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Heights -- A legendary superstar, a self-absorbed photographer, a temperamental attorney, a struggling actor and a heartbroken journalist undergo major changes in one compelling 24-hour period.
Heights -- Spanning twenty-four hours, Heights follows five New Yorkers challenged to choose their destiny before the sun comes up the next day.
Heights -- Spanning twenty-four hours, Heights follows five New Yorkers challenged to choose their destiny before the sun comes up the next day.


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Amy Fox (screenplay)
Amy Fox (play)
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Release Date:
15 July 2005 (USA) See more »
Spanning twenty-four hours, Heights follows five New Yorkers challenged to choose their destiny before the sun comes up the next day. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Chandler Williams ... Juilliard Macbeth

Bess Wohl ... Juilliard Lady Macbeth

Glenn Close ... Diana

Elizabeth Banks ... Isabel

James Marsden ... Jonathan

Jesse Bradford ... Alec
Daniel Neiden ... Wedding Rabbi

Thomas Lennon ... Marshall

Matthew Davis ... Mark (as Matt Davis)

John Light ... Peter

Isabella Rossellini ... Liz

Susan Malick ... Rachel
Rachel Siegel ... Autograph Seeker

Katie Kreisler ... Helen

Philip Tabor ... Paul

Jordi Vilasuso ... Benjamin's Ex

Nat DeWolf ... Benjamin's Ex

Joel de la Fuente ... Benjamin's Ex
Melanie R. Orr ... Scorned Woman

Denis O'Hare ... Andrew

Rufus Wainwright ... Jeremy

Eric Bogosian ... Henry

George Segal ... Rabbi Mendel

Angel Desai ... Laura

Jonathan Walker ... Michael

Regina Schneider ... Amanda (as Regina McMahon)

Michael Murphy ... Jesse
Jane Nichols ... Guest 1

Andrew Howard ... Ian
Don Fitzgerald ... Built Guy

Meghan Glennon ... Party Girl

Winsome Brown ... SNL Writer

Michael Goldstrom ... SNL Writer

Jim Parsons ... Oliver
Steve Glenn ... Guest 2 (as Steven Glenn)
Alice Tan Ridley ... Subway Singer
Caroline Clay ... Subway Woman

Cindy Adams ... Herself
Alexander Lange ... Guest 3

Manny Siverio ... Subway Mugger
Frank Shattuck ... EMT Worker
D'Vorah Bailey ... Police Officer
Jan Ellis ... Hospital Receptionist

Liza Colón-Zayas ... Ana (as Liza Colon-Zayas)

Aylam Orian ... Juilliard actor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Becca Anderson ... Acting Student (uncredited)

James Babbin ... Lawyer (uncredited)
Tomm Bauer ... Acting Student (uncredited)

Khan Baykal ... Max (uncredited)
Andrea Bertola ... Acting Student (uncredited)

Brendan Bradley ... Student (uncredited)

Aaron Fiore ... Stage Crewman (uncredited)

Brian Hyman ... Groom (uncredited)
Sam Masotto ... Student (uncredited)

Caroline Memnon ... Guest (uncredited)

Ashley Palmer ... Acting Student (uncredited)
Jason Stogsdill ... Student (uncredited)
Lorli Villanueva ... Diana's Housekeeper (uncredited)

Directed by
Chris Terrio 
Writing credits
Amy Fox (screenplay)

Amy Fox (play)

Chris Terrio (additional screenplay material)

Produced by
John P. Adams .... line producer (as John Scholz)
Paul Bradley .... executive producer
Richard Hawley .... producer
Ismail Merchant .... producer
Pierre Proner .... associate producer
James Ivory .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Ben Butler (original score)
Martin Erskine (original score)
Cinematography by
Jim Denault (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sloane Klevin 
Casting by
James Calleri 
Production Design by
Marla Weinhoff 
Art Direction by
Diane Lederman 
Costume Design by
Marina Draghici 
Makeup Department
Martial Corneville .... hair stylist: Ms. Close
Kabuki .... key hair stylist
Christine Leiter .... makeup artist: Ms. Close
Claus Lulla .... key hair stylist
Claus Lulla .... key makeup artist
Production Management
George Norfleet .... unit production manager (as George Norfleet Jr.)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Blazina .... third assistant director
Thomas Fatone .... first assistant director
Patrick Gibbons .... second assistant director (as Patrick D. Gibbons)
Art Department
Sarah Berney .... scenic artist
Andrew Call .... set dresser
Maus Drechsler .... assistant property master (as Ana Katharina Drechsler)
Eric Friedewald .... set dresser
Ruth Marcus .... art department intern
Julian Peploe .... graphics designer: Macbeth
Jennifer Scarlata .... art department production assistant (as Jenny Scarlata)
Duke Scoppa .... property master (as Edward P. Scoppa Jr.)
Isaac Scranton .... art department intern
Lance Turnbow .... set dresser
Cedar Valentine .... art department coordinator (as Cedar McClure)
Gary Wattson .... leadman
Crystal River Williams .... art department intern
Crystal River Williams .... set dresser
Kyle Willshire .... art department intern
Meghan Duran .... assistant art department coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Coll Anderson .... sound effects editor
Brian Bowles .... dialogue editor
Nancy Cabrera .... foley artist
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer
Robert Hein .... supervising sound editor
Andy Kris .... sound re-recording mixer (as Andrew Kris)
Marshall McGee .... boom operator
Stuart Stanley .... dialogue editor
Thomas Varga .... production sound mixer
Akil Wilson .... assistant sound editor (as Akil Jelani Wilson)
Christopher Fondulas .... boom operator (uncredited)
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Luke DiTommaso .... digital opticals: DuArt Digital
Markus Janner .... digital opticals: DuArt Digital
Jennifer Russomanno .... digital opticals: DuArt Digital
Keith Yurevitz .... digital opticals: DuArt Digital
Peter Epstein .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
David Armstrong .... photographer: Benjamin Stone
K.C. Bailey .... still photographer (as KC Bailey)
Ken Billington .... lighting designer: Macbeth theatrical
Maria Calvaruso .... second assistant camera
Paola Cantoni .... third electrician
James Casey .... best boy grip
Dennis de Jesus .... video supervisor
Glenn Fishel .... key grip
Dennis Green .... video playback technician
Steven Hampoff .... video playback technician
Tom Kempf .... dolly grip
Brenda Ann Kenneally .... photographer: Isabel Lee (as Brenda Kenneally)
Joe Monge .... video supervisor
Thomas O'Connor .... gaffer
Benjamin Pearcy .... lighting assistant
John Pirozzi .... additional photographer
Brad Robertson .... lighting technician
Eddie Rodriguez .... first assistant camera
Susan Shacter .... photographer: Macbeth poster (as Susan Schacter)
Jack Sheer .... photographer: Benjamin Stone
Mauricio Soto .... video assist operator
Joia Speciale .... camera operator
Walter Thomson .... still photographer
James Thorne .... generator operator
Timothy Wood .... best boy electric
George Bianchini .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Riad Deeb .... grip (uncredited)
Alec Jarnagin .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Jose Lorente .... electrician (uncredited)
Mike Morini .... grip (uncredited)
Paul Niccolls .... grip (uncredited)
David Troutman .... grip (uncredited)
J. Dan Wright .... light balloon technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Alaine Alldaffer .... casting associate
Lindsay Chag .... additional casting: Los Angeles
Pat Golden .... extras casting
Keith Gunthorpe .... extras casting (as Keith R. Gunthorpe)
Kristen Jackson .... casting assistant
Nicole Lorenzetti .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lynn Falconer .... costumer
Amanda Ford .... wardrobe department production assistant
Rachel Greene .... costume supervisor (as Rachel Leah Greene)
John Kristiansen .... costume builder: Lady Macbeth
Nina Schelich .... wardrobe department production assistant
Elizabeth Semrai .... wardrobe department intern
Julie Trainer .... wardrobe department intern
Editorial Department
Steve Blakely .... film processing: DuArt Film and Video
Tim Bond .... colorist
Perri B. Frank .... editing assistant (as Perri Frank)
Diana Oliva .... post-production intern
Noëlle Penraat .... negative cutter
Dave Pultz .... color timer (as David Pultz)
Larry Schmitt .... on-line editor
Katy Skjerping .... first assistant editor (as Katherine Fisher)
Ben Stauffer .... post-production intern
Music Department
Ramsay Adams .... music supervisor
John Carbonara .... music editor
Dave Hnatiuk .... music supervisor
Alex Proner .... music supervisor
Martin Erskine .... film score producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Gary Mahr .... transportation captain
Ray Nevin Sr. .... driver
Ken Nevin .... driver (as Ray Nevin Jr.)
Other crew
Vikas Bandhu .... set production assistant
Abigail Barrett .... production assistant: production office
Steve Blakely .... video dailies: DuArt Film and Video
Susan H. Bodine .... production legal counsel: Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein (as Sue Bodine)
Michael J. Cargill .... production office coordinator
Jeremy Crane .... production secretary
Martin Crimp .... translator: "Roberto Zucco" by Bernard-Marie Koltès
Meghan Duran .... product clearances
John Eremic .... set production assistant
Irin Evers .... production assistant: production office (as Irin Israel)
Marta Forns-Escudé .... set production assistant (as Marta Forns Escudé)
Ben Forrer .... production assistant: production office
Rebecca Fulton .... script supervisor
Meghan Glennon .... assistant location manager
Bruce Hall .... set production assistant
Linda Hanrahan .... dog handler
Marlus Harding .... production accountant (as Marlus C. Harding)
Charlynne J. Hopson .... location manager (as Charlynne Hopson)
Alexander Kalkines .... assistant location manager
Jackson Kaufelt .... production assistant: production office
Sunil Kirparam .... comptroller: MIP London
Bernard-Marie Koltès .... text: excerpt from "Roberto Zucco"
Sarah Kramer .... set production assistant
Brian Mait .... set production assistant
Jennifer Markowitz .... set production assistant
Sam Masotto .... electronic press kit
Richard McCune .... production banking: City National Bank New York
Anne McSweeney .... production banking: City National Bank New York
Jennifer Monatlik .... craft service
Katy Oliver .... assistant to producers
Leah Ramella .... assistant to producers
Justin Ritson .... set production assistant
Rob Roy .... assistant location manager
Nabeel Sarwar .... production controller
Melanie Shanley .... assistant to producers
Matthew Signer .... set production assistant (as Matthew Laurence Signer)
Ben Spencer .... coordinator: MIP London
Thevaki Thambirajah .... production assistant: production office
Clayton Thomas .... parking coordinator (as Clayton 'Massive' Thomas)
Kim Thompson .... set production assistant
Frank Troutman .... production banking: City National Bank New York
James Wilson .... assistant to director
Michael Barnes .... financial legal services (uncredited)
Georgina Cabrera .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Alex Harder .... stand-in (uncredited)
Brett Hauze .... production assistant (uncredited)
Angela Jensen .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Shara Lerman .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Stacy Pagac .... additional accountant (uncredited)
Merrick Adrianson .... the producers wish to thank: Billboard animation
Sam Bhadha .... special thanks (as Sam Bhada)
Darlene Charence .... the producers wish to thank
Adam Feldman .... the producers wish to thank
Susan Friedman .... the producers wish to thank
Nathan Slate Joseph .... special thanks: artwork
Rod Lamborn .... the producers wish to thank
Chazz Levi .... the producers wish to thank: Wedding flowers
Jesse Lichtenstein .... the producers wish to thank
Latifa Medjdoub .... the producers wish to thank
Jeffrey Muhs .... the producers wish to thank
Charlotte Newhouse .... special thanks
Jesse Newhouse .... special thanks
Sarah Oliphant .... the producers wish to thank: Oliphant Studios' painting of theater backdrops
Greg Owens .... special thanks
Jon Paul Riggle .... the producers wish to thank: Billboard animation
William Vincent .... the producers wish to thank
Irwin Young .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for language, brief sexuality and nudity
USA:93 min | USA:98 min (DVD version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Screenwriter Amy Fox taught screenwriting classes at the Gotham Writers Workshop in New York City.See more »
Plot holes: At the audition of Alec with Liz, it is established that Alec lives on the fifth floor while Isabel lives on the third floor. But at the beginning of the movie, Isabel comes downstairs from her apartment and passes another apartment door near the stairs. Approximately five seconds after she passes, Alec comes out of THAT apartment with his dog. Since when is the fifth floor at a lower level than the third floor?See more »
[Her students use a gun instead of a dagger for Macbeth]
Diana Lee:Get a dagger, for Christ's sake! This is Shakespeare, it's not The Sopranos.
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References "The Sopranos" (1999)See more »
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24 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Serendipity as Chamber Music, 3 November 2005
Author: gradyharp from United States

Often a film succeeds because of the story, or the writing, or the cast, or the direction. HEIGHTS succeeds brilliantly because of the combination of all of these elements in one of the finest films of the past few years. Beginning with the play and screenplay by Amy Fox, and as carefully and lovingly directed by Chris Terrio with a sterling cast, this film works its subtle magic of a story about serendipity and coincidences and how these alter our lives by accidental occurrences. Or are they accidental? Each of the well-drawn characters in this story is functioning at a level that involves the masks behind which we each hide our personal secrets or idiosyncrasies: each character is either at a 'height' or approaching one, and it is the interplay of these disparate people that creates phrases of music which ultimately combine in a series of themes and variations like a well-composed work of chamber music. And this all occurs within a twenty-four hour period in Manhattan.

Diana (Glenn Close) is the reigning New York actress currently preparing a production of 'Macbeth' with friend director Henry (Eric Bagosian) while simultaneously giving Master Classes at Julliard to a group of acting students who she declares lack passion! Diana's 'height' is challenged by her current anxiety over her open-marriage husband's rather serious affair with one of her students. She holds auditions and a young, struggling, and handsome actor Alec (Jesse Bradford) catches her interest and she sees in him the passion she craves and invites him to her party that evening. Alec, fearful of his chance at his 'height', hesitantly accepts.

Meanwhile Diana's photographer daughter Isabel (Elizabeth Banks) is fired from her portrait job only to be offered an important gig in Eastern Europe by an ex-lover, offering Isabel a chance at her own 'height'. Isabel is engaged to young ambitious lawyer Jonathan (James Marsden remembered for this superb acting in 'The 24th Day') who in preparing to marry a non-Jew is in counseling with his Rabbi (George Segal): there are obviously stresses on the incipient marriage that Jonathan has not revealed.

In another area of Manhattan, at Vanity Fair, Liz (Isabella Rosselini) taps reporter Peter (John Light) to do a story on a famous and gifted photographer known for bedding his nude male models. Peter is to interview each of the models for the story, and one of those models happens to be Jonathan! The entire group comes together at Diana's party and there the secrets of each of the characters gradually surface in coincidental ways and the story of how each of these interesting but tainted people respond to discoveries makes for the resolution of the story. Director Terrio uses finely honed techniques to slowly introduce each character, adding layers of information gradually, until the magnitude of these coincidences becomes dramatically tense and fascinating. This film is like standing in a darkroom watching a photograph slowly develop, revealing more of the details with each washing, until the final picture is filled with extraordinary details - some expected, others not. The cast is wholly superb and the degree of ensemble acting surpasses that of films of the recent past. If there is a criticism of the film it is a minor one: the ambient sound and musical scoring at times cover the dialog which make us strain to hear the whispered interchanges. But this is a brilliant film that immediately assumes a role in the pantheon of fine cinematic art. Highly recommended. Grady Harp

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