IMDb > The Upside of Anger (2005)
The Upside of Anger
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guide
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Upside of Anger (2005) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 73 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
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.


User Rating:
6.9/10   19,341 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Down 28% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Writer (WGA):
Mike Binder (written by)
View company contact information for The Upside of Anger on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
1 April 2005 (USA) See more »
Sometimes what tears us apart helps us put it back together See more »
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 »
Plot Keywords:
5 wins & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
An Upside to This Year's Movies See more (219 total) »


  (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)
Rhys Bond ... Garden party guest (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 .... 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 .... re-recording mixer
Hugh Johnson .... 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 .... key 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)
Location Management
Linzi Baltrunas .... assistant location manager
Terry Blyther .... location manager
Carn Burton .... location finder
Charlie Somers .... location scout
Music Department
Maggie Bazin .... music clearance coordinator
Alexandre Desplat .... conductor
Alexandre Desplat .... orchestrator
Dave Jordan .... music supervisor
Solrey Lemonnier .... music producer
London Symphony Orchestra .... music performed by
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
Sean Bradley .... representative: Media 8 Entertainment
Lesley Broderick .... production accountant
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
Devin Cutler .... representative: Media 8
Randy Dannenberg .... Creative Executive: Media 8
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
Shaun Redick .... sales agent
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
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)
Richard Rowntree .... assistant: Steve Harrow (uncredited)

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for language, sexual situations, brief comic violence and some drug use
USA:118 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Kevin Costner gained 20 pounds for his role.See more »
Continuity: Rearview Mirror is missing in a scene in her car.See more »
Denny Davies:I dial your number ten times a day and hang up.See more »
Movie Connections:
Grand Sonata in G Major op 37See more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
65 out of 88 people found the following review useful.
An Upside to This Year's Movies, 10 April 2005
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

Life doesn't come with an instruction manual or a script to follow, it's basically improv on a daily basis, and as it plays out people and things often are not who or what they seem to be on the surface. It's reality, as opposed to the way you expect, hope or want it all to be; truth, as opposed to an individual perception of truth. That's life. And "The Upside of Anger," written and directed by Mike Binder, explores some hard realities that differ drastically from expectations and perceptions.

The film opens with a funeral, a somber note which in a sense prepares you for what is to follow, after a flash back of three years, at which point the story begins. Terry Wolfmeyer (Joan Allen) is at loose ends because her husband has run off with his secretary, leaving her and four daughters behind to fend for themselves. Angry, distraught and a stone's throw from bitter, Terry turns to alcohol to deaden the effects of what has been a life-altering experience. Luckily-- or maybe not-- Terry has a neighbor, Denny Davies (Kevin Costner), an ex-pro baseball player turned radio talk show host, with whom to share a drink and commiserate. Her daughters (three teens and one in college) are supportive, as well-- to a point. But they are each in their own way also struggling to understand why their father deserted them. By all accounts, this was in no way a dysfunctional, angst-ridden family, so the actions of their father is a mystery to them all. Naturally, it's a pivotal point in their lives, and before any of them can move on, especially Terry, they have to know why he did what he did. In the meantime, with or without this needed closure, life is happening to and around them.

Binder (who also appears in the film as the producer of Denny's radio show) displays an astute knowledge of human nature with this film, and how random the myriad twists and turns of life can be. He holds your attention from the opening scene (who's funeral is it, anyway?), and just when you think you know where the story is going it takes an unexpected turn. And he is in no way attempting to manipulate his audience; rather, he is giving you a reflection of the way life so often simply does not go the way you think it's going to. It's a succinct look at relationships, and of how fragile-- as well as resilient-- we all can be.

As Terry, Joan Allen sets vanity aside to create her character and turns in an Oscar caliber performance in doing so. When she gets up in the morning she looks like a middle-aged woman with insufferable problems and a hangover, a woman in the throes of coping with a traumatic experience who is desperate to reconnect with a life she no longer has and who will do anything within her power to hang on to what she has left. She's walking a tightrope over a deep abyss and she's understandably on edge, so when one of her girls tugs the rope and compromises her control and security, she quite naturally lashes out, proving the old adage you always hurt the one you love. There's a scene in which a grieving Terry draws her hands to her breast and, head lowered, utters a cry, and anyone who has ever known any kind of grief or loss in their life will at that moment know exactly what she is going through. It's a terrific piece of acting, a performance that is altogether affecting and memorable.

And, as performances go, Kevin Costner, too, puts vanity aside to create a character that is entirely convincing. Denny Davies is paunchy, his hair is thin and most of the time he looks as though he's had one beer too many. Still, he's engaging, and you get the feeling there's a complex individual hiding behind an external simplicity that perhaps helps to mask his true feelings about a lot of things in his life, including his career on the diamond. Why, for example, does he refuse to talk about baseball on his sports talk show? In it's purity, this is arguably Costner's finest performance ever.

Top notch performances are turned in, as well, by Erika Christensen, Evan Rachel Wood, Keri Russell and Alicia Witt as Terry's daughters, respectively, Andy, Popeye, Emily and Hadley; and by Binder himself as Shep. In the end, "The Upside of Anger" is an involving, memorable film that celebrates life and leaves you with a sense of hope, that no matter how bad things get we all have the capacity to get through it and somehow find the light at the end of the tunnel. And that's the magic of the movies.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (219 total) »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Kings & Queen Persepolis Head-On Personal Velocity Imaginary Heroes
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Comedy section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.