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Writer (WGA):
Gus Van Sant (written by)
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Release Date:
14 November 2003 (USA) See more »
An ordinary high school day. Except that it's not.
Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
11 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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What we learn when we look from the inside out... See more (693 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alex Frost ... Alex

Eric Deulen ... Eric

John Robinson ... John McFarland

Elias McConnell ... Elias
Jordan Taylor ... Jordan

Carrie Finklea ... Carrie
Nicole George ... Nicole
Brittany Mountain ... Brittany
Alicia Miles ... Acadia

Kristen Hicks ... Michelle
Bennie Dixon ... Benny

Nathan Tyson ... Nathan

Timothy Bottoms ... Mr. McFarland

Matt Malloy ... Mr. Luce
Ellis Williams ... GSA Teacher (as Ellis E. Williams)
Chantelle Chriestenson Nelson ... Noelle (as Chantelle Chriestenson)
Kim Kenney ... Assistant Principal's Secretary
Marci Buntrock ... Assistant Secretary
Phillipp Roman Ostrovsky ... Red Haired Kid (as Roman Ostrovsky)
Vana O'Brien ... P.E. Instructor
Michael Paulsen ... Bully
Alfred Ono ... Mr. Fong
Marychris Mass ... Alex's Mom
Jim Steinpreis ... Alex's Dad
Jeremy Simpson ... Delivery Man

Sherilyn Lawson ... Teacher #1
Sarah Lucht ... Teacher #2

Larry Laverty ... Teacher #3
Dave Stippich ... Teacher #4
Jimmy Gomez ... Kid On Bike
Joe Cronin ... Science Teacher
Wolfgang Williams ... Punk Guy
Caroline Donovan Boyd ... Punk Girl
Travis Ferguson ... Science Student
Ernest Truly ... GSA Teacher
Mary Muldrew ... GSA Student
Sarah Bing ... GSA Student
Kether Hayden ... GSA Student
Natascha Snellman ... GSA Student
Ruben Bansie ... GSA Student
Joe Sackett ... GSA Student

Jason Seitz ... GSA Victim
Shanti Cho ... Student in Darkroom
Spencer Callahan ... Student in Darkroom
Theara Sao ... Eli's Friend
Tiana Woods ... Eli's Classmate
Griffin Goins ... Football Player
Max Horner ... Football Player
Thomas Trullinger ... Football Player
Ty Schwoeffermann ... Football Player
Ray Monge ... Janitor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

William S. Burroughs ... Voice (text excerpts) (voice) (archive sound) (uncredited)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Mahdad Rezaujan ... Student (uncredited)
Brandon Sills ... Student with Guitar (uncredited)

Directed by
Gus Van Sant 
Writing credits
Gus Van Sant (written by)

Produced by
Laura Albert .... associate producer (as JT Leroy)
Jay Hernandez .... associate producer
Diane Keaton .... executive producer
Bill Robinson .... executive producer
Dany Wolf .... producer
Cinematography by
Harris Savides (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Gus Van Sant 
Casting by
Mali Finn (casting by)
Danny Stoltz (casting by)
Art Direction by
Benjamin Hayden 
Costume Design by
Marychris Mass (uncredited)
Production Management
Jen Wall .... production supervisor
Dany Wolf .... unit production manager
Greg Spence .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sally Sue Beisel .... second assistant director
Kathy Krause .... second second assistant director
Dany Wolf .... first assistant director
Art Department
Philip Blackburn .... set dresser (as Phil Blackburn)
Ken Erck .... lead scenic
Sean Fong .... assistant props
Greg McMickle .... props assistant
Robert Melchior .... leadman (as Rob Melchior)
John Pearson-Denning .... prop master
Teresa Tamiyasu .... set dresser (as Teresa J. Tamiyasu)
Jeffrey Brian Johnson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Daniel Rowland .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Felix Andrew .... sound mixer
David A. Cohen .... dialogue editor (as David Cohen)
Neil Riha .... boom operator
Leslie Shatz .... sound designer
Tanya Smith .... sound assistant
Concha Solano .... sound assistant
Frank Canonica .... supervising sound recordist (uncredited)
Samuel Cohen .... post-production sound (uncredited)
Michael 'Gonzo' Gandsey .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Michael 'Gonzo' Gandsey .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Martin Schloemer .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Austin Storms .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Charles Cooley .... special effects assistant
Jor Van Kline .... special effects coordinator
Ardy Brent Carlson .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Collin Fowler .... visual effects coordinator: Illusion Arts (uncredited)
Mark Kenaston .... digital artist (uncredited)
Thomas M. Ficke .... stunt coordinator (as Tom Ficke)
Danny Downey .... stunts (uncredited)
Casey Easlick .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Christopher Blauvelt .... first assistant camera
Eric Alan Edwards .... time-lapse photography (as Eric Edwards)
Bruce 'Sarge' Fleskes .... gaffer
Scott Patrick Green .... still photographer (as Scott Green)
Mike Hanauska .... grip
Brent Lawson .... best boy grip
Brian C. Lawson .... dolly grip (as Brian Lawson)
Bruce Lawson .... key grip
Stephen MacDougall .... loader (as Steve MacDougall)
Matías Mesa .... steadicam (as Matias Mesa)
Steve Pape .... electrician
Steve Purcell .... electrician
Hector Rodriguez .... second assistant camera
Chris Steele .... electrician
Shawn Sundby .... grip
Scott Walters .... best boy electric
James Walton .... 24 frame playback: Cascade Video Systems
Leonard Romie .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sally Gates .... extras casting: Extras Only Casting
Jonathan Leeder .... casting associate (uncredited)
David Rapaport .... casting associate (uncredited)
Danny Stoltz .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marsha Barlett .... costumer
Tamy Cropper .... set costumer
Leslie Gilbertson .... costumer
Marychris Mass .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Peter Appleton .... first assistant editor
John Dowdell .... video colorist
Kiersten Harter .... first assistant editor
Mato .... color timer
Veronica Vichit-Vadakan .... apprentice editor
Bruce Bolden .... colorist (uncredited)
Location Management
Roger D. Faires .... location manager (as Roger Faires)
Stephen Finders .... location assistant (uncredited)
Other crew
Wendy Arnold .... craft service assistant
Carolyn Barber .... assistant to producers
Ryan Brown .... production assistant
Ardy Brent Carlson .... production assistant (as Brent Carlson)
Erin Corzine .... assistant to producers
Patricia Donahue .... craft service assistant
Jeff Ettlin .... production assistant
Dara Etzel .... assistant production coordinator
Jack Gibson .... production assistant
Mary Jasionowski .... accountant
Heather Jenkins .... extras coordinator
Michael D. Jones .... assistant production coordinator (as Michael Jones)
Kelsey Kline .... extras coordinator
Alicia Kreutzkampf .... craft service assistant
Eric Lahey .... production assistant
Chris Lawson .... production assistant
Corwin Light-Williams .... video game designer
Nick Monahan .... assistant accountant
Greg Moutran .... key set production assistant
Dawnn Pavlonnis .... extras coordinator
Deborah Ricketts .... video clip clearances
Taylor Saxon .... set medic
Leah Sinrich .... assistant to producers
Gabe Smith .... production assistant
Rebecca Thornell .... clearances
Don Williams .... assistant craft service
Patsy Williams .... key craft service
John C. Worsley .... video game designer
Amy Davies .... extras coordinator/pa (uncredited)
Richard Francis .... special thanks
Crew verified as complete

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial Effects
  • Illusion Arts (special visual effects by) (as Illusion Arts, Inc.)
Other Companies

Additional Details

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Rated R for disturbing violent content, language, brief sexuality and drug use - all involving teens
81 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The "So foul and fair a day" line is a quote from Macbeth.See more »
Continuity: When John is going out from the school (first scene, the dog one) Alex and Eric are coming to the school with the bags of weapons, they all are walking in the concrete path. In the second scene (which is supposed to be the same) they all are on the grass section, but when the camera returns to John, magically he's on the concrete path again.See more »
[first lines]
Mr. McFarland:What? Hey! Where are you going? Come here.
John McFarland:Oh, my God, Dad.
Mr. McFarland:Get in the car. You're gonna be late for school. Come on.
John McFarland:Mom's gonna kill you.
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41 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
What we learn when we look from the inside out..., 5 April 2004
Author: Mercenary151 from New England

I just finished watching this movie and I am struck by how quickly I forgot how the world looks when you are a teenager. The movie was excruciatingly slow to start. Instead of formulaic pacing, this film forced us to move at its pace, where we were committed to each long slow camera pan or walk through with the characters. As I have grown up the scope of my life has been ever widening. It stands to reason then that during my younger years I barely conceived of life outside of what I knew, or where I was able to walk. This is what stands out to me about Elephant. When events like this take place, we immediately contextualize them and are unable to look at it from the level of those involved. What Gus VanSant does is bring us very close to the story. I don't see that he attempted to answer many questions, or to portray any specific characters in any light, but he attempts to bring the audience inside such a situation. To the villains in this film there is no deep reasoning, and no evil justification. Aside from revenge over minor school harassment they want to play a more realistic video game. They have created their own reality and carry out their deeds inside of it. This film was made without exploiting the memory of those who have actually been involved in such an event. Since it has been 5 years since these events took place, I am surprised to see a fresh look at this subject matter. What is especially heartbreaking about these tragedies is that when there is no meaning and just random violence there is nothing we can learn by investigating it. The irony of course is that I got this message from viewing a movie that explores this subject matter. I think the movie tells us we can only move on after senseless tragedy, and not solve the problems that caused them. When there is nothing behind the eyes of the people carrying this out, there is no great value in making sense of their actions. It is human nature to do so, and you would think that logically there would be theories, conclusions, etc about the causes. However we would gain much more by focusing on the people who were the victims, and learning about them. In this way they may make a positive mark on us.

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