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The Dead Girl -- Clues are sought to a young girl's death in this thriller/drama
The Dead Girl -- The clues to a young woman's death come together as the lives of seemingly unrelated people begin to intersect.

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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Karen Moncrieff (written by)
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Release Date:
26 April 2007 (Hungary) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
One life ends. Seven others begin. See more »
Plot:
The clues to a young woman's death come together as the lives of seemingly unrelated people begin to intersect. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Not a revolutionary experience but great acting and strong script See more (68 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Karen Moncrieff 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Karen Moncrieff (written by)

Produced by
Eric Karten .... producer
Gary Lucchesi .... producer
Terry McKay .... executive producer (as Terry A. McKay)
Eric Reid .... executive producer
Tom Rosenberg .... producer
David Rubin .... executive producer (as David Scott Rubin)
Kevin Turen .... producer
Temple Williams .... executive producer
Henry Winterstern .... producer
Richard S. Wright .... producer (as Richard Wright)
 
Original Music by
Adam Gorgoni 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Grady (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Toby Yates 
 
Casting by
Deborah Aquila 
Jennifer L. Smith  (as Jennifer Smith)
Tricia Wood 
 
Production Design by
Kristan Andrews 
 
Set Decoration by
Bryan Venegas  (as Bryan John Venegas)
 
Costume Design by
Susie DeSanto 
 
Makeup Department
Trish Almeida .... hair department head
Lynn Barber .... makeup department head
Ed French .... special makeup effects artist (as Edward French)
Rob Hinderstein .... makeup artist
Miia Kovero .... key hair stylist
Julian Ledger .... special makeup effects artist: Tatopoulos Studios
Richard Redlefsen .... special makeup effects artist
Rick Stratton .... tattoo artist
Liz Webster .... hair stylist
Karen Westerfield .... tattoo application (as Karen J. Westerfield)
 
Production Management
Ted Gidlow .... production supervisor
Grant Grabowski .... assistant production supervisor
David Kern .... post-production supervisor
Adam Park .... post-production supervisor
David Rubin .... unit production manager (as David Scott Rubin)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Adler .... first assistant director (as Anthony B. Adler)
Rosemary C. Cremona .... second assistant director (as Rosemary Cremona)
Blake Pinkerston .... additional second assistant director
 
Art Department
Frederick E. Alexander .... painter
Giovanni Aurilia .... on-set dresser
Richard Bode .... painter
Phillip Bouchard .... set dresser
Don Bracken .... assistant property master
Yvonne G. Dane .... painter
Jeff Errico .... storyboard artist
Kyle Kitty .... painter
Mark Knightley .... construction coordinator
Rick Kyker .... property master
Eric LaBonte .... set dresser
Nathaniel Magnuson .... set dresser
Kimberly Merlin .... set decorating assistant
Kathleen G. Oliver .... art department coordinator
James Stone .... set dresser
Jaime Sánchez .... painter (as Jaimie Lynn Sanchez)
Timothy Walsh .... painter
John Warner .... leadman
 
Sound Department
Jeremy Balko .... adr mixer
Jeremy Balko .... foley mixer
Craig Dollinger .... boom operator
Brent Findley .... assistant sound editor
Jonathan Miller .... sound designer
Jonathan Miller .... supervising sound editor
Steven Morrow .... sound mixer (as Steve Morrow)
Vic Radulich .... adr editor
Vic Radulich .... dialogue editor
Robert Sharman .... cable person
Vicki Vandegrift .... foley artist
Jonathan Wales .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
David Beneke .... moldmaker: Tatopoulos Studios
Julia Bogdan-Rollo .... production accountant: Tatopoulos Studios
Scott Dwyer .... special effects technician
Dave Grasso .... sculptor: Tatopoulos Studios
John Halfmann .... moldmaker: Tatopoulos Studios
Guy Himber .... shop supervisor: Tatopoulos Studios
Tom Killeen .... painter: Tatopoulos Studios
Allison Klein .... assistant to designer: Tatopoulos Studios
Matt Kutcher .... special effects supervisor
Ned Neidhardt .... hair technician: Tatopoulos Studios
Jennifer M. Sheppard .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Gerald Ragland .... digital intermediate support colorist
Thomas Tannenberger .... visual effects
 
Stunts
Darrin Prescott .... stunt coordinator
Craig Frosty Silva .... stunt performer (as Craig 'Frosty' Silva)
Nancy Thurston .... stunt double: Brittany Murphy
Nancy Thurston .... stunt performer (as Nancy Lee Thurston)
Daniel Leavitt .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Carlos Arguello .... camera operator: "a" camera
Star Barry .... assistant chief lighting technician
Ron Batzdorff .... still photographer
Mateo Bourdieu .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Chris Byers .... key grip
Ron Elliott .... camera loader
Paul Goldhammer .... lighting technician
Edward 'Gooch' Gutierrez .... grip
Sergio Gutierrez .... grip (as Sergio 'Ponch' Gutierrez)
David G. Harrington .... 24 frame video operator
Harry Hope .... second company grip (as George 'Harry; Hope)
Colin Hudson .... Steadicam operator
Tom Hutchinson .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Thomas A. Hutchinson)
Tomoka Izumi .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, New York and Connecticut unit
Jeff Journey .... dolly grip (as Jeffrey C. Journey)
Mike Karasick .... chief lighting technician (as Michael Karasick)
Erwin Landau .... Steadicam operator
Chris Linares .... lighting technician
John Linares .... lighting technician
Joel Michalak .... grip
Brian Giuseppe Morena .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Brian Morena)
David J. Myrick .... lighting technician (as David Myrick)
Jorge Pallares .... film loader
Mark Pickens .... dolly grip
Patrick Rousseau .... camera operator: "b" camera
Deron Tse .... grip
Arthur Borquez .... grip (uncredited)
Chris Cotterman .... grip (uncredited)
Nicole Dayton .... grip (uncredited)
Reece Glover .... grip (uncredited)
Mark Marroquin .... electrician (uncredited)
Mira Velasco .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Samantha Finkler .... casting associate
Rich King .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jamelle Flowers .... key costumer
Susan Kistler .... wardrobe supervisor
Wendy L. Schilling .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Des Carey .... digital intermediate producer
Mike Chiado .... digital intermediate technologist
Siggy Ferstl .... digital intermediate colorist
Judd H. Maslansky .... assistant editor
Alex Romano .... on-line editor
Stefan Sonnenfeld .... digital intermediate executive producer: Company 3
Ralph Tarr .... color timer
 
Music Department
Ted Blaisdell .... score mixer
Ted Blaisdell .... score recordist
Gregory Butler .... composer: additional music
Eric Craig .... music supervisor
Adam Gorgoni .... score producer
Terry Wilson .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Tony Barattini .... driver (as Anthony Barattini)
Mike Belt .... driver (as Michael R. Belt)
Joseph G. Bingenheimer .... driver (as Joseph Bingenheimer)
Rod Brodie .... driver
Angel Desanti .... transportation co-captain
Wayne Flowers Jr. .... driver (as Wayne Flowers)
Geno Hart .... transportation coordinator
Chris Haynes .... driver
Kirk Huston .... driver
Lee Jennings .... driver
Zoa Keith .... transportation dispatcher
Hugh Kelly .... driver
Seth Levine .... driver
Ronald Linxwiler .... driver (as Ronald L. Linxwiler)
Gary V. Mayes .... driver
Marty Osborne .... picture vehicle coordinator (as Martin Osborne)
William R. Peck .... driver
John Pellegrino .... driver
Adam Pinkstaff .... transportation captain
Ron Pope .... driver (as Ronnie A. Pope)
Carlos M. Serrano .... driver
Mark Timpe .... driver
Steven Luke Weible .... driver (as Steve Weible)
 
Other crew
Teresa Alvis .... post-production accountant
Lashan Anderson .... stand-in (as LaShan Anderson)
Rick Baca .... first assistant accountant
Dorothy Beatty .... baby whisperer
Thomas Beatty .... assistant: Mr. Wright
Brian Berdan .... title designer
MaryEllen Blair .... assistant: Mr. Winterstern
Hilary Carver .... unit publicist
Sarah Clifford .... animal wrangler
Kean Cornin .... stand-in
Donna Corwin .... welfare worker
Dawn Darfus .... production accountant
Claire Doré .... animal wrangler
Liam Ford .... data manager: Company 3
Jennifer Frey .... stand-in
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond company representative
Sari Heifetz Stricke .... assistant: Ms. Moncrieff (as Sari Heifetz)
Scott Herbst .... assistant: Mr. Luccheri
Carolyn Holden .... stand-in
Bryan Iler .... location assistant
Marike Jainchill .... set production assistant
Dominique Jaramillo .... set medic
Ashley Kravitz .... script clearance
Jackie Lee .... account executive: digital intermediate
Tal Meirson .... vice president of production finance: Lakeshore
Christopher Miller .... location manager
Teresa Miller .... assistant: Mr. Rubin
Dan Milner .... key locations assistant (as Daniel R. Milner)
Beth Newbauer .... assistant to producer
Meredith Nutting .... assistant: Ms. Moncrieff
Scott Peterson .... script supervisor
Michael M. Piehler .... assistant production coordinator
Jeremy Pierce-Sunia .... set production assistant
Yoli Poropat .... production coordinator (as Yolanda Poropat)
Jose Antonio Prieto .... chef
Neal Prosansky .... office assistant
Fadi Sabella .... craft service
Robbie Salvucci .... set production assistant
Kate Schriver .... assistant: Mr. Rosenberg
Joni Smith .... office assistant (as Joni 'Cannonball' Smith)
Mollie Stallman .... set production assistant
Erin Stern .... assistant: Ms. Moncrieff
Erin Stern .... production assistant
Matthew Taylor .... set production assistant
Merry Lee Traum .... assistant: Piper Laurie
Alex Uceda .... caterer: Alex's Gourmet Catering
Stan Umamoto .... payroll assistant
Keegan Wilcox .... production secretary
Jenny Worman .... stand-in: Toni Collette
 
Thanks
Susan Tuan .... thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for language, grisly images and sexuality/nudity
Runtime:
USA:85 min | Netherlands:93 min (theatrical version) | Argentina:110 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The dead girl that the film centers on is played by Brittany Murphy, who died 3 years later, at age 32.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Melora meets Rosetta, her face is beaten up. When she takes Rosetta out to eat, her face looks normal. When she drops Rosetta back at the motel, her face is a mess again.See more »
Quotes:
Rudy:You're not kissing me. You're just lying there like you want me to rape you!
Arden:Okay.
Rudy:What, you want me to rape you?
Arden:I'll kiss you.
Rudy:And take the gloves off.
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Soundtrack:
Standing Above The StarsSee more »

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86 out of 97 people found the following review useful.
Not a revolutionary experience but great acting and strong script, 6 February 2007
Author: laraemeadows from United States

"The Dead Girl", written and directed by Karen Moncrieff, is a haunting story of how six women are affected by the gruesome, untimely death of one young woman. Each affected woman is suffering in their own emotional prison. Arden, Leah, Beverly, Ruth, Rosetta, and Melora all gain new life and opportunity because of their connection to the dead girl.

Arden, played by Toni Collette, lives and cares for her abusive mother. Arden's mother, Piper Laurie's character, has such an emotional hold on Arden that she doesn't even feel that she can go on a date with out being humiliated. Arden finds the dead girl on her family's land, and for some reason it gives her new courage to explore a life outside her mother's grasp. After the girl is removed from Arden's family stead, she is taken to the local Medical Examiners Office.

The Examiner's intern, Leah, Rose Byrne's character, examines her and believes that she is her long lost sister, missing for 15 years. Struggling to get past her grief since her sister left, believing she is dead finally allows her to get on with her life stalled for so long. She and her mother, Beverley, played by Mary Steenburgen, and father, Bruce Davidson's character, have different methods for struggling with the past. She goes on a date with Derek, played by James Franko, and begins down the road away from her missing sister and into a life of her own!

Mary Beth Hurt plays Ruth, a woman trapped in her marriage to an absent bastard by her strong religious convictions. Even after she threatens her husband, Carl, Nick Searcy's character, for being gone all the time and for sleeping around, she is conflicted about leaving him. Of all the characters, she is the most pitiful and deplorable. Her religion stunts her common sense, her past cuts it down completely. At the end of her story I wanted to punch her in the face. Ruth is my favorite character.

After the dead girl is identified, her mother, Melora, comes to collect and identify her body. Melora, played by Marsha Gay Harden, finds about her daughter, who ran away years ago, from her girlfriend and co-worker, Rosetta. Together Rosetta, Kerry Washington's character, and Melora collect the remnants of what's left of her daughter's life. Melora's is obviously pained by her daughter's death but her emotions become unraveled when she learns why her daughter left.

Finally we meet Brittany Murphy's character, Krista. Krista is the dead girl. Her sad and tragic life can really only lead to Arden's family farm. Choices she made and choices people made for her are equally gut-punching and in the end, who made which decision doesn't matter anymore. All that matters is she died.

The writing in "The Dead Girl" leaves you dumbstruck and in pain. It's as if Karen Moncrieff drew a line for each of the characters starting years before the dead girl and stretching years in the future. The dead girl is the point where each of the lines intersect and change direction. At first it seems the women's lives bear no similarities to each other but their differences are only as deep as a coat of paint. Each of them is shackled to the past, tied away from the potential their future holds. They tug on their restraints, waiting for anything to break them free. Each of the stories is full of unspoken fear and a frightening depth.

All of the acting in "The Dead Girl" is astoundingly disquieting. Each of the performances is compelling and all of the actors were completely entrenched in character. Marsha Gay Harden's performance is the shining star of this film. Her character is a well mannered, suburban, house wife who learns in the probably the most gut wrenching way about her misjudgments and bad decisions. In a scene where she learns how her bad decision making has hurt her daughter, the surprise and rush of emotion completely changed my view of the character. Her utter desperation and painful honesty made me wish I were in the room to console her.

Each of the character's stories is shot in slightly different ways. The difference is subtle, but if you pay attention, you can see it. There is nothing exceptional about the cinematography, but it isn't a big budget movie either.

The Dead Girl won't be a revolutionary experience for anyone but it is one to see if you desire a strong plot and noteworthy acting.

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