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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)
Aspect Ratio:
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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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37 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Well Acted Triangle Undercut By Artsy Direction, 11 November 2005
Author: noralee from Queens, NY

"The Dying Gaul" feels like an updated "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" set in Hollywood instead of academia. But it gradually veers towards "Fatal Attraction" as the opening jabs at commercial film-making, with lots of name and title dropping that seem to be writer Craig Lucas's revenge on compromises he made for his successful "Prelude to a Kiss," give way to catastrophic psychological manipulation.

The initial Hollywood commentary is emphasized through the settings, as the movie producer, Campbell Scott, and his ex-writer/liberal activist/household and children manager wife, Patricia Clarkson, live in an extraordinary house with a rippling pool and ocean view. Their financial success is wielded like a weapon as the camera restlessly swoops around all their possessions, household help and scenic property. The emotional price he's paid for this is clear as Scott's "Jeffrey" could be in "Glengarry Glen Ross" (to drop film titles like he does) as he'll clearly do anything to seal a deal.

Peter Sarsgaard drives on to the studio lot and into their lives with a completely different character from his four other released films this year, with inflections and body language that only occasionally get a bit too flamboyant as affectations of an out gay writer discussing issues of sexuality in the movies and his late lover. His grief and need for human warmth is so palpable that it is even believable that after failing with psychological counseling and Buddhism to deal with it, he clutches at what used to be called spiritualism, here delivered through the internet, shown visually both in the written word and the actors talking to the camera like reading aloud from their computer screens, edited effectively in the best key scenes with real life.

Clarkson is wonderful as she morphs from busy housewife lounging in a fetching bikini, to curious dabbler in the dark side, to woman scorned and revengeful manipulator. She may be the Ultimate Scary Mother, sexy, maternal and controlling, who while distraught over violent video games goes after the psyche. Unusually for how such a triangle has been portrayed in films (and the film is specifically set in 1995 as perhaps a more innocent time), we also get brief, sympathetic insight on another woman similarly affected by the writer's selfish actions that puts Clarkson's "Elaine" in perspective as she could have been portrayed as more of a brittle harpy. But each character alternately attracts and repels us.

In his directing debut Lucas does not well serve his own script, adapted from his play, as it could have been a lot tauter in exploring the slippery slope of ethics in human relationships, that all it takes is that one small step to deceive or keep secrets before one falls into the well. There could have been a lot fewer arty scenes in silhouette, at sunset, across water.

The Steve Reich music throughout becomes more irritating than tension-inducing.

While the title has something to do with the writer's long monologue about the significance of the Roman sculpture as an artist's way to make victims sympathetic, one is left here more with the feeling that these three folks deserve each other, though the collateral damage left in their wake is a tragedy.

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