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Surrender, Dorothy -- When her daughter Sara (Davalos) unexpectedly passes away, Natalie (Keaton) retreats to the summer home where she and Sara used to visit. Time with her best friends and some of Sara's friends help her deal with her loss.


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Writers (WGA):
Meg Wolitzer (novel)
Matthew McDuffie (teleplay)
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1 January 2006 (USA) See more »
The hardest part is letting go.
When her daughter Sara (Davalos) unexpectedly passes away, Natalie (Keaton) retreats to the summer home where she and Sara used to visit. Time with her best friends and some of Sara's friends help her deal with her loss. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Diane Keaton ... Natalie Swerdlow

Tom Everett Scott ... Adam

Alexa Davalos ... Sara

Lauren German ... Maddy

Josh Hopkins ... Peter

Chris Pine ... Shawn

Peter Riegert ... Mel
Marnie Crossen ... Mrs. Moyles

Myra McWethy ... Bearded Lady

Roy Werner ... Harvey
Liam Lynch ... Sara's Lover

Ron Christopher Jones ... Gay Bar Patron (as RC Jones)

Emil Lin ... Gay Bar Friend

Leonard Stone ... Neighbor

Michael Hagiwara ... Sushi Chef
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Emi Canavan ... Waitress (as Emi Nishimura)
Renee Lopez ... Paramedic
Brystal Geu ... Kid at ice cream stand (uncredited)
Spencer Geu ... Kid at ice cream stand (uncredited)
Stephanie Hass ... Cocktail Party Guest (uncredited)

Saki Miata ... (uncredited)

Race Owen ... (uncredited)

Farhang Pernoon ... (uncredited)

Nicholas Pratley ... Hadrian Simms (uncredited)
Lorenzo Rodriguez ... Medical Assistant (uncredited)
Tisha Vaculin ... Party girl (uncredited)
Kaleti Williams ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles McDougall 
Writing credits
Meg Wolitzer (novel)

Matthew McDuffie (teleplay)

Produced by
Wendy Finerman .... executive producer
Diane Keaton .... executive producer
Diana Kerew .... executive producer
Diana Kerew .... producer
Larry Levin .... associate producer
Bill Robinson .... executive producer
Lisa Zupan .... co-producer
Original Music by
Matthias Weber 
Cinematography by
Vilmos Zsigmond 
Film Editing by
Michael Berenbaum 
Production Design by
Bob Ziembicki 
Art Direction by
Bruce Buehner 
Set Decoration by
Bill Anderson 
Costume Design by
Jill M. Ohanneson  (as Jill Ohanneson)
Makeup Department
Bonni Flowers .... key makeup artist (as Bonnie Flowers)
Kelcey Fry .... makeup artist: Miss Keaton
Erin Lyons .... key hair stylist (as Erin B. Lyons)
Toni-Ann Walker .... hair stylist: Miss Keaton (as Toni Walker)
Carolyn Matini .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Juliet Silva .... second makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Andrew Stone .... unit production manager
Cynthia Stegner .... post-production executive (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Goldthwait .... second assistant director
Jeff Kay .... second assistant director
Linda Montanti .... first assistant director
Richard Peter Schroer .... first assistant director
Iris Huezo .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Aaron Garrison .... leadman
Andy Hauser .... construction coordinator
Brenton L. Lane .... property master (as Brenton Lane)
Rod Leota .... leadman
Jason Banks .... props (uncredited)
Monique Cavin .... prop assistant (uncredited)
Kenneth Heimer .... gangboss (uncredited)
Maggie Lane .... props (uncredited)
Richard N. McGuire .... foreman (uncredited)
Rustin Meyer .... swing gang (uncredited)
Ilya Seperich .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Zachary Woodruff .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
David Beres .... production sound mixer
Roberta Doheny .... sound mixer
Robert Edmondson .... sound mixer (as Bob Edmondson)
Robb Navrides .... supervising sound editor
Peter Reale .... sound mixer
Javier Bennassar .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Andrew Spencer Dawson .... adr editor (uncredited)
Tiffany S. Griffith .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Tiffany S. Griffith .... sound editor (uncredited)
George E. Marshall Jr. .... boom operator (uncredited)
Alex Parker .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Rocky Reilly .... utility sound (uncredited)
Christina Tucker .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Steven D. Williams .... adr editor (uncredited)
Harry Woolway .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Tommy Christian .... special effects assistant
William Boggs .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
Kai Shelton .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
David Carriker .... visual effects supervisor
Steve Kelso .... stunt coordinator
Robin Lynn Bonaccorsi .... stunt double: Diane Keaton (uncredited)
Bevin Kaye .... stunt double (uncredited)
Paul Lacovara .... stunt double: Tom Everett Scott (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bruce Ando .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Bruce Endo)
Richard Barrera .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Pat Campea Jr. .... key grip
Greg Flores .... best boy grip
Jack Garrett .... camera operator: "a" camera
Michael Logan .... best boy electric
John Magallon .... rigging electric
Tim McArdle .... rigging electric (as Tim McCardle)
Tim McCarthy .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Thom Owens .... Steadicam operator
Thom Owens .... camera operator: "b" camera
Boris Price .... loader
Natalia Quintana .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Ernest Paul Roebuck .... gaffer (as Ernie Roebuck)
Randy Tepper .... still photographer
George Wells .... key grip
Richard Barrera .... focus puller (uncredited)
Mark Carlile .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Ramon Ciokon .... grip (uncredited)
Brad Elsey .... electrician (uncredited)
Justin Fisher .... grip (uncredited)
Jack Garrett .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Andrew Kuepper .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Scott M. Leonard .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Rick Linkowski .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Ross K. Marshall .... grip (uncredited)
Keith Mentze .... dolly grip (uncredited)
William A. Purcell .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lisa Beach .... casting
Charla Bowersox .... casting associate
Harrison Jonna .... extras casting
Sarah Katzman .... casting
D. Candis Paule .... casting: San Diego
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mem MacAfee .... key costumer (uncredited)
Trisch Rutter .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Randy Starnes .... colorist
Zeborah Tidwell .... assistant editor
Music Department
Emanuele Arnone .... music editor
Yariv Vaknin .... composer: source music
Emanuele Arnone .... source music (uncredited)
Alan Ett .... source music (uncredited)
Danail Getz .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Scott Liggett .... source music (uncredited)
Alexander Rethwisch .... music programmer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Christopher Battley .... driver: cast
Dan Gearhart .... transportation coordinator
Scott Anderson .... transportation captain (uncredited)
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
Other crew
Lincoln Blanco .... on-set assistant
Roberto De Biase .... location manager
Jason Gorman .... production assistant
George Halstead .... production accountant
Liz Kline .... production coordinator
Lina Shanklin .... script supervisor
Zane Weber .... production assistant
Amira Bailey .... assistant to director and producer (uncredited)
Laura Brown .... office production assistant (uncredited)
Nathan L. Davis .... stand-in (uncredited)
Lawrence Gaba .... first assistant accountant (uncredited)
Vincent Lopez .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Jennifer Lowe .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Annette Moreno .... craft service (uncredited)
Ivor Shier .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Audric Thompson .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)

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USA:87 min (DVD version) | 120 min (including commercials)
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Continuity: The baby's hair length changes as Keaton's character cuddles it in the kitchen, 2/3 of the way through the movie.See more »
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Recollections of Oz, 28 May 2006
Author: gradyharp from United States

Charles McDougall's resume includes directing episodes on 'Sex and the City', 'Desperate Housewives', Queer as Folk', 'Big Love', 'The Office', etc. so he comes with all the credentials to make the TV film version of Meg Wolitzer's novel SURRENDER, DOROTHY a success. And for the most part he manages to keep this potentially sappy story about sudden death of a loved one and than manner in which the people in her life react afloat.

Sara (Alexa Davalos) a beautiful unmarried young woman is accompanying her best friends - gay playwright Adam (Tom Everett Scott), Adam's current squeeze Shawn (Chris Pine), and married couple Maddy (Lauren German) and Peter (Josh Hopkins) with their infant son - to a house in the Hamptons for a summer vacation. The group seems jolly until a trip to the local ice creamery by Adam and Sara) results in an auto accident which kills Sara. Meanwhile Sara's mother Natalie Swedlow (Diane Keaton) who has an active social life but intrusively calls here daughter constantly with the mutual greeting 'Surrender, Dorothy', is playing it up elsewhere: when she receives the phone call that Sara is dead she immediately comes to the Hamptons where her overbearing personality and grief create friction among Sara's friends. Slowly but surely Natalie uncovers secrets about each of them, thriving on talking about Sara as though doing so would bring her to life. Natalie's thirst for truth at any cost results in major changes among the group and it is only through the binding love of the departed Sara that they all eventually come together.

Diane Keaton is at her best in these roles that walk the thread between drama and comedy and her presence holds the story together. The screenplay has its moments for good lines, but it also has a lot of filler that becomes a bit heavy and morose making the actors obviously uncomfortable with the lines they are given. Yes, this story has been told many times - the impact of sudden death on the lives of those whose privacy is altered by disclosures - but the film moves along with a cast pace and has enough genuine entertainment to make it worth watching. Grady Harp

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