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The Californians -- Caught between Olive’s righteousness and Gavin’s affection, the idealistic and innocent Zoe must choose between a cause she’s grown up supporting, or the affections of a man who stands for everything she believes is wrong.


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Release Date:
21 October 2005 (USA) See more »
All is fair in love and real estate.
Slick, smug developer Gavin Ransom has a dream: make millions by blanketing the coastal hills of northern California with flamboyant... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Noah Wyle ... Gavin Ransom

Illeana Douglas ... Olive Ransom

Kate Mara ... Zoe Tripp

Cloris Leachman ... Eileen Boatwright

Joanne Whalley ... Luna

Keith Carradine ... Elton Tripp

Valerie Perrine ... Lenora Tripp

Jane Lynch ... Sybill Platt

Michael Panes ... Marion Pardon
Erika Luckett ... Mary Ann
Will Marchetti ... Mayor
Charles Martinet ... City Councilman

Richard Gross ... Contractor

Jarion Monroe ... Architect

Elisabeth Nunziato ... Real Estate Broker

Terence McGovern ... Mr. Putterman
Nicole Wilder ... Raw Foodie
Stoney Burke ... Security Guard
John Robb ... Speaker at City Council
Paul Ghiringhelli ... Lawyer
Peter Marvel ... Plumber

Michael X. Sommers ... Heckler (as Michael Sommers)

Carl Bressler ... Martin Berg
Amy Resnick ... Banker
Nick Scoggin ... Foreman

Peter Abraham ... Junior Architect

Kurtis Bedford ... Reporter
Clark Sterling ... Golfer
Doug Macintosh ... Golf Course Employee
Karen Amano ... Grocery Checker

Marc Hershon ... Electrician

Michael Asberry ... Corporate Party Man
Marco Serralta ... Salmon Man

Jennie Floyd ... Concert Goer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Conti

James Cotner ... Man in front row

Max Napolitano ... Concert Patron

Michael Navarra ... Additional Voices (voice)
Al Perez ... Deli Man

Edward Perotti ... Concert patron
Hoyt Smith ... Radio announcer

Jaime Soria ... Zoe's Fan

Andy Gates ... Piano Player (uncredited)
Michael LaStella ... Waiter (uncredited)
Mark A. Neely ... Real Estate Client (uncredited)

Scott Palmer ... (uncredited)

AnnieScott Rogers ... City Councilwoman (uncredited)

Sharon Rylander ... Townsperson (uncredited)

Peggy Sandow ... Golfer (uncredited)
Bert van Aalsburg ... Activist (uncredited)
Cindy Warner ... Environmentalist / Concert Patron (uncredited)

Don Williams ... City Councilman (uncredited)

Kari Wishingrad ... Activist (uncredited)

Matthew Wood ... Waiter (uncredited)

David Zahedian ... Construction Worker (uncredited)

Directed by
Jonathan Parker 
Writing credits
Jonathan Parker 

Catherine DiNapoli 

Henry James (novel "The Bostonians")

Produced by
Debbie Brubaker .... line producer
Catherine DiNapoli .... producer
B. Billie Greif .... producer
Simon Johnson .... associate producer
Jonathan Parker .... producer
Kjehl Rasmussen .... executive producer
Ian Reinhard .... associate producer
Scott M. Rosenfelt .... producer
Original Music by
Niels Bye Nielsen 
Cinematography by
Steven Fierberg 
Film Editing by
Rick LeCompte 
Casting by
Donise Hardy 
Gillian Hawser 
Nina Henninger 
Production Design by
Thomas Carnegie 
Art Direction by
Lisa Clark 
Set Decoration by
Deborah Parker 
Costume Design by
Morganne Newson 
Makeup Department
Dolly Hernandez .... additional hair stylist
Dolly Hernandez .... additional makeup artist
Nicole Sofios .... assistant hair stylist
Nicole Sofios .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Angela Mixan .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian Benson .... first assistant director
Gino Caputi .... second second assistant director
Ivan Kraljevic .... second assistant director
Art Department
Joe H. Bourguignon .... swing (as Joe Bourguignon)
Bill Bowles .... swing
Carol Chow .... assistant on-set dresser
Katherine Covell .... assistant set decorator
Jim Edelhauser .... leadperson
Rachael Gray .... art department coordinator
Sean House .... lead carpenter
Jessica M. Lapin .... on-set dresser
Cam Leeburg .... art department production assistant
Patrick Ludden .... assistant property master
Russ Milligan .... construction foreman
Alex Mizuno .... storyboard artist
Annie Mueller .... property master
Alfred Leslie Pollard .... construction coordinator
Nico Sabenorio .... swing
Paul Sarran .... set builder
Paul Sarran .... set constructor
Karen Sorum .... lead painter
Michael Westerman .... swing
Sound Department
Courtney Bishop .... adr recordist
Steve Bissinger .... sound effects editor
David A. Cohen .... adr editor
David A. Cohen .... dialogue editor
Dan Gleich .... sound mixer
Matthew Hartman .... apprentice sound editor
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Jeremy Molod .... supervising sound editor
Frances Nkara .... boom operator
Dan Olmsted .... sound re-recording mixer
Philip Perkins .... sound mixer
Christopher Scarabosio .... sound designer
Kent Sparling .... re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Sean House .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Chris Aronoff .... visual effects coordinator
Bill Mather .... visual effects supervisor
Mike Oakley .... digital artist (as Michael Anthony Oakley Walls)
Marjolaine Tremblay .... visual effects plate supervisor: Digit Entertainment
Camera and Electrical Department
Arthur Aravena .... gaffer
Rebecca Bauscher .... still photographer
Michael Best .... electrician
Mike Booth .... electrician
Kiki Cheung .... grip
Michael Epple .... assistant camera: second unit
Jeph Folkins .... assistant camera
Mike Foodman .... electrician
Anne Lee .... second assistant camera
Gerardo Merino .... electrician
Andrea Miraglia .... grip
David Moir .... still photographer
John M. Perry .... electrician
Scot Petitclerc .... first assistant camera
Sean Prichard .... key grip
Alex Selkowitz .... grip
Kerry Sweeney .... grip
Paciano Triunfo .... electrician
Marc Wall .... dolly grip
Casting Department
Donise Hardy .... casting: Los Angeles
Nina Henninger .... casting: San Francisco
Sarah Kliban .... location casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tabitha Johnson .... costumer
Joslyn Lawrence .... costumer
Music Department
Seth Asarnow .... composer: song "Open and Close Escrow"
Transportation Department
Christine Dye .... transportation dispatcher
Glenn Mack .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Bridget Allen .... location assistant
Ynze Bijl .... key location manager
Dianne Brennan .... set intern (as Diane Brennen)
Thomas Byrne .... production assistant
Tanya Cabral .... location assistant
Doug Campbell .... production assistant
Elizabeth Cantrell .... office production assistant
Bundy Chanock .... set medic
Mary Clutts .... key assistant location manager
Blair Franklin .... additional second second assistant director
Jake Gentry .... stand-in
Dana Gong .... office production assistant
Carol Green .... unit publicist
Michael Greggans .... stand-in
B. Billie Greif .... assistant: Scott Rosenfelt
Krista Haimovitch .... location assistant
Mark E. Hough .... location assistant
Mark E. Hough .... production assistant
Nancy Ellen Jones .... location manager
Tess Lindberg .... production assistant
Chris Martin .... assistant production coordinator
J.C. McIlwaine .... set production assistant
Ashley Nee .... location assistant
Rachel Newman .... office production assistant
Marc Nix .... location assistant
Mark Van Osborne II .... office production assistant
Brendan Raher .... production assistant
Kathryn Ravnik .... set/office intern
Ted Rivera .... utility production assistant
Virginia Saenz McCarthy .... script supervisor
John Patrick Shulak .... stand-in
Carlo Silvio .... epk director
Scott Trimble .... assistant location manager
Roger Udwin .... production coordinator
Jennifer Wolowic .... key location assistant

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language
87 min
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Did You Know?

Activist:Gavin Ransom, when will you stop cutting down trees?
Gavin Ransom:When people stop living in houses.
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Movie Connections:
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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Disjointed, 9 March 2006
Author: jisyourpadre

I live in Marin County where this flick was filmed and was an extra in it. I remember watching Jonathan Parker direct his actors and thinking, "This is gonna look better in the finished product. It HAS to." Because what I was seeing looked laughably amateurish. If not for the presence of name actors like Noah Wylie and Illiana Douglas, I would have assumed I was watching the production of a student film.

Well, when this baby finally hit screens at the Mill Valley Film Festival, I was surprised to find my suspicions had been correct: no amount of editing or re-packaging was gonna polish this turd.

What's too bad about all this is that, at its core, the movie had some good ideas. The ongoing battle between slick, greedy developers and aging, environmentalist hippie boomers is a very real one here in the Bay Area, and there's ample hypocrisy and fodder for satire on both sides.

But Parker gets lost in a sea of tired clichés and labored, talky dialog and in the end can't decide what kind of movie he wants to make. Is it a satire of the tug-of-war between progress and preservation and the colorful players involved? Or is it a sappy, love-triangle romance? Or how about the tale of a short-sighted man's redemption by way of a flighty young songbird? The Californians tries to be all these things (and more) and ends up being nothing more than a muddled, uneven mess.

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