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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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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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Running with Scissors is strange and psychotically contagious See more (183 total) »

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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:
Anachronisms: When Augusten's mother receives a rejection from the New Yorker magazine, the return address is "4 Times Square" (the magazine's current address). In the 1970s, the address was "25 W. 43rd St.," where they had been for five decades.See more »
Quotes:
Augusten Burroughs:Agnes, what are you going to do now?
Agnes Finch:Maybe I'll take down the Christmas tree.
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Teach Your ChildrenSee more »

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122 out of 178 people found the following review useful.
Running with Scissors is strange and psychotically contagious, 21 October 2006
Author: samseescinema from United States

Running with Scissors reviewed by Sam Osborn

I've become all too wary of memoirs lately. Not because of the James Frey debacle, but because they've become the literary equivalent of the biopic at the movies. Just as I've grown tired of seeing the rise and inevitable fall of infamous icons during Oscar season, I've grown tired of plowing through the literary lives of men and women compelled to account their abusive childhoods, sexual deviancy, problems with drugs and alcohol, and, the real must, their harebrained families. The books sell well because readers love gossip, scandal, and melodrama. Running with Scissors has no shortage of such pulpy details, as its hero, Augusten Burroughs, has all the makings of memoir sentimentality. He was born into a selfish, dysfunctional family, adopted by his mother's psychiatrist, attempted suicide, turned out to be gay, and was exposed to sex at a young age under the hands of a man much past his age. His life was, if nothing else, screwed up enough to put into a book. But while I'm a pessimist to the genre, Running with Scissors is strange and psychotically contagious.

To oversimplify the matter, the film is a collection of people dealing with their issues. Heading up the Burroughs family is Norman Burroughs (Alec Baldwin), a business man with the sedated lick of alcoholism whose only wish seems to be to sidestep his wife's raging narcissism. Dierdre (Annete Bening), his wife, is a selfish would-be writing starlet whose lack of talent is constantly at odds with the confidence that she deserves a Nobel Prize. Her failure she blames on the supposed acts of sabotage by Norman, of which she confides in her only son Augusten. The family begins counseling with Doctor Finch (Brian Cox), the man who eventually adopts Augusten when Norman walks out and Dierdre begins popping Valium like prescription Skittles. The Finch family seems to be no upgrade though, as Agnes (Jill Clayburgh), the mother, is first seen munching on dog kibble, Hope (Gwyneth Paltrow), the favored daughter, is known to talk to her cat Freud, and Natalie (Evan Rachel Wood), the second daughter, tries to open Augusten up by using electro-shock therapy. Their home is an old-money palace painted blazing pink, with various lawn furniture, cobbled windows, and a Christmas tree that's been erect for over two years.

My Mother happens to be mildly obsessed with Augusten Burroughs. She speaks of his stories and literary adventures as though they're the loopy reveries of a second son she birthed into paperback. So several months ago I took her to our hometown bookshop, The Boulder Bookstore, to see Mr. Burroughs speak on his most recent book, Magical Thinking. I'd read a few of his stories at my Mom's urgent requests and flipped through a couple chapters of his first memoir (the film's source), Running with Scissors, in preparation. I knew enough, I felt, to hold my own in a book signing. But as the first hand was raised during the Q&A segment of the presentation, a woman asked how Augusten's dog was doing, how his partner was holding up, if they'd purchased that house he mentioned, and if those shoes were still in mint condition. I was obviously behind the curve. Mr. Burroughs has entrusted so much of his intimate life with his writing. It's organic and swelling with humor drawn from a frank self-awareness that doesn't embarrass him or his readers. His audience isn't a third-party to his life, they're all his closest friends; quite a job for rookie feature Writer/Director Ryan Murphy.

Murphy approaches the material very cinematically, using every magic trick offered to him by his technicians. This is no shaky, documentary-style memoir that shreds cinema to the tatters of the broken characters on screen. Murphy's characters are heightened to hyperbolic altitude, but are anchored to a reality only gotten from the pages of non-fiction accounting. His film is tightly-knit, too, with every line of dialogue truly used and with characters' stories intertwined into a family of glowing psychosis. It makes for a film constructed from quirk and color, but Murphy's characters can't seem to escape from being so human. They deal with their issues, but like humans, rarely manage to solve them. It can be appalling and sometimes painful, but Burroughs and Murphy's stories are just too lovely to turn your back to.

Rating: 3.5 out of 4

Sam Osborn

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