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Cillian Murphy proves his versatility and Liu is cute as a button in this enjoyable but extremely lightweight comedy. See more (23 total) »


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Cillian Murphy ... Neil

Lucy Liu ... Violet

Jason Sudeikis ... Jonathan

Michael Panes ... Lucien

Callie Thorne ... Marcia

Michael Yurchak ... Buddy

Heather Burns ... Denise

Mark Harelik ... Detective Barloe

Ali Reza ... Detective Lowenstein

Josh Pais ... Andy

Brett Gelman ... Glenn

Lonny Ross ... Eager Customer

Paul Scheer ... Annoying Customer

Richard Waddingham ... Dennis - Bald Giant

J. T. O'Connor ... Bald Creep

Joel Marsh Garland ... Bald Customer

Erik Stolhanske ... Chad

Daniel Raymont ... Commercial Guy
Jack Bethke ... Bouncer
Bryan Paulk ... Frisbee Guy
Katie Davidson ... Frisbee Girl
Dennis Gubbins ... Jay
Rohit Sang ... Media Giant Clerk
Tara Lynn Orr ... Millie

Steve Lemme ... Waiter
Anthony St. James ... Gary Leathers

Josh Gad ... Mark

Connor Fox ... Craig
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matthew Backer ... Cool Bro (uncredited)

Alix Elias ... Waitress (uncredited)
Lou Irizarry ... Umpire (uncredited)

Jason Evans Lee ... Angry Customer (uncredited)

Tommee May ... Underground Cocktail Waitress (uncredited)
Annie Roig-Pate ... Customer (uncredited)
Paul Thornton ... Blackjack Gambler (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Soter 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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Produced by
Carina Alves .... co-producer
Bill Benenson .... executive producer
John Flock .... executive producer
Pamela Hirsch .... co-producer
Gary Howsam .... executive producer
Galt Niederhoffer .... producer
Celine Rattray .... producer
Irving Schwartz .... executive producer
Reagan Silber .... executive producer
Randy Simon .... executive producer
Daniela Taplin Lundberg .... producer
Lewin Webb .... executive producer
Original Music by
Nathan Barr 
Cinematography by
Christophe Lanzenberg (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jeff Canavan 
Production Design by
John Nyomarkay 
Set Decoration by
Tora Peterson 
Costume Design by
Kurt and Bart 
Makeup Department
Brian Abbott .... makeup department head
Erin Ayanian .... makeup artist: Lucy Liu & Cillian Murphy
Colleen Callaghan .... hair department head: Lucy Liu Personal
Joseph Whitmeyer .... key hair stylist
Elizabeth Gerbino .... makeup intern (uncredited)
Production Management
Beau J. Genot .... post-production supervisor
Peter Pastorelli .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicholas R. Bell .... second assistant director
Anthony Blanco .... second second assistant director
Mariela Comitini .... first assistant director
Jason Fesel .... second second assistant director
Andrea Roa .... additional second assistant director
Art Department
Paul Ahern .... storyboard artist
Lauren Baron .... art department intern
Robert Caradonna .... scenic (as Bobby Caradonna)
Michael Cory .... assistant property master
Thomas A. Delillo .... lead set dresser
Shannon Finnerty .... on-set dresser
Jonathan Huggins .... carpenter
Abbey Katz .... graphic artist
Mandy Lamb .... props
Vanessa Merrill .... art department coordinator
Holly Moore .... charge scenic
Gregory D. Neumunz .... swing set dresser (as Gregory Neumunz)
Jessica Nyssen .... scenic (as Jessica Nissen)
Chris Potter .... property master
Erica Torres .... art department production assistant
Sound Department
Steven Avila .... sound effects editor
Trip Brock .... supervising sound editor
Adam De Coster .... foley artist
Michael J. Fox .... adr supervisor
Ken Ishii .... sound mixer
Craig Kyllonen .... ADR recordist
Peter D. Lago .... sound effects editor
Patricio A. Libenson .... dialogue editor (as Patricio Liebenson)
Greg Mauer .... foley mixer
Chris McDonough .... foley artist
Greg Morgenstein .... adr recordist
Rick Owens .... foley artist
Eric Reuveni .... adr editor
Eric Reuveni .... adr mixer
Jonathan Rimas .... adr mixer
Mark A. Rozett .... re-recording mixer
Steven Utt .... transfer engineer
Kelly Vandever .... re-recording mixer
Ben Whitver .... first assistant sound editor
Julie Wilde .... boom operator
Brian S.M. Wroth .... dialogue editor
Visual Effects by
David Tecson .... visual effects
Jodi Michelle Pynn .... stunts (as Jodi Pynn)
David Shumbris .... stunts
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Beattie .... best boy electric
Manuel Billeter .... camera operator
Maceo Bishop .... Steadicam operator
Jess Fogel .... electrician
Shawn Greene .... gaffer
Rick Griggs .... key grip
Nicholas Hahn .... assistant camera
Mark T. Karinja .... electrician
David Kavanaugh .... electrician
Mark Koenig .... additional grip
Ludovic Littee .... assistant camera
Daniel Luebke .... additional grip
Brian C. Mackey .... film loader
Nick Maczka .... additional grip
Matthew Mendelson .... electrician
Jessica Miglio .... still photographer
Jeff Niggemeyer .... electrician
Joseph Paolini .... best boy grip
Nicole Rivelli .... still photographer
Randy Schwartz .... second assistant camera
Simon Shen .... electrician
Walter Strafford .... additional grip
Paul Swan .... dolly grip
Josh Taylor .... gaffer
Sean Taylor .... electrician
Travis Tips .... electrician
Vance Tucker .... third grip
Alan Wolfe .... first assistant camera
Casey Wooden .... grip
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Meredith Jacobson .... extras casting
Laura Verbeke .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Colleen McTigue .... key costumer
Amy Pickering .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Carmelo Galle .... post-production coordinator
Sai-Bing Ho .... post-production assistant
Matthew W. Johnson .... iq artist: Post Logic Studios
Betsy Solorzano .... digital intermediate producer
Lance Spindler .... color timer
Location Management
Steve Faughnan .... location scout
Marshall Johnson .... location manager
Chad Williams .... location assistant
Shane Williams .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Ryan Amon .... composer: additional music
Kyle Kenneth Batter .... composer: additional music
Jesus Castanon .... assistant music editor
Allison Wright Clark .... co-music supervisor
Mark Petrie .... composer: additional music
Joel J. Richard .... additional source music
Brian Richards .... music supervisor
Adam Sanborne .... composer: additional music
Mark Skillingberg .... music editor
Mike Suby .... composer: additional music (as Michael Suby)
Transportation Department
Peter Reith .... transportation captain
Other crew
John A. Accardo .... production assistant
Robyn Alcock .... production office coordinator
Adi Amit .... production secretary
Steve Boyle .... post-production accountant: JFA, Inc.
Mia Bruno .... set intern
Nicole Bukowski .... accounting clerk
Alvin Charles .... set intern
Vivian Chen .... office intern
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
Claude Forest .... insurance broker
Dan Gloeckner .... set production assistant
Erika Goldfarb .... office production assistant
Sara Lane .... production accountant
Andrew Lang .... assistant to director
Leonard Mah .... set intern
Stephanie A. Marquardt .... script supervisor
Trinidy McMahon .... set production assistant
Craig Peck .... production assistant
Anthony Michael Salerno .... set intern
Rob van de Laar .... craft service
Jay Chandrasekhar .... thanks
Ralph Cioffi .... thanks
Lou Coulson .... thanks
Michael A. Feder .... thanks
Kevin Heffernan .... thanks
Keya Khayatian .... thanks
Steve Lemme .... thanks
Erik Stolhanske .... thanks

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Poland:90 min (DVD version) | USA:91 min | Argentina:94 min
Black and White (one scene) | Color
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Did You Know?

The title of the film is taken from a 1977 Elvis Costello song, from the album "My Aim Is True".See more »
Plot holes: when the envelope goes missing that has violets 50 bucks in there Neil never suspects her of taking it. even though he caught her back just minutes ago and already thought she was weird.See more »
Lucien:Ya know, we could do this later if you want?
Neil:Oh god Lucien, she's ruined it for me Lucien. I mean it's all so boring now!
Lucien:Hey, hey let's put in a movie?
Neil:No, no more movies. It's no use, it's not enough anymore, ya know? It's just all so mundane and so predictable Lucien. Oh hey look! It's Jayson. Jayson's going to come in here and he's going to hand me a package, and then he's going hand me his thing, and I'm going to sign the thing and I'm going to hand it right back to him, and then he's going to get in his truck and he's going to drive of. Oh, it's... it's so predictable Lucien, it's not enough anymore, ya know? Where's the... where's the adventure, you know?
[while signing Jayson's package]
Neil:there's no adventure man. Where's the adventure Lucien?
Jay:You signed it Neil Adventure.
[Neil signs it again]
Jay:You crossed out Adventure and wrote adventure again.
Neil:What does it matter Jayson? Huh!
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29 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Cillian Murphy proves his versatility and Liu is cute as a button in this enjoyable but extremely lightweight comedy., 1 March 2008
Author: Panterken from Belgium

The premise is not original, the acting is good but not exactly to write home about and technically it's not a great accomplishment. But is 'Watching The Detectives' entertaining? Definitely. Lucy Liu fits the role of the play-in-the-field perfectly (her role reminded me of her character in Lucky Number Slevin) and Cillian Murphy really proved to be a surprise in a comedy role. I've only seen his really intense, sometimes scary roles and couldn't believe he was going to be somewhat enjoyable as a light character but I was very wrong.

The antics they get in to are fairly original and there even were several laugh-out-loud moments, for instance when the waiter is just a little too comfortable with spraying a glass of water on a woman he doesn't know on the request of a guy he doesn't know. :-). And when Lucy starts talking about her weirdo ex-boyfriends me and my friends were in stitches. The following scenes are quite amusing too, as Cillian gets paranoid over every bald guy he sees.

I mentioned some of the more original stuff above but there's also formulaic stuff present. WTD is never intended to be a film we can take something away from, it's harmless escapism that ironically enough deals with escapism a lot of the time :-). The relatively negative connotations concerning movie freaks certainly left a bad taste in my mouth after viewing, after all isn't that the target audience of these small films? I somehow feel they didn't find the right balance between respecting film and commenting on over-obsessive film freaks. Also the fact that they can't differ people who watch sci-fi, anime and stuff from the people who enjoy quality movies (like the mentioned Seventh Seal or Casino). Seems a bit ignorant.

In the end, DTW is better than a lot of comedies but it never goes deep, we (us guys) just fall in love with Lucy Liu all over again and that's never a bad way to spend ninety minutes.


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