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Original Air Date:
12 December 1999 (Season 7, Episode 6)
A man is tossed off the top of a 29 story building by gangsters. Amazingly, he gets up and walks away unscathed... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder

Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully

Willie Garson ... Henry Weems

Alyson Reed ... Maggie Lupone

Ramy Zada ... Joe Cutrona

Tony Longo ... Dominic

Shia LaBeouf ... Richie Lupone (as Shia La Beouf)

Nicholas Worth ... Mr. Haas
Dom Magwili ... Mr. Ng

Marshall Manesh ... Mr. Jank (as Marshal Manesh)
Ernie Lee Banks ... Maurice
Chris Fogleman ... Billy (as Chip Fogleman)
Dominique DiPrima ... Megan McLean
Bobby Moynahan ... Paramedic

Episode Crew
Directed by
Thomas J. Wright 
Writing credits
Chris Carter (created by)

Jeffrey Bell (written by)

Produced by
David Amann .... co-producer
Chris Carter .... executive producer
Bernadette Caulfield .... producer
Vince Gilligan .... co-executive producer
Kim Manners .... supervising producer
Paul Rabwin .... producer
Daniel Sackheim .... consulting producer
John Shiban .... supervising producer
Frank Spotnitz .... executive producer
Michael W. Watkins .... co-executive producer (as Michael Watkins)
Original Music by
Mark Snow 
Cinematography by
Bill Roe (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lynne Willingham 
Casting by
Rick Millikan 
Production Design by
Corey Kaplan 
Art Direction by
Phil Dagort 
Sandy Getzler 
Set Decoration by
Timothy Stepeck  (as Tim Stepeck)
Costume Design by
Molly Harris Campbell 
Makeup Department
Dena Green .... hair department head
Cheri Montesanto .... makeup department head (as Cheri Montesanto-Medcalf)
Laverne Munroe .... hair stylist: Mr. David Duchovny and Ms. Gillian Anderson (as Laverne Basham)
Laverne Munroe .... makeup artist: Mr. David Duchovny and Ms. Gillian Anderson (as Laverne Basham)
Stacey Butterworth .... wig maker (uncredited)
Kim M. Ferry .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Matthew Jorgensen .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Sean Kenney .... lens technician (uncredited)
Gary Yee .... moldshop supervisor (uncredited)
Production Management
Harry V. Bring .... unit production manager
Gina Lamar .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Julie Herrin .... second assistant director
Robert D. Nellans .... second unit first assistant director (as Robert Dillon Nellans)
Rick Tunell .... first assistant director
Art Department
Tom Day .... property master
Duke Tomasick .... construction coordinator
Jeff Angelo .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Dawn Ascher-Trevino .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Billy Baker .... set dresser (uncredited)
Lisa A. Corbin .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
John French .... paint foreman (uncredited)
Lisa Goldsmith .... buyer (uncredited)
Erik Grasteit .... set master (uncredited)
Sally Hudson .... graphic artist (uncredited)
David Napoli .... leadman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harry Andronis .... re-recording mixer
Steve Cantamessa .... sound mixer
Thierry J. Couturier .... supervising sound editor
Ray O'Reilly .... re-recording mixer
David John West .... re-recording mixer
Derek Casari .... adr engineer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Kelly Kerby .... special effects
Scott D. Mattson .... special effects office coordinator (uncredited)
David Peterson .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Bill Millar .... visual effects producer
John Basset .... visual effects coordinator: remastered version (uncredited)
Jason Bond .... lead color compositor: Cerulean Fx (uncredited)
Deena Burkett .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Don Greenberg .... lead compositor (uncredited)
Jordan Hassay .... digital effects supervisor: remastered version (uncredited)
Monique Klauer .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Richard W. Lewis .... digital effects artist: remastered version (uncredited)
Matthew Mullarkey .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Michael Van Fleet .... systems administrator: remastered version (uncredited)
Danny Weselis .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Henry Christian III .... lighting technician
Tom Doherty .... key grip
James Etheridge .... camera operator (as Jim Etheridge)
Jono Kouzouyan .... gaffer
Robert LaBonge .... second unit director of photography (as Bob LaBonge)
David Luckenbach .... steadicam operator (as Dave Luckenbach)
Brian Cwiakala .... lighting technician: second unit (uncredited)
John J. Ellingwood .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Kenneth Estes .... computer and video playback operator (uncredited)
James Jermyn .... film loader (uncredited)
Richard J. Lee Jr. .... assistant chief lighting technician: second unit (uncredited)
Rob Lueker .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Kimberly Nordlinger .... casting associate
Randy Stone .... original casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nancy Collini .... costumer: Mr. David Duchovny and Ms. Gillian Anderson
Tony Velasco .... costume supervisor
Tom Cummins .... set costumer (uncredited)
Stacey Seeds-Ferrence .... key costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Jeff Cahn .... assistant editor
Marilyn Moore .... assistant editor (as Marilyn R. Moore)
Anthony R. Smith .... colorist: DaVinci
Lionel Barton .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Mark Nowicki .... colorist: digitally restored version (uncredited)
Location Management
Ilt Jones .... location manager
Michelle Latham .... assistant location manager
Paul Harrison .... key assistant location manager (uncredited)
Tano Tropia .... key assistant location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Jeff Charbonneau .... music editor
Larold Rebhun .... scoring mixer
Transportation Department
Steve Duncan .... transportation coordinator
Howard Bachrach .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Edward Cook .... driver (uncredited)
Chris Ferrence .... dispatcher (uncredited)
Tim Sisson .... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Mary Astadourian .... vice president: Ten Thirteen
Amir Attaie .... assistant to the producers
Carol Banker .... script supervisor
Jeffrey Bell .... story editor
Katrina Cabrera .... researcher
Michele Clark .... assistant to the producers (as Michele-Nicole Clark)
Nanci Etchells .... production accountant
Alison Gallant .... assistant to the producers
Elizabeth Harrison .... assistant to the producers
Daniel Mosley .... assistant to the producers
Barbara Nance .... script coordinator
Sandra Tripicchio .... assistant to the producers
Leslie Perlow Weber .... production coordinator (as Leslie Perlow Burakoff)
Kim Barnhart Posly .... production assistant (uncredited)
James Castle .... title designer (uncredited)
Annette Encinas .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Tom Gastall .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The X Files: The Goldberg Variation (#7.6)" - Canada (original title)
44 min | Argentina:60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

The scene involving the lottery ticket is identical in nature to the catalyst for the premise of the television show My Name Is Earl.See more »
Revealing mistakes: As Henry is lead up the roof by Joe Cutrona's men, the U.S. Bank Tower, a skyscraper in Los Angeles, is visible in the background, despite that the story takes place in Chicago, Illinois.See more »
Mulder:[to a crime-scene photographer while looking up at a man hanging in a fan in the roof by his shoe laces] So, do you get many of these?See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Sting (1973)See more »
The X-FilesSee more »


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21 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Maybe he just got lucky., 16 April 2007
Author: Muldernscully from Roy, Utah

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The Goldberg Variation is a decent monster of the week episode with a few plot holes that lessen the enjoyment. It's interesting to see Willie Garson(from season three's "The Walk" as Roach) return in a starring role as Henry Weems, an extremely lucky man. He does a fine job in this starring role. What immediately caught my eye was Mulder telling Scully "nice outfit" when they first meet in the episode; further evidence of them acting differently towards each other after their kiss in "Millennium". It seems to be intentional by the writers. I don't understand why Mulder and Scully are investigating this in the first place. No crime was committed. They are just there because a man miraculously survived a thirty story fall. Mulder says that the agents who saw Henry get thrown off the roof gave chase but didn't catch him. Weems is walking, visibly limping, away from the shaft, and two able-bodied FBI agents couldn't catch him? For maybe the first time, Scully solves the case early by suggesting that Weems may have just been lucky surviving the fall, for which Mulder ridicules her. She ends up being right in the end, even though she doesn't believe her own theory. I like the parallel of the Hangman Goldberg device of Henry's with the mobster subsequently hanging himself, albeit upside down. A final plot hole is when the mobsters kidnap Richie's mom in the end. The mobsters had no way of knowing that Weems cares for the sick boy enough to trade himself for her. The Goldberg Variation is funny at times with several Mulder one-liners, but it doesn't totally work, trying to weave comedy with a serious story of a dying boy in need of a liver.

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