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Hard Candy -- A teenage girl raids a man's home, suspecting he is a pedophile, in order to expose him.


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Writer (WGA):
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12 May 2006 (Spain) See more »
Strangers shouldn't talk to little girls.
A teenage girl raids a man's home, suspecting he is a pedophile, in order to expose him. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Patrick Wilson ... Jeff Kohlver

Ellen Page ... Hayley Stark

Sandra Oh ... Judy Tokuda

Odessa Rae ... Janelle Rogers (as Jennifer Holmes)

G.J. Echternkamp ... Nighthawks Clerk (as Gilbert John)
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Directed by
David Slade 
Writing credits
Brian Nelson (written by)

Produced by
Jody Allen .... executive producer (as Jody Patton)
Paul G. Allen .... executive producer
Michael Caldwell .... producer
Ellora Chowdhury .... post producer
Erica Farjo .... associate producer: US
David Higgins .... producer (as David W. Higgins)
Richard Hutton .... producer
Barney Jeffrey .... associate producer: UK
Rosanne Korenberg .... executive producer
Brian Nelson .... co-producer
Hans Ritter .... co-producer
Alex Webster .... post producer
Original Music by
Harry Escott 
Molly Nyman 
Cinematography by
Jo Willems (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Art Jones 
Casting by
Valerie McCaffrey 
Production Design by
Jeremy Reed 
Art Direction by
Felicity Nove 
Set Decoration by
Kate Holliday  (as Kathryn Holliday)
Costume Design by
Jennifer Johnson 
Makeup Department
Keston Ridley .... hair stylist
Keston Ridley .... makeup artist
Linda Sammut .... assistant hair stylist
Linda Sammut .... assistant makeup artist
Robert Wild .... assistant hair stylist
Robert Wild .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Beau J. Genot .... post-production supervisor
Yari Schutzer .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Liehn .... second assistant director
Katie Mustard .... additional second assistant director
Barry Wasserman .... first assistant director
Art Department
Thomas Benton .... leadman
Mike Calvert .... storyboard artist
Erik Davidson .... graphic designer: Vulcan Productions
Matt Diamond .... swing
Will Durham .... swing
Christina Forrer .... camera track previsualization
Peter Kim .... additional set decorator
Greg Lang .... set dresser
Lee Lazarow .... property master
Genevieve Liebowitz .... prop assistant
Frankie Mazzotta .... swing
Michael Mullen .... prop assistant
Morgan Runyon .... set dresser/swing
Daniel Sterling .... visual designer: software
Brad Vancata .... production illustrator
Andy Hammer .... scenic (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jane Boegel .... dialogue editor
Dave Davenport .... assistant sound editor
Andrew Ellerd .... sound editor
Patrick Giraudi .... sound re-recording mixer
Dennis Grzesik .... sound mixer
Sara Hankins .... post audio coordinator
Stuart Martin .... sound editor
Stuart Martin .... supervising sound editor
Gus Medina .... foley mixer
Dale W. Perry .... foley artist (as Dale Perry)
Andy Potvin .... stereo consultant: Dolby
Richard Taylor .... supervising sound editor
Gerard Vernice .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Dave Bannister .... visual effects assistant
Rufus Blackwell .... visual effects assistant
Josh King .... visual effects producer: Rushes Post Production
Duncan Malcolm .... visual effects artist
Jean-Clement Soret .... digital colorist
Leo Wilson .... visual effects assistant
Matthew Lawrence .... digital effects artist: Rushes Postproduction Ltd (uncredited)
Shane T. Anderson .... stunt double: Jeff (as Shane Anderson)
Erick Brennan .... stunt coordinator (as Erick C. Brennan)
Robert Garrigus .... stunt rigger (as Bob Garrigus)
Steve Tripplett .... stunt rigger (as Steve Triplett)
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Badger .... grip
Matt Baker .... first assistant camera
Walter Bithell .... gaffer
Richard W. Botchlet .... grip (as Richard Botchlet)
Roger Chingirian .... electrician
Helen Chough .... time-lapse photographer
Todd Csernecky .... electrician
John DeFazio .... grip
Michael Druez .... best boy grip
Manu Gargi .... vtr operator
Paul Goldhammer .... best boy electric
Shelly Gurzi .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Orlando Hernandez .... electrician
Dan Kanes .... grip
Jeffrey Kelly .... second assistant camera: second unit
Jacob Knight .... grip
Geoffrey D. Knoller .... key grip
Andrew Korner .... electrician
Matt Kubas .... electrician (as Matthew Kubas)
Mark Lowry .... still photographer
Paul Lyons .... electrician
Jason McCormick .... second assistant camera
Erik Messerschmidt .... electrician
Ye Rin Mok .... still photographer: Jeff's photos
Mike Morales .... grip
Michael Piekutowski .... grip (as Mike Piekutowski)
Sarah Remetch .... camera loader
Eric Schilling .... second assistant camera
Casey Sherrier .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Riley Sidore .... electrician
Randy G. Singer .... electrician (as Randy Singer)
Darryl St. Juste .... electrician
David Starks .... grip
Manny Tapia .... electrician
Simon Thirlaway .... electrician (as Simon Thirlawaw)
Joseph Thomsen .... electrician
Forrest Thurman .... camera operator: second unit
John Troxell .... second assistant camera
Miles Wantabe .... electrician
Daniel Ybarra .... electrician
Kyle Young .... grip
Casting Department
Jennifer Shapiro .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Xavier Franco .... wardrobe assistant
Jennifer Johnson .... wardrobe designer
Kristen Johnson .... wardrobe assistant
Shadi Khastedai .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Kerri Aungle .... film data manager: UK
Frank Berrios .... colorist: dailies
Kennedy Dawson .... digital transfer
Paul Hardcastle .... first assistant editor
Vivian Hengsteler .... negative cutter
Julia Knight .... second assistant editor
Mark Reaser .... dailies assistant
Colin Smith .... engineer: high definition
Marilyn Sommer .... film data manager: Los Angeles
Jean-Clement Soret .... digital colorist
Mauricio Tassara .... colorist: dailies
Ken Van Deest .... senior dailies colorist
Bruce Walker .... engineer: high definition
Shawn Whiteman .... assistant: dailies
Bob Wenokur .... studio post-production representative (uncredited)
Music Department
Hans Ritter .... music supervisor
Jimmy Robertson .... music engineer
Jimmy Robertson .... music mixer
Ronald J. Webb .... music editor (as Ron Webb)
Guy Worth .... music recording engineer: live music
Transportation Department
Matthew Ballard .... transportation coordinator
Shay Morgan Brook .... driver (as Shay Brook)
Mark Garrett .... driver
Guy J. Graves .... driver
Anton Petreccia .... driver
Cain Smead .... camera bike driver
Elliott N. Whitton .... driver
Other crew
Mark Ankner .... assistant to producer
Chris Balonek .... assistant to producer (as Christopher Curry Balonek)
Robert W. Barney .... police officer
Mark Benson .... deputy managing director: Moving Picture Company
Greg Bernstein .... legal services (as Greg S. Bernstein)
Pilar Binyon .... production coordinator: Vulcan Productions
Alexandra Blakely .... set production assistant
Shea E. Butler .... script supervisor (as Shea Butler)
Kendall J. Carter .... fire safety advisor
Shirley Chapman .... emergency medical technician
Imani Cheers .... craft service
Marjorie Chodorov .... production accountant
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance (as Carol Compton)
André Devantier .... caterer (as Andre Devantier)
Todd Dividivich .... executive producer: RIOT
Alex Dorn .... double: Huevos
Karin Elkholti .... stand-in: Jeff
Ruben Garza .... security officer
Alisa Gentry .... emergency medical technician
Deborah Giovenco .... stand-in: Hayley
Matthew Greene .... software director
Karen Hashmi .... production accountant: Vulcan Productions
Jason J. Hunke .... publicity: Vulcan Productions (as Jason Hunke)
Lisa R. Hurlbert .... risk management
Jose Jauregui .... security officer
Sherman Kaplan .... immigration attorney (as Sherman I. Kaplan)
Miki Kato .... title designer
Erin Kraft .... photo double: Donna Mauer
Luis Marquez .... park ranger
Donna Mayhew .... park ranger
Matt McClain .... dailies assistant (as Matty McClain)
George McDowell Agnew .... location consultant (as George Agnew)
Kathleen McInnis .... unit publicist
Richard McMillan .... location manager
Geof Miller .... development consultant
Jeff Moeller .... office production assistant
Marcos 'Luke' Montes .... security officer
Matt Moran .... night operations manager: RIOT
Luis Moreno .... caterer
Michael Nank .... publicity: Vulcan Productions
Steve Olsen .... remote technician
Dylan Osborn .... intern
Juan Pacheco .... catering assistant
William I. Page .... police officer (as William L. Page)
Carla Pagi .... producer: RIOT
Joe Pantoja .... security officer (as Joe A. Pantoja)
Antonio Payan .... catering assistant
Presley .... production dog
Joshua Radabaugh .... intern (as Josh Radabaugh)
Mark Reaser .... dailies assistant
Chris Reney .... emergency medical technician
Owyn Richen .... software designer
Omar Shahed .... security officer
Jessica Simmons .... craft service
Efrain Trujillo .... caterer
Ken Van Deest .... senior dailies supervisor
Justin Velo .... software visual designer
Catherine H. Vlasuk .... production coordinator
Clarence Webb .... security officer
Shawn Whiteman .... dailies assistant
Jimmy Zamora .... security officer
Bob Adler .... thanks
Scotty Bergstein .... thanks
Allison Binder .... thanks
Rob Carlson .... thanks
Jules Daly .... thanks (as Jules Daley)
Jonathan Davis .... thanks
Joshua Deighton .... thanks (as Josh Deighton)
Emmerson Denney .... thanks (as Emmerson Denny)
Cassian Elwes .... thanks
Michael Gendler .... thanks
Rick Genow .... thanks
Youree Henley .... thanks
Angelique Higgins .... thanks
Craig Kestel .... thanks
Phyllis Koenig .... thanks
Walter Latham .... thanks
Eunice Lee .... thanks
Preston Lee .... thanks
Fran McGivern .... thanks
Brent Morris .... thanks
Keith Redmon .... thanks
Melissa Reid .... thanks
Rena Ronson .... thanks
Tony Scott .... thanks
Sam Sneade .... thanks
Douglas R. Stone .... thanks (as Doug Stone)
Jonathan Westover .... thanks
Jason Woodruff .... thanks
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Rated R for disturbing violent and aberrant sexual content involving a teen, and for language
104 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Despite the intense emotional and physical content of most rest of the movie, Ellen Page said that one of the hardest scenes to shoot by far was the scene at Nighthawks, where for take after take she had to eat more tiramisu than she could ever want.See more »
Continuity: When Hayley and Jeff are struggling on the roof in the final scene, the roof appears to be reflecting mid-afternoon sunlight but moments later Jeff is in silhouette against the sunset.See more »
[first lines]
Hayley Stark:Mmm. This is soo good. I want more.
Jeff Kohlver:Don't get greedy.
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Movie Connections:
Elephant WomanSee more »


What happened at the end?
Is there any significance to the red hooded top?
Was Jeff castrated?
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131 out of 218 people found the following review useful.
worth seeing, 12 October 2005
Author: ( from United States

I just screened this film at LGF last night. I was quite intrigued for the first forty minutes. Then it all kind of fell apart for me. In it's best moments this film explores the complexities of vengeance and psychology. It tries to be clever by pulling a role reversal -- but this eventually wears thin and the dialog becomes didactic and contrived. I still think it is worth seeing for the strength of the leads alone. Patrick Wilson does a fine job as a "suspected" pedophile. He elicits both sympathy and disgust. Ellen Page as the young girl is absolutely fantastic. Her performance is brilliant and even frightening at times. She's good even when the script can't match her talent. I look forward to seeing her in many films to come. Finally a young actress who is more than just a pretty face -- I'm so tired of the Natalie Portmans, the Hillary Duffs, and the Jessica Albas of the world. Good luck with your career Ms. Page.

All in all, Hard Candy is worth seeing. Maybe I'm just a sucker for movies with tiny casts and realtime pacing. But there are some genuinely suspenseful moments in the film, although in the hands of lesser actors these scenes would disintegrate. And though I was annoyed by the contrivances and implausibilities of the script, I found myself the next day thinking about some of the issues raised therein.

At times Hard Candy reminded me of Polanski's Death and the Maiden, though H.C. is nowhere near as good. Ellen Page's Haley character is similar to Sigourney Weaver's character in the Polanski film. Both women are terrifying through the cold precision of their revenge. The problem with the Haley character is that she would have to be supernatural to accomplish the things she does in this film. And of course if she was supernatural, we'd have a completely different film on our hands -- High Plains Drifter.

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