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The Tree of Life -- A preview of Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain.
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The Tree of Life -- The Story of The Tree of Life as told by some of the filmmakers.
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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Terrence Malick (written by)
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Release Date:
17 May 2011 (France) See more »
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Plot:
The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 94 wins & 75 nominations See more »
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A matchless and immensely complex vision of childhood See more (951 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Brad Pitt ... Mr. O'Brien

Sean Penn ... Jack

Jessica Chastain ... Mrs. O'Brien
Hunter McCracken ... Young Jack
Laramie Eppler ... R.L.

Tye Sheridan ... Steve

Fiona Shaw ... Grandmother
Jessica Fuselier ... Guide

Nicolas Gonda ... Mr. Reynolds

Will Wallace ... Architect
Kelly Koonce ... Father Haynes
Bryce Boudoin ... Robert
Jimmy Donaldson ... Jimmy
Kameron Vaughn ... Cayler
Cole Cockburn ... Harry Bates
Dustin Allen ... George Walsh

Brayden Whisenhunt ... Jo Bates

Joanna Going ... Jack's Wife

Irene Bedard ... Messenger
Finnegan Williams ... Jack @ 2
Michael Koeth ... Jack @ 5
John Howell ... R. L. @ 2
Samantha Martinez ... Samantha

Savannah Welch ... Mrs. Kimball
Tamara Jolaine ... Mrs. Stone
Julia M. Smith ... Beth

Anne Nabors ... Rue
Christopher Ryan ... Prisoner
Tyler Thomas ... Tyler Stone
Michael Showers ... Mr. Brown

Kimberly Whalen ... Mrs. Brown (as Kim Whalen)
Margaret Hoard ... Jane (as Margaret Ann Hoard)
Wally Welch ... Clergyman
Hudson Lee Long ... Mr. Bagley (as Hudson Long)

Michael Dixon ... Dusty Walsh
William Hardy ... Jack's Work Colleague
Tommy Hollis ... Tommy
Cooper Franklin Sutherland ... Robert #2
John Cyrier ... Bi-Plane Pilot
Erma Lee Alexander ... Erma
Nicholas Yedinak ... Nicholas Swimmer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jackson Hurst ... Uncle Ray

Crystal Mantecon ... Elisa

Erinn Allison ... Mrs. Bates (uncredited)

Charlotte Biggs ... 1950's Woman (uncredited)

Benjamin Dane ... Symphony Patron (uncredited)
Michael E. Harvey ... Lame Man (uncredited)

Matt Hislope ... Clown (uncredited)

Zach Irsik ... Jack's Son (uncredited)

Scott Jefferies ... Businessman (uncredited)

Gregory Kelly ... Prisoner (uncredited)

Jodie Moore ... Mr. Walsh (uncredited)

Danielle Rene ... Third Women (uncredited)

Kate Stark ... Capitol Secretary (uncredited)
Debbi Tucker ... Neighbor Lady (uncredited)

Directed by
Terrence Malick 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Terrence Malick (written by)

Produced by
Nigel Ashcroft .... producer: natural history
Ivan Bess .... associate producer
Greg Eliason .... producer: natural history (as Gregory Eliason)
Dede Gardner .... producer
Nicolas Gonda .... co-producer
Sarah Green .... producer
Grant Hill .... producer
Carlo Hintermann .... line producer: Italy
Susan Kirr .... line producer
Brad Pitt .... producer
Bill Pohlad .... producer
Donald Rosenfeld .... executive producer
Paula Mae Schwartz .... co-executive producer
Steve Schwartz .... co-executive producer
Sandhya Shardanand .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Alexandre Desplat 
 
Cinematography by
Emmanuel Lubezki (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Hank Corwin 
Jay Rabinowitz 
Daniel Rezende 
Billy Weber 
Mark Yoshikawa 
 
Casting by
Vicky Boone 
Francine Maisler 
 
Production Design by
Jack Fisk 
 
Art Direction by
David Crank 
 
Set Decoration by
Jeanette Scott 
 
Costume Design by
Jacqueline West 
 
Makeup Department
Jean Ann Black .... makeup artist: Mr. Pitt (as Jean A. Black)
Darylin Nagy .... makeup department head
Kelly Nelson .... hair department head
Alissa Shores .... assistant hair stylist (as Alissa Rose Shores)
Michaela Farrell .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Tracy Fleming .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Meredith Johns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Kara Sutherlin .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Charles Yusko .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Scott E. Chester .... production supervisor: Western tour (as Scott Chester)
Erica Frauman .... post-production supervisor
Sarah Green .... unit production manager
Frank Hildebrand .... executive in charge of production
Susan Kirr .... unit production manager
Tim Pedegana .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leora Backer .... first assistant director: second unit
Bobby Bastarache .... first assistant director
Cleta Elaine Ellington .... second assistant director (additional photography)
Vanessa Gaitan .... additional second assistant director
Phil Hardage .... first assistant director: underwater unit (as Philip Hardage)
Susan Jasso .... additional second assistant director (as Susan A. Jasso)
Scott R. Meyers .... second second assistant director
Katie Tull .... key second assistant director (as Kathleen Tull)
 
Art Department
Marc Baird .... storyboard artist
Mark Lambert Bristol .... storyboard artist
Raul V. Carrera .... lead greens
D. Childress .... sculptor
Tom Christopher .... set dresser
Chris Clayton .... set dresser
Debbie Cortez Haber .... second buyer
Paola Cortés .... art department intern
Ruth De Jong .... art department coordinator
Derek Drewes .... construction foreman (as Derek Avery Drewes)
James Wiley Fowler .... set dresser (as James Fowler)
Ken Gaston-Kilgore .... set dresser (as Kenneth Gaston Kilgore)
David Hack .... leadman
Elliott Hostetter .... on-set dresser
Alec Jhangiani .... art department production assistant
Leslie Kolter .... property assistant
Ellen Lampl .... graphics
Jay F. McCuin .... property assistant
Shay Miller .... lead scenic artist (as R. Shay Miller)
Sarah Natsumi Moore .... set dresser
Victoria Ramirez .... prop assistant
Mark Spacek .... art department assistant
Cordell Taylor .... carpenter
Byron Scott Thomas .... property master
Robert K. Weinberger .... construction coordinator (as Robert Weinberger)
Amy Bell .... set decoration buyer (uncredited)
Elysia Van Deusen .... prop fabrication (uncredited)
Jeri Woodward .... paint foreman (uncredited)
Randal Woodward .... lead scenic (uncredited)
Joshua Zeigler .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Erik Aadahl .... co-supervising sound editor
Erik Aadahl .... sound designer
Bryan Arenas .... sound consultant: Dolby
Craig Berkey .... sound designer
Craig Berkey .... supervising sound editor
Craig Berkey .... supervising sound re-recording mixer
David Burk .... assistant sound editor
Kay Colvin .... sound utility
Jenna Dalla Riva .... foley recording assistant
Susan Dawes .... dialogue editor
Joel Dougherty .... sound editor
Will Files .... additional sound designer
Kirk Francis .... sound mixer
Brooke Graeff .... foley assistant
Shawn Harper .... sound utility (as David Sean Harper)
Jack Heeren .... foley recording mixer
Justin Herman .... sound engineer
Mildred Iatrou .... dialogue editor (as Mildred Iatrou Morgan)
Scott Jacobs .... boom operator
Goro Koyama .... foley artist
Vanessa Lapato .... additional sound editor
Helen Luttrell .... dialogue supervisor
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
John Marquis .... additional sound editor
Jared Marshack .... sound mix technician
James Morioka .... dialogue editor
Stephen Muir .... foley recording assistant
Jeremy Peirson .... additional sound re-recording mixer
John Pritchett .... sound mixer
Matt Reale .... sound re-recording engineer
David M. Roberts .... boom operator
Christopher Scarabosio .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Hamilton Sterling .... foley editor
John Joseph Thomas .... additional sound editor
Don White .... foley recording mixer
Byron Wilson .... adr supervisor
Marcus Chandler .... sound utility (uncredited)
Michael Miller .... original dialogue mixer (uncredited)
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Beauxregard Neylon .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Jason Oliver .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Jan Petrov .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Troy Porter .... adr mixer (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Jonathon 'Earl' Stein .... sound mixer: second unit (uncredited)
Ryan Young .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Brian Cross .... special effects technician
Don Hastings .... special effects coordinator
Ryan Roundy .... special effects foreman
Ryan Hunts .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Michael Adkisson .... 2d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Briana Aeby .... visual effects coordinator: Prime Focus VFX
Negin Bairami .... digital artist: Double Negative
Kamilla Bak .... digital artist: Double Negative
Adam Barnett .... technology support
Judy Barr .... digital artist: Double Negative
Lyndon Barrois .... animation supervisor: Prime Focus VFX
Andy Bean .... digital artist: Double Negative (as Andrew Bean)
Lizzie Bentley .... digital artist: Double Negative
Frederic Besse .... research and development: Double Negative
Alex Betts .... scientific visualization research programmer: University of Illinois National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Andy Boyd .... additional visual effects: Method Studios
James Braid .... technology: Double Negative
Brent Breedveld .... 3d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Volker Bromm .... visual effects: pop III star simulation, Texas Advanced Computing Center
Kari Brown .... digital artist: Double Negative
Nik Brownlee .... digital artist: Double Negative
Mike Bryant .... research and development: Double Negative
Bruce Buckley .... 3d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Jeremy Buttell .... 3d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Jesse James Chisholm .... plate set surveyor (as Jesse Chisholm)
Crystal Choo .... visual effects coordinator: Prime Focus VFX
Tim Christensen .... 2d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Karen Clarke .... visual effects producer: Double Negative
Jeff Clifford .... research and development: Double Negative
Kia Coates .... digital artist: Double Negative
Donna Cox .... scientific visualization producer/designer: University of Illinois National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Ryan Cronin .... 3d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Nick Damico .... 3d artist: Prime Focus VFX (as Nicholas Damico)
Megan Danzerfer .... 3d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Adrian De Wet .... plate supervisor
Tom Debenham .... visual effects: One of Us
Brian Delmonico .... digital artist
Miles Drake .... studio manager: Double Negative
Conrad Dueck .... 3d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Olivier Dumont .... visual effects supervisor: Method Studios
Traci Duran .... visual effects production assistant
Gus Duron .... digital opticals editor
Mathieson Facer .... 3d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Mike Fagundes .... 3d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Devin Fairbairn .... tracking artist
Chaya Feiner .... visual effects: One of Us
Erin Ferguson .... visual effects coordinator
Brody Fikker .... 3d artist: Prime Focus VFX (as Brody Fikkert)
Michael L. Fink .... senior visual effects supervisor: Prime Focus: VFX (as Michael Fink)
Richard Fox .... digital compositor
Andrew Francis .... digital colorist: Efilm
Evan Fraser .... 3d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Bradley Friedman .... digital effects supervisor (as Bradley J. Friedman)
Stephanie Gilgar .... visual effects: Method Studios
Kevin Gillen .... visual effects: Method Studios
Dan Glass .... senior visual effects supervisor
Simon Glover .... visual effects: pop III star simulation, Texas Advanced Computing Center
Sally Goldberg .... visual effects: One of Us
Elias Gonzalez .... 2d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Adam Gravois .... digital artist
Trevor Greif .... visual effects: pop III star simulation, Texas Advanced Computing Center
Dean Gula .... visual effects coordinator: Prime Focus VFX
Sharna Hackett .... visual effects coordinator: Double Negative
Alexa Hale .... visual effects coordinator
Matt Hall .... scientific visualization research programmer: University of Illinois National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Emily Hamel .... visual effects production assistant
Pete Hanson .... studio manager: Double Negative
Oliver Harding .... research and development: Double Negative
Chris Harvey .... visual effects consultant: Prime Focus VFX
Aeon Henderson .... digital artist: Double Negative
Bryan Hirota .... visual effects supervisor: Prime Focus VFX
Brian Howald .... 2d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Alex Howe .... visual effects: element photography unit, One of Us
George Hull .... visual effects artist
Ludovic Iochem .... digital artist: Double Negative
John L. Jack .... visual effects: Evil Eye Pictures
Mike Jahnke .... 3d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Kristine-Joeann Jasper .... digital artist: Double Negative (as Kris Jasper)
Steve Jaworski .... visual effects: Evil Eye Pictures
Stephen King .... 3d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Ralf Klessen .... visual effects: pop III star simulation, Texas Advanced Computing Center
Marcin Kolendo .... digital artist
Sheldon Kruger .... 3d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Bridgitte Krupke .... visual effects producer: Prime Focus VFX (as Bridgitte Nance Krupke)
Jason Labbe .... 3d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Kenny Lam .... 2d artist: Prime Focus VFX (as Ken Lam)
Sam Lane .... visual effects editor: Double Negative
David Lebrun .... digital artist: Double Negative
Key Hyung Lee .... digital artist: Double Negative (as Key Lee)
Matthew Lee .... 3d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Eric D Legare .... 3d artist: Prime Focus VFX (as Eric Legare)
Abdrew Leung .... 2d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Andrew H. Leung .... 2d artist: Prime Focus VFX (as Andrew Leung)
Stuart Levy .... scienific visualization research programmer: University of Illinois National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Lawrence Littleton .... digital artist
Blaine Lougheed .... plate set surveyor
Ian Mackinnon .... visual effects: One of Us
Scott Marriott .... visual effects: One of Us
Ruheene Masand .... visual effects coordinator
Sean Mattini .... digital colorist assistant
Jamie McCarter .... visual effects: One of Us
Matt McDonald .... visual effects: Evil Eye Pictures
Andrew McEvoy .... visual effects character animator (as Andy McEvoy)
Gurel Mehmet .... digital artist: Double Negative
Angela Meyer .... visual effects production assistant: method studios
Nathan Millsap .... 3d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Glen Milner .... visual effects: element photography unit, One of Us
David Mlin .... scientific visualization reference imagery: University of Illinois National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Lauren Morimoto .... additional visual effects: Evil Eye Pictures
Per Mørk-Jensen .... digital artist: Double Negative (as Per Mork-Jensen)
Kenneth Nakada .... 2d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Cameron Neilson .... additional visual effects: Evil Eye Pictures
Sam Nixon .... 3d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Paul Norris .... digital artist: Double Negative
Alban Orlhiac .... digital artist: Double Negative
Gruff Owen .... 2d supervisor: Double Negative
Chris Panton .... visual effects: One of Us
Dominic Parker .... visual effects: One of Us
Chris Parks .... visual effects: fluid painting sequences, Image Quest 3-D
Peter Parks .... visual effects: fluid painting sequences, Image Quest 3-D
Rutul Patel Nair .... 2d artist: Prime Focus VFX (as Rutul Patel)
Ami Patel .... digital artist: Double Negative
Robert Patterson .... scientific visualization designer: University of Illinois National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Chris Pember .... 3d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Rachael Penfold .... visual effects: One of Us
Tony Power .... visual effects coordinator: Prime Focus VFX
Nathan Reidt .... 3d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Paul Riddle .... visual effects supervisor: Double Negative
Laurent-Paul Robert .... digital artist: Double Negative (as Laurent Robert)
Andrew Roberts .... 3d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Daniel P. Rosen .... visual effects: Evil Eye Pictures
Olivier Ryard .... digital artist: Double Negative
Diganta Saha .... systems administrator: Prologue
Matthias Scharfenberg .... visal effects color supervisor: Double Negative
Gareth Schultz .... systems support: Prime Focus VFX
László Sebõ .... 3d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Michael Shand .... visual effects supervisor: Prime Focus VFX (as Mike Shand)
Mayumi Shimokawa .... 2d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Dan Shoring .... visual effects: element photography unit, One of Us
Benson Shum .... 3d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Andrew Singl .... systems support: Prime Focus VFX
Dan Snape .... digital artist: Double Negative
Michael Spaw .... digital supervisor: Prime Focus VFX
Trevor Strand .... 2d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Frederick George Stuhrberg .... 3D scanning
Steve Switaj .... motion control operator
Andy Tamandl .... 3d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Jeff Tetzlaff .... 3d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Joel Thompson .... visual effects editor
Patrick Thompson .... 2d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Clint Thorne .... 3d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Stephen Thornhill .... digital artist: Double Negative
Robert Timmins .... visual effects: element photography unit, One of Us
Zelda Tinska .... studio manager: Double Negative
Claudia Torres .... digital artist: Double Negative
Douglas Trumbull .... visual effects consultant
Christoph Unger .... digital artist: Double Negative
Ryan Urban .... digital artist
Tharyn Valavanis .... 3d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Jonathan Vaughn .... visual effects: Method Studios
Dmitry Vinnik .... 3d artist: Prime Focus VFX (as Dimitri Vinnik)
Ted Waine .... research and development: Double Negative
Shawn Wallbridge .... systems support: Prime Focus VFX
Robert Ward .... 3d artist: Prime Focus VFX (as Rob Ward)
Michael D. Werckle .... visual effects character animator (as Mike Werekle)
Jennifer Wood .... research and development: Double Negative
Ged Wright .... digital artist: Double Negative
Jesús L. Yapor .... 2d artist: Prime Focus VFX
Phil Young .... digital artist: Double Negative
Trevor Young .... digital artist: Double Negative
Jack Zaloga .... visual effects: Method Studios (as Jack Zalonga)
Dan Browne .... systems administrator: Evil Eye Pictures (uncredited)
Chad E. Collier .... data technician: Method Studios (uncredited)
Robert Coquia Jr. .... data management vfx (uncredited)
Donnie Creighton .... vfx di color correction coordinator: Prime Focus (uncredited)
Aleksandar Djordjevic .... senior compositor: Method Studios (uncredited)
Graham Dunglinson .... visual effects producer: Method Studios (uncredited)
Gabby Gourrier .... executive producer: Method Studios (uncredited)
Christoffer Hulusjö .... technical director: Prime Focus VFX (uncredited)
Martin Lazaro .... visual effects artist: Method Studios (uncredited)
Taz Lodder .... technical support: Double Negative (uncredited)
Peter Marin .... visual effects artist: Method Studios (uncredited)
Jacqueline Rosado .... digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
Joe Sambora .... production assistant (uncredited)
Dan Seddon .... CG lead: Method Studios (uncredited)
Randal Shore .... visual effects executive producer: Prime Focus VFX (uncredited)
Nowell Valeri .... matchmove supervisor: Evil Eye Pictures (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jeff Schwan .... stunt coordinator (as Jeff P. Schwan)
Wes Ahl .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Balint Pinczehelyi .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Paul Willis .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brad Allen .... grip
Jeff Andrus .... best boy grip
Paul Atkins .... photographer: second unit
Robin Brigham .... gaffer: visual effects unit
Erik L. Brown .... first assistant camera
Blake Clifton .... camera production assistant
Patrick B. Coate .... camera loader
Matt Cowan .... grip
Thomas Davis .... electrician (as Thomas E. Davis)
Simon De Glanville .... first assistant camera
Tom Debenham .... director of photography: visual effects unit
Benoît Delhomme .... photographer: Versailles (as Benoit Delhomme)
Loren Elkins .... first assistant camera
David Foquin .... additional second assistant camera
Dean Georgopoulos .... technician: red
Vance Holmes .... aerial photographer
Donald R. Howe Jr. .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Janet Jensen .... best boy electric
Moritz Kaethner .... assistant camera
Ellen Kuras .... photographer: New York
Mark Manthey .... gaffer
Matthew McGinn .... second assistant camera
P.K. Munson .... first assistant camera
George R. Niedson .... additional steadicam operator (as George Niedson)
Spencer Pharr .... electrician
Brice Reid .... first assistant camera: second unit
Donis Rhoden .... key grip
Jeremy Rodgers .... second assistant camera
Pete Romano .... photographer: underwater unit
Carey Russell .... assistant: Mr. Lubezki
Adam Drew Schwartz .... first assistant camera
Brian Scofield .... assistant camera (underwater scenes)
Peter Simonite .... director of photography: second unit
Nathanael Vorce .... photographer: second unit (as Nathaniel Vorce)
Merie Weismiller Wallace .... still photographer
Jörg Widmer .... camera operator (as Jeorg Widmer)
Jörg Widmer .... director of photography: Italy (as Jeorg Widmore)
Jörg Widmer .... steadicam operator (as Jeorg Widmer)
Paul Willis .... key rigging grip
Wes Ahl .... best boy rigging grip (uncredited)
Emiliano Canevari Intoppa .... additional second assistant camera: "a" camera, italy (uncredited)
Eric Cunningham .... electrician (uncredited)
Loren Elkins .... first assistant camera: underwater (uncredited)
John Eschberger .... electrician (uncredited)
Paolo Frasson .... key grip: Italy (uncredited)
Bruce Hamme .... grip (uncredited)
Beky Hayes .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Robert Hicks .... key rigging grip (uncredited)
Lisa Kaselak .... second assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Jason Keene .... grip (uncredited)
Jason Keene .... key grip: second unit (uncredited)
Matthew King .... first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Tony Lopez-Cepero .... electrician (uncredited)
Sam Pearcy .... loader: second unit (uncredited)
Georgia Pierson .... electrician (uncredited)
Ashley Riggs .... grip (uncredited)
Robert Settlemire .... first assistant camera: underwater unit (uncredited)
John Sizer .... second assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Sarah Dowling .... casting assistant: local
Kathy Driscoll .... casting associate (as Kathleen Driscoll-Mohler)
Jenny Goddard-Garcia .... casting assistant: local (as Jenny Goddard)
Luciano Silighini Garagnani .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Mallory Lopez .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Suzy Freeman .... costume supervisor
Naomi Gathmann .... additional costumer (as Naomi Gathman)
Lara Graffunder .... costume production assistant (as Lara Lewis)
J.R. Hawbaker .... assistant costume designer
Annette Hoffman .... additional costumer
Esther Marquis .... seamstress (as Esther Mary Marquis)
M. Caroline Pruet .... set costumer
Cheryl G. Smith .... additional costumer
Stephanie A. Steel .... set costumer
Yvonne Wilburn .... set costumer
Stephany Baskin .... set costumer (uncredited)
Lexi Cuesta .... additional costumer (uncredited)
Susan Gaedke McGill .... costumer (uncredited)
Nyima Johnston .... set costumer (uncredited)
Rona Lamont .... costumer (uncredited)
Kortney Lawlor .... costumer (uncredited)
Tonya Leonard .... set costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Tony Bacigalupi .... assistant editor
Jennifer Bishop .... editorial intern
Julia Bloch .... associate editor
Zoe Bower .... post-production coordinator
Nick Ellsberg .... post-production assistant
Shane Hazen .... post-production assistant
Shane Hazen .... post-production consultant
Brian Kibbie .... negative cutter: Magic Film & Video Works
Reno Lauro .... post-production assistant
Aliyah Lopez .... film lab liaison: Laser Pacific
Philippe Majdalani .... digital intermediate
Sean Mattini .... digital intermediate
Conner McKinley .... post-production coordinator
Bryan McMahan .... film lab liaison: Laser Pacific
Rachel McPherson .... second assistant editor
Jim Passon .... color timer
Amy Pawlowski .... digital intermediate editor
Loan Phan .... digital intermediate
Marla Quintana .... post-production assistant: Mr. Malick
Marla Quintana .... post-production coordinator
Tom Reiser .... digital intermediate
Christopher Roldan .... associate editor
Christopher Roldan .... first assistant editor
Chris Rusch .... post-production intern (as Christopher Rusch)
Steven J. Scott .... digital intermediate
Courtney Stephens .... post-production assistant: Mr. Malick
Dan Vest .... post-production assistant
T.J. Volgare .... post-production assistant
Traci Duran .... post-production intern (uncredited)
Ryan Gronquist .... post production intern (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jean-Pascal Beintus .... orchestrator
Christine Bergren .... music legal
Dick Bernstein .... music editor
Peter Clarke .... scoring music editor
Peter Cobbin .... sound engineer (as Pete Cobbin)
Cecile Coutelier .... music assistant engineer
Gordon Davidson .... assistant score mixing engineer
Gordon Davidson .... scoring pro tools engineer
Alexandre Desplat .... conductor
Alexandre Desplat .... music programmer
Alexandre Desplat .... orchestrator
Andrew Dudman .... sound engineer
Xavier Forcioli .... music programming
Vic Fraser .... sound engineer
Roanna Gillespie .... music supervisor
Solrey Lemonnier .... music preparation (as Solve Lemonnier)
Lauren Marie Mikus .... music coordinator (as Lauren Mikus)
Thomas Pavlechko .... organ/piano coach: Mr. Pitt
Conrad Pope .... orchestrator
Stéphane Reichart .... sound engineer
Claude Romano .... music preparation
Jill Streater .... music preparation
Norbert Vergonjeanne .... music preparation (as Norbert Vergonjanne)
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Paul Katz .... music consultant (uncredited)
Sylvain Morizet .... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Randy Cantor .... transportation captain
Josh Cary .... driver
Francisco De La Fuente .... driver
Craig Fehrman .... transportation coordinator
Cody Haynes .... driver
David Holt .... driver
Cliff Hunt .... driver (as Cliff G. Hunt)
Dustin Little .... driver
Chuck Martinez .... production driver
Charles D. Russell .... driver
Angie Saenz .... driver
Russell E. Scott .... picture car coordinator (as Russell Scott)
Wilburn White .... driver (as Wilburn W. White)
David Beard .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Keith Beard .... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)
Oscar Carles .... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)
 
Other crew
David Ackerman .... assistant chef
Peter Atherton .... location scout
Chet Badalato .... assistant: Mr. Penn
Jason Baum .... intern
Paul Beach .... set medic
Nicole Beaudoin .... intern
Charley Beil .... intern
Amy Bench .... intern
Sally Bergom .... intern
Debbie Bilski .... craft service (as Debbie Manning Bilski)
Matt Bilski .... assistant: Mr. Hill
Randy Bilski .... set medic
Frederick P. Bimbler .... production attorney
Susan H. Bodine .... production attorney
Suzanne Bonifaz .... location assistant
Laura Noel Borland .... location assistant
Craig Busch .... assistant location manager: Houston
Unjoo Lee Byars .... main and end titles designer and producer: Prologue Films
Mary Beth Chambers .... set production assistant (as Mary Beth Meadows)
Barbara Charba .... set teacher
Peggy Chen .... additional second assistant accountant
Mark David Christenson .... production assistant (as David Christenson)
Bobbi Colorado .... animal wrangler
Scott Colquitt .... assistant: producer
Kyle Cooper .... main and end titles designer and producer: Prologue Films
Paola Cortés .... intern (as Paola Cortes)
Jason B. Cox .... production assistant
Jose Luis Coyotl Mixcoatl .... main and end titles designer and producer: Prologue Films (as José Luis Coyotl Mixcoatl)
Luke Crawford .... production assistant: reshoots
Dustin Daniels .... location scout
Gerry De Leon .... production assistant: Mr. Malick
Kassandra Deans .... intern
Steven DeGennaro .... intern
Richard DiLorenzo .... intern (as Ricgard di Lorenzo)
Felicity Donarski .... accounting executive: Tiver Road Entertainment
Alicia Downard .... intern
Alex Draguicevich .... adr voice
A.J. Edwards .... key artistic consultant
Richard Ehlert .... assistant chef
Shari Eichler .... set teacher
Elena Eidelberg .... intern
Elena Eidelberg .... intern (as Elena Elderberg)
Jenny Fitzgibbons .... production accountant
Keith Fraase .... artistic consultant
Ashley Frith .... intern
Geoffrey Frost .... intern
Rebecca Fulton .... script supervisor
Vanessa Gaitan .... production assistant
Nicole Garcia .... intern
Don Gillespie .... payroll accountant
Don Gillespie .... post-production accountant
Hayden Goldblatt .... production attorney
Hans Graffunder .... production coordinator
Kristi Gusman .... intern
Dikega Hadnot .... intern
Juan Pablo Hernandez .... set production assistant
Henry Hobson .... typographer
Andrew K. Hodge .... assistant location manager: Western Tour (as Andrew Hodge)
Jonathan Reeves Holt .... intern (as Jon Holt)
Mitch Horwits .... president: Rover Road Entertainment
Emma Janzen .... intern
Mark Jarrett .... key assistant location manager
Dane Jensen .... post production intern
Greg Jones .... insurance agent: CMM Entertainment
Lisa Kaselak .... researcher
Kate Kennard .... intern
Nazia Khan .... assistant: Mr. Pitt
Laura Kincaid .... intern
Laura King .... unit medic
Paul Knaus .... location assistant
Barry Lacina .... location assistant
Bill Lanier .... assistant production coordinator
Russell Leighty .... research coordinator
Kana LiVolsi .... intern
David Long .... caterer: Locations Catering
Jaime Lovell .... intern
Jolynn Martin .... assistant: Mr. Pohlad
Sato Masuzawa .... assistant: Mr. Penn
Gary Mau .... main and end titles designer and producer: Prologue Films
Scott Maxson .... production secretary
John McNees .... consultant
Lisa McPherson .... set production assistant
Lauren Mikus .... assistant: Mr. Gonda
Angie Miller .... business affairs coordinator: River Road Entertainment
Elle Moody .... intern
Josh Moorehead .... chef (as Josh Morehead)
Mary Mullane .... intern
Brian Murphy .... set production assistant
Deanna Noccro .... insurance agent: CMM Entertainment
Chris Oelkers .... double: organist
Nathaniel Park .... main and end titles designer and producer: Prologue Films
Shobie Partos .... location scout
John K. Patterson .... location manager
Thomas Pavlechko .... hand double: Mr. Pitt
Hussain Pirani .... intern
Joel Poage .... assistant chef
Morgan Pollitt .... assistant: Ms. Green
Shane Pritchett .... intern
Matt Pulliam .... assistant research coordinator
Brandon Reich .... location assistant
Michael Reinarts .... financial officer: River Road Enterainment
Jessica Renzi-Bailey .... location assistant
Bianca Roe .... intern (as Bianca Chiminello)
Edgar Sandoval .... insurance underwriter
Brian Scofield .... intern
Trey Edward Shults .... intern (as Trey Shults)
Dana Silverman .... accounting clerk
Dana Silverman .... assistant: Ms. Green
Tom Skapars .... creative coordinator: River Road Entertainment
Keenan Smart .... consultant: natural history
Jessica Smith .... production coordinator: River Road Entertainment
Keith Smith .... production assistant
Adam Sorin .... intern
Garin Sparks .... additional production assistant
Katy Stafford .... intern
Spooky Stevens .... unit publicist
Jennifer June Strawn .... intern
Cameran Surles .... intern (as Cameron Surles)
Christopher Todd .... intern (as Chris Todd)
Roger Uvalle .... intern
Quinn Walton .... intern
Tol Ware .... office production assistant
Craig Whitney .... set production intern
Jenni Wieland .... first assistant accountant
Christine Wolf .... intern
Elena Wong .... production coordinator
Tommy Woodard .... film commission specialist: Utah
Heidi Zienty .... intern
Deborah Zipser .... head of business affairs: River Road Entertainment
Christa Zofcin .... business affairs
Jessica Cosentino .... production assistant (uncredited)
James Wiley Fowler .... diver (uncredited)
Julie E. Furnas .... assistant: Mr. Penn, Houston (uncredited)
Jennifer Hallmark .... accounting assistant (uncredited)
Rowdy Kelley .... location scout manager: Northern Califonia (uncredited)
Damon Phillips .... body double (uncredited)
Marvin Schroeder .... arms supplier (uncredited)
Desirae Wallace .... accounting clerk (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Saar Klein .... special thanks
Wallace Shawn .... special thanks
Claire Simpson .... special thanks
 

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Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:10 | Canada:PG (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (British Columbia/Quebec) | France:U | Germany:12 | Ireland:12A | Italy:T | Japan:G | Malaysia:PG-13 | Mexico:B | Netherlands:9 | Philippines:PG-13 (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #46031)

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The town of Smithville, Texas was chosen because the practical structure houses still mirror the '50s settings required by the film. It is one hour's drive from Austin, Texas with a population of only 4500 people. While the crew was filming there, there was no additional lighting equipment being used and camera equipment was stored at a rented garage.See more »
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Jack:[in a whisper] Brother. Mother. It was they who led me to your door.
[choir singing dirge]
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746 out of 1298 people found the following review useful.
A matchless and immensely complex vision of childhood, 16 May 2011
Author: Michael Open from Belfast, NI

The first thing to say about 'The Tree of Life' is that it is ESSENTIAL VIEWING for anyone who believes that the cinema is a great art, and an early front-runner for 'Film of the Decade'. I first heard about this project in the early 80s when the film world was awash with rumours that Malick had a project that was 'Cosmic, too cosmic even for Hollywood' (John Sayles). And, being a number one fan of Malick's magical realism, I have been metaphorically holding my breath ever since.

Normally, in describing a film one says this is the story of... da da da da. But this film is NOT a story in any but the crudest sense of the word. It is an impression... an impression of a childhood - perhaps Malick's own childhood, which becomes, through Malick's poetry, an impression of childhood itself... of being tactile, of feeling the love of one's parents, of experiencing the arrival of a sibling, of learning to walk... of a thousand things that we take for granted, but are wonderful and shape us more than we can imagine. It is by far the most brilliant evocation of rural childhood that, as far as I can remember, the cinema has ever given us.

This is a film of gesture and movement, of happiness and insecurity, of learning to love and learning to fear. It is unlike any commercial film I have ever seen.... it is as if Stan Brakhage had been given a $100 million budget. The trouble is that Malick may have been too uncompromising. Many, perhaps, sadly, most, of the film-going public, in my experience, find abstraction in films difficult. This is the most abstract film most of them will probably ever see... but it's wonderful and moving and visually stunning. So the question is will they stick with it. With immense sadness, I have to say that I have my doubts.

The much vaunted 'history of the universe' sequence is stunning and is like a poetic editing of all of the most stunning images from science documentaries. It adds even more gravitas to a film that is as philosophically weighty as it is visually impressive. Douglas Trumbull was a special effects consultant and many might immediately think of comparing this sequence with the 'Stargate' climax of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The film's philosophical/metaphysical weight rests, to some large extent on its deeply ingrained spirituality. Of course, this aspect has been there from the beginning with Malick, but here it is much more up-front. The film charts the paths of a family of characters. In the mother's opening line of dialogue she recounts how 'The nuns told us that there are two ways through life, the way of Nature and the way of Grace.' In the film, the characters show how much the difference between these two paths influences the personalities of the characters and the lives that they lead.

Because of this, it has a profound religious sense but without trace of piety or sentimentality. And if, like me, religion is not your thing, don't worry, the film's wonders do not require belief to reveal themselves.

There remains to be said a few words on Malick's stylistic approach. All of his films are incredibly visually rich, 'The Tree of Life' is no exception. But more important even than this is that large sections of 'The Tree of Life' are made in the magical style that he monumentalised in the two 'abstract' sections of 'The New World' - the love affair between Capt Smith & Pocahontas and the amazing final 20 minutes of the film covering her death. It is this fusion of magnificent meaningful imagery and musical montage that lifts this work to levels barely conceived of by most filmmakers.

'The Tree of Life', for all its wonders, is certainly not perfect as it seems again that Malick's dislike for dialogue has become a thorn in his side, as it was for 'Days of Heaven' and we get some embarrassing pauses as characters wordlessly confront one another or stare meaningfully into the void. It is not the matchless masterpiece to challenge 'Citizen Kane' that I was secretly hoping for, but it is wondrous and moving and unforgettable, a staggering piece of cinema that gives the impression of being immensely more meaningful than it appears at first sight... one just needs to put all of the pieces together... not in the narrative sense, for there is barely any narrative, but connecting up Malick's, 'universal' vision with the images of childhood that he presents. An example here is the confrontation between the two dinosaurs that has a resonance with the relationship between young Jack and his father.

All in all, this is one of those films, where it is more important to let one's psyche experience the incredible richness of the film's emotions, than to try to understand it intellectually - at first viewing, at any rate! (And I am sure that Malick would concur about the experience versus understanding conundrum.)

Finally... it is a very, very good idea to watch 'The New World' immediately before seeing 'The Tree of Life' - on DVD or VOD (if it is not being shown locally by some insightful cinema) because, stylistically, it puts you in the 'right groove' to appreciate Malick's cinematic expression... perhaps THE wonder of modern cinema.

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