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Fred Parnes (screenplay)
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Plot:
An ambitious graduate student convinces a writer that her thesis can resurrect his career. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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7 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Langella's Superb Work Anchors the Rare Film That Captures the Solitude of the Writing Process See more (47 total) »

Cast

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Frank Langella ... Leonard Schiller

Lauren Ambrose ... Heather Wolfe
Patti Perkins ... Dolores

Lili Taylor ... Ariel Schiller

Adrian Lester ... Casey Davis
Dennis Parlato ... Author

Jeff McCarthy ... Charles
Michael Cumpsty ... Victor

Jessica Hecht ... Sandra Bennett

Karl Bury ... Frederick

Sean T. Krishnan ... Cab Driver

Thomas Ryan ... Nick

Anitha Gandhi ... Chelsea

Joie Lee ... Second Author
John C. Havens ... Jeff the Doorman

Joel West ... Waiter

Ali Reza ... Doctor

Jerry Walsh ... Bartender
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Denise S. Anderson ... Diner Patron (uncredited)

John Auer ... Audiance Member (uncredited)

Jackie Brown ... Diner Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrew Wagner 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Brian Morton  novel
Fred Parnes  screenplay
Andrew Wagner  screenplay

Produced by
Jake Abraham .... producer
Douglas Harmon .... executive producer
Nancy Israel .... producer
Allen Meyerson .... executive producer
Gregory Moyer .... executive producer (as Greg Moyer)
Fred Parnes .... producer
John Sloss .... executive producer
Mandy Tagger .... co-producer
Andrew Wagner .... producer
Gary Winick .... producer
 
Original Music by
Adam Gorgoni 
 
Cinematography by
Harlan Bosmajian (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Gena Bleier 
 
Casting by
Cindy Tolan 
 
Production Design by
Carol Strober 
 
Art Direction by
Dara Wishingrad 
 
Costume Design by
Claudia Brown 
 
Makeup Department
Michelle Kearns .... additional hair stylist
Michelle Kearns .... additional makeup artist
Stayc St. Onge .... key makeup artist
Joanna Stewart .... makeup department head
 
Production Management
Kathryn Dean .... unit production manager
Sara Shaw .... post-production supervisor
Luca Borghese .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sheri Davani .... first assistant director (as Shahrzad 'Sheri' Davani)
Alex Foster .... second assistant director
R. Zachary Shildwachter .... second second assistant director
Curtis Smith .... additional first assistant director
 
Art Department
I. Javier Ameijeiras .... art assistant (as Javier Ameijeiras)
Jeff Butcher .... property master
Olenka Denysenko .... property master
Daniel Ediger .... art intern
Christopher Frierson .... art intern (as Chris Frierson)
Laura Harper .... art assistant
Eric Kagan .... art assistant
Alex Lamas .... art assistant
Betty Ann Murphy .... art assistant
Maggie Ross .... art intern
Ricardo Springer .... art intern
Amy Dholakia-Jorand .... graphic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Willy Allen .... dialogue editor
Antony Bayman .... adr recordist: UK
Paul Berolzheimer .... foley supervisor
Neil Danziger .... additional boom operator
Michael Ferdie .... dialogue editor
Robert Friedman .... foley artist
Taiwo Heard .... sound intern
Scott A. Jennings .... sound re-recording mixer
Scott A. Jennings .... supervising sound editor
Jan McLaughlin .... sound mixer
Brett Pierce .... sound effects editor
Brett Pierce .... sound re-recording mixer
Joe Schiff .... sound effects editor
B. Tennyson Sebastian III .... sound re-recording mixer (as Tennyson Sebastian)
Michael Suarez .... adr recordist: NYC
Andy Thompson .... adr mixer: UK
Julie Wilde .... boom operator (as Julie Stalker Wilde)
David Wright .... adr assistant: NYC
Michael Ferdie .... adr editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Manuel Billeter .... camera operator
Steve Briante .... additional first assistant camera
Ian Burbage .... additional grip
Michael F. Burke .... additional photography (as Michael Burke)
Steven Capitano Calitri .... gaffer (as Steve Calitri)
Annabel Clark .... special photography (as Annabel Clarke)
Matthew Clark .... additional photography
Larhn Davitt .... best boy grip (as Larhn Laurens-Davitt)
Keith Gordon .... rigging grip (as Keith M. Gordon)
Linda Kallerus .... first assistant camera (as Linda Slater)
Matthew Kerr .... additional grip
Lou Massa .... key grip
Paul C. McKenna .... second assistant camera (as Paul McKenna)
Matthew Mendelson .... additional grip
Meno Payne .... additional grip
Randy Schwartz .... second assistant camera
George Sheldon .... electrician
Simon Shen .... best boy electric
Malik A. Turner .... rigging grip
David Woolner .... additional electrician
Sergei Franklin .... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Ray Richards .... electrician (uncredited)
Ethan Wilhelm .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Adam Caldwell .... casting assistant
Kari Gray .... extras casting
Emily Reutlinger .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gracie Cox .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
David Frisk .... editorial production assistant
Jimmy Fusil .... digital intermediate producer: Technicolor
John Hirota .... digital intermediate editor: Technicolor
John Persichetti .... digital colorist: Technicolor
Michael E. Phillips .... consultant: digital editing (as Michael Phillips)
Patrick J. Smith .... assistant editor
Everette Webber .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ted Blaisdell .... score mixer
Ted Blaisdell .... score recordist
Brian Bulman .... music editor
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
Adam Gorgoni .... score producer
 
Other crew
Patrick Bevilacqua .... set production assistant
Tom Blake .... department intern
Paul Brennan .... production legal: Sloss Law Office
Mara Hade Connolly .... production accountant (as Mara Connolly)
Rachel Connors .... script supervisor
Kristen Dubberstein .... location manager
Ayla Ercin .... production legal: Sloss Law Office
Sara Ferrence .... production office intern
Jess Fogel .... set production assistant
Emily Gardiner .... production executive (as Emily Gardiner-Herzog)
Kari Gray .... production office intern
Evan Gregg .... assistant location manager
Alison Hunter .... production legal: Sloss Law Office
Jo Kelly .... coordinator: InDigEnt
Ashish Kothari .... department intern
Valeria Maaud .... set production assistant
Karen McGovern .... department intern
Adam S. Miller .... production secretary
Tasha Morris .... production office intern
Kory O'Donnell .... production coordinator
Tony Osso .... additional script supervisor
Matthew Reedy .... set production assistant (as Matt Reedy)
Sam Rosenberg .... set production assistant
Patrick T. Rousseau .... set production assistant
Alexis Soto .... production office intern
Daniel Steinman .... production legal: Sloss Law Office
Robert White .... set production assistant
Zoe White .... department intern
Jerrell Williams .... department intern
Noah Workman .... additional production assistant
Nikoo Yahyazadeh .... production assistant
Steven Yap .... set production assistant
Chad Yavarow .... department intern
Drew Evans .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Scott Ferlisi .... location consultant (uncredited)
Tyler Jackson .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jeff Niggemeyer .... cat handler (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Doug Bernheim .... special thanks
Alicia Bleier .... thanks
Frederick Elmes .... special thanks
Kevin Kennedy .... special thanks
Adam Lichtenstein .... thanks
Bill Pullman .... thanks
Rick Singer .... very special thanks
Rick Sparr .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language and brief nudity
Runtime:
111 min
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Trivia:
Stu Richel played the husband of Jill Eikenberry in a scene with her former lover, played by Frank Langella. The Jill-Frank relationship was thought not to be "central to the spine of the story" and was dropped in the final cut.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Ariel wears her t-shirt in close-up shots, her necklace switches back and forth between hanging outside the shirt and mostly hidden under the shirt.See more »
Quotes:
Heather Wolfe:Men my age are like chewing gum; ten minutes of flavor, and then just bland repetition.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Battle of Algiers (1966)See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Langella's Superb Work Anchors the Rare Film That Captures the Solitude of the Writing Process, 10 July 2008
Author: Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA

It should come as no surprise that this quietly affecting character study barely left a trace in theaters last year since movies about literature and the writing process are hardly fodder for young teenaged boys looking for outsized CGI-saturated extravaganzas. However, co-writer/director Andrew Wagner's ("The Talent Given Us") sophomore effort benefits immeasurably from Frank Langella's deeply nuanced performance as a once-renowned novelist long forgotten and facing his own mortality as he attempts to finish a valedictorian work ten years in development. With his recognizably sonorous voice and intensely watchful manner, the 68-year-old actor has never been known for playing sympathetic roles, but he seizes the heart of a becalmed man so engulfed in the creative process that he reacts to any intrusion upon it with a subtle, leonine fury. It's been nearly four decades since his film debut as the egotistical, caddish writer in Frank Perry's "Diary of a Mad Housewife", but what a treat to see him bookend that performance with this one.

Langella portrays New York-based Leonard Schiller, whose four published novels have been out of print for years. In declining health, Schiller tries to interest a publisher friend in his latest, yet-to-be-completed novel, but he is told there is no market for literary-type novels. Precipitously, an enthusiastic graduate student named Heather Wolfe walks into Schiller's intensely private life to request a series of interviews for a masters thesis she wants to write about him. She is such an unabashed fan that her goal is no less than having Schiller rediscovered. The author is initially resistant, but he wears down under her coquettish persistence. At the same time, Schiller's self-loathing daughter Ariel has grown up being used to playing second-fiddle to her father's work. Single and closing in on forty, she hears her biological clock ticking as she resuscitates an embattled relationship with her estranged lover Casey, who is equally vehement about not having children. The plot threads eventually mesh when Schiller opens up to Heather and realizes how dormant he has kept his feelings since his wife's death over two decades earlier.

Beyond Langella is a trio of solid performances though none nearly as impressive as his. Lauren Ambrose ("Six Feet Under") captures Heather's youthful vigor and innate intelligence, but I found her use of Lolita-style wiles to be a bit mechanical within the scheme of the storyline. Always worth watching, Lili Taylor is on pretty familiar territory as the conflicted Ariel, but she manages to bring her likeably neurotic manner to the role. I haven't seen Adrian Lester since Mike Nichols' "Primary Colors", but he's a welcome addition here as the slow-to-evolve Casey, especially in a tense small-talk scene with Schiller during Ariel's birthday celebration. In fact, much of the dialogue by Wagner and co-writer Fred Parnes has a smart, insightful quality that doesn't call undue attention to the intellectual observations of the characters. Even more, their strong screenplay makes the series of rude awakenings toward the end resonate with a combination of heart and necessary harshness. The 2008 DVD is short on extras - Wagner's thoughtful commentary and the theatrical trailer - but this small-scale film is well worth discovering, especially to see Langella at the very top of his game.

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