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The Lodger -- A couple rents out a room to a mysterious young man, who may or may not be guilty of a series of grisly neighborhood murders.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
David Ondaatje (screenplay)
Marie Belloc Lowndes (book)
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Everyone Is Suspect
Plot:
A couple rents out a room to a mysterious young man, who may or may not be guilty of a series of grisly neighborhood murders. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Alfred Molina ... Chandler Manning
Hope Davis ... Ellen Bunting

Shane West ... Street Wilkenson

Donal Logue ... Bunting

Philip Baker Hall ... Captain Smith

Rachael Leigh Cook ... Amanda

Rebecca Pidgeon ... Dr. Jessica Westmin

Simon Baker ... Malcolm

François Chau ... Sam (as Francois Chau)

Mel Harris ... Margaret

Michael O'Hagan ... Bruce Lester

Roy Werner ... Dr. Stevens

Ernie Grunwald ... Gregor

Virginia Williams ... Rachel Madison

David Storrs ... Warehouse Attendant

Bert Rosario ... Juan Dantierro

Daphne Ashbrook ... Pretty Woman

Paul Keith ... Elderly Man

Michael Albala ... Forensic Expert
J.P. Foster Jr. ... Timmy (as JP Foster)

Gary Poux ... Bill

Juting Tsang ... Mary Ann Lee
Donnell Barrett ... Pimp
Gary Dubin ... Male TV Reporter
Nichole Lennstrom ... Female TV Reporter

Lancer Dean Shull ... Internal Affairs Officer

Stephen Steelman ... Matt
John Hammil ... Mayor Grimson

Kirk Fox ... LAPD Officer #3

Janet Rotblatt ... Elderly Nurse

Mocean Melvin ... Young Detective

David Sullivan ... LAPD Officer #1

Jamison Jones ... LAPD Officer #2

Jasmine Lobe ... Street's Wife
Glen Douglas ... Policeman

Michael Rubenstone ... Paramedic

Jennifer Webb ... Young Woman

Krista Ayne ... First Slender Woman

Tarajia Morrell ... Second Slender Woman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tia Barr ... Annie Chapman
Michael Agostini ... Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
Gerry Carbajal ... L.A. County Sheriff Deputy (uncredited)
Jillian Difusco ... Sally Harrison (uncredited)

Paul Grace ... Detective #2 (uncredited)
Paul Joyner ... Detective Rogers (uncredited)
Joseph Stephens Jr. ... Paramedic (uncredited)

Directed by
David Ondaatje 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
David Ondaatje (screenplay)

Marie Belloc Lowndes (book)

Produced by
Allison Keir .... assistant producer
Michael Mailer .... producer
David Ondaatje .... producer
Scott Putman .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
John Frizzell (music by)
 
Cinematography by
David A. Armstrong (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William Flicker 
 
Casting by
Dean E. Fronk 
Donald Paul Pemrick 
 
Production Design by
Franco-Giacomo Carbone 
 
Art Direction by
Christine Reins 
 
Costume Design by
Franco-Giacomo Carbone 
 
Makeup Department
Nikki Carbonetta .... key makeup artist (as Nikki Carbonetta-Aguirre)
Steve Costanza .... makeup department head
Kristina Frisch .... key makeup artist
Mary Howd .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
Scott Putman .... unit production manager
Bill Wohlken .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anya Adams .... first assistant director
Dennis Burrell .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Gary Dent .... set dresser
Stephen Foley .... set dresser
Jonathan Gesinski .... storyboard artist
Lisa Goldsmith .... buyer
Brandi Hugo .... art department coordinator
Kent H. Johnson .... property master
Nikolai Loveikis .... on-set dresser
 
Sound Department
Todd Beckett .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Bjelic .... sound designer
Jamie Gould .... sound re-recording mixer
Aaron Grice .... boom operator
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Kevin Howard .... sound effects editor
Tim Song Jones .... utility sound
Rudy Michael .... foley mixer
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer
Geoff Raffan .... dialogue editor
James Robb .... assistant sound editor
Robert Sharman .... sound mixer
John Douglas Smith .... supervising sound editor
Mike Woroniuk .... sound re-recording mixer
Marilee Yorston .... foley artist
Rob Hutchins .... temp dialogue editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Giuliano Fiumani .... special effects coordinator
Philip Henderson .... special effects water truck driver
Rick Peterson .... special effects assistant
Ryan John Thuotte .... special effects assistant
 
Visual Effects by
Stefan Bredereck .... main title design & animation: EdenFX
Patrick Clancey .... digital opticals
Dan Curry .... title designer
Dan Curry .... visual effects supervisor
Gregory D. Liegey .... visual effects supervisor
Philippe Majdalani .... digital intermediate assistant producer
Geoffrey Mark .... visual effects artist (credits sequence)
Sean Mattini .... digital colorist assistant
David Van Dyke .... visual effects producer: CIS Hollywood
 
Stunts
Oliver Keller .... stunt coordinator
Jim Vickers .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hawke Clothier .... grip
Dessie Coale .... lighting technician
Halsey D. Corbin .... electrician (as Halsey D. 'Pigpen' Corbin)
Christopher Ferguson .... lighting technician
Bill Fernandez .... gaffer: second unit
Bill Fernandez .... lighting technician
Greg Flores .... key grip
Mike Gioulakis .... electrician
Jimmy Hammond .... assistant camera
Josh Harrison .... Steadicam operator
Josh Harrison .... camera operator: "a" camera
Keith Mentze .... best boy grip
Kathryn Moss .... assistant camera: second unit (as Kathryn Comkowycz)
Louis Normandin .... film loader
Miguel Pask .... second assistant camera
Tom Petrushevich .... grip
Enrique Rico .... grip
Armando Salas .... gaffer
Charles Schner .... director of photography: second unit
Gregg Thompson .... grip
Santiago Yniguez .... bodymount technician
 
Casting Department
Eddie Jaszek .... casting assistant
Karen Wood .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jacqueline Kahn .... costumer
Unchin Lee .... set costumer
Jill Machlis .... set costumer
Mustapha Mimis .... set costumer
Lizz Wolf .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Rick J. Brown .... co-colorist (as Rick Brown)
Ken Lebre .... dailies producer
Ron Rauch .... first assistant editor
Stephen H. Sloan .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Michael Dobbins .... music department (as Michael J Dobbins)
Peter Fuchs .... scoring mixer
Vladimir Martinka .... music librarian
Thomas Parisch .... orchestrator
Frederik Wiedmann .... technical score engineer
Laurent Ziliani .... orchestrator
 
Transportation Department
Corey Askins .... transportation coordinator
Al Burton .... transportation captain
Brian D. Hall .... driver
Philip Henderson .... watertruck driver
Ted Joneson .... driver
Eli Lozano .... driver: honeywagon
Kim Magruder .... driver generator operator
Kelly Murphy .... driver
Marilyn Shannon .... driver: grip truck
 
Other crew
James M. Arnold .... lead payroll accountant
Mark Asaro .... production coordinator
Patrick Chisholm .... key assistant location manager
Elisa Forni .... script supervisor
Matthew Fortino .... set production assistant
Kurt Greufe .... production accountant
Jeff Hunt .... production assistant
Paul Joyner .... photo double: Simon Baker
Michael Barbanell Landres .... production legal services (as Michael B. Landres)
Jennifer Ray .... assistant production office coordinator
Reynaldo Rodriguez .... production assistant
Will Ruvalcaba .... location scout
Timothy Thompson .... set production assistant
David E. Van Houten .... publicist
 
Thanks
Cyril Drabinsky .... special thanks
Scott Edel .... special thanks
John Hakala .... special thanks
Kevin Hyman .... special thanks
Joe Matza .... special thanks
Elizabeth Ondaatje .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for violent content, language and brief nudity
Runtime:
Argentina:96 min (DVD version) | USA:95 min
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Goofs:
Factual errors: It stated that Liz Stride and Catharine Eddowes were both murdered in Mitre Square on the same night in 1888. They were both killed on the same night but only Eddowes was murdered in Mitre Square whereas Stride was killed in Berner Street.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Street Wilkenson:Detective.
Chandler Manning:Wilkenson, right?
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Movie Connections:
References Blackmail (1929)See more »
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FAQ

What are the screen adaptations of Mrs. Belloc Lowndes's story 'The Lodger'?
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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Overplotted, but otherwise solid mystery, 13 January 2010
Author: moviesleuth2

Serial killers will always be popular because there is a human fascination with the lurid, the sexual and the violent. They epitomize fear, and when making a movie about a copycat serial killer, who better to imitate than the most notorious serial killer of all time, Jack the Ripper? "The Lodger" represents the fourth version of the book by Marie Belloc Lowndes, including one directed by Alfred Hitchcock himself. Although it's nowhere near as good as anything the Master of Suspense put out, it is nonetheless an engaging and twisty mystery.

There are two stories that are at the center of the film, and as the story goes on, they become entwined. First is the story of two detectives, Chandler Manning (Alfred Molina) and Street Wilkensen (Shane West) who are on the trail of a killer who is imitating Jack the Ripper in West Hollwood. Second is the story of a landlady, Ellen Bunting (Hope Davis) who is curious about her new tenant, the attractive but aloof Malcolm (Simon Baker). There are a few subplots thrown in for good measure, but really, these are the only ones that matter.

Actually, that's the film's biggest problem. Writer/director David Ondaatje pads the film out, particularly in the first hour. While this helps camouflage the story's red herrings, the subject matter he includes is rather dull. The soundtrack is also uneven. For the most part, it's a solid and effective homage to the creepy music that one always finds in these sorts of movies. However, there are times when it doesn't work, and instead becomes, of all things, melodramatic! The acting is good all around, though. The cast is predominantly made up of character actors on the edge of stardom. Alfred Molina has worked his way up the ladder for the past 25 years, and is just now earning the top-billing he so justly deserves. Manning is a hard boiled detective with a temper. Molina is no Sam Spade, but I'm glad that the producers took a chance on casting an unusual choice, because Molina is always interesting. His co-star, Shane West, tries to shed his bad-boy image, and while no standout, he's not bad. Indie film favorite Hope Davis is also making headway into mainstream fare, and she's terrific as the mousy Ellen. This was clearly a chance for Simon Baker to cash in on his popularity from his show, "The Mentalist." I haven't seen that, but he caught my attention in the underrated "The Affair of the Necklace." Baker is excellent as the seductive lodger; we can see his soft-spoken charm, but there is always an aura of danger around him, and we can never fully trust him. Also on hand are the always reliable Philip Baker Hall, Rebecca Pigeon (aka Mrs. David Mamet) and Donal Logue (who, like West, is an ER alum). Hall and Pigeon are solid, if underused, but Logue is flat as Ellen's jerk husband.

The film is always interesting to look at. Most noirs of this ilk used black and white film to their advantage, but this is 2009, and the film has to make money (which is surprising coming from an indie film). However, Ondaatje uses the color to his advantage. The noir feeling is still there, but it has an interesting feeling of warmth. And I loved how he and his cinematographer David A. Armstrong filmed the rain; it's just like the golden oldies.

It may not be Hitchcock, but this mystery is still pretty good. We don't know the true identity of the killer until the end, and while there are two main suspects, we also know that we can't rule anyone else out either, which makes things more interesting. And for a movie with no CGI, it's always interesting to look at. And watch.

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