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The King -- A troubled man, recently discharged from the Navy, goes to Corpus Christi, Texas, in search of the father he's never met.


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The devil made me do it.
A troubled man, recently discharged from the Navy, goes to Corpus Christi, Texas, in search of the father he's never met. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gael García Bernal ... Elvis

Derek Weston ... Scoot (as Derek Alvarado)
E. Matthew Buckley ... Deck Officer (as Matthew Buckley)

Monica Peña ... Brothel Manager (as Monica Pena)
Veronica Bernal ... Elvis's Girl

Billy Joe Martinez ... Mexican Salesman

Mohammad Ahmed ... Mr. Chopra

Pell James ... Malerie
Sally Allen ... PA

Paul Dano ... Paul Sandow

Laura Harring ... Twyla

William Hurt ... David
Roger Kunshick ... Young Man with Flower
Ike Reilly ... Rum Jungle Singer

Milo Addica ... Bruno
Hudson Lee Long ... Old Man with Hungry Dog (as Hudson Long)
Richard Levi ... Teacher
Cliff Stevens ... Salesman
Austin Chittim ... Quarterback

Marco Perella ... Chairman

Brady Coleman ... Clown

Laura Clifton ... Murray
Michael Swanner ... Pace
Khadijah Forte ... Drive Thru Server (as Khadijah Abdullah)
Jessica Schwartz ... Burger Joint Teenager

Libby Villari ... Home Ec Teacher
Stacey Juarez ... Hostess

Michael Clossin ... Church Patron
Gabe Davila ... Rum Jungle Musician
Mike Torres ... Rum Jungle Musician
Rick Torres ... Rum Jungle Musician
Alexander Garcia ... Rum Jungle Musician
Will Sexton ... Praise Band Musician
Spencer Gibb ... Praise Band Musician
Brad Gilley ... Praise Band Musician

Carlos Acuña ... Sailor (as Carlos Acuria)
Ruben Ortiz ... Sailor

Raymond McAnally ... Sailor (as Raymond Mcnally)

Maurice McRae ... Sailor (as Maurice Mcrae)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ian Christopher Blake ... Church Member (uncredited)
Austin Brock ... Little Boy (uncredited)
Ricky Cavazos ... Car Dealership Customer (uncredited)
Michael Cristian ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Dan Eggleston ... Flower Seller (uncredited)
Rob Faubion ... Church Member (uncredited)
Cole Fowler ... Paul's Christian Friend (uncredited)

Camie Gillespie ... Church Member (uncredited)

Spencer Greenwood ... Pizza Shop Customer (uncredited)

Jason Harper ... Naval Seaman (uncredited)
Michele Harrington ... Church Member (uncredited)
Michael E. Harvey ... Church Patron (uncredited)

Jennifer Holt ... Church Member (uncredited)

Nicole Holt ... Church Member (uncredited)

Marc Hustvedt ... Church Member (uncredited)
Emily Kaye ... Rachael (uncredited)
Jason Matthews ... Barton Springs Extra (uncredited)
Chris Poole ... Church Member (uncredited)
Glen Powell Sr. ... Security Guard (uncredited)
Stayce Smith ... Church Member (uncredited)
Santiago Villalobos ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)

Directed by
James Marsh 
Writing credits
Milo Addica (written by) &
James Marsh (written by)

Produced by
Milo Addica .... producer
Susan Kirr .... line producer
Gwynneth Lloyd .... co-producer (as Amanda Lloyd)
Edward R. Pressman .... executive producer
Maureen A. Ryan .... co-producer
John Schmidt .... executive producer
Sofia Sondervan .... executive producer
James Wilson .... producer
Original Music by
Max Avery Lichtenstein 
Cinematography by
Eigil Bryld (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jinx Godfrey 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Suzanne Crowley 
Billy Hopkins 
Production Design by
Sharon Lomofsky 
Set Decoration by
Sally Nicholaou Hamilton 
Costume Design by
Lee Hunsaker 
Makeup Department
Catherine Conrad .... department head hair
Catherine Conrad .... department head makeup
Terri Ewton .... assistant hair stylist
Terri Ewton .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Mike Harrop .... post-production supervisor (as Michael Harrop)
Susan Kirr .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tim Brown .... first assistant director
Susan Jasso .... second second assistant director
Scott R. Meyers .... second assistant director (as Scott Meyers)
Art Department
Amy Bell .... assistant property master
Tom Cole .... leadman
Mike Eaton .... art department production assistant
Ia Ensterä .... storyboard artist (as Ia Layadi)
Summer Finley .... art department coordinator
William Fisher .... art department intern
Ashley Franklin .... art department intern
Erick Garibay .... graphic designer
Dwayne Grady .... property master
Chris Hadlock .... art department intern
Taylor Lovell .... art department intern
Jessica Luchini .... art department intern
Cory Parker .... set dresser
John Parker .... on-set dresser
Corissa Smith .... scenic
Jamie Preyer .... intern (uncredited)
Koen Wooten .... props buyer (uncredited)
Cher Young .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Shaun Brennan .... foley artist
Rachel Chancey .... foley editor
Rachel Chancey .... supervising sound editor
Mark Corbin .... re-recording engineer
Ben Lazard .... sound intern (as Benjamin Lazard)
Mack Melson .... sound mixer
Marvin Melson .... boom operator
Eric Milano .... adr supervisor
Eric Milano .... dialogue editor
Willi Patton .... sound intern (as William Patton)
Tom Paul .... re-recording sound mixer
Tom Paul .... sound designer
Bonny Perkins .... sound intern
Paul Sacco .... stereo consultant: Dolby
Russ Gorsline .... additional adr (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Steve Krieger .... special effects coordinator
Scott Roland .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Victor Barroso .... opticals & digital effects: Goldcrest Post NY (as Victor Barrosa)
Peter Heady .... digital effects
Bill Stokes .... digital intermediate editor
Keith Yurevitz .... digital imaging (uncredited)
Bryon Weiss .... stunt coordinator
Scott Roland .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Troy Anderson .... company electrician
Richard Ball .... key grip
James Borowy .... camera intern
Todd Campbell .... additional camera operator (as Tod Campbell)
Rusty Chambers .... company electrician
Patrick B. Coate .... camera production assistant (as Patrick Coate)
Morgan Edelbrock .... grip intern
Victoria Gonzales .... second assistant camera
Matt Lankes .... still photographer
Mark Mims .... dolly grip
Chuck Murphy .... grip intern
Deana Newcomb .... still photographer
Clayton Null .... company grip
Phillip Renke .... company grip (as Philip Renke)
Robert B. Reynolds .... gaffer (as Robert Reynolds)
Michael Brandon Roberts .... electric intern (as Brandon Roberts)
Ryan Russill .... best boy grip
Alex Salahi .... camera intern
Brian Scofield .... camera intern
Peter Simonite .... first assistant camera
Chris Smith .... company grip
Josh Taylor .... best boy electric
Greg Travis .... company electrician (as Travis Travis)
Steve Urban .... company grip
Ralph Watson .... Steadicam operator
Thomas Young .... loader
Phil Curry .... camera operator (uncredited)
Rob McGrath .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
Adam Drew Schwartz .... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sally Allen .... extras casting director
Toni Cobb Brock .... location casting
Deborah Maxwell Dion .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Daniel Garza .... extras casting assistant: Corpus Christi
Jeremy Hall .... extras casting coordinator
Carlton Lucas Moss .... extras casting assistant: Corpus Christi (as Lucas Moss)
Paul Schnee .... casting associate: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rene Geneva .... wardrobe intern (as Rene Geneva Quinn)
Loretta Harper .... wardrobe supervisor
Janice Janacek .... assistant costume designer (as Janice Janecek)
Loretta .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
John Dowdell .... color consultant
Janet Gaynor .... assistant editor
David Gray .... assistant editor
Noëlle Penraat .... negative cutter (as Noelle Penraat)
Tim Spitzer .... digital intermediate post supervisor
Bill Stokes .... colorist: dailies
Mike Trinker .... additional colorist
Christian Zak .... digital intermediate executive producer: Technicolor New York
Music Department
Budd Carr .... executive music producer
Nora Felder .... executive music producer
Jinx Godfrey .... music editor
Petra Haden .... musician: vocals
Tony Leva .... musician: acoustic bass
Max Avery Lichtenstein .... music score producer
Max Avery Lichtenstein .... music score recordist
Vincent Lukason .... musician: trumpet
Anne Pope .... music editor
Gunnar Sahlin .... musician: cello
Justin Smith .... musician: violin
Jesse Sparhawk .... musician: harp
Transportation Department
Gary Chambers .... driver: fueler
Ronald D. Chambers .... transportation coordinator (as Ron Chambers)
Tracy Craytor .... driver: production van
David McAree .... driver: honeywagon (as David Mcaree)
Russell E. Scott .... picture cars/driver
Jesus F. Tellez .... transportation captain (as Jesse Tellez)
Wally Welch .... driver: stakebed
Darwin White .... driver: hair/make-up/wardrobe
Other crew
Debbie Bilski .... craft service
Randy Bilski .... craft service (as Randy)
Shannon Blackburn .... assistant production coordinator
Dana Bloder .... project manager: Technicolor New York
Krysti Burkemper .... office intern
Claire Callan .... transcriptions
Travis Carr .... office intern (as Travis Michael Carr)
Eric Cepeda .... location intern
Michael Clossin .... stand-in
Judith Cutright .... office intern
Debra Davis .... location consultant
Emily Davis .... office intern
Dennis de Jesus .... dailies advisor (as Dennis De Jesus)
Wendolyn Deal .... assistant: William Hurt
Gil Dean .... animal coordinator
Ryan Demler .... assistant: John Schmidt
Chris Gennarelli .... scanning technician: Technicolor New York
David Gil Jr. .... location intern (as David Gil)
Robert Glickert .... set intern (as Bobby Glickert)
Julian Remigio Gonzalez .... office intern
Kristen Growcock .... production coordinator
Julia Grubbs .... office intern
Jeannette Heindel .... production secretary (as Jeannette Chalker)
Heather Hollingsworth .... dialect coach
Tatiana Jitkoff .... assistant: James Marsh
Jamie Jones .... production office assistant
Chris Keighley .... scanning assistant: Technicolor New York
Scott Kimbrough .... location production assistant
Stephen Light .... production coordinator
Diana Luciano .... assistant chef
Christopher Markey .... office intern
K. Lynn Martin .... script supervisor
Jason Matthews .... location scout
Le May .... catering chef
Jarrette Moats .... office intern
Tim Monich .... dialect coach
Glen Moorman .... key set production assistant
Kimberly Murphy .... set production assistant
Molly Murray .... production accountant
Dale Nelson .... footage: Corpus Christi weather
Gerardo Parra .... location intern (as Gerardo 'Yayo' Parra)
Andrew Poppoon .... location consultant
Joaquin Diego Prange .... location manager
Kara Rastrelli .... stand-in
Carla Rose .... post-production accountant
Patrick Russell .... assistant: Sofia Sondervan
Alex Salahi .... electronic press kit
Howard Samuelsohn .... dialect coach
Mira Shin .... assistant: Edward Pressman
Dustin Weaver .... assistant location manager
Jenni Wieland .... first assistant accountant
Adam William Wilson .... set intern (as Adam Wilson)
Judith Baugin .... Head of International Marketing (uncredited)
Larry Cashion .... stand-in: male lead (uncredited)
Jeff Guerrero .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Chris M. Jackson .... production secretary: pre-production (uncredited)
Rosalind Lichter .... production legal (uncredited)
Brendan MacDevette .... production assistant (uncredited)
Blake McNay .... location assistant (uncredited)
Adam Medina .... stand-in (uncredited)
Rick Olmos .... stand-in (uncredited)
Sandhya Shardanand .... production coordinator: pre-production (uncredited)
Harry White .... Head of Sales (uncredited)
Kerry Addica .... acknowledgement: Milo Addica and James Marsh wish to thank
Peter Carlton .... acknowledgment: for Filmfour
Peter Carlton .... the producers wish to thank
Alexandra Dell .... the producers wish to thank
Harry Dixon .... acknowledgment: for Filmfour
James Finn .... the producers wish to thank
Spencer Gibb .... the producers wish to thank
Paul Grindey .... acknowledgment: for Filmfour
Robin Gutch .... the producers wish to thank
Deborah Hedwall .... the producers wish to thank
Steven Hora .... the producers wish to thank (as Steve Hora)
James A. Janowitz .... the producers wish to thank (as Jim Janowitz)
Tracey Josephs .... the producers wish to thank
Jon Katz .... acknowledgment: for Contentfilm
Erick Kwak .... acknowledgment: for Contentfilm
Tom Luddy .... the producers wish to thank
Anne Mette Lundtofte .... acknowledgement: Milo Addica and James Marsh wish to thank
Greil Marcus .... the producers wish to thank
Gerardine O'Flynn .... the producers wish to thank
Jodi Peikoff .... acknowledgement: Milo Addica and James Marsh wish to thank
Bennett Pozil .... the producers wish to thank
Annie Pressman .... the producers wish to thank
Lynn Pressman-Raymond .... the producers wish to thank (as Lynn Pressman Raymond)
Hylda Queally .... the producers wish to thank
Stephen Robbins .... the producers wish to thank
Tessa Ross .... acknowledgment: for Filmfour
Elyse Scherz .... the producers wish to thank
Sue Bruce Smith .... the producers wish to thank
Jasmine Stodel .... acknowledgment: for Contentfilm
Douglas Tulley .... acknowledgment: for Contentfilm
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for strong sexuality involving a teen, some violence and language
105 min
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Did You Know?

In this movie, Paul Dano plays the older brother of Pell James' character. James is actually seven years older than Dano in real life.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In the scene where David takes Elvis to the shooting range, he tells Elvis to extend his left arm. But in the next shot he's holding up his right.See more »
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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Strangely Impressive, 30 March 2007
Author: commandercool88 from United States

An unflinching and at times disturbing look at cause and effect, 'The King' is an oddly satisfying experience to be had. It takes you on a journey, from an unsuspecting state that descends so deeply into evil there's no turning back, but no looking away. With an uncomfortable final act and an equally unsettling performance by Gael Garcia Bernal, 'The King' is elevated to explosive heights. Stirring from beginning to end, this independent film is thought-provoking and a welcome surprise.

After being discharged from the Navy, Elvis (Bernal) sets out on a journey to meet the father he's never known. His father, David Sandow (William Hurt), is a devout Christian and a pastor at a local church in Texas. David rejects his son, for he sees him as an illegitimate son born out of wedlock during a time in his life he's chosen to forget. Elvis is told to stay away from his estranged father and family, but unknowing that Elvis is her half-brother, 16-year-old Malerie gives her virginity to him and embarks on a passionate relationship. But in a small Texas community like the one in Corpus Christi, secrets have their way of rising to the top and bubbling over. And for David and his family, many unexpected and devastating twists of fate await them.

A low-budget effort from British director James Marsh, 'The King' comes through and finds its footing thanks to a compelling script. What's funny about a film like 'The King' is how it doesn't immediately pull you in, but slowly wraps you in its web of brooding darkness. And before you know it, you're smothered by it. It's the kind of film that will find its way into your head long after it's over with. It raises some provoking issues, including the dark side of religion and how one simple choice can have a destructing and devastating chain of results. But the most interesting question remains, can a person be born evil? Was Elvis, who under the Christian perspective was born in sin, a damned child from birth? The viewer watches the character worm his way into the Sandow family, they watch him descend into evil, all until it's too late. No turning back. Can anyone truly 'get right with the Lord'? Are Elvis' intentions pure damnation and destruction, or is he somehow seeking redemption?

'The King' is filled with many unexpected and unpleasant twists. Yet with each turn, Marsh's directorial skills become that much more impressive. It's gritty and edgy, and driven by exceptional performances. For years now Gael Garcia Bernal has been the star of many (excellent) underground Spanish-speaking films, including 'Y Tu Mama Tambien', 'Bad Education, and 'Amores Perros', but perhaps is best known for his powerful role as Che Guevera in 'The Motorcycle Diaries'. And as he begins to enter American cinema (he stars in this year's best film, 'The Science of Sleep', in which he masters English and French in addition to speaking Spanish), his choice of character-driven roles suggests that the independent route may suit him better than the lure of Hollywood and special effects. His boyish charm makes him the perfect choice for the role of Elvis, his charm bleeds through the screen. Even William Hurt's eyebrow raising character, based off of John Mark Byers from Paradise Lost, is powerful and compelling to watch.

'The King' remains one of 2006's best undiscovered gems. It may not be what you'd call entertaining, but you'll find it difficult to look away. Raw and natural, 'The King' is a film told by characters and not by a camera, and sometimes that makes all the difference. James Marsh proves himself to be a capable and very talented director, who takes command of this heavy film and turns it into an experience as engrossing as it is uneasy. It's dark and deeply disturbing, yet very intelligent, and 'The King' indeed takes the crown.

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