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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:Most Americans...
[his phone rings]
Jeffrey:Let's hold all my calls, please, Liz.
[to Robert]
Jeffrey:...hate gay people. If they hear it's about gay people, they won't go.
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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Trio of Talented Actors in an Unconvincing and Wordy Film, 12 December 2005
Author: dglink from Alexandria, VA

Despite the earnest work of three talented actors, "The Dying Gaul" is a slow and ponderous film that betrays its stage origins. Unfortunately, the film opens with a scene that seems improbable, if not downright impossible, as a film producer attempts to purchase an original screenplay from a first-time writer who plays coy over principles, despite a million-dollar carrot. Before long, the producer seduces the writer, and the two men carry on an illicit affair behind the back of the producer's wife. However, the wife is intrigued after meeting the writer, and she begins to correspond with him in on-line chat rooms under the guise of a gay man. The sham that the wife uses to uncover the affair and psychologically harass the young writer would not fool anyone, let alone an educated writer, and the film falls apart from lack of credibility. Although Hitchcock may have been able to make lengthy scenes of two characters instant-messaging each other over a computer into classic cinema, director Craig Lucas has yet to hone those skills, and the instant-messaging exchanges are leaden to be polite. Fortunately, my watch has a dial that illuminates in the dark. The direction of the film in general is slowly paced, and there is little visual excitement or breaking through the boundaries of the stage-bound dialog.

Fortunately, the always-wonderful Patricia Clarkson plays the wife, and she does wonders with a part that is not intrinsically interesting. While Peter Sarsgaard generally falls into the "always-wonderful" category as well, his subtly mincing shtick as the gay writer seems as though it were lifted from the worst episodes of "Will and Grace." Sarsgaard played a gay (or bisexual) man far more convincingly in "Kinsey." While there certainly are effeminate and fey gay men, those stereotypes have already been played to death on screen, and a fresher concept would have been expected of an actor with the talents of Sarsgaard. Campbell Scott plays his part well, although, when a viewer's mind wanders to thoughts of how well Scott is aging, the actor is apparently not fully engaging the audience's attention.

"The Dying Gaul," while not a complete failure, is nonetheless a disappointment and little more than an acting exercise for three talented performers. The wordiness and leisurely pacing may have worked on stage, and the flimsy plot devices may also have played more credibly in the theater. However, on film, "The Dying Gaul" fails to engage or convince and ultimately falls flat.

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