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Half Nelson -- A powerful, award-winning film about an inner-city junior high school teacher (Ryan Gosling, The Notebook) with a drug habit who forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students (Shareeka Epps) 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:
22 September 2006 (USA) See more »
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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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Nominated for Oscar. Another 35 wins & 33 nominations See more »
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Half Nelson--a moving and thought-provoking film See more (190 total) »


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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 Cephas Jones ... Mr. Dickson
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)

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
Rosanne Korenberg .... producer
Scott London .... executive producer
Clara Markowicz .... executive producer
Paul Mezey .... executive producer
Alex Orlovsky .... producer
Jamie Patricof .... producer
Lynette Howell Taylor .... producer (as Lynette Howell)
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 Bloome .... foley artist (as Leslie Bloom)
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
106 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Rachel McAdams came to visit the set during the filming of the bar scene. Running low on bar extras, to help the producers out Rachel hopped in to help make the bar look busy. Her scene never makes the final cut.See more »
Cindy:Knock, knock.
Dan:[rolling his eyes but gamely playing along] Who's there?
Cindy:The Interrupting Cow.
Dan:The Interru...
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67 out of 99 people found the following review useful.
Half Nelson--a moving and thought-provoking film, 22 May 2006
Author: ligaya from Oakland, CA

I saw Half Nelson twice at the San Francisco International Film Festival and liked it even better the second time. Each actor is memorable and convincing. Ryan Gosling is amazing as Dan, a charismatic but drug addicted teacher—an academy award level performance. Gosling was voted best actor at Sundance, 2006, in an IndieWire poll, which also picked Half Nelson as best film. Shareeka Epps is equally riveting as Drey, the student who learns his secret, voted best actress in the Sundance IndieWire poll. Epps also led the list of six of this year's breakthrough performances by the New York Times. Anthony Mackie is anything but predictable as a local drug dealer. Half Nelson packs an emotional wallop, but also has solid political and philosophical substance. Here are comments from ten viewers at the SF Festival where it won the International Critics Prize (FIPRESCI). This prize is established at international film festivals, and its aim is to promote film art and to particularly encourage new and young cinema.

"Intense, deep, human, scary, dark, sad, happy, hopeful, depressing, awesome. . ." "Great story. Great film. I enjoyed it a lot. A lot to learn from this film." "Wonderful character development (and great actors!) Very real movie." "Makes you think. Loved it." "Great acting to go along with the wonderful writing. I only hope they both make it through (Drey and Dan)." "Beautifully shot, beautifully acted, and just like life in which ideals can float on top of emotional turmoil and children teach teachers." "Outstanding. Very creative and absorbing." "Enjoyed the film, especially the close shots, which added to my initial discomfort and eventual resonance with the themes of closeness and discomfort." "Great movie. Lots of complex characters. Loved the historical political references." "Half Nelson isn't half bad! In fact, it's rather perfect."

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