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25 February 2005 (Denmark) See more »
People are never who they seem to be
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Sigourney Weaver ... Sandy Travis

Emile Hirsch ... Tim Travis

Jeff Daniels ... Ben Travis

Michelle Williams ... Penny Travis

Kip Pardue ... Matt Travis

Deirdre O'Connell ... Marge Dwyer

Ryan Donowho ... Kyle Dwyer

Suzanne Santo ... Steph Connors

Jay Paulson ... Vern
Luke Robertson ... Jack Johnson

Lee Wilkof ... Mitchell Goldstein
Terry Beaver ... Dr. Montey
Sara Tanaka ... Shelly Chan

Ned Benson ... Undercover Hippie

Larry Fessenden ... Store Clerk

Ryan Patrick Bachand ... Sid
Lori Yeghiayan ... Veteran Home Receptionist
Heidi Newhart ... Angela

Ari Graynor ... Jenny

Erin Fritch ... Emily Slaff

Wayne Kasserman ... Robert

Matthew Carey ... Brett Tabisel

Henry Strozier ... Dr. Davis
Stephen Rowe ... Emergency Room Dr.

John Rue ... Hal

Sylvia Kauders ... Hattie
Jen Jones ... Sophie
Lee Brock ... Inappropriate Soccer Mom #1
Barbara Gulan ... Inappropriate Soccer Mom #2

Adam LeFevre ... Bob Clyde
Bruce Norris ... Mr. Barnes
Justin Bond ... Kiki
Kenny Mellman ... Herb
Nicole Tubiola ... Tabitha
Fran McGee ... Martha

Raymond Anthony Thomas ... Police Officer (as Ray Anthony Thomas)
Chuck Patterson ... Dean Demarco
John Bliss ... Murph

Jack Donner ... Kenny
Linda S. Nelson ... Mrs. Johnson
Valerie Wright ... Nurse

Michael Lawson ... Manny

Alberto Vazquez ... Manuel - Driver

Robert Emmet Lunney ... Principal
Gordon Joseph Weiss ... Scraggly Homeless Man

Tonye Patano ... Big Mean Teacher (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Francis Benhamou ... Monica (uncredited)

Marcia DeBonis ... Nurse Lindy (uncredited)

Danny Hayden ... Lester the Molester (uncredited)
Joe Knizeski ... Student (uncredited)

Rodrigo Lopresti ... Kissing Partygoer (uncredited)

Gray Madder ... Bobby (uncredited)

Olga Merediz ... Maria (uncredited)
Laura Somma ... High school Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Dan Harris 
Writing credits
Dan Harris (written by)

Produced by
René Besson .... associate producer
Rudy Cohen .... executive producer
Illana Diamant .... producer
Moshe Diamant .... producer
Jan Fantl .... executive producer
Frank Hübner .... producer
Tommy Johnson .... associate producer
Deborah Lee .... co-producer
Art Linson .... producer
Gina Resnick .... producer
Denise Shaw .... producer
Original Music by
Deborah Lurie 
Cinematography by
Tim Orr 
Film Editing by
James Lyons 
Casting by
Lori Eastside 
Jennifer Euston 
Ellen Lewis 
Meghan Rafferty 
Production Design by
Rick Butler 
Art Direction by
Mila Khalevich 
Hee-soo Kim  (as Heesoo Kim)
Set Decoration by
Mila Khalevich 
Costume Design by
Michael Wilkinson 
Makeup Department
Karen Asano-Myers .... hair department head (as Karen Asand-Myers)
Robin Day .... assistant hair stylist
Marjorie Durand .... makeup department head
Anthony Veader .... hair department head
Production Management
René Besson .... post-production manager
Nicole Haeussermann .... production supervisor: Kolin S.A.
Christina Lee Storm .... production supervisor: Los Angeles (as Christina K.Y. Lee)
Rob York .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
René Besson .... second unit director
Steve Booth .... second assistant director (as Stephen Booth)
David Allen Cluck .... first assistant director: Los Angeles
Steven Holtzman .... second second assistant director
Paul-Edouard Laurens .... first assistant director
Tony Phillippe .... second assistant director
Gary S. Rake .... first assistant director
Art Department
Jill Alexander .... property master
Sarah Berney .... charge/camera scenic artist
Hilary Craven .... art production assistant
Guido DeCurtis .... leadman
Chantal Faurer .... portrait artist
Shannon Finnerty .... set dresser
Isaac Gabaeff .... set dresser
Emily Gaunt .... scenic
Emile Hirsch .... drawings
Arlo Hoffman .... art department production assistant
Leo Holder .... graphic artist
Jon Kim .... set dresser
Alanna Levy .... art department coordinator
Greg O'Donohue .... set dresser
Adam Roffman .... set dresser
Nixon Stephenson .... storyboard artist
Beau Tipton .... art assistant
JoAnn Vara .... assistant set decorator
James Whelan .... on-set dresser: New Jersey
Mary Prlain .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Kevin Becker .... sound utility: Los Angeles
Laurel Bridges .... boom operator
Mark F. Dennett .... boom operator: Los Angeles
Stuart Deutsch .... production sound mixer
Stuart Deutsch .... sound
Mary Jo Devenney .... sound mixer: Los Angeles
Paul Drenning .... adr mixer
Stephen Fitzmaurice .... sound re-recording mixer
Stephen M. Galvin .... adr editor
Stephen M. Galvin .... dialog editor
Patrick M. Griffith .... supervising sound editor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Steve McCarty .... sound editor
Stacey Michaels .... foley mixer
Timothy Pearson .... foley artist
Noah Timan .... boom operator
Noah Timan .... playback operator
Noel Vought .... foley artist
Debby VanPoucke .... sound post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Shawn Broes .... digital mastering editor
Veronica Giambastiani .... electronic graphics
Brian Gyss .... digital imaging: Modern VideoFilm
Christian Severin .... visual effects
Toby Wilkins .... additional visual effects
Damian Achilles .... stunt double
Scott Dale (stunt double: Emile Hirsch
Danny Downey .... stunt double
Cheryl Lawson .... stunt double: Erin Fritch
Declan Mulvey .... stunts
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Gary J. Wayton .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
George Bianchini .... Steadicam operator
Greg Brooks .... dolly grip: Los Angeles
Michael F. Burke .... camera loader (as Michael Burke)
Sean Cassidy .... grip
John Clifford .... still photographer
David Elwell .... assistant chief lighting technician
John Frisbie .... electrician
Richard Girolami Jr. .... electrician
Keith Gordon .... grip
Michael N. Green .... electrician
Susan Heller .... additional electric
Jendra Jarnagin .... lighting balloon operator
Linda Kallerus .... second assistant camera (as Linda Slater)
Mako Koiwai .... additional first assistant camera: Los Angeles
Thomas Miligan .... second assistant camera: Los Angeles
Scott Miller .... gaffer
Anna Novick .... grip
Matthew A. Petrosky .... first assistant camera: Los Angeles
Craig Pressgrove .... first assistant camera
Daniel Salk .... video assist operator
Geoff Shotz .... Steadicam operator: Los Angeles
Laura Thompson .... camera loader: Los Angeles
David Troutman .... grip
J. Dan Wright .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Christina Martin .... casting assistant: LA
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Catherine George .... assistant costume designer
Rebecca Hofherr .... wardrobe intern
Erin Aldridge Orr .... set costumer
Kate Quinlan .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Jenny Brandt .... digital intermediate project manager
Joe Finley .... digital intermediate colorist
Suzanne Spangler .... associate editor
Dan Williams .... post-production assistant
Music Department
Kevin McKeever .... music recording engineer
Joey Newman .... conductor
Joey Newman .... music producer
Joey Newman .... orchestrator
John Ottman .... composer: main theme
Julie Pearce .... music editor
Casey Stone .... music scoring mixer
Christopher Tin .... orchestrator
Other crew
René Besson .... video unit producer
Matthew Cassel .... location manager: Los Angeles
Paulette D. Clark .... location assistant
Joan Devilla .... payroll accountant
Kareem Elseify .... production associate
Dan Fabrizio .... location assistant
Mia Farrell .... unit publicist
Laura Fearon .... accounting intern
Lindsay Feldman .... production secretary
Jordan Brendan Finnegan .... key set production assistant: Los Angeles
Jessica Fox .... production assistant
Scott Franklin .... office production assistant
Graham Goetz .... production assistant
Sammy Goldsmith .... assistant to producer
Michael Heithaus .... stand-in: E. Hirsch, Los Angeles
Jason Henson .... production assistant
Dylan Jovine .... production assistant
Jason Killingsworth .... production assistant
Eric Klein .... location manager
Melody M. .... production coordinator
John Malloy .... location scout
Jennifer Markowitz .... production office intern
Matthew Mason .... key set production assistant
Lauren McAuliffe .... script supervisor
Jamie McKeown .... production office intern
Jennifer Monatlik .... production assistant
Pete Mozes .... location manager
Omri Navot .... assistant to producer
Matt Osgood .... assistant production coordinator
Anthony Pettine .... script supervisor
James Portolese .... assistant to producer
James Portolese .... producer: second unit
William Sepulveda .... craft service
Christopher Sergeeff .... stand-in: Emile Hirsch, New York
Susan Silas .... location scout
Eugene Stamos .... craft service
Eva Vedock .... key craft service
Christian Vendetti .... production assistant
Stacie Dekker .... production assistant (uncredited)
Gregg Araki .... thanks
Bill Condon .... thanks
Craig Kestel .... special thanks
Bryan Singer .... thanks

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Rated R for substance abuse, sexual content, language and some violence
111 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:MA | Brazil:16 | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 | Germany:12 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:12 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:NC-16 (cut) | UK:18 (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2005) | USA:R
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Did You Know?

The song playing in the smoke shop is "Drug Day Afternoon", written and performed by Emile Hirsch and Ryan Donowho. Hirsch also sings the song when he is going up his stairs on crutches.See more »
Factual errors: Matt's swimming time at the start of the movie is 44.3 for a 100 meter long course swim. This time would better the world record of 47.84. If he had been swimming in a short course yard (instead of long course meters) pool this time would have been a great time, but not a world record.See more »
[first lines]
Tim Travis:Matt Travis was a great swimmer. But it wasn't just that he was a great swimmer, it was simply that he was greater at swimming than anyone I ever knew was good at whatever they were good at.
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"Ordinary People" Meets "American Beauty" by way of "The Ice Storm", 20 December 2004
Author: ( from fairview, nj

IMAGINARY HEROES (2004) **1/2 Sigourney Weaver, Emile Hirsch, Jeff Daniels, Michelle Williams, Kip Pardue, Deirdre O'Connell, Ryan Donowho, Suzanne Santo, Jay Paulson, Luke Robertson. (Dir : Dan Harris)

"Ordinary People" Meets "American Beauty" by way of "The Ice Storm"

Just what is it about the suburbs that have been portrayed as an American cousin to Norway's fjords in which nothing but despair, suicidal tendencies and infidelities run rampant at the corner of Angst and Anomie?

In the latest endeavor by Harris, a screenwriter who shared credit for the first "X-Men" film and several other comic book hero adaptations down the pike, makes his directorial debut questioning just that: Why does a family fall completely apart when a serious crisis occurs?

Well in the case of the Travis family it is the shocking, out-of-nowhere sudden horrific suicide by their eldest son Matt (Pardue), a star athlete with nothing but a bright, shiny future ahead who inexplicably offs himself sending his relatives into a whirlwind of emotions (and lack of to boot). Sharp tongued yet surprisingly loving mother Sandy (Weaver, the best thing about the film) resorts to smoking marijuana when she's not dodging the next door neighbor (O'Connell) ; ineffectual father Ben (Daniels in the trickiest performance – making an asshole likable) whose undying love for his dead son sends him into the deepest depths of depression and lashes out at his remaining brood; college age sister Penny (Williams) who attempts to anchor her grief in brief return visits only to party with blinders on and namely middle son Tim (Hirsch) who just is trying to move on with the whole affair and not dwelling on it as best he can yet still getting himself into a series of situations leading to a fall he may not be able to recover from.

The black comic pitch Harris attempts to filter into the various stages of grief are a mixed bag but often leave their marks of ridiculous moments of suburban oddness with a few brief elements of genuine loss and heartbreak. Leavened with a good dose of humor the film none-the-less is a listless addition to the quasi -genre of suburban angst films.

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