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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Evan Rachel Wood ... Kimberly Joyce
David Wagner ... Morgan (as David T. Wagner)
Brent Goldberg ... Rick

Adi Schnall ... Randa

Elisabeth Harnois ... Brittany

Stark Sands ... Troy

Jane Krakowski ... Emily Klein

Michael Hitchcock ... Headmaster Charles Meyer

Danny Comden ... Roger Nicholl

Jaime King ... Kathy Joyce

Josh Zuckerman ... Josh Horowitz

James Snyder ... Dave

Ron Livingston ... Percy Anderson

Cody McMains ... Kenny

Mike Erwin ... Barry

James Woods ... Hank Joyce

Ira David Wood IV ... Martin Stivers (as Ira Wood)

Selma Blair ... Grace Anderson

Johnny Lewis ... Warren Prescott
David C. Taylor ... Carlyle Cream

Lisa Arturo ... Stephanie Swift

Shanna Olson ... Tiffany Minx

Alex Désert ... Joe (Security Guard)

Tina Holmes ... Nadine
Perry Hayes ... Sound Guy

Christopher Thornton ... Emmett Friedman

Clyde Kusatsu ... Judge Carl Munro
Deprece Reddick ... Sudan

Robert Joy ... Larry Horowitz

Julie Wittner ... First Bystander
Aydiee Vaughn ... Second Bystander (as Aydiee' Vaughn)

Navid Negahban ... Mr. Azzouni
Veena Bidasha ... Mrs. Azzouni

Octavia Spencer ... Woman

Angelo Spizzirri ... Cody
Harley ... Bobo, the Dog
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Monty Buckles ... Kimberly's brother

Jake Hanover ... Jury Member
Michael Kozak ... Reuben

Kim Argetsinger ... High School Girl (uncredited)

Tim Coston ... Stenographer (uncredited)

Alexis Krause ... Reporter (uncredited)

Jessica Landon ... School girl (uncredited)

Amber Matthews ... High School Girl (uncredited)
Michael Shiraef ... High School Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Marcos Siega 
Writing credits
Skander Halim (written by)

Produced by
Jason Barhydt .... executive producer
Todd Dagres .... producer
Skander Halim .... co-producer
Eric Kopeloff .... executive producer
Carl Levin .... producer
Robert Ortiz .... executive producer
Robert Ortiz .... line producer
Jamey Pryde .... co-producer
Marcos Siega .... producer
Sigurjon Sighvatsson .... executive producer (as Joni Sighvatsson)
Happy Walters .... executive producer
Matt Weaver .... producer (as Matthew Weaver)
Original Music by
Gilad Benamram 
Cinematography by
Ramsey Nickell (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Nicholas Erasmus 
Casting by
Barbara Fiorentino 
Joseph Middleton 
Production Design by
Paul Oberman 
Costume Design by
Danny Glicker 
Makeup Department
Daniel Curet .... hair department head
Brigitte Hennech .... additional makeup artist
Rudolfo Icezalaya Hernandez .... additional hair stylist
Miia Kovero .... hair stylist
Renate Leuschner .... wig maker
Judy Lovell .... makeup department head
Geoffrey Rodriguez .... assistant makeup artist
Nancy Stimac .... key hair stylist (as Nancy G. Stimac)
Ellen Vieira .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Marjorie Ergas .... production supervisor
Jamey Pryde .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Max Day .... assistant director
Maximillian D. Day .... first assistant director (as Max Day)
Richard Gonzales .... second second assistant director
Samantha Lavin .... additional second assistant director
Carla Rose Ponzio .... second assistant director
Art Department
Robert W. Anderson .... property master
S. Christian Anderson .... props
Mathias Fain .... on-set dresser
Jon Reynolds .... art department production assistant
Abigail Sheiner .... art department coordinator
David Sterzing .... props
Sound Department
Brion Condon .... boom operator
David Esparza .... sound effects editor (as David Michael Esparza)
Marc Fishman .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Getty .... dialog editor
Michael Hertlein .... foley editor
Robert Jackson .... supervising sound editor (as Robert C. Jackson)
Tony Lamberti .... sound re-recording mixer
Derek Marcil .... adr mixer
Jared Marshack .... digital transfer engineer
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Steve Weiss .... sound mixer
James Wright .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby Stereo
Special Effects by
Richard Cory .... special effects coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Clint Allisone .... electrician
Chris Burgon .... best boy electric
Elisha Christian .... additional rigging grip
Kevin M. Graves .... best boy grip
Edward A. Gutentag .... Steadicam operator
Joshua Lee Huber .... grip
Colin Hudson .... Steadicam operator
Sunny Lee .... key grip
James McCusker .... electrician
Phil Miller .... key rigging grip
Kelly Price .... grip
Rocky Rodriguez .... electrician
David E. Thomas Jr. .... assistant camera
Daniel P. Venti .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Sasha Adkinson .... extras casting agent
Lauren Grey .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chandra Moore-Telfer .... on-set costumer (as Chandra Moore)
Erika Munro .... wardrobe supervisor
Marta Villalobos .... costumer
Deborah Zimmerman .... set costumer
Editorial Department
George Chavez .... color timer
Vivian Hengsteler .... negative cutter
Bryan McMahan .... colorist: mastering
Dana Merwin .... post-production coordinator
Tim Mirkovich .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Clint Bennett .... music mixer
Clint Bennett .... song recordist
Ariel Blumenthal .... additional composer: score (as Ariel A. Blumenthal)
Bryan Carrigan .... music scoring mixer
Melissa R. Kaplan .... theme song vocalist
Elissa Marshall .... music supervisor
Janet Billig Rich .... music supervisor
Oskar Rózsa .... conductor
Matthew Rush Sullivan .... music consultant
Sherry Whitfield .... music editor
Transportation Department
Geno Hart .... transportation coordinator
Philip Henderson .... driver
Kirk Huston .... transportation captain
Steve Larson .... transportation dispatcher
Other crew
James M. Arnold .... lead payroll accountant
Susan Bannout .... set medic
Greg Bernstein .... legal services
Zachary Brandler .... assistant: Mr. Kopeloff
Michael G. Cruz .... location assistant
Edward Deraney .... stand-in
Michael Desante .... technical advisor: Arabic
Richard DiPatri .... assistant location manager
Aditya Ezhuthachan .... assistant to executive producer
Julie Hansen .... post production accountant
Todd Havern .... production assistant
Amina Islam .... stand-in
Sharre Jacoby .... producer: main and end titles
Adam Jordan .... production assistant
Andrew C. Keeter .... location manager
Chris Losnegard .... office production assistant
Karen M. Nichols .... title designer: main titles, New Wave Entertainment
Davis Priestley .... production assistant
Eric Raber .... digital transfer engineer
Julie Strang .... dog trainer
Melinda Sustin .... assistant to producers
David C. Taylor .... assistant: Mr. Siega
Christopher Touchton .... production assistant
Tori White .... stand-in
Jennifer Wood .... assistant production coordinator
Nicole Zuehl .... dog trainer (as Nicole Zuel)
Warner Loughlin .... acting coach (uncredited)
Darlene Gorzela .... special thanks
Doug Hylton .... special thanks (as Doug 'Disco' Hylton)
Jennifer Kuwabara .... special thanks
Duke Lim .... special thanks
Christopher Meloni .... special thanks
Rick Sparr .... special thanks
David Sterzing .... special thanks
Diane Upson .... special thanks
Hillary Weaver .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"High School Confidential" - Belgium (English title) (DVD title)
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Rated R for strong sexual content and graphic dialogue involving teens, and language
USA:104 min | UK:110 min | Argentina:107 min
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Did You Know?

In the casting office scene, the photos on the wall are of actual child actresses, including Tamara Hope and Lindsay Felton.See more »
Mr. Anderson:Kimberly Joyce, you have the face of an angel. Throw in a ripe, little pubescent body - the devil wears a gray skirt, my friend.See more »
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References To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)See more »
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62 out of 77 people found the following review useful.
"Oh La La, I Dropped My Baguette", 18 February 2006
Author: aimless-46 from Kentucky

If you don't like films with unnecessary graphic language you may want to put "Pretty Persuasion" on your "films to avoid" list. There is so much exploitive language and perversions (mostly discussed rather than demonstrated) that I was regretting my purchase 20-25 minutes into the story, even though I was laughing fairly often-especially at Kimberly's (Evan Rachel Wood) comments about the relationship between her stepmother and her dog. I was amazed that Wood had agreed to do this thing and felt that in a few years she would regret having it on her resume.

But after about 30 minutes I was either hardened to the dialogue or had begun to understand that most of it was there for a legitimate purpose. And to enjoy "Pretty Persuasion" you have to be willing to accept a fair amount of what first seems needless exploitation. It used to be that teenagers went to the movies to see adults making love, now adults go to the movies to see teenagers making love, or at least speaking and behaving suggestively.

This black comedy and parental neglect social statement comes 50 years after Ed Wood featured it in "The Violent Years". Instead of a gang of privileged girls robbing gas stations, 15 year old Kimberly and her two classmates, best friend Brittany (Elisabeth Harnois) and shy Muslim girl Randa (Adi Schnall), bring sexual harassment charges against one of their teachers. And "Pretty Persuasion" introduces a lot more dark wit into the equation, a function of Skander Halim's screenplay and Marcos Siega's direction.

The most intriguing thing about "Pretty Persuasion" is the way it embeds a complementary theme about Hollywood hypocrisy in the very structure of the film. Promiscuous teenage girls and lesbians are established titillation elements in exploitation films. And during viewing you are subtly persuaded that you are watching a fairly graphic exploitation film. It is only upon later reflection that you realize that you have actually seen nothing, everything was implied by the dialogue or staged partially off-camera. A prudish viewer is not offended so much by the images as by the implications that they have supplied themselves.

As a response to the growing sexual exploitation element in films, beginning in the 1930's Hollywood self-regulated itself through the Hays Code. Its provisions stated that: "pictures shall not infer that low forms of sex relationships are the accepted and common thing", "scenes of passion should not be introduced when not essential to the plot", and "seduction or rape should never be more than suggested". The tone of "Pretty Persuasion" is disapproving of the sexual relationships that are taking place, its scenes of passion are essential to the plot, and the seduction takes place off camera; making it at least technically in compliance with the old code.

The story is told from Kimberly's point of view and "Pretty Persuasion is a good example of the power of POV in fostering identification and sympathy for the character through whom we are witnessing the main events. By the end most viewers are perversely hoping that Kimberly will be successful. Few actors could elicit sympathy for this character but Wood manages to do so, you work to resist her but ultimately you lose.

You are further won over at the end when you realize that Kimberly's cynicism is largely justified, even if her actions are not. Were she able to choose, Kimberly would not elect to so cynical, it is simply a reflection of a world that is a major disappointment to her. So the character Wood brings to the screen is one that you go from hating, to sympathizing with, to admiring.

The theme of cynicism, as well as its cause and effect, has never been better dealt with than in this film. Using sex as her commodity and insightful analysis of other's weaknesses as her weapon, the disillusioned Kimberly is pretty much able to manipulate the world to suit her designs.

Wood is becoming the Tuesday Weld of her generation but is treating us to stuff in her mid- teens that Weld did not do until her mid-20's. Think of "Pretty Poison" and "I Walk the Line". Or even more appropriately Weld''s portrayal of Abigail in "The Crucible", because at its core "Pretty Persuasion" is a modern version of Arthur Miller's classic; an intriguing blend of "The Crucible", "To Die For" and "Heathers".

After watching Wood in "Pretty Persuasion", you realize that it is not something to be purged from her resume but something she should highlight.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

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