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Nobel Son -- A young chemistry student (Hatosy) throws a wrench into the existence of Nobel Prize-winning scientist Eli Michaelson (Rickman) by first kidnapping his son (Greenberg).
Nobel Son -- Clip: Bill interrogates Danny
Nobel Son -- Clip: Shawn and Bryan discuss teaming up
Nobel Son -- Clip: Bill & Mary discuss thumb crimes
Nobel Son -- Clip: Alan hangs up on Bryan


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Writers (WGA):
Jody Savin (written by) &
Randall Miller (written by)
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Release Date:
5 December 2008 (USA) See more »
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Barkley Michaelson is in a deep life rut. He's struggling to finish his PhD thesis when his father, the learned Eli Michaelson... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Alan Rickman ... Eli Michaelson

Bryan Greenberg ... Barkley Michaelson

Shawn Hatosy ... Thaddeus James

Mary Steenburgen ... Sarah Michaelson

Bill Pullman ... Max Mariner

Eliza Dushku ... City Hall

Danny DeVito ... George Gastner

Lindy Booth ... Beth Chapman

Tracey Walter ... Simon Ahrens

Ted Danson ... Harvey Parrish

Ernie Hudson ... Bill Canepa

Hal B. Klein ... Tully's Guy

Matt Winston ... Book Store Manager
Kirk Baily ... Wil Cavalere
Joyce Guy ... Eileen Moses

Kevin West ... Jaundice Guy

Wayne Lopez ... Cabbie
Dawn Balkin ... Stewardess

Johanna Torell ... Analea Sigvatsson

Mark Famiglietti ... Officer Relyea
Valerie Long ... Excrement Woman

Juliette Jeffers ... Claire

Greg Collins ... Foreman

Danika Quinn ... Opera Singer (as Danika Osterman)
Kelly Lange ... Herself
Sam Rubin ... Himself

Mary Pat Gleason ... Ruby

Matthew Kimbrough ... Deacon

Reid Collums ... Delivery Guy

Larry Hankin ... Dr. Polaczek

Lucy DeVito ... Devotee

Dean Rader-Duval ... Ernie
Stuart Silverman ... Salesman

Marina Black ... Female Student
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michael Battle ... College Student (uncredited)

Mark Charran ... Party Goer (uncredited)

Tiffany Downey ... Model (uncredited)

Bennett Dunn ... Bartender (uncredited)

Joseph Falasca ... Detective (uncredited)
Brendon Graham ... Soldier (uncredited)

Joe Koons ... Poet (uncredited)
Joe Kurak ... Raffle ticket guy (uncredited)
Avis Wrentmore ... Model (uncredited)

Directed by
Randall Miller 
Writing credits
Jody Savin (written by) &
Randall Miller (written by)

Produced by
Jane Baum .... co-producer
Bridget Fonger .... associate producer
Jeffery Goddard .... executive producer
Jon Faiz Kayyem .... co-producer
Art Klein .... executive producer
Randall Miller .... producer
J.P. O'Neill .... co-producer
Michael Ravine .... executive producer
Jody Savin .... producer
Ronald Savin .... co-producer
Tom Soulanille .... executive producer
Terry Spazek .... line producer
Henry Suarez .... co-producer
Original Music by
Mark Adler 
Paul Oakenfold 
Cinematography by
Mike Ozier 
Film Editing by
Randall Miller 
Casting by
Richard Pagano 
Production Design by
Craig Stearns 
Set Decoration by
Laura Evans 
Costume Design by
Kathryn Morrison 
Makeup Department
Alexi .... key hair stylist
Lynn Barber .... department head makeup
Marie Larkin .... department head hair
Annalisa V. Levin .... key makeup artist (as Annalisa Levin)
Production Management
Terry Spazek .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Crotty .... second second assistant director (as Michael Walter Crotty)
John Pontrelli .... second assistant director (as John 'Ponch' Pontrelli)
Brian Relyea .... first assistant director (as Brian F. Relyea)
Art Department
Phil Brandes .... painter
Susan Cho .... buyer
Michael Cudlitz .... propmaker
David Dickinson .... painter
James Diggs .... lead painter (as James N. Diggs)
Matthew D. Egan .... propmaker foreman (as Matthew Egan)
George Galicia .... laborer
Mitchell Hammer .... painter
David E. Harshbarger .... property master (as David Harshbarger)
Brandon Le Doux .... propmaker
Staci Mallett .... set dresser (as Stacy Mallet)
James Mize .... propmaker
Scott Ramey .... co-lead painter
Willy Roberts .... on-set dresser
Rebekah Schultz .... assistant property master
F. Andrew Scott .... signwriter
John L. Sullivan .... propmaker (as John Sullivan)
Nandor Szilagy .... set dresser (as Nandor Szilagyi)
Anatonio Vasquez .... laborer
Steven C. Voll .... construction coordinator
Lynny Warner .... leadman
Chris Withrow .... set dresser
Sound Department
Christopher Assells .... sound effects editor
James Bailey .... foley artist
Kevin Patrick Burns .... sound re-recording mixer
Dennis Carlin .... sound utility
Verna Mandel .... sound recordist
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Kelly Oxford .... supervising sound editor
Damien Smith .... foley artist
Dean Thomas .... boom operator
Steve Weiss .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Nikki Amoriasino .... special effects foreman (as Nikki Amorosino)
Josh Hakian .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Brian Beard .... digital intermediate editor
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging supervisor: iO FILM
Robert Beebe .... digital effects technician: iO FILM (uncredited)
J.J. Dashnaw .... stunts
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunt coordinator (as Jeff Dashnaw)
Camera and Electrical Department
James Atkins .... grip
Richard Avalon .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
John Betancourt .... loader
Ira Boyd .... chief lighting technician
Tina Casey .... additional still photographer
Michael Druez .... grip (as Michael Patrick Druez)
Tim Dunbar .... grip
Ann Elliot Cutting .... additional still photographer (as Ann Cutting)
Camilo Figueroa .... electrician
Lawrence Gund .... still photographer
Timothy S. Hale .... dolly grip: "b"
Chris Hamala .... grip
Johnny Madison .... electrician
Niran Martin .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Niranjan Martin)
David Fred Masselink .... digital imaging technician
Shawn Meyer .... dolly grip: "a"
Phil Miller .... key grip
Thom Owens .... Steadicam operator
Thom Owens .... camera operator: "a" camera
Michael Perry .... electrician
Joey Brighton Reynolds .... camera trainee
Mario Signore .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Grant Smith .... grip
James 'Biff' Thomsen .... best boy electric (as Biff Thomsen)
Martin Torner .... grip (as Martin K. Torner)
Nicholas Tredway .... grip (as Nick Tredway)
Matthew Tucker Korte .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Mira Velasco .... best boy grip
Nirant Vora .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Mario Signore .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Animation Department
John Hope .... animator (opening animation)
John Hope .... contributing animator (opening animation)
Casting Department
Michele Berumen .... casting assistant
Leanna Sheldon .... casting associate
Pete Sutton .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Olga Ishkhanova .... fitter
Olga Ishkhanova .... tailor
Hailey Palla .... set costumer (as Hailey Pahoa)
Julie Thompson .... key costumer
Laura Wolford .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Michael Mintz .... digital film colorist
Dan O'Brien .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jonathan McHugh .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Fred Bishop .... driver (as Fred Bishop)
Al Boone .... driver
Steve Butler .... driver
Glenn Carter .... transportation coordinator (as Glenn A. Carter)
Johnny Davis .... driver (as Johnny T.J. Davis)
John Dixon .... driver
James M. Downs .... driver (as Jimmy Downs)
Dan Drews .... driver
Chris Gallegos .... driver
David Guilbeau .... driver (as David 'Cajun' Guilbeau)
Scott Howard .... driver
Jim Martell .... driver
Kenneth Newland .... driver (as Kenny Newland)
John Suttles .... driver (as John R. Suttles)
Scott Tibbetts .... driver
Chuck Visconte .... transportation captain
Other crew
Mitchell Almarez .... assistant craft service (as Mitch Almarez)
Russell Chadwick .... set production assistant
Rhonda DeVictor .... production coordinator
Claire Doré .... cat trainer
Aaron Ezolt .... assistant accountant
Daniel Gusman .... marketing and publicity: international sales
Lauren M. Higgs .... production assistant
Annie U. Jacobsen .... assistant master chef (as Annie Jacobsen)
Nadine Jolson .... publicist
Christine LaFountaine .... key set production assistant (as Christine LaFontaine)
Max Leeds .... legal counsel: international sales
Michelle Marzahn .... production legal
Mauricio Montal .... advisor: single molecule spectroscopy
Scott Mosher .... location scout
John Ortbals .... cat trainer
Michael Percival .... location manager
Kirsten Robinson .... script supervisor (as Kirsten Pope)
Christina Romney-Glotzer .... assistant production coordinator (as Christina Romney)
Christiana Rubin .... additional production assistant
Takao Shibuya .... master chef
Siri Sirishambhand .... craft service (as Siri Sirisambhand)
Tony J. Solorzano .... first aid
Phil Spazek .... production assistant
Robert W. Sterrett III .... assistant location manager (as Robert Sterrett)
Elisabeth Stone .... production assistant
Melanie Tolbert .... stand-in
Carrie Tyson .... production coordinator (as Carrie A. Tyson)
Laura Warner .... production accountant
Helen Alexis Yonov .... set production assistant
Matthew Bolin .... production assistant (uncredited)
Lauren M. Higgs .... production secretary (uncredited)
Jon Avnet .... the producers wish to thank
Ward Larsen .... thanks

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Rated R for some violent gruesome images, language and sexuality
110 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:MA (2010) | Germany:16 | Ireland:15 | Netherlands:16 | Portugal:M/12 | UK:15 (cut) | UK:18 (uncut) (re-release) | USA:R

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Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson are married in real life, but their characters never interact. Danson's role is little more than a cameo.See more »
Boom mic visible: A studio boom mic is clearly visible when the reporter is giving a report from the families' front yard, even though the reporter is speaking into a microphone.See more »
[first lines]
Barkley Michaelson:The French essayist, Michel de Montaigne, once said, "I think there is more barbarity in eating a man alive than in eating him dead." The wisdom of it. When you were a kid with an open soul, they told the world consists of good guys and bad guys. I always liked the bad guys. Scar Face over Superman.
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Too many writers spoiled the story, 27 August 2010
Author: napierslogs from Ontario, Canada

I was really looking forward to "Nobel Son". I was thinking, finally, an intelligent thriller that is going to focus on the characteristics of those found in the academic sciences. But I'm afraid that all I got was a jumbled mess that never really accomplished anything.

The son of a Nobel Prize-winning chemist is kidnapped for ransom. There are a lot of interesting ways to take this story. The main problem is, they take all of them. We have an opportunity to investigate what's really going on in the mind of the son, how has his father affected his life, why does the father live his life the way he does, who is really responsible for the kidnapping and why... . The ways to explore this story are endless, and instead of delving in whole-heartedly, all that came out was a jumbled mess that left me feeling frustrated with no invested knowledge in any part of the story. Another review said the problem was too many cooks. I second that, and will adapt the phrase from "too many cooks spoil the broth" to "too many writers spoil the story". Only two screenwriters were credited, but I'm willing to bet there were more with their hands in it.

The actors were all quite good, I'm sure. It's the characters that I'm more confused about. Whenever they presented a scene which echoed my experiences in the ivory tower of science, they usually followed that up with a scene that didn't make sense based on what we knew about the characters. Perhaps I was focusing too much on specifics, but I was continuously confused and frustrated by their characterization and story ideas. Too many writers, ideas, and lack of focus spoiled "Nobel Son".

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