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Set in the present-day San Fernando Valley, the project revolves around a delusional man who believes he's a cowboy and the relationship that he starts with a rebellious young woman. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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 Gray Lewis ... Policeman (as Peter Lewis)
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)

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)
Domiciano Rodriquez .... driver (as Dom Rodriguez)
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
108 min | Japan:112 min | USA:114 min | Argentina:114 min
Aspect Ratio:
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There are at least two different versions of the film, with scenes either missing or added and different takes of key moments. The rarer 105-minute cut shortens many scenes but includes a missing scene between Harlan and Lonnie. Indeed, several of the escape scenes are different and in some cases reflect differently on Harlan's character. The sound mix is also different, with "Lean On Me Gently" as the credits song instead of Mazzy Star's "Down From the Bridge."See more »
Revealing mistakes: One of the revolvers in Wade's wall collection is actually a non-firing display model of the Colt Peacemaker. This is evidenced by the horizontal slots in the rear of the cylinder, between the cylinder's flutes. Real Peacemakers do not have such slots.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 »
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30 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
'Don't say anything, just think about it', 17 October 2006
Author: gradyharp from United States

It takes a certain mindset to appreciate DOWN IN THE VALLEY, a quiet little movie about little people who want something more than what their environs offer. The film is long (just over two hours), could use some editing, allows a rather pedestrian musical score to cover the dialogue far too frequently, and for much of the film the camera exposure makes everything so sun drenched (even for the San Fernando Valley where the story takes place!) that it feels bleached. But those aspects feel secondary in the presence of some very fine performances by an excellent cast directed with vision by writer/director David Jacobson.

Life is exceedingly boring in the bland town where Tobe (Evan Rachel Wood) and her little brother Lonny (Rory Culkin) live with their sheriff father Wayne (David Morse) - we never know why there is no mother around though Wayne brings in sleepover subs at random. Tobe has girlfriends with whom she cruises guys and on one afternoon's trip to the beach she meets gas station attendant Harlan (Edward Norton), a drifter who claims to be a rancher form South Dakota and has all the genteel manners of a gentleman raised to respect women. Harlan lives in a trashy motel, plays and dresses as a cowboy, and has an innocence about him that makes us want to believe he is not the borderline personality he is. Tobe picks Harlan up, they begin seeing each other despite Wayne's better judgment, and Tobe and Harlan include Lonny in their pursuit of a world that borders on make believe Western drama. Wayne objects more strongly, discovers Harlan is tempting Tobe away from her home, and confronts Harlan until Harlan finally decides the only way to move forward is to rescue Tobe and Lonny from their bad homelife. Harlan's dark side emerges and his cowboy play becomes real, gunshots are fired and the ending of the film is a mélange of old Western movie make-believe and contemporary tragedy of a young man out of joint with his world.

Edward Norton gives a stunning portrayal of an out of touch drifter: we never know his background except for suggestions that his childhood was spent in detention homes, foster homes, and other dysfunctional modes of getting by. Evan Rachel Wood is radiantly beautiful as the needy teenager who ultimately cannot cope with her desires to leave the home nest. Rory Culkin has few lines but his presence is palpably worrisome. Bruce Dern is on board as a crusty old contemporary 'cowboy' and David Morse again turns in a performance that is three dimensional and credible (it would have been helpful to know why he is a single parent). The film is not without its flaws (as mentioned above plus more), but it manages to give Edward Norton yet another chance to demonstrate his considerable skills as an actor who can make the most peripheral characters stick in our hearts. This is a fine little movie, much underrated. Grady Harp

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