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The Great New Wonderful weaves five stories against the backdrop of an anxious and uncertain post-9-11 New York City. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Olympia Dukakis ... Judy Hillerman (segment "Judy's Story")

Jim Gaffigan ... Sandie (segment "Sandie's Story")

Judy Greer ... Allison Burbage (segment "David and Allison's Story")

Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Emme Keeler (segment "Emme's Story")

Thomas McCarthy ... Davie Burbage (segment "David and Allison's Story") (as Tom McCarthy)

Sharat Saxena ... Satish (segment "Avi and Satish's Story")

Naseeruddin Shah ... Avinash aka "Avi" (segment "Avi and Satish's Story")

Tony Shalhoub ... Dr. Trabulous (segment "Sandie's Story")

Stephen Colbert ... Principal Peersall (segment "David and Allison's Story")
Dick Latessa ... Jerry Binder (segment "Judy's Story")

Will Arnett ... Danny Keeler (segment "Emme's Story")

Seth Gilliam ... Clayton (segment "Emme's Story")

Anita Gillette ... Lainie (segment "Judy's Story")

Julie Dretzin ... Julie Driscoll (segment "Emme's Story")

Edie Falco ... Safarah Polsky (segment "Emme's Story")

Jim Parsons ... Justin (segment "Emme's Story")

Martha Millan ... Alexa (segment "Emme's Story")

Nancy McDoniel ... Agnes Whitehead (segment "Emme's Story")
Fred Burrell ... Wexler Whitehead (segment "Emme's Story")
Jillian Crane ... Crying Woman (segment "Emme's Story")

Mario Polit ... Elvis Cedeno (segment "Emme's Story")

Tony Kushner ... Himself (segment "Emme's Story")

Finnerty Steeves ... Isabelle (segment "Emme's Story")
Priscilla Shanks ... Priscilla Krindel (segment "Emme's Story")
Bernie McInerney ... Duff Krindel (segment "Emme's Story")

Ari Graynor ... Lisa Krindel (segment "Emme's Story")
Kathryn Faughnan ... Karaoke Girl (segment "Emme's Story")
Bill Donner ... Charlie Burbage (segment "David and Allison's Story") (as Billy Donner)
Tom Ford ... Mr. Jeffers (segment "David and Allison's Story)

Zack Wall ... Geography Bee Contestant (segment "David and Allison's Story")

Rosemarie DeWitt ... Debbie (segment "David and Allison's Story")
Kapil Bawa ... General Ganjee (segment "Avi and Satish's Story")

Eliyas Qureshi ... Head Security Guard (segment "Avi and Satish's Story")

Rajika Puri ... Sucheta (segment "Avi and Satish's Story")
Mukesh Patel ... Vijay (Satish's brother-in-law) (segment "Avi and Satish's Story") (as Mukesh M. Patel)
Nikhil Patel ... Bhanu (Satish's son) (segment "Avi and Satish's Story") (as Nikhil M. Patel)
Jyotsna Du Ciel ... Avi's Daughter (segment "Avi and Satish's Story")

Tonye Patano ... Shirley (Meter Maid) (segment "Avi and Satish's Story")

Alex McCord ... Jessilyn (Lola Hostess) (segment "Avi and Satish's Story")
Moises Castillo Orta ... Tough Teen (segment "Ari and Satish's Story")
Masayasu Nakanishi ... Japanese Tourist (segment "Ari and Satish's Story")

Ed Setrakian ... Henry Hillerman (segment "Judy's Story")

Sam Catlin ... Councilman Blenick (segment "Judy's Story")
Nicky 'Pops' Anest ... Lou

Marilyn Chris ... Phyllis (segment "Judy's Story")

Eric Fleishman ... Water Exercise Instructor (segment "Judy's Story")

David Costabile ... Vending Machine Guy (segment "Sandie's Story")
Alicia Van Couvering ... Girl in Truck (segment "Sandie's Story")
Justin Rosen ... Boy in Truck (segment "Sandie's Story")
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kimberly Asa ... School principal

Alexis Dziena ... Angie (scenes deleted)
Tony Galtieri ... Waiter
Nadir Hasan ... Restaurant Patron
Matthew Seife ... Boisterous Tourist Family

Parthiban Shanmugam ... Under cover agent

Joseph M. Abbott ... Man in Park (uncredited)

Orlagh Cassidy ... Flirty Woman (uncredited)

Michael Den Dekker ... Cafe Patron (uncredited)
Mike Dressel ... Young Teacher (uncredited)
Adrianna White Eagle ... Girl Looking Down School Hallway (uncredited)

Brian Kirchoff ... Actor (uncredited)
Michie Madison ... Theatregoer (uncredited)

Dominick Mancino ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
K'Dee Miller ... Rhonda (uncredited)

Meredith Ostrom ... Anita (uncredited)

Farrah Peskoff ... Girl in Pigtails (uncredited)

Dawn Ressy ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Emily Anila Shah ... Avi's Daughter (segment "Avi and Satish's Story) (uncredited)
Namrata Shah ... Avi's Daughter (segment "Avi and Satish's Story) (uncredited)

Jeremy Shamos ... Young Rabbi (uncredited)

Directed by
Danny Leiner 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sam Catlin  written by

Produced by
Victor Bardack .... executive producer (as Vic Bardack)
Michael Hoffman .... executive producer
C.C. Lagator .... executive producer
Danny Leiner .... producer
Damon Martin .... executive producer
Lila Mirochin .... associate producer
Michael Nozik .... executive producer
Amy Robinson .... executive producer
Gary Rubin .... executive producer
Jesse Scolaro .... co-producer
Nick Goodwin Self .... co-producer
Raj Singh .... executive producer
Daniel Swee .... co-producer
Matt Tauber .... producer
Leslie Urdang .... producer
Allison Wolf .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
John Swihart 
 
Cinematography by
Harlan Bosmajian (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Frazen 
 
Casting by
Daniel Swee 
 
Production Design by
Laura Ballinger 
 
Art Direction by
Tyler Q. Rosen 
 
Set Decoration by
Kate Foster 
 
Costume Design by
Alysia Raycraft 
 
Makeup Department
Tom Brumberger .... hair stylist: Ms. Dukakis
Tom Brumberger .... makeup artist: Ms. Dukakis
Persefone Karakosta .... key hair stylist
Persefone Karakosta .... key makeup artist
Brenna Scarrott .... additional hair stylist
Brenna Scarrott .... additional makeup artist
Joanna Stewart .... assistant hair stylist
Joanna Stewart .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Seth Eisman .... production supervisor
Patrick Huber .... unit manager
Joe Leonard .... post-production supervisor
Doug Torres .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bruce Hall .... first assistant director: second unit
Bruce Hall .... second second assistant director
Kathleen E. Kearney .... second assistant director
Doug Torres .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Hillary Baldwin .... set dresser
Fay Chang .... set dresser
Erin Diebol .... set dresser
Katie Dillon .... set dresser (as Katie Dillan)
Maus Drechsler .... property master (as Ana Katharina Drechsler)
Eduardo Garabal .... assistant property master
Shelley Herbert .... additional props
Sean Marks .... set dresser
Jennifer Massi .... set dresser
Don O'Reilly .... additional art director (as Donald O'Reilly)
Tanya Preminger .... set dresser
Paula Raymond .... set dresser
Richard Rogers .... set dresser
Justin Rosen .... art production assistant
Justin Rosen .... lead man
Ry Russo-Young .... set dresser (as Ry Russo Young)
Gela Zefira .... assistant property master
Tomas Zeman .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Joshua Anderson .... additional sound mixer
Joshua Anderson .... boom operator
Sarah F. Badiee .... adr editor (as Sarah Badiee)
Dominic Bartolini .... adr recordist
Andrew Bellware .... additional sound mixer
Kevin Bowe .... additional boom operator
Michael Brown .... foley mixer
Bob Bryan .... additional sound mixer
Gary Coppola .... foley mixer (as Gary J. Coppola)
Gary Coppola .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gary J. Coppola)
Alexandra Gallo .... additional boom operator
Kenneth Hassell .... additional boom operator
Dean Hurley .... sound editor
Jeff Kushner .... sound designer (as Jeffrey A. Kushner)
Jeff Kushner .... supervising sound editor (as Jeffrey A. Kushner)
Tim H. Lee .... adr mixer
Bryant Musgrove .... additional boom operator
Shannon Potter .... foley artist
Trevor Reed .... sound effects editor
Griffin Richardson .... sound mixer
Gabriel Sanders .... additional boom operator
Mike Shear .... sound effects editor
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist (as Edward Steidele)
Jose Torres .... additional sound mixer
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
David Warburton .... post facility coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Ian Vertovec .... digital colorist
 
Stunts
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Jeff Ward .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Anctil .... swing
Quarry Bastfield .... best boy electric (as Quarry Basfield)
Bob Behrens .... camera intern
Manuel Billeter .... camera operator: "b" camera
Manuel Billeter .... director of photography: second unit
Manuel Billeter .... first assistant camera
Ethan Borsuk .... second assistant camera
Steven Capitano Calitri .... key grip
Matthew Caton .... swing
Othmar Dickbauer .... camera engineer (as Othmar Dickbaur)
Avra Fox .... swing
Fernando Gayesky .... second assistant camera
Abbot Genser .... still photographer
Shawn Greene .... gaffer
Adam Hall .... best boy grip
Nina Kuhn .... swing
Robert McKenna .... additional camera operator
Jessica Miglio .... additional still photographer
Ron Morales .... best boy electric
Mike Morini .... grip
Mike Morini .... swing
Allesandra Petlin .... additional still photographer
Daniel Sharnoff .... camera intern (as Dan Sharnoff)
Julianna Thomas .... additional still photographer
Kenny Trice .... additional still photographer
 
Casting Department
Lois J. Drabkin .... casting associate
Jimmy Floyd .... extras casting
Jacob Gitzis .... extras casting
Eddie Gutch .... extras casting assistant
Sheila Jaffe .... casting consultant: Serenade Films
Kristen McTigue .... casting associate
Kristie Sessions .... extras casting assistant
Charlotte Wanberg .... casting intern (as Charlotte Manning)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marygrace Brennan .... wardrobe intern (as Mary Grace Brennan)
Amy Clark .... assistant costume designer
Catherine Osborne .... wardrobe supervisor
Melissa Ross .... assistant costume designer
Lea Umberger .... wardrobe intern
Belinda Yee .... wardrobe intern
 
Editorial Department
Michael Cioni .... digital intermediate post supervisor
Jake Cohen .... first assistant editor (as Jacob Cohen)
J.P. Impastato .... post-production assistant
Joe Leonard .... second assistant editor
Jesse Tushinsky .... assistant editor: opening titles
Ian Vertovec .... colorist
Ian Vertovec .... on-line editor
Chris Wong .... second assistant editor
Christopher C.C. Wong .... assistant editor
Kai Wu .... assistant post-production coordinator
 
Music Department
Michael Baber .... music editor (as Mike Baber)
Adam Blau .... assistant to composer
Adam Blau .... musician: piano
Mari Cuney .... musician: violin
Peter Gordon .... musician: flute and clarinet
Aram Mandossian .... composer intern
Greg Morgenstein .... score engineer
John Swihart .... musician: guitar and upright bass
Robin Urdang .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Nicholas Allen .... additional set production assistant (as Nick Allen)
Ami Armstrong .... creative executive: Serenade Films
Georgia Boyce .... office intern
Margaret Braun .... cakes designer
J.C. Bridges .... parking production assistant
Robert Broden .... on-set medic
Eric M. Brooks .... legal counsel: Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal & La Violette, Sky Dog Films
Olivia Byun .... location intern
Amy Chang .... office intern
Kira Cohen .... assistant: Mr. Tauber
Nicholas Coles .... additional set production assistant
Tom Collier .... legal counsel: Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal & La Violette, Sky Dog Films (as Thomas B. Coillier)
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance researcher: IndieClear
Christianne Cook .... craft service
Gabrielle Cran .... assistant: Ms. Robinson
Tim DeYoung .... assistant: Mr. Leiner
Kat Donahue .... assistant location manager
Rebecca Ehrhardt .... production coordinator
Massoumeh Emami .... script supervisor
Marta Forns-Escudé .... key production assistant
Carol Frances .... production banking: City National Bank
Nitin Gambhir .... translator: Hindi
Davina Gazo .... office intern
Laurie Gershon .... product placement and clearances
Traci-Ann Gibson .... office intern
Avi Glijansky .... set production assistant
Johan Grimm .... office intern (as Johann Grimm)
Amy Gunzenhauser .... distribution consultant
Esme Haddock .... craft service
Patrick Huber .... set production assistant
Todd James .... advisory board: Serenade Films
Denyse R. Jones .... location intern
Sarah Kramer .... additional set production assistant
Geoff Linville .... production executive: Serenade Films (as Geoffrey Linville)
Brian Mackey .... additional set production assistant
Shelly Madeja .... set production assistant (as Shelley Madeja)
Chris Marsh .... location manager (as Christopher Marsh)
Jacquie Mitchell .... production banking: City National Bank
Danny O'Brien .... location assistant
Derek Pastures .... parking coordinator
Kia Perry .... craft service
Michael A. Price .... advisory board: Serenade Films
Daniel Rbibo .... insurance services: AON/Albert G. Ruben
Michele Robertson .... publicist
Safwan Salaam .... parking production assistant
Stephen Scharf .... advisory board: Serenade Films
Stephen Scharf .... legal counsel: O'Melveny and Myers
Sloane Schneier .... office intern
Madhavi Singh .... translator: Hindi
Raj Singh .... advisory board: Serenade Films
Maggie Slavonic .... title designer: end titles
Kim Tobash .... on-set tutor
Brandi Tufenkjian .... assistant production coordinator
Jesse Tushinsky .... assistant title editor
Adriano Valle .... set production assistant
Collin Warhaftig .... office intern
Julia Wells .... assistant to producers: Serenade Films (as Julia C. Wells)
Anthony Wright .... additional set production assistant
Lang Yee .... production accountant
 
Thanks
Kevin Kline .... special thanks
Annie Leibovitz .... special thanks
Susan Michals .... thanks
 

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Rated R for language and some sexuality
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USA:87 min (Tribeca Film Festival)
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Factual errors: Avi says that the Mall of America in Minneapolis is the largest mall in the world. Actually, at the time of the store, CentralWorld Mall in Thailand is larger, opening in 1990.See more »
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[last lines]
Sandie - Dr. Trabulous' patient:I think I'm lost.
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24 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful - Subtle - Stunning, 30 April 2005
Author: kmd85 from New York

If hysteria was the symptom of the nineteenth century and schizophrenia that of the twentieth, The Great New Wonderful, confronts the question of what symptoms will characterize the twenty-first – and what better place to look than Post 9/11 New York City? Dr. Trabulous (Tony Shalhoub) nails it when he says that he senses in patient Sandie (Jim Gaffigan) "anger" and "disappointment". These symptoms characterize the five stories that weave through the film.

In Emme's story we see a fancy cake maker (Maggie Gyllenhaal) who is trying to nab the top spot from competitor Safarah Polsky (Edie Falco). David (Thomas McCarthy) and Allison (Judy Greer) are struggling to raise a troubled, overweight, possibly violent child. Judy Hillerman (Olympia Dukakis) finds herself going through the motions in her Coney Island prison of a middle class life and in Avi's story, he (Naseeruddin Shah) and his partner face changed expectations of other people. In each anger and disappointment hold sway. The film has very subtle references to its post-9/11 setting. Avi looks up when he hears a plane pass overhead. Allison turns on the nature noises machine on the bedside table in an unsuccessful attempt to drown out the noise of sirens that fills the bedroom. And Safari Polsky, bowing under the weight of her own ambition, sighs when she says that after all that has happened nothing has changed. The tension builds throughout the film and the comedy becomes blacker as we understand the characters better and come to empathize with their symptoms.

Danny Liener, Sam Catlin and Matt Tauber do a great job weaving the stories together into a coherent whole, despite the ambiguities left in each story. The film does not attempt to answer the questions it poses, simply extracting them from what seems like a smooth exterior. Cinematographer Harlan Bosmajian does an incredible job with limited time and resources creating a fantastic looking film.

Like Salman Rushdie's book, Fury, GNW illustrates the underlying anger characterizing contemporary cosmopolitan life and the fine line that separates civilization from the bubbling up of this fury and chaos. Add the post-traumatic stress of 9/11 and you get an amazing story of society and humanity. As Rushdie writes, "But our nature is our nature and uncertainty is at the heart of what we are, uncertainty per se, in and of itself, the sense that nothing is written in stone, everything crumbles. As Marx was probably still saying out there in the junkyard of ideas, . . . all that is solid melts into air. In a public climate of such daily-trumpeted assurance, where did our fears go to hide? On what did they feed? On ourselves, perhaps . . . "

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