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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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No, it's got nothing to do with the sport of Snooker; but maker of the piece Ponsoldt has fun shifting his characters around as if they were marble balls on an open table. See more (19 total) »


  (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)
Michael Kirsch .... additional grip (as Mike Kirsch)
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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
No, it's got nothing to do with the sport of Snooker; but maker of the piece Ponsoldt has fun shifting his characters around as if they were marble balls on an open table., 5 April 2010
Author: johnnyboyz from Hampshire, England

2006 film Off the Black pre-dates Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino by about three or so years. The tale of a lonely, elderly man living in an American neighbourhood whom forms a bond with young-'un that recently wronged him, or attempted to, works, with hindsight, close to all but just as well here. The film is dominated by a wonderful performance from Nick Nolte, a character we observe suffering from isolation in a sparsely populated neighbourhood complimenting his sparsely populated life. His character's mental health and mental well-being is placed right on the spot from the off, one instance seeing him talk directly into a tripod mounted video camera as he reminisces about the day just gone by, a sort of video diary that enables him to talk; to interact; to just get his feelings out and known even if there's nobody any where near the general vicinity of his plot of land.

Off the Black tells the story of two rather different individuals at very different points in their life. For Nolte's Ray Cook, that ability to make a cut-and-thrust decision in the heat of the moment when the stakes are rather high is demonstrated in the film's first scene when, as a line judge in a baseball match, he calls foul on a home pitcher and they consequently loose the match. Very quickly we're given the sense that this guy is not afraid of making a call. As the film progresses, his efficiency to function as someone as honest and clear-cut dawn on us that these things may have contributed to his current situation. The pitcher, a certain Dave Tibbel (Morgan) who's still a high school student in comparison, takes it on with a few buddies to wreck a revenge on Cook's house – ultimately something that has more of an impact on Tibbel's life than he first presumed. Off the Black sees writer/director James Ponsoldt apply a very gradual, very natural arc to proceedings in using his ability to determine just how far Tibbel's inner-feelings are manifesting by providing a strand documenting the downfall in his friendship with his high-school pals as a friendship with Cook develops.

The beauty of Ponsoldt's script allows both characters to undergo respective changes without ever overbearing us with one or the other, with both characters and their progressions vying for power as the audience latch onto either one of the younger or the elder. After catching Tibbel in his yard immediately post-prank, six-shooter in hand, as graffiti covers the side of Ray's car and toilet roll covers both the roof of the house and a tree in the garden, forcing it to look more like a spaghetti junction from a distance, an agreement between the two sees Tibbel return to the scene of the crime and clear everything up rather than involve the police. Ray's decision to use police involvement as a threat more-so an idea of plan of action works just so as to get some regular company over at his place, and I have a feeling it was always going to be the way. As Ray himself observes: Dave may very well be a regular, average kid; but he's not yet at a point where he can make his own decisions, something that rings true nearer the very end when David is faced, in what is quite a jarring scene, with a pretty powerful decision that involves whether or not to play a video cassette.

In cutting away, briefly, to document the decline in relations with his friends; there is poignant sequence in which David and his own father share a scene with Ray close in-tow, a kitchen window acting as a physical barrier between David and his father played effectively in the few scenes he has by Timothy Hutton. This visual clue as to which male adult David is able to better connect with, and on a more consistently basis, tells us feature film débutant Ponsoldt has an astute eye for injecting life and meaning into dialogue sequences in which the most basic of human emotions are explored by way of the usual dialogue.

Like most of what Cook goes through in Off the Black, the film carries a wavy and distant feel; a tone of emptiness in a film which is full of rich character studies. While I think it's the better film, the pulpy and somewhat action orientated tone of 2009's Gran Torino combined such elements with it being a generally intimate film shot with a persistent use of the close up, applied to specific scenes when the elderly male and the younger male share experiences. Rather than maneuver down this route in which youth orientated antagonism was persistently hanging over the younger character of the piece, Off the Black instead incorporates longer shots of lonely houses backing onto train lines; calm, spitting sprinklers going about their business on lawns and on one occasion, Nolte's character perched on a jet ski amidst a wide open and lonely lake of gently lapping water. Where Gran Torino is aggressive and confrontational in an increasingly aggressive and transitional world, Off the Black takes a step backwards and just enjoys more the observing of these people in-between developing them. There is a moment about half way through when Cook has a crazy idea that Tibbel reacts to, only to later find out that in playing out the suggested role, he fills two gaps at once in not only his, but Cook's life as well. Off the Black is a rich and rather rewarding, burning drama which effectively looks at maintaining families and friendships to the best of some rather unintegrated person's ability.

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