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Writers (WGA):
Clark Gregg (screenplay)
Chuck Palahniuk (novel)
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Release Date:
30 October 2008 (Australia) See more »
From the author of Fight Club
A sex-addicted con-man pays for his mother's hospital bills by playing on the sympathies of those who rescue him from choking to death. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Kathryn Alexander ... Mousy Girl / Agnes
Teodorina Bello ... Jamaican Lady

Kate Blumberg ... Edwin's Wife

Jonah Bobo ... Young Victor
Willi Burke ... Deranged Socialite (as Wilma 'Willi' Burke)

Heather Burns ... Internet Date / Gwen

David Fonteno ... Edwin

Matt Gerald ... Detective Ryan

Clark Gregg ... Lord High Charlie

Joel Grey ... Phil
Viola Harris ... Eva Muller

Brad William Henke ... Denny

Paz de la Huerta ... Nico (as Paz De La Huerta)
Michelle Hurst ... Shapely Nurse

Anjelica Huston ... Ida J. Mancini

Gillian Jacobs ... Cherry Daiquiri / Beth
Jen Jones ... Old Lady with Note
Jordan Lage ... Mob Member #1

Kelly Macdonald ... Paige Marshall

Matt Malloy ... Detective Foushee

Mary B. McCann ... Detective Dorfman (as Mary Mccann)

Alice Barrett ... Lanky Woman on Airplane (as Alice Barrett Mitchell)

Marty Murphy ... Second Trooper (as Martin Murphy)
Neil Pepe ... Zoo Security Guard

Bijou Phillips ... Ursula

Peggy Pope ... Sister Angela
Denise Raimi ... Pretty Foster Mom

Donald Rizzo ... Guard Captain Norm

Judith Roberts ... Elegant Lady (as Judith Anna Roberts)

Sam Rockwell ... Victor Mancini

Yolonda Ross ... Cute Teacher
Mike S. Ryan ... Lonnie (as Michael S. Ryan)
Solo Scott ... Mob Member #2

Suzanne Shepherd ... Waitress

David Shumbris ... First Trooper

Sebastian Sozzi ... Tito

Kate Udall ... Tall Nurse

Melinda Wade ... Mob Leader

Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... Detective Palmer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Gregory Mikell ... African Waiter
Fast Ali ... Girl in closet (uncredited)
Joseph Basile ... Blacksmith (uncredited)
Allison Karman ... Filthy Wench (uncredited)
Tiffany Rae Larkin ... Tall Nurse (uncredited)

Chuck Palahniuk ... Passenger (uncredited)
Paul Thornton ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Erin Anne Williams ... Colonial Villager (uncredited)
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Directed by
Clark Gregg 
Writing credits
Clark Gregg (screenplay)

Chuck Palahniuk (novel)

Produced by
Mark Brooke .... executive producer (as Mark A. Brooke)
Johnathan Dorfman .... producer
Temple Fennell .... producer
Beau Flynn .... producer
Mia Lee .... associate producer
Laurie May .... associate producer
Mike S. Ryan .... executive producer
Derrick Tseng .... executive producer
Gary Ventimiglia .... executive producer
Mary Vernieu .... executive producer
Tripp Vinson .... producer
Lisa Zambri .... associate producer
Original Music by
Nathan Larson 
Cinematography by
Tim Orr (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Joe Klotz 
Casting by
Suzanne Smith 
Mary Vernieu 
Venus Kanani (uncredited)
Production Design by
Roshelle Berliner 
Art Direction by
Matteo De Cosmo 
Set Decoration by
Kate Foster 
Costume Design by
Catherine George 
Makeup Department
Cyndie Boehm .... assistant makeup artist
Christine Fennell .... key hair stylist
Charles McKenna .... assistant hair stylist (as Charles Mckenna)
Stacey Panepinto .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Tony Hernandez .... unit production manager
John Portnoy .... post-production supervisor
Mia Lee .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicholas R. Bell .... second assistant director
Borjan Jovanovich .... second second assistant director (as Boryan Jovanovich)
Stuart Williams .... first assistant director (as Stuart J.C. Williams)
Art Department
Justin Bennett .... set dresser
Naomi Bombardi-Wilson .... art production assistant
David Brenner .... set dresser
Kristin Emery .... charge scenic (as Kristen Emery)
Josh Fifarek .... storyboard artist
Shannon Finnerty .... assistant prop master
Yolan Fisher .... prop master
Eduardo Garabal .... lead dresser
Richard Hebrank .... construction coordinator
John Jackson .... key construction grip
JoJo Li .... additional graphics (as Jojo Li)
Melissa B. Miller .... art department coordinator
Darin J. Patterson .... art production assistant (as Darin Patterson)
Chris Potter .... set dresser
Kevin L. Raper .... graphics (as Kevin Raper)
Brendan K. Russell .... set dresser (as Brendan Russell)
Rene Sekula .... prop assistant
Max Sherwood .... on-set dresser
Mark Sonderskov .... construction coordinator
Brandon Tonner-Connolly .... set dresser (as Brandon T. Connelly)
Adriano Valle .... on-set dresser
Alicia Van Couvering .... additional graphics
Charles Varga .... journeyman scenic (as Chuck Varga)
Gerardo Villarroel .... set dressing production assistant
Cathy Wassylenko .... camera scenic
Uriah Herr .... set dresser (uncredited)
Linette McCown .... sculptor (uncredited)
Linette McCown .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Benson .... foley editor
Joey Bilger .... assistant sound editor
Christian Buenaventura .... adr editor
Neil Danziger .... boom operator
Dave Davenport .... post audio coordinator
Albert Gasser .... sound designer
Christof Gebert .... location sound mixer (as Christopher Gebert)
John Green .... dialogue editor
Dave Hancock .... mix technician
Tamara Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer
Bob Lacivita .... adr mixer
Robb Navrides .... adr editor
Bryan Pennington .... sound consultant: Dolby
Griffin Richardson .... additional sound mixer
Steven Stuhr .... dialogue editor (as Steve Stuhr)
Richard Taylor .... supervising sound editor
Jeremy Balko .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Joe Earle .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Giles Khan .... additional boom operator (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Reza Amidi .... digital conform
Reza Amidi .... opticals
Eduardo Cisneros .... imaging technician
Daniel 'Ishi' Cruz .... imaging technician
John Flores .... imaging technician
Alex Hernandez .... imaging technician
Tim Heugle .... data wrangler (as Tim Heugele)
Kevin Lomet .... data wrangler
Ann Lopez .... imaging technician
Elizabeth Ostermann .... digital restoration
John Portnoy .... visual effects: Upload Films
Paola Varvaro .... digital restoration
George Zidd .... data wrangler
Michael Angelo .... stunts
Paul Marini .... stunt driver
Kimberly Shannon Murphy .... stunts (as Kimberly Shannon-Murphy)
Elliot Santiago .... stunts
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Jeff Ward .... stunt coordinator
David Shumbris .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Baker .... best boy grip
Maceo Bishop .... Steadicam operator
Steven Capitano Calitri .... camera operator (as Steve Calitri)
Robert Carnevale .... best boy grip (as Bobby Carnevale)
Eric Gearity .... key grip
Robert Gearity .... grip (as Robert T. Gearity)
Corey Gegner .... grip (as Corey Gagner)
Shawn Greene .... gaffer
Paul Grunke .... grip
Melissa Guimaraes .... dolly grip
Lauren Haber .... film loader
Chris Hernandez .... grip
Chris Keenan .... grip (as Christopher T. Keenan)
Meg Kettell .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Albino Marsetti .... camera operator
James McFadyen .... grip (as James Mcfayden)
Matthew Mendelson .... electric
Jessica Miglio .... still photographer
Jeff Niggemeyer .... generator operator
Colin Oberschmidt .... electric
Matthew Pebler .... film loader (as Matt Pebler)
Fletcher Perry .... grip
Ian Pratt .... grip
Craig Pressgrove .... first assistant camera
Benjamin Salley .... electric (as Ben Salley)
Leo A. Schott III .... grip (as Leo Schott III)
Sean Taylor .... best boy electric
Matthew Van Doren .... grip
Michael Arisohn .... additional electrician (uncredited)
Mark Beattie .... additional electrician (uncredited)
Randolph Carty .... electrician (uncredited)
Nina Kuhn .... gaffer (uncredited)
Alexander Martin .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Toby Miller .... additional electrician (uncredited)
Lara Sfire .... additional electric (uncredited)
John Shim .... additional electrician (uncredited)
Zenfeek .... additional electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Karen E. Etcoff .... extras casting: Kee Casting
Lindsay Graham .... casting associate: LA
Paul Schnee .... casting associate: NY
Georgia Simon .... adr casting
Bill Tripician .... extras casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Diana J. Collins .... wardrobe supervisor
Elizabeth Dran .... costume intern
Cameron Folan .... assistant costume designer
Suzanne Kelly .... set costumer
Lucia Lettini .... set costumer (uncredited)
Susan Wachsler .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
John Gardiner .... telecine assistant
Sarah Gibbins .... post-production assistant
Kyle Gilman .... assistant editor
Shannon K. Hall .... dailies project manager
Michael L. Holland .... digital intermediate producer
Joan Malloch .... post-production coordinator
Ira Schweitzer .... colorist: dailies
Duncan Skiles .... post-production assistant
Ann Trulove .... assistant editor
Michael Underwood .... digital film colorist (as Mike Underwood)
Darin Wooldridge .... additional digital colorist: Technicolor
Benjamin Sutor .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Lyle Hysen .... music supervisor
Gandhar Savur .... music clearances
Ken Weinstein .... music supervisor
Alice Wood .... music editor
Transportation Department
Terry Adams .... driver
George Campbell .... driver
Chris Defeo .... driver
Kevin Flynn .... transportation captain
Jim Kelly .... transportation co-captain
Wallace Mosely II .... driver (as Wallace Mosley)
Other crew
Richard M. Bartholomay .... location assistant (as Richard Bartholomay)
Barnett Brettler .... location intern (as Michael Brettler)
Robert Broder .... set medic
Chelsea E. Bruce .... intern
Nicholas Bryan .... office production assistant
Danielle Carter .... intern
Sungmi Choi .... intern
Alexandra Church .... assistant: Beau Flynn (as Alex Church)
Wendy Cohen .... product placement and clearances: Production Resources
James Conaboy .... set production assistant
Laura Cramer .... intern
Joe Dapello .... legal services: Schreck Rose Dapello Adams & Hurwitz LLP (as Joseph J. Dapello Esq.)
Deliana Daskalova .... office production assistant
Bethany Dettmore .... location assistant (as Beth Dettmore)
Grace Doherty .... location scout
Moosie Drier .... adr loop group
Marie Durkan .... assistant: Mr. Dapello, Schreck Rose Dapello Adams & Hurwitz LLP
James H. Fitzgerald .... key set production assistant (as James Fitzgerald)
Zoe Ford .... intern
William Day Frank .... assistant: Clark Gregg (as Will Frank)
Eddie Frierson .... adr loop group
Abigail Hansen .... intern
Thalia Harithas .... assistant production office coordinator
Bridget Hoffman .... adr loop group
Katherine Hoskins Mackey .... stand-in: female lead
Joshua Huffman .... production office coordinator
Joe Ireland .... intern
Marabina Jaimes .... adr loop group (as Maribina Jaimes)
Louis Katz .... production physician (as Louis A. Katz M.D.)
Rona Katz .... insurance: D.R. Reiff & Associates
Kirsten Kearse .... script supervisor
Dan Lasik .... chef
Jenny Lovin .... accounting production assistant
Peter Madamba .... script clearance: Act One Script Clearance
Luke Marion .... key set production assistant
Keith Marlin .... set production assistant
Laura Martinez .... assistant: Tripp Vinson
Seane McFarland .... technical advisor (as Seane Mcfarland)
Ross Miller .... insurance: D.R. Reiff & Associates
Paul Myers .... first assistant accountant
Claire Newlands .... intern
David Occhino .... assistant location manager
David Phillip .... parking coordinator
Jorge Pina .... chef
John Portnoy .... titles: Upload Films
Buck P.B.D. Rodgers .... production assistant
Michelle Ruff .... adr loop group
Alan D. Sacks .... legal services: Schreck Rose Dapello Adams & Hurwitz LLP (as Alan D. Sacks Esq.)
Maher Sattar .... intern
Jonathan Schwartz .... intern
Jay Scrimmizi .... location intern (as Jay Scrimizzi)
Luke Tomalin Sherman .... set production assistant (as Luke T. Sherman)
Georgia Simon .... adr loop group
John Skidmore .... production secretary
Skip Stellrecht .... adr loop group
Anthony Torre .... chef
Samantha Treiber .... set production assistant
Alicia Van Couvering .... assistant to executive producers
Lauren Vanderschuur .... set production assistant (as Lauren D. Vanderschuur)
Natalie M. Vasquez .... intern
Gregory Walsh .... location intern
Josh Wasserman .... location intern
Jeffrey M. Weber .... set production assistant
Kathy Welch .... post production accountant
Michael Wiggins .... production accountant
Tucker Williams .... assistant: Lisa Zambri
Danielle Wilson .... craft service
Amy Wolk .... on-set tutor: On Location Education
Dennis Yeandle .... set medic
Louis Zuppardi .... location manager
Jaclyn Bashoff .... assistant: Anjelica Huston (uncredited)
Cristal Calderon .... production assistant (uncredited)
Maureen Duffy .... completion guarantor (uncredited)
Logan Wolfe Edler .... production assistant (uncredited)
Richard T. Lynch .... production assistant (uncredited)
R. Zachary Shildwachter .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Johann Benét .... very special thanks
Guilherme Campellon .... special thanks
Michael J. Fox .... thanks
Steven Gorelick .... special thanks
Kristen Konvitz .... the producers wish to thank
David Mamet .... thanks
Agnès Mentre .... the producers wish to thank
Chuck Palahniuk .... the producers wish to thank
Don Roos .... thanks
Jessica Sobhraj .... thanks
Ed Solomon .... the producers wish to thank

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Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity and language
92 min
Color (DeLuxe)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Australia:MA (Cable TV rating) | Brazil:18 | Canada:18A (British Columbia) (Canadian Home Video rating) | Finland:K-15 | France:U (with warning) | Germany:16 | Ireland:16 | Italy:VM14 | New Zealand:R18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R21 | Singapore:M18 (edited version) | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #44083)

Did You Know?

In the DVD commentary, director Clark Gregg said he offered the role of the naked woman at the bathroom plane who caused Victor's addiction to his wife Jennifer Grey. She replied with: "Are you out of your mind?"See more »
Continuity: When Victor is attempting to feed his mother cannelloni in their first meeting scene, the camera changes angle and she is not wearing the napkins he previously placed under her chin. When the camera moves back to another angle the napkins have miraculously returned.See more »
Victor Mancini:I am the backbone of colonial America!See more »
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References "Gilligan's Island" (1964)See more »
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88 out of 123 people found the following review useful.
Consistently amusing low-budget treat, 10 August 2008
Author: Robert_90 from Australia

As of writing, Choke has not yet been given official distribution, and will not get it for about another month and a half at least (depending on your location). However, I managed to see it at the annual local film festival. I'll bring this review up when the film gets a wider release, but for now here is my initial opinion.

Choke is the story of sex-addicted loser Victor Mancini (Sam Rockwell). Victor's main concern in life is to keep his demented mother (Anjelica Huston) alive and in hospital. He does this in the hope of finding out the truth about his strangely absent father. To pay the bills, he pretends to choke on his dinner in fancy restaurants and plays off his saviour's heroism for financial gain.

I think the majority of readers here are at the very least aware of the existence of Fight Club, the only other major movie aside from Choke to be based off a Chuck Palahniuk novel. Most of the people who will seek out Choke will do it mainly because of the connection to either Fight Club or the Choke novel (or both, as the case may be). Of course, I'll have to play the comparison game here, but it has to be said - Choke is a very different beast to both its source novel and its spiritual predecessor, Fight Club.

Anyone who's read Palahniuk's writing will know that his books are frequently dark, very twisted and somewhat humorous. Words like "diseased" and "cancerous" come to mind. It's this same feeling that infected both the Fight Club and Choke novels and made them perverse joys to read. Palahniuk's touch even translated perfectly in David Fincher's adaptation. With Clark Gregg's adaptation of Choke, the stylish darkness is traded for a far more conventional "quasi-independent comic" approach. Strangely enough, this seems to suit Choke even better.

After all, Choke is first and foremost a comedy. At a guess, I'd say it's roughly 80 per cent faithful to the original novel (more on that later) with a large number of jokes lifted from the novel. The laugh factor was a strange thing. On one hand, the laughs managed to stay more or less consistent, with none of the jokes falling flat. On the other hand, I personally didn't feel like anything was too funny. Everything raised a genuine chuckle but as for anything approaching "struggling-to-breathe" humour, there wasn't much there. It makes me wonder what's better, a comedy with consistent chuckling or sporadic bursts of hilarious moments. Not too sure.

Regardless, the film manages to be an enjoyable experience. First-timer Gregg manages to handle his duties (which include writing, directing and even one very amusing bit part) with confidence, balancing comedy with drama effectively. The acting is impressive to say the least. Rockwell manages to nail Victor perfectly, yet it's Brad William Henke that manages to steal several scenes as Victor's friend Denny. Another treat is the score, which is an interesting blend of different styles.

Choke not only manages to be an entertaining comedy, it also becomes a very good example of how to streamline a 300-page novel into a movie that's just shy of the 90-minute mark. The only problem with it depends on whether or not your sense of humour agrees with the film's, but if this film was already on your "to-see" list, that shouldn't be too much of a problem.

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NO SERIOUSLY, every single amateur mistake possible. Count em. WestTheFest
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