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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
Vivienne Chang .... extras casting
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
Location Management
Roberto De Biase .... location manager
Vincent Lopez .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
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
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)
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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11 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
One of the worst movies for TV I have seen in quite awhile, 2 January 2006
Author: DrBronkhurst from United States

Although the casting for this film was admirable, particularly Dianne Keaton and Tom Everett Scott, the quality of the writing was so poor that it would be impossible for any actor or director to make this film worth watching.

My wife and I decided that the reason we watched the entire film was that it was like a train wreck, and it was almost impossible to turn away. It may have been that we "hoped" that the message would eventually make itself apparent, and that we would be able to glean some meaning from this effort. Unfortunately, this did not happen.

Of course the audience may have been able to "make sense" of this convoluted tale, a credit to the ingenuity of the human brain to make sense of the absurd. The writers, however, did NOTHING to facilitate this innate need we seem to have for finding meaning.

It was apparent that those involved were simply going through the motions of their respective crafts, and that any intrinsic passion for the characters or the story was either secondary or non-existent.

Unfortunately, made-for-TV movies have seemed to devolve over the years. Whereas communicating a message to the audience may to have been the primary interest of the writers in the past, present-day writers and producers seem condescending to their audience, concentrating primarily on manipulating us to "stay-tuned" through the incessant advertising which seems to be the only reason movies such as Surrender, Dorothy are made.

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