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Half Nelson -- An inner-city junior high school teacher with a drug habit forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students after she discovers his secret.
Half Nelson -- An inner-city junior high school teacher with a drug habit forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students after she discovers his secret.


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Writers (WGA):
Ryan Fleck (written by) &
Anna Boden (written by)
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Release Date:
11 August 2006 (USA) See more »
Secrets don't let go.
An inner-city junior high school teacher with a drug habit forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students after she discovers his secret. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Ryan Gosling ... Dan Dunne

Jeff Lima ... Roodly

Shareeka Epps ... Drey

Nathan Corbett ... Terrance
Tyra Kwao-Vovo ... Stacy
Rosemary Ledee ... Gina

Tristan Wilds ... Jamal
Bryce Silver ... Bernard
Kaela C. Pabon ... Lena
Erica Rivera ... Erika (as Erika Rivera)

Stephanie Bast ... Vanessa
Eleanor Hutchins ... Simone

Sebastian Sozzi ... Javier

Tina Holmes ... Rachel

Karen Chilton ... Karen
Kitty ... Dave - The Cat
Starla Benford ... Principal Henderson

Anthony Mackie ... Frank

Denis O'Hare ... Jimbo

Monique Gabriela Curnen ... Isabel

Deidre Goodwin ... Tina

Collins Pennie ... Mike
Thaddeus Daniels ... Referee
Susan Kerner ... Motel Slow Dancer
Raymond Anthony Thomas ... Earle (as Ray Anthony Thomas)
Stanton Davis ... Trumpet Player (as Stanton Davis Jr.)

Ron C. Jones ... Mr. Dickson (as Ron Cephas Jones)
Christopher Williamson ... Charles
Leslie Eva Glaser ... Rose

Sharon Washington ... Suzanne

Deborah Rush ... Jo Dunne

Jay O. Sanders ... Russ Dunne (as Jay Sanders)

Nicole Vicius ... Cindy
David Easton ... Jeff Dunne

Adepero Oduye ... Crack Smoker

Katie Nehra ... Woman with Camera
Steve Kursh ... Man on Bed
Matt Kerr ... Mr. Light
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Harvey Milk ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ryan Fleck 
Writing credits
Ryan Fleck (written by) &
Anna Boden (written by)

Produced by
Anna Boden .... producer
Charlie Corwin .... executive producer
Doug Dey .... executive producer
Hunter Gray .... associate producer
Lynette Howell .... producer
Rosanne Korenberg .... producer
Scott London .... executive producer
Clara Markowicz .... executive producer
Paul Mezey .... executive producer
Alex Orlovsky .... producer
Jamie Patricof .... producer
Jeremy Kipp Walker .... co-producer
Original Music by
Broken Social Scene 
Cinematography by
Andrij Parekh 
Film Editing by
Anna Boden 
Casting by
Eyde Belasco 
Production Design by
Beth Mickle  (as Elizabeth Mickle)
Art Direction by
Inbal Weinberg 
Costume Design by
Erin Benach 
Makeup Department
Loretta Alston .... key hair stylist
Sabrina Alston .... additional hair stylist
Marilyn Cush .... additional hair stylist
David Kalahiki .... additional makeup artist
Xandra Mercedez .... additional makeup artist
Leo Won .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Ronny Merdinger .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicholas R. Bell .... second assistant director
Amyjoy Clark .... second second assistant director
Mariela Comitini .... first assistant director
Art Department
Jeremy L. Balon .... property master
Heidi Barack .... artwork
Justin Bischoff .... art department intern
Jared Bumgarner .... art department intern
Tze Chun .... artwork
Dan Delorenzo .... art department intern
Joey DePaolo .... art intern
Nicholas Fabiano .... art department intern (as Nick Fabiano)
Corey Gegner .... art department intern
Julie Gollins .... propmaker
Alonso Homs .... art department intern
Dan-ah Kim .... on-set dresser
Ryan Minelli .... art department intern
Mark Pelter-Robson .... artwork
Luke Pendley .... art department intern
Mike Romano .... leadman
Jürgen Schadeberg .... artwork (as Jurgen Schadeberg)
Herb Snitzer .... artwork
Bernard Stollman .... artwork
Keren Aronoff .... art department intern (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leslie Bloom .... foley artist
David Crabb .... foley editor
Tom Efinger .... post-production supervising sound editor
Tom Efinger .... sound re-recording mixer
Judy Karp .... sound mixer
John Moros .... dialogue editor
Jaime Reyes .... boom operator
Paul Sacco .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby Stereo
Abigail Savage .... foley recordist
Nicholas Schenck .... assistant sound editor (as Nicholas J. Schenck)
Craig Spencer .... sound effects editor
Visual Effects by
Ricardo Guzman .... scanning and film recording
Bert Hilaire .... digital intermediate engineer
Jeff Huston .... scanning and film recording
Scot Olive .... digital intermediate colorist
Corey Stewart .... digital intermediate engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
Adam B. Bell .... still photographer (as Adam Bell)
Carter Bissell .... additional grip
Carter Bissell .... electrician
Molly Condit .... videographer
Katie Dainson .... camera loader
DeWitt Davis .... additional grip (as Dewitt Davis)
DeWitt Davis .... electrician (as Dewitt Davis)
Daniel Feighery .... assistant camera
John Frisbie .... best boy electric
Jared Graf .... additional assistant camera
Wesley Hodges .... second assistant camera
Chris Knable .... grip/electric intern
Mike 'Electric' Mervilde Jr. .... electrician (as Mike Mervilde Jr.)
Smokey Nelson .... gaffer
Michael Nostrand .... videographer
Aaron Randall .... best boy grip
Gabrielle Russomagno .... still photographer
Matthew Walker .... key grip (as Matt Walker)
Toshiro Yamaguchi .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Tiffany Nottage .... casting assistant
Rita Powers .... extras casting
Sean Powers .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Molly Bauml .... wardrobe intern
Jennifer LeRoux .... wardrobe intern
Natalia Parsons .... costume design assistant
Andrea Roa .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Chad Beck .... associate editor
George Bunce .... editor: IQ
Cindy Lee .... assistant editor
Scot Olive .... digital intermediate colorist
Matthew Reedy .... digital intermediate producer
Mike Trinker .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Doug Bernheim .... music supervisor
Rich Kleiman .... music consultant (as Richard Kleiman)
Other crew
Ronald Arceneaux .... additional set production assistant
E.J. Bradley III .... set production assistant (as E.J. Bradley)
Leonard Bullock .... parking production assistant
George Bunce .... 2K conform
Nissa Ren Cannon .... assistant: Silverwood Films (as Nissa Canon)
Victoria Carter .... office intern
Riddick Claudia .... parking production assistant
Mark De Pace .... assistant location manager (as Mark Depace)
Craig DiFolco .... assistant: Hunting Lane Films
Leo Driver .... parking coordinator
Joe Facey .... caterer
Darin Frank .... legal counsel
Stacy Frankel .... assistant: Original Media
Amparo Garcia .... set intern
Gina Gordon .... clearance supervisor (as Gina P. Gordon)
Steven Gorel .... office intern
Scott Greene .... parking production assistant
Shawn Hamilton .... production accountant
John Henry .... assistant production coordinator
James Hundley .... parking production assistant
Ilana Lifshitz .... payroll accountant
Melissa Lucier .... office intern
Anthony Martinez .... parking production assistant
Marcy McKenzie .... location manager
Tony Osso .... script supervisor
Jillian Paul .... office intern
Alyson Perlongo .... assistant: Original Media
Justin Rigby .... key set production assistant
Morgan Roberts .... set intern
Adam Salky .... assistant: Hunting Lane Films
Sofie Sandberg .... set intern
Michael Sapia .... parking production assistant
Ashley Sawyer .... set intern
Lara Sfire .... office production assistant
David Sheffield .... set intern
Howard Shipman .... parking production assistant
Kareem Taylor .... set intern
Joe Wehmeyer .... key set production assistant
Rachel Williams .... office intern
Sam Yoo .... location intern
Jay Duplass .... thanks
Craig Kestel .... special thanks
Scott Macaulay .... thanks
Rachel McAdams .... thanks
Jeremy Pikser .... special thanks
Michelle Satter .... special thanks
Gary Winick .... thanks
Boaz Yakin .... thanks
Howard Zinn .... thanks

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Rated R for drug content throughout, language and some sexuality
USA:106 min (Sundance Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
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The Dan Dunne character was originally written to be in his mid-thirties. However, the filmmakers changed this to accommodate Ryan Gosling's age. Gosling was 25 years old at the time of filming.See more »
Dan:Change moves in spirals, not circles. For example, the sun goes up and then it goes down. But everytime that happens, what do you get? You get a new day. You get a new one. When you breathe, you inhale and you exhale, but every single time that you do that you're a little bit different then the one before. We're always changing. And its important to know that there are some changes you can't control and that there are others you can.See more »
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101 out of 115 people found the following review useful.
Awaking To Ryan Gosling, 2 January 2008
Author: M. J Arocena from New Zealand

Ryan Gosling made happen what happens only once every so often. Made me look at what I seen before under a new magnifying light. He took me with him and showed me, with the most astonishing clarity, the complexity of a talented man dragged down by a legacy of good intentions and addiction. We're permitted to visit his family once and we understand what he's fighting with without any weapons. He doesn't blame anyone but he's the result of his own DNA and he knows it. His bright moments, the explanation of what History is for instance, is a glimpse into the man he could actually be, fully. The humanity that Ryan Gosling lends to his character on his darker moments it's as chillingly real as it is moving. The chemistry he establishes with the wonderful Shareeka Epps is as powerful as the one he established with me. I want to meet him, I want to meet Dan and while I was thinking that I realize I know him already. He lives next door to me, he's related to me, I was his friend. This is what superb performances do. They re-awake you.

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