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  (in credits order)

Shawn Hatosy ... Brian Worthington

DJ Qualls ... Kenny Worthington

Tom Bower ... Frank Worthington

Nikki Reed ... Allison

Ann Dowd ... Dottie Worthington

Cameron Richardson ... Erin Worthington

Georgia Mae Lively ... Maddy

Kevin Murray ... Clyde

Angus Sutherland ... Walker
Keith Woodard ... Grocery Store Customer
William Rough ... Butcher
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dennis Cupp ... Announcer
Jacqueline Harvey ... Cashier
Chris Jenkins ... Busboy
Chris Jenkins ... Busboy

Mark Joy ... Waiter
Paul Lieberman ... The Referee
Craig Talbot ... Gus
Rebecca Taylor ... Local Beauty Queen
Tom Townsend ... Walt

Directed by
Zackary Adler 
Writing credits
John Bell (written by)

Produced by
Ray Brown .... line producer
Tim Estep .... producer
Gary Giudice .... associate producer
Joseph Harmon .... associate producer
Bruce Heller .... producer
Scott LeGrand .... producer
Marc Lieberman .... producer
Matthew Parker .... associate producer
Barry R. Sisson .... producer
Rebecca Taylor .... associate producer
Original Music by
Dawn Landes 
Steve Salett 
Cinematography by
Hernan Otaño  (as Hernan Michael Otaño)
Film Editing by
Rachel Goodlett Katz 
Casting by
Venus Kanani 
Production Design by
Ruth De Jong 
Set Decoration by
Taylor Savas Reese 
Costume Design by
Derek Sullivan 
Makeup Department
Shirley Baker .... key hair stylist
Christle Chumney .... assistant makeup artist
Joseph P. Hurt .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Marc Lieberman .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ben Hoskins .... second assistant director
Diane Naughton .... second second assistant director
Joanna Shattuck .... second assistant director
Yann Sobezynski .... first assistant director
Art Department
Clint Bonner .... property master
Peter De Jong .... art intern
Christopher Nelson .... set dresser (as Chris Nelson)
Stephen G. Shifflette .... lead man
Nathan J. Smith .... art intern
Sound Department
Shaun Brennan .... foley artist
William Britt .... sound mixer
Rusty Dunn .... sound designer
Rusty Dunn .... sound effects editor
Tom Efinger .... re-recording mixer
Tom Efinger .... sound supervisor
Eric Gitelson .... adr engineer
Eric Gitelson .... assistant sound editor
Michael Moore .... boom operator
John Moros .... dialogue editor
Ian Stynes .... dialogue mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Wes Bailey .... best boy grip
Cheyenne Ball .... additional electrician
Frank Boone .... key grip
John Brown .... third grip
Chris Carpenter .... additional electrician
Katie Dainson .... second assistant camera
James Dombey .... third electrician
Josh Ferguson .... vtr operator
John P. Fleenor .... still photographer
Todd Free .... camera operator: "b" camera
Michael Hurt .... camera intern
Scott Inge .... first assistant camera
Bruce Johnson .... additional photographer: second unit
Matt Kelly .... additional camera loader
Julian Porter .... fourth grip
Nate Slevin .... camera loader
Benny Smyth .... gaffer (as S. Benny Smyth)
Hektor Stockton .... best boy electric
James Stockton .... additional electrician
Vince Sweeney .... camera production assistant
Casting Department
Joseph Harmon .... extras casting
Julie Swistak .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tre Knight .... set costumer
Anna Prisekin .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Mike Ford .... assistant editor
Scot Olive .... digital intermediate colorist
Location Management
Melissa Bostian .... location assistant
Music Department
Henry Hoke .... music coordinator
Geoff Sherr .... music supervisor
Other crew
Leia Atwell .... set intern
Anthony Baker .... craft service
Jessica Brown .... set intern
Catherine Cahill .... dog wrangler (as Leslie Connell)
Chris Clack .... production office intern
Caitlin Crowe .... production office intern
Hugh Edwards .... world sales agent
Jessica Erwin .... craft service
Kyle Estep .... production intern
Miriam Fields .... animal wrangler
Brent Finnegan .... electronic press kit
Ashley Fish .... production office intern
Jonathan Gray .... production attorney
Pete Hagen .... key production assistant
Rena Hanover .... production assistant
Henry Hoke .... assistant to producers
Karen Hurt .... tutor
Kim Ludlow .... script supervisor
Brinton Lukens .... production office intern
Kirby Martin .... set intern
Hunter Moye .... assistant to director
Chris Nelson .... production assistant
Tina Nelson .... production accountant
Rob Reinders .... set intern (as Robert Reinders)
Wade Reishman .... production office intern
Matthew V. Sedeen II .... production assistant
Aaron L. Sedeen .... production assistant
Terre Sisson .... food consultant
Kathy Sizemore .... production accountant
Eric Stamer .... caterer
Jason Stefaniak .... sponsor
Karle Stewart .... craft services coordinator
Ty Strickler .... electronic press kit
Blake Williams .... publicist

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
86 min
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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
A movie about people you love not special effects, 14 June 2008
Author: djsailor from Virginia, United States

My wife said we should go see this film when it was being shown at a local film festival. I did not know what I going to see or to expect. I thought it was going to be a 15-minute short amateur effort. What I saw was one of the most enjoyable movies I've seen in years. A story about a family (emphasis on story and family) and not a big budget film where the special effects were the best thing in the film. It is a film that tells in a light hearted way the story of a disjointed family. As in any family, dysfunctional seems to be normality. In truth, the family members do not know the 'real person' in each other, hence the title, "Familiar Strangers." The story is set in a small rural Virginia town that fills in for anywhere, USA because the characters will seem, well, like some of our own close neighbors or family members.

Georgia Mae Lively's performance as Maddy tells me that we will be seeing her in more films in the future. Each character was wonderfully acted and believable. The level of acting made each character seem real and brings you into the film. This is what a movie is supposed to do. Suspend reality and emotionally pull you into the characters' lives. The story has twists and turns that keep you hanging on to each line to ensure you don't miss anything.

In today's whiz-bang world, I found the pace to be a bit slow, which is why I gave this film only a 9 of 10 stars. I do want to get a copy of this movie on DVD so I can watch it again and see if I missed some nuance. The only sad part is that this movie has not yet found a distributor and is only being shown at small film events. I hope it does so I can tell my friends and family a nice way to spend time with someone you love.

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