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Nobel Son -- Barkley Michaelson is in a deep life rut. He's struggling to finish his PhD thesis when his father, the learned Eli Michaelson, wins the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Barkley and his mother, Sarah, a renowned forensic psychiatrist, now have the ill-fortune o
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
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Writers (WGA):
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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)
Rashad Chambers ... Security Guard (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)
Ralph Moratz ... Guest at Banquet (uncredited)

Carla Stoelting ... Model (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
Tucker Korte .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Matthew Tucker Korte)
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)
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
Leanna Sheldon .... casting associate
Pete Sutton .... extras casting
Michele Wallin .... casting assistant (as Michele Berumen)
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
Location Management
Scott Mosher .... location scout
Michael Percival .... location manager
Robert W. Sterrett III .... assistant location manager (as Robert Sterrett)
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
John Ortbals .... cat trainer
B.J. Rayniak .... site representative
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
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:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:MA15+ (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 »
Crew or equipment visible: Near the end of the Mini in the Mall sequence, a stunt driver can be seen in the driver's seat of the car. He first appears when the vehicle is stationary, about 20 seconds before the end of the scene, then immediately after, when the car is headed for one of the walls.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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22 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Nobel Son Movie Review from The Massie Twins, 4 December 2008
Author: GoneWithTheTwins from

Nobel Son is not an easy film to foretell, and with its constant genre-morphing subplots, psychotic characters and unordered narrative, it will keep you guessing all the way through. This escape from convention is not always a good thing – the first half hour of the film tries the patience and is so disjointed and seemingly nongermane that it's impossible to predict the relationships of the bizarre events. Once you've made it to the second act, pieces start to fall into place and realizations are hinted upon, but it doesn't stop there. More twists, more complexities and one too many unlikely coincidences might make you think twice before feeling satisfied by this suspenseful drama/dark comedy/horror/mystery thriller.

The opening scene consists of an alarmingly brutal thumb-severing bit of violence that perfectly paves the way for the unpredictable and mind-boggling adventure that follows. Eli Michaelson (Alan Rickman, in a wonderfully despicable role that he continually excels at) has just been announced as the winner of the Nobel Prize for his stellar work in chemistry. He's egotistical, eccentric, uncaring and obnoxious, and has been handing out higher grades in exchange for sex with his young female students. His son Barkley (Bryan Greenberg) is struggling with his PhD thesis on cannibalism (his opening line of narration quotes Michel De Montaigne, a 16th century philosopher: "There is more barbarity in eating a man alive than in eating him dead."). He also struggles with an awkward romance with City Hall (Eliza Dushku), a morbid poet and artist with her own bountiful measure of oddness.

Eli's wife Sarah (Mary Steenburgen) is a renowned forensic psychiatrist who is fancied by Max Mariner (Bill Pullman), a somewhat crafty detective. On the morning of the family's trip to Sweden to attend the Nobel Prize party, Barkley is kidnapped and held for a $2 million ransom; the money awarded to Eli. From here, backstabbing, jealousy, lust and greed collide in nonstop twists and turns, proving that once again nothing is what it seems.

Every character in Nobel Son is devious, shrewd, freakish, obsessive compulsive or morally flawed (most often all of those combined) making it difficult to side with any of the numerous antiheros. The first plot surprise is unique and smart, but then the filmmakers try too hard and it becomes unnecessarily convoluted. This is where the unexpected genre confusion comes into play, at times heading down the path of taut mystery thriller, always mixing in dark, subtle humor (and blatant grossness with poetry reading from "Death By Drain-O" and verses involving bathing in excrement), and eventually borrowing from films like David Fincher's Seven, Body Heat, Wild Things and even Mission: Impossible.

Nobel Son is definitely a shock to the system, an unconventional film that reminds us of the chaos of those rare movies that breathe life into the most peculiar characters and situations. It's not perfect and its originality only comes from the amount of time that has passed since a movie like this was presented, but it's certainly worth a try.

- Mike Massie

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