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26 August 2005 (Iceland) See more »
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Sometimes life brings some strange surprises.
Plot:
As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. A freelance sleuth neighbor moves Don to embark on a cross-country search for his old flames in search of answers. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bill Murray ... Don Johnston

Julie Delpy ... Sherry

Heather Simms ... Mona (as Heather Alicia Simms)
Brea Frazier ... Rita
Jarry Fall ... Winston and Mona's Kid (as Jarry)
Korka Fall ... Winston and Mona's Kid
Saul Holland ... Winston and Mona's Kid (as Saul)
Zakira Holland ... Winston and Mona's Kid
Niles Lee Wilson ... Winston and Mona's Kid

Jeffrey Wright ... Winston

Meredith Patterson ... Flight Attendant
Jennifer Rapp ... Girl on Bus

Nicole Abisinio ... Girl on Bus

Ryan Donowho ... Young Man on Bus

Alexis Dziena ... Lolita

Sharon Stone ... Laura

Frances Conroy ... Dora

Christopher McDonald ... Ron
Dared Wright ... Rabbit Owner

Chloë Sevigny ... Carmen's Assistant
Suzanne Hevner ... Mrs. Dorston

Jessica Lange ... Carmen
Brain McPeck ... Guy in S.U.V. (as Brain F. McPeck)
Matthew McAuley ... Guy in S.U.V.

Chris Bauer ... Dan

Larry Fessenden ... Will

Tilda Swinton ... Penny

Pell James ... Sun Green

Mark Webber ... The Kid
Homer Murray ... Kid in Car
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rachel Puchkoff ... Girl in House (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jim Jarmusch 
 
Writing credits
Jim Jarmusch (written by)

Bill Raden (inspired by an idea from) and
Sara Driver (inspired by an idea from)

Produced by
Jon Kilik .... producer
Ann Ruark .... co-producer
Stacey E. Smith .... producer (as Stacey Smith)
Karen L. Thorson .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Mulatu Astatke 
 
Cinematography by
Frederick Elmes (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jay Rabinowitz 
 
Casting by
Ellen Lewis 
 
Production Design by
Mark Friedberg 
 
Art Direction by
Sarah Frank 
 
Set Decoration by
Lydia Marks 
 
Costume Design by
John A. Dunn  (as John Dunn)
 
Makeup Department
Milton Buras .... hair stylist: Sharon Stone
Judy Chin .... key makeup artist
Frances Hannon .... hair stylist: Bill Murray
Frances Hannon .... makeup artist: Bill Murray
Mandy Lyons .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
Gwen Bialic .... production supervisor
Ann Ruark .... unit production manager
Karen L. Thorson .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sarah Rae Garrett .... second second assistant director
Todd Pfeiffer .... first assistant director
Shea Rowan .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Robert Barnett .... camera scenic (as Bob Barnett)
Stephen Barth .... scenic artist
Peter Bundrick .... head carpenter (as Pete Bundrick)
Dominick Cocuzzo .... construction grip
Ralph Contrado .... scenic artist
Alex DiGerlando .... art department coordinator
Lauren Doner .... scenic foreman
Stephen Finkin .... on-set dresser (as Steve Finkin)
Tanis Gray .... art department assistant
Sandy Hamilton .... property master
Richard Hebrank .... construction coordinator (as Richie Hebrank)
Arlo Hoffman .... set dresser
T.W. John House .... construction grip (as John House)
Robert Keller .... carpenter (as Bob Keller)
Lisa Kennedy .... scenic artist
Jon Kim .... set dresser
Rob Landoll .... scenic artist
Elizabeth Linn .... charge scenic
John Peter Melendez .... set dresser (as John Melendez)
Michael Miller .... construction grip
Kris Moran .... assistant property master
Mark Pollard .... graphic artist
Heather Prendergast .... assistant set decorator
Will Scheck .... leadman
Mark Paul Selemon .... set dresser (as Mark Selemon)
Jonathan Tessler .... additional props
Ajamu Walker .... artwork
Don Zappia .... construction grip
Tomas Zeman .... art department intern
 
Sound Department
Coll Anderson .... sound effects editor
Ryan Collison .... foley recordist
Mark Goodermote .... boom operator
Robert Hein .... supervising sound editor
Drew Kunin .... sound mixer
Terrance Laudermilch .... re-recordist (as Terry Laudermilch)
Tommy Louie .... sound utility
Jan McLaughlin .... sound utility (as Jan Mclaughlin)
Sylvia Menno .... dialogue editor
Glenfield Payne .... sound effects editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Kira Smith .... sound utility
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dominick 'The Dominator' Tavella)
Marilyn Teorey .... foley editor
David Wahnon .... sound editor
Doug Winningham .... sound effects recordist
 
Visual Effects by
J. John Corbett .... visual effects
Mark Tureski .... digital film recording
Keith Yurevitz .... visual effects
Jan Cilliers .... digital compositor: Big Film Design (uncredited)
Chris Halstead .... digital compositor: Big Film Design (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Almeida .... rigging gaffer (as William Almeida)
Robert M. Andres .... key grip (as Robert Andres)
Liza Bambenek .... camera loader
Alison Barton .... grip
Angela Bellisio .... second assistant camera
Hugo Bonilla .... additional electric
Tony Campenni .... dolly grip
Benjamin D'Andrea .... grip
James Domorski .... video playback: 24-frame
Samuel G. Friedman .... best boy electric (as Sam Friedman)
Jamie Gallagher .... generator operator
Carlos Omar Guerra .... first assistant camera (as Carlos Guerra)
Sandy Hays .... camera operator
Sandy Hays .... steadicam operator
Jenny Kane .... lamp operator
Jeff Keaton .... additional electric
David Lee .... still photographer
Jonathan Lumley .... gaffer
John Panuccio .... rigging grip (as Jack Panuccio)
Robert T. Prate .... additional grip (as Robert Prate)
Dave Rudolph .... additional electric (as David Rudolph)
Lee Shevett .... additional grip
Chris Skutch .... best boy grip
Phil Testa .... generator operator: base camp
Adrian Truini .... additional electrician
 
Casting Department
Jennifer Euston .... casting associate (as Jen Euston)
Meghan Rafferty .... casting assistant
Kristian Sorge .... background casting associate
Grant Wilfley .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stephanie Biear .... seamstress
David Davenport .... wardrobe supervisor
Amy Habacker .... costumer
Rebecca Hofherr .... wardrobe production assistant
Susan J. Wright .... key costumer
Debbie Lucas .... seamstress (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Noah Amos .... apprentice editor
Jennifer Apel .... first assistant editor
Sebastian Bear-McClard .... editorial assistant
Jason Crump .... colorist: dailies
Lance Edmands .... post-production intern
Jonathan Keogh .... editing intern
Matt Mayer .... first assistant editor
Perri Pivovar .... first assistant editor
Cathy Rait .... color timer
Mike Selemon .... editorial assistant
Stan Sztaba .... negative cutter
Joe Violante .... dailies advisor
John Dowdell .... hd colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Evan Greenspan .... music clearances
Jay Rabinowitz .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Frank Appedu .... driver
William Baker .... driver (as Bill Baker)
Joe Blessington .... driver
John Canavan .... driver
Thomas Crehan .... driver (as Tom Creehan)
James Giblin .... driver (as James Giblin Jr.)
Paul Kane .... driver
Jim Kelly .... driver (as Jim Kelley)
Robert Lapine .... driver (as Bob Lapine)
Jimmy Mahr .... driver (as Jim Mahr)
Eugene O'Neill .... transportation captain (as Gene O'Neill)
Joshua Priestley .... picture cars
John Queenie .... driver
J.R. Scarlatos .... driver (as Stratis Scarlatos Jr.)
 
Other crew
Tara Anderson .... intern
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer
Daniela Barbosa .... set production assistant
Dawn Barkan .... animal trainer
Megha Barnabas .... intern
Brette Billow .... intern
Anna Bosco .... post-production accountant
Jason Boshart .... set production assistant (as Jason Michael Boshart)
Costanza Theodoli Braschi .... intern (as Cosi Theodoli-Braschi)
Liliana Candelario .... intern
Iawann Carmona .... intern (as Jawann Carmona)
Anne Carson .... production assistant
Victoria S. Cook .... production legal
J. John Corbett .... title designer
Stephen Delpino .... assistant chef
Rachel Dengiz .... production associate
Sara Driver .... script consultant
Sara Driver .... story advisor
Shaun Duffy .... set production assistant (as Shaun Carroll Duffy)
Payton Dunham .... location scout
Lance Edmands .... intern
Jesse Eidsness .... assistant: Jim Jarmusch
John B. Finn .... post-production accountant: JFA, Inc. (as John Finn)
David Fischer .... staff production assistant
Scott Franklin .... intern
Shellie Gillespie .... payroll accountant
Greg Gilman .... set production assistant
Flax Glor .... publicist
Amber Gristak .... stand-in
Nathan Grubb .... craft service
Michael Hartel .... assistant location manager
Tina Hartel .... stand-in
Richard Heller .... production legal
Sean Hogan .... production accountant: JFA, Inc.
Steven Holtzman .... production assistant
Joshua Huffman .... office production assistant
Tom Jarmusch .... location consultant
Debi Karolewski .... assistant: Sharon Stone
Eric Kench .... intern
David Laurentin .... parking coordinator
Ilana Lifshitz .... assistant production coordinator
Carter Logan .... assistant: Jim Jarmusch
Adriana Machado .... intern
Matthew Mason .... set production assistant (as Matt Mason)
Carl McKinney .... projectionist
Michael McNamara .... intern
Jeremy Mohler .... set production assistant
Kellie Morrison .... location manager
Tony Muro .... publicist
Frank Murray .... assistant production accountant
George Nannas .... chef
Steve Oppenheim .... set production assistant
Julie Oppenheimer .... script supervisor (as Julie 'Stanley' Oppenheimer)
Tony Osso .... production coordinator
John Reeves .... craft service (as Johnny Reeves)
Jessica Replansky .... production secretary
Andrea Roa .... office production assistant
Justin Rosini .... location assistant
Jonathan Russek .... production assistant
Christina Schaich .... office production assistant
Jared A. Smith .... location scout (as Jared Smith)
Ryan Smith .... production legal
Yorgo Stathopoulos .... location assistant
José Tejada .... parking coordinator (as Jose Tejada)
José Tejada .... security coordinator (as Jose Tejada)
Rob van de Laar .... production assistant
Mark Van Holstein .... location scout (as Mark Von Holstein)
David Velasco .... location scout
Danny Velez .... intern
Katrina Whalen .... intern
T.G. Wilkinson .... office intern (as Tom Wilkinson)
Dared Wright .... stand-in
Andrew Yakovlev .... intern
 
Thanks
Paul Auster .... personal thanks
Jeanne Campbell .... special thanks
Sarah Carlson .... special thanks
Xan Cassavetes .... personal thanks
Helen W. English .... special thanks
Jean Eustache .... dedicatee: for
Francis Falceto .... special thanks
Craig Fox .... personal thanks
Rena Fuchs .... special thanks
Holly Golightly .... personal thanks
Richard W. Haynes .... special thanks
Anette Hidary .... special thanks
Siri Hustvedt .... personal thanks
Rennie Jaffe .... special thanks
Ginger Johnson .... special thanks
Patrick Keeler .... personal thanks
Abebaw Kelkay .... special thanks: the Ethiopian Football Federation
Jean Labadie .... very special thanks
Jack Lawrence .... personal thanks (as Jack 'The Product' Lawrence)
Nemo Librizzi .... personal thanks
Julie Lipsius .... special thanks
Teodore Ludwiczak .... special thanks
Lee Myles .... special thanks
James Nares .... personal thanks
Anton Newcombe .... personal thanks
Pat Padgett .... personal thanks (as Pat)
Ron Padgett .... personal thanks
Fred Perry .... special thanks
James Pollard .... special thanks (as Jim Pollard)
Mark Pollard .... special thanks
Isabel Riley .... special thanks
Joe Sacco .... special thanks
Luc Sante .... personal thanks
Christie Scheele .... special thanks
Lola Schnabel .... personal thanks
Jim Sotet .... personal thanks
Ajamu Walker .... special thanks (as Ajamu Kojo * Chioke Walker)
Bart Walker .... titanium respect and thanks
Joan Waltemath .... personal thanks
Ron Wilber .... special thanks
Linda Williams .... personal thanks
Antony Zito .... personal thanks (as Zito)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for language, some graphic nudity and brief drug use
Runtime:
106 min
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Trivia:
Bill Murray agreed to do the film on the condition that he would not have to travel more than an hour from his home in Hudson Valley, New York. Jim Jarmusch agreed and all scenes were filmed in either New York or northern New Jersey.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: In all of the driving scenes, the windshield sticker is always from New Jersey - even though he's flying between locations.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Sherry:I pretty much have all my stuff.
[picks up mail]
Sherry:Looks like you got a love letter from one of your other girlfriends.
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Soundtrack:
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52 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
Good Movie from an On Again/Off Again Director, 31 January 2006
Author: evanston_dad from United States

I can't think of an actor better suited to play the expressionless chronic bachelor Don at the heart of Jim Jarmusch's newest movie than Bill Murray. His mournful hound-dog face, which hides any trace of what's going on inside the head on which it sits, stares blankly at the T.V., at other people, sometimes at nothing, betrays itself with the slightest movement of the mouth or twitch of the eyes. It's a characterization Murray has so down pat that I'm tempted to think he's not really acting all that much, but he's so perfectly cast that it doesn't much matter whether he's acting or not.

If you're not familiar with the movies of Jim Jarmusch, "Broken Flowers" is a nice introduction, as it's the most accessible Jarmusch film I've seen. I'm not a huge fan, but I liked this movie quite a lot. Don receives an anonymous letter one day from a past girlfriend, telling him he has a 19-year-old son who may come looking for him. Murray's friend, Winston (played amusingly by the chameleon Jeffrey Wright), convinces him to track down a handful of women who could have possibly been the mother and resolve the mystery. Don agrees to it, seemingly not so much because he has a need to know but because he has nothing better to do. What follows is a series of scenes with each past girlfriend, during which their interactions with Don tell us heaps about their relationship back when they were dating. Some are affectionate, some are distant, one is downright scarily angry, but all are played beautifully by a quartet of actresses: Sharon Stone, Frances Conroy, Jessica Lange and Tilda Swinton.

This is Jarmusch, so there aren't necessarily any tidy answers, and I don't think I give anything away by saying that the mystery is never solved. Life is messy, and it doesn't always happily resolve itself just because we want it to. I liked how subtle the film was; Don doesn't make any huge ground-breaking discoveries about himself, but nevertheless you sense that he's a slightly different person after his journey than he was before it.

You'll have to be patient, as Jarmusch tells his story very slowly, and nearly all of Don's interaction with others is ponderously awkward. But the movie slowly begins to fascinate, and you find yourself watching the faces of the women he visits (and examining the visible details of their lives) much in the same way that Don is himself, looking for the slightest hint that she might be the one who sent that fateful letter.

A very fine film, poignant and sad in a rather obscure way, and one that stays in your mind for a while after seeing it.

Grade: A-

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