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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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  (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
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
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)
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
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Kevin Costner gained 20 pounds for his role.See more »
Continuity: At the end of the movie, the position of Denny's arms in bed is inconsistent.See more »
Denny Davies:I dial your number ten times a day and hang up.See more »
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26 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Costner's Gift to Joan Allen, 1 August 2005
Author: gregorybnyc from United States

I've always admired Kevin Costner's laconic screen presence, in BULL DURHAM, TIN CUP, even DANCES WITH WOLVES, JFK and PERFECT WORLD. Now no longer leading-man handsome, he's developed into a first- rate character actor, and as a washed-up, alcoholic ex-baseball player-turned radio talk-show host, Costner offers company and comfort to Joan Allen as a drinking buddy in the bittersweet THE UPSIDE OF ANGER. Mike Binder's superb film about an abandoned wife of four teenage girls should qualify as one of this year's best films. But because it was released so early, did only respectable business, and isn't a vehicle for an over-hyped box-office attraction on magazine covers now, it will probably only get the respect of word-of-mouth. I saw this engrossing, deeply wonderful film when it opened last winter, and made up my mind that I would have to have the DVD as soon as it became available.

Joan Allen, as Terry Wolfmeyer dazzles us in a performance that is both comically and dramatically masterful as the drunken mother seemingly at war with her four beautiful daughters. Terry's rage over her husband's abandonment of her and their children, is a mean-spirited rebuke to her daughters, who try with great patience to survive their mother's theatrical bitterness. But mama has given them the gift of her humor, and I think it's what saves these girls. There's a look that Joan Allen gives when one of her daughters is doing exactly what she doesn't want them to be doing. What it is they are doing to upset their mother is always in doubt because she's never really making rational sense. She's only filtering her displeasure through the rheumy eyes of her last cocktail. There's a scene at the family dining room where Hadley, her eldest daughter (the ever fascinating Alica Witt, who should be starring in her own movies), announces she's pregnant with her second baby. Allen was none-to-happy that her daughter opted for marriage and motherhood over a career, and her beady- eyed stare at her daughter's latest announcement of her grand-motherhood is a comic masterpiece. But when Allen finally can no longer avoid facing her crippling anger, Allen breaks your heart. Having never had an outlet for her comic abilities, she's surprises you with her skill. That she walks this fine tightrope between both extremes says much for her talent as an actor.

Finally back to Costner. Denny Davies might have been a dangerous character for Costner to revisit. Afterall, he's played washed up or played out sports characters before. His career has suffered a very precipitous fall following the media-created debacle of his so-called grandiose ego in WATERWORLD, and the opportunities have been few and far between since then. But Denny is a rich character any actor would love to sink their teeth into, and Costner embraces Denny's humanity with consummate ease. Discovering his neighbor has been abandoned by her husband, Denny offers to keep her company while they drink. They warily circle each other during these boozy afternoons of watching television, drinking and not saying much to each other. And when that changes, you see the transition from friend to lover mainly through the eyes of Denny. When she first proposes they sleep together, it's Denny who chickens out at the last minute. But as their relationship develops, you see Denny reach out to Terry's girls in a way that is sympathetic but also gives them room to accept and then love him in return. This is a terribly important test for Denny. So when the youngest of the girls finally asks him if he plans to marry Terry, Denny comes to understand that the girls have welcomed him into the family. Costner is sensational in this film, but he keeps it all so low-key, always keeping the focus on Allen's character, and he ends up giving her the film--and rightfully so, I think. This is a gift to Allen. Costner recognizes this, and I think the movie is all the better for his act of generosity. This is a performance that people will talk about for years to come. Like Jeff Bridges and Dennis Quaid, Costner is one of our best screen actors, and it's great to see him in a role that is truly worthy of his fine talent.

Each of the daughter's is skillfully rendered by Erka Christensen, Evan Rachel Wood, Keri Russel and Alicia Witt. These young women look and act like siblings. Auteur Mike Binder has given himself a role as Denny's radio producer, who is romancing one of the daughters, much to her mother's disgust. He's funny, pathetic, and just a bit creepy as a Romeo with romantic ideas way above his station!

Binder's fine script gives this ensemble film the ballast that keeps you laughing and crying. He's found the emotional core in these character's lives, and the pace of the film, which clocks in at just under two hours, provides a sense of completeness.

Ultimately it is Costner's generosity as an actor that so disarms the viewer. In every shot, Joan Allen's Terry is the riveting center, with Costner playing to her every moment without stealing attention away from her. That earns my whole- hearted respect.

THE UPSIDE OF ANGER should be seen and savored by anyone who cares deeply about moves with something to say about the human condition. Binder's adroit direction makes this a film to set beside TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, AS GOOD AS IT GETS, and Lasse Hallstrom's vastly underrated SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT. Finally it's such a pleasure to see two pros such as Allen and Costner hit it right out of the park!

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