniels ... April & John's Daughter
Charles Broughton ... Ice Cream Shop Owner
Ernest Longyear ... Biker
Robert Henderson ... Al
Jackie Lieske ... Al's Daughter
Alan Samulski ... Jim
Matthew Goldpaugh ... Seth (as Matt Goldpaugh)
Nancy Fallon ... Store Supervisor
Kenneth Thompson ... Coupon Man
Corinne Stralka ... Customer Short of Cash
Randy Conti ... Store Manager
Patrick Dowling ... Store Manager
George Koch ... George
Jadira ... Piercer
Vinny Ritchie ... Vinny
Tom Brangle ... Arresting Officer
Gary Thompson ... Officer
Jeremiah Flaherty ... Lawyer
Melissa Ortquist ... Monitor
Karen Keefe ... Clinic Counselor
Tillie Olinsky ... Tillie
Shelley Bolding ... Marie
Honey ... Dog
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe James ... Group Therapy Participant
Phillip X Levine ... Man at AA meeting (as Phillip X. Levine)

Directed by
Debra Granik 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean-Michel Dissard  additional writer
Debra Granik 
Anne Kugler  additional writer
Richard Lieske  (as Rich Lieske)
Melissa P. Lohman  additional dialogue (as Melissa Lohman)
Alex MacInnis  additional writer
Joyce Romano  additional dialogue

Produced by
Jean-Michel Dissard .... associate producer
Susan Leber .... producer
Anne Rosellini .... producer
Jonathan Scheuer .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Michael McDonough 
Film Editing by
Malcolm Jamieson 
Casting by
Ellen Parks 
Production Design by
Mark White 
Set Decoration by
Lisa Scoppa 
Costume Design by
Nancy Brous 
Makeup Department
Maya Hardinge .... makeup artist
Harper Randall .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Joe James .... unit production manager (as Joseph James)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Neil Daly .... first assistant director
Che Roacher .... second assistant director
Art Department
Amanda Bonavita .... art department assistant
Maria Churchill .... poster designer
Andrew Leary .... props
Duke Scoppa .... additional props
Corinne Stralka .... set dresser
Sound Department
James Demer .... sound mixer
Mark Filip .... sound effects editor
Lewis Goldstein .... supervising sound editor
Jonathan Jackson .... additional sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Liz Campbell .... electrician (as Elizabeth Campbell)
Liz Campbell .... grip (as Elizabeth Campbell)
Marshall Coles .... camera operator: additional photography
Marshall Coles .... gaffer
Chris Freilich .... key grip
Debra Granik .... additional photographer
Robert McKenna .... gaffer (as Rob McKenna)
Sebastian Mlynarski .... still photographer
Tammie Rhee .... first assistant camera (as Tammi Rhee)
Richard Sandler .... additional photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Erin Aldridge Orr .... assistant costume designer (as Erin Orr)
Erin Aldridge Orr .... wardrobe supervisor (as Erin Orr)
Kate Weston .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Catherine Hollander .... additional editor
Todd Holmes .... associate editor (as Todd Williams)
Brian A. Kates .... additional editor (as Brian Kates)
Joe Klotz .... additional editor
Minnea Lin .... assistant editor
Scot Olive .... colorist: high definition (as Scott Olive)
Philip Shane .... consultant: digital editing
Matt Wiems .... assistant editor
Adam Wolman .... on-line editor: high definition
Location Management
Michele Baker .... location manager
Music Department
Curtis Bohner .... provider: additional music
Gisellah Harvey .... music consultant
Linda Kennedy .... music supervisor
Joe Klotz .... music consultant
T. George McArdle .... musician
Stephen W. Tenner .... musician
John Tripp .... music clearance
Other crew
Yvette Biro .... creative advisor
Andrea F. Cannistraci .... legal services: Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein
Jake Cohen .... production coordinator
Boris Frumin .... creative advisor
Gisellah Harvey .... project development
Joe James .... key production assistant (as Joseph James)
Hannah Lewis-Rosenblum .... key production assistant
Richard Lieske .... story consultant
Melissa P. Lohman .... project development (as Melissa Lohman)
Fred Siegel .... accounting consultant
Corinne Stralka .... animal wrangler
Corinne Stralka .... story consultant
Sharon Watt .... script supervisor
Mickey Cottrell .... publicist (uncredited)
Joe James .... animal wrangler (uncredited)

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Rated R for pervasive drug content, language and some sexuality
104 min
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Extension of Sundance Film Festival Award Winning Short SNAKEFEED.See more »
Continuity: Anytime the aquarium and snake are shown with the actors, it has wood chips in it. Whenever the snake is fed, it only has newspapers and rocks in it.See more »
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22 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
A stark, compelling look at drug addiction that refuses to glamorize the subject, 20 March 2004
Author: catanarchy from Chicago, IL

I had the opportunity to see this film again at the Florida Film Festival (after having seen it screened at Sundance), and I have to say even though I was watching the film for a 2nd time, I still found myself completely engaged in the narrative. The film was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature. At times, I nearly forgot that I was watching a film. Vera Farmiga gives a powerful and evocative performance, which must rank among the best in her career. Down to the Bone seems rooted in the cinematic schools of Cinema Verite and Neo-Realism, and the Director, Debra Granik, obviously seems devoted to the idea of making a film without the usual Hollywood bells and whistles. So, the film depicts the bleakness of drug addiction, but without sensationalizing it with the usual tropes: Overdoses, guns, car chases, etc...

The end of the film is left ambiguous, which forces the filmviewer to forego the simplicities of a stock ending; the audience is given the ability to draw their own conclusions. Your choice--does the film have a happy ending or not? Of course, this is not too dissimilar to the dilemmas that people face in real life.

This film is certainly not for everyone. It demands the focus and attention of the filmgoer. As such, Down to the Bone is geared more to the committed and sophisticated cinema enthusiast. The film features a minimalist soundtrack, from which it is difficult to draw the obvious emotive clues. The cinematography is original, as the viewer is exposed to a seemingly endless palette of grays. However, it is not an "easy" film to watch--there is no "eye candy" for the viewer.

Debra Granik's Feature Film Directoral debut shows tremendous promise, and I look forward to her future projects. I rate this film as very good: a 9 out of 10. Frankly, I'm at a loss in understanding why a dozen of IMDB users have rated this film just as a "2". Can the Film Juries at Sundance and Florida be so off the mark? I guess that the cliche is true: there really is no accounting for taste!

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