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Etgar Keret (short story "Kneller's Happy Campers")
Goran Dukic (screenplay)
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2 November 2007 (USA) See more »
Life is a trip, but the afterlife is one hell of a ride. See more »
A film set in a strange afterlife way station that has been reserved for people who have committed suicide. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Patrick Fugit ... Zia

Shannyn Sossamon ... Mikal

Shea Whigham ... Eugene

Leslie Bibb ... Desiree

Mark Boone Junior ... Mike (as Mark Boone Jr.)

Abraham Benrubi ... Erik

Cameron Bowen ... Kostya

Mikal P. Lazarev ... Nanuk

Clayne Crawford ... Jim

Tom Waits ... Kneller

Chase Ellison ... Kid Kostya

John Hawkes ... Yan

Will Arnett ... Messiah

Adam Gifford ... Gas Station Attendant (as Adam G.)

Mary Pat Gleason ... Eugene's Mother

Aaron Parker Mouser ... Max (as Aaron Mouser)

Nick Offerman ... Cop
Anatol Rezmeritza ... Eugene's Father

Sarah Roemer ... Rachel

Amy Seimetz ... Nina

Azura Skye ... Tania

Sharone Meir ... Doctor (as Sharon Meir)
Jonathan Alberts ... Funeral Attendant
Michael Brodersen ... Funeral Attendant (as Mike Brodersen)
John Brookbank ... Funeral Attendant

Chris Coen ... Funeral Attendant
Erica Nicotra ... Funeral Attendant
Alexis Spraic ... Funeral Attendant

Anthony Azizi ... Hassan

Azazel Jacobs ... Kamakaze Pizza Patron
David Baum ... Eugene's Band
Nicki Nevlin ... Eugene's Band
Emily Yanez ... Eugene's Band
Alicia Warrington ... Eugene's Band
Rob Hall ... Eugene's Band
James Fraijo ... Man in White (as James Fraigo)
Reedy Gibbs ... Max's Teacher

Nils Allen Stewart ... Messiah Bodyguard (as Nils Stewart)

Brian David ... Messiah Double

Jakub Dolezal ... Messiah Double (as Jacob Dolezal)

Bonnie Aarons ... Messiah Worshipper

Goran Dukic ... People in Charge (P.I.C.)

Ernst Gossner ... People in Charge (P.I.C.)

Chris Hanley ... People in Charge (P.I.C.)
Ava Metz ... People in Charge (P.I.C.)
Wilbur Schwartz ... People in Charge (P.I.C.) (as Dr. Wilbur Schwartz)
Greg Harris ... Pizza Delivery Guy (as Zia Harris)
Marlon Mark ... Soldier
Peter Wulff ... Soldier

Irwin Keyes ... Stiff Drinks Bartender
Bridget Powers ... Stripper (as Bridget Powerz)
Rachel Stolte ... Stripper
Jonathan Schwartz ... Train Conductor
Shay Morgan Brook ... Train Passenger

Jazzmun ... Transvestite
George Weiss Vando ... Tranvestite
Vicky Reineger ... Vicky

Mark Fredrichs ... Zia's Father

Julia Sanford ... Zia's Mother (as Julie Sanford)
Foxie ... Freddy the Dog
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lonnie Beard ... Bartender (uncredited)

Jake Busey ... Brian (uncredited)

Troy DeWalt ... People in Charge (P.I.C.) (uncredited)

Mark Edward Smith ... Policeman (uncredited)

Eddie Steeples ... Josh (uncredited)

Directed by
Goran Dukic 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Goran Dukic  screenplay
Etgar Keret  short story "Kneller's Happy Campers"

Produced by
Charles Arthur Berg .... line producer (as Charles Berg)
Chris Coen .... producer
Tatiana Kelly .... producer
Mikal P. Lazarev .... producer
Jonathan Schwartz .... executive producer
Linda Sena .... associate producer
Adam Sherman .... producer
Chapin Wilson .... co-producer
Original Music by
Bobby Johnston 
Cinematography by
Vanja Cernjul (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jonathan Alberts 
Casting by
Shannon Makhanian 
Production Design by
Linda Sena 
Set Decoration by
Julie Ochipinti 
Costume Design by
Erica Nicotra 
Makeup Department
Lysette Castellanos .... makeup artist
Mandi Crane .... key makeup artist (as Mandi Maugh)
Robert Hall .... special makeup designer: Almost Human
Debra Martinez .... makeup artist (as Debbie Martinez)
Claudia Orozco .... additional makeup
Sherri Simmons .... makeup department head
Sherri Simmons .... special makeup effects artist
Josh Hagen .... character designer (uncredited)
Debbie Mezera .... office manager: Almost Human, Inc. (uncredited)
Production Management
Michael Brodersen .... post-production supervisor (as Mike Brodersen)
Ric Smith .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Epstein .... first assistant director
Ernst Gossner .... first assistant director
Sonja Langhorst .... second second assistant director
Mikal P. Lazarev .... second unit director
Irwin Miller .... first assistant director
James Roland .... second assistant director
Art Department
John Brookbank .... swing gang
Aurelie Comboul .... set dresser
Emily Douglas .... set dresser
Brandon Gonsalves .... swing gang
Charles Randolph .... props
Sam Rhymes .... props
Roger Shaide .... on-set dresser
Don Varley .... swing gang
Joseph Hui .... art department production assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Lee Ascher .... sound mixer
Jesse Cairnie .... boom operator
Mariel Lohninger .... additional sound mixer (as Mariel Loninger)
Joe Milner .... re-recording mixer
Joe Milner .... supervising sound editor
Thomas O'Neil Younkman .... sound effects designer
Tim D. Lloyd .... additional production sound mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Robert Garrigus .... special effects technician: West EFX
Joseph Jenkins .... special effects technician: West EFX
Bill Davis .... blood effects coordinator (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Courtney Andresen .... rotoscope artist: Max Ink Cafe
Courtney Andresen .... visual effects assistant: Max Ink Cafe
Pooch Behrens .... rotoscope artist: Max Ink Cafe
Sam Behrens .... digital artist: Max Ink Cafe
Jennifer Champagne .... compositor: Max Ink Cafe (as Jennifer A. Champagne)
Jennifer Champagne .... visual effects producer: Max Ink Cafe (as Jennifer A. Champagne)
Chris Dawson .... visual effects supervisor: Max Ink Cafe
Andrew Drazek .... visual effects coordinator: Max Ink Cafe
Lisa Lavender .... digital artist: Max Ink Cafe (as Lisa Lavendar)
Todd Sheridan Perry .... cg supervisor: Max Ink Cafe
Ruth Arnell .... cg assistant coordinator: Max Ink Cafe (uncredited)
David Booth .... film scanning and recording (uncredited)
Matthew R. Anderson .... stunts
Troy DeWalt .... stunts
Maegan Stewart .... stunts
Nils Allen Stewart .... stunt coordinator (as Nils Stewart)
Chris Torres .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Brodersen .... cinematographer: behind the scenes footage (as Mike Brodersen)
Michael Brodersen .... still photographer (as Mike Brodersen)
Sylvain D'Hautcourt .... camera operator: second unit
Sylvain D'Hautcourt .... still photographer: slide show
Nausheen Dadabhoy .... camera intern/loader
Alejandro Escoto .... second assistant camera
Willie Estrada .... first assistant camera (as Wilfredo Estrada)
Matthew Fabian .... grip swing
Josh Fritts .... additional second assistant camera
Patrick Fugit .... still photographer
Giolliosa Fuller .... still photographer
Kelly C. Gallamore .... electrician swing (as Kelly Gallamore)
Erik Gonzales .... electrician swing
Mike Horan .... key grip
Forest James .... still photographer
Anthony Jefferson .... electrician swing
Erica Kim .... electrician swing
King Lanaux .... best boy electric (as King W. Lanaux)
Mikal P. Lazarev .... still photographer: slide show
Sabyn Mayfield .... best boy grip
Ryan McCoy .... gaffer
Sharone Meir .... director of photography: second unit (as Sharon Meir)
David Newbert .... best boy grip
Stephen Olsen .... electrician swing (as Stephen Olson)
Andrey Prikazchikov .... key grip
Kara Rittenhouse .... additional second assistant camera (as Kara L. Rittenhouse)
Ari Schwartzman .... electrician swing (as Ari Shwartzman)
Kevin Sheedy .... grip swing
George Soto .... camera intern/loader
Burke Tackett .... best boy electric (as Tackett Burke)
James Troost .... additional gaffer
James Troost .... best boy electric
Michael Ursetta .... additional gaffer
Michael Ursetta .... electrician swing (as Mike Ursetta)
Pete Violanti .... grip swing
Ralph Walters .... key grip
Wei Wang .... additional first assistant camera
Alex Weiss .... camera assistant: second unit
Jim West .... electrician swing (as James West)
Matt Whitted .... best boy grip
Eric Felland .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Bill Persaud .... electrician (uncredited)
Jenny Quam .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Darryl Rue .... grip (uncredited)
Scott Yancey .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Katie Piel .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carla Biggert .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
John Daro .... digital assembly editor
Gregory A. Kautz .... select transfers
Damien Somerset .... assistant editor
Alexis Spraic .... assistant editor
Max Stein .... first assistant editor
Kostas Theodosiou .... colorist
Location Management
LaVonne Rae Andrews .... location scout
Carmen Betancourt .... location scout
Melanie Hillman .... location scout
Dannah Nayblat .... location scout
Caroline Reiter .... location manager
Linda Sena .... location manager
Corey Van Dyke .... location manager
Peter Wulff .... location scout
Greg Saraceno .... location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Bobby Johnston .... musician
Robin Urdang .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Matthew Ballard .... transportation coordinator (as Matt Ballard)
Shay Morgan Brook .... transportation captain
Chantal Filson .... driver
James Fraijo .... driver (as James Fraigo)
Mike Graves .... driver
Kanan Gubins .... driver
Lee Mayeux .... driver
Anton Petreccia .... driver
Other crew
Jonathan Alberts .... title designer
Shawn Attias .... production assistant
Joel Champagne .... office production assistant
Greg Ciani .... production assistant
Resa Congdon .... post-production accountant
Michael Delavallade .... production coordinator
Guy Flint .... studio teacher (as Flint Guy)
Evan Foster .... production intern
Rene Fresquez .... production assistant
Georgina Garcia Riedel .... production coordinator (as Georgina Reidel)
Debbie Gonzalez .... craft service
Jonathan Gray .... legal services: Spinak & Gray
Melton Headley .... production assistant
Elizabeth Himelstein .... dialogue coach: Russian (as Liz Himmelstein)
David Hymer .... craft service
Ali Jazayeri .... vice president finance
Max Kosc .... production intern
Jason Michael Lopez .... assistant: Mr. Dukic (as Jason Lopez)
Larry Madill .... script supervisor
Marlon Mark .... production coordinator
Sue McGraw .... production accountant (as Crystal 'Sue' McGraw)
Jenna Minoli Hymanson .... production intern
Beth Multer .... script supervisor
Dannah Nayblat .... translator (as Dannah Nayblatt)
Mary Qin .... cat handler
Mary Qin .... production intern
Irwin M. Rappaport .... legal services: distribution
Deanne Reynolds .... handler: Freddy
Brad Salonen .... runner/production assistant
Kelley Sims .... post-production accountant
Sofia Strehlow .... production assistant
Lon Sunders .... set medic
Ivan Tsang .... key production intern
Dacia van Veen .... production assistant
Larry Wines .... set security
Ryan Young .... runner/production assistant (as Ryan Youn)
Ron Bissland .... additional script supervisor (uncredited)
Shelley Marie Brown .... promotions (uncredited)
Liz Graham .... additional script supervisor (uncredited)
Jonathan Gray .... production counsel (uncredited)
Steve Gurklys .... additional script supervisor (uncredited)
Michael Almereyda .... special thanks
David Baum .... special thanks
Julie Carmen .... special thanks
Todd Graff .... special thanks
Ted Hope .... special thanks
Sharone Meir .... special thanks (as Sharon Meir)
Frank Pierson .... special thanks
Eddie Steeples .... special thanks
Jim Young .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Pizzeria Kamikaze" - International (English title) (informal title)
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Rated R for language and disturbing content involving suicide
88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

When Eugene kills himself on stage by pouring a beer onto his guitar, he is drinking "Dead Guy Ale", brewed by Rogue Brewing Company.See more »
Continuity: When Mikal first gets into Eugene's car she rolls down the window. In the very next scene when they drive away the window is up.See more »
Eugene:Cute? That's what they say about the puppy. The only thing worse is good friend, or nice person. In plain English it means I'll leech off you as long as I can, but don't even think about getting into my pants.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)See more »
Telstar (Demo)See more »


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94 out of 112 people found the following review useful.
A wild, wacky, enjoyable ride - you won't slit your throat in the middle of it, 9 August 2006
Author: Chris_Docker from United Kingdom

Sometimes we find beauty in the strangest places; and, remarkably for such a gruesome title, Wristcutters could probably be said to be a rather uplifting affirmation of life, hidden within a seriously quirky black comedy. Set in an afterlife reserved for people who commit suicide, it seems to contain wacky nuggets of truth from oddball characters including Zia, searching for the love of his life, Mikal, an accidental visitor, Eugene, a Russian musician that electrocuted himself on stage from being badly heckled, and the weird and wonderful Kneller, played by the ever-mysterious Tom Waits.

Zia slits his wrists and promptly wakes up in a world resembling this one, except that the colours are rather washed out and nobody smiles. He abandons his job at Kamikaze Pizza to search for his former love Desirée, and soon makes close friends with Mikal and Eugene, who accompany him on one of the strangest road trips since Dorothy lost her innocence in the Wizard of Oz.

What gives Wristcutters its edge, are the frequent, addictively interesting, and not immediately fathomable symbols that keep cropping up and nagging away like in any good movie that yearns for cult status: such as the black hole under the passenger seat where things just disappear. We just know that place - how many things have you lost there? Then there are people who are just far too weird to have been dreamt up on the back of a Hollywood paycheck: like the throat-singing mute, the dead-again messiah, or the policeman who still has a hole in his head.

There is a temptingly meaningful logic at work that will leave you fitting the pieces together long after the film has finished. Explaining how to perform minor miracles to the lovelorn Zia, Kneller tells him: "As long as you want it so bad, it's not going to happen - the only way it's gonna work is if it doesn't matter . . . " We soon start looking for clues to this rather crazy world and here Mikal (played by the much under-rated Shannyn Sossamon) looks like a good bet - but then so does anyone if you let your imagination run wild enough.

The religious orthodoxy behind the ultimate ideas of Wristcutters is a weakness, but it is put subtly and light-heartedly so will be inoffensive to most viewers.

If the stars in your sky have gone out for a while, maybe treat yourself to this zany and very well-produced story to set them on fire again. Wristcutters - a Love Story is at once touching, hilarious, thought-provoking and a hugely enjoyable ride.

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