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The Weather Man -- A Chicago weatherman who is separated from his wife and children, debates whether professional and personal success are mutually exclusive.
The Weather Man -- A Chicago weather man, separated from his wife and children, debates whether professional and personal success are mutually exclusive.
The Weather Man -- A Chicago weather man, separated from his wife and children, debates whether professional and personal success are mutually exclusive.
The Weather Man -- A Chicago weather man, separated from his wife and children, debates whether professional and personal success are mutually exclusive.


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Writer (WGA):
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Nicolas Cage ... David Spritz

Michael Caine ... Robert Spritzel

Hope Davis ... Noreen
Gemmenne de la Peña ... Shelly (as Gemmenne De La Peña)

Nicholas Hoult ... Mike

Michael Rispoli ... Russ

Gil Bellows ... Don

Judith McConnell ... Lauren

Chris Marrs ... DMV Guy
Dina Facklis ... Andrea
J. Nicole Brooks ... Clerk (as Deanna NJ Brooks)

Sia A. Moody ... Nurse (as Sia Moody)
Guy Van Swearingen ... Nipper Guy

Alejandro Pina ... Fast Food Employee
Jackson Bubala ... Fast Food Child

Jennifer Bills ... Fast Food Mom

Peter Grosz ... Shelly's Archery Instructor
Joe Bianchi ... Paul
Nick Kuehneman ... Passenger with Frosty

Bruce Jarchow ... Viewer
Joanne Sylvestrak ... Viewer's Wife

Robyn Moler ... Beer Girl
John D. Milinac ... Beer Patron
Melanie Decelles Castro ... Shelly's Companion
Jason Wells ... Tim
Scott Benjaminson ... Race Organizer
Ora Jones ... Trust Counselor

Mike Bacarella ... Takeout Clerk

Jennifer Joan Taylor ... Register Worker
Chuck Stubbings ... Mark Dersen

Shanesia Davis ... Hello America Producer (as Shane Williams)
Dan Flannery ... Hello America Producer
Sandy Whiteley ... Hello America Director
Antoine McKay ... Passing Pedestrian
Eduardo N. Martinez ... Pie Thrower (as Eddie Martinez)

David Darlow ... Robert's Friend

Will Zahrn ... Priest

Poorna Jagannathan ... NY Pedestrian

Bryant Gumbel ... Bryant Gumbel

Anne Marie Howard ... Co-Anchor

Ed McMahon ... Ed McMahon

Cristina Ferrare ... Cristina Ferrare

Stephen Hilger ... Dave's Archery Instructor

Ron McClary ... Guy in Park
Eric Ambriz ... Elevator Kid
Leah Rose Orleans ... Elevator Kid
Juhong Xue ... Co-Anchor
Tom Skilling ... WGN Assistant Director

Wolfgang Puck ... Wolfgang Puck

Monica Weaver ... Living Funeral Guest
John Francis Mountain ... Living Funeral Guest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Peter Nikkos ... New York Businessman (as Peter Nicholas)

Nathan Adloff ... Extra (uncredited)

Charla Agers ... Ice Skating Competitor (uncredited)
Dan Ahn ... Extra (uncredited)
Joshua Brail ... Child Guest (uncredited)

Ryan Burk ... Tim's Son (uncredited)

Kristen Duerdoth ... Tim's Wife (uncredited)

Terrence Edwards ... Doorman (uncredited)

Diane Frances Fisher ... Michigan Ave Extra (uncredited)
David Michael Fordham ... Guy in Food Court (uncredited)
Clifford M. Freeney ... Newsroom Executive (uncredited)
Todd Goodman ... Bag Man (uncredited)

John R. Haley ... DMV Customer (uncredited)

Michelle Shelton Huff ... Nurse (uncredited)
Bob Kolbey ... Mr. Bratwurst (uncredited)
Isaac LaMell ... Extra (uncredited)
Kathryn Lyn ... Funeral Guest (uncredited)
Nikki Taylor Melton ... Girl in Food Court (uncredited)
Sergio Mojica ... Business Man (uncredited)

Levin O'Connor ... Office Worker (uncredited)
Nikkole Palmatier ... Attractive Girl (uncredited)

Daniel Riggs ... Traveling Man (uncredited)
Christian Rose ... Businessman (uncredited)

Yuri Rutman ... Umbrella Man (uncredited)
Ryan Salzwedel ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Megan Schaiper ... Funeral Extra (uncredited)

Gary Sedlock ... Guest - Ice Rink Party (uncredited)
Oral Sledge ... Driver (uncredited)

Dwight Sora ... Extra (uncredited)

January Stern ... Featured Skater (uncredited)
Joey Strobel ... Newsroom Executive (uncredited)

Richard Strobel ... Newsroom Executive (uncredited)
Amber Sutherland ... Dog Walker (uncredited)

Tristan Layne Tapscott ... Extra (uncredited)

Brigitte Wulf ... Attractive Pedestrian (uncredited)

Directed by
Gore Verbinski 
Writing credits
Steve Conrad (written by) (as Steven Conrad)

Produced by
David Alper .... executive producer
William S. Beasley .... executive producer
Todd Black .... producer
Jason Blumenthal .... producer
Steve Conrad .... co-producer (as Steven Conrad)
Norman Golightly .... executive producer (as Norm Golightly)
Steve Tisch .... producer
Original Music by
James S. Levine (co-composer) (as James Levine)
Hans Zimmer 
Cinematography by
Phedon Papamichael (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Craig Wood 
Casting by
Denise Chamian 
Production Design by
Tom Duffield 
Art Direction by
Patrick M. Sullivan Jr.  (as Patrick Sullivan)
Set Decoration by
Rosemary Brandenburg 
Costume Design by
Penny Rose 
Makeup Department
Candace Neal .... hair department head
Ve Neill .... makeup department head
Suzi Ostos .... makeup artist
Linda Rizzuto .... hair stylist (as Linda R. Rizzuto)
Larry Waggoner .... hair stylist: Mr. Cage
Allen Weisinger .... makeup artist: Mr. Cage
André Dubois .... personal hairdresser (uncredited)
Erwin H. Kupitz .... wig maker (uncredited)
Vicki Vacca .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Jessica Williams .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
William S. Beasley .... unit production manager
Simon Morgan .... post-production supervisor
Sharyn Shimada-Huggins .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Benita Allen .... first assistant director
Frederic Roth .... second assistant director
Jeffrey Schwartz .... second second assistant director
Stephanie Moore .... additional second assistant director (uncredited)
Adam T. Weisinger .... additional second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Daniel B. Clancy .... lead person
Frank D. Dambra .... chief painter
Jeff Dieter .... set dresser
Heather Elwell .... art department coordinator
Tom Gagnon .... set dresser
Michael D. Gianneschi .... assistant property master
Harry N. Haase .... paint foreperson
Gary Happ .... construction foreperson
Craig Jackson .... set designer
Tony Leonardi .... on-set painter (as A.J. Leonardi Jr.)
Quentin Matthys .... set dresser
Jon Nicholson .... on-set dresser
Benjamin Nowicki .... graphic designer
Tom Osman .... labor foreperson
Troy Osman .... construction foreperson (as Troy O. Osman)
Tyler Osman .... construction coordinator
Kris Peck .... property master (as Christopher E. Peck)
Joel Prihoda .... lead person
Timothy W. Tiedje .... assistant property master
Scott Troha .... set dresser
Phillip Ellman .... set dresser (uncredited)
Shannon Fortune .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Thomas J. Glynn .... set dresser (uncredited)
Veloz Gomez .... set dresser (uncredited)
Kristin Hanson .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Mike Monckton .... painter (uncredited)
Paul Wambach .... art department production assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Christopher Barrick .... assistant sound editor (as Christopher 'The Bear' Barrick)
Christopher Boyes .... re-recording mixer
Christopher Boyes .... sound designer & supervising sound editor
Fred Burke .... foley editor
Anne Couk .... assistant sound editor
Scott Curtis .... supervising foley editor
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer
Avram D. Gold .... supervising adr editor (as Avram Gold)
Avram D. Gold .... supervising dialogue editor (as Avram Gold)
Tim Gomillion .... sound recordist
J.R. Grubbs .... sound effects editor (as J.R. Grub)
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
Shawn Kennelly .... foley mixer
Susan Kurtz .... adr editor
Paul Massey .... re-recording mixer
Tim McColm .... sound stage engineer
Shannon Mills .... foley editor
Sarah Monat .... foley artist
Ronnie Morgan .... assistant sound editor
Tim Nielsen .... sound effects editor (as Tim Neilson)
Jonathan Null .... supervising foley editor
Lee Orloff .... sound mixer
Juan Peralta .... re-recording technician
Jeremy Pitts .... foley editor
Dennis Rogers .... sound recordist
Jurgen Scharpf .... re-recording technician
Blair Scheller .... boom operator
Dee Selby .... assistant sound designer
Tony Sereno .... re-recording technician
Randy Singer .... foley mixer (as Randy K. Singer)
Thomas W. Small .... foley editor (as Tom Small)
Frank Smathers .... dialogue editor (as Frank T. Smathers)
Addison Teague .... sound effects editor
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist
James Wright .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Jim Wright)
Ronald L. Wright .... cable person
Sean England .... digital archivist (uncredited)
Nick Foley .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Thomas Giordano .... boom operator: additional photography, Los Angeles (uncredited)
Juan Peralta .... assistant re-recording mixer (uncredited)
William Stein .... sound re-recording engineer (uncredited)
Ted Swanscott .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Mike Szakmeister .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Michael Ahasay .... special effects foreperson (as Mike Ahasay)
David J. Chamerski .... special effects foreperson (as David Chamerski)
William Dambra .... special effects on set
Rodman Kiser .... special effects foreperson
John D. Milinac .... special effects coordinator
Carrie Oviatt .... special effects accountant
Ryan Evans .... special effects (uncredited)
Brad Good .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Blake E. Matthys .... special effects crew: snow (uncredited)
Dieter Sturm .... special effects snowmaker (uncredited)
Yvonne Sturm .... snowmaker (uncredited)
Rob Yale .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Gil Baron .... cg technical supervisor: Method
Hatem Benabdallah .... cg artist: Method (as Hatem Ben Abdallah)
Jeremy F. Butler .... cg artist: Method (as Jeremy Butler)
Chris Flynn .... digital compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
Alex Frisch .... lead 2d visual effects artist: Method
Joe Gareri .... executive producer: Pacific Title & Art Studio
Charles Gibson .... visual effects supervisor
Paul Perez Hahn .... visual effects producer: Method (as Paul Hahn)
Brian Hanable .... inferno compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
Maureen Healy .... digital compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
Alexandre Kolasinski .... 2d artist: Method
Tom Lamb .... digital compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
Jennifer Law-Stump .... digital compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
James LeBloch .... cg artist: Method
Laurent Ledru .... cg creative supervisor: Method
Cedric Nicolas-Troyan .... lead 2d visual effects artist: Method (as Cedric Nicolas)
Patrick Phillips .... inferno compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
Liz Radley .... video & computer graphics supervisor
Katrina Salicrup .... 2d artist: Method
David Sosalla .... visual effects supervisor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
Scott Taylor .... technical lead: Method
James D. Tittle .... visual effects coordinator: Pacific Title
Andreas Wacker .... technology supervisor: Method
Brian Corpus .... technical operations manager: Pacific Title and Art Studio (uncredited)
Todd Hemsley .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Chia-Chi Hu .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Gerald Ragland .... digital intermediate assistant (uncredited)
John Scheer .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
John Zachary .... video technical assistant (uncredited)
Frank P. Calzavara .... stunts (as Frank Calzavara)
Stacey Carino .... stunt double: Hope Davis
Tobiasz Daszkiewicz .... stunts
James Fierro .... stunts (as Jim Fierro)
Mark Harper .... stunts
Rick Le Fevour .... stunt coordinator (as Rick LeFevour)
Rick Le Fevour .... stunts (as Ricky LeFevour)
Matthew LeFevour .... stunts (as Matt LeFevour)
Tom Lowell .... stunts
Daniel Maldonado .... stunts (as Danny Maldonado)
James R. Mammoser .... stunts (as Jim Mammoser)
Natalie M. Meyer .... stunts (as Natalie Meyer)
Carl Paoli .... stunts
Linda Perlin .... stunts
Randy Popplewell .... stunts
Gina Reale .... stunts
Ken Remer .... stunts
Alicia Skirball .... stunts
Jodi Smith .... stunts
Kevin Sorensen .... stunts
Rich Wilkie .... stunts
Eddie Yansick .... stunt person: Mr. Cage
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Bond .... rigging grip (as Richard A. Bond Jr.)
Fernando M. Briones .... grip (as Fernando Briones)
Joseph P. Connelly .... rigging grip
Eugene F. Crededio .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Gino Crededio)
Ronald Crededio .... electrician (as Ron Crededio)
Dennis De La Mata .... rigging grip
Roger Doherty .... electrician
Ronald Dragosh .... electrician (as Ron Dragosh)
Michael J. Fowler .... video playback operator (as Mike Fowler)
John P. Friday .... chief rigging electrician (as John Friday)
Melinda Sue Gordon .... still photographer
Bob Hall .... first assistant photographer
James Haworth .... electrician
John Hudecek .... dolly grip operator
Timothy Jipping .... grip (as Timothy L. Jipping)
Robert Krzeminski .... second company grip
Peter Kuttner .... first assistant photographer: "b" camera
Morgan Michael Lewis .... first company grip (as M. Michael Lewis)
Elizabeth Miller .... first assistant photographer: "b" camera (as Elizabeth Smith)
John Monsour .... supervising video engineer
Chris Mulsoff .... assistant chief rigging electrician
Mark Purkart .... dolly grip operator
John S. Robertson .... first company rigging grip
James F. Roorda .... second company rigging grip
James J. Ryan .... rigging electrician
Kory Salajka .... grip (as Koren Salajka)
Martin Schaer .... camera operator
Marc Schneider .... rigging grip
Dan Schroer .... second assistant photographer (as Daniel R. Schroer)
Mark Scott .... video playback operator
Faires A. Sekiya .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Faires K. Anderson)
Faires A. Sekiya .... steadicam operator (as Faires K. Anderson)
Robert Swander .... rigging electrician (as Robert S. Swander)
Rafael E. Sánchez .... chief lighting technician (as Rafael E. Sanchez)
Nick Thomas .... rigging electrician
David Watkinson .... supervising video engineer
Eric Wheeler .... film loader (as Eric Shawn Wheeler)
Kevin Wisor .... rigging electrician
Frank Yario Jr. .... video assist
Dawn Copeland .... electrician (uncredited)
Rachel Donofrie .... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
James W. Finnerty .... key grip: New York (uncredited)
Joe Gajewski .... crane technician (uncredited)
Alejandro Garcia .... additional camera loader (uncredited)
Kevin Gazdik .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Lance Mayer .... second assistant camera: New York (uncredited)
David Moenkhaus .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Justin Panzanaro .... rigging electric: New York (uncredited)
Joe Passarelli .... camera intern (uncredited)
Keith Pokorski .... crane operator: Technocrane (uncredited)
Andrew Priestley .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Jose Luis Rios .... camera intern (uncredited)
Darren Ryan .... video assist operator: New York (uncredited)
Christy Taddeo .... grip (uncredited)
Carlo Treviso .... video assist intern (uncredited)
Joe 'Jody' Williams .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
David Williamson .... electrician: Chicago (uncredited)
Casting Department
Tom Gustafson .... extras casting (as Thomas Gustafson)
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Scout Masterson .... casting associate
Mickie Paskal .... casting: Chicago
Jennifer Rudnicke .... casting: Chicago (as Jennifer S. Rudnicke)
Cindy Sciacca .... extras casting assistant
Rachel Tenner .... casting: Chicago
Kate Burgess .... background casting production assistant (uncredited)
Sharon Lomasney .... background casting assistant (uncredited)
Matt Miller .... casting associate: Chicago (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lizzie Cook .... costumer
Stella Cottini .... costumer (as Stella Christy Cottini)
Carolyn Dessert .... costume supervisor (as Carolyn Dessert Lauterio)
Karan Doherty .... set costumer
Gordana Golubovich .... costumer (as Gordana Golubovic)
Eileen McCahill .... key costumer
Debbie Travis .... costumer: Mr. Cage
Claire Connelly .... costume department coordinator (uncredited)
Careen Fowles .... costume supervisor: New York (uncredited)
Gretchen Gain .... costumer (uncredited)
Megan Helbing .... wardrobe intern (uncredited)
Laura Kaminski .... wardrobe intern (uncredited)
Sukari McGill .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Mike Chiado .... digital intermediate technologist: Company 3
Rob Doolittle .... digital on-line artist: Company 3
David Feldman .... digital intermediate producer: Company 3
Kindra Marra .... assistant editor
Simon Morgan .... first assistant editor
Mark T. Osborne .... dailies colorist (as Mark Osborne)
Jim Passon .... color timer
Dylan Quirt .... apprentice film editor
Erik Rogers .... supervising digital intermediate producer: Company 3
Stefan Sonnenfeld .... colorist: Company 3
Salvatore Catanzaro .... assistant colorist (uncredited)
Sarah Ogletree .... editorial coordinator (uncredited)
Missy Papageorge .... digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
Christopher Reichel .... digital intermediate assistant (uncredited)
Location Management
Patty Carey .... location manager (as Patty Carey-Perazzo)
Jason Farrar .... assistant location manager
Martha Lafage .... assistant location manager (as Martha LaFage)
Mark Mamalakis .... assistant location manager
James R. McAllister .... location manager
Patrick Muldoon .... location assistant
John David Wolfe .... location scout
Tom Graziano .... location assistant: New York (uncredited)
Music Department
David Baerwald .... composer: additional music
Jeffrey Biggers .... score mixing assistant (as Jeff Biggers)
Tom Broderick .... score technical assistant
Al Clay .... score recordist
Clay Duncan .... score programmer
Dorothy Joo .... music production assistant
Suzie Katayama .... music contractor
Becky Mancuso-Winding .... music production services
Abhay Manusmare .... score technical assistant
Alan Meyerson .... score mixer
Alan Meyerson .... score recordist
Melissa Muik .... music editor
Greg Vines .... assistant engineer (uncredited )
Mark Wherry .... score technical assistant
Ryeland Allison .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Denise Carver .... music clearances (uncredited)
Heitor Pereira .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Heitor Pereira .... musician: electric guitar (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Martin Tillman .... soloist: cello (uncredited)
Transportation Department
James Hogan .... transportation captain (as James A. Hogan)
Armand Paoletti .... transportation coordinator
Joseph Paoletti .... transportation co-captain
Other crew
Maalik Armour .... production assistant
Kelley Baker .... first assistant auditor (as Kelley L. Baker)
Lacy Boughn .... assistant: Mr. Tisch
Benjamin T. Brammeier .... production assistant (as Benjamin Brammeier)
Stephen Bures .... assistant: Mr. Cage
Dru Anne Carlson .... script supervisor (as Druann Carlson)
Jessica Ashley Carroll .... production assistant
Brian Cho .... production assistant
John Clancy .... medic
Shawn Clark .... assistant: Mr. Beasley (as Shawn R. Clark)
Steven B. Cohen .... consultant: digital cinema, Company 3
Joe Dionne .... production assistant
Jennifer Dubin .... assistant: Mr. Alper
Dan Fischer .... production assistant
Shannon Fortune .... production assistant
Jenny Fumarolo .... production secretary
Will Gatlin .... craft service
Ira Gerber .... production assistant (as Ira R. Gerber)
Lindsay Greitzer .... assistant: Mr. Verbinski
Marc A. Hammer .... production coordinator
Kristin Hanson .... production assistant
Lance Johnson .... assistant: Mr. Blumenthal
C. David Jones .... production assistant
Janette Kim .... production assistant
Renee Kitterman .... accounting clerk
Ross L. Kulma .... medic
Maggie Kusik .... assistant accountant
Karri Mayo .... studio teacher
Patrick McDonald .... production assistant
Glenn Meyers .... technical advisor: archery (as Glen Meyer)
Moanike'ala Nakamoto .... assistant: Mr. Zimmer
Lee Nicholl .... trainer: Mr. Cage
Margaret J. Orlando .... assistant production coordinator
Dan Pardikes .... production assistant
Cameron Pearce .... advisor: graphics
Jess Platt .... dialogue coach
Neal Prosansky .... production assistant
Kathy Rowe .... assistant: Mr. Black
Heather Sharpe .... assistant: Todd Black
Tom Skilling .... meteorological technical advisor
Stefan Sonnenfeld .... executive producer: Company 3
Thomas D. Sullivan III .... medic
Matt Summers .... assistant: Mr. Golightly
Cid Swank .... unit publicist
Ramona Sánchez-Waggoner .... production auditor (as Ramona Diaz-Sanchez)
Karen Turner .... payroll accountant
Megan Vandehey .... production assistant
Michael Vasquez .... assistant accountant
Rick Vigil .... security: Mr. Cage
John Weaver .... production assistant
John David Wolfe .... production assistant
John Zachary .... production assistant
Elicia Zimmerman .... production assistant
Mikayla Abromowitz .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Dan Ahn .... production assistant (uncredited)
Josh Anisfeld .... production assistant (uncredited)
Rudra Banerji .... production assistant (uncredited)
Robert C. Barnett .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Deborah Chung .... production intern (uncredited)
Carmen Cárdenas .... production secretary: New York (uncredited)
B. Ted Deiker .... production coordinator: re-shoots (uncredited)
Adam Dobosz .... production assistant (uncredited)
Mikey Eberle .... production assistant (uncredited)
Joe Farina .... stand-in (uncredited)
Jay Floyd .... clearance administrator (uncredited)
Liam Ford .... data manager: CO3 (uncredited)
Michelle Gonsiorek .... production assistant (uncredited)
Miguel Govea .... special publicist (uncredited)
Clayton Hauck .... production assistant (uncredited)
Cynthia Kao .... office production assistant: New York (uncredited)
Keith Kolecki .... production assistant (uncredited)
Irec Kriske .... production assistant (uncredited)
Marco Kyris .... stand in: Nicolas Cage (uncredited)
Cambron McKeever .... production assistant (uncredited)
Brian McQuery .... production assistant (uncredited)
Leda Nornang .... production coordinator: New York (uncredited)
Sara Nudelman .... production assistant (uncredited)
Brian C. Pawlowski .... production assistant (uncredited)
Stefan Rand .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael K. Reynolds .... craft service (uncredited)
Nikki Scavo .... production assistant (uncredited)
Brian Schilling .... production assistant (uncredited)
Andy Spellman .... production assistant (uncredited)
Larry Szymanowski .... sign maker (uncredited)
Carlo Treviso .... video recording assistant (uncredited)
Joan Washington .... pre-production dialect coach: Nicholas Hoult (uncredited)
Kenneth Yoder .... production assistant (uncredited)
Rich Moskal .... the producers wish to thank: Chicago Film Office
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for strong language and sexual content
102 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Despite Paramount Pictures suggesting that the production be shot in Canada, to substitute for Chicago, Gore Verbinski and Nicolas Cage both insisted that the film be shot in Chicago for authenticity.See more »
Errors in geography: At 19:57 in the movie on the wind chill map, Sioux City should be Sioux Falls.See more »
[first lines]
Dave Spritz:That was refreshing. I'm refreshed. I'm refreshing.
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239 out of 295 people found the following review useful.
Nicolas Cage is Amazing in Verbinski's Flawed Masterpiece, 30 October 2005
Author: Aaron Katz from United States

I've thought long and hard before saying what I'm about to say. I've searched my memory for something to disprove it, but I can't think of anything. Here it is: The Weather Man, the new film directed by Gore Verbinski and written by Steve Conrad, is the most relentlessly pessimistic mainstream American film that I have ever seen. It seems to be telling us that over time you become a shell of the person you once were and a pathetic, ever decreasing fraction of the person you one day hoped to be. You will squander potential and become incapable of giving meaningful love to anyone that you care about. This doesn't happen as a result of some huge disaster or tragic mistake, no, this happens as a result of hundreds of minuscule failures every day. As you might imagine, this is excruciating to watch. But in creating one of bleakest portraits of contemporary American life you will ever see, Gore Verbinski also creates a film that is shockingly humane, funny, and beautiful.

Nicolas Cage, who I don't always like, gives a fantastic performance as David Spritz, a Chicago TV weather man with no degree in meteorology. The thing that makes him great in The Weather Man is that he consistently plays the part in earnest. There's plenty of opportunities to ham it up or play it for laughs, especially because David acts like such an asshole so much of the time, but Cage never falls into those traps. One feels at every turn, no matter how disgraceful his behavior, that he's just a guy trying to do what seems right to him in that moment. At one point he drops his daughter off at his ex-wife's house. When his ex-wife, played with terrific subtly by Hope Davis, remains outside for a moment he suddenly decides to throw a snowball at her, which hits her in the face and cracks the lens of her glasses. Rather than playing it like it's funny, which it is, Cage seems like he's making a sincere attempt to connect with his former wife in any way he can.

I wish with great passion that this film was truly great, but unfortunately it's just inches short. Nine out of ten times Verbinski hits the mark. From the very first shot he creates a perfectly executed world of an ice bound Chicago during the winter months. His most impressive feat though is managing to craft a film that is in some ways highly stylized, yet instinctually feels like the human experience. He has a wonderful and surprising sense of composition. One finds the characters in disconcertingly angular frames with vast expanses of empty space above their heads. In tandem with this he uses a fantastically chilly color scheme throughout. He also triumphs in his insistently measured pacing. In contrast with such a harsh statement about life, the pacing serves to lend the film a strange gentleness that allows for us to feel the characters are truly human. The pacing is absolutely vital and absolutely brave in a Hollywood film. Along with the performances, it makes one feel that the characters are being not being tortured out of gleeful spite on the part of the filmmakers, but out of profound empathy and understanding of our shared human weaknesses.

Verbinski's trouble comes in just a few isolated areas; nevertheless they are important and significantly damage the film as a whole. The ugliest problem is a woefully ill-advised quasi dream sequence in which Nicholas Cage sees himself happy and well adjusted as the grand marshal of a parade. The whole thing is presented as if his hotel room window is like a TV on which he is seeing himself. It introduces us to no useful ideas and is an immensely distracting stylistic departure. I'm really puzzled by its inclusion in a movie that on the whole demonstrates a lot of restraint. Another issue is the handling of Cage's son, who gets himself involved in a weird molestation situation with his drug counselor. This subplot is painted in the broadest of strokes, rather than with the painstaking specificity one finds elsewhere. Every time we return to the plot with the son the film begins to feel bogged down and uncharacteristically unsure of itself. Some of the blame for this surely must be shared with Steve Conrad, the mostly solid writer of the film. One wonders why Conrad and Verbinski shy away from the unbending frankness they are generally so willing to dole out. There are a few other troubling mistakes, the blame for which I have to rest on both of their shoulders. Most notably the film relies too heavily on voice-over. While some of it works very well and all of it is delivered with sincerity from Cage, there is at least twice as much as is necessary. Similarly, there are a couple flashbacks that work, but just as many that are unneeded. Also, the handling of Cage's father, who is played with solemn dignity by Michael Cane, rings a little false. He is written as a noble and stalwart man devoid of any flaws not only in Cage's mind, but apparently in real life as well. On the whole this actually works much better than it should, but I can't help but feel that there's a note missing.

The aforementioned issues aside, The Weather Man is a rare achievement and one of my favorite films of the year. It is so honest and so bleak that I can't believe that a major studio let it get made. In an industry where schlock and melodrama are passed off as great statements about us as humans The Weather Man is monumentally refreshing. I have nothing but respect for Verbinski and Conrad for having the nerve to make a film that on the one hand is crushingly negative, but on the other endlessly humane.

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