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Towelhead (2007) More at IMDbPro »Nothing Is Private (original title)

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Towelhead -- A 13 year-old girl encounters various sexual situations as she moves from living with her American mother to live with her strict Lebanese father.
Towelhead -- This is the theatrical trailer for Towelhead, directed by Alan Ball.
Towelhead -- Clip: Mexican Restaurant
Towelhead -- Clip: I wasn't in his car
Towelhead -- Clip: Barry


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Writers (WGA):
Alan Ball (written for the screen by)
Alicia Erian (novel)
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Release Date:
26 September 2008 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Summer Bishil ... Jasira Maroun

Chris Messina ... Barry

Maria Bello ... Gail Monahan

Peter Macdissi ... Rifat Maroun (as Peter MacDissi)
Gemmenne de la Peña ... Denise

Robert Baker ... Mr. Joffrey

Eamonn Roche ... School Photographer

Aaron Eckhart ... Travis Vuoso

Carrie Preston ... Evelyn Vuoso

Chase Ellison ... Zack Vuoso

Irina Voronina ... "Snow Queen" Centerfold

Cleo King ... Sales Clerk
Michael McShae ... Middle School Jerk
D.C. Cody ... Middle School Jerk

Soledad St. Hilaire ... Janitor

Nathalie Walker ... "Golf Girl" Centerfold
Kim Knight ... Topless Golfer (as Kimberly Knight)

LoriDawn Messuri ... Topless Golfer (as Loridawn Messuri)

Lorna Scott ... French Teacher

Lynn Collins ... Thena Panos

Toni Collette ... Melina Hines
Eugene Jones III ... Thomas Bradley (as Eugene Jones)

Shari Headley ... Mrs. Bradley

Randy J. Goodwin ... Mr. Bradley (as Randy Goodwin)

Matt Letscher ... Gil Hines

Larry Cedar ... Glamour Photographer

Virginia Louise Smith ... Nurse
Lee von Ernst ... OR - OB / GYN Nurse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lisa Catara ... Taxi Cab Model (uncredited)

Alejandro Patiño ... Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
Alan Ball 
Writing credits
Alan Ball (written for the screen by)

Alicia Erian (novel "Towelhead")

Produced by
Alan Ball .... producer
Anne Carey .... executive producer
Ted Hope .... producer
Christina Jokanovich .... associate producer
Peggy Rajski .... executive producer
Original Music by
Thomas Newman 
Cinematography by
Newton Thomas Sigel (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Andy Keir 
Production Design by
James Chinlund 
Art Direction by
Alexander Wei 
Set Decoration by
Fainche MacCarthy 
Costume Design by
Danny Glicker 
Makeup Department
Brian Steven Banks .... additional hair stylist (as Brian Banks)
Tonya Cryer .... additional hair stylist
Rosie Duprat Fort .... assistant makeup artist
Elisabeth Fry .... makeup department head
Mimi Jafari .... additional hair stylist
Greg Johnson .... prosthetics
Marie Larkin .... hair stylist
Dan Rebert .... prosthetics
JoAnn Stafford-Chaney .... hair department head
Brian A. Tunstall .... assistant hair stylist (as Brian Andrew Tunstall)
Production Management
Jonathan Ferrantelli .... post-production supervisor
Samson Mucke .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lisa Chu .... second second assistant director (as Lisa Chu Dietze)
Noga Isackson .... first assistant director
Art Department
Isaac Amondson .... on-set dresser
Andrew Birdzell .... art department assistant
Christopher Branan .... carpenter
Michael Duncan .... propmaker
Eduardo H. Esparza .... general foreman
Laura Evans .... set decorations buyer
Joshua Falcon-Grey .... art department assistant
Diana Goodwin .... art department coordinator
Steven Hanks .... on-set greensman
Roger Kelton .... construction coordinator
Jeffrey Mossa .... assistant art director
Kristina Parsons .... assistant props (as Kristina Fuangkasae)
Jill Rolie-December .... assistant set decorator (as Jill Rolie)
Grant Samson .... lead man
Hillel Chaim Smith .... on-set dresser
Thomas Spencer .... set decorating gang boss
Joshua Towers .... set dresser
Amanda J. Flick .... set painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer
Lawrence L. Commans .... boom operator
Martin Czembor .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Fay .... utility sound
Dan Fulton .... assistant sound editor
Mariusz Glabinski .... sound effects editor
Avram D. Gold .... supervising sound editor
Marlena Grzaslewicz .... supervising sound editor
Robert Jackson .... adr supervisor
Kate Jesse .... additional boom operator
Jason King .... sound effects editor
Dan Korintus .... dialogue editor
Andy Kris .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Lisa Pinero .... additional sound mixer
Brad Sherman .... sound re-recording mixer
Ira Spiegel .... sound effects editor
Jody Thomas .... foley artist
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Mark Weingarten .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Jean-Pierre Boies .... visual effect supervisor: fly studio
Louis Morin .... visual effects supervisor
Nathalie Tremblay .... digital compositor
Antonin Messier Turcotte .... digital artist
Lou Simon .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Ismael Araujo Jr. .... grip
Greg Brooks .... dolly grip
Jon Callesen .... best boy electric
Vidal Cohen .... key grip
Michael DiGiovanni .... grip
Tulio Duenas .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Chris Fisher .... assistant camera
John Garrett .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Jimmy E. Jensen .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Bob E. Krattiger .... gaffer
Damon Marcellino .... set lighting technician
Dale Robinette .... still photographer
Michael A. Savage .... grip
Casting Department
Nick Anderson .... casting associate
Lucy Bennett .... casting assistant
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
Ross Meyerson .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stephanie Portnoy Porter .... costumer (as Stephanie Portnoy)
Silvia Raiano .... key set costumer
Cheryl Scarano .... costume supervisor
Behnaz Shokouhi .... set costumer
Marta Villalobos .... costumer
Lorie Young .... set costumer (as Lorie Shew)
Editorial Department
Robert Berman .... first assistant editor
Ned Harvey .... post-production assistant
Kevin L. James .... post-production Executive (uncredited )
Julia Nessling-Douglas .... digital intermediate producer
Christian Prejza .... digital intermediate producer
Misako Shimizu .... assistant editor
Jimmy Fusil .... digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
Music Department
George Doering .... musician
Jim Dunbar .... music coordinator
Larry Mah .... digital score recordist
Randall Poster .... music supervisor
Joe Rudge .... music clearances
Thomas Vicari .... scoring mixer
Transportation Department
Charley Bob Burnham .... transportation coordinator
Al Burton .... transportation captain
Gary Jackson .... driver
Ted Joneson .... driver
Robert McKee .... picture car mechanic
Other crew
Prarthna Arias .... video playback services
Mike Barry .... set production assistant
Kara Blanchard .... assistant: Mr. Hope
Alasdair Boyd .... location manager
Kami Calevro .... first assistant accountant
Rachel Chapman .... assistant to the producers
Marjorie Chodorov .... production accountant
Sarah Clifford .... animal coordinator
Sarah Clifford .... live kitten trainer
Alison Cohen .... production counsel (as Alison S. Cohen)
Brad Comfort .... production intern
Michael Counts .... production intern
Aidan Orion Crawford .... office production assistant
Dennis Curlett Jr. .... production assistant
Joe Dornich .... key set production assistant
Michael Godinez .... stand-in
Shelly Helgeson .... production assistant
Elizabeth Himelstein .... dialect coach
Cameron Wayne Keith .... production assistant
Jina Kim .... production secretary
Eloy Lara .... key set medic
Crystal McAlerney .... assistant production coordinator
Andrea McGee .... production assistant
Megan Miller .... additional set production assistant
Sean Oliver .... adr loop group
Claire Pacacha .... assistant: Ms. Carey
Daniel Penhale .... production assistant
Kyle Roumillat .... production intern
Tracy Scott .... script supervisor
Gianna Sobol .... assistant: Ms. Rajski
Nate Taylor .... key assistant location manager
Karla Torres .... production coordinator
Daneka Vallejo .... stand-in
Daneka Vallejo .... stand-in
Daneka Vallejo .... stand-in: Summer Bishil
Brandon Vedder .... production intern
Joanna Lara Zuppardi .... production coordinator (as Joanna Lara)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Nothing Is Private" - USA (original title)
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Rated R for strong disturbing sexual content and abuse involving a young teen, and for language
USA:116 min (DVD version) | USA:124 min
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Did You Know?

This film, based on the book Towelhead by Alicia Erian, debuted at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival with the non-controversial title Nothing is Private. However, after consultation with Erian and Warner Brothers, the filmmakers decided to release the movie in the United States and other countries with the same title as the book, obviously an ethnic slur. The title was met with controversy and protests from the Arab-American community. Some complained about the slur itself, others accused Warner Brothers of choosing a buzz-generating controversial title that was misleading since the story centers more on Jasira's sexual behavior than her ethnicity. This and other topics are discussed on the DVD's two panel discussions.See more »
Continuity: While interviewing the neighbor about the war he says at one occasion "Is that so" twice before he cuts of the tape, later when listening to the tape he only says it one time before the tape continues on to the second part of recording.See more »
[first lines]
Barry:You're beautiful just the way you are, Jasira. Those other girls are just jealous because you're growing up faster than they are. And you're prettier than they are. Listen, don't let it get you down. Stupid names they're calling you. This year - just gimme a second
[wets the razor]
Barry:this year, your gonna shut them up. Only, probably you shouldn't tell your mom about this.
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30 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Brutal American Beauty, 28 September 2008
Author: M. J Arocena from New Zealand

Alan Ball steps on familiar yet virgin territory in more ways than one.An American suburb with the look and feel of a populated desert. American flags and neighboring spirits. Summer Bishil surfs uncannily the waves of her puberty. Innocence and awareness. Curiosity, excitement and fear. She has extraordinary moments as her father played by a superb Peter MacDissi marks and signs his territory with ancestral laws and American longings. A terrifying living contradiction. This time bomb of a man is the most realistic caricature I've ever seen. Played for real with frightening earnestness. There is also Aaron Eckhart who proves, once more, he's one of the most fearless actors around. His performance is as brilliant as it is uncomfortable to watch. I recommend it if you're in the mood for a couple of hours of gasps and nervous laughter.

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