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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):
Mike Binder (written by)
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Release Date:
1 April 2005 (USA) See more »
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Sometimes what tears us apart helps us put it back together See more »
Plot:
When her husband unexpectedly disappears, a sharp-witted suburban wife and her daughters juggle their mom's romantic dilemmas and family dynamics. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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5 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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The Joan Allen Show - highly recommended! See more (217 total) »

Cast

  (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
(WGA)
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
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 Ravat .... digital effects artist
Anthony Wonsoff .... digital compositor
 
Stunts
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
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
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
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
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
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
Rachel Zimmerman .... assistant: Mike Binder
Christa Zofcin .... business affairs executive
Richard Rowntree .... assistant: Steve Harrow (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Hugh Phoenix Cross .... acknowledgment (uncredited)
 

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

Trivia:
Mike Binder wrote the script specifically to give Joan Allen a juicy starring role.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At the end of the movie, the position of Denny's arms in bed is inconsistent.See more »
Quotes:
Lavender "Popeye" Wolfmeyer:Anger and resentment can stop you in your tracks. That's what I know now. It needs nothing to burn but the air and the life that it swallows and smothers. It's real, though - the fury, even when it isn't. It can change you... turn you... mold you and shape you into something you're not. The only upside to anger, then...See more »
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31 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
The Joan Allen Show - highly recommended!, 20 April 2005
Author: anhedonia from Planet Earth

"The Upside of Anger" showcases many good performances but make no mistake about it, this movie's clearly the Joan Allen Show. And what a show she puts on.

About an hour into the film, Allen's Terry Wolfmeyer bursts into a room unannounced. Her reaction lasts just a few seconds, but they're priceless. Writer-director Mike Binder keeps the camera on Allen and what we get is a moment of sheer brilliance, one that should be shown to all acting students.

Binder does something awfully bold in this film. He lets his story revolve around two seemingly unlikable people - Terry and her neighbor, Danny Davies (Kevin Costner). They're two self-destructive, terribly selfish, occasionally boorish people who wallow in their own pity. Terry's furious and hurt because her husband left her for his Swedish secretary, while Danny's a former Detroit Tiger who now spends signing baseball memorabilia and running a radio talk show where he refuses to talk baseball.

They find solace in each other, not because they particularly like each other, but because they each need a drinking buddy. But thanks to two very fine performances, they're likable.

Much to Binder's credit, he doesn't simply settle his story on Terry and Danny. Wisely, Binder lets his story take its time. We get to know Terry's children, too. There's Andy (Erika Christensen), who's dating an older lech Shep (Binder); Popeye (Evan Rachel Wood), the youngest and budding filmmaker; Emily (Keri Russell), who feels unloved; and rebellious Hadley (Alicia Witt). These young women have their own personalities and spending time with them makes the story richer.

Costner is awfully comfortable playing Danny. In fact, Danny is Crash Davis, slightly older and a bit more cynical. Danny doesn't like clinging to his baseball past, but he knows that's all he's got. It's nice to see Costner in these roles. He plays them better than most and it's a loose, relaxed performance that never goes over the top.

But the movie really is all about Allen. It's tough turning a self-destructive and pitiful alcoholic into someone we want to spend time with. But Allen simply sparkles in the role. She's smart, quick-witted and fraying at the edges, trying to keep her wits about her. We not only understand her roller-coaster emotions, but also find them believable. Performances like hers are truly rare and Allen does nothing wrong here.

Had this film been released last year, Hilary Swank might very well not have walked away with her second Academy Award. Not only does Allen deserve a nomination for her remarkable performance in this film, she also probably deserves to win it.

What surprising about Binder's story is that despite all its warmth and humor, there's still a very nice and unexpectedly dark edge to it all. It's refreshing to see a film where the characters and the situations aren't exactly all that rosy. And even moments that could have easily been played for their melodrama are brilliantly underplayed and toned down. They work much better this way, than having characters resort to histrionics.

The film's voice-over narration, on the other hand, gets a bit preachy. And a revelation at the end is a bit questionable. Astute viewers would figure it out because that's really the only rational way to deal with it. Binder sort of lets us in on it very early on in the film.

We never get to see the title's real meaning in this film. That, presumably, comes after the end credits and all these characters get on with their lives. Nevertheless, "The Upside of Anger" is a good film studded with a great performance by one of today's finest actresses.

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