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Sleepwalking -- A thirty year old man and his 12 year old niece develop a special bond after she is abandoned by her mother. The two of them depart on a road trip to his father’s farm, a place he and his sister never intended to go back to.
Sleepwalking -- Open-ended Trailer from Overture Films
Sleepwalking -- Clip: You going to be alright hanging out?
Sleepwalking -- Behind the scenes: Dennis Hopper Hits AnnaSophia Robb
Sleepwalking -- Interview: Charlize Theron "On the story"


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Writer (WGA):
Zac Stanford (written by)
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Release Date:
14 February 2008 (Canada) See more »
The drama follows a 12-year-old girl's struggle to come to terms with her mother's abandonment. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Nick Stahl ... James

AnnaSophia Robb ... Tara

Charlize Theron ... Joleen

Deborra-Lee Furness ... Danni

Mathew St. Patrick ... Detective #1

Callum Keith Rennie ... Will

Woody Harrelson ... Randall

Dennis Hopper ... Mr. Reedy
Ken Mitchell ... Mr. Bergen
Jean Freeman ... Mrs. Bergen
Troy Skog ... Warren
George Grassick ... Cop #1

Mike Ennis ... Cop #2
Alexandra Fox ... Darlene
Lori Ann Kennedy ... Foster Care Worker (as Lori Kennedy)
Ron Anderson ... Road Crew Boss (as R. James Anderson)
Emily Wees ... Tara's Friend

Amy Matysio ... Sharon
Simon Chin ... Randall's Friend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shannon Jardine ... Mom (uncredited)
Peter Scoular ... Dad (uncredited)

Directed by
Bill Maher  (as William Maher)
Writing credits
Zac Stanford (written by)

Produced by
A.J. Dix .... producer
J.J. Harris .... producer
Beth Kono .... producer
Charlie Mason .... executive producer
Rob Merilees .... producer
Justin Moore-Lewy .... executive producer
Stephen Onda .... co-producer
Anthony Rhulen .... executive producer
William Shively .... producer
Michael Stirling .... executive producer
Charlize Theron .... producer
Original Music by
Christopher Young 
Cinematography by
Juan Ruiz Anchía 
Film Editing by
Stuart Levy 
Casting by
Betia Hovedskov 
Brenda McCormick 
Production Design by
Paki Smith 
Art Direction by
Sara McCudden 
Set Decoration by
Sara Longfellow 
Costume Design by
Cathy McComb 
Makeup Department
Jennifer Forberg .... first assistant makeup artist
Tracy George .... key makeup artist
Tamara Harrod .... key hair stylist
Brentyn Krekoski .... key makeup artist: additional unit
Melanie Mackenzie .... first assistant hair stylist
Melanie Mackenzie .... key hair stylist: additional unit
Production Management
Stephen Onda .... unit production manager
Scott Watson .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Bitonti .... assistant director: additional photography
James Bitonti .... first assistant director
Jim Brebner .... first assistant director
Jim Brebner .... second unit director
Michael Pohorly .... third assistant director
Jacqui Swedberg .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
Adrienne Conley .... graphic designer
Norm Daschle .... property master
Ross Dempster .... production designer: reshoots
Alison Grothe .... on-set dresser
Morgan Hughes .... key scenic painter
Jefferson Little .... scenic artist
Audra Neil .... decorator
Brent Russell .... art department coordinator
Danny Scavuzzo .... construction coordinator
Magdalena Shenher .... art department coordinator
Adrian Traquair .... set dresser
Johann Wessels .... lead scenic artist
Laura Wolfe .... set dec buyer
Sound Department
Chris Diamond .... assistant dialogue editor
Chris Duesterdiek .... sound mixer
Peter Eliuk .... assistant sound editor
Robert Fernandez .... score mixer
Amy Giammarco .... post audio manager
Dean Giammarco .... sound re-recording mixer
Patrick Haskill .... sound effects editor
Robert Hunter .... assistant sound editor
Nick Kray .... adr recordist
Johnny Ludgate .... sound effects editor
Christine McLeod .... dialogue editor
Maureen Murphy .... foley artist
Rory O'Neill .... boom operator
Emil Quan .... assistant sound
Philip Rogers .... adr recordist
Bill Sheppard .... sound re-recording mixer
Gordon Sproule .... foley mixer
Elaine Stef .... assistant foley walker
Visual Effects by
Austin Basile .... digital compositor
Landon Bootsma .... digital compositor: Technicolor
Paul Chapman .... digital compositor
Steve Elliott .... visual effects I/O: Technicolor
John Fukushima .... lead digital compositor
Colleen Jenkinson .... visual effects producer: Technicolor Creative Services
Ryan Kuba .... visual effects coordinator: Technicolor Creative Services
Tanya Schuck .... digital compositor
Gary Shaw .... digital intermediate colorist
Noel Wright .... compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Latif Cavanaugh .... grip
Kirk Chiswell .... first assistant camera
Mark Dobrescu .... camera operator
Mark Dobrescu .... director of photography: second unit
Donovan Fraser .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Andrew Gordon .... gaffer
Daryl Hartwell .... dolly grip
Kerry Hayes .... still photographer
Rob Hillstead .... lighting technician
Kevin Lheritier .... b dolly grip
Kyle Mrazek .... lighting technician
Will Parrot .... key grip
Wil Parrott .... key grip (as Will Parrott)
Rob Rowan .... rigging gaffer
Scott Schroeder .... best boy grip
Adrian Merritt Smith .... camera trainee
Scott Tremblay .... best boy electric
Scott Trembley .... best boy
Gordon Weiske .... epk videographer
Mitchel Wiles .... still photographer trainee
Nicole Wiwchar .... second assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robin Merrifield .... set costumer
Robin Merrifield .... truck costumer
Joanna Vollhoffer .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Chris Mayo .... conforming editor: HD
Gary Shaw .... digital intermediate colorist
Jonny Winograd .... associate editor
Music Department
Max Blomgren .... score engineer
Mark Buys .... score coordinator
David Carpenter .... musician: bass (as Dave Carpenter)
Michael Dittrick .... music editor
Damon Ebner .... orchestrator
Damon Ebner .... score coordinator
Kevin J. Edelman .... music supervisor (as Kevin Edelman)
Karim Elmahmoudi .... orchestrator
Karim Elmahmoudi .... score coordinator
Alan Haskel .... score coordinator
David Maunu .... musician: guitar
Sean McMahon .... orchestrator
Flavio Motalla .... score producer
Gary Nesturek .... musician: piano (as Gary Nesteruk)
Petr Pycha .... orchestra contractor
Denis Roche .... composer: additional music
David G. Russell .... synthesizer programmer: score
Ben Zales .... music editor
Transportation Department
Sylvain Buteau .... transportation captain
Sheila Richards .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Holly Baird .... production coordinator
Jason Bryant .... stand-in
Stacey Caldwell .... craft service
Alison Cohen .... production counsel (as Alison S. Cohen)
Nigel Crook .... production accountant
Satya De La Manitou .... assistant: Mr. Hopper
Ken Dhaliwal .... finance legal
Lisa Donahue .... assistant: producer
Kari Fonkalsrud .... first assistant accountant
Ian Gardner .... associate production coordinator
Ashlee Irish .... assistant: Ms. Theron
Vandana Jain .... payroll accountant
Brad Jensen .... production executive
Michael Klastorin .... unit publicist
Gabriella Ludlow .... production legal
Terry Mialkowsky .... location manager
Michael Orthner .... production assistant
Amber Ripley .... assistant: Mr. Merilees
Stephanie Rossel .... script supervisor
Marvin V. Scansen .... chef
Gordon Weiske .... assistant: Mr. Maher (as Gordon Whisky)
Danny Mandel .... special production thanks
Earl Salmansohn .... in memory of

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Rated R for language and a scene of violence
101 min
Aspect Ratio:
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The working title for this production was 'Ferris Wheel'.See more »
Joleen:[holding her daughter and crying] Oh God. Oh my God. Oh God baby. I'm so sorry! I'm so sorry! Oh God, I'm so sorry. Tell me you're okay!
Tara:I'm okay.
Joleen:It'll be okay! Where's James?
Counselor:Where's James? Where is he?
Tara:[crying] He's gone.
[Counselor runs to his car]
Joleen:Where is he, baby? Where did he go?
Tara:[hysterically] I don't know!
Joleen:Did he say anything?
Tara:Yes! He said-
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
The Numb Life of Sleepwalking, 10 July 2008
Author: gradyharp from United States

New director William Maher and writer Zac Stanford previously worked together in THE CHUMSCRUBBER and the similarity of vision is apparent in SLEEPWALKING: both films deal with the empty shells of hollow people aimlessly seeking connection in a world that has become foreign territory. It is a dark, cold, brooding film that somehow manages to maintain our attention with the hope that the gloomy tunnel though which the characters are passing will have a semblance of light at the end.

Joleen (Charlize Theron) is the inadequate, loving-but-inconstant mother of twelve-year-old Tara (AnnaSophia Robb) whose reckless an aimless life leads to constant moving and lack of roots. Evicted form her latest residence Joleen and Tara move in with Joleen's younger brother James (Nick Stahl) whose similarly aimless life is defined by a trashy apartment and a mindless construction work job. Tara is sullen, disappointed in her mother's erratic, irresponsible behavior, and when Joleen once again takes off 'on a new idea', Tara is left with James - trying to figure out an existence for survival. James loses his job due to absenteeism, takes up residence in the filthy basement of his nerdy co-worker Randall (Woody Harelson), while the town cop (Mathew St. Patrick) reluctantly places Tara in a foster home to await the return of Joleen. Tara prefers life with James to her 'imprisonment' and the two take off on a road trip, seeking some degree of happiness and love in a world gone berserk. When James runs out of money, he heads to his old home farm for refuge, an unlikely endpoint as his and Joleen's childhood was warped by their abusive farmer father (Dennis Hopper). The return to the farm, James hopes, will provide connection to Tara's past, but instead it results in a tragedy that ultimately moves Tara back to her 'home' and to Joleen, while James drives off into the unknown future, finally awakened from his sleepwalking through life.

The film is as bleak as the flat and snowy countryside (the film was shot in Canada's winter) and that countryside reflects the desperate loneliness of the characters. The small cast offers solid portrayals with the work of Nick Stahl being the standout performance. Theron, Robb, Harelson, Hopper, and Deborra-Lee Furness (in a small but poignant role) make the best of a shaky script. This is a mood piece and can become depressing if the viewer expects resolution of the sad and empty lives the characters lead. But there is a haunting quality to the look of the film that stays with the viewer, especially in the mystery in the eyes of the character James as he drives into an unknown but awakened future. Grady Harp

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