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Choking Man -- The social anxiety of a morbidly shy Ecuadorian dishwasher working in a Queens diner provides the psychological engine that powers this blend of drama and magical realism.


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  (in credits order)

Octavio Gómez Berríos ... Jorge

Eugenia Yuan ... Amy

Mandy Patinkin ... Rick

Aaron Paul ... Jerry
Kate Buddeke ... Terri

Philippe Brenninkmeyer ... Dutch Man

Rupak Ginn ... Din

Al Roffe ... Chef

Mando Alvarado ... Stand-In Chef

Paolo Andino ... Choking Man

Russell G. Jones ... Subway Man
Philip Levy ... Middle-Aged Customer
John Anthony Ferrara ... Spoiled Brat
Ruth Yaffe ... Female Diner (as Ruth Jaffe)
Mitchell Greenberg ... Gene

Stewart Steinberg ... Gruff Thrift Helper
Joan Kafer ... Religious Woman
Rudy Roberson ... Kenny
Oliver Barron ... Construction Worker

Jaime Tirelli ... Priest
Irma St. Paule ... Female Diner's Mother (as Irma St. Paul)

Marika Daciuk ... Rick's Wife
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alfredo Romeo Suarez ... Church Member
Shelby Saboy ... Scandinavian girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Steve Barron 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Steve Barron 

Produced by
Steve Barron .... producer
Christian Brockey .... line producer
Eve Gabereau .... associate producer
Zachary Mortensen .... producer
Joshua Zeman .... producer
Original Music by
Nico Muhly 
Cinematography by
Antoine Vivas Denisov 
Film Editing by
Jon Griggs 
Todd Holmes 
Casting by
Ellyn Long Marshall 
Maria E. Nelson 
Production Design by
Ethan Tobman 
Art Direction by
Tyler Q. Rosen 
Set Decoration by
Shannon Finnerty 
Costume Design by
Rebecca Hofherr 
Makeup Department
Leo Won .... key makeup artist
Production Management
John Eremic .... online conform supervisor
Jon Griggs .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicholas R. Bell .... second assistant director
Mariela Comitini .... first assistant director
Art Department
Mandie DeMeskey .... property master
Shelby Saboy .... assistant property master
Eric West .... leadman
Sound Department
Claire Bell .... sound designer (as Brian Scibinico)
Leslie Bloome .... foley artist (as Leslie Bloom)
Tammy Douglas .... sound mixer
Tom Efinger .... re-recording mixer
Tom Efinger .... sound supervisor
John Moros .... adr & foley engineer
Guillermo Pena-Tapia .... boom operator
Nicholas Schenck .... assistant sound editor
Jeffrey Soto .... assistant sound effect editor
Visual Effects by
Adam Schwartz .... digital compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Megan Nole .... assistant camera
Joseph Paolini .... additional key grip
Marialuisa Ramirez .... gaffer
R. Samul .... key grip
Ryan Samul .... cinematographer: additional photography
Kevin Stanton .... best boy grip
Zenfeek .... additional grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andrea Roa .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Eric Alvarado .... film colorist
Joseph Mastantuono .... on-line editor
Benjamin Stark .... assistant editor
Location Management
Mark De Pace .... assistant location manager (as Mark O. De Pace)
Scott Ferlisi .... location scout
Marcy McKenzie .... location manager
Music Department
Claire Bell .... composer: additional music (as Brian Scibinico)
Johnny McNabb .... music supervisor
Nicholas J. Sumner .... composer: additional score
Nicholas J. Sumner .... composer: songs "Baila numero 2" and "Diga me"
Other crew
Heather Aldridge .... production assistant
Oliver Barron .... epk director
Oliver Barron .... production assistant
Chivas De Vinck .... production assistant
Jennifer DeLia .... production coordinator
Jonathan Gray .... production counsel
John Kouromihelakis .... key production assistant
Kathryn Moïse .... assistant production coordinator
Nick Olson .... production assistant
Tony Osso .... script supervisor
Bev Reese .... production assistant
Josiah Signor .... production assistant

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Phony, annoying and manipulative, 9 December 2011
Author: jm10701 from United States

Independent, low budget movies are my favorites. Movies about characters more than what they do are my favorites. Gritty movies set in gritty locations are my favorites. Movies in which almost nothing happens are my favorites. Movies filmed in New York are my favorites because New York is my home and my favorite place on earth. So I had great expectations for Choking Man, because it looked like it had nearly everything I love most in a movie. Man, was I disappointed!

This is a phony, manipulative and unrelentingly annoying movie. It's as phony, manipulative and unrelentingly annoying as a 1980s sitcom with a too-loud laugh track. Every character is a caricature: the dumb immigrant is EXTREMELY dumb; the old, brassy, heart-of-gold waitress is EXTREMELY brassy and gold-hearted; the gruff diner owner with a heart of gold is EXTREMELY gruff and gold-hearted; the obnoxious Irish bully is EXTREMELY obnoxious; the sweet Chinese girl is so sweet she made my teeth hurt. There is not one believable human being in the whole cast. I hated this movie.

People who go on and on about how great this movie is must love American television, because that's exactly where this movie belongs, as a TV movie on the Hallmark Channel or Lifeline or even on NBC or ABC or Fox. It takes all the things that can make a movie great and cheapens and twists them into a revolting, irritating glob of phony, rigged, forced emotionalism. This is no quirky, gritty, unconventional independent masterpiece. It is as predictable and conventional and crummy and corny and irritating as an episode of The Waltons.

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