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The Dying Gaul -- Patricia Clarkson (Good Night and Good Luck, The Station Agent, The Green Mile), Peter Sarsgaard (Shattered Glass, Kinsey, Garden State) and Campbell Scott (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Saint Ralph) star in this critically acclaimed tale of lust, power, corruption, betrayal and revenge set in the seductive world of the Hollywood elite.
The Dying Gaul -- A grief-stricken screenwriter unknowingly enters a three-way relationship with a woman and her film executive husband - to chilling results.


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Writer (WGA):
Craig Lucas (screenplay)
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  (in credits order)

Patricia Clarkson ... Elaine

Campbell Scott ... Jeffrey

Peter Sarsgaard ... Robert
Ryan Miller ... Max

Faith Jefferies ... Debbon

Robin Bartlett ... Bella

Ebon Moss-Bachrach ... Olaf

Kelli O'Hara ... Liz

Dee Dee Flores ... Emad

Elizabeth Marvel ... Kelli

Don Johanson ... Male Guest

Bill Camp ... Malcolm

Linda Emond ... Dr. Foss
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Craig Hamrick ... Party Guest (voice) (uncredited)

Thomas Jay Ryan ... (uncredited)

Jason-Shane Scott ... Robert's Masseuse (uncredited)

Bridgetta Tomarchio ... Female Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Craig Lucas 
Writing credits
Craig Lucas (screenplay)

Produced by
Joseph Caruso .... executive producer (as Joseph Caruso III)
Sean Fitzgerald .... executive producer (as Sean FitzGerald)
John A. Machione .... co-producer (as John Machione)
Paul Manafort .... executive producer
David Newman .... executive producer
Joel Posner .... executive producer
P.J. Posner .... executive producer
Campbell Scott .... producer
George VanBuskirk .... producer (as George Van Buskirk)
Lisa Zimble .... line producer
Kimberly Reiss .... co-producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Steve Reich 
Cinematography by
Bobby Bukowski (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Andy Keir 
Casting by
Douglas Aibel 
Production Design by
Vincent Jefferds 
Art Direction by
Victoria Ruskin  (as G. Victoria Ruskin)
Set Decoration by
Stephanie Ziemer  (as Stephanie S. Ziemer)
Costume Design by
Danny Glicker 
Makeup Department
Simone Almekias-Siegl .... makeup artist
Nanci Cascio .... hair department head (as Nanci L. Cascio)
Heather Plott .... makeup department head
Soo-Jin Yoon .... key hair stylist (as Soo Jin Yoon)
Production Management
Kelley Cribben .... post-production supervisor
Celeste Healy .... production supervisor (as Celeste 'Cece' Healy)
Haley Sweet .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Booke .... first assistant director
Kenny Chaplin .... second assistant director
Janell M. Sammelman .... second assistant director (as Janell Sammelman)
Michael Helfand .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ilana Gordon .... art department coordinator (as Ilana M. Gordon)
Jane Gulick .... property master
Nelson Hull .... set dresser
Daniel R. Jewell .... construction foreman
George Karnoff .... leadman
Micki Krimmel .... assistant property master
Rick Laporte .... lead painter (as Rick LaPorte)
Ed Lindsey .... propmaker
Craig Mercer .... propmaker
Steve Morey .... construction coordinator
Ross A. Parker .... on-set dresser
Jake Stone .... set dresser
Pete Washburn .... set dresser
Alexandria Andross .... assistant property master (uncredited)
James Connelly .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Nicole Cramer .... buyer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Chad Birmingham .... assistant sound editor
Paul Coburn .... sound re-recording assistant
Martin Czembor .... sound re-recording mixer
Mariusz Glabinski .... sound effects editor
Marlena Grzaslewicz .... supervising sound editor
Tim Song Jones .... cableperson
Bruce Kitzmeyer .... dialogue editor
Mateusz Mazur .... sound department intern
Gaetano Musso .... sound re-recording mixer
George W. Scott .... boom operator
Kevin Sorensen .... location sound mixer
Ira Spiegel .... sound designer
David Waelder .... location sound mixer
Nancy Cabrera .... foley artist (uncredited)
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer (uncredited)
Michael Hoffman .... additional sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jeremy Hays .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Brian Allan .... optical effects supervisor
Derek Bird .... digital compositor: Title House Digital
Joshua D. Comen .... visual effects producer: Title House Digital
Andrew Midgley .... digital compositing supervisor: Title House Digotal
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Barone .... grip
Art Bartels .... key grip
Ed Bernstein .... best boy electric (as Edward Bernstein)
Alan Caudillo .... director of photography: second unit
Alan Colbert .... electrician
Paul Conti .... computer/video playback supervisor
Nathan December .... electrician
Matthew A. Del Ruth .... second assistant camera (as Matthew Del Ruth)
Sean W. Del Ruth .... camera loader (as Sean Del Ruth)
Barry Gross .... chief lighting technician
Edward 'Gooch' Gutierrez .... dolly grip (as Edward Gutierrez)
Jaime Heintz .... grip
Lewis Jacobs .... still photographer
Neil Jacobs .... still photographer
Tony Jerrels .... grip (as Tony P. Jerrels)
Timothy Jipping .... grip
Robert Krzeminski .... best boy (as Rob Krzeminski)
David Leite .... grip (as David Harold Leite)
Edwin E. Lool .... electrician
Max Neal .... first assistant camera (as Maxim Edward Neal)
Dayton Nietert .... chief lighting technician
Simon Oliver .... camera operator
Simon Oliver .... director of photography: second unit
Dwayne Platz .... grip
John S. Robertson .... key grip
Jesse Rushton .... lighting technician
Jim Saldutti .... dolly grip
Paul Storino .... grip
Christopher A. Zwirner .... best boy electric
Jared Abrams .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Paul Arnold .... electrician (uncredited)
Ben Bowling .... electrician (uncredited)
Dylan Rush .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Deborah Maxwell Dion .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Stephanie Holbrook .... casting associate
Dixie Webster .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chandra Moore-Telfer .... costumer (as Chandra M. Moore)
Erika Munro .... assistant costume designer
Claudia Wick .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Dan Garsha .... dailies colorist: FotoKem
Dan Muscarella .... film timer: FotoKem
Misako Shimizu .... assistant editor
Mato .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
Mariusz Glabinski .... music editor
Transportation Department
Harry Bchakjian .... driver
Curt A. Butrum .... driver (as Curt Adam Butrum)
Bruce Comtois .... driver (as Bruce Leo Comtois)
Audrey Fitzgerald .... driver
Guy J. Graves .... driver
John L. Grissom .... driver (as John Grissom)
Philip Henderson .... driver (as Philip W. Henderson)
Billy Kane .... driver (as Bill Kane)
James Lee .... driver
Larry Levine .... transportation captain (as Lucky Larry Levine)
Anthony J. Mignano .... driver (as Anthony James Mignano)
Vito San Filippo .... driver
Other crew
Alexandria Andross .... production assistant (as Lexi Andross)
Marjorie Baer .... production assistant
Kent James Stewart Barber .... location manager (as James Barker)
Gavin J. Behrman .... production accountant
Kasi Brown .... on-set medic coordiator
Jeanne Byrd .... script supervisor (as Jeanne Byrd Hall)
Robert Castro .... stand-in: Mr. Scott
Mark Andrew Clark .... acquisitions executive
Alison Cohen .... legal services: Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwiyz & Weinstein
Nicole Cramer .... production assistant
John C. Devlin .... accounting clerk
Steven Flynn .... production assistant
Marcio Franco .... chef assistant: Kimelight Catering
Mandy Friedrich .... studio teacher
Josh Gallegos .... set production assistant: Los Angeles (as Joshua Gallegos)
Damicela Garcia .... chef assistant: Limelight Catering
Jeff Gardner .... medic: construction
Linda 'Baby' Gordon .... craft service (as Linda Gordon)
James L. Gowdy .... assistant accountant (as Jim Gowdy)
Carlos Guel .... chef: Limelight Catering
Stephen Gurley .... office production assistant
Ashkan Hariri .... office production assistant: Los Angeles
Kristen Marie Holly .... stand-in: Ms. Clarkson (as Kristen Holly)
Randy James .... stand-in: Peter Sarsgaard
Erin Kane .... set production assistant
Seth William Meier .... set production assistant
Joan Johnson Miller .... assistant production coordinator (as Joan Johnson)
Nate Moore .... key set production assistant
Davis Priestley .... assistant: Craig Lucas
Erika Roberts .... office production assistant
Nick Staller .... location assistant
Rusty Tinder .... assistant location manager
Sandy Townsend .... medic: rigging
John 'Magic' Wright .... craft service (as John C.V. Wright)
David Guilbeau .... craft service (uncredited)
Peter Madamba .... script researcher (uncredited)
Maggie Gyllenhaal .... special thanks
Tony Lipp .... special thanks

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Rated R for strong sexual content and language
USA:101 min | Canada:95 min (Ontario)
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The film is dedicated to writer/director Craig Lucas's best friend, playwright Tony Kushner.See more »
Jeffrey:You can do anything you want, as long as you don't call it what it is.See more »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
The Deadly Buddha, 19 March 2008
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

Suppose you had intimate knowledge about someone, and that someone did not know that you knew. How would you use that knowledge? Or would you? This issue is the undercurrent that carries the film's plot, like a fast moving stream, over a cliff, to a swirling, uncontrollable emotional vortex that changes people's lives forever.

Set in modern Los Angeles, a grieving gay screenwriter named Robert (Peter Sarsgaard) meets with Jeffrey (Campbell Scott), a wealthy film producer, to talk about Robert's script "The Dying Gaul", a tribute to his deceased lover and soul mate. Jeffrey invites Robert to his mansion by the ocean to meet his wife Elaine (Patricia Clarkson), who reads Robert's script and loves it. Over time, Robert and Elaine become friends, which sets up a triangular relationship that careens out of control when the anonymity of internet chat rooms provides cover for the discovery of secrets.

Artsy in tone and philosophy, the film exudes New Age dialogue, with conversation about Buddhist Karma, "the middle way", enlightenment, and deadly plant roots. The film's production design is chic. And while the color cinematography is mostly conventional, sometimes it is beautifully stylistic. I really liked those stark human silhouettes against that orange screen. The film's score, which connotes New Age spiritualism, is terrific.

Acting of the three leads is quite good. Patricia Clarkson is great as she sits in front of a computer monitor and, without speaking, displays myriad emotions through her facial expressions alone.

The chat room scenes are creative and emotionally potent, amid magnified keyboard clicking sounds. The back and forth exchange here is unusual, and striking in that it is meaningless when taken out of context, but highly enlightening when considered in relation to the film's plot, as this sample shows: "Hello"; "I hear clicking"; "I'm still here"; "Are you still there?"; "Yes"; "You sound really distracted"; "Yeah today"; "When?" "I'm sorry"; "No, I'm all yours"; "Are mine what?"; "No"; "Yes"; "Meaning?"; "I'm all yours now".

The film's screenplay does contain a rather obvious plot hole. And a couple of scenes involving Robert's son and former wife are too tangential to the story's trajectory. But these are minor issues.

"The Dying Gaul" may seem artistically or philosophically pretentious to some viewers. But I really liked it. Quite aside from the wonderful performances and the chic production values, the film's story has thematic depth, a quality lacking in most mainstream Hollywood films.

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