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The Upside of Anger -- When her husband unexpectedly disappears, a sharp-witted suburban wife and her daughters juggle their mom's romantic dilemmas and family dynamics.
The Upside of Anger -- When her husband unexpectedly disappears, a sharp-witted suburban wife and her daughters juggle their mom's romantic dilemmas and family dynamics.


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Writer (WGA):
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Allen ... Terry Ann Wolfmeyer

Kevin Costner ... Denny Davies

Erika Christensen ... Andy Wolfmeyer

Keri Russell ... Emily Wolfmeyer

Alicia Witt ... Hadley Wolfmeyer

Evan Rachel Wood ... Lavender 'Popeye' Wolfmeyer

Mike Binder ... Adam 'Shep' Goodman
Tom Harper ... David Junior

Dane Christensen ... Gorden Reiner

Danny Webb ... Grey Wolfmeyer
Magdalena Manville ... Darlene

Suzanne Bertish ... Gina
David Firth ... David Senior
Rod Woodruff ... Dean Reiner (as Roderick P. Woodruff)

Stephen Greif ... Emily's Doctor

Arthur Penhallow ... Himself
Richard Mylan ... Disc Jockey
Robert Perkins ... Town Car Man

William Tapley ... Dr. Lewis
Owen Oakeshott ... Builder Foreman (as Owen Oakshoot)
Bella Sabbagh ... Radio Station Receptionist
Kathryn Wade ... Ballet Dancer
Michelle Denholm ... Ballet Dancer
Natalie Domanski ... Ballet Dancer
Sophie Gorrod ... Ballet Dancer
Carolyn Logan ... Ballet Dancer
Alison McWhinney ... Ballet Dancer
Natasha O'Brien ... Ballet Dancer
Stina Quagebeur ... Ballet Dancer
Olivia Ratcliffe ... Ballet Dancer
Laura Suttle ... Ballet Dancer
Nicola Wallis ... Ballet Dancer
Miki Weatherford ... Ballet Dancer
Nao Yamazato ... Ballet Dancer
Gavin Munn ... Wedding Band - The Gavin Munn Band
Nicholas White ... Wedding Band - The Gavin Munn Band

Peter Hajioff ... Wedding Band - The Gavin Munn Band
Chris Banks ... Wedding Band - The Gavin Munn Band
Roger Batting ... Wedding Band - The Gavin Munn Band
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Greg Bennett ... Mourner (uncredited)
Danny McCluskey ... Fan (uncredited)

Peter Rnic ... Bodyguard (uncredited)

Directed by
Mike Binder 
Writing credits
Mike Binder (written by)

Produced by
Jack Binder .... producer
Chris Curling .... associate producer
Mark Damon .... executive producer
Alex Gartner .... producer
Andreas Grosch .... executive producer
Stewart Hall .... executive producer
Peter Heslop .... line producer
Sammy Lee .... producer
Andreas Schmid .... executive producer
Original Music by
Alexandre Desplat 
Cinematography by
Richard Greatrex (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Steve Edwards 
Robin Sales 
Casting by
Danielle Roffe 
Production Design by
Chris Roope 
Art Direction by
Tim Stevenson 
Set Decoration by
Neesh Ruben 
Costume Design by
Deborah Lynn Scott  (as Deborah Scott)
Makeup Department
Sarita Allison .... makeup artist
Chris Benoit .... hair stylist
Elle Elliott .... hair stylist: Mr. Costner
Daniel Galvin Senior .... colour consultant
Teresa Kelly .... hair stylist
Teresa Kelly .... makeup artist
Sian Richards .... hair designer
Sian Richards .... makeup designer
John Schoonraad .... makeup effects designer/supervisor
Felicity Wright .... hair stylist supervisor
Felicity Wright .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Jack Binder .... unit production manager
Jay Coquillon .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Binder .... second unit director
Chris Burgess .... additional third assistant director
Melanie Dicks .... first assistant director
Martin Krauka .... second assistant director
Sarah MacFarlane .... third assistant director
Andrew McEwan .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Lee Bryant .... chief dressing props
Alfie Burgess .... stand-by props
Stephen Campbell .... stand-by art director
Steven Campbell .... stand-by art director
Tim Lanning .... greensman
Lee Reilly .... stand-by carpenter
Zoe Scivoletto .... assistant set decorator
Andrew Tapper .... art department assistant
Ian Williamson .... stand-by painter
Terry Wood .... property master
Terry Woods .... property master
Sound Department
Stuart Bagshaw .... sound editor
Howard Bargroff .... sound re-recording mixer
Tony Bell .... sound maintenance
Matthew Desorgher .... sound maintenance
Phillip A. Hamilton .... adr recordist
Christopher Harvengt .... adr supervisor
Stewart Henderson .... adr editor
Dan Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer
Hugh Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer
Gareth Llewellyn .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Miriam Ludbrook .... dialogue supervisor
Gareth Meirion .... sound trainee (as Gareth Thomas)
Zak Melemendjian .... adr editor (as Peter Melemendjian)
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Jeremy Price .... supervising sound designer
Jeremy Price .... supervising sound editor
John Rodda .... sound mixer
Brian Simmons .... sound mixer
Barnaby Smyth .... supervising foley editor
Graeme Stoten .... adr supervisor
David Turner .... sound technical coordinator
Michele Woods .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Ben Ashmore .... special effects coordinator
Paddy Burnside .... special effects engineer
Tom Harris .... special effects supervisor
Alan Hedgcock .... special effects makeup
Paul Kelly .... special effects supervisor (as Paul Kelley)
Jules Pellicci .... special effects production coordinator
Simon Rose .... special effects makeup
Simon Rose .... special effects technician: exploding head effects
Cliff Wallace .... special effects makeup
Visual Effects by
Gary J. Brown .... Inferno artist
Sally Clayton .... digital film producer
Safiya Gili .... digital effects artist (as Safiya Ravat)
Anthony Wonsoff .... digital compositor
Rod Woodruff .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Alloway .... second camera operator
David Ashby .... second camera grip
Robin Browne .... director of photography: second unit, Detroit
Paul Buffery .... stand-by rigger
Paul Chedlow .... still photographer
Bob Cooke .... clapper loader
Russell Diamond .... grip
Terry Eden .... best boy
Dan Garlick .... second camera grip
Simon Gilmour .... camera loader
Gary Hedges .... electrician
Dermot Hickey .... focus puller
Alice Hobden .... second camera loader
Andrew Hoehn Jr. .... first assistant camera: Detroit
Demetri Jagger .... video assist operator
Brian Jones .... gaffer
Andy O'Connor .... electrician
Peter O'Connor .... focus puller: second camera
Gerry Vasbenter .... Steadicam operator
Gerry Vasbenter .... camera operator
Zoe Whittaker .... video assist operator: dailies
Casting Department
Gary Davy .... casting: UK
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elena D'Cruze-Reynolds .... junior costume assistant
Lucy Denny .... costume assistant
Rebecca Duncan .... wardrobe supervisor
Sarah Fawkner .... costume runner
Laura N. Flores .... costume production assistant
Rebecca Gore .... wardrobe assistant
Mari Grimaud .... costume supervisor
Karen Hobbs .... costume assistant
Sally Mason .... wardrobe supervisor
Linda Millen .... wardrobe mistress
Elizabeth Wilson .... assistant costume designer (as Lizzy Wilson)
Editorial Department
Jeremy Baxter .... post-production assistant
Joe Fineman .... post-production consultant
Steve Harrow .... post-production consultant
Michael Nouryeh .... assistant editor
Rod Shelton .... digital intermediate producer
Sandeep Sheth .... post-production staff assistant
Lance Stubblefield .... assistant editor
Cliff Thomas .... color grader
Laurent Treherne .... digital intermediate supervisor
Mick Vincent .... colorist
Tracey Wadmore-Smith .... associate editor
Mat Whitecross .... documentary editor
Laurie McDowell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Jim Passon .... final color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Maggie Bazin .... music clearance coordinator
Alexandre Desplat .... conductor
Alexandre Desplat .... orchestrator
Dave Jordan .... music supervisor
Solrey Lemonnier .... music producer
Gordan Nikolitch .... orchestra leader
Jon Olive .... music editor
Jojo Villanueva .... music coordinator (as Jo Jo Villanueva)
Transportation Department
Simon Burgess .... facility driver: unit base stand-by
Martin Jones .... driver
Simon Jones .... driver
Graham Kelly .... action vehicle coordinator
Andrew Nolan .... genny driver
Chris J. Smith .... picture vehicle technician
Dave Williams .... facilities driver
Other crew
Jasa Abreo .... assistant: Kevin Costner
Huda Abuzeid .... assistant: Jack Binder
Sonya A. Avakian .... production assistant
Linzi Baltrunas .... assistant location manager
Terry Blyther .... location manager
Sean Bradley .... representative: Media 8 Entertainment
Lesley Broderick .... production accountant
Carn Burton .... location finder
Katherine S. Chang .... representative: Media 8 Entertainment
Clair Chrysler .... lead stand-in: Joan Allen
Valentina Coccia .... assistant production coordinator
Merryn Conaway .... assistant: Jack Binder
Christopher Coote .... floor runner
Randy Dannenberg .... film executive
Kerstin Dyroff .... production coordinator: VIP Medienfonds
Billy Edwards .... charge hand stand-by propman
Lee Ettinger .... sales and distribution head
Mike Fraser .... digital film consultant
Robin Green .... second assistant accountant
John Gunnery .... stand-in
Chaz Harris .... assistant: Jack Binder
Alexander Hodgson .... production assistant
Jessica L. Jordan .... representative: Media 8 Entertainment
Solomon J. LeFlore .... production financing
Maggie Murray .... assistant accountant
Richard Neale .... 24 frame playback technician: CompuHire
Eva Neufahrt .... controller
Brian O'Shea .... executive: Media 8 Entertainment
Brian O'Shea .... world sales executive
Claire Packer .... assistant: Sammy Lee
Jeremy Pelzer .... studio director ealing studios
Jenna Piccolo .... executive
Aris Piliguian .... assistant: Alex Gartner
Pam Plummer .... assistant: Joan Allen
Deborah Ricketts .... archive researcher
Bill Ridealgh .... unit medic
David Rumble .... production assistant
Bella Sabbagh .... stand-in: Alicia Witt
Nicole Sacker .... assistant: Jack Binder
Katryna Samut-Tagliaferro .... production coordinator
Caroline Sax .... script supervisor
Richard Senior .... floor runner
Diane Slattery .... unit publicist
Charlie Somers .... location scout
Tamara Stuparich de la Barra .... creative executive: Media 8
Jelena Tadic .... executive
Michael J. Urann .... representative: Media 8 Entertainment
Matthew Waldman .... production liaison
Oli Wennink .... post-production assistant to producer
Christa Zofcin Workman .... business affairs executive (as Christa Zofcin)
Rachel Zimmerman .... assistant: Mike Binder
Richard Rowntree .... assistant: Steve Harrow (uncredited)
Hugh Phoenix Cross .... acknowledgment (uncredited)

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Rated R for language, sexual situations, brief comic violence and some drug use
USA:118 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Lauren Ambrose changed her mind about playing the role of the daughter whose obsession with dance and dieting almost kills her. Keri Russell soon took on the role. Russell had studied classical dance when she was younger. She said she just needed some catch-up classes.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): At the graduation commencement, Stephanie Winnington's name is announced out of alphabetical order.See more »
Terry Wolfmeyer:This was like Halley's Comet; it's not coming around again in 57 years.See more »
Movie Connections:
References For Love of the Game (1999)See more »
LaviniaSee more »


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50 out of 73 people found the following review useful.
One of the best to come out in 2005 so far., 11 April 2005
Author: alexander zeier (flashbeagle) from milwaukee

Once every so often a movie comes along that hits all the right notes with its audience. It has just the right amount of each element that makes a great film and then kicks it up a notch with more.

Mike Binder has done all this with his new film, The Upside of Anger. Upside of Anger opens at a scene from the end of a movie; a scene that stays in the audience's mind, making us trying to guess its cause all the way through the movie. We meet Terry Wolfmeyer, a middle aged woman with four daughters who is trying to keep their and her own life in balance. Terry's husband has just recently left the family causing Terry to spiral into alcohol and bitterness. Along comes Denny Davies, an ex-baseball player, current radio show host, and Terry's neighbor. He too, is a fan of the drink, and strikes a friendship with Terry along with a fatherly role for her daughters. At its root, it's Terry's story about how she deals with the continuous growing of her relationships, of her daughters, and of herself.

Mike Binder, the writer and director, has a great way of showing the lives of all his characters. He is able to make this movie just as life really is; its funny, depressing, uplifting, bittersweet, and sometimes tragic. He seems to be able to capture real life on camera and display it with all its truth and realism. The writing is completely intelligent, hilarious writing is mixed with scenes of great emotion. Binder never relies on action or dialogue that will cue laughter or tears; it comes naturally through the writing. It works differently for every person in the audience.

Joan Allen is fabulous as the angry mother, Terry. Her performance contains each the real emotion of a mother with all that she is dealing with. She plays it with vigor that strikes that fear in us that we all know mothers can emit, but we also see her lighter funny side. Kevin Costner does very well as Denny, who, surprise surprise, is a baseball player. His performance is hilarious as the washed up player who beams an empathetic hippie attitude. Costner, in his first good and well-written role in a while, is a relief to have. Also hilarious is Director, Mike Bender's Shep, Denny's radio show producer. The four daughters also add four different personalities to the family that interact very nicely.

The Upside of Anger is a wonderfully acted movie, and what's more, it is superbly written. It captures a true essence of family life. And, while its hilarious, it's a refreshing kind of humor that is very mature and not based on the stupidity that many people think we want to see. Mike Binder is successful at making a movie about the characters and about life that actually does a good job at representing both things. Upside of Anger gets 5 stars (out of 5)

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