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Little Miss Sunshine -- A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.
Little Miss Sunshine -- Frank and Dwayne talk about what makes life worth living as Olive gets ready for her beauty pageant.
Little Miss Sunshine -- A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.
Little Miss Sunshine -- A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.
Little Miss Sunshine -- A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.

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Writer (WGA):
Michael Arndt (written by)
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Release Date:
18 August 2006 (USA) See more »
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Where's Olive? See more »
Plot:
A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 54 wins & 55 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Abigail Breslin ... Olive Hoover

Greg Kinnear ... Richard Hoover

Paul Dano ... Dwayne

Alan Arkin ... Grandpa Edwin Hoover

Toni Collette ... Sheryl Hoover

Steve Carell ... Frank Ginsberg

Marc Turtletaub ... Doctor #1

Jill Talley ... Cindy

Brenda Canela ... Diner Waitress

Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Mechanic

Chuck Loring ... Convenience Store Proprietor

Justin Shilton ... Josh

Gordon Thomson ... Larry Sugarman

Steven Christopher Parker ... Teen Boy #1

Bryan Cranston ... Stan Grossman

John Walcutt ... Doctor #2

Paula Newsome ... Linda

Dean Norris ... State Trooper McCleary

Beth Grant ... Pageant Official Jenkins

Wallace Langham ... Kirby

Lauren Shiohama ... Miss California

Mary Lynn Rajskub ... Pageant Assistant Pam
Jerry Giles ... Funeral Home Worker

Geoff Meed ... Biker Dad

Matt Winston ... Pageant MC

Joan Scheckel ... Judge

Casandra Ashe ... Girl in Hallway

Mel Rodriguez ... Officer Martinez
Alexandria Alaman ... Pageant Contestant

Alissa Anderegg ... Pageant Contestant
Brittany Baird ... Pageant Contestant
Cambria Baird ... Pageant Contestant
Brenae Bandy ... Pageant Contestant
Kristen Holaas ... Pageant Contestant
Maliah Hudson ... Pageant Contestant
Destry Jacobs ... Pageant Contestant

Lindsey Jordan ... Pageant Contestant
Shane Murphy ... Pageant Contestant

Annabelle Roberts ... Pageant Contestant
Sydni Stevenson-Love ... Pageant Contestant
Nicole Stoehr ... Pageant Contestant
Lauren Yee ... Pageant Contestant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Erik David Barber ... Photographer (uncredited)
Terry Bolo ... Pageant Worker (uncredited)
Marc De'Antone ... Seminar Class (uncredited)
Tara Dawn Holland ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ksenia Jarova ... Pretty Girl (uncredited)
Alva Loomis ... Hotel Security (uncredited)

Robert O'Connor ... Pageant Judge #1 (uncredited)

Regis Philbin ... Himself (voice) (uncredited)
Matthew W. Tate ... Funeral Worker #2 (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jonathan Dayton 
Valerie Faris 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Michael Arndt (written by)

Produced by
Albert Berger .... producer
Michael Beugg .... executive producer
Jeb Brody .... executive producer
David T. Friendly .... producer
Bart Lipton .... associate producer
Peter Saraf .... producer
Marc Turtletaub .... producer
Ron Yerxa .... producer
 
Original Music by
Mychael Danna 
DeVotchKa 
 
Cinematography by
Tim Suhrstedt (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Pamela Martin 
 
Casting by
Justine Baddeley 
Kim Davis-Wagner 
 
Production Design by
Kalina Ivanov 
 
Art Direction by
Alan E. Muraoka 
 
Set Decoration by
Melissa M. Levander  (as Melissa Levander)
 
Costume Design by
Nancy Steiner 
 
Makeup Department
Susan Carol Schwary .... key hair stylist (as Susan Carol-Schwary)
Janis Clark .... hair department head
Dugg Kirkpatrick .... key hair stylist (as 'Dugg' Kirkpatrick)
Amy Lederman .... makeup artist
Angel Radefeld .... key makeup artist
Nicole Sortillon .... makeup assistant (as Nicole Sortillion)
Torsten Witte .... makeup department head
 
Production Management
Michael Bergyl .... unit production manager
Bob Dohrmann .... production supervisor
Michael Toji .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Heather Anderson .... additional second second assistant director
Kate Greenberg .... second second assistant director
Joe May .... additional second second assistant director
Gregory J. Smith .... second assistant director (as Gregory Smith)
Thomas Patrick Smith .... first assistant director
Thomas Robinson Harper .... second unit director (uncredited)
Bart Lipton .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ellis J. Barbacoff .... assistant property master
Tony Bonaventura .... property master
Andrea Cantrell .... assistant props
Jill Deibler .... buyer
Joseph Kevin Garcia .... swing gang (as Joseph K. Garcia)
Theresa Greene .... art department coordinator
Michael Klingerman .... leadman
David Marple .... swing gang
Rich Murray .... assistant art director
Christopher Pappas .... on-set dresser
Christopher Pappas .... props
Rion Waller .... swing gang
Ryan Wylie .... props
 
Sound Department
Rick Ash .... sound re-recording mixer
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Kerry Ann Carmean .... foley editor
Patrick Cusack .... assistant sound editor
Andrew DeCristofaro .... supervising sound editor
Craig Dollinger .... boom operator
Bill Henderson .... sound re-recording engineer
Stacey Michaels .... adr mixer
Sterling Moore .... boom operator: additional photography
Steven Morrow .... sound mixer
Steve Nelson .... sound effects editor (as Steven F. Nelson)
Nancy Nugent .... supervising adr editor (as Nancy Kyong Nugent)
Buck Robinson .... sound mixer: additional photography
Stephen P. Robinson .... supervising sound editor
Terry Rodman .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Sharman .... utility sound technician
Christopher Sidor .... sound mix technician
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
John C. Stuver .... dialogue editor
Lucy Sustar .... foley mixer
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ian Eyre .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Adam Avitabile .... visual effects supervisor
Chad Buehler .... digital compositor
Joshua D. Comen .... visual effects producer (as Josh Comen)
Jenny Foster .... visual effects coordinator
Rob Ostir .... digital effects artist
Steve Rodriguez .... colorist
 
Stunts
Kenny Anderson .... assistant stunt coordinator
Kacie Borrowman .... stunt double: Abigail Breslin
Clay Cullen .... stunt double
Riley Harper .... stunt double
Thomas Robinson Harper .... stunt coordinator (as Tom Robinson Harper)
Traci Richelle Harrison .... stunts
Christie Hayes .... stunt double
Michael Hugghins .... stunt double
Mark Kubr .... stunts and water safety
Larry Rippenkroeger .... stunts
Matthew Taylor .... stunt double: Greg Kinnear
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Bango .... first assistant camera
Matt Bardocz .... best boy electric
Clint Borden .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Tom Boyd .... underwater camera operator
Brian Cantrell .... electrician
Jack Carpenter .... camera car grip
Theda Cunningham .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Greg Dellerson .... assistant camera
Josh Denering .... grip
Carlos M. Gallardo .... dolly grip
Paul Goodstein .... key grip
Jeffrey Greeley .... camera operator
Keith A. Hascher .... lighting technician
Jimi Johnson .... video assist operator
Lawrence Karman .... Steadicam operator
Frederick Lawrence .... grip
Heather Lea .... first assistant camera
Eric Lee .... still photographer
Christopher Mack .... "b" camera
Christopher Mack .... first assistant camera
Paul McIlvaine .... gaffer
Alan Morier .... lighting technician
Tony Olivieri .... first assistant Steadicam
Michelle Pizanis .... clapper loader
Chris J. Rossi .... best boy grip
Rigney Sackley .... assistant camera
Aaron Atom Vyvial .... grip
 
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Kelly Hunt .... extras casting
Rich King .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bethany Bernhard .... set costumer
Lisa Hyde .... set costumer
Robin McMullan .... costume supervisor
Jennifer Starzyk .... key costumer
 
Editorial Department
Ian Elias .... post-production assistant
Joe Fineman .... post-production consultant
Terel Gibson .... first assistant editor
Jessica Otto .... post-production assistant: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
Nick Wenger .... post-production assistant
Lee Wimer .... color timer
 
Music Department
Sebastian Arocha Morton .... music remixer
Elliott Goldkind .... assistant music editor
Brad Haehnel .... music mixer
Brad Haehnel .... scoring mixer
Susan Jacobs .... music supervisor
Anne Litt .... music supervisor
Rob Simonsen .... assistant to composer
Tony Tisdale .... additional music contributor
Joshua Winget .... music editor (as Josh Winget)
 
Transportation Department
Joseph Aroesti .... transportation co-captain
Mike Belt .... mechanic
Angel Desanti .... transportation co-captain
Dillan Esco .... driver
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car
Geno Hart .... transportation coordinator
Esteban Munoz .... mechanic
Marty Osborne .... picture cars
John Pellegrino .... transportation
Adam Pinkstaff .... transportation captain
William Smallwood .... driver: production van
 
Other crew
Sebastian Arocha Morton .... source cues (as Sebastian Arocha-Morton)
Mike Artimo .... medic
Susan Bliss .... post script services
Erik Bright .... unit publicist
Cecilia Cardwell .... studio teacher
Ed Casares .... video artist
Michael B. Clark .... assistant to producer
Richard Cody .... key craft services
Molly Cooper .... assistant to producers
William Cusick .... office production assistant
Thomas Farr .... payroll accountant
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post-production accountant
Shaun Greenspan .... production assistant
Francis Hadinoto .... production assistant
Jennifer Hamilton .... assistant choreographer
Traci Richelle Harrison .... stand-in: Abigail Breslin
Erin Heidenreich .... sales agent
Heather Holliday .... production staff
James Kaplan .... assistant: Mr. Dayton & Ms. Faris
Ashley Kravitz .... script clearance
Joe Lewis .... assistant: Mr. Dayton & Ms. Faris
Christopher Licata .... production assistant
Felipe Linz .... assistant to producers
Kevin Maier .... stand-in: Steve Carell
Jason Mandel .... production assistant
Joshua Mandel .... production assistant
Laurent Marchand .... caterer
Lyn Matsuda Norton .... script supervisor (as Lyn Matsuda)
Charissa McLain .... assistant production coordinator
Emily McMaster .... assistant to producers
Dauv McNeely .... computer and video playback technician
Christopher Miller .... location manager
Dan Milner .... location scout
Dan Murbarger .... computer/video playback operator
Zack Neuman .... office intern
Lyn Norton .... script supervisor
Jessica Otto .... assistant: Ms. Collette
Sara Pollack .... production executive
Marguerite Pomerhn Derricks .... choreographer (as Marguerite Derricks)
Michyl-Shannon Quilty .... production coordinator
Mike Revell .... production accountant
Jennessa Rose .... additional voices
Julianna Rose .... additional voices
Negar Saddigh .... production assistant
Rocsana Saddigh .... production assistant
Jessie Hope Salka .... unit publicist
Suzanne C. Swindle .... script supervisor
Katie Taylor .... production assistant
Nate Taylor .... key assistant location manager
Cori Uchida .... assistant to producers
Jenny Worman .... stand-in: Toni Collette
Bryan Yaconelli .... first assistant accountant
Paul Young .... production assistant
Howard R. Schuster .... financing (uncredited)
Andie K. Taylor .... intern (uncredited)
 
Thanks
James Everett Dayton .... thanks
Joan Scheckel .... the directors wish to thank: Joan Scheckel Lab
Jocelyn Towne .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for language, some sex and drug content
Runtime:
101 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Chile:TE | Finland:K-11 | Germany:6 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:L | Ireland:15A | Italy:T | Japan:PG-12 | Malaysia:U (DVD) | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R13 | Norway:10 (TV rating) | Peru:PT | Philippines:R-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #42333)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
After Olive hugs Dwayne and they begin to ascend back to the van, a sign can be seen in the background reading: "United we stand".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At dinner, the salad bowl disappears and reappears in Richard's hand between shots.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Richard:There are two kinds of people in this world, winners and losers.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Martini LoungeSee more »

FAQ

Is "Little Miss Sunshine" based on a book?
What was Sheryl's dream?
What did Dwayne's T-Shirt say?
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348 out of 467 people found the following review useful.
One Of The Best Movie "Gifts" I've Gotten This Year..., 26 July 2006
Author: Christopher T. Chase (cchase@onebox.com) from Arlington, VA.

It is very rare to see a movie that can charm the hell out of an audience without the use of special effects, worn-out clichés and bombastic action set pieces these days. It's even more ridiculous to hope that you will see such a film for FREE. But that's exactly what happened to me tonight at a sneak preview of LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE.

I "discovered" this movie right here at IMDb, having heard not a peep about it beforehand. By the time I finished watching the second trailer for the THIRD time, I was floored...and hooked. Luckily, the Bulletin Boards steered me toward the proper link to access sneak passes for tonight's showing, and all I can say is that it will not pain me one bit to pay for the privilege of seeing this gem a second time.

Assembling the best and most unlikeliest of ensemble casts you may probably see all year, SUNSHINE on the face of it is a relatively (pun intended) simple story. Little seven-year-old Olive (Abigail Breslin) has one wish in life: to be considered for the finals of the Little Miss Sunshine Pageant in Redondo Beach, CA. When her big chance comes at the most unexpected time, it's up to her unbelievably fractured family to pull themselves together and make it happen for her, no matter what it takes.

And what it takes is a sad, painful, tragic and yet unendingly hilarious trek in a barely operational VW bus from Albequerque, NM to the Pageant. And although getting there is only half the fun and family drama, you have got to see what happens to believe it when they finally arrive and Olive gets to "do her thing." The strong cast sounds not a single false note, and when the more touching moments arrive, they don't seem forced the way they would in most other big-budget behemoths, because these moments are truly earned. But WHAT a collection of characters this is. Greg Kinnear is letter-perfect as Olive's judgmental, failed motivational-speaker father; Steve Carell finds new shades of darkest despair and human comedy as her suicidal gay uncle, a leading Proust scholar; Paul Dano does amazing things with little more than facial expressions as Olive's older brother who's deep into Nietzche and a vow of absolute silence, and Alan Arkin, though he has played this kind of role with both hands tied behind his back and his eyes closed, still shines like a crazy diamond as her cantankerous and hedonistic grandfather.

And barely holding this motley crew together is Toni Collette, who amazes by playing a mother again and yet manages not to portray the role exactly the same way, (you might recall her Oscar-nominated turn as Haley Joel Osment's put-upon mom in THE SIXTH SENSE.) I'm not at all familiar with the work of the two directors, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, or the writer, Michael Arndt, but they have definitely raised the indie film bar with this effort. Not a single moment is wasted; not a single scene is in this film without having a reason for being there, and it's all character-driven. There's also nothing fluffy about it - commentary about everything from how twisted our pop culture can be, to how our drive for being #1 winners can blind us to all of the things that are the most important are all there under the bittersweet laughs and tears for the audience to discover.

I can't recommend this one highly enough. And I can't wait to see it again.

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