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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
Nobel Son -- Clip: Shawn and Bryan discuss teaming up
Nobel Son -- Clip: Bill & Mary discuss thumb crimes


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Writers (WGA):
Jody Savin (written by) &
Randall Miller (written by)
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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)
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
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
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
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:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:MA (2010) | Germany:16 | Ireland:15 | Netherlands:16 | Portugal:M/12 | UK:15 (cut) | UK:18 (uncut) (re-release) | USA:R

Did You Know?

In the scene where Eli and Sarah are back in their house with the reporters on their lawn, the scene pans between the characters and the mantel. On the mantel is a black and white picture of a man with a mustache which actually happens to be younger Alan Rickman from a previous movie, probably around the time of his movie, Truly Madly Deeply. The picture can be seen multiple times in this scene.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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References Scarface (1932)See more »
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
There is a Time and a Place for Paul Oakenfold., 1 May 2009
Author: jzappa from Cincinnati, OH, United States

Nobel Son is a labyrinthine clockwork plot that involves one of the trickiest, slickest heists since The Italian Job or the first and second Ocean's films, a con game with more twists and hairpin turns than a script by David Mamet on coke, and a theme of desire for revenge that seethes even more after dubious narrative about-faces. The heist and con game film and the revenge story are a surefire mix for me. But I felt like I was trying to watch a great heist movie at a rave party. Whether techno music is good or bad, it renders you a slave to its beat. But I wanted to be a slave to the movie's beat. It's difficult to do both. Hence, the film is a more difficult viewing than it needs to be.

As a philandering chemistry professor who as a laboriously detestable character drives the story by winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Alan Rickman is the definite anchor for the ensemble cast of characters, all of whom are pawns in the script's scheme to weave the jazziest web the genre's seen in years. It could have easily achieved that goal were director Randall Miller contemplative enough to understand the effects of the audiovisual medium of film. There are not only sequences which require a much different kind of music, but there are several sequences which would be much more impacting to the tension of the unraveling story's pace without overscoring at all. Nearly every American genre film has sequences handled in the less effective way, but few of them soar into the depths of its extreme.

Rickman is the flagship but Mary Steenburgen is no less charming as his wife. A woman can be married to a man like Nobel Prize-winning chemist Eli Michaelson purely by being masochistic, deranged or in control of a deeply sophisticated feel for bitter sarcasm. But in spite of there being plenty of pleasant surprise in bit roles by Danny DeVito, Ernie Hudson and Bill Pullman as well, there isn't much room to talk about their performances, which are compartmentalized into roles that serve more as functions than characters to create a remorseless plot. Each character's occupation has much more to do with how they could come in handy to tie up loose ends than with who they are.

Nevertheless, this caper takes you for a turbulent excursion, because whether or not Randall Miller or his wife and co-writer Jody Savin have crafted a top-drawer entry into the con game genre, they remember that confidence tricks manipulate human weaknesses like selfishness, corruption and ego, as they are all things a con artist possesses himself, but also exploited are merits like honor, charity or a forthright belief in good faith on the part of the con artist.

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