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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Edward Norton ... Harlan

Evan Rachel Wood ... Tobe

David Morse ... Wade

Rory Culkin ... Lonnie

Bruce Dern ... Charlie

John Diehl ... Steve

Geoffrey Lewis ... Sheridan

Elizabeth Peña ... Gale

Kat Dennings ... April

Hunter Parrish ... Kris

Aviva Baumann ... Sherri (as Aviva)

Aaron Fors ... Jeremy

Heather Ashleigh ... Shell

Jennifer Echols ... Rita
Cesar Flores ... Hispanic Kid (as Cesar D. Flores)
Luis Batista ... Gene

Jill Basey ... Waitress

Bunnie Rivera ... Neighbor

Peter Lewis ... Policeman
Gershon Keissar ... Cantor
Roger Marks ... Rabbi
Shawn Smith ... Kid (as Shawn H. Smith)
Edward Nickerson ... Doctor

Kathleen LaGue ... Nurse
Victor Torres ... Los Vaqueros Announcer

Michelle Shore ... Girl Driver

Artel Great ... Boulevard Guy (as Artel Kayàru)

Terrence Evans ... Director

Ty Burrell ... Sheriff / Cowboy

Katherine Kendall ... Lady / Western Cowgirl

Christina Cabot ... 1st Assistant Director

Ira David Wood IV ... Craig (as Ira David Wood)

Anthony Reynolds ... Rent-A-Cop
Sally Wells Cook ... Townsperson #1
Oscar Garcia ... Kid #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jenna DeYoung ... 2nd A.D. (uncredited)

Dorrie Grace ... Townsperson (uncredited)

Yana Liia ... Girl on the street (uncredited)
Kimberly Mcgee ... Pretty Girlfriend (uncredited)
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Directed by
David Jacobson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Jacobson 

Produced by
Joseph P. Genier .... co-producer
Stavros Merjos .... producer
Bill Migliore .... co-producer
Sam Nazarian .... executive producer
Edward Norton .... producer
Adam Rosenfelt .... producer
Marc Schaberg .... co-producer
Mike Upton .... co-producer
Holly Wiersma .... producer
Original Music by
Peter Salett 
Cinematography by
Enrique Chediak 
Film Editing by
David Jacobson 
Lynzee Klingman 
Edward Norton  (as Edward Harrison)
Casting by
Barbara Fiorentino 
Rebecca Mangieri 
Kelly O'Brien 
Production Design by
Franco-Giacomo Carbone 
Art Direction by
Michael Atwell 
Set Decoration by
Robert Greenfield  (as Robert Greenfield III)
Costume Design by
Jacqueline West 
Makeup Department
Anita Brabec .... makeup artist
Jacklin Masteran .... key hair stylist
Julie Pearce .... makeup department head
Johnny Villanueva .... hair department head
Randy Westgate .... key makeup artist (as Randy S. Westgate)
Nacoma Whobrey .... makeup artist
Production Management
Marisa Clayton .... post-production supervisor: Modern VideoFilm
Lisa Looney .... unit production manager
Marc Schaberg .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dave Halls .... first assistant director (as David Halls)
Dorottya Hegedus .... second second assistant director
Kevin Lum .... second assistant director
Chad Rosen .... first assistant director
Art Department
David P. Bonanno .... storyboard artist
Mark Burgess .... labor foreman
James L. Eddy .... assistant property master (as James Eddy)
Esnesto Escalante .... construction foreman
Mathias Fain .... on-set dresser
Sean Ginevan .... leadman
Alberto Gonzalez-Reyna .... assistant art director
Tim Grant .... propmaker
Cynthia La Jeunesse .... set dresser
Jason Lindholm .... propmaker (as Jason J. Lindholm)
Wayne Lindholm .... construction coordinator
Cameron Matheson .... set dresser
Thomas Moffitt .... paint foreman (as Tommy Moffitt)
Megan Oliver .... painter
Francis J. Roix .... carpenter
Ashley Sibille .... art department coordinator
Michelle Spears .... property master
Mike Stanley .... painter
Matt Wahl .... art department assistant
Scott Owen .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
James Bennett .... sound recording engineer
Stu Bernstein .... sound editor (as Stew Bernstein)
Barney Cabral .... supervising sound editor
Patrick Cabral .... foley artist
David S. DiPietro .... sound recordist
Paul Drenning .... adr mixer
Richard Dwan Jr. .... sound editor
Richard Dwan Jr. .... supervising dialogue editor
Pete Elia .... sound re-recording mixer
Dennis Fuller .... utility sound technician
Mark C. Grech .... boom operator
J. Stanley Johnston .... sound re-recording mixer (as Stanley Johnston)
Kurt Kassulke .... sound re-recording mixer
Jan Kikumoto .... utility sound technician
Cynthia Merrill .... foley artist
David Miraglia .... sound editor
Steven Morrow .... sound mixer (as Steve Morrow)
Nick Neutra .... foley mixer
Perry Robertson .... supervising sound editor
Scott Sanders .... sound designer
Robert Sharman .... utility sound technician
Melissa Sherwood Hofmann .... sound re-recording mixer (as Melissa Hofmann)
Geordy Sincavage .... foley mixer
Kevin Zimmerman .... assistant sound editor (as Kevin A. Zimmerman)
Special Effects by
Gary F. Bentley .... special effects assistant (as Gary Bentley)
Joe Hansen .... special effects assistant
David Waine .... special effects coordinator
Ted Barba .... stunts
Richard Bucher .... stunt double: Edward Norton
Brian Burrows .... stunt performer
Jeff Evans .... stunt performer
Rusty Hanson .... stunt performer (as Rusty Hansen)
Toby Holguin .... stunt driver
Cinda-Lin James .... stunt player
Cole S. McKay .... stunt performer (as Cole McKay)
Scott A. Perez .... horse wrangler
Ben Scott .... stunt performer
Walter Scott .... horse wrangler
Russell Soleberg .... stunt performer
Ellen G. Statham .... stunt performer (as Ellen Statham)
Patrick J. Statham .... stunt coordinator (as Pat Statham)
Gary J. Wayton .... stunt player (as Gary Wayton)
Michael Groneman .... stunts (uncredited)
Ray Lykins .... stunts (uncredited)
April Weeden .... stunt double: Sean Smith (uncredited)
Darlene Ava Williams .... stunt double: Evan Rachel Wood (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Randy Babchuck .... rigging gaffer
Matt Bardocz .... electrician
Craig Bauer .... camera loader
Lisa Bonaccorso .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
John Bratlien .... electrician (as John Bratlein)
Brian Cantrell .... best boy electric
Manny Duran .... key grip
Richard Esquivel .... grip
Marco Fargnoli .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Eric Fletcher .... Steadicam operator: "b" camera
Oscar Garcia .... grip
Keith A. Hascher .... electrician (as Keith Hascher)
Bryan Hayes .... grip
Wolfgang Held .... camera operator
Wolfgang Held .... photography: second unit
Harry Hope .... key rigging grip
Matt Horochowski .... best boy grip
Gaylan Andrew Hussain .... dolly grip (as Gaylan Hussein)
Milan Janicin .... additional second assistant camera
David Leite .... grip
John Loveall .... grip
Gary Lowrance .... electrician
Merrick Morton .... still photographer (as Merrick Rhodes Morton)
Shereen Saleh .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Amy Silverman .... second assistant camera
Peyton Skelton .... electrician
Ralph Watson .... Steadicam operator: "b" camera
Rick A. West .... gaffer
Glen Wilson .... still photographer
Aurelia Winborn .... first assistant camera (as Aurelia J. Winborn)
Chuck Zlotnick .... still photographer
Michael Lowrance .... electrician (uncredited)
Bill H. Roberts Jr. .... additional first ac (uncredited)
Joseph Ruiz .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jodi Andrade .... extras casting assistant
Judy Cook .... extras casting
Lori Hitner .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alison Gail Bixby .... set costumer
Jude Christian Orlando .... costume illustrator
Mark Peterson .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Michael Hofacre .... assistant film editor
Jason Lockhart .... assistant post-production supervisor
Anthony Lupoi .... supervising post-production consultant
Mato .... color timer
Robb Porter .... post-production coordinator: Modern VideoFilm
Chris Regan .... colorist
Josh Rifkin .... additional editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Matt Aberle .... music supervisor
Chris Carmichael .... music arranger: strings
Chris Carmichael .... musician
Jay Faires .... music supervisor
David Miraglia .... music editor
Don Piper .... musician
Peter Salett .... musician: recorder solo
Erica Weis .... music editor
Transportation Department
Tony Barattini .... driver: production van (as Anthony Barattini)
Tracey V. Black .... driver (as Tracy V. Black)
David R. Blakely .... driver: honeywagon
Daren Bojarski .... driver
Roger Bojarski .... transportation captain
Reed Cohan .... driver
Derew Frutos .... driver
Jay Galloway .... driver
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car
Virgie Haltman .... driver (as Virgie M. Halteman)
Hugo Maldonado .... driver: catering
Jan Marino .... driver
Zelda Mattox .... driver
Steve Maytum .... driver (as Steven J. Maytum)
Eric Moon .... driver
Michael Perrotti .... transportation coordinator
Juan Ramirez .... driver (as Juan J. Ramirez)
Dom Rodriguez .... driver
Other crew
Shira Auerhahn .... Assistant To Sales Agent
Jess Brackenburry .... horse wrangler (as Jesse Brackenbury)
Jeremy Broadhead .... assistant location manager
Carly Brown .... assistant production coordinator
Joe Cappelletti .... adr voice director
Almarie Clifford .... studio teacher
Michael G. Cruz .... production office assistant
Jeff Danoff .... riding instructor
Dyanne C. Deuel .... set medic
Stephen Dudycha .... set production assistant
Leo Fenwick .... set production assistant
Jeff Fuller .... set production assistant (as Jeff 'Bones' Fuller)
Paul Giorgi .... payroll
Suraj Gohill .... production lender
John Goodwill .... runner
Jonathan Heine .... production financing
Jay Johnson .... title designer
Jeff Kausch .... runner
Mathew Klickstein .... office assistant
Krissy Korn .... assistant craft service
John Ledbetter .... set production assistant
Jason Lockhart .... assistant: Adam Rosenfelt
Nathan Maruccio .... craft service
Jan McWilliams .... script supervisor
David Melito .... assistant accountant
Ricky Mendez .... set production assistant
Geri Gordon Miller .... product placement
Madeleine Molyneaux .... creative consultant
Lucas Moore .... studio teacher
Kristen Morton .... production office coordinator (as Kristen Morton-Elliott)
Robyn Nickerson .... assistant: Edward Norton (as Robyn L. Nickerson)
Scott A. Perez .... head wrangler
Jamie Rae .... stand-in: Evan Rachel Wood
Lonnie Ramati .... production business affairs
Larry Rattner .... production consultant
Thell Reed .... gun coach: Mr. Norton (as gunslinger expert)
Anthony Reynolds .... stand-in: Edward Norton (as Tony Reynolds)
Aaron Richmond .... stand-in: David Morse
Carlos Rodriguez .... assistant chef
Felipe Rodriquez .... chef
Bob Shapiro .... production accountant (as Robert Shapiro)
Michelle Shore .... stand-in: Rory Culkin
Laura D. Smith .... assistant: Holly Wiersma (as Laura Smith)
Sharon Smith .... location manager
Mark Sussman .... additional voice
Christopher Touchton .... set production assistant
Mike Tristano .... armorer
Ken Twohy .... set production assistant
Dirk Vahle .... helicopter pilot
Truman Van Dyke .... insurance
Adrienne Weiss .... script consultant
Tyler Woolcott .... intern
Kevin Zelman .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Marisa Clayton .... special thanks
Erik Feig .... special thanks
Jeremy Renner .... special thanks

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Rated R for violence, sexual content, language and drug use
Japan:112 min | USA:114 min | Argentina:114 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The $8 million budget was financed by a wealthy producer-financier, Sam Nazarian of Element Films.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Lonnie shows Harlan his father's military medals, the second-highest gallantry award of both the Navy (the Navy Cross) and the Army (the Distinguished Service Cross) can be seen. It would be almost impossible for a member of either service branch to win the equivalent medal from the other service.See more »
Harlan:I've tried living down in the valley again, really tried this time. Walked up and down it looking for one open face, but most people I've meet hardly seem like human beings to me anymore.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Deliverance (1972)See more »
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19 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
I invited Tex to the beach…Down in the Valley, 5 April 2007
Author: jaredmobarak from buffalo, ny, usa

I'm not quite sure exactly how I felt about Down in the Valley. At many times I thought it was a gorgeous film, shot perfectly, but at others I felt uncomfortable and shocked. We are given a love story between a troubled young man and a high school girl trapped in a family that could self-destruct at any moment. These two have been on a journey to find themselves, and in each other's kindred spirits finds another to help steer them onto the right course. However, a relationship like this cannot last. Whether or not you throw in the hot-tempered father, the shy brother lacking in gumption, or the voice inside our lead's head, the tale is one ripe for tragedy. I guess that means it all hinges on the story that gets you from the beginning to the end and whether it is one that was worth the journey. Despite the numerous moments that seemed out of place, and those that stirred discomfort, I will have to conclude that the path is ultimately one I'm glad I took. The great moments were a sight to behold and the tough ones did their job because I still can't shake them.

If nothing else, the acting is top-notch. Evan Rachel Wood is truly amazing for a girl her age. From the little girl in Digging to China, to the rebellious teen in Thirteen, I can't believe how poised she is in all she does. Whereas someone like Anna Paquin fell off the map, as she got older, I think Wood will be around for quite awhile, and I can't wait for Across the Universe later this year. In this film, she encompasses the role of a young woman trying to break free from her stifling yet loose family life into a relationship that is too much for someone of her maturity to completely understand. When she slowly realizes what she is a part of, it is too late, and her mixture of fear with the love she still holds is heartbreaking. David Morse also brings a brilliant performance to the table. A long time character actor, he plays the formidable, sheriff type well, yet has the emotional range to portray the compassion he has underneath the rough exterior. His role is a man that is doing his best, but only when tragedy strikes does he realize how much love he has to give. Rory Culkin rounds out the supporting cast showing nice restraint in a confused young boy unable to differentiate good from bad as the good does what seems bad in order to protect and the bad puts on the façade of good to win him over.

In the end, the real force of the movie is Edward Norton. It's good to see that after his little hiatus from acting, he has come back better than ever. His character Harlan is a complex man with a past that has made him regress into the age of chivalrous western ranches. You can see it in his eyes that the world wronged him in some way and he needed to become a part of a moment in time where people mattered and not material objects. When he ends up in an old west film set and watches the extras dancing and enjoying life in its bear form, the ecstatic look on his face shows it all. Harlan doesn't know who he is and the love of this very young girl puts him into a world that threatens the façade he has worked hard to build. The drugs and the selfishness and the pain wreak havoc on his mind and he begins to let his past anger rise back to the surface. Every moment as he continues on his journey is true to him; when he changes reality to suit his survival, he believes every word he is saying. Something is broken in him, and no one could have portrayed it better than Norton.

I do think, though, that the acting is too good for the film. Morse and Norton are so effective in showing the dual nature of their characters that you end up feeling cheated never finding out what happened in their lives to get them to the points they are at when we are introduced to them. The script never allows us to see any of the characters' motivations, only the slice of life we are shown on screen. Is Harlan the son of a Rabbi? just a troubled youth with a criminal record? both? and if so what happened to make him try and forget it all? These are questions that the movie makes you ask, but never gives any answers to. To have a beautifully shot scene of Norton and Wood out in the country with a wonderful transition sequence involving a swing-set and then at the end progress to an outlaw gunfight chase is all at once jarring and effective, and yet insufficiently explained. These characters are so complex, I just wish the film did more to help us understand them all rather than just show us what happens when their cultures clash in the game of love. Definitely worth a look, but ultimately an underachieving film that had the makings for greatness.

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