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25 February 2006 (USA) See more »
She Loved Him, So She Shot Him.
Based on the sensational 1980s media event, famed cardiologist Herman Tarnower meets a particularly brutal end at the hands of his jilted lover, Jean Harris. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 22 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Annette Bening ... Jean Harris

Ben Kingsley ... Herman Tarnower

Cloris Leachman ... Pearl 'Billie' Schwartz - Tarnower's Sister

Lawrence O'Donnell ... Judge Leggett (as Lawrence O'Donnell Jr.)

Frank Whaley ... George Bolen

Bill Smitrovich ... Joel Arnou

Frances Fisher ... Marge Richey Jacobson

Michael Gross ... Leslie Jacobson

Ronald Guttman ... Henri

John Patrick Amedori ... Young David Harris

Brad McCoy ... Young Jimmy Harris

John Rubinstein ... Tarnower's Best Friend

Brett Butler ... Tarnower Ex #1

Lee Garlington ... Tarnower's Ex #2

Ellen Burstyn ... Former Tarnower Steady

Cristine Rose ... Suzanne

Jessica Tuck ... Wife #1

Robert Cicchini ... Det. Siciliano

Michael Paul Chan ... Dr. Louis Roh

Nan Martin ... Mama Tarnower

Mary McDonnell ... Vivian Schulte

Philip Baker Hall ... Arthur Schulte

Chloë Sevigny ... Lynne Tryforos

Jessica Kate Meyer ... Debbie

Larry Drake ... Harris Defense Team Psychiatrist

Lisa Edelstein ... Forensic Psychologist

Dean Norris ... Sporting Goods Clerk

Lauren Storm ... Favorite Madeira Student

Kirsten Nelson ... TV Interviewer

Caroline Lagerfelt ... Madeira School Administrator

Jlynn Johnson ... Madeira Alumna (as Jessica Lynn Johnson)

Vicki Davis ... Madeira Senior

Margaret Easley ... Carol Potts
Tim Rettley ... David Harris

Michael Christopher Moore ... Jimmy Harris (as Michael Moore)
Douglas Caldwell ... Dancer
J.C. Crimp ... Dancer
Michael Grier ... Dancer
Michael Higgins ... Dancer
Birl Jonns ... Dancer
Jack Mattis ... Dancer
Stan Mazin ... Dancer
Douglas B. Meyers ... Dancer
Regan Patno ... Dancer
George Ratliff ... Dancer
Roger Ritenour ... Dancer
Dom Salinaro ... Dancer
Darin Poulson Sanone ... Dancer
Blaine Savage ... Dancer
Wiley Hicks Simpson ... Dancer
Ted Sprague ... Dancer
Larry Strauss ... Dancer

Mic Thompson ... Dancer
Jerry Trent ... Dancer
Carey Ysais ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kirstin Benson ... Madeira Student (uncredited)

Vikki Carr ... Herself (singing voice) (uncredited)

Troy Christian ... Dancer (uncredited)

Jennifer Dunn ... Pool Girl (uncredited)
Anita Elsbree ... Dr. Tarnower's Patient (uncredited)
Heidemarie Fuentes ... Crying Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Michael Gier ... Dancer In Men's Locker Room with Herman Tarnower (uncredited)

Courtney Hope ... Madeira Student (uncredited)

Summer LeAnn ... Catholic School Girl (uncredited)

Andy Milder ... Journalist (uncredited)

Phaedra Neitzel ... Student (uncredited)
Rachel Paquin ... Tarnower's Date (uncredited)

Michael Saglimbeni ... Reporter (uncredited)

John H. Tobin ... (uncredited)
Melissa Zanit ... Madeira Student (uncredited)

Scot Zeller ... Reporter (uncredited)

Rachel Zeskind ... Flirty Flight Attendant (uncredited)

Directed by
Phyllis Nagy 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shana Alexander  book "Very Much a Lady"
Phyllis Nagy  screenplay

Produced by
Timothy Bird .... associate producer
Juanita F. Diana .... associate producer (as Juanita Diana Feeney)
Elizabeth Karlsen .... executive producer
Pamela Koffler .... executive producer
Christine Vachon .... executive producer
Chrisann Verges .... producer
John Wells .... executive producer
Original Music by
Alex Wurman 
Cinematography by
Steven Poster (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Curtiss Clayton 
Lee Percy 
Casting by
Libby Goldstein 
Junie Lowry-Johnson  (as Junie Lowry Johnson)
Production Design by
Alison Dominitz 
Art Direction by
Troy Sizemore 
Set Decoration by
Barbara Munch 
Costume Design by
Julie Weiss 
Makeup Department
Michele Baylis .... hair stylist: Sir Ben Kingsley
Michele Baylis .... makeup artist: Sir Ben Kingsley
Elle Elliott .... hair stylist: Annette Bening
Julie Hewett .... makeup artist: Ms. Bening
Elisa Marsh .... key makeup artist
Bunny Parker .... head hair stylist
Tina Roesler Kerwin .... makeup department head
Susan Schuler-Page .... assistant department head hair stylist (uncredited)
Tegan Taylor .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Polly Duval .... post-production supervisor: UK
Mark L. Mitchell .... post production executive
Christa Vausbinder .... production supervisor
James K. Jensen .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Timothy Bird .... first assistant director
Ted Campbell .... assistant director: second unit
Heather Grierson .... second assistant director
Scott Rorie .... second second assistant director (as R. Scott Rorie)
Dana Wagner .... additional second second assistant director
Meredith Rose .... additional second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Peter Bankins .... property master
Colin Bardon .... general foreman
Tyan Bardon .... toolman
James R. Bayliss .... set designer (as Jim Bayliss)
Michael Biggie .... painter
Mark W. Brown .... set dresser (as Mark Brown)
Dianne Chadwick .... graphic designer
Mick Cukurs .... set designer
Paul Detlefson .... set dresser
Tom Frohling .... set designer
Jane Gulick .... assistant property master
Shan Kelly .... set dresser
Carol Kiefer .... art department coordinator
Eric Luling .... on-set dresser (as Eric J. Luling)
Brian Markey .... construction coordinator
Stuart Rankine .... assistant property master
Nicholas Rymond .... set dresser (as Nick Rymond)
Greg Sanger .... leadman
Bobby Thomas .... property master
Jimmy Wardell .... set dresser
Bob Warner .... lead painter (as Robert Warner)
Craig Zumbroegel .... propmaker
Susannah Carradine .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Wendy Jerde .... scenic painter (uncredited)
Elizabeth Keenan .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Sean Lira .... set dresser (uncredited)
Teresa Raschilla .... painter (uncredited)
Chris Scher .... construction gang boss (uncredited)
Brad Shoemaker .... location foreman (uncredited)
Ramsey Smith .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harry Barnes .... sound effects editor
Marc Deschaine .... assistant adr editor
Robert Farr .... sound re-recording mixer: UK
Richard Bryce Goodman .... sound mixer
Paul Hanks .... foley artist
Adam Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer: US
Randall L. Johnson .... boom operator (as Randy Johnson)
Carol Jones .... additional sound coordinator
Kraig Kishi .... boom operator
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer: US
Sue Lenny .... dialogue editor
John Leveque .... supervising sound editor
David Mackie .... assistant sound editor
Ryan Murphy .... sound recordist: US
Mark Paterson .... assistant sound re-recording mixer: UK
Becky Sullivan .... supervising adr editor
Ian Waggott .... foley artist
Eddie Bydalek .... sound mix technician (uncredited)
Mark Hackett .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Robbie Knott .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
Jonathan Kombrinck .... special effects (uncredited)
Ken Rudell .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Alastair Grimshaw .... visual effects editor: UK
Keiko Koyama .... visual effects coordinator: Pixel Playground Inc.
Don Lee .... visual effects supervisor: Pixel Playground Inc.
Kim Lee .... visual effects producer: Pixel Playground
Tai Uhlmann .... title design supervisor (uncredited)
Fernando Celis .... stunts
Gary Jensen .... stunts
Justin Lundin .... stunts
Dennis Madalone .... stunts
Don Ruffin .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
William Ambrose .... key rigging grip
Ismael Araujo Jr. .... grip
Edward C. Bartel II .... electrician (as Ed Bartell)
Gustavo Camacho .... electrician
Vidal Cohen .... key grip (as Vidal D. Cohen)
Michael Fastoso .... best boy grip
Krystina Figg .... grip
Bob Gorelick .... Steadicam operator
Harold Groshon .... best boy electric
Nathan Hathaway .... rigging gaffer
Troi Horton .... grip (as Troi Raphael Horton)
Annika Iltis .... camera assistant
David Lee .... gaffer
George Lozano Jr. .... rigging best boy electric (as George Lozano)
John Lynch .... rigging best boy grip
Keith Ogier .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Norman Parker .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Marte Post .... camera loader
Joseph Prado .... grip
Beau Damon Richards .... electrician (as Beau Richards)
Michael A. Savage .... grip (as Mike Savage)
Michael Scott .... camera operator: "a" camera
Lorey Sebastian .... still photographer
Gregory W. Smith .... Steadicam operator
William D. Wynn .... dolly grip (as Bill Wynn)
Greg Brooks .... grip (uncredited)
Glenn Cannon .... video assist operator (uncredited)
Paul DeMarte .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Jack Galper .... electrician (uncredited)
Chad Glendon .... electrician (uncredited)
Brian T. Pitts .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Nancy Schreiber .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Michelle Levy .... casting associate
Tammy L. Smith .... extras casting: Smith & Webster-Davis Casting
Dixie Webster .... extras casting: Smith & Webster-Davis Casting (as Dixie Webster-Davis)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer Morrison Holyfield .... costumer: Ms. Bening (as Jennifer Holyfield)
Robert Iannaccone .... key costumer (as Bob Iannaccone)
Elaine Ramires .... costume supervisor
May Routh .... assistant costume designer
Don Vargas .... costumer: Sir Ben Kingsley
Leslie Weir .... set costumer
Corrine Larson .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Heidi Freeman .... first assistant editor: UK
Nadia Fugazza .... first assistant editor: US
Dave Lee .... colorist: dailies
Chris Regan .... color timer: Deluxe Laboratory
Lori Taffet .... post-production coordinator: US
Walter Volpatto .... digital color timer
Music Department
P.J. Bloom .... music consultant
James Seymour Brett .... orchestrator
Tom Calderaro .... orchestrator
Debbi Datz-Pyle .... orchestra contractor
Karen Elliott .... music supervisor
Kevin Globerman .... score ProTools operator
Joel Iwataki .... music score mixer
Joel Iwataki .... music scoring recordist
Evyen Klean .... music consultant (as Evyen J. Klean)
Frankie Pine .... music supervisor: Hothouse Music Ltd.
Steve Price .... music recording engineer
Angie Rubin .... source music editor
Jeffrey Schindler .... conductor: orchestra
Ellen Segal .... music editor: score
Alan Steinberger .... musician: piano
James Walker .... musician: flute
Alex Wurman .... orchestrator
Alex Wurman .... score producer
Brad Dechter .... music arranger: main title (uncredited)
Matt Dunkley .... conductor (uncredited)
Jeffrey Potokar .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Frederik Wiedmann .... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
Hyesu Yang .... music preparation (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Jeffrey Gowing .... transportation
Brian Kay .... production van driver
A. Welch Lambeth .... transportation coordinator (as Welch Lambeth)
Laura C. Auldridge .... driver: Annette Bening (uncredited)
Paulie DiCocco III .... driver: Ben Kingsley (uncredited)
Paulie DiCocco .... driver (uncredited)
Alan Kaminsky .... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
'Wild Bill' Laczko .... driver (uncredited)
Kim Magruder .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Allison Adams .... assistant: Sir Ben Kingsley
Jeffrey Arwine .... set medic
Steve Beeson .... production accountant
Anne Marie Coyne .... assistant: Chrisann Verges
Jacqueline Eckhouse .... legal counsel: Sloss Law Office
Jennifer Gaylord .... legal counsel: Sloss Law Office (as Jennifer Gaylord Rohrer)
Jennifer Gillespie .... assistant production coordinator
Jane Goldsmith .... script supervisor
Paul Hargrave .... location manager
Nancy Honeycutt .... production coordinator
JoAnn Fregalette Jansen .... choreographer (as JoAnn Jansen)
Kate Lawrence .... assistant: Elizabeth Karlsen
Marlene McCarty .... title designer
Laura McLean .... assistant: Alex Wurman
Meredith Meade .... production secretary (as Meredith G Meade)
Meredith Mohr .... assistant: Annette Bening
Charles Pugliese .... assistant: Christine Vachon
Kim Rasser .... assistant: Phyllis Nagy
Taylor Saxon .... set medic
Allen Walls .... assistant choreographer
Meghan K. Wicker .... assistant: Pamela Koffler (as Meghan Wicker)
Michael Asiman .... production assistant (uncredited)
Maxine Brooks .... studio teacher (uncredited)
Ted Campbell .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jim Chizmar .... water safety (uncredited)
Devin Curry .... production assistant (uncredited)
Matthew Devahl .... production assistant (uncredited)
Eric Fieland .... assistant: Chloe Sevigny (uncredited)
Seth Hendrix .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Timothy S. Kane .... production assistant (uncredited)
Kasha Kropinski .... adr artist (uncredited)
Steven Maines .... stand-in for sir ben kingsley (uncredited)
Brian McMillan .... animal supplier (uncredited)
Cate Nelson .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Elion Olson .... key set production assistant (uncredited)
Tommy Paul .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jeffrey Shepherd .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Gary J. Sims .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Michael Soleau .... key assistant location manager (uncredited)
Rebecca Thornell .... clearance (uncredited)
Craig Vegas .... production assistant (uncredited)
Troy Waters .... marine coordinator (uncredited)

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Ellen Burstyn received an Emmy nomination for her performance, even though her character only appears on screen for 11 seconds and has only two lines.See more »
Arthur Schulte:I was asleep. You never expect one of those wee-hours phone calls informing you that... that your good friend's just been shot dead. When Lynne hung up, I said to Viv "Well, if he's dead why couldn't she have waited until morning?".See more »
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30 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
Best movie I saw at Toronto Film Festival, 25 September 2005
Author: WildConvergence from Toronto

My husband and I sat through 20 films this year and this one, along with Michael Haneke's "Cache," was by a long way the best and the most surprising we saw. You go to a gala at a film festival and you're prepared for mostly safe stuff chock full of movie stars, so many of them, like curios in cabinets ("Walk the Line" and "North Country" are two such examples; there are others), that you lapse into a deep sleep just looking at the credits, knowing the exercises in taste and decorum that will follow. I wasn't encouraged by the cast list of "Mrs. Harris" but was really interested in the whole Jean Harris story so along we went to the screening.

For those of you who are not familiar with the tale, this is the murder of the Scarsdale Diet doctor saga in 1980. Jean Harris was an uptight headmistress who, so the media spun it at the time, in a fit of jealous rage drove from Virginia to New York in a blinding rainstorm and pumped the doctor full of bullets because he wanted to marry another woman.

What seems like a pretty straightforward narrative turns out to be anything but that, principally because of the way the story is told in this version and the incredible performances, not just from Annette Bening, though I have never seen such subtlety from this actress but also from Ben Kingsley, Cloris Leachman, Frances Fisher, Mary McDonnell and a host of others in truly perfectly judged cameos.

The first-time writer and director of "Mrs. Harris" never judges the characters and thus wisely puts the responsibility for making any judgments solely in the laps of the audience. The tonal shifts in this film are dizzying but never confusing and perhaps the most brilliant thing about it is the way in which you're seduced into laughing at or with all the insanity and then immediately are shown something that makes you question why you laughed in the first place.

It's not an easy ride or the most comfortable of films to watch, but it's one of the finest depictions of obsession, dependency and love gone wrong I've seen in a long time. It's not for everyone. My husband, who also loved it, had a heated debate with another couple we saw it with who hated it and mostly hated it because of the way it refuses to score easy victim versus villain points. It's divisive and from time to time you wonder about certain shots or the juxtaposition of certain scenes but these are minor quibbles. This is a debut feature that outclasses most of what I've seen in multiplexes this whole year. Go if you want to think and feel as a result of that thinking.

I heard a rumor that the film is not going to be released in movie theaters but will air on HBO. That, if true, is a pity because it's something that should be seen and the performances, writing and direction are first rate.

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