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The Squid and the Whale -- Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980's.
The Squid and the Whale -- Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980's.
The Squid and the Whale -- Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980's.

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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Noah Baumbach (written by)
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Release Date:
3 March 2006 (Turkey) See more »
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Plot:
Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 23 wins & 33 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Moral of the Story: Divorce Is Tough See more (218 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Owen Kline ... Frank Berkman

Jeff Daniels ... Bernard Berkman

Laura Linney ... Joan Berkman

Jesse Eisenberg ... Walt Berkman

William Baldwin ... Ivan
David Benger ... Carl

Anna Paquin ... Lili
Molly Barton ... Graduate Student
Bo Berkman ... Graduate Student
Matthew Kaplan ... Graduate Student
Simon Kaplan ... Graduate Student
Matthew Kirsch ... Graduate Student
Daniella Markowicz ... Graduate Student

Elizabeth Meriwether ... Graduate Student
Ben Schrank ... Graduate Student
Amy Srebnick ... Graduate Student
Josh Srebnick ... Graduate Student
Emma Straub ... Graduate Student
Alan Wilkis ... Graduate Student (as Alan Wilks)
James Hamilton ... Man with Joan

Adam Rose ... Otto
Henry Glovinsky ... Lance

Eli Gelb ... Jeffrey

Halley Feiffer ... Sophie Greenberg
Wayne Lawson ... Talent Show Judge
Michael Santiago ... Talent Show Judge
Juan Torriente ... Talent Show Judge
Patricia Towers ... Talent Show Judge

Peggy Gormley ... Mrs. Greenberg
Peter Newman ... Mr. Greenberg
Greta Kline ... Greta Greenberg
Melissa Meyer ... Professor
Benjamin Smolen ... Student with Puppets

Michael Countryman ... Mr. Simic

Alexandra Daddario ... Pretty Girl
Nico Baumbach ... Jeb Gelber
Maryann Plunkett ... Ms. Lemon
Hector Otero ... Hector

Ken Leung ... School Therapist

Jo Yang ... Nurse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Joyce DeWitt ... Janet Wood (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Noah Baumbach 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Noah Baumbach (written by)

Produced by
Wes Anderson .... producer
Reverge Anselmo .... executive producer
Miranda Bailey .... executive producer
Charlie Corwin .... producer
Greg Johnson .... executive producer
Andrew Lauren .... executive producer
Clara Markowicz .... producer
Peter Newman .... producer
Jennifer Roth .... co-producer (as Jennifer M. Roth)
 
Original Music by
Britta Phillips 
Dean Wareham 
 
Cinematography by
Robert D. Yeoman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Tim Streeto 
 
Casting by
Douglas Aibel 
 
Production Design by
Anne Ross 
 
Art Direction by
Jennifer Dehghan 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Covelman 
 
Costume Design by
Amy Westcott 
 
Makeup Department
Lori Guidroz .... hair department head
Maya Hardinge .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Hans Graffunder .... unit production manager
Joe Hobeck .... additional post-production supervisor
Christopher Kenneally .... post-production supervisor (as Chris Kenneally)
Jennifer Roth .... unit production manager (as Jennifer M. Roth)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David 'Wex' Wechsler .... first assistant director (as David Wechsler)
Adam T. Weisinger .... second second assistant director
Eric Yellin .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Costanza Theodoli Braschi .... art department assistant
Jason Bruno .... art department assistant
Jeff Butcher .... property master
Barker Gerard .... art department assistant
Nancy Griffith .... first assistant props
Madeline O. Hartling .... camera scenic (as Madeline Hartling)
Julie Ho .... art department assistant
Richard Laurenzi .... camera scenic
Lars Lindahl .... art department assistant (as Lars Lindhal)
Laura Ng .... art department assistant
Michael Raisler .... art department assistant (as Mike Raisler)
James Sherman .... on-set dresser
Charley Siegel .... art department assistant (as Charles Siegel)
Susan Tatom .... lead person
David Wexler .... art department assistant
 
Sound Department
Shaun Brennan .... foley artist
Allan Byer .... sound mixer
Rachel Chancey .... foley editor
Rachel Chancey .... foley recordist
Mark Filip .... sound effects editor
Lewis Goldstein .... sound re-recording mixer
Lewis Goldstein .... supervising sound editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Peter Schneider .... additional sound
Julia Shirar .... dialogue editor
Derek Somaru .... post-production sound intern
Alfredo Viteri .... boom operator
Damian Volpe .... adr recordist
Damian Volpe .... foley recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Markus Janner .... digital opticals: Duart Digital
Jennifer Russomanno .... digital opticals: Duart Digital
Keith Yurevitz .... digital opticals: Duart Digital
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bobby Andres .... grip
Evelina Andres .... grip
Robert M. Andres .... key grip (as Bob Andres)
Alison Barton .... best boy grip (as Allison Barton)
Nico Baumbach .... videographer
Nils Benson .... camera operator
Lamont Crawford .... grip
George Elias .... grip
Lisa Marie Gleeson .... electrician
James Hamilton .... still photographer
Chris Hayes .... electrician
Bernard James .... electrician
Jendra Jarnagin .... additional electrician
Hardwick Johnson .... special thanks: Camera Service Center
Keith Kalohelani .... electrician
Scott Kincaid .... electrician
Doug Kofsky .... second assistant camera
Taylor Levy .... camera production assistant
Scott Maher .... electrician
Simeon Moore .... electrician
Beth O'Brien .... electrician
Storn Peterson .... first assistant camera
Nate Ranger .... assistant camera
Gay E. Riedel .... electrician (as Gay Riedel)
Dave Rudolph .... electrician
John Schwartz .... best boy electric
Douglas W. Shannon .... gaffer
Steve Speers .... second assistant camera (as Stephen Speers)
Charlie Tammaro .... special thanks: Camera Service Center
Irapaul Turner .... grip (as Ira Paul Turner)
 
Casting Department
Gimardi Cueto .... extras casting associate
Stephanie Holbrook .... casting associate
Ulysses Terrero .... extras casting: T & T Casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mei Lai Hippisley Coxe .... set costumer
Karen Malecki .... assistant costume designer (as Karen Waiton)
Lisa Marzolf .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Perri B. Frank .... assistant editor
Noëlle Penraat .... negative cutter
Dave Pultz .... color timer (as David Pultz)
 
Music Department
Jim Dunbar .... music coordinator
Diego Garrido .... score mixer
Christopher S. Parker .... music clearance
Randall Poster .... music supervisor
Daniel Srebnick .... composer: additional music (as Daniel Antonio Srebnick)
 
Transportation Department
Jason Buim .... driver: camera/sound truck
Kevin Flynn .... transportation captain
Jim Kelly .... driver: grip and electric truck
Louis Lapat .... driver: prop truck
 
Other crew
Michael Altman .... set production assistant
Donna L. Bascom .... production counsel (as Donna Bascom Esq.)
Daniel Beers .... assistant: American Empirical
Richard Bever .... assistant: Andrew Lauren (as Richard Beaver)
Stacy Bissell .... location assistant
Sandra Chwialkowska .... set production assistant
Erich Eilenberger .... set production assistant
Massoumeh Emami .... script supervisor
Walter Foote .... financial counsel: Foote And Associates (as Walter Foote Esq.)
Michael Fucci .... location manager
Felix Grisebach .... set production assistant
Chelsea Horenstein .... assistant: Peter Newman
Markus Janner .... titles: Duart Digital
Todd Judson .... assistant production coordinator
Sophie Kaplan .... office production assistant
Gabriel Koplowitz .... set production assistant
Steve Kornacki .... production coordinator
Keith Krinsky .... assistant location manager
Lacey Leavitt .... assistant to producers
Thomas K. Lee .... key set production assistant (as Tom Lee)
Martin Leicht .... set production assistant
Patrick Mahoney .... craft service
Cecilia Morelli .... set production assistant
Alison Norod .... set production assistant (as Ali Norod)
Lillian Parker .... assistant: American Empirical
Alyson Perlongo .... assistant: Original Media
Jill K. Perno .... production assistant
Angel Pina .... catering assistant (as Angelo Pina)
Carla Pisarro .... office production assistant
Oliver Refson .... set production assistant
Jennifer Russomanno .... titles: Duart Digital
Deidre Schrowang .... post-production accountant
Deidre Schrowang .... production accountant
Adam Shakinovsky .... set production assistant
Leanne Shapton .... title designer
Susan Soh .... assistant: Mr. Baumbach
Jason Stant .... first assistant accountant (as Jason R. Stant)
Rebecca Taber .... set production assistant
Gerald Tonnegin .... set production assistant
Anthony Torre .... caterer
Keith Yurevitz .... titles: Duart Digital
 
Thanks
Roger Arar .... special thanks (as Roger Arar Esq.)
Molly Barton .... special thanks
Jonathan Baumbach .... special thanks
Peter Bogdanovich .... special thanks
Georgia Brown .... special thanks
Michael Cary .... special thanks
Phoebe Cates .... special thanks
Sofia Coppola .... special thanks
Patrick Costello .... special thanks
Maureen Duffy .... special thanks
Laura Durning .... special thanks
John Fundus .... special thanks
Kevin Ginty .... special thanks
Annette Grant .... special thanks
Robert Greenhut .... special thanks
Bradley M. Gross .... special thanks (as Brad Gross)
Mike Harrop .... special thanks (as Michael Harrop)
Bonnie Hlinomaz .... special thanks (as Bonnie Wells-Hlinomaz)
Kevin Kline .... special thanks
Karen Lauder .... special thanks
Phillis Lehmer .... special thanks
Jennifer Jason Leigh .... special thanks
Howard Michaels .... special thanks
John Quested .... special thanks
Nick Quested .... special thanks
Gunilla Ross .... special thanks
Ben Schrank .... special thanks
Jeremy Scott .... special thanks
Phil Scotti .... special thanks
Eric Shonz .... special thanks
Sallie Slate .... special thanks
Marion Spiegelman .... special thanks
Tim Spitzer .... special thanks
Fred Toczek .... special thanks
Giovanni Tognozzi .... special thanks: Bar Pitti (as Giovanni)
Barbara Turner .... special thanks
Elizabeth Untiedt .... special thanks
Thea Vokins .... special thanks
Roger Waters .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic dialogue and language
Runtime:
81 min | Canada:88 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Noah Baumbach originally wanted Wes Anderson to direct but Anderson convinced Baumbach to direct it himself, due to the film being very personal to Baumbach.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The ambulance that takes Bernard to the hospital after his heart attack has the 9/11 memorial logo (Twin Towers) on the back.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Frank Berkman:Mom and me versus you and Dad.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Hey YouSee more »

FAQ

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What is the picture that Frank masturbates to?
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159 out of 185 people found the following review useful.
Moral of the Story: Divorce Is Tough, 22 November 2005
Author: evanston_dad from United States

A friend of mine was hesitant to see this movie, because she'd heard that it pushes the agenda that divorce is never a good option for dealing with marital problems. I don't really know who told her this, and I hope this same reason isn't keeping others from seeing it. This isn't at all what I took away from the film. It certainly communicates the idea that divorce isn't easy, on either the parents or the kids, but I don't feel that it pronounces judgement on those who turn to it as an option.

"The Squid and the Whale" is a sad--though at times very funny--look at what divorce does to one family in 1986 New York. Jeff Daniels plays the dad, a pompous, arrogant writer whose feelings of commercial failure (he teaches literature at a university) cause him to act intellectually superior to everyone he meets. Daniels is almost too good in this role; he reminded me way too much of people I actually know who are like this. He's the kind of guy who would be deadly at a dinner party, because there's no such thing as a casual or flippant remark in this guy's presence. He analyzes everything to death, and isn't content until everyone's opinion matches his own.

Laura Linney plays the wayward mom, blamed for the break up of the marriage by the dad because of a string of affairs she carries on. Her guilt keeps her from being able to discipline her sons, especially the oldest, who treats her horribly. Linney's role is smaller but in some ways much more complex than Daniels'. Her character has to take responsibility for her infidelity but still make the audience sympathize with her.

Caught in the middle of this mess are their two boys. The oldest quickly allies himself with his dad, and walks around regurgitating his father's opinions on every subject, rarely pausing to form any of his own. The younger son, more sensitive and tired of being intellectually brow beaten by his father and older brother, sticks closer to the mom. No one is totally to blame, yet no one is completely innocent either in this honest and frank film.

Noah Baumbach has made no secret of the fact that it is based on his own adolescent life, and it has that confessional feeling that movies in this genre frequently do. There are awkward moments when this doesn't totally work. The ending for one is rather ham-fisted, and a scene between the oldest son and his school therapist seemed awfully pat to me. But the acting and the sharp writing make up for these weaknesses, and the movie manages to be poignant without ever becoming maudlin or overly sentimental.

See it for the performances of Linney and especially Daniels, who has been proving his versatility as an actor over the last few years.

Grade: A-

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