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Beautiful Ohio -- Clive is a math prodigy who speaks in his own language. Neither his family nor his girlfriend are prepared for his darkest secret, involving sex, drugs and math.


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  (in credits order)

William Hurt ... Mr. Messerman

Rita Wilson ... Mrs. Messerman

Brett Davern ... William

David Call ... Clive

Michelle Trachtenberg ... Sandra

Hale Appleman ... Elliot

Tom McCarthy ... William 30's

Julianna Margulies ... Mrs. Cubano

Matt Servitto ... Mr. Cubano
Margaret Harth ... Hungarian Woman #1
Constance Kelly ... Hungarian Woman #2
Louise Corriente ... Hungarian Woman #3

Spencer Grammer ... Carlene

Wai Ching Ho ... Elderly Woman

Joseph Adams ... Proctor #2 (as Joe Adams)

Greg Stuhr ... Mr. Brady

Ryan Hoffman ... Chet

Bonnie Rose ... Mrs. Przik

Marceline Hugot ... Math Teacher

Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... Mr. Lebreaux

Miles Chandler ... Young William

Jeremy Allen White ... Young Clive (as Jeremy White)
Roman Tokar ... Dapper Hungarian Man
Nicolas Quilter ... Clive 30's

Robin Borden ... Clara
Quinn Cunningham ... Choir Singer

Kyle Fischbach ... Choir Singer
Steven Gaebel ... Choir Singer
Evan Lester ... Choir Singer
Jonathan McCoy ... Choir Singer
Dmitry Pomirchy ... Choir Singer
Mike Ness ... Choir Singer (as James Michael Neas)
Kyle Shoemaker ... Choir Singer
Dillon Woolley ... Choir Singer (as Dillon Wooley)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michael Nardella ... Student
Adam Bedri ... Student (uncredited)

Scott Brandon ... Young Hungarian Man (uncredited)

Bill Chemerka ... Party guest (uncredited)
Audrey Elizabeth Fafard ... Mean Student (uncredited)

Isaac Gabaeff ... Extra at math finals (uncredited)
Michael Kozak ... Andrew (uncredited)
Debbie Lang ... High School Math Teacher (uncredited)

Justin Matthews ... Marty (uncredited)

Ilo Orleans ... Jay Minton (uncredited)

Kevin Sebastian ... Teen Student (uncredited)

Micky Shiloah ... Cafeteria Foe (uncredited)

Damon Stone ... Singer - Choir Boy (uncredited)

Philippe Vonlanthen ... Photographer (uncredited)

Directed by
Chad Lowe 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ethan Canin  screenplay
Ethan Canin  story "Batorsag and Szerelem"

Produced by
Brian Bell .... co-producer
Steve Blatt .... co-executive producer
Mark Burton .... producer
Gail D'Agostino .... executive producer
Tim Hoy .... executive producer
Chad Lowe .... producer
Reggie Miller .... executive producer (as Reginald Miller)
Jenny Schweitzer .... co-producer
Hilary Swank .... producer
Original Music by
Craig Wedren 
Cinematography by
Stephen Kazmierski (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Amy E. Duddleston  (as Amy Duddleston)
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Suzanne Crowley 
Billy Hopkins 
Paul Schnee 
Production Design by
Stephen Beatrice 
Set Decoration by
Cristina Casanas 
Costume Design by
Marie Abma 
Makeup Department
Brian Abbott .... makeup department head
Belinda Anderson .... additional hair stylist
Michael Marino .... special makeup effects artist (as Mike Marino)
Elizabeth Martinelli .... additional hair stylist
Suzana Neziri .... key hair stylist
Amanda Ross .... additional makeup artist
Nereida Soto .... additional hair stylist
Production Management
Brian Bell .... unit production manager
Stuart Macphee .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Catalano .... additional second assistant director
Vanessa Hoffman .... second assistant director
Karen Kane .... first assistant director
Art Department
Trevor Baldwin .... art production assistant
Jasmine E. Ballou .... property production assistant (as Jasmine Ballou)
Harrison Barth .... additional assistant props
Travis Barth .... additional art production assistant
Sarah Berney .... scenic artist
Mary Blanchard .... scenic artist
William Broom .... scenic artist
Lou Charles .... leadman (as Lucien Charles)
Travis Child .... scenic artist
Amanda Cole .... art production assistant
Benji Craig .... art production assistant
Colin Eletto .... art production assistant
Isaac Gabaeff .... property master
Haden Garrett .... art department production assistant
Arlo Hoffman .... assistant property master
Shana Jackson .... art department production assistant
Juvenel Levros .... art production assistant
Melissa B. Miller-Costanzo .... art department researcher
James Mulligan .... additional art production assistant
Steven Oberlechner .... additional art production assistant
Jorge Pappetta .... carpenter
Phantie Prak .... additional art production assistant
Kevin L. Raper .... additional art production assistant (as Kevin Raper)
Niquan Riley .... on-set dresser
Leonel Rivera .... art production assistant
Paul Rovira .... carpenter
Pierre Rovira .... construction coordinator
Nicole M. Solis .... scenic artist (as Nicole Solis)
Greg Spiotta .... carpenter
Girolamo Tuzzolino .... carpenter
Irmak Ucar .... set dresser
George Valenzuela .... additional art production assistant
Nate Wey .... art production assistant
Nora Killoran .... additional set dresser (uncredited)
Alexander G. Lyle IV .... additional carpenter (uncredited)
Christina Madry .... art intern (uncredited)
Sound Department
David Boulton .... adr mixer: Sound One
Michael Brown .... foley supervisor
Krissopher Chevannes .... adr recordist: Sound One (as Kris Chevannes)
Gary Coppola .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gary J. Coppola)
Stuart Deutsch .... additional sound mixer
Scott Edelson .... boom operator
Chris Fondulas .... utility sound (as Christopher Fondulas)
Brian Gallagher .... adr recordist: Sound One
John Gutierrez .... boom operator
Tom Jordan .... additional boom operator
Thomas O'Neil Younkman .... dialogue editor (as Thomas Younkman)
Jeff Prosser .... foley mixer (as Jeffrey Bing Prosser)
Benjamin Rauscher .... post-audio assistant (as Ben Rauscher)
Gabriel Sanders .... utility sound
Christopher Sheldon .... supervising sound editor
Noah Timan .... sound mixer
Thomas Varga .... sound mixer
David Warburton .... post facility coordinator
Ryan Heiferman .... adr engineer (uncredited)
Chris Trent .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Larry Arpin .... senior graphic artist: Matchframe
Rachel Clement .... digital cleanup artist: Matchframe
Mary Delaney .... scanning operator: Matchframe (as Marye Delany)
Dietz Toshio Ichishita .... digital cleanup artist: Matchframe (as Dietz Ichishita)
Scotty Martin .... scanning operator: Matchframe
Cristine Montore .... digital cleanup artist: Matchframe
Arturo Lopez Uscanga .... scanning operator: Matchframe (as Arturo Lopez)
Albert Vivas .... scanning operator: Matchframe
Juan Bautista .... visual effects (uncredited)
Ben Campanaro .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Jordan Giuliani .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Douglas Crosby .... stunt coordinator (as Doug Crosby)
Erik Martin .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Thomas Place .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Arisohn .... additional electrician (as Mike Arishon)
Mia Barker .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Nicola Benizzi .... additional camera loader
Michael Best .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Steve Briante .... additional camera loader
Michael J. Burke .... first assistant camera (as Mike J. Burke)
Christopher Cannucciari .... company electrician
Ian Carmody .... camera loader
Tom Cioccio .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Edward Cohen .... gaffer
Jeffrey Dutemple .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Jeff Dutemple)
Vanina Feldsztein .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Travis Hottinger .... best boy grip
Laura Hudock .... second assistant camera
Linda Kallerus .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Linda Slater)
Stan Keitt .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Meg Kettell .... camera loader
Michael Kirsch .... grip (as Mike Kirsch)
Todd S. Klein .... key grip (as Todd Klein)
Diane Koronkiewicz .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Dianne Korankiewicz)
Michael J. Maurer .... additional electrician (as Mike Mauer)
Ian McGlocklin .... additional electrician
Keith McNicholas .... best boy electric
Soren Nash .... second assistant camera
Christopher T. Paul .... camera operator
Christopher T. Paul .... steadicam operator (as Chris Paul)
Macall B. Polay .... still photographer (as Macall Polay)
Antonio Ponti .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Zack Rice .... additional electrician (as Zach Rice)
Eddie Rodriguez .... first assistant camera
Jeremy Rodriguez .... grip
Benjamin Salley .... additional electrician (as Ben Salley)
George Selden .... generator operator (as George Seldan)
Simon Shen .... additional electrician
Jamie Silverstein .... additional steadicam operator
Melissa Soltis .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Debbie Stampfle .... additional camera loader
Dana Turken .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Dana Turkin)
Andrew Turman .... additional camera operator
Michael Wacks .... additional electrician (as Mike Wacks)
Rob Woolsey .... dolly grip
Nu Zhang .... additional electrician
Mark Beattie .... additional grip (uncredited)
Noam Bonkowski .... jib assistant (uncredited)
Robert Carnevale .... grip (uncredited)
Chris Hali .... jib technician (uncredited)
Adam Troeger .... camera operator (uncredited)
Adam Troeger .... jimmy jib operator (uncredited)
Ethan Wilhelm .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Stephanie Zimmer .... film loader (uncredited)
Casting Department
Meredith Jacobson .... extras casting: Amerifilm Casting (as Meredith Marciano)
Marny Smith .... casting assistant
Laura Verbeke .... extras casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amy C. Bradshaw .... assistant costume designer (as Amy Bradshaw)
Carmen Campbell .... additional assistant costume designer
Diana J. Collins .... wardrobe supervisor (as Diana Collins)
Lucia Lettini .... on-set costumer
Robin McGee .... additional assistant costume designer
Gabriela Stanciu .... on-set costumer
Yvette Stapleton .... on-set costumer
Gifford Byrne .... additional costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Prince Bagdasarian .... high definition coordinator: Matchframe
Marina Pereiro Davis .... post-production assistant: producers
Julius Friede .... digital intermediate colorist: Matchframe
Nadia Fugazza .... associate editor
David Graubard .... digital intermediate senior systems engineer
Michael Grawert .... assistant digital intermediate editor: Matchframe
Leigh Jones .... digital intermediate production assistant: Matchframe
Dennis Little .... digital intermediate production coordinator: Matchframe
Jon Pehlke .... on-line editor
Sarah Priestnall .... digital intermediate production supervisor: Matchframe
David Waters .... digital intermediate senior producer: Matchframe
David Hamme .... colorist: high definition dailies (uncredited)
Ken Rubenfeld .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Ira Schweitzer .... colorist: high definition dailies (uncredited)
Location Management
Kathleen Beall .... location scout
Marshall Johnson .... assistant location manager
Greg Pastorelli .... location assistant
Peter Pastorelli .... location manager
Rachael Tartell .... location scout (as Rachel Tartell)
Shane Williams .... location intern
Christina Grozik .... location scout (uncredited)
Music Department
Dondi Bastone .... music supervisor
Jherek Bischoff .... musician
Stuart Canin .... musician
Yagmur Kaplan .... music editor
Lee Mars .... music scoring mixer
Aurisha Smolarski .... musician
Somer Waters .... musician
Craig Wedren .... musician
Transportation Department
Michael D. Canale .... teamster captain
Frank Fennimore .... driver: process trailer
Chris Schirripa .... driver: camera truck
Dave Vormittag .... teamster co-captain
Other crew
Robyn Alcock .... production coordinator
Luches Banks .... additional set production assistant
Anthony Blanco .... production assistant: first team
Kit Bland .... set production assistant
Christopher Carbone .... additional set production assistant
Erin Cassidy .... office intern
Syd Cole .... client services: Matchframe
Dan Cooley .... additional assistant location manager
Joe Coppa .... office intern
Greg Cuozzo .... caterer
Marina Pereiro Davis .... post production assistant
Gerry De Leon .... assistant: Chad Lowe (as Gerry F. De Leon)
Jim Delany .... client services: Matchframe
Martin Denson .... additional set production assistant
Richard Elmiger .... chef
Hilary Feldstein .... assistant to producers
Andy Forshee .... post-production accountant: Tanner Mainstain Blatt & Glynn
Rubén García .... client services: Matchframe (as Ruben Garcia)
Carlos Germason .... additional set production assistant
Wayne Han .... production assistant: background
Joshua Huffman .... production secretary
Peter Hutchison .... production accountant
Jason Kitchen .... office production assistant
Victoria Krikorian .... craft service
Tony Liu .... post-production accountant: Tanner Mainstain Blatt & Glynn
Brendan MacDevette .... additional set production assistant
Stephanie A. Marquardt .... script supervisor (as Stephanie Marquardt)
Greg Martin .... payroll accountant
Huttenberg Nassar .... additional office production assistant (as Huttemberg Nassar)
Carlo Pepia .... caterer
Angel Pina .... caterer (as Angelo Pina)
Jorge Pina .... caterer
Amos Posner .... office intern
Irwin M. Rappaport .... legal services
Dorin Razam-Grunfeld .... additional set production assistant
Morgan Ressa .... set intern
Phillip Saxton .... additional set production assistant
Sophie Shepherd .... office intern
Nicole Sherwin .... set intern
Alexandra Soler .... location intern (as Alex Soler)
José Tejada .... parking coordinator (as Jose Tejada)
Hector Terrones .... caterer
Chris Tomeo .... key set production assistant
Anthony Torre .... chef
Fernando Vallejo .... additional set production assistant
Brett Van Deusen .... set intern
Katy Yeh .... post-production accountant: Tanner Mainstain Blatt & Glynn
Stephanie Zimmer .... additional set production assistant
Deepa Mehta .... special thanks
Nancy Nigrosh .... thanks

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91 min
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Author Ethan Canin's original short story "Batorsag & Szerelem", which this movie is based on, originally took place in Iowa. When director Chad Lowe became interested in the project, and plans were made to film a movie based on the story, the action of "Batorsag & Szerelem" was moved to Shaker Heights, Ohio, which is a suburb of Cleveland.See more »
Anachronisms: When the father and two sons are playing hockey on their backyard rink, all three are wearing skates with white molded "Tuuk-style" blade holders. These were not seen on skates until 1979, and even then were available in black only. White blade holders did not appear until c. 1982. In 1973, the year in which the scene was set, blade holders would have been the steel tube style.See more »


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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A Family Finding Itself, 30 November 2008
Author: gradyharp from United States

Ethan Canin is one of our more important authors ('America, America', 'Emperor of the Air', 'The Palace Thief' which became the film 'The Emperor's Club') and to discover a screenplay/story by him is a treat. BEAUTIFUL OHIO is a fascinating little film directed by Chad Lowe about an apparently close knit family that knows really very little about each other: it is Canin's purpose to unravel the stories of 'ordinary people confronting aspects of themselves they'd rather not see.' Behind each member's delusions and hopes to ultimately reach the mid-ground of recognition of just how special is each member is where this very tender story travels.

Simon Messerman (William Hurt) is an insurance salesman who happens to read voraciously and speaks in quotations of famous writers and thinkers. His wife Judith (Rita Wilson) is equally bright, quotes as often as William, but adds a flavor of correcting people's grammar and living in a world of her beloved composers (Chopin, Schumann, Mozart, etc). They have two sons - Clive (David Call) is a long-haired math genius who despite his gifts spends his time playing loud hard rock music and speaking in a language all his own, and William (Brett Davern) who is devoted to his more intelligent brother but longs for a sense of normalcy in a family that tends to fragment at odd times. Clive's best friend and the only person who understands his special language is Elliot (Hale Appleman): the two of them essentially keep to themselves and smoke pot while they are not entertaining the 'homeless' Sandra (Michelle Trachtenberg). Sandra chooses to live in the basement of the Messerman house to avoid coping with her own abusive parents. The four youngsters are a team of sorts, thought the interrelationship roles each plays is not at first apparent.

The Messermans brag about Clive's constant triumphs at math contests, entertain their neighbors the Cubanos (Matt Servitto and Julianna Marguiles), and fill their lives with attending math meets, basically ignoring the personalities of their two boys. William longs for acceptance and understanding by his parents: Clive lives in his own world. William is driven to discover the meaning of Clive's strange language and eventually finds clues that lead to the secrets he'd rather not know. A situation occurs that stuns the family, and the story jumps forward to the resolving aftermath of that discovery.

For a bare bones budget film the story is well told and is a compelling one. Ethan Canin reads better on the page than his words convey through the mouths of actors, and at times the result is pretentious dialogue. But the cast is superb and the ending is one that makes the audience stop, think, and want to see the movie again for the clues we missed. Well worth seeing. Grady Harp

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