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Running with Scissors -- Young Augusten Burroughs (Cross) absorbs experiences that could make for a shocking memoir: the son of an alcoholic father (Baldwin) and an unstable mother (Bening), he's handed off to his mother's therapist, Dr. Finch (Cox), and spends his adolescent yea
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Running with Scissors -- Young Augusten Burroughs (Cross) absorbs experiences that could make for a shocking memoir: the son of an alcoholic father (Baldwin) and an unstable mother (Bening), he's handed off to his mother's therapist, Dr. Finch (Cox), and spends his adolescent yea
Running with Scissors -- Young Augusten Burroughs (Cross) absorbs experiences that could make for a shocking memoir: the son of an alcoholic father (Baldwin) and an unstable mother (Bening), he's handed off to his mother's therapist, Dr. Finch (Cox), and spends his adolescent yea
Running with Scissors -- Young Augusten Burroughs (Cross) absorbs experiences that could make for a shocking memoir: the son of an alcoholic father (Baldwin) and an unstable mother (Bening), he's handed off to his mother's therapist, Dr. Finch (Cox), and spends his adolescent yea

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Writers (WGA):
Ryan Murphy (screenplay)
Augusten Burroughs (book)
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Release Date:
27 October 2006 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Ever have one of those lives? See more »
Plot:
Young Augusten Burroughs absorbs experiences that could make for a shocking memoir: the son of an alcoholic father and an unstable mother, he's handed off to his mother's therapist, Dr. Finch, and spends his adolescent years as a member of Finch's bizarre extended family. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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The movie critics should be ashamed! An underrated, magnificent film! See more (183 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
Ryan Murphy 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Ryan Murphy (screenplay)

Augusten Burroughs (book "Running with Scissors: A Memoir")

Produced by
Augusten Burroughs .... co-producer
Dede Gardner .... producer
Brad Grey .... producer
Ryan Murphy .... producer
Brad Pitt .... producer
Steve Samuels .... executive producer (as Steven Samuels)
Bonnie Weis .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
James S. Levine 
 
Cinematography by
Christopher Baffa (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Byron Smith 
 
Casting by
Mali Finn 
 
Production Design by
Richard Sherman 
 
Art Direction by
Lorin Flemming 
 
Set Decoration by
Matthew Flood Ferguson 
 
Costume Design by
Lou Eyrich 
 
Makeup Department
Bernadette Beauvais .... makeup artist
Stacey K. Black .... key hair stylist
Cydney Cornell .... hair stylist: Ms. Bening
Stephanie A. Fowler .... makeup artist (as Stephanie Fowler)
Zoe Hay .... makeup artist
Julie Hewett .... makeup artist: Ms. Bening
Laurel Kelly .... hair stylist (as Laurel E. Kelly)
Eryn Krueger Mekash .... key makeup artist (as Eryn Krueger)
Elisa Marsh .... hair stylist
Michele Tyminski .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Christopher Griffin .... unit production manager (as Christopher L. Griffin)
Tim Pedegana .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dirk Craft .... first assistant director (as Dirk Wallace Craft)
Elenie Mansalis .... second assistant director
Maura McKeown .... second second assistant director (as Maura McKeown Redmond)
 
Art Department
Terry Adams .... on-set dresser (as Terry L. Adams)
Sam Brinson .... construction foreman (as Samuel H. Brinson)
Joseph C. Fama .... construction coordinator
Ian Kay .... assistant property master
Mark David Kersey .... greensman (as Mark Kersey)
Jim Motyl .... leadman (as James S. Motyl)
Christopher Redmond .... property master
Paul M. Rohrbaugh III .... paint foreman (as Paul Milton Rohrbaugh III)
Michael Wynands .... labor foreman (as Michael H. Wynands)
Marissa Zajack .... art department coordinator
Chris Clark .... set dresser (uncredited)
Brendon Crigler .... set dresser (uncredited)
Missy Parker .... buyer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Rick Ash .... supervising sound mixer
Jed M. Dodge .... sound editor (as Jed Dodge)
Rickley W. Dumm .... sound editor (as Rickley Dumm)
Russell Farmarco .... sound editor (as Russ Farmarco)
Frank Gaeta .... sound designer
Luis Galdames .... assistant sound editor (as Luis Galadames)
Marc A. Gilmartin .... production sound mixer (as Marc Gilmartin)
Patrick Giraudi .... supervising sound mixer
Catherine Harper .... foley artist
Darrin Mann .... foley mixer
Christopher Moriana .... foley artist (as Chris Morianna)
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Todd Niesen .... sound editor
Sarah Payan .... sound editor
Terry Rodman .... supervising sound mixer
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Gunnar Ted Walter .... boom operator (as Gunner Walter)
Gabriel J. Serrano .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Donald J. Sutherland .... utility sound (uncredited)
Carl D. Ware .... sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Kenneth C. Clark .... special effects foreman (as Ken Clark)
Thomas Mertz .... special effects coordinator (as Tom Mertz)
 
Visual Effects by
Saeed Faridzadeh .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Ntana Key .... second digital colorist: EFILM (uncredited)
Jennifer Law-Stump .... digital effects artist: Pacific Title Digital (uncredited)
Steven J. Scott .... supervising digital colorist: EFilm (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Thomas M. Ficke .... stunt coordinator (as Tom Ficke)
Noon Orsatti .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Clyde E. Bryan .... first assistant camera
J.A. Byerly .... rigging chief lighting technician (as JA Byerly)
Charles Crivier .... dolly grip
Jerry Day .... rigging key grip
Christopher Duskin .... camera operator (as Chris Duskin)
Andrew Glover .... chief lighting technician
Bob Hall .... first assistant camera
Greg Hewett .... key grip
Dan Kneece .... steadicam operator
Wayne Kosky .... best boy grip
Jerry Mundy .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Jerry W. Mundy Jr.)
Doug Price .... second assistant camera
John Scott .... camera operator
Suzanne Tenner .... still photographer
Henry Tirl .... steadicam operator
Suzanne Trucks .... second assistant camera
Mitch Byerly .... electrician (uncredited)
Mark Mele .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Jimmie R. Owens .... grip (uncredited)
Haydn Pazanti .... camera loader (uncredited)
Ryan Shopay .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Justin Stroh .... electrician (uncredited)
Earl C. Williman .... rigging best boy (uncredited)
Matt Zschoche .... additional lighting technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Deanna Brigidi .... casting assistant
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
David Rapaport .... casting associate
Pete Sutton .... extras casting
Sean Kevin Sweeney .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anita Louise Brown .... costumer
Jenny Eagan .... costumer
Jennifer Morrison Holyfield .... costumer: Ms. Bening (as Jennifer M. Holyfield)
Krishna Ribeiro .... costumer
Christine Wada .... key costumer
Julie Yang Silver .... costume supervisor
Bethany Bernhard .... costumer (uncredited)
Suzanne Flores .... additional costumer (uncredited)
Delia Hauser .... wardrobe production assistant (uncredited)
Jude Christian Orlando .... costume illustrator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Bradley Buecker .... assistant editor (as Brad Buecker)
Jennifer Hatton .... assistant editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Jim Passon .... color timer
Christopher Grizey .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Robert E. Phillips .... digital intermediate assistant producer: EFILM (uncredited)
Faust Pierfederici .... digital preview colorist (uncredited)
Kay Sievert .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Fulvio Valsangiacomo .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
P.J. Bloom .... music supervisor
Jennifer Reeve .... music coordinator
Tom Trafalski .... music editor
Josh Klein .... assistant to composer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Dana Crocker .... transportation captain (as Dana E. Crocker)
Ed Nassaney .... transportation co-captain
Bruce Callahan .... driver (uncredited)
Eddie Santana .... driver (uncredited)
Gary Thomas Williams .... driver: Ms. Bening (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Crisoforo Aguilar .... production assistant
Beth Bargas .... assistant accountant
Chelsey Cardon .... production assistant
William Cotton .... production assistant
Melissa Engle .... production assistant (as Melissa J. Engle)
Robert Foulkes .... location manager
Terri Greening .... production accountant
Christopher Grizey .... production assistant
David Henke .... assistant location manager
Alexis Martin Woodall .... assistant: Mr. Murphy (as Alexis Martin)
Joe May .... production assistant (as Joseph May)
Meredith Mohr .... assistant: Ms. Bening
David Showers .... assistant: Ms. Gardner
Jessie Sieben .... production assistant (as Jessica Sieben)
Spooky Stevens .... unit publicist
Diana Valentine .... script supervisor
Rorie D. van Klaveren .... assistant production coordinator
Eve Watterson .... production coordinator
Andrew T. Weaver .... production assistant (as Andrew Weaver)
Robert Crobar Bilus .... location manager (uncredited)
Matthew Bolin .... production assistant (uncredited)
Judith M. Brown .... studio teacher (uncredited)
Cory Cate .... production assistant (uncredited)
Matt Clifford .... accounting clerk (uncredited)
Ashley Contino .... assistant to cast (uncredited)
Dante .... warm-up comic (uncredited)
Antony Diamond .... remote head technician (uncredited)
Chris Gutierrez .... location scout (uncredited)
Daniel Hall .... craft service (uncredited)
Thomas Kearney .... production assistant (uncredited)
Tilu Khalayi .... second assistant accountant (uncredited)
Ron Landry .... production assistant (uncredited)
Susanne Lariviere .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Anne Lockhart .... adr voice group (uncredited)
Alba Morera .... production assistant (uncredited)
Richard M. Newkirk .... stand-in (uncredited)
Andre Panossian .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Angela Randazzo .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Rated R for strong language and elements of sexuality, violence and substance abuse
Runtime:
USA:116 min | USA:122 min (DVD) | Argentina:116 min
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Trivia:
Julianne Moore was originally attached to play Deirdre Burroughs.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In a scene between Dr. Finch and Bookman: Dr. Finch yells that he sent Bookman to photography school at the University of Rochester (U of R). The U of R is a medical and research school, with no photography majors. However the Rochester Institute of Technology is a world-known college for photography majors.See more »
Quotes:
Augusten Burroughs:I'm gay.
Natalie:Big deal.
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Movie Connections:
Features "Dark Shadows" (1966)See more »
Soundtrack:
Year of the CatSee more »

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46 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
The movie critics should be ashamed! An underrated, magnificent film!, 22 December 2007
Author: roskopop2004 from United States

If ever a movie taught me not to let critics influence my decision to see something, this is it.

I remember when this came out in the theater and the overall consensus of the major critics was that this film was a huge disappointment, if not a complete failure. Wow. (scratches head)

Having been a huge fan of the book (I read it twice before I saw the film) I went to see it anyway without high expectations, and was surprised to say the least. I love this film, and it brought me to tears several times. And like other posters, I thought that it was a rare film adaptation that does justice to the book and then some.

Aside from the fact the film remains true to the book, which will please many fans, the performances are excellent across the board. Annette Bening, in my humble opinion, was robbed of an Oscar nomination. She delivers nothing less than a tour-de-force. I mean, it truly amazes me how she was overlooked along with this whole movie. And Joseph Cross should have had a nomination as well. He shines the light and the heartbreak in this boy with dead-on accuracy. This is a remarkable story that I guess is hard to believe for many people, even in the strange, dysfunctional world we live in. I think all of the actors made this story truly believable. Even Gwyneth, who has very little screen time unfortunately, makes the most of it, with a wonderfully low-key, quirky turn. Her scene cooking "the stew", in braids, is one of my favorite moments. And how could they not notice Jill Clayburgh??!! She manages to ground this story, ironically, with sanity. She conveys grace and maternal love and kindness, wringing these emotions from an almost grotesquely-written character. No easy feat. I will admit Evan Rachel Wood is the only actor I felt was a bit miscast if you are being true to the book. She's just cooler and sexier than I imagined the character to be. But she reminded me of someone else i grew up with in an uncanny way, that's how good she is at balancing smart and damaged, as a girl who grew up too fast for her own good, but somehow manages to prevail. I loved her nonetheless, just in a different way than I did in the book.

The pacing, the tone, the lighting, the music, the respect the director showed this story is really stunning as well. Anyone who grew up in the late 70's (like myself) in a dysfunctional home with a rather eccentric mother will probably experience this as movie magic, and feel uncomfortably at home watching this, like being transported back in time. You may even smell your mother's shag carpeting and scented candles like I did. The clothing the characters are wearing, especially Augusten, made me feel like I was back in grade school myself...wearing a polyester plaid vest and tie and out-of-synch with my peers. The imagery really rang true for me, along with "Your the poetry man" playing in the background.

Maybe the problem was that not a lot of people can relate to this story, and it seems too preposterous for them to even suspend their disbelief for a couple of hours? I've never felt compelled to write a commentary up here until now because I really believe this work was done an injustice by the critics. However I don't think, as a viewer, you would necessarily need to relate to this story to enjoy the film. But I can't help but wonder if I'm wrong about that, because it might explain the poor reception from so many critics.

I also trust completely that over time many will discover this movie and be moved to both laughter and tears, and be completely absorbed in it. It's a twisted, sometimes hilarious but mostly heartbreaking tale, based on true events, and it is, in my opinion, a beautiful film. It's a gem.

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