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Duane Hopwood -- A down-on-his-luck divorced father struggles to get his life and family back together before it's too late.

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Matt Mulhern (written by)
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When the odds are against you, your best bet is a second chance...
Plot:
A down-on-his-luck divorced father struggles to get his life and family back together before it's too late. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Daisy Ang ... Frank

Bill Buell ... Wally

Dick Cavett ... Fred

Rachel Covey ... Kate

Mia Dillon ... Female Judge
Marty Dunn ... Beefy Bartender

Josh Flitter ... Jake

Judah Friedlander ... Anthony
Jim Fyfe ... Linda's Lawyer

Janeane Garofalo ... Linda

Jerry Grayson ... Carl
Joan Griffith ... Mrs. Wakely

Chance Kelly ... Tommy

John Krasinski ... Bob Flynn

Susan Lynch ... Gina
Bernie McInerney ... Male Judge

Sayra Player ... Kate's Teacher

Ramya Pratt ... Mary

Vincent Riviezzo ... Aldo

Steve Schirripa ... Steve (as Steven R. Schirripa)

David Schwimmer ... Duane Hopwood
Irma St. Paule ... Mrs. Fillipi

Brian Tarantina ... Mr. Alonso
Jeffery V. Thompson ... Rahmn
Pauline Tully ... Jogger #2

Lenny Venito ... Cop

Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... William

Jama Williamson ... Jogger #1
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicole Sapello ... Jogger #3

Louis Bottino ... Gambler (uncredited)

Peggy Friend ... Defendant (uncredited)
Joseph J. Greenberg ... Garage Extra (uncredited)
Maire Ni Rochain ... Pilgrim Waitress (uncredited)
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Directed by
Matt Mulhern 
 
Writing credits
Matt Mulhern (written by)

Produced by
David T. Friendly .... producer (as david Friendly)
Andrew Lang .... co-producer
Melissa Marr .... producer
Ethan Smith .... line producer
Lemore Syvan .... producer
Marc Turtletaub .... producer
John M. Tyson .... associate producer
Ben Waisbren .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Michael Rohatyn 
 
Cinematography by
Mauricio Rubinstein (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Tom McArdle 
 
Casting by
Cindy Tolan 
 
Production Design by
Ben Conable  (as Benjamin Conable)
 
Set Decoration by
Mila Khalevich 
 
Costume Design by
Lynn Falconer 
 
Makeup Department
Angela Gallagher .... additional key makeup artist
Donna Battersby Greene .... key hair stylist
Kabuki .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Rachel Barrett .... post-production supervisor
David Blazina .... production supervisor
Lemore Syvan .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jane Ferguson .... second assistant director
John M. Tyson .... first assistant director
Jason Rody .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Thomas Ahlers .... art department assistant (as Thomas J. Ahlers)
Janet Clevland .... camera scenic artist
Frank DeCurtis Jr. .... leadman (as Frank DeCurtis)
Michael Frechette .... additional props
Tom Groody .... assistant property master
Steve Paul .... additional on-set dresser
Chris Potter .... art department assistant
Sharon Potts .... property master
Albert J. Prudente .... art department intern (as Albert J. Prudente III)
Adam Roffman .... on-set dresser (as Adam J. Roffman)
 
Sound Department
Nancy Cabrera .... foley artist
Ryan Collison .... foley recordist
Stuart Deutsch .... additional sound mixer
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording mixer
Mariusz Glabinski .... sound effects editor
Marlena Grzaslewicz .... co-supervising sound editor
Jack Hutson .... additional boom operator
T.J. O'Mara .... sound mixer
Dan Paikin .... boom operator
Ira Spiegel .... co-supervising sound editor
Shane Stoneback .... sound re-recordist
Andrew Turner .... sound consultant: Dolby
 
Stunts
Douglas Crosby .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Baskerville .... additional electrician
Axel Baumann .... additional camera operator
Axel Baumann .... camera operator
Nicola Benizzi .... second assistant camera
Shaka Brookes .... company grip
Daniel Casey .... additional camera assistant (as Dan Casey)
John Clifford .... still photographer
Divine Cox .... key grip
Christopher DeBlau .... additional electrician
Gerald Gloster .... best boy grip
James Harker .... additional electrician
Douglas C. Hart .... additional camera assistant (as Doug Hart)
Mai Iskander .... additional camera assistant
Gary Jackiewicz .... company grip
Ludovic Littee .... camera loader
Sean McCardell .... gaffer
Beth O'Brien .... electrician
Alfred Padilla .... best boy electric (as Al Padilla)
Christopher T. Paul .... additional first assistant camera (as Chris Paul)
Anthony Santos .... company grip
Sandor Temlock .... first assistant camera
James Thorne .... generator operator (as Jim Thorne)
Christopher Vaccaro .... additional grip
Daniel Wiener .... additional second assistant camera
Daniel Wiener .... camera loader
Doug Foote .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Laura Cass .... casting assistant
Alissa Dirato .... extras casting
Matt Schreiber .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rachel Greene .... wardrobe supervisor
Nina Schelich .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Aaron Dorn .... digital intermediate producer: EFilm
Lloyd Forcellini .... digital intermediate supervisor: Rhino Post Inc.
Craig Gordon .... digital intermediate editor: Rhino Post Inc.
Walter Lefler .... digital intermediate colorist: Rhino Post Inc.
Mike Nuget .... additional digital intermediate editor: Rhino Post Inc.
Christine Park .... associate editor
Joaquin Perez .... editorial assistant (as Jaoquin Perez)
Loan Phan .... digital intermediate producer: EFilm
Stan Sztaba .... negative cutter: Match Cut
Joe Violante .... dailies supervisor (as Joey Violante)
Rachelle Way .... digital intermediate producer: Rhino Post Inc.
Steve Calalang .... dailies timer (uncredited)
Perry M. Kimura .... digital scanning and recording (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Doug Bernheim .... music supervisor
Lawrence Feldman .... musician: clarinet and flute
Mariusz Glabinski .... music editor
David Hofstra .... musician: bass
Dan Hopler .... score engineer
Jamie Lawrence .... musician: piano and drums
Mike Levine .... musician: dobro and pedal steel
Alex Polonsky .... musician: trumpet
Michael Rohatyn .... score producer
 
Transportation Department
Paul Kane .... driver
Mike Preston .... driver
 
Other crew
Nicholas R. Bell .... production assistant (as Nick Bell)
Patty Covarrubias .... assistant: Mr. Schwimmer
Kristen Dirato .... production secretary
Tim Downs .... location manager
Cindy Garforth .... production intern
Maryanne Garrity .... production intern
Mike Giletto .... caterer: Cater 2 U
Brian Goetz .... production assistant
Joey Gothelf .... catering production assistant: Cater 2 U
Eli Gurevich .... financial controller: Elevation Filmworks
Erin Heidenreich .... sales agent
Anne Johnson .... production accountant (as Anne K. Johnson)
Lori La Frennie .... production intern
Stephanie A. Marquardt .... script supervisor
Maire Ni Rochain .... production coordinator
Chad Nicholson .... production assistant (as Chad R. Nicholson)
Ali Norad .... production assistant (as Ali M. Norad)
Angelique A. Pesce .... development assistant
Justin Ritson .... production assistant
Jason Rody .... key set production assistant (as Jason 'Rowdy' Rody)
Clint Scott .... production assistant
Tim Susco .... location assistant
Jesse Toledano .... production assistant
Lilly Tuttle .... assistant: Lemore Syvan
Nick Vanderpool .... key set production assistant
Cara White .... unit publicist
Rob Williams .... catering assistant: Cater 2 U
 
Thanks
Rowena Arguelles .... special thanks
Julie Durk .... special thanks
Michael McGahey .... special thanks
Mary Mulhern .... dedicatee
Peter Saraf .... special thanks
Leslie Siebert .... special thanks
Art Smith Jr. .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for language
Runtime:
84 min (Sundance Film Festival)
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Filming took only 21 days, and was shot entirely in Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate, Longport and Ocean City, New Jersey.See more »
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References Alien (1979)See more »
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ROCKIN' THE SUBURBSSee more »

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Quietly Brilliant, 27 December 2006
Author: Rroo99 from United States

Regarding Matt Mulhern's Duane Hopwood, I've read everything from "quietly brilliant" to "drably unfocused" -- and several insightful things in between. Me, I fall firmly with the former group: This is a mellow-yet-effective character study that exhibits some real poignancy and delivers a stunningly good performance by Friends star David Schwimmer. It's certainly not the flashiest or most exciting indie you'll ever see, but for what it is, Duane Hopwood is a winner.

Schwimmer plays the titular character, an Atlantic City casino employee who seems to be in the formative stages of outright alcoholism. Duane's estranged wife (the also excellent Janeane Garofalo) is clearly doing all she can to focus on her ex's "good side," as the couple share two daughters -- and, despite his problems, Duane's always been a pretty good dad.

But things boil over after Duane is arrested for drunk driving ... while his young daughter lies sleeping in the back seat of the car. Thus begins a herky-jerky, but decidedly downward, spiral for Duane, a guy who's smart enough to realize he's ruining his life -- but just not smart enough to avoid all the potholes.

As an honest and realistic depiction of the ways in which alcoholism can strike any "normal Joe," Duane Hopwood works exceedingly well. Those expecting any sort of 'after-school special sentiment' or Public Service finger-wagging will be sorely disappointed in Hopwood's screenplay. There are no big emotional revelations or huge dramatic screaming matches -- but the flick packs a punch all the same. It works because of its everyman banality, and not despite it.

For such a quiet and unassuming film, Duane Hopwood sure offers a lot of great little ingredients. The Atlantic City setting, for example, becomes a character unto itself, glitzy and interesting on the surface, but cold and isolated beneath. Judah Friedlander offers a colorfully entertaining supporting performance as Duane's on-again off-again buddy, a security guard who dreams of life as a comedian. And every 25 minutes or so, Mulhern and Schwimmer deliver a moment of true heart, sincerity, and intensity ... frankly, I think this is a better "alcoholism" flick than Leaving Las Vegas.

It sure as hell is a lot more subtle, anyway

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