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Brick -- A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.

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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Rian Johnson (written by)
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Release Date:
7 April 2006 (Canada) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A detective story.
Plot:
A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
11 wins & 19 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"Where do you eat lunch?" … See more (404 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
Rian Johnson 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Rian Johnson (written by)

Produced by
Ram Bergman .... producer
Marcie Campbell .... executive producer
Norman Dreyfuss .... executive producer
Susan Dynner .... co-producer
Raymond Izaac .... associate producer
Craig Johnson .... executive producer
Lisa Johnson .... executive producer
Dana Lustig .... co-producer
Mark G. Mathis .... producer
Angela Roessel .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Nathan Johnson 
 
Cinematography by
Steve Yedlin (director of photography)
 
Casting by
Shannon Makhanian 
 
Production Design by
Jodie Lynn Tillen  (as Jodie Tillen)
 
Set Decoration by
Shara Kasprack 
 
Costume Design by
Michele Posch 
 
Makeup Department
Erin Lippard .... additional hair stylist
Erin Lippard .... additional makeup artist
Lisa Machii .... additional hair stylist
Lisa Machii .... additional makeup artist
Kerri Nicole .... additional hair stylist
Kerri Nicole .... additional makeup artist
Jill Ventimiglia .... hair stylist
Jill Ventimiglia .... makeup artist
Dahlia Warner .... additional hair stylist
Dahlia Warner .... additional makeup artist
 
Production Management
Philip Harrelson .... post-production supervisor
Ilya Lyudmirsky .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anthony Carregal .... second assistant director
Kristin Mente .... first assistant director
Chris Hall .... second assistant director (uncredited)
McJoel Hamilton .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Treven Bedwell .... property master (as Trevan Bedwell)
Ron Lance .... carpenter
Moe Moe Lwin .... assistant property master
Jason O'Rourke .... assistant decorator
Moe Moe Lwin .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Randy Babajtis .... sound design editor
Randy Babajtis .... sound effects editor
Jeremy Balko .... foley mixer
Dhyana Carlton-Tims .... assistant dialogue editor
Alan Freedman .... adr editor (as Alan 'Danger' Freedman)
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer (as Alan 'Mo Danger' Freedman)
Jerry Gilbert .... sound re-recording mixer
Bryant Grizzell .... additional boom operator
Dennis Grzesik .... sound mixer
Scott Hinkley .... post sound recordist
Spencer Johnson .... foley editor
Jeana Lasser .... assistant sound editor
Randy Lawson .... additional sound mixer
Didier Lozahic .... sound re-recording mixer
Jonathan Miller .... sound designer
Jonathan Miller .... supervising sound editor
Andrew Morgado .... assistant sound editor
Andrew Patterson .... dialogue editor
Shelley Roden .... foley artist
Gerard Vernice .... boom operator (as Gerrard Bernice)
James Wright .... sound engineer: Dolby (as Jim Wright)
 
Special Effects by
David Wanye .... special effects coordinator
Torrence Hall .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Todd Hall .... optical supervisor (as Todd R. Hall)
James R. Kerrigan .... optical cameraman
Karen McCarthy .... drs operator: Modern Videofilm
 
Stunts
McJoel Hamilton .... stunt driver
Nils Allen Stewart .... stunt coordinator (as Nils Stewart)
Chris Hall .... stunts (uncredited)
Maegan Stewart .... utility stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Silvia Beltramini .... still photographer
Greg Gayne .... still photographer (as Greg Gaynes)
David Allen Grove .... Steadicam operator (as David Grove)
Forest James .... still photographer
Scott E. Kaufman .... electrician (as Scott Kaufman)
Ama MacDonald .... additional gaffer (as Ama Macdonald)
Jerome Roi Maufas .... best boy electric (as Roi Maufus)
Ryan McCoy .... electrician (as Ryan Mccoy)
Ryan McCoy .... second assistant camera (as Ryan Mccoy)
Tobin Oldach .... additional camera assistant
Tobin Oldach .... electrician
Seth Orozco .... additional camera assistant
Rick Peebles .... best boy grip
Jaron Presant .... director of photography: second unit
Jaron Presant .... gaffer
Ann Rabin .... additional camera assistant
Colleen Rea .... additional camera assistant
Gregory Romero .... additional key grip (as Greg Romero)
Michael Skor .... additional camera assistant (as Mike Skor)
Todd Antonio Somodevilla .... director of photography: second unit
James Troost .... electrician
Michael Weeks .... key grip (as Mike Weeks)
Wade Whitley .... first assistant camera
Rick Peebles .... dolly grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michelle Giannoulis .... key costumer (as Michelle Anne Giannoulis)
Jennifer Greeke .... costume consultant (as Jen Greeke)
Sam Velde .... assistant wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Bob Fredrickson .... color timer
Henry Lowenfels .... post-production assistant
Sue Gates .... telecine colorist (uncredited)
Philip Harrelson .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Tod Lautenberg .... second editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Dan Baker .... musician
Paul Burton .... score engineer
Steve Cowley .... musician: the Cinematic Underground
Andy Davey .... musician
Drew DeAscentis .... music editor (as Drew Deascentis)
Melody Dornfield .... musician
Lee Farber .... musician
Aaron Johnson .... music mixer
Nathan Johnson .... music producer
Nathan Johnson .... musician
Nathan Johnson .... score engineer
Seth Johnson .... musician
Zachary Johnson .... musician
China Kent .... musician: the Cinematic Underground
Seth Kent .... musician: the Cinematic Underground
Seth Kent .... score engineer
Chris Mears .... musician: the Cinematic Underground
Chris Pedley .... musician: the Cinematic Underground
Joe Rudge .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Paul Feddersen .... transportation coordinator
Hugo Ocana .... transportation captain
Lew Strong .... driver
 
Other crew
Sean Adderly .... set production assistant
Shawn Attias .... set production assistant
Tracy Bitterolf .... set production assistant (as Tracy Wilcoxen)
William Coleman .... craft service
Liz Covert .... script supervisor (as Elizabeth Covert)
Alyssa Feener .... production assistant
Glenn D. Feig .... legal services
Joel Hamilton .... key set production assistant
Erin Heidenreich .... sales agent
Maria Kerrigan .... title coordinator
Richard Knowlton .... piano mover
Daniel Laiblin .... production coordinator
Denise Marciel .... caterer
Kevin Earl Maynard .... set production assistant (as Kevin Maynard)
Frank McGonagle .... caterer (as Franko Mcconagle)
Larry Michalski .... sales
Dana O'Keefe .... sales agent
Layton Rawlins .... piano mover
Ray Rawlins .... piano mover
Eric J. Spiegelman .... legal services
Perry Suppa .... schedule
Ken Diver .... production assistant (uncredited)
Benjamin R. Reder .... production legal counsel (uncredited)
Mike Tristano .... armorer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Eddie Barragan .... we are especially grateful to
Tal Bergman .... we are especially grateful to
Bryan Bishop .... we are especially grateful to
Ben Boyer .... acknowledgment: Ben And Dave
Rose Braunstein .... we are especially grateful to
Crosby Burns .... we are especially grateful to
Cathy Burton .... we are especially grateful to
Paul Burton .... we are especially grateful to (as Paul)
Adrian Caufield .... we are especially grateful to
Andy Chamberlain .... we are especially grateful to (as Andy)
Anna Chamberlain .... we are especially grateful to
Shawna Chance .... we are especially grateful to
Dan Chariton .... we are especially grateful to (as Dan)
Stacy Chariton .... we are especially grateful to
Evan Christman .... we are especially grateful to
Ron Collins .... we are especially grateful to
Gregory Cundiff .... we are especially grateful to (as Greg Cundiff)
Michelle Delanty .... we are especially grateful to
Rick J. Delanty .... we are especially grateful to
Santiago Dominguez .... we are especially grateful to
Brian Dreyfuss .... we are especially grateful to
Lee Farber .... we are especially grateful to
Sheryl Gould .... we are especially grateful to
Mark Gutmann .... we are especially grateful to
Charles Hinman .... we are especially grateful to (as Dr. Charles Hinman)
Jake Holland .... we are especially grateful to
Tara Holland .... we are especially grateful to (as Tara)
Erin Holzer .... we are especially grateful to
Elody James .... we are especially grateful to
Forest James .... we are especially grateful to (as Forest)
Kribber Jensen .... we are especially grateful to
Adam Johnson .... we are especially grateful to
Chris Johnson .... we are especially grateful to
Court Johnson .... this film was made possible by the love and support of (as Court)
Cytnhia Johnson .... this film was made possible by the love and support of
Dorseay Johnson .... this film was made possible by the love and support of
Howard Johnson .... this film was made possible by the love and support of (as Howard)
Jon Paul Johnson .... we are especially grateful to
Lauren Johnson .... we are especially grateful to
Zachary Johnson .... we are especially grateful to (as Zach Johnson)
George Knights .... we are especially grateful to
Jennifer Kuwabara .... we are especially grateful to
Tyson League .... we are especially grateful to
Jammes Luckett .... we are especially grateful to (as Jaye Barnes-Luckett)
Shawn Marchetti .... special thanks
Catherine Mathis .... we are especially grateful to
Janet McClintock .... this film was made possible by the love and support of (as Janet Mcclintock)
Jon McClintock .... this film was made possible by the love and support of (as Jon)
Lucky McKee .... we are especially grateful to (as Lucky Mckee)
Sean McKesson .... we are especially grateful to (as Sean Mckesson)
Shelli Merrill .... we are especially grateful to
Dana Moscoveci .... we are especially grateful to
Jaime Nichols .... we are especially grateful to
Zach Passero .... we are especially grateful to
Jack Pastorok .... we are especially grateful to
Jacob Porteous .... we are especially grateful to
Steve Rim .... we are especially grateful to
Jake Schiffelbein .... we are especially grateful to
Zack Schiffelbein .... we are especially grateful to (as Zack)
Lauren Jean Schwartz .... we are especially grateful to (as Lauren Schwartz)
Larry Seymour .... we are especially grateful to
Chris Sivertson .... we are especially grateful to
Jessica Thompson .... we are especially grateful to
Natalie Torney .... we are especially grateful to
Sean Watson .... we are especially grateful to
Shane Weld .... we are especially grateful to
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for violent and drug content
Runtime:
110 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-15 | Germany:12 | Ireland:15A | Japan:R-15 | Netherlands:12 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #41781)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Director Rian Johnson was asked by a critic, who first saw the film at Sundance, why he felt the need to go back and add the flashback title card (that reads "Two Days Previous") when the film premiered without one. "For years, I've told you you're crazy, and stuck by my guns with the flashback title," Johnson says. "But I've finally come around on this, and I think if I made the movie now, I'd drop that 'Two Days Previous' and let the filmmaking tell the story. But I do have one very strong case for it: There's an elegance and a cleverness to the flashback being told without the title, but just from a storytelling point of view, there's real value in knowing that when we hop back, it is only two days. Without that title, I agree that we'd all know we had flashed back, but it could have been six months previous. Two days gives it all an urgency and sense of immediate dread. When Brendan and Emily meet up, we know the next time he sees her will be in that tunnel." He was also asked why he changed the font of the title card, to which he replied, "The font of the main title, I have no excuse for. The cursive one was better, and I honestly can't remember why we changed it."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Brendan's hair is curly in all scenes but one near the start, where it's straight.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
[Brendan answers the pay phone]
Emily:Brendan.
Brendan Frye:Emily.
Emily:Yeah-h... How's things?
Brendan Frye:Status quo.
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Movie Connections:
References Cabaret (1972)See more »
Soundtrack:
Brain HammerSee more »

FAQ

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173 out of 229 people found the following review useful.
"Where do you eat lunch?" …, 22 July 2006
Author: jaredmobarak from buffalo, ny, usa

This is a film I have been highly anticipating for over a year. After first hitting the festival circuit in January of 2005 it went through the cycles, finally getting a stateside limited release at the end of March 2006. Buffalo, I ask you now to open your eyes to a masterpiece of cinema as Brick finally debuts at the Amherst Dipson.

Brick is a not a film as much as a symphony where each instrument is tuned to the beat of the conductor. Each frame is carefully orchestrated and composed to perfection. The dialogue is metered and spoken with a contemporary Shakespearean beat. Writer/Director Rian Johnson has created poetry with his first feature length film. It may be tough to understand the lingo and overall speech used, but as the film advances you begin to know the characters and the words just make complete sense.

We open with the stare of our protagonist—hard and piercing, yet on the verge of tears—eyes slowly welling up as he peers down on a motionless body, facedown in a tunnel's steady, flowing stream. This is film noir at its best: wrong men and notorious women. Our leader into this underbelly of society has recently rolled on his boss to skate clean of a drug deal he was involved with. The cops allow this plea and decide to keep him in their pocket, with what happened as leverage. He stays low, nose clean, until an old love brings him into her world as it's spiraling out of control. Using all his resources around the city, he begins his search to find her and make sure she is OK. He does this for his own means, with a stoicism that hearkens back to Bogart's Sam Spade.

Wait…Did I tell you that the city this is set in is a suburban high school? Johnson has flipped the genre on its head to brilliant effect. Brendan, our medium into the story, is played to perfection by Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a senior at the school who has alienated himself by ratting on his drug supplier. The vice-principal is using him to gain intel on the dealings around school, but Brendan will have none of it. He needs to find out what happened to his old flame Emily and see what she got involved in. Enlisting the help of a colleague, Brendan plays his enemies off each other to gain access to the mob boss and dope runner The Pin ("I hear he's supposed to be old, like 26"), whom Emily has wronged. The truth must be found at all costs, either to assuage some personal guilt, to rescue love, to do what's right, to get the bad guys, or maybe all the above. The search for answers leads to betrayal and secrets uncovered and I was there for the entire ride.

Brick is not the 21st century's answer to Alan Parker's Bugsy Malone. This isn't a satire on mob life with children playing men. This is a reawakening of the genre, a subversion of what you expect of it, but played straight as a razor. None of these actors break character and lines like this, echoing a hardened criminal telling off an over-zealous officer, "No more of these informal chats! If you have a disciplinary issue with me, write me up or suspend me and I'll see you at the Parent-Teacher conference," are delivered with straight faces and a piercing confidence. The wit is there and you will laugh to the seeming absurdity, but the weight of the story holds strong. Well-placed humor helps you realize the gravity of everything even more.

Levitt shines in the role and proves to be the best up-and-coming actor of his generation. Following pitch-perfect turns as a violent teen in the wonderful Manic and as a teenage hustler, vagrant in Gregg Araki's disturbing yet unforgettable Mysterious Skin, Levitt is making bold choices and continues a great run with Brick. He is flanked with solid support from "Lost's" Emilie de Ravin as his lost love; Lukas Hass as The Pin, with loyalty straying muscle Noah Fleiss; Matt O'Leary's The Brain, Brendan's life-line to what's happening as he sinks deeper; and Nora Zehetner flawlessly playing the femme fatale which one can never be sure whether to trust. Also, the accompanying score of piano and brass jazz fits perfectly to the atmosphere, especially on a late scene close-up shot of Levitt and Zehetner—faces close- up, lips with an atom of air between them, and a single tear slowly following down the contours of her face—uncannily mimicking the infamous shot of Bogart and Bergman in Casablanca.

Any cinephile with $8 to spend will regret missing an opportunity to see this film. If you love film noir of the 50's, 60's, and 70's check Brick out while you can. Doubtful that it will stay up more than 2 or 3 weeks, it will be coming to DVD on August 8th, however go out and see this gem. It will not be everyone's cup of tea, but whether you love it or not, it holds a place on the timeline of cinema as an experiment in stripping down the essence of noir and showing it in a new and no longer angelic world of children on the cusp of adulthood. "Here's looking at you kid."

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