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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)
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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)
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
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 .... sound 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
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
LaVonne Rae Andrews .... location scout
Shawn Attias .... production assistant
Carmen Betancourt .... location scout
Mandy Brown .... production intern
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
Debbie Gonzalez .... craft service
Jonathan Gray .... legal services: Spinak & Gray
Melton Headley .... production assistant
Melanie Hillman .... location scout
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
Crystal 'Sue' McGraw .... production accountant
Jenna Minoli Hymanson .... production intern
Beth Multer .... script supervisor
Dannah Nayblat .... location scout
Dannah Nayblat .... translator (as Dannah Nayblatt)
Mary Qin .... cat handler
Mary Qin .... production intern
Irwin M. Rappaport .... legal services: distribution
Caroline Reiter .... location manager
Deanne Reynolds .... handler: Freddy
Georgina Riedel .... production coordinator (as Georgina Reidel)
Brad Salonen .... runner/production assistant
Linda Sena .... location manager
Kelley Sims .... post-production accountant
Sofia Strehlow .... production assistant
Lon Sunders .... set medic
Ivan Tsang .... key production intern
Corey Van Dyke .... location manager
Dacia van Veen .... production assistant
Larry Wines .... set security
Peter Wulff .... location scout
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)
Greg Saraceno .... location manager (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?

Eugene (Shea Whigham) isn't smoking pot throughout the film, he's actually smoking tobacco cigarettes. Actor Whigham noticed director Goran Dukic smoked loose tobacco and rolled his own cigarettes and carried it in a plastic bag, and said that's what he wanted Eugene to smoke.See more »
Continuity: After Mikal and Zia sleep together on the beach, just before they wake up from the shouts of Kneller, Mikal is barefoot. In the next scene, still sleeping, she has red shoes on her feet.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 Nanook of the North (1922)See more »
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115 out of 141 people found the following review useful.
"Wristcutters: A Love Story" is a very strange yet unique look at what a person would do in the name of love., 2 April 2006
Author: MovieManMenzel from United States

Wristcutters" is about guy named Zia (Patrick Fugit) who commits suicide after his girlfriend breaks up with him. Once he does, he doesn't die but goes to a place where others who have committed suicide live as well. It's a bizarre tale of love, friendship, and the afterlife told through the eyes of director Goran Dukic and is based on the short story "Kneller's Happy Campers" by Etgar Keret. A funny, strange but very original film ensues…

I had the pleasure of being able see this film at the Philadelphia Film Festival earlier tonight and I was glad that I got the opportunity to see such an original and creative film which so few will ever see. While this movie may actually be too dark or weird for some audiences, I personally loved it. It's been a long time since I have seen a romantic comedy that is this unique and this original. The plot for the movie is so bizarre that your eyes and brain are glued to the screen the entire time.

This movie puts a whole new spin on the idea of a romantic comedy and does it flawlessly. All the characters seem to connect as they interact with each other. The movie seems to be a mix of the movie "Interstate 60" and the work of writer Hunter S Thompson. The movie at times is very dark and odd but it only adds to the originality and creative minds behind the film.

When watching this film, just sit back and enjoy the ride. This film takes you to a world that you have never seen before. Who would ever think you would see a movie about a world that exists only to those who have committed suicide? And the funniest thing is it's the same thing as our world but a few minor differences. This is a movie that relies on imagination, something we as adults seem to forget to use anymore. This movie challenges Hollywood to take risks and go beyond the typical storyline and into something more creative and out of the ordinary.

The acting in this film is very solid. Patrick Fugit who I feel is always underrated as an actor really does a great job in this film. I mean you think after movies like "Almost Famous" and "Saved!" his career would have taken off but oddly enough it hasn't yet. Regardless of his career, I think he did a great job with the material given to him. Also Shannyn Sossamon who played Mikal did a great job as well. Again I think she is another actress who has potential. She hasn't had a great breakout performance as of yet but I feel she has the potential to be big and when she does land that breakout role, she will be. Shea Whigham who played Eugene was very amusing. I enjoyed him as the crazy sidekick to Zia. And finally just because I think the guy is a riot and since half the audience started to laugh when they saw him appear on screen I must give credit to Will Arnett (GOB from Arrested Development) who appeared on screen for way to short of a role in my opinion. What made his role stand out was the fact that so many people recognized him as GOB on "Arrested Development" which as he came on screen near the end of the film, half the theater laughed and clapped. There are several others I haven't mentioned here but they all did a fine job as well.

Director and writer Goran Dukic did a great job on this film especially since it was his first feature film. As the audience talked with Mr. Dukic during the Q&A I found out that a lot of this film was taken directly from the short story but the way he brought the film alive was amazing. I honestly think this is probably one of the most original and creative films I have seen in the theater in the last year or so. And Mr. Dukic does a fine job directing this film and capturing this bizarre world.

In conclusion, if you're a fan of dark comedies I highly recommend this film. If you like movies that dare to be different I recommend you see this film. Honestly, I don't know the target audience for this film but it's definitely a must for those who want to see something original and different from the norm. It's a fine first film from director and writer Goran Dukic and it puts a new spin on the romantic comedy genre and all the things we will do for love. I would have to say it's probably the second best film I seen all year maybe not for being powerful or moving but for being really original and creative.

MovieManMenzel's final rating for "Wristcutters: A Love Story" is a 9/10. A must see for those who love creative and dark stories or like movies that go beyond the norm.

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