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Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy  |  10 November 2006 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Massey ...
Martha Espinoza ...
T.J. Jagodowski ...
Ricky Adams ...
Young Boy
Young Boy's Father
Denise Hughes ...
Kronecker Bus Driver
Peggy Roeder ...
Polish Woman
Danny Rhodes ...
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


Harold Crick isn't ready to go. Full Stop. 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:

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


£824,082 (UK) (15 December 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Karen first meets Penny, she mentions a photograph of a beautiful woman who had committed suicide by jumping from a building. This refers to an actual event, in which 23 year old Evelyn McHale leaped to her death from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building on May 1, 1947. A full-page photo of her body was published in Life Magazine later that month, which is the photo Karen is referring to. See more »


When Harold and Professor Hilbert start going over Hilbert's checklist of tragic heroes, Hilbert is eating a cup of yogurt. A moment after Hilbert takes his first spoon of yogurt, the camera cuts away. When it comes back again, there's a spot of yogurt on his tie. When the camera cuts away and later returns, it is gone, and moments later, it is back on the tie again. See more »


Harold Crick: I may already be dead, just not typed.
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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 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »


Bottles & Bones
(Shade & Sympathy)
Written by Tim Rutili
Performed by Califone
Courtesy of Thrill Jockey Records
By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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User Reviews

TIFF Screening
10 September 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Saw it at The Toronto International Film Festival and it was well done. Original storyline, fantastic performance from Ferrel, Thompson and Hoffman. The most moving performance from Will Ferrel I have ever seen is within this film. The storyline some may believe to be too far fetched at first to take seriously, but in the end it does work. What makes the film work the most are the brilliant performances from Ferrel and Thompson. Without these two- the film couldn't have been pulled off! I recommend this flick to anyone looking to laugh and cry and then laugh again. It was a truly brilliant film. 10/10 (Hoffman and Ferrel were too kind to shake hands and greet the fans inside the screening as well.)

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