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Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

An IRS 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 »

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Ricky Adams ...
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Young Boy's Father
Denise Hughes ...
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Danny Rhodes ...
Bakery Employee #1
Helen Young ...
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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

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Harold Crick isn't ready to go. Period. See more »


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

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10 November 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Killing Harold Crick  »

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$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,411,093 (USA) (10 November 2006)

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$40,137,776 (USA) (15 December 2006)
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Trivia

A single page of the book can be glimpsed if the film is paused, while Jules is reading it. The page quotes word for word the opening narration of the film as Harold goes about his day. The page also contains a detail that is not mentioned otherwise--Harold's co-worker Diane Gordon has been in love with him since the eighth grade but is too shy to say so, and in the shown page when Harold requests a file from her, she asks for clarification in the hopes he might once say "good morning" to her. See more »

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Harold's survival evidently weakens the novel, but the film fails to consider the long process of editing/rewrites between writing and publication. Assuming the first draft is canon for Harold's life (as viewers are led to believe) Eiffel should've been able to safely restore the original ending after the fact. See more »

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Harold Crick: You keep your files like this?
Ana Pascal: No, actually I'm quite fastidious. I put them in this box just to screw with you.
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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 »

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Referenced in Natholi Oru Cheriya Meenalla (2013) See more »

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I Turn My Camera On
(2005)
Written by Britt Daniel
Performed by Spoon
Courtesy of Merge Records
By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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What if your life really WAS a book?
5 October 2006 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

Fantasy movie, a la "Groundhog Day" where a man, Harold Crick in this case, finds he has no control over his life....which leads to him really appreciate his life. Although the premise is clearly fantasy, the concept is intriguing and compelling.

Cast is terrific; those who usually over-act, e.g. Dustin Hoffman and Will Ferrell, play it lower-keyed and believable. Emma Thompson, Queen Latifah and Maggie Gyllenhall (and Tom Hulce, almost unrecognizable in a single scene)round out the excellent cast .

A feel-good movie, mostly comedy but with some tragic undertones.

Close to two hours but you won't be looking at your watch very often.


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