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22 October 2004 (USA) See more »
a quantum fable See more »
A fictional photographer's quest to spiritually rediscover herself is interspersed with documentary footage of scientists and theologians discussing the philosophical aspects of quantum physics. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Marlee Matlin ... Lead

Elaine Hendrix ... Jennifer

John Ross Bowie ... Elliot

Robert Bailey Jr. ... Reggie

Barry Newman ... Frank

Larry Brandenburg ... Bruno
Daniela Serra ... Bride
James Langston Drake ... Groom (as Jame Drake)
Michele Mariana ... Tour Guide (as Michelle Mariana)

Armin Shimerman ... Older Man (in subway)

Robert Blanche ... Bob
Pavel Mikoloski ... Priest
Alex Rogers ... Guy #1
Tin Tran ... Guy #2

Leslie Taylor ... Bridesmaid

Sherilyn Lawson ... Bridesmaid

Mercedes Rose ... Bridesmaid
Joelle Anthony ... Bridesmaid
Dawnn Pavlonnis ... Bridesmaid (as Dawnn Pavlonis)

Danny Bruno ... Caterer
Josh Santos ... Best Man
Kerensa Gimre ... Kid
Heather Robertson ... Bridesmaid
Patti Collins ... Mother Of The Bride
Tammy Mischke ... Chick
Justin Canfield ... DJ
Gordon Grobelny ... Guitar Player
Brent Pendleton ... Conga Player
Jonathan Cammon ... Player
Val Landrum ... Ticket Sales Girl
Kyle Lunde ... Bartender
Gloria Manon ... (voice)

Robert McKeehen ... (voice)
Eric Newsome ... Various Character Voices (voice)
Kirk Thornton ... Various Character Voices (voice) (as Kirk Thorton)
Michelle Ruff ... Various Character Voices (voice)
Lia Sargent ... Various Character Voices (voice)
Michael Sorich ... Various Character Voices (voice)

Steve Blum ... Various Character Voices (voice) (as Steven Jay Blum)

Tom Fahn ... Various Character Voices (voice)
Allison Gottfried ... (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Albert ... Himself (as David Albert PhD)
Joseph Dispenza ... Himself (as Dr. Joe Dispenza DC)
Amit Goswami ... Himself (as Amit Goswami PhD)
John Hagelin ... Himself (as John Hagelin PhD)
Stuart Hameroff ... Himself (as Stuart Hameroff MD)
J.Z. Knight ... Ramtha (as Ramtha)
Miceal Ledwith ... Himself (as Dr. Miceal Ledwith)
Daniel Monti ... Himself (as Daniel Monti MD)
Andrew Newberg ... Himself (as Andrew B. Newberg MD)
Candace Pert ... Herself (as Candace Pert PhD)
Jeffrey Satinover ... Himself (as Jeffrey Satinover MD MS)
William Tiller ... Himself (as William Tiller PhD)
Fred Alan Wolf ... Himself (as Fred Alan Wolf PhD)
Marsha Clark ... Various Character Voices (voice) (uncredited)

William Joseph Elk III ... Shaman (uncredited)

Evan Jacobs ... Priest in Flashback (uncredited)
Jeff S. Dodge ... Extra on Train (uncredited)
Carol Stanzione ... Various Character Voices (voice) (uncredited)

Casper Van Dien ... Romantic Moritz (uncredited)

Tara Walker ... Girl at Train Station (uncredited)

Directed by
William Arntz 
Betsy Chasse 
Mark Vicente 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William Arntz  written by
Betsy Chasse  written by
Matthew Hoffman  written by
Mark Vicente  written by

Produced by
Scott Altomare .... line producer
William Arntz .... producer
Betsy Chasse .... producer
Todd C. Guzze .... producer (as Todd Guzze)
Mark Vicente .... producer
Straw Weisman .... associate producer
Original Music by
Christopher Franke 
Cinematography by
David Bridges (director of photography)
Mark Vicente (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jonathan P. Shaw  (as Jonathon Shaw)
Casting by
Valerie McCaffrey 
Danny Stoltz 
Production Design by
Costume Design by
Ronald Leamon 
Makeup Department
E. Larry Day .... hair department head
E. Larry Day .... makeup department head
Amanda Williams .... department head hair
Production Management
Stephen McDaniel .... production manager
Straw Weisman .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Craig Borden .... first assistant director
Todd C. Guzze .... second second assistant director (as Todd Guzze)
Eugene Mazzola .... first assistant director
Art Department
Greg McMickle .... assistant property master
Renee Prince .... on-set dresser
Shandy Ray .... assistant set decorator
Sound Department
Nathan Atkins .... assistant adr recordist
Nathan Atkins .... foley artist
Jim Baer .... sound recordist
Karma Barber .... adr mixer
Karma Barber .... foley artist
Jason England .... dialogue editor
John D. Gooch .... additional sound mixer
Stanley Kastner .... re-recording mixer
Donald Lyles .... re-recording mixer
Donald Lyles .... sound recordist
Shannon Potter .... sound recordist
Vic Radulich .... sound editor
John Rotondi .... chief engineer
Clancy T. Troutman .... supervising sound editor (as Clancy Troutman)
Scott Westley .... sound editor
Austin Storms .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Mark Benard .... visual effects producer
Barb Benoit .... digital compositor
Dennis Berardi .... visual effects producer: Mr. X Inc.
David M. Blum .... visual effects supervisor
Jose Burgos .... visual effects
Sharlto Copley .... visual effects producer
Rob Del Ciancio .... digital compositor
Bonnie Dickson .... tape operator: Mr. X Inc.
Matthew Esterhuizen .... digital artist
Kevin Genzel .... digital compositor
Marc Greyvenstein .... digital artist
Heather Grieve .... office administrator
Simon Hansen .... visual effects producer
Evan Jacobs .... visual effects supervisor
Denny Kurien .... animator
Mike Leben .... motion control operator (as Mike Lebone)
Jef Lonn .... digital compositor
Ali Maleka .... digital artist
Matt McFarland .... digital imaging supervisor
Mark Meloche .... digital compositor
Diane Miller .... visual effects coordinator (as Diane Evangelista Miller)
Douglas Miller .... digital effects supervisor
Andrew Nguyen .... compositor
Mark Palowich .... animation supervisor
Chris Paxson .... motion control technician
Vladimir Popovic .... systems administrator
Julian Potgieter .... digital compositor
Darcy Reno .... senior systems administrator (as Darcy Bangsund)
Eric J. Robertson .... visual effects producer
Andy Robinson .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Andy Robinson .... digital compositor
Michael Stewart .... digital compositor: Lost Boys Studios
Andre Van Der Merwe .... visual effects producer
Aaron Weintraub .... compositing supervisor
Steve Wittmann .... 3D animator
Steve Buckley .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Matt Barbee .... additional assistant camera
Mike Booth .... grip: California
Melanie C. Brown .... film loader (as Melani Brown)
Noal Clemons .... electrician (as Noal Clemmons)
Frank DiMarco .... photographer: black and white photography
Frank DiMarco .... still photographer
Russ Eaton .... lighting director
Frank Engel .... photographer: black and white photography
Brian Fleskes .... grip
Brian Fuller .... second assistant camera
Nate Goodman .... videographer
Mike Hanauska .... grip
Marc Hazewinkel .... still photographer
Josh Hicks .... electrician
Steve Hubert .... electrician
David R. Kohn .... electrician (as David Kohn)
Brent Lawson .... best boy grip
Brian C. Lawson .... dolly grip
Stuart T. Lillas .... first assistant camera (as Stuart Lillis)
Richard Mauro .... gaffer
Matthew May .... electrician (as Matt May)
Stephen Purcell .... electrician (as Stephen Purcel)
Scott Richmond .... best boy electric
Greg Schmitt .... grip (as Greg Schmidt)
Chris Steele .... electrician
Joel Stirnkorb .... key grip
Shawn Sundby .... grip (as Shawn Sunby)
Mark Vicente .... photographer: black and white photography
Aiken Weiss .... camera operator
James WilderHancock .... grip (as James 'Junior' Wilder Hancock)
Animation Department
Steve Wittmann .... animator
Casting Department
Sally Gates .... extras casting
Danny Stoltz .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marienne O'Brien .... set costumer
Gerard Parr .... costume department coordinator
Editorial Department
Evans Butterworth .... post-production executive
Brian J. Cavanaugh .... additional editor (as Brian Cavanaugh)
Jason Henderson .... additional assistant editor
Matt McFarland .... digital imaging supervisor
Greg Podunovich .... assistant editor
Location Management
Stephen Finders .... assistant location manager
Laura Stride .... location manager
Music Department
Tim Bomba .... music supervisor
Billy Lincoln .... composer: additional music
Brent Pendleton .... composer: additional music
Edgar Rothermich .... music producer
Edgar Rothermich .... music recordist
Brian Schvartz .... music editor
Jeff Tropeano .... music editor
Transportation Department
Nik Edgerton .... star driver (as Nicholas Edgerton)
Larry Gudgel .... driver: honeywagon
Philip Krysl .... driver
David Norris .... transportation coordinator
Eric Solmonson .... transportation captain
Other crew
Janet Anneman .... script supervisor
Linda Bloom-Hedine .... studio teacher (as Linda Bloom)
Timothy R. Boyce Jr. .... production assistant
Hannah Childs .... stand-in: Marlee Matlin
Mike Colemna .... office assistant
Christopher J. Corabi .... production legal
Jonathan Dana .... producer's representative
Julianna Darling .... sacred mom
Victoria Dreyer .... assistant accountant
Michael Fine .... set medic
Sam Gros .... set medic
Gail Heinzman .... corporate accountant
Melissa Henderson .... marketing
Robin Lane .... choreographer
Gary Laurent .... set medic
Pavel Mikoloski .... marketing
Adam Palmer .... production coordinator
Scott Schmidt .... set medic
Crystal Shade .... body double (as Crystal Rasmussen)
Kerby L. Verley .... set medic (as Kerby Verley)
Aaron Walrod .... accountant
Scott Challgren .... outreach (uncredited)

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"What the Bleep Do We Know!?" - Canada (English title) (promotional title), International (English title) (informal title), USA (alternative title)
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109 min | Germany:113 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Alberta/Ontario) | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Germany:0 | Iceland:L | Ireland:PG | Netherlands:AL | New Zealand:M | Singapore:NC-16 | UK:12A (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2005) | USA:Unrated (not rated)

Did You Know?

Continuity: In the wedding, Elliot hands over a drink to Amanda. She accidentally blows off the yellow mini-umbrella of her drink. Elliot licks the stick of his pink mini-umbrella and puts it in Amanda's drink. The next scene shows Amanda still has the yellow mini-umbrella on her drink, and Elliot still has his pink mini-umbrella on his drink. Although, in a film about how perception effects reality...maybe the umbrella was blue!See more »
Title card:[first title card] In the beginning was the Void
Title card:[second title card] Teeming with infinite possibilities
Title card:[third title card] Of which you.
Title card:[fourth title card] Are one...
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Movie Connections:
References Alice in Wonderland (1951)See more »
She's Too FatSee more »


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Comments arguing against many claims made in the movie., 13 December 2004
Author: swmmng ( from Michigan

OK, first I'm going to tear down the "Columbus's ships" thing. I'm fairly certain the Caribbeans had some sort of seaworthy craft, such as rafts or canoes. From these, any normal human intelligence can extrapolate their concept of "boat" to include these ships. Also, where did the writer get this story? Source? Since it's not common knowledge, you need a source.

Next is the direction of time question. In Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time," he talks about the 4 arrows of time accepted by the scientific community at large. While it is true that some fundamental (classical/Newtonian) physical laws don't care which direction time is going, many do. The arrow that I remember (it's been a while since I last read the book) is the thermodynamic arrow of time, which causes us to experience events in such a way that the entropy, or disorder, of the universe increases. For example, a cup falls off a table and breaks, not the other way around.

Ah, then the probability discussion. Yes, for subatomic particles like electrons and quarks, the probability wave is spread out enough that the particle can be in >1 place at a time. However, when you look at anything larger than these specks, the waves get exponentially more concentrated, so that a large (visible w/naked eye) object really has an infinitesimal probability of being in more than one state. So small is this probability that you would have to watch a "large" object say, a tennis ball, for more than the present age of the universe (15,000,000,000 years) for it to have an appreciable chance of doing anything strange.

Closely linked to my last paragraph is the talk about particles popping in and out of existence. The answer to "where do they go" is "they turn back into energy." This is what E=mc^2 means. In the "vacuum" of space, particle/antiparticle pairs of subatomic particles are constantly being created from random energy fluctuations, but these particles are existing on borrowed energy, which they very soon have to repay by annihilating with their mate.

Next is the water conversation. First of all, those pictures were of FROZEN water, which the narrator conveniently forgot to mention, only saying the jars were "left out overnight". Next, the claim that our bodies are 90% water is completely bogus. If that were true, there'd be no way we could so much as stand up. Instead: newborns have around 78%, 1-year-olds around 65%, adult men about 60%, and adult women around 55% (

This sheds doubt upon the rest of this "experiment."

The claim that if you only believe enough, you could walk on water is another seriously questionable one. If it's true, why didn't they show us? Tape someone walking on water. Even though you could fairly easily fake it with some video editing software, it'd still be a little more convincing than them simply telling us it's so. Using this "positive thinking" idea to then say that you create your own reality is equally flawed. Sure, I can very well believe that I live in a world inhabited by one-eyed, one-horned, flying, purple people-eaters, but that's irrelevant if the beings you interact with don't see the world this way.

And then the movie goes on to preach to us about God! How can a "scientific" movie propose to do this? Actually, I have a problem with that one guy proscribing what God is and what He isn't. Shouldn't that be up to the individual, thank you very much? Also in this part, one of the women commentators mentions that we have "antigravity." No, we don't. It's that simple.

Biology's not my thing, but there's a point where you just have to bring out a contradiction. One lady says that if you keep bombarding a cell with a certain chemical, the receptors on that cell will decrease. But soon after, a guy comes on and says that this same daily bombardment will cause the cell to produce a new cell when it divides that has MORE of the receptors. Contradiction. Oops.

I also have to comment on the guy who earlier on this board said this movie would appeal to anyone who's read "The Elegant Universe" by Brian Greene. I strongly disagree; I own and have read that book, and nowhere are its ideas remotely connected to this movie's ideas.

Lastly, I will agree with whoever said the movie is rather drawn out. Especially at the end. They just won't stop talking. They keep on going. Repeating the same stuff over and over. Which is what I'm doing for effect, if you couldn't figure that out.

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