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Sometimes life brings some strange surprises.
As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him.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 » | Full synopsis »
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  (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)

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 Smith .... producer
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 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 .... hair dept head
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 .... re-recording mixer (as Dominick 'The Dominator' Tavella)
Marilyn Teorey .... foley editor
David Wahnon .... sound editor
Doug Winningham .... sound effects recordist
Phillip Fuller .... sound mix technician (uncredited)
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)
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)
Charles Herzfeld .... film lab coordinator (uncredited)
Location Management
Payton Dunham .... location scout
Michael Hartel .... assistant location manager
Tom Jarmusch .... location consultant
Kellie Morrison .... location manager
Justin Rosini .... location assistant
Jared A. Smith .... location scout (as Jared Smith)
Yorgo Stathopoulos .... location assistant
Mark Van Holstein .... location scout (as Mark Von Holstein)
David Velasco .... location scout
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 .... art department assistant (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)
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
Tina Hartel .... stand-in
Richard Heller .... production legal
Sean Hogan .... production accountant: JFA, Inc.
Steven Holtzman .... production assistant
Joshua Huffman .... office production assistant
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
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
Jonathan Russek .... production assistant
Christina Schaich .... office production assistant
Ryan Smith .... production legal
José Tejada .... parking coordinator (as Jose Tejada)
José Tejada .... security coordinator (as Jose Tejada)
Rob van de Laar .... production assistant
Danny Velez .... intern
Katrina Whalen .... intern
T.G. Wilkinson .... office intern (as Tom Wilkinson)
Dared Wright .... stand-in
Andrew Yakovlev .... intern
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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Rated R for language, some graphic nudity and brief drug use
106 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Swiss censorship visa # 1005.471See more »
Continuity: When Don is about to leave for his road trip, the flowers on his fireplace are shown in a decaying state, with petals laying around the vase. When he returns from his road trip, the same clip is used to show the flowers again in the exact same stage of decay.See more »
[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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Movie Connections:
References Point Blank (1967)See more »
I Want YouSee more »


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140 out of 206 people found the following review useful.
Another quiet and beautiful film, 5 August 2005
Author: mcshortfilm from United States

There has been a lot of talk that "Broken Flowers" is Jim Jarmusch's most commercially accessible film to date. One can almost hear Jarmusch muttering something reactionary like "commercial? That's just a label." It's a label that some Jarmusch fans might associate with "selling out". But selling out does not apply to Jim Jarmusch. He still has complete control of his work and is still the only American filmmaker who owns his own negatives. If "Broken Flowers" does break into the mainstream, it is nothing overly deliberate. Jarmusch makes familiar films that seem intimate in their tone. He toys with old themes while still leaving his films open to interpretation.

"Broken Flowers" is a travelogue and like most Jarmusch films, the story is more concerned with the journey but not so much about the destination. Bill Murray plays Don Johnston, a man who we know little about. We know he's single and we know he's had some flame's in the past. The last one just walked out on him. When Don receives an anonymous letter from one of these old flames, he learns that he has a twenty year old son who might be looking for him." Don thinks this is a joke but takes the advice from a friend to unfold the mystery by tracking down his past flings. He flies somewhere to a generic American place, rents a car and begins his investigation. Each ex has an individual personality but most of them share something similar. They are content and have moved on from the past. One of the ex's we meet works in real estate and decides it would be a good idea for her to get into the water business because "one day in the near future it will be more valuable then oil." The atmosphere is awkward and rather then care whether this woman is responsible for the anonymous letter, we just feel like getting out of there. The film's journey is absurd in many ways because we are never sure what the real point is. What is Don going to do if he does find his son? This where Bill Murray's credit as an actor shines through. We see from his small facial gestures that he is empty, and sad. There is a sense of longing as if life took a wrong turn somewhere and it is only now that he is realizing it. The ending of "Broken Flowers" is what really makes the film special. Don't expect too much or too little. Just see it. Its inspiring, hopeful and better then any other movie this year. The film also has a great soundtrack by Ethiopian musician, Mulatu Astatke. And we see in the credits that Jarmusch dedicated the film to French filmmaker Jean Eustache. Jean Eustache made a phenomenal film in the 1960's titled, "The Mother and The Whore". He had an influence on John Cassavetes and likewise both had an influence on Jim Jarmusch.

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