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Marius Balchunas (screenplay)
Scott Sturgeon (screenplay)
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30 March 2009 (South Korea) See more »
A story of a Russian clarinetist living in Los Angeles, whose life changes when a young local car thief passes himself off as his long-lost son. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Shane West ... Bo

Leelee Sobieski ... Lolita

Eric Balfour ... Skip

Rade Serbedzija ... Max

Reiley McClendon ... Nikita

Regina Hall ... Susan

Brian Geraghty ... Greg

Ed Begley Jr. ... Leonard

Elya Baskin ... Uncle Fedya

Svetlana Efremova ... Vera

Ivana Milicevic ... Tanya

Joel David Moore ... Kenny (as Joel Moore)

Alan Blumenfeld ... Mr. Kleeman

Michael Rose ... Mom's Boyfriend (as Michael Edward Rose)

Kathleen Gati ... Fedya's Wife

Inna Swann ... Banya Waitress
Momcilo 'Momo' Nikolic ... Gypsy Band Leader
Lisa Milena Simikic ... Gypsy Singer
Robert Samarzich ... Gypsy Musician
Desmond Warren ... Gypsy Musician
Dzevad Ceranic ... Accordian Player
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sally Ann Brooks ... Additional voices (voice) (uncredited)
Susan Lay ... Carrie (uncredited)

Directed by
Marius Balchunas 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marius Balchunas  screenplay
Scott Sturgeon  screenplay
Aleksandr Vampilov  play "The Elder Son"

Produced by
Eric Koskin .... executive producer (as Ernest Koskin)
Richard Middleton .... co-producer
Scott Sturgeon .... producer
John Veague .... producer
Damon Martin .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Yagmur Kaplan 
Mladen Milicevic 
Cinematography by
Andrew Huebscher (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Dodson 
Casting by
Shannon Makhanian 
Production Design by
Katya Blumenberg 
Art Direction by
Scott Holdredge 
Costume Design by
Emmy Taylor 
Makeup Department
Myke Michaels .... makeup department head
Stacey Rae .... makeup artist (as Stacey Rae)
Wendy Southard .... hair department head (as Wendy Boscon)
Jenna Tibbetts .... makeup artist
Production Management
Richard Middleton .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
W. Alex Korp .... first assistant director
Melissa Lekus .... second assistant director
Michael Zeininger .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Jesse Anderson .... art swing
Jaime Beebe .... on-set dresser
Hunter Brown .... assistant property master
C. Alex de Gale .... carpenter
Jen Fiedler .... on-set dresser
Flip Filippelli .... construction coordinator
McJoel Hamilton .... leadman
Dan C. Jenkins .... painter
Jim Jerome .... set dresser
Cija Johnson .... lead scenic
Sound Department
Steve Arcabascio .... boom operator
Keith Birchfiel .... boom operator
Michael Brown .... foley mixer
Gary Coppola .... sound re-recording mixer
James Dehr .... sound mixer
Thomas O'Neil Younkman .... dialog editor
Phillip Perpich .... foley mixer
Jeff Prosser .... foley artist
Jeff Prosser .... foley supervisor
Benjamin Rauscher .... post-audio assistant (as Ben Rauscher)
David Warburton .... post facility coordinator
Special Effects by
Chris Bailey .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Rachel Clement .... digital cleanup artist
Mikal Kartvedt .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Darrick Akey .... assistant camera
Eddie San Chan .... gaffer
Cory Clay .... camera operator: "b" camera
Cory Clay .... director of photography: second unit
Justin DeNino .... electrician
Rachel Donofrie .... camera loader
Gene Fereaud .... best boy electric
Leo Ibanez .... grip
Erwin Landau .... Steadicam operator
Erwin Landau .... camera operator: "b" camera
Michael Piekutowski .... grip
Andrew Robison .... grip
Nickolas Dylan Rossi .... assistant camera
Sonoko Shimoyama .... electrician
Alpheus Underhill .... best boy grip
Greg Wilson .... key grip
Michael Witczak .... electrician
Casting Department
Katie Piel .... casting assistant (as Katie Piel)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Emily Batson .... key costumer
Sara Walbridge Castro .... costume supervisor (as Sara Walbridge)
Editorial Department
Prince Bagdasarian .... film and high definition coordinator
Julius Friede .... digital intermediate colorist
Michael Grawert .... on-line editor
Dennis Little .... digital intermediate production coordinator
Julia Mugge .... post-production assistant
Jon Pehlke .... on-line editor
Sarah Priestnall .... production supervisor Digital Intermediate
Music Department
Darin Harmon .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
John Christopher Hicks .... driver
Mark Holmes .... transportation co-captain
Billy Kane .... transportation coordinator
Jim Oge Jr. .... transportation
Other crew
Ted Alvarez .... production assistant
Randi M. Cohen .... production assistant
Dave Fraunces .... production coordinator
Tom Goodrich .... studio teacher
Megan Kristen Lane .... key set production assistant (as Megan Lane)
Megan Kristen Lane .... key set production assistant
Yulia E. Meltser .... production coordinator
Don Napoli .... key production accountant
Chris Raines .... office runner
Chris Raines .... production office assistant
Daniela Roth .... assistant production coordinator
Arturo Lopez Uscanga .... scanning manager
Sam Eigen .... special thanks
Brandon Paine .... special thanks
Brian Sweet .... special thanks

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Rated R for some language and drug use
South Korea:84 min | Argentina:87 min

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
An awful film adaptation of an genial play, 3 November 2013
Author: shabunc

Be warned, there's a much, much stronger movie based on the same play.

This is not that I'm not into remakes, but it's just bad. Everything is bad - music (balalaikas - of course, such a fresh choice, violins), acting. The depiction of Russian emigrants is so stereotypic that this even surprises - but which is way more surprising is that they are emigrants at all. The thing is that the play is about human relationships and the story can be told about an old man with ruined life of literally any nationality. He could be 100% WASP American, he could be an African American, he could be whoever, but being a very lubberly depicted Russian emigrant - well, this actually just distracts.

Which is an excellent yet sad example of how even a genial play can be ruined.

Once again, watch the movie I've gave link to. It is masterpiece congenial to the play.

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