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Jonathan Vandermark is a music teacher with a weakness for young men with great aspirations and without a pot to piss in. When Sebastian enters his life and takes advantage of John's charity, his life and afterlife will be changed forever. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Alan Cumming ... John Vandermark
Alison Guh ... Evelyn

David Boreanaz ... Sebastian St. Germain

Anne Heche ... Helen Jacobsen

Whitney Allen ... Blonde Girl In Bar

Carrie Fisher ... Reporter

Henry Thomas ... Eric Rykell

Ermahn Ospina ... Pedro

Maria-Elena Laas ... Liliana

Karen Black ... Renee

Rachelle Lefevre ... Elaine

Jane Lynch ... Ingrid Sorensen
Clay Allen ... Max

Susie Park ... Max's Wife

Desean Terry ... Young Caterer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Monique La Barr ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)

Kevin Paul ... Waiter (uncredited)

Tom Poole ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Brandon Stacy ... Photographer (uncredited)
Nik Wilcox ... Party guest introduced to John (uncredited)

Directed by
Alan Cumming 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Thomas Gallagher  written by

Produced by
Alan Cumming .... executive producer
Thomas Gallagher .... co-producer
David Gorder .... co-producer
David Matthews .... executive producer
D.J. Paul .... producer
Jeremy Rubin .... co-producer
Craig Snider .... producer
Inman Young .... line producer
Donald Zuckerman .... producer
Original Music by
Paul Cantelon 
Cinematography by
Alex Vendler 
Film Editing by
Keith Reamer 
Casting by
Rachel Tenner 
Production Design by
Michael Krantz 
Set Decoration by
Robin Mohilewsky 
Costume Design by
Christopher Lawrence 
Makeup Department
Ermahn Ospina .... makeup designer
Joe Rivera .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Michael Toji .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Johnny Flanagan .... second second assistant director
Louis Paul Tocchet .... first assistant director
Art Department
Kim L. Boten .... leadperson
Frank-Joseph Frelier .... art department production assistant
Jessie May Murray .... art dog
Kristina Parsons .... property master (as Kristina Fuangkasae)
Hillel Chaim Smith .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Coll Anderson .... supervising sound re-recording mixer
Stephen Barden .... re-recording mixer
Stephen Barden .... supervising sound editor
Brian Bowles .... adr editor
Steve Copley .... foley mixer
Mark Filip .... sound effects editor
Stefan Fraticelli .... foley artist
Matthew Harrold .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Erik H. Magnus .... production sound mixer (as Erik Magnus)
Paul Shubat .... foley recordist
John Sievert .... foley artist
Matt Snedecor .... assistant sound editor
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Tyler Whitham .... first assistant sound editor
Brad Havens .... stunt rigger (as Brad Haight)
Chip Mefford .... stunt double: David Boreanaz
Chip Mefford .... stunts
Nick Plantico .... stunt coordinator
Daniel Stevens .... stunt double: Alan Cumming
Michael J. Sarna .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Sid Abbazi .... still photographer
Richard W. Botchlet .... assistant chief lighting technician
Eric Forand .... chief lighting technician
Owen Foye .... rigging gaffer
Stephen Furry .... key rigging grip
Jonathan Goldfisher .... second assistant camera
Erik Gonzales .... electrician
Chris Heinrich .... first assistant camera
Joshua A. Hicks .... electrician
Dan Kanes .... rigging electrician
Sabyn Mayfield .... key grip
David Newbert .... best boy grip
R. Dustin Sanchez .... electrician
Sam Stewart .... grip
Travis Stewart .... rigging electrician
Victoria Tidmarch .... second assistant camera
Jim West .... grip
Wade Whitley .... assistant camera
Matt Whitted .... grip
Casting Department
Sara Cozolino .... extras casting assistant (as Sara Mannes)
Kendra Patterson .... casting assistant
Michael Schiavone .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lisa Marie Harris .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Joe Fineman .... post-production consultant
Alexis Hanawalt .... assistant editor: Los Angeles
Ali Muney .... assistant editor
Matt Small .... on-line editor
Nicholas Wenger .... post-production coordinator (as Nick Wenger)
Location Management
Anthony J. Saenz .... location manager
Margaret Tapia .... location assistant
Music Department
Fabrice Dumont .... orchestrator
Susan Jacobs .... music supervisor
Alan Wilkis .... music coordinator
Transportation Department
John L. Grissom .... transportation captain (as John Grissom)
Geno Hart .... transportation coordinator
Jay Krueger .... driver
Other crew
Melanie Adelberg .... production assistant
Brandon Brush .... office production assistant
Kristal Burch .... office runner
Bethany Cerrona .... assistant production coordinator
Jeff Crocker .... production assistant
Sandi Fredlin .... production coordinator
Joey Galvin .... assistant to director
Genevieve Gilson .... production intern
Sarah Holzgraf .... assistant to producers
Jason Hoodak .... production assistant
Hoss McCooter .... production accountant
Candice Muller .... production assistant
Stefanie Perez .... production medic
Elsa Ramo .... production legal
Matt G. Sheets .... production consultant
Bryan Sundstrom .... script supervisor
Katharine Trask .... key set production assistant
Peter Addison Webb .... production legal associate

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Also Known As:
"Ghost Writer" - International (English title) (DVD title)
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USA:93 min
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Good Film For What it Was, May Not Appeal to Many, 16 December 2008
Author: gavin6942 from United States

Sebastian St. Germain (David Boreanz) is a struggling writer who isn't familiar with Becket (the writer of "Waiting for Godot"). This angers his host, the opera fanatic Jon Vandermark (Alan Cumming). When Sebastian can't make any payments and his writing career appears to be going nowhere, Jon takes drastic measures to get even.

This is a first film for writer Tom Gallagher, and is directed by the star, Alan Cumming. The writing and acting is excellent. For the right people, this film is going to hit home. I personally enjoyed it, and my girlfriend was liking it as well, despite not generally being a fan of movies. Where the film runs into snags, I fear, is the subject matter.

The dialogue is very heavy with references to Becket, various operas, and other pieces of literary and "high" culture. By no means do I consider myself sophisticated, but I do have a basic background in the liberal arts. I am not sure if those with less interest in literature or the arts would take much liking to the movie. The plot is pretty basic, and Boreanz is an amazing actor (Cumming is great, too). But without the dialogue, the film falls somewhat flat -- particularly in a scene where Sebastian is quizzed on a variety of topics, such as Jack Kerouac.

I would like to give the film a second viewing now that I know where it ultimately goes, and if possible get more insight from the creators. I feel the film is meant to be very deep despite being a relatively simple storyline. If there's some deeper sense, I have missed it. Perhaps it is an homage to some great literary work? This would be appropriate, but if so it was over my head.

I recommend this film for horror and thriller fans, although you won't get much in the way of gore or many scares. It's more of a violent drama. (The film is classified as "horror" or "black comedy", but it's hard to fit it neatly into either slot.) If nothing else, this film is worth your rental... you may be surprised where it goes.

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