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12 and Holding -- After his twin brother is accidentally killed by vengeful bullies, a disfigured 12-year old boy and his friends face the harsh realities of death, hormones, and family dysfunction.
12 and Holding -- After his twin brother is accidentally killed by vengeful bullies, a disfigured 12-year old boy and his friends face the harsh realities of death, hormones, and family dysfunction.


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Writer (WGA):
Anthony Cipriano (written by)
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7 July 2006 (Sweden) See more »
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After his twin brother is accidentally killed by vengeful bullies, a 12-year old boy and his friends face the harsh realities of death, teenage hormones, and family dysfunction. | Full synopsis »
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Conor Donovan ... Jacob / Rudy Carges

Jesse Camacho ... Leonard Fisher

Zoe Weizenbaum ... Malee Chuang

Jeremy Renner ... Gus Maitland

Annabella Sciorra ... Carla Chuang

Jayne Atkinson ... Ashley Carges

Linus Roache ... Jim Carges

Marcia DeBonis ... Grace Fisher

Tom McGowan ... Patrick Fisher
Michael C. Fuchs ... Kenny (as Michael Fuchs)

Martin Campetta ... Jeff
Joseph Foster ... Keith Gardner (as Joseph 'C.J.' Foster)

Max Miner ... Tommy
Noelle 'Parker' Present ... Haley Fisher
Jessica Sorto ... Sara Fisher

Adam LeFevre ... Gabe Artunion (as Adam LeFever)

Bruce Altman ... Coach Gilmore

Mark Linn-Baker ... Mr. Farmer

Julia Ryan ... Funeral Guest #1

Terry Walters ... Funeral Guest #2 (as Terry Urdang)
Robertson Carricart ... Priest (as Robertson Carricat)

Tony Roberts ... Doctor
Marcella Lowery ... Nurse

Jodie Markell ... Teacher (as Jodi Markell)
Bianca Ryan ... Singing Girl

Merritt Wever ... Debbie Poole
Michael A. Siravo IV ... Guitar Guy (as Michael Siravo IV)
Emilio Cuesta ... Kid in Red

Directed by
Michael Cuesta 
Writing credits
Anthony Cipriano (written by) (as Anthony S. Cipriano)

Produced by
Brian Bell .... producer
Michael Cuesta .... producer
Mike Downey .... executive producer
Frank Frattaroli .... executive producer
Michael Hoffman .... executive producer
Doug Mankoff .... executive producer
Michael Nozik .... executive producer
Amy Robinson .... executive producer
Jenny Schweitzer .... producer
Nick Goodwin Self .... co-producer
Andrew Spaulding .... executive producer
Leslie Urdang .... producer
Original Music by
Pierre Földes 
Cinematography by
Romeo Tirone (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Eric Carlson 
Kane Platt 
Casting by
Judy Henderson 
Production Design by
Lucio Seixas 
Art Direction by
Eric Friedewald 
Costume Design by
Marina Draghici 
Makeup Department
Stayc St. Onge .... hair stylist
Stayc St. Onge .... key makeup artist
Joanna Stewart .... hair department head
Joanna Stewart .... makeup department head
Maria Tancredi .... additional hair stylist
Maria Tancredi .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Kristen Dirato .... production supervisor
Paul Epstein .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Epstein .... first assistant director
Francisco Ortiz .... second assistant director
Art Department
Matthew Amenta .... assistant property master
Jeremy L. Balon .... property master (as Jeremy Balon)
Zach Baylin .... set dresser (as Zachary Baylin)
Rick Giacco .... art department production assistant
Sound Department
Joshua Anderson .... production sound mixer
Claire Bell .... adr engineer (as Brian Scibinico)
Leslie Bloome .... foley artist (as Leslie Bloom)
Bucky Carr .... boom operator
Tom Efinger .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Efinger .... sound supervisor
David Ellinwood .... sound editor (as David Ellenwood)
Paul Hsu .... sound designer
John Moros .... assistant sound editor
Paul Sacco .... consultant: Dolby sound
Gabriel Sanders .... boom operator
David J. Schwartz .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Drew Jiritano .... special effects coordinator
Neil Ruddy .... special effects
Douglas Crosby .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Abe Albach .... additional grip
John Anctil .... camera and lighting provider: Fastlights Inc.
Nicola Benizzi .... second assistant camera
Michael F. Burke .... additional camera assistant (as Michael Burke)
Steven Capitano Calitri .... third electrician (as Steve Calitri)
Pierrot Colonna .... additional first assistant camera
Tara Emanuelson .... loader
Shawn Greene .... gaffer
Julia Griner .... still photographer
Adam Hall .... best boy grip
David Kavanaugh .... third electrician (as Dave Kavanaugh)
Michael Kirsch .... grip (as Mike Kirsch)
Nina Kuhn .... best boy electric
Daniel Lichtblau .... camera intern (as Daniel Sar Lichtblau)
Elaine Lincourt .... loader
Ludovic Littee .... first assistant camera
Louise Lovegrove .... additional grip
Ron Morales .... key grip
Jorge Olortegui .... grip
Christopher T. Paul .... Steadicam operator
Christopher T. Paul .... camera operator: "b" camera
Christopher T. Paul .... director of photography: second unit
Randy M. Salo .... grip (as Randy Solo)
Erik Shirai .... grip
Sean Taylor .... grip intern
Adam Troeger .... jimmy jib operator
Jonathan Vierira .... grip
Brett Walters .... second assistant camera
Joy Weber .... additional electrician
David Woolner .... third electrician
Casting Department
Kimberly Graham .... casting associate
Molly Moran .... extras casting (as Molly Bennett)
Kia Warren .... casting intern
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sonya M. Andonov .... wardrobe supervisor (as Sonya Andonov)
Brooke Parr .... assistant wardrobe supervisor
Brooke Styles .... costumer
Kia Warren .... costumer
Editorial Department
Marc Brown .... film output: digital intermediate
Bo Lee .... second assistant editor
Christopher Pensiero .... first assistant editor
Ken Rubenfeld .... colorist (as Kenny Rubenfeld)
Martin Zeichner .... production telecine
Music Department
Paul Hsu .... music editor
Robin Urdang .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Zachary Henderson .... driver: grip/electric
Other crew
Ami Armstrong .... creative executive: Serenade Films
Michelle Chai .... production assistant
Heather Daniels .... assistant to producer
Jo Davis .... production assistant
Alfred DeGrand .... production assistant
Valerie Evering .... production assistant
Jennifer Fanning .... production assistant
Carol Frances .... banker: Serenade Films (as Carole Frances)
Tyrone Francisco .... production assistant
Kristin Hensley .... assistant to producers: Serenade Films
J.P. Impastato .... intern: Serenade Films
Todd James .... advisory board: Serenade Films
Emily Jerome .... office production intern
Alexander Kalkines .... location manager
Geoff Linville .... production executive: Serenade Films (as Geoffrey Linville)
Jason Messeri .... key production assistant
Max Miner .... double: Rudy Carges
Jacquie Mitchell .... banker: Serenade Films
Molly Moran .... production assistant (as Molly Bennett)
Jason Mottley .... caterer: Paradise Splash Grapevine Corp.
Chris Northrop .... production assistant
Brendan O'Rourke .... assistant location manager
Michael Pevney .... office production intern
Steve Pines .... accounting services (as Steven R. Pines)
Michael A. Price .... advisory board: Serenade Films
Elizabeth Ramos .... craft service
Daniel Rbibo .... insurance services: AON/Albert G. Ruben
Leslie E.A. Rider .... production assistant (as Leslie Rider)
Michele Robertson .... publicist
Kelly Salmon .... assistant: Mr. Cuesta
Madeline Samit .... production assistant (as Madeline Shapiro)
Stephen Scharf .... advisory board: Serenade Films
Stephen Scharf .... legal services: O'Melveny and Myers
David W. Schoner Jr. .... film commissioner
April Schott .... production assistant
Matthew Schuchman .... production assistant
Craig Seti .... dailies supervisor
Raj Singh .... advisory board: Serenade Films
Wes Waldron .... title designer
Matt Watkins .... assistant production office coordinator
Sharon Watt .... script supervisor
Michael Williams .... production assistant
Lang Yee .... key production accountant
Louis J. Ambrosio .... thanks
Steven Gorelick .... special thanks
Anne Hubbell .... huge thanks

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Rated R for some violence and sexual content involving minors, and for language
USA:94 min | Chile:90 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

At 48 mins into the movie the game the three children are playing while discussing adoption is called The Game Of Life.See more »
Continuity: The apple that the nurse offers Leonard is red but with streaks of green. The apple Leonard takes a bite of is bright red with no streaks and is noticeably larger than the first apple.See more »
Malee Chuang:I don't think it's about age. I think when two people really connect, they connect for other reasons. And since soul mates are eternal, they have no age.See more »
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22 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Profound and Perplexing, 30 October 2006
Author: David H. Schleicher from New Jersey, USA

Michael Cuesta (who previously directed the slick and grotesquely controversial "L.I.E" and is currently one of the masterminds behind Showtime's wildly entertaining and grotesque "Dexter") treads some very dangerous ground with "Twelve and Holding." Working with a solid script focusing on how three best friends cope with the accidental death of another friend (the more popular twin brother of one of the protagonists), he presents pre-adolescent characters with the psychologically complex motives of adults and we witness their pratfalls, tragedies, and heart wrenching moments in a the same type of voyeuristic manner usually reserved for more mature characters and audiences. Elements of classics like "Stand by Me" keep the film grounded even as some of the plot developments get a bit far-fetched.

The acting is a huge plus here, with Annabella Sciora (getting more and more enchanting and beautiful with age), Jayne Atkinson (brutal, honest, and gut-wrenching as the grieving mother of the dead child), and Connor Donovan (in duel leads as the dead boy and his conflicted twin brother) highlighting the excellent ensemble. Cuesta's surprisingly subtle direction somehow manages to avoid both the salacious tendencies of a Larry Clark film and the annoyingly overt quirkiness of similarly themed films like "Me and You and Everyone we Know" to deliver a profound and perplexing tale of coming-of-age, revenge and loneliness.

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