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Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

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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


Truth is stranger than fiction. 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)


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

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dustin Hoffman's character, Professor Hilbert, creates a questionnaire of twenty-three items for Will Ferrell's character, Harold Crick. Professor David Hilbert, the German mathematician, proposed a famous list twenty-three problems at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Paris in 1900. Hilbert's problems became so famous that they are typically referred to by number among mathematicians and philosophers, and several are still unanswered. See more »


Early in the movie Ms. Eiffel dictates that Harold always ties his tie in the movie in a single-bow Windsor knot. That is not always the case. The bow is in a double bow at least once after that. When it is in a single bow, the bow is not always tied on the same side - which is usually the case. See more »


Harold Crick: I brought you flours.
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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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User Reviews

Great script
6 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Chicago Film Festival opening last night. I went not knowing a thing about it in advance, and was pleasantly surprised. I'd suggest that people DON'T read specifics about this film before seeing it.

The story/script is fantastic - I'd be surprised if it didn't get nominated for the big original screenplay awards. It's interesting, funny, poignant, and quite charming, actually.

The casting in general is wonderful... As someone else said, Hoffman is perfectly understated... I'd never seen Maggie Gyllenhaal before, but I'm a fan after seeing this one. And Emma Thompson could see a best supporting actress nod for this film.

Sadly, I thought the film's weakest point was the casting of Will Ferrell in the lead. He's not bad by any means, but he just doesn't work at the same level as the rest of the cast. Kudos to him for what he DOES accomplish in this film, but it would've had plenty of starpower without him, and the role could've been used to showcase someone else's talent.

All in all, thumbs up.

Just my two cents.

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