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Would you let this man be your father?
An aging, disillusioned alcoholic (Nolte) gets a younger friend (Morgan) and wants him to pose as his son at a school reunion. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Trevor Morgan ... Dave Tibbel

Nick Nolte ... Ray Cook

Rosemarie DeWitt ... Debra
Thomas Schall ... Male Parent #1

Paul Urcioli ... Male Parent #2

Johnathan Tchaikovsky ... Paul Michaels

Noah Fleiss ... Todd Hunter
Sonia Feigelson ... Ashley Tibbel

Timothy Hutton ... Mr. Tibbel

James Ponsoldt ... Robby
Darrell Larson ... Doctor

Richard Petrocelli ... Man in Doctor's Office
Richard Terwilliger ... Teacher

Marlyne Barrett ... Nancy (as Marlyne Afflack)
Michael Higgins ... Al Cook
Grace Woodard ... Greeter #1

Lee Bryant ... Greeter #2

John Tuell ... Jonas Worthy

Sally Kirkland ... Marianne Reynolds
Alex Wipf ... Ted
Nancy Johnston ... Tina Evans
Whitney Bashor ... Autumn

Peter Van Wagner ... Horton
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph Costa ... Guest at High School Reunion
Jordan Scott Gilbert ... Student

Renee Fishman ... High School Reunion Dancer (uncredited)
Teddy Yoon ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
James Ponsoldt 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James Ponsoldt 

Produced by
Carrie Fix .... co-producer
Robert Hariri .... executive producer (as Bob Hariri)
Steve Kalafer .... executive producer
Scott Macaulay .... producer
Maggie Meade .... executive producer
Meg Mortimer .... executive producer
Robin O'Hara .... producer
Matt Tromans .... associate producer
Original Music by
Claire Campbell 
Alex Neville 
Brian Petway 
Cinematography by
Tim Orr 
Film Editing by
Sabine Hoffmann 
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
Production Design by
Anthony Gasparro 
Art Direction by
Chuck Renaud 
Set Decoration by
Sara Parks 
Costume Design by
Caroline Duncan 
Makeup Department
Daisy Curbeon .... key hair stylist
Scott W. Farley .... additional hair stylist (as Scott Farley)
Julia Lallas .... makeup department head (as Julia Lallas Brusilovsky)
Rebecca Perkins .... additional key makeup artist
Dionne Pitsikoulis .... additional key makeup artist (as Dionne Pitsikoulias)
Sanna Riley .... additional makeup artist (as Sanna Kaye Riley)
Production Management
Peter Bobrow .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Blazina .... second assistant director
Cathleen McFadyen .... second second assistant director (as Cat McFadyen)
Curtis Smith .... first assistant director (as Curtis A. Smith Jr.)
Art Department
Charles Ard .... scenic artist
Mary Blanchard .... camera scenic
Caitlin Brown .... art department intern
Amanda Cove .... scenic artist
Kathy Creutzberg-Enos .... scenic artist
Claire Falkenberg .... art production assistant
Millacent Fearon .... on-set dresser
Joan C. Jackson .... carpenter
Zbigniew 'Ziggy' Kouros .... key construction grip (as Zbigniew Kouros)
Karissa Lemmon .... art production assistant
Sal Mink .... scenic artist
Elizabeth Minot .... set dresser
Jessica Nyssen .... scenic artist (as Jessica Nissen)
Jose Pavon .... property master
Evelyn Sakash .... scenic artist
Nicole M. Solis .... scenic artist (as Nicole Solis)
Mark Sonderskov .... construction coordinator
John Stachowicz .... scenic artist
Craig A. Thompson .... art production assistant
Joshua Visser .... lead man
Joe Wehmeyer .... art production assistant
Alexis Weiss .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Chad Birmingham .... assistant sound editor
Christof Gebert .... additional sound mixer
Mariusz Glabinski .... sound effects editor
Marlena Grzaslewicz .... adr editor
Marlena Grzaslewicz .... dialogue editor
Anguibe Guindo .... boom operator
Ken Ishii .... sound playback operator
Coll Ison .... foley engineer
Bobby Johanson .... adr engineer (as Bobby Johnson)
Bruce Kitzmeyer .... dialogue editor
David Kramer .... loop group editor
Lawrence Loewinger .... additional sound (as Lawrence Lowewinger)
Daniel McIntosh .... additional sound
James Nichols .... consultant: dolby sound
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Giancarlo Petroni .... dubbing mixer
Ira Spiegel .... sound effects editor
Joseph Spiegel .... sound intern
Reilly Steele .... sound re-recording mixer: Sound One Corporation
Noah Timan .... sound mixer (as Noah Vivekanand Timan)
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer (uncredited)
Greg Steele .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Rico Omega Alston .... playback operator (as Rico Alston)
Michael Best .... additional first assistant camera
David Bowers .... additional grip
Steven Capitano Calitri .... additional electrician (as Steve Calitri)
Matthew Callagy .... additional generator operator
James Casey .... company grip
Matthew Clark .... camera operator (as Matt Clark)
Luis Contreras .... additional electrician
John Coots .... company electrician
Devin Donegan .... playback operator (as Devon Donegan)
Avra Fox-Lerner .... additional electrician (as Avara Fox-Lerner)
Chris Frumkes .... additional electrician
Eric Gearity .... key grip
Robert Gearity .... additional grip
Kley Gilbuena .... additional grip (as Klay C. Gilbuena)
Dennis Green .... playback operator
Jamison Grella .... third electrician
Anne Joyce .... still photographer
Linda Kallerus .... second assistant camera (as Linda Slater)
Keith Kalohelani .... additional electrician
Alexandra Kanal Matheson .... additional camera loader (as Alexandra Kanal)
Meg Kettell .... camera loader (as Meg Kettel)
Mike Kirsch .... additional grip
Dan Kubicek .... additional electrician
Dave Levine .... additional gaffer (as David Levine)
Lou Massa .... additional grip
Michael J. Maurer .... best boy electric
Rick Morrison .... additional electrician
Andy Motz .... additional electrician
Elizabeth O'Brien .... additional electrician
Allen Parks .... additional electrician
Igor Potashanik .... additional grip (as Igor Potashnik)
Craig Pressgrove .... first assistant camera
Michael P. Prisco Jr. .... additional electrician (as Michael Prisco Jr.)
Steve Ramsey .... gaffer
Chris Reynolds .... additional first assistant camera
Chris Rosen .... additional electrician
Michael Rudolph .... additional electrician
Chris Scarafile .... dolly grip
Randy Schwartz .... additional second assistant camera
Douglas W. Shannon .... additional gaffer (as Doug Shannon)
Keith Steinberg .... additional grip
Jonathan Vendetti .... additional electrician
Marc Vranesich .... best boy grip (as Mark Vranesich)
Ryan Webb .... additional electrician
Andy Westbrook .... additional grip
Ethan Wilhelm .... additional grip
Pieter Willemse .... camera intern
Kit Pennebaker .... camera intern (uncredited)
Casting Department
Cody Beke .... casting assistant
Elizabeth Greenberg .... casting associate
Leeba Zakharov .... casting assistant
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Rita Powers .... extras casting (uncredited)
Sean Powers .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laura Downing .... set costumer
Felicity Gifford .... set costumer
Kathy Gifford .... wardrobe supervisor
Andrea Roa .... wardrobe assistant
Laura Steinman .... wardrobe supervisor (as Laura R. Steinman)
Editorial Department
Don Ciana .... color timer
Marin Sander-Holzman .... associate editor (as Marin Holzman)
Tim Stipan .... digital opticals colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Claire Campbell .... musician
Mariusz Glabinski .... music editor
Matt Havron .... music coordinator
Tracy McKnight .... music consultant
Alex Neville .... musician
Sean Nowell .... musician: additional score
Brian Petway .... musician
Mike Scielzi .... music engineer
John Werner .... music editor
Transportation Department
Harry Bayer .... driver
Chris Collins .... teamster captain
David Conelli .... driver: camera car (as David J. Canelli)
Paul E. Harvey .... driver
Thomas Kearns .... driver: camera car (as Thomas M. Kearns)
Gabe Turiello .... driver: camera car
Other crew
Ronald Arceneaux .... location production assistant (as L.S. Arceneaux)
Shuichi Azuma .... office intern
Eddie Bailey .... additional office assistant
Gino J. Beneventano .... chef (as Gene J. Beneventano)
Samantha Berges .... office intern
Katherine Betka .... additional office assistant
E.J. Bradley III .... assistant location manager
Jodi Bryan .... therapist
Maurice Cabrera .... parking coordinator
Rebecca Centeno .... set production assistant
Ali Charlemagne .... additional production assistant
Sasha Charlemagne .... assistant to producers
Adam Chertok .... office intern
Frank Dauro .... additional set production assistant
Shannon Dennard .... location coordinator
Victor M. Dorado .... second chef
Andrew Eleftheron .... security
Joe Facey .... craft service
Rodd Ferguson .... production assistant
Freddy Figueroa .... assistant chef
Toure Folkes .... additional production assistant
Jamal Foster .... office intern
Lev Gartman .... set production assistant
Alex Ghassan .... security
Jose F. Ginete .... additional production assistant
Adam Gladstone .... technical consultant: baseball
Jonathan Gray .... legal counsel: Spinak and Gray
Gary Guthrie .... security
Alex Hariri .... assistant to executive producer
Liam Healy .... technical consultant: baseball
John Henry .... production secretary
Peter Hutchison .... production accountant
Robert Jean .... additional set production assistant
Kent Johnson .... location scout
Z.D. Johnson .... office production assistant
Misty Kelly .... production secretary
Pedro Kos .... set production assistant
Stosh Kozlowski .... location scout
David H. Kramer .... adr loop group (as David Kramer's Looping Group)
Evan Krauss .... legal counsel: Spinak and Grey
Nicole Little .... production assistant
Sameson Louis .... additional production assistant
Greg Martin .... production accountant
Eric Martinez .... second chef
Mike Mason .... location scout
James McFadyen .... production assistant (as James McFayden)
Xander Moody .... location scout
Sara Morrissey .... product placement and clearances
Kristal D. Moseley .... production office coordinator (as Kristal Mosley)
Kanako Nakao .... office intern
Abbey Odunlami .... production assistant
Hyo Park .... prep location manager
James Parsons .... additional production assistant
Ron Sacco .... production consultant
Ramon Santiago .... security
Rasheedah Sharp .... additional production assistant (as Rasheedah N. Sharp)
Ryan Francis Sheehan .... additional production assistant
Jamie Shuali .... assistant: Nick Nolte
Chris Slater .... assistant: Nick Nolte
Christopher Smith .... additional chef
Yaara Sumeruk .... assistant to director
Yaara Sumeruk .... product placement and clearances (as Yaara Sumerak)
Billy Szeflinsky .... security
Henry Torbin .... office intern
Collin Ultz .... craft service
Jonathan Urband .... key set production assistant
Alejandro Viteri .... office intern
Sharon Watt .... script supervisor
Canella Williams .... production secretary (as Canella A. Williams)
Jason Wright .... additional production assistant
Michael Yoon .... location manager
Teddy Yoon .... location manager
Dale Yuan .... office intern
Rob Coleman .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Raz Cunningham .... assistant to producers (uncredited)
Koko Ntuen .... assistant to producers (uncredited)
A.M. Peters .... intern (uncredited)
Nellie Bellflower .... special thanks
Matt Boggs .... special thanks
Martina Broner .... special thanks
Hilarie Burton .... special thanks
Lydia Cavallo .... special thanks
Katherine Dieckmann .... special thanks
Katy Dion .... special thanks
Maureen Duffy .... special thanks
Tony Earley .... special thanks
Erin Espelie .... special thanks
Bill Gallo .... special thanks
Jim Gardner .... special thanks: Sound One
James V. Hart .... special thanks
Maeve Herbert .... special thanks
Charles Herzfeld .... special thanks: Technicolor (as Charlie Herzfeld)
Anne Hubbell .... special thanks: Kodak
David Jones .... special thanks
Socrates Kakoulides .... special thanks
Tom Kalin .... special thanks
Dan Kleinman .... special thanks
Pedro Kos .... special thanks
Joel Maguen .... special thanks
Donald Margulies .... special thanks
Elizabeth Meriwether .... special thanks (as Liz Meriwether)
Melody Morgan .... special thanks
Susan Ponsoldt .... special thanks
Nicholas T. Proferes .... special thanks (as Nick Proferes)
Scott Ramsey .... special thanks: Xeno Lights
Chris Rich .... special thanks: Soundtracks
Michael Roemer .... special thanks
Brad Rosenberger .... special thanks
Jenny Schweitzer .... special thanks (as Jenny Schweitzer)
Colin Spoelman .... special thanks
Robert Stone .... special thanks
Astra Taylor .... special thanks
Rose Troche .... special thanks
Marco Umana .... special thanks
Katherine Weber .... special thanks
C.C. Webster .... special thanks

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Rated R for a crude sexual remark
USA:90 min (Sundance Film Festival) | Argentina:90 min
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26 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Classic romantic love story with a twist, 14 October 2006
Author: larry-411 from United States

I attended the East Coast Premiere of "Off the Black" at the Woodstock Film Festival. Having greatly anticipating seeing this film since I'd first heard about it over a year ago, and knowing a bit about the story as well as the cast and crew, my expectations were admittedly a bit higher than usual. Yet I tried to put away any preconceived notions I'd developed over time. I walked in with a clean slate. And not only was I not disappointed, but I was actually somewhat shocked. The experience of seeing "Off the Black" did what very few films have done this year; it left me with a tear in my eye and a smile on my face. I sat through over 30 films in Toronto waiting for that happen, and it did, just once. This was my first film here at Woodstock and it got me good.

Within seconds, literally, we are introduced to young Dave Tibbel (Trevor Morgan). He's standing on the pitcher's mound, sweat beaded on his brow, studying the catcher's signals. His face completely fills the screen, as if the director is saying, "here you go. If you don't like what you see, this will be tough for you. If you do, sit back and watch the story develop." The story is that of a relationship between Dave and someone else, of course. But that someone is no blonde bombshell or voluptuous vixen. The other half of that relationship is Ray Cook (Nick Nolte), the ump standing behind home plate. But this is not "Brokeback Baseball," no, although surely that may enter your mind. It's something else. It's something rarely explored in American cinema, and it's bold and daring. It's a love story -- a good old-fashioned romance between two individuals who just happen to be male, and it's totally platonic. "Is this possible?" you may ask. It sure is, and "Off the Black" will prove it to you.

This film is made with passion and care. The soft, natural lighting of the interiors allows the full mystery of the characters to flourish. Single point lighting allows interplay of light and shadow which echoes the bright and dark sides of Dave and Ray, as well as the family members who surround them. Dave's father Tom (Timothy Hutton), withdrawn and distant. Sister Ashley (Sonia Feigelson), on the cusp of adulthood, gawky and afraid. All have secrets to tell, but don't, or won't, or can't. Cinematographer Tim Orr manages to find beauty in every little thing -- contrails, dripping gutters, siding and eaves and gently sloping roofs. And the countryside -- oh my. The lush scenery of the Catskills is indescribable. As Ponsoldt pointed out in the Q&A after the screening, the setting is supposed to be his Georgia home. But it could be anywhere where sea and sky and small towns predominate. Some of the shots are literally breathtaking. I found myself gasping several times. But what tugged at my heart even more was the sparse, almost homespun soundtrack. Punctuated by the occasional train whistle in the distance, the music never distracted, never shouted, "this is important." The contrast between the beauty of the setting and the ugliness of the fractured individuals who populate it is stark. It is on this canvas that writer/director James Ponsoldt, in his first feature, crafts a work of art that is simply one of the most poignant love stories imaginable. Those who've read my comments before know that I dislike traditional reviews because they invariably give too much away. It's easy to find a synopsis of the film so I won't do that here. But in many love stories, the protagonists meet, get tangled in tension and deception, and finally fall in love. Occasionally that's followed by breakup and tragedy. Those aren't my words -- they are those of Ponsoldt in the Q&A after the film, who said that he actually wrote the film as a romantic love story. It just happened to be played by two male actors and is platonic.

To be honest, the film can be hard to watch at times. Nolte's portrayal of the seldom sober Ray is unsettling and painful, like a bad toothache that you can't wait to be pulled. Morgan's sensitive, vulnerable, sad-eyed Dave is like a puppy cowering beneath Ray's rolled up newspaper. But the bravado falls away on Ray's part, the sarcastic self-confidence and humor emerges from Dave, and the boy who needs a father draws closer to the man who needs a son. Finally, what makes this film so joyful to watch is the interplay between the two. It is all so natural that it seemed unscripted. As it turned out, much of it was. In reply to my question during the Q&A regarding how much was improvised, Ponsoldt not so surprisingly admitted that he gave free reign to Nolte and Morgan quite often, and some of the best lines in the film were theirs and theirs alone. And only the best directors are willing to step back and let that happen. And only the best actors can pull it off. Most will not be surprised at Nolte's performance -- he is, after all, a veteran if there ever was one. But "Off the Black" could be the vehicle which puts Trevor Morgan on filmgoers' radar, if it's not already. I'd seen his work before (He was Ponsoldt's first choice, largely based on his performance in the indie classic "Mean Creek"), but he carries this film so confidently and easily that I left the theater shaking my head in wonderment. And a tear in my eye and a smile on my face. "Off the Black" will do that to you.

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