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Mozart and the Whale -- Starring Josh Hartnett and Radha Mitchell (Silent Hill, Man on Fire), Mozart and the Whale is a heartwarming romantic drama inspired by the true story of two people with Asperger's Syndrome (a form of autism).
Mozart and the Whale -- A love story between two savants with Asperger's syndrome, a kind of autism, whose disabilites sabotage their budding relationship.


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A love story between two savants with Asperger's syndrome, a kind of autism, whose conditions sabotage their budding relationship. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Josh Hartnett ... Donald Morton

Radha Mitchell ... Isabelle Sorenson

Gary Cole ... Wallace

Sheila Kelley ... Janice

Erica Leerhsen ... Bronwin

John Carroll Lynch ... Gregory

Nate Mooney ... Roger

Rusty Schwimmer ... Gracie

Robert Wisdom ... Blume

Allen Evangelista ... Skeets

Kelly B. Eviston ... Dr. Trask (as Kelly Eviston)
Jhon Goodwin ... Rodney

Christa Campbell ... Therapist
Jeffrey Brandle ... Ten-year-old Kid
Hollis Higgins ... Homeless Man
Bil Childress ... Handsome Stranger
Christopher Gabble ... Fifteen year old Donald
Shelli Lether ... Donald's Mom
Mercedee Smith ... Young Isabella

Kristopher Higgins ... Brain - Donald's Brother (as Kris Higgins)
Sharif Shawkat ... Young Donald

Patrick McHenry-Kroetch ... Mac
Norm McBride ... Boss
Jerry Sciarrio ... Flower Truck Driver
Suzanne Niles ... Hostess
Herb Tsuchiya ... Taxi Passenger #1
Mune Nakano ... Taxi Passenger #2
J.P. O'Shaughnessy ... Old Guy

Wonder Russell ... School Teacher
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Scott Roddan ... Himself
Ron Ford ... Dennis (uncredited)
Jon Fowler ... Stanley (uncredited)
Bethany D. Hart ... Lady with Baby (uncredited)
Lee Lazarow ... Cab driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Petter Næss 
Writing credits
Ronald Bass (written by) (as Ron Bass)

Produced by
James Acheson .... producer
Ronald Bass .... producer (as Ron Bass)
Boaz Davidson .... producer
Frank DeMartini .... producer
Danny Dimbort .... executive producer
Lati Grobman .... co-producer
Manfred D. Heid .... executive producer (as Manfred Heid)
Gerd Koechlin .... executive producer
Josef Lautenschlager .... executive producer
Robert Lawrence .... producer
Avi Lerner .... executive producer
Trevor Short .... executive producer
Andreas Thiesmeyer .... executive producer
Original Music by
Deborah Lurie 
Cinematography by
Svein Krøvel (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lisa Zeno Churgin 
Miklos Wright 
Casting by
Deborah Aquila 
Tricia Wood 
Production Design by
Jon Gary Steele  (as Gary Steele)
Art Direction by
Vincent DeFelice 
Set Decoration by
Traci Kirshbaum 
Costume Design by
Ha Nguyen 
Makeup Department
Lori Hustad .... hair stylist
Lori Hustad .... makeup artist
Trista Jordan .... key hair stylist
Trista Jordan .... key makeup artist
Tanya Nguyen .... makeup assistant
Lindy O'Connell .... assistant hair stylist
Lindy O'Connell .... assistant makeup artist
Andrea Whitten .... makeup assistant
Production Management
Rich Cowan .... executive in charge of production
Todd Gilbert .... post-production executive: Millennium Films
Ian Kennedy .... post-production supervisor (as Ian M. Kennedy)
Juan Mas .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marc Dahlstrom .... first assistant director
Jennifer Haire .... second assistant director: additional photography
Susannah Lowber .... second assistant director (as Susannah Christine Lowber)
Jason McKee .... second second assistant director
Seamus Mulligan-Ferry .... first assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Andy Barden .... construction crew
Joe Bergman .... leadman
Jerry L. Buxbaum .... graphic artist (as Jerry Buxbaum)
Mike Cassell .... construction coordinator
William Rob Chalk .... set dresser (as William R. Chalk)
Reggie Lauderbach .... props (as Reggie Lowderbach)
Reggie Lauderbach .... set dresser (as Reggie Lowderbach)
Lee Lazarow .... property master
Justin O'Shaughnessy .... property assistant
Ashley Sargent .... art department intern
Casey Sargent .... props
Casey Sargent .... set dresser
Molly Saring .... art department intern
Jana Treadwell .... set dresser
Yvonne von Wallenberg .... on-set dresser (as Yvonne Wallenberg)
Wesley Bryan Walker .... assistant props
Wesley Bryan Walker .... set dresser
Sound Department
Randy Babajtis .... sound effects editor
Jeremy Balko .... foley mixer
Jeremy Balko .... temp sound effects editor
Aaron Breeden .... adr recordist: Spokane
Dhyana Carlton-Tims .... assistant dialogue editor
Chris Clifford .... cable person
Nigel Elliot .... sound mixer
Jason England .... dialogue editor
Alan Freedman .... adr editor
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Jerry Gilbert .... re-recording mixer
Scott Hinkley .... post sound recordist
Spencer Johnson .... foley editor
Spencer Johnson .... temp sound effects editor
Cody King .... assistant sound editor
Randy Kron .... adr recordist: Spokane
Jeana Lasser .... assistant sound editor
Jonathan Miller .... sound designer
Jonathan Miller .... supervising sound editor
Andrew Morgado .... assistant sound editor
Andrew Patterson .... dialogue editor
Bryan Pennington .... sound consultant: Dolby
Shelley Roden .... foley artist
Tom Taylor .... boom operator
Jonathan Wales .... re-recording mixer
Britton Ortize .... adr recordist (uncredited temp mix)
Visual Effects by
Jeff Douglas .... lead compositor: North by Northwest Productions
Jeff Douglas .... visual effects cleanup: North by Northwest Productions
Jeff Douglas .... visual effects painter: North by Northwest Productions
Thomas J. Harlow .... 3D lead compositor: North by Northwest Productions
David Hawkins .... data wrangler: North by Northwest Productions
Matthew S. Heilman .... cg artist: North by Northwest Productions
Jesse Howards .... data wrangler: Modern Digital
Brian Kamp .... creative director: North by Northwest Productions
Mervin Soriano .... cg artist: North by Northwest Productions
Paul M. Terrell .... cg artist: North by Northwest Productions
Bruce Carson .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Andy Barden .... electrician: second unit
Andy Barden .... grip: second unit
Dan Beyer .... grip
Theresa Braunstein .... camera production assistant
Brianne Cronkhite .... assistant camera: second unit (as Brie Cronkhite)
Brianne Cronkhite .... camera loader (as Brie Cronkhite)
Tom Cunningham .... swing
Christopher Fyan .... director of photography: second unit (as Chris Fyan)
Peter N. Green .... first assistant camera (as Peter Green)
Brad Heiner .... key grip
Richard Heinzen .... still photographer
Steve Hubert .... third electrician
Tim Jankowski .... jib operator
Mike Jensen .... additional jib operator (as Michael Jensen)
Mike Kjolso .... electrician
Danny Linnik .... additional best boy electric
Ray 'Punzel' Lovasz .... electrician
Stephen MacDougall .... second assistant camera (as Steve MacDougall)
Matthew May .... best boy electric
Dan Misner .... third grip
Rebecca Revak .... additional second assistant camera (as Becky Revak)
Geoff Shotz .... Steadicam operator
Renee Treyball .... additional second assistant camera
Mike Vukas .... gaffer
William Rick Young .... best boy grip (as Rick Young)
Shane English .... additional assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Brooke Bailey .... casting coordinator: Spokane
Becky Reilly .... extras casting
Jennifer Ricchiazzi .... assistant casting
Jennifer L. Smith .... casting associate (as Jennifer Smith)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Virginia Burton .... wardrobe assistant: Los Angeles (as Virginia Skeffens-Burton)
Lisa Caryl-Vukas .... additional costumer (as Lisa Caryl)
Renae Meredith .... additional costumer
Stephen K. Randolph .... costume supervisor (as Stephen Randolph)
Courtney Ormond .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Kevin Adams .... conforming editor: 2K, Modern Digital
Jordan Kessler .... post-production consultant
Bill Lord .... digital intermediate scanner: 2K, Modern Digital
Tim Maffia .... lustre colorist
Sarah Parker .... post-production coordinator (as Sarah R. Parker)
Jason A. Payne .... assistant editor
Bill Scott .... color timer
Paul Warfield .... post-production intern
Debra Beth Weinfeld .... assistant editor (as Debra Weinfeld)
Location Management
John Petty .... location manager (as John 'J.P.' Petty)
Music Department
Selena Arizanovic .... music intern
Deborah Lurie .... orchestrator
Deborah Lurie .... score producer
Chris Mangione .... music editor: temp
Kevin McKeever .... music scoring engineer
Joey Newman .... conductor
Joey Newman .... orchestrator
Zack Ryan .... additional orchestrator
Lee Scott .... music editor: temp
Casey Stone .... music scoring mixer
Erich Stratmann .... music editor (as Eric Stratmann)
Ashley Waldron .... music supervisor (as Ashley Miller)
Transportation Department
Aaron Breeden .... driver: shuttle
Jerry L. Buxbaum .... driver: process trailer (as Jerry Buxbaum)
Bart Heimburger .... transportation coordinator
Brad Hruza .... driver
Lance Hruza .... driver
David R. Johnson .... driver: shuttle
Brendan McKeon .... driver
Joe Soleberg .... transportation captain (as Joe Solberg)
Eric Solmonson .... driver
Harry Taylor .... driver
Bobbie Tillman .... driver: shuttle
Other crew
Rachel Abarbanell .... assistant to producers
Tsila Adler .... assistant production accountant
Rob Aguirre .... assistant: Robert Lawrence, Los Angeles (as Robb Aguirre)
Lin Akero .... assistant: Peter Naess
Emily Wallace Avent .... office production assistant
Dan Beyer .... key set production assistant
Merav Broder .... legal services: Broder Law Group
Donald Bruce .... production controller
Polly Cassell .... craft service
Chris Cato .... first aid medic
Karen M. Cockrell .... production accountant (as Karen Cockrell)
B. Greg Colburn .... animal wrangler: aviary birds
B. Greg Colburn .... animal wrangler: rabbits
Bret Conant .... animal wrangler: aviary birds
Bret Conant .... animal wrangler: rabbits
Tracy Conant .... animal trainer: rabbits
Tracy Conant .... animal wrangler: aviary birds
Deanna DiFilippo .... set production assistant
Jessica Dolan .... assistant: Josh Hartnett and Radha Mitchell
Jessica Dolan .... script supervisor: second unit
Joy Ellison .... dialect coach
Rick Eyler .... contracts administrator
Maura Feely .... office production assistant
Claude Forest .... insurance (as Claude H. Forest)
Robert Gerl .... set production assistant
Eric Green .... administrative coordinator
Eric Green .... marketing and publicity
Karen L. Grier .... craft service
Cheryl Harris .... animal wrangler: birds (as Cheryll Harris)
Tyson Hauff .... production assistant: second unit (as Tyson Huff)
Shawn Heffernan .... production coordinator
Carol Ishihara .... technical consultant
Robert Jesuele .... legal advisor (as Robert R. Jesuele)
Sherman Kaplan .... immigration lawyer
Kevin Keith .... animal wrangler: mandrill
Aslaug Konradsdottir .... script supervisor
Lindsey Lauterbach .... office production assistant
Susan L. Levin .... unit publicist (as Susan Levin)
Keith McCathren .... set production assistant
Mike Mullenix .... set production assistant
Seamus Mulligan-Ferry .... office production assistant
Gretchen Oyster .... extras wrangler
Frederic Perrin .... caterer: Frenchy's Catering
Greg Rathvon .... production accountant
Steven Ritt .... head animal coordinator
Mary C. Rolfes .... assistant production coordinator
Tami Rotchford .... title designer: main titles
Wonder Russell .... assistant production coordinator
Luis A. Soria .... corporate controller
Sue Stewart .... secretary: Ron Bass
Adrienne Stoltz .... assistant: Ron Bass
Juli Strang .... animal wrangler: birds
Nicoletta Tartarotti .... legal advisor
Matthew Warren .... bond company representative: Film Finance (as Matt Warren)
Peter Dolan .... production assistant: second unit (uncredited)
Buck Estes .... production assistant (uncredited)
Warner Loughlin .... acting coach (uncredited)
Lonnie Ramati .... production business affairs (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language and some thematic material
Netherlands:92 min | Argentina:94 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Rachel Weisz was the first choice to star in the film alongside Josh Harnett. She was cast, however she had to drop out before filming started due to schedule conflicts.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: In the first group scene, Donald talks about numbers as he stares at the microwave oven countdown. When the camera cuts away from the digital readout, the one/second beep of the microwave can still be heard but when the camera returns to the readout, fewer seconds elapse than beeps heard.See more »
Isabelle Sorenson:Be my friend Donald, be my best friend, please, because I really need you. I always felt like you wanted us to get married or something.
Donald Morton:I never said that.
Isabelle Sorenson:Not with words. But instead of that, do you want to just be my friend?
Donald Morton:Without the sex?
Isabelle Sorenson:Without the pressure. My friendship is all I have to give. Do you want it?
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81 out of 108 people found the following review useful.
Disappointed nearly to the point of anger, 26 December 2006
Author: Derrick Jeffries from United States

Being a person diagnosed with Asperger's Sydrome, the father of a child with moderate Autism, and the brother of a sister with severe Autism, I am very disappointed with this movie. The part of Donald Morton was't too bad, as his overall presentation, facial expressions, eye contact, high anxiety, etc, seemed close to realistic. Isabelle was just not real to me. The look in her eyes was that of a neuro-typical person with a wide range of emotions revealed in them. She had some scenes wherein she behaved similar to someone with Asperger's or Autism, but without her overall behavior being accurate it was a let down. She is a good actress, but she needed to do more homework for this role.

The support group scenes were some of the most disappointing of the movie. There are many highly functional individuals who attend AS support groups in the real world, however, even the most functional do not exhibit the type of empathy that this group did. Trust me, real Aspies would have had little to no interest in the love life of these two group members. It is not believable to me that Donald could have formed this group. Perhaps the real Jerry Newport could have. Donald does not demonstrate enough leadership or functional independence, and his anxiety is debilitating. There are Aspies who have leadership qualities, but they are usually very rigid and opinionated thinkers, who also have a type of personality that other people with Asperger's Syndrome, who are less out spoken, gather around. That level of rigid/concrete thinking is just not depicted in this movie, nor is the reality of the tempers that often go along with it.

I wish there was more focus on the useful and functional aspects of Asperger's Syndrome. Why didn't they show us more of what Donald did in his work? How were his mathematical abilities benefiting him in the real world? Isabelle was gifted in music and art. Reveal more of her passion for this. Let people see more of an inside view of Autism rather just playing around with the quirkiness in ways that were sometimes irreverent.

I now fear that thousands, or perhaps millions more people know even less about Autism and Asperger's Syndrome than they did before! Yes, I have read the glowing reviews, and I am extremely disappointed in them. I have lived around Autism from every possible perspective that you can imagine. Trust me, what you will see in this movie is Hollywood and not the real world.

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