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Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

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An I.R.S. auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death.



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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
IRS Co-Worker #1
Guy Massey ...
IRS Co-Worker #2
Martha Espinoza ...
IRS Co-Worker #3
T.J. Jagodowski ...
IRS Co-Worker #4
IRS Co-Worker #5
Ricky Adams ...
Young Boy
Young Boy's Father
Denise Hughes ...
Kronecker Bus Driver
Peggy Roeder ...
Polish Woman
IRS Co-Worker #6
Bakery Employee #1
Helen Young ...
Bakery Customer #1


Everybody knows that your life is a story. But what if a story was your life? Harold Crick is your average IRS agent: monotonous, boring, and repetitive. But one day this all changes when Harold begins to hear an author inside his head narrating his life. The narrator it is extraordinarily accurate, and Harold recognizes the voice as an esteemed author he saw on TV. But when the narration reveals that he is going to die, Harold must find the author of the story, and ultimately his life, to convince her to change the ending of the story before it is too late. Written by the lexster

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He's not crazy. He's just written that way. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some disturbing images, sexuality, brief language and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 November 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Killing Harold Crick  »


Box Office


$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,411,093, 12 November 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$40,137,776, 17 December 2006
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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Just after Harold's apartment gets demolished, and Professor Hilbert advises him to go live his life, Professor Hilbert hums "Rule Britannia" as he walks away from Harold. See more »


Just before Professor Hilbert and Harold start going over Hilbert's checklist of tragic heroes, Hilbert asks Harold to be seated. Harold clearly sits on a jacket that is thrown on the chair. In later moments of the scene the jacket is neatly placed on the back of the couch next to Harold. See more »


Harold Crick: You have to understand that this isn't a philosophy or a literary theory or a story to me. It's my life.
Professor Jules Hilbert: Absolutely. So just go make it the one you've always wanted.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, the names of the characters and the actors who played them were displayed against stylized images of the places where the characters worked. See more »


References Manhattan (1979) See more »


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Written by Brian Reitzell
Performed by Brian Reitzell
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User Reviews

A Must See!
28 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

This movie was such a great surprise! I saw this at an advanced screening just days after suffering through Marie Antoinette. What a pleasant escape! The cast did an outstanding job. Who doesn't love Will Ferrell, but to see him in this role gives me a whole new level of respect for him as an actor. He simply shines on screen! Maggie Gyllenhaal is a delight. Emma Thompson is brilliant as always. Simply wonderful! The writing was terrific. It was so nice to see a movie that could make you laugh and think (not too hard) at the same time. Direction was well done as well - it was even visually appropriate.

Go see it and take a friend. You will laugh and be happy for a change after leaving a movie.

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