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Being Flynn -- Robert De Niro, Paul Dano and Julianne Moore give powerhouse performances in this compelling adaptation of Nick Flynn's award-winning memoir, Another Bulls-t Night in Suck City.
Being Flynn -- During his twenties, a young man works at various homeless shelters in Boston, where he often intersects with his brilliant but troubled father.
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Working in a Boston homeless shelter, Nick Flynn re-encounters his father, a con man and self-proclaimed poet. Sensing trouble in his own life, Nick wrestles with the notion of reaching out yet again to his dad. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert De Niro ... Jonathan Flynn

Paul Dano ... Nick Flynn

Julianne Moore ... Jody Flynn

Olivia Thirlby ... Denise

Eddie Rouse ... Carlos
Steve Cirbus ... Jeff

Lili Taylor ... Joy

Victor Rasuk ... Gabriel

Liam Broggy ... Young Nick

Chris Chalk ... Ivan

Wes Studi ... Captain

Thomas Middleditch ... Richard
Sarah Quinn ... Religious Girl
Ben Foronda ... Punky Guy (as Benjamin Foronda)

Dale Dickey ... Marie
Joshua Alscher ... Crack Smoker

Dawn McGee ... Waitress

Billy Wirth ... Travis

Michael Gibson ... Sergeant Bob

Kelly McCreary ... Inez (as Kelly J. McCreary)
Deidre O'Connell ... Frowzy Woman

Katherine Waterston ... Sarah
Robert Andrews ... Homeless Man 1

Michael Genadry ... Young Counselor
Kelli Crump ... Desk Clerk
Dara Tomanovich ... Beautiful Woman
Jane Lee ... Laura
Evan Wadle ... Young Guy

Victor Pagan ... Beady-Eyed Bill
Rony Clanton ... Skid

Michael Buscemi ... Dennis
Lorenzo Murphy ... Morphine Addict

William Sadler ... Ray
Joseph Prioleau ... George
Lee Stringer ... Homeless Man in Line

John O'Brien ... Airline Pilot
Joey Boots ... NA Guy
Luis Moco ... Punk Rocker
Marilyn Torres ... Little Girl's Mother
Stephen Williams ... Counselor

Roy Milton Davis ... Homeless Man 2
Rufino Colon ... Shelter Guest 1
Jeff Ware ... Jerry

Samira Wiley ... Asha
Stuart Rudin ... Moses
Gabriel Millman ... Housing Counselor
Thomas Hoffman ... Barlow
Joyce Myricks ... Nurse / Counselor
Dwight Folsom ... Isaac Clegg
Carlton Bembry ... Counselor 2
George Asatrian ... Beating Teen 1
Anthony Piccolo ... Beating Teen 2

Kevin Keels ... Banker at Party
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Paul Senza ... Shelter Counselor
Ian Bonner ... 12-Step Member (uncredited)

Kevin Cannon ... Crackhead Mugger (uncredited)

Dj Nino Carta ... Homeless Man #2 in Line (uncredited)

Louise Devery ... Buttercup Bartender (uncredited)

Elli ... Homeless Guy (uncredited)
Nick Flynn ... Man interviewing for placement (uncredited)

Peggy Friend ... Lady in cab (uncredited)

Marty Krzywonos ... Shelter Guest (uncredited)
John Mitchell ... Shelter Guest 104 (uncredited)

Michael Morana ... Jody's Ex Boyfriend (uncredited)
Jeffrey Mowery ... Homeless man (uncredited)

Bill Walters ... Homeless Man in Shelter (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Weitz 
Writing credits
Paul Weitz (written by)

Nick Flynn (book "Another Bullshit Night in Suck City")

Produced by
Dan Balgoyen .... co-producer
Caroline Baron .... executive producer
Michael Costigan .... producer
Nick Flynn .... executive producer
Kerry Kohansky-Roberts .... executive producer (as Kerry Kohansky)
Meghan Lyvers .... executive producer
Andrew Miano .... producer
Jane Rosenthal .... executive producer
Paul Weitz .... producer
Original Music by
Damon Gough  (as Badly Drawn Boy)
Cinematography by
Declan Quinn (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Joan Sobel 
Casting by
Joseph Middleton 
Production Design by
Sarah Knowles 
Art Direction by
Ryan Heck 
Set Decoration by
Susan Perlman 
Costume Design by
Aude Bronson-Howard 
Makeup Department
Jerry DeCarlo .... key hair stylist
Julie Anna Kehoe .... first assistant hair stylist (as Julie Anna Kehoe-Lipman)
Björn Rehbein .... first assistant makeup artist (as Bjoern Rehbein)
Susan Reilly LeHane .... makeup artist: Julianne Moore (as Susan Reilly Lehane)
Carla White .... key makeup artist
Joseph Farulla .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Craig Lindberg .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Rosemary Redlin .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Caroline Baron .... unit production manager
Isabel Henderson .... post-production supervisor
Gabrielle Mahon .... production supervisor
Ben Urquhart .... post production executive (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Casey Madigan .... second second assistant director
Christo Morse .... first assistant director
Annie Tan .... second assistant director
Art Department
Peter Bundrick .... key carpenter
Craig Capitelli .... set dresser
John K. Conway .... set dresser (as John Conway)
Tom Conway .... leadman (as Thomas Conway)
Catriona Crosby .... set dresser
John W. Farraday .... set dresser
Frank-Joseph Frelier .... art department coordinator
Matthew Hanley .... set dresser
Richard Hebrank .... construction coordinator
Chryss Hionis .... assistant set decorator
T.J. Horan .... set dresser
David Itzhak .... foreman
Christian Kelly .... set dresser
Jeannette Kim .... assistant art director
Imogen Lee .... assistant property master
Julie Marr .... camera scenic
Kerri McGill .... scenic industrial
Daniel Nisenson .... set dresser
Richard Peete .... prop assistant
Michael Powsner .... prop assistant
Thomas Hudson Reeve .... on-set dresser
Sarah E. Rosa .... scenic (as Sarah Rosa)
Michelle Schluter-Ford .... assistant set decorator
Lee Shevett .... key construction grip
Ryan Webb .... property master
Andrea Werner .... buyer
Zachary Zirlin .... graphic artist
Laura Lerner .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jamie Baker .... foley editor
Michael Barry .... sound re-recording mixer
Ron Bochar .... sound re-recording mixer
Ron Bochar .... supervising sound editor
David Boulton .... adr recording engineer
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
James Cruz .... mix technician (as Jimmy Cruz)
Ruth Hernandez .... adr editor
Paul Hsu .... sound effects editor
George A. Lara .... foley engineer
Branka Mrkic .... dialogue editor (as Branka Mrkic-Tana)
James Nichols .... sound consultant: Dolby
Brendan Jamieson O'Brien .... boom operator (as Brendan O'Brien)
Adam Sanchez .... utility sound
Sara Stern .... assistant sound editor
Thomas Varga .... production sound mixer (as Tom Varga)
Michael Miller .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Drew Jiritano .... special effects coordinator
Andrew Mortelliti .... assistant special effects coordinator
Richard Moran .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Stephen Powers .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Aaron Baker .... digital artist: Method Studios
Aleksandar Djordjevic .... digital artist: Method Studios
Jason Hawkins .... digital artist: Method Studios
Alice Kahn .... visual effects coordinator: Method Studios
Tram Le .... visual effects producer
Gregory D. Liegey .... visual effects supervisor: Method Studios (as Gregory Liegey)
David Piombino .... digital artist: Method Studios
Lesley Robson-Foster .... on set visual effects supervisor
Cara Buckley .... head of production: Method Studios NYC (uncredited)
Alejandro Monzon .... rotoscope artist (uncredited)
Brian Keith Allen .... stunts
Bobby Beckles .... stunts
Peter Bucossi .... stunt coordinator
Chris Colombo .... stunts
Norman Douglass .... stunts
Roy Farfel .... stunts
Greg Harvey .... stunts
Don Hewitt .... stunts (as Don Hewitt Sr.)
Donald John Hewitt .... stunts (as Donald J. Hewitt)
Asa Liebmann .... stunts
Mick O'Rourke .... stunts
Gary Tacon .... stunts
Khiry Ward .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Kai Wai Cheng .... grip
James P. Dolan .... rigging gaffer
Alexander Donaldson .... video projectionist
Devin Donegan .... key video assist
Joe Donohue III .... dolly grip (as Joe Donohue)
Gerard Fiore .... best boy rigging grip
Richard Gioia .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Rick Gioia)
Brad Goss .... key rigging grip
Tommy Kerwick Jr. .... best boy grip (as Tom Kerwick Jr.)
Tom Kerwick .... key grip
William V. Kerwick .... grip
David Lee .... still photographer (as David C. Lee)
Jordan Levie .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Matthew Luberda .... grip (as Matt Luberda)
Frida Marzouk .... electrician
John Mitchell .... electrician (as John A. Mitchell)
John J. Moers .... documentary cameraman
Michael P. Prisco Jr. .... best boy rigging electric
Michael P. Prisco Jr. .... rigging best boy electric
Gerard Sava .... camera operator: "a" camera
Gerard Sava .... steadicam operator
I. Nate Scaglione .... best boy electric
Joseph Sciretta .... house electric
Robert Sciretta .... gaffer
Sean Sciretta .... electrician
Jeffrey Taylor .... loader
Paul Turner .... electrician
Tom Whipple .... video playback operator
Jack Donnelly .... camera operator (uncredited)
Jack Donnelly .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Travis Hottinger .... electrician (uncredited)
Martin Jaksa .... rigging grip (uncredited)
John Nijhawan .... grip (uncredited)
Ian O'Neill .... grip (uncredited)
Jonathan Salvo .... grip (uncredited)
Daniel Wallenstein .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Tineka Becker .... casting associate
Todd Feldman .... extras casting associate
Jason Harris .... adr voice casting
Kristian Sorge .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ngina Bowen .... set costumer
Careen Fowles .... set costume supervisor
Catherine Riley .... assistant costume designer (as Katie Riley)
Monica Ruiz-Ziegler .... costumer: Robert De Niro (as Monica Ruiz Ziegler)
Lindsey C. Brush .... costume coordinator (uncredited)
Chandra Moore-Telfer .... costume ager/dyer (uncredited)
Yaneya Rovira .... daily set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Matt Breitenbach .... digital intermediate assist
Ryan Duffy .... digital scanning and recording: Deluxe New York
Alex Durie .... digital restoration: Deluxe New York
Joe Gawler .... digital intermediate colorist: Deluxe New York (as Joseph Gawler)
Markus Janner .... digital scanning and recording: Deluxe New York
Brent Kleinman .... digital intermediate engineer: Deluxe New York
Christian Kontis .... digital restoration: Deluxe New York
Tim Mullen .... digital intermediate engineer: Deluxe New York
Dave Pultz .... lab timer: Deluxe New York (as David Pultz)
Matt Roozen .... post-production assistant (as Matthew Roozen)
Jonathan Sanden .... digital intermediate editor: Deluxe New York
Darrell R. Smith .... digital intermediate supervising producer: Deluxe New York
Jason Swiniuchowski .... post-production assistant
Jay Tilin .... smoke artist: Deluxe New York
Ofe Yi .... assistant editor
Thomas Centrone .... colorist (uncredited)
Molle DeBartolo .... digital intermediate project manager (uncredited)
Mathieu Reid .... color timer (uncredited)
Seth Weinman .... post-production technician: dailies (uncredited)
Music Department
Christine Bergren .... music legal and clearances
Andy Brown .... music performer
Andy Brown .... orchestra conductor
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
Caroline Dale .... musician: cello solos
Jessica Dannheisser .... orchestrator
John M. Davis .... music editor
Matthias Gohl .... music arranger (as Teese Gohl)
Damon Gough .... music performer (as Badly Drawn Boy)
Sally Heath .... musician: piano
Martin Hollis .... recording engineer
The London Metropolitan Orchestra .... music performer
Stephen McLaughlin .... music mixer (as Steve McLaughlin)
Stephen McLaughlin .... music score producer (as Steve McLaughlin)
Seadna McPhail .... recording engineer
Angie Pollock .... additional vocals
Paul Saunderson .... music arranger
Mary Scully .... musician: contra bass (as Mary Sculley)
Steve Wright .... music production assistant
Transportation Department
Thomas Beauter .... driver (as Thomas D. Beauter)
Scott Bucciero .... driver
David Buckman .... driver (as David 'mo chedda' Buckman)
Jim Buckman .... transportation captain
Peter Connors .... transportation co-captain (as Pete Connors)
Rocco Curatolo .... driver
Jesse Czypinski .... driver (as Jesse Supinski)
Christopher Defeo .... driver
Billy Featherstone .... driver
Kenneth Garrison .... driver
Angelo Geremia .... driver
Steven R. Guglielmetti .... driver
Steve Hollingsworth .... driver
Greg Jacobs .... driver
Greg Miller .... driver
Richard Nelson Jr. .... driver (as Richard Nelson)
James Pompey .... driver
Ernest Sanders .... driver
William Speranza .... driver (as William J. Speranza)
Daniel Stewart .... driver
Other crew
Norman W. Boyd Jr. .... prosthodontics: Robert De Niro
Renee Burke .... script supervisor (as Renee Foley Burke)
Maurice Cabrera .... parking coordinator
Agust Calabro .... production assistant
Michael Coast .... assistant: Robert De Niro (as Mike Coast)
Lauren Cozzens .... production secretary
Mark Curley .... location assistant
Robert Darwell .... legal services: Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Muhammad Dawud .... security
Agustin De La Puente .... craft service
Joshua P. Dease .... first assistant accountant
Emily Evashevski .... production assistant
Maria Pia Fanigliulo .... assets
Maria Pia Fanigliulo .... green representative
Megan Gagnon .... production assistant
Shellie Gillespie .... production accountant
Erika Goldfarb .... assistant production coordinator
Trish Gray .... location scout
Eva Hannon .... accounting clerk
Rob Herling .... location assistant
Erica Joseph Hunter .... second assistant accountant (as Erica Joseph-Hunter)
Ashley Kravitz .... clearance services
Ronnie Kupferwasser .... location manager
Yana Collins Lehman .... post production accountant
Keith Marlin .... production assistant
Carol McConnaughey .... unit publicist
K.C. McLeod .... assistant: Caroline Baron
Leslie Merlin .... production assistant
Joel Morales .... craft service
Huy Nguyen .... legal services: Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Mathew Noack .... location assistant
Kory O'Donnell .... production coordinator
Douglas Odell .... water safety
Paul Pena .... production assistant
Martin Peterson .... production assistant
Michael Riolo .... production assistant
Natasha Rivera .... production assistant
Tafv Sampson .... production assistant
Mike Sapia .... parking assistant (as Big Mike)
Christopher Sarli .... production assistant
Kelsey Schuyler .... assistant post production accountant
Traci Spicer .... location assistant
Tessie Tan .... payroll accountant (as Tessie P. Tan)
Anthony Torres .... chef
Daniel Tresca .... assistant location manager (as Dan Tresca)
Lauren Tuck .... assistant: Andrew Miano
Finise Avery .... stand-in/double (uncredited)
Edmar Flores .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sarah Follett .... location scout (uncredited)
David C. Huet .... second unit production assistant (uncredited)
Ana Laura Pulido .... location intern (uncredited)
Brandee Sanders .... crew (uncredited)
Patricia Weitz .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for language throughout, some sexual content, drug use, and brief nudity
USA:102 min
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Off screen, while taking a break from filming and still in costume, Robert De Niro attempted to enter The Greenwich hotel, which he co-owns. The security did not recognize De Niro, turned him away and would not let him in.See more »
[first lines]
Jonathan Flynn:America has produced only three classic writers - Mark Twain, J.D. Salinger and me. I'm Jonathan Flynn. Everything I write is a masterpiece. And soon, very soon, I shall be known.
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81 out of 91 people found the following review useful.
Memoirs of a Moron, 2 March 2012
Author: chrismsawin from United States

I've lived without a father my entire life. He hasn't passed away and isn't comatose or medically disabled. He just had no interest in being a part of my life until I turned eighteen. Then his view on me changed, but it was too little too late. Even when he was around the first few years of my life, he actively showed that I didn't matter to him. That entire experience is perhaps what helped me relate to Being Flynn the most. While drugs or alcohol were never much of an issue, the strained relationship between a father and son is something I understand all too well.

Nick Flynn (Paul Dano) has always been in his father's shadow even though he was never around. Nick's father Jonathan (Robert De Niro) is a conman, a liar, and the self-proclaimed greatest writer in the world. As an adult, Nick is struggling to find his place in life. His never ending search to find a job that means something along with putting at least some effort into becoming a writer himself is taking its toll on him. He finally starts putting his life back on track; he finds a new place to live, he gets a job at a homeless shelter, and even starts dating a girl named Denise (Olivia Thirlby) who also works at the shelter. That's when fate intervenes and Jonathan re-enters the picture. Despite never being there for him growing up and only having over a hundred letters written by his father to fall back on, Nick struggles with either giving his dad one final shot or pushing him away for good.

Paul Dano is rarely ever disappointing, but Robert De Niro has been slipping in his most recent cinematic outings. The great thing about Being Flynn is that this is the best De Niro performance in years. His anger and racism towards people he doesn't understand, his delusions of becoming a great writer and his slow downward spiral into violent dementia are really powerful and De Niro portrays all of it exceptionally well. Yet it's still bittersweet to see De Niro driving away in a taxi cab in the opening scene to the film. Meanwhile Dano's struggle with following in his father's footsteps is also fantastic in this train wreck kind of way. Their chemistry together (or lack thereof) is perhaps the biggest driving factor of the film.

The dual narrative was a unique touch. This is very much Nick's story, but it's constantly jumping back and forth between his words and Jonathan's. Hearing the same story be told simultaneously from two different individuals was pretty fascinating. Being Flynn is a pretty gloomy little drama sprinkled with bits of messed up comedy throughout. The humor is dark and dry and nobody in the film is an upstanding citizen. It's as if the film is trying to tell you that everyone has their own demons and everyone has some messed up quality to them in some capacity.

There's this one shot of Jonathan curling up on a grate that's blowing warm air on a freezing night that sticks with you after the film ends. You're eventually looking down at Jonathan; all bundled up as the camera slowly ascends to the heavens. The scene of Nick playing catch as a young boy with all of the boyfriends his mom had over the years was fantastic, as well. The way the camera goes back and forth, a different boyfriend being at the other end of the glove every time we pan away from Nick, and finally the way Jonathan was never there to do it himself. Mirrors are also really important as they not only cause these characters to look inward, but both Paul Dano and Robert De Niro have some pretty memorable scenes standing in front of a mirror. Lastly, the violins are astounding. Rhythmic and their tendency to start soft and get louder add this aspect to the film that wouldn't have been accomplished with different music or none at all.

Being Flynn isn't an easy film to access, but will more than likely touch you in some way or form if you grew up with any sort of parental issues. With the expected strong performance from Paul Dano and the unexpected great performance from Robert De Niro, Being Flynn allows you to witness the troublesome times of an individual, destroy themselves because of it, and eventually rebuild themselves for the better. In a way, it's the most depressing self-help method to ever hit the screen, but that's what makes it so easy to relate to and unlike whatever you expected this film to be.

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