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The Descendants -- A land baron tries to re-connect with his two daughters after his wife suffers a boating accident.
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The Descendants -- With his wife Elizabeth on life support after a boating accident, Hawaiian land baron Matt King (Clooney), takes his daughters on a trip from Oahu to Kauai to confront the young real estate broker (Lillard) who was having an affair with Elizabeth before her misfortune.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Alexander Payne (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
9 December 2011 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 69 wins & 107 nominations See more »
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A movie that you do NOT want to end... See more (415 total) »

Cast

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George Clooney ... Matt King

Shailene Woodley ... Alexandra King

Amara Miller ... Scottie King

Nick Krause ... Sid

Patricia Hastie ... Elizabeth King
Grace A. Cruz ... Scottie's Teacher

Kim Gennaula ... School Counselor
Karen Kuioka Hironaga ... Barb Higgins
Carmen Kaichi ... Lani Higgins

Kaui Hart Hemmings ... Matt's Secretary Noe

Beau Bridges ... Cousin Hugh

Matt Corboy ... Cousin Ralph
Matt Esecson ... Cousin Hal

Michael Ontkean ... Cousin Milo
Stanton Johnston ... Cousin Stan
Jon McManus ... Cousin Six (as Jonathan McManus)
Hugh Foster ... Cousin Wink
Tiare R. Finney ... Cousin Connie

Tom McTigue ... Cousin Dave
Milt Kogan ... Dr. Johnston

Mary Birdsong ... Kai Mitchell

Rob Huebel ... Mark Mitchell

Laird John Hamilton ... Troy Cook (as Laird Hamilton)
Aileen 'Boo' Arnold ... Dorm Supervisor
Esther Kang ... Alex's Roommate
Melissa Kim ... Alex's Drunken Friend

Robert Forster ... Scott Thorson
Barbara L. Southern ... Alice 'Tutu' Thorson (as Barbara Lee Southern)

Celia Kenney ... Reina
Matt Reese ... Buzz
Zoel Turnbull ... Hotel Clerk

Matthew Lillard ... Brian Speer

Judy Greer ... Julie Speer
Linda Rose Herman ... Grief Counselor

Scott Michael Morgan ... Barry Thorson
Darryl K. Gonzales ... Tahiti Nui Singer (Kanak Attack)
Koko Kanealii ... Tahiti Nui Singer (Kanak Attack)
Romey 'Keola' Yokotake ... Tahiti Nui Singer (Kanak Attack)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dane Justman ... Drunk Guy #2

Fileena Bahris ... Passenger (uncredited)

Paul Edney ... Bicyclist (uncredited)

Jordan Kirkwood ... Troys Roaddog (uncredited)

Directed by
Alexander Payne 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Alexander Payne (screenplay) and
Nat Faxon (screenplay) &
Jim Rash (screenplay)

Kaui Hart Hemmings (novel)

Produced by
Tracy Boyd .... associate producer
Jim Burke .... producer
George Parra .... co-producer
Alexander Payne .... producer
Jim Taylor .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Phedon Papamichael (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Kevin Tent 
 
Casting by
John Jackson 
 
Production Design by
Jane Ann Stewart 
 
Art Direction by
T.K. Kirkpatrick  (as Timothy T.K. Kirkpatrick)
 
Set Decoration by
Matt Callahan 
 
Costume Design by
Wendy Chuck 
 
Makeup Department
Julie Hewett .... makeup department head
Karen Iboshi Preiser .... makeup artist
Debra Rego .... hair stylist
Waldo Sanchez .... hair department head
 
Production Management
Renee Confair .... production supervisor (as Renee Confair Sensano)
Mads Hansen .... assistant production manager
George Parra .... production manager
Rick Reynolds .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott August .... second assistant director
Tracy Boyd .... second unit director
Richard L. Fox .... first assistant director
Joyce McCarthy .... first assistant director: second unit
Amy Wilkins .... second second assistant director (as Amy Wilkins Bronson)
 
Art Department
Kaanoi Cabrina .... assistant property master (as Kaanoi Cabrinha)
Alvin S. Cabrinha Jr. .... property master (as Alvin Cabrinha)
Jonah Chang .... carpenter
Brian Costa .... swing gang
Scott Ejercito .... assistant property master
Sidney Etrata .... swing gang
Justin Fischer .... swing gang
Serena Rios Flores .... art department coordinator
Stani Franklin .... researcher: set decoration
Jason Garner .... assistant art director
Quintin D. Gasper .... carpenter
Sean Hallock .... swing gang
Alexandra Hearn .... art department production assistant
Craig Hoffmann .... on-set dresser
Michael Kaahanni Jr. .... leadman
Michael Kaahanui III .... swing gang
Gerard Kaman .... construction carpenter
Derrick Kaupiko .... swing gang
Eric Kitaoka .... swing gang
Eric Knight .... standby painter
Nancy Z. Knight .... set painter (as Nancy Zahumensky Knight)
Robert E. Knight .... head painter (as Robert Ellison Knight)
Camille Komine .... set decorating buyer
Ivan M. Lizares .... carpenter
Butch Lum .... toolman
John Marano .... leadman
Edward Medeiros Jr. .... laborer (as Edward Medeiros)
Ace Newman .... swing gang
Shanna Norton .... set decorating buyer
Alvin Pittler .... construction foreman
Douglas Rasmussen .... carpenter
Sylvia K. Ringgold .... construction medic
Isaia Robins .... assistant greens
Josefa Robins .... construction medic
Kenneth K. Sato .... construction coordinator
Ben Shafer .... laborer (as Benjamin Shafer)
Sam Sternthall .... swing gang
Darrell Tachibana .... assistant greens
Kaleo Wong .... swing gang
Liloa Wong .... greensman (as C. Liloa Wong)
Ronn Wong .... swing gang
 
Sound Department
Derek Casari .... adr stage engineer
Patrick Cyccone Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer (as Patrick Cyccone)
Russell Farmarco .... sound editor (as Russ Farmarco)
Jonathan Fuh .... boom person (as Jonathan Lee Ger Fuh)
Frank Gaeta .... additional re-recording mixer
Frank Gaeta .... sound designer
Frank Gaeta .... supervising sound editor
Luis Galdames .... sound editor
José Antonio García .... production sound mixer
Patrick Giraudi .... sound editor
Brian Hackett .... production sound mixer: interviews
Matthew P. Hanson .... assistant sound editor (as Matt Hanson)
Kaspar Hugentobler .... re-recording engineer
Joe Iemola .... sound editor
James Moriana .... foley artist
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer
Justin Van Hout .... assistant v.o. engineer
Brett Voss .... foley mixer
Chris Wiecking .... sound utility (as Christopher Wiecking)
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Salvatore Catanzaro .... compositor
Mark Dornfeld .... visual effects supervisor
Michele Ferrone .... visual effects producer
R.J. Harbour .... digital compositor
Nicholas Hasson .... compositor
Paulina Kuszta .... visual effects coordinator
Alex Romano .... compositor
Jose A. Alfonzo .... visual effects (uncredited)
Mikyoung Hahm .... titles designer & animator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Terry Ahue .... stunts
Todd Bradley .... stunts
Craig H. Davidson .... stunts (as Craig Davidson)
Errol Kane .... stunts
Brian L. Keaulana .... stunt coordinator
Keoni Keaulana .... stunts (as Keoni K. Keaulana)
Noland Martin .... stunts
Paul J. Merino .... stunts
James K. Miranda .... stunts
Aden Stay .... stunts
Marcus Young .... stunts
Titus Kinimaka .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rylan Akama .... second assistant b camera
Norman Akau .... rigging grip (as Norman Akau III)
Mike Bacon .... playback: VTR
Matthew Berner .... first assistant camera: second unit
Troy Boggess .... electrician
Troy Boggess .... lighting technician
Richard J. Brock .... first assistant b camera
Gustavo Brum .... epk cinematographer
Cole Chetney .... company grip
Don Chong .... rigging electric
Shawn Christensen .... electrician
Rick Crum .... electrician
Rick Crum .... grip
Chuck Cullen .... electrician
Kanoa Dahlin .... camera loader
Drew Desjarlais .... electrician
Charles Ehrlinger .... best boy grip
Christian Franklin .... camera production assistant
Vance Gage .... key rigging grip
Ray Garcia .... key grip
James Goldman .... second assistant a camera
Michael J. Gregg .... rigging grip (as Michael 'Jason' Gregg)
Jeffrey M. Hall .... gaffer (as Jeff Hall)
Patrick Hoeschen .... best boy electric
Tweed Johnston .... company grip
Keola Jones .... dolly grip
Lee Kaneakua .... company grip
Kevin Kersting .... key grip: second unit
Don King .... underwater camera operator
Scott Lisetor .... company grip
Trevor Loomis .... first assistant a camera
Brian Matsumura .... second assistant camera: second unit
Annie McEveety .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Ann McEveety Allen)
David Pearlberg .... dolly grip
Tom Penny .... best boy rigging grip
Tom Penny .... key grip: second unit
Radan Popovic .... director of photography: second unit
P. Scott Sakamoto .... a camera operator
P. Scott Sakamoto .... steadicam operator
Joe Sanchez .... first assistant a camera (as Joseph Sanchez)
Tuiaana Scanlan .... rigging grip
Keoki Smith .... rigging electric
Monte Swann .... playback: 24 frame video
Rafael E. Sánchez .... gaffer
Roger Thompson .... electrician
Brian Tilden .... gaffer
Don Tomich .... rigging gaffer
Raimar van den Bylaardt II .... best boy rigging electric (as Raimar 'Ray' Bylaardt)
Raimar van den Bylaardt II .... rigging electric best boy (as Raimar Bylaardt)
Warner R. Wacha .... second assistant camera: second unit
Mike Weisbrod .... rigging electric
Merie Weismiller Wallace .... still photographer
Curtis Wingert .... rigging electric
Michael Romano .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Anna Fishburn .... additional extras casting
Wes Ford .... casting assistant
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Andy Henry .... casting associate
Sherlan N. Koloi .... casting associate
John McAlary .... casting associate
Yesi Ramirez .... casting associate
Susanne Scheel .... casting assistant
Katie Taylor .... casting associate
Christian Kaplan .... executive in charge of casting (uncredited)
Rachel Sutton .... location casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carmen Rodrigues Davis .... costume production assistant (as Carmen L. Rodrigues)
Dana Kay Hart .... costume supervisor (as Dana Hart)
Anne Hoss .... ager/dyer
Michelle Moder .... costume buyer
Ivy Chiem Rowan .... seamstress
Susan Strubel .... key costumer
Linda Vollert .... costumer
Robyn Zucker .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Brian Bautista .... editorial production assistant
Christine Carr .... digital intermediate producer
Mindy Elliott .... assistant editor
Joe Finley .... digital intermediate colorist
Brian Gee .... dailies assistant
Nicholas Hasson .... smoke editor
Mikki Levi .... apprentice editor
Bryan Park .... film scanning operator: Modern VideoFilm
Jim Passon .... color timer
Alex Romano .... digital intermediate on-line editor
Kay Sievert .... colorist: high definition dailies
 
Music Department
Dondi Bastone .... music supervisor
Richard Ford .... executive music producer
Richard Ford .... music editor
Eugene Kulikov .... composer: additional music
 
Transportation Department
Kelly Loo .... transportation co-captain (as Kelly Loo Jr)
Anna Reed .... transportation dispatcher
John Reed .... transportation coordinator
Aaron Torres .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Coleen Aiello .... first assistant accountant (as 'Co-Co' Aiello)
Joseph Aikala .... production secretary (as Joseph Kaleo'onalani Aikala)
Laurie Arakaki .... production intern
Cameron Arguelles .... quality control
Deidre Backs .... assistant: Jim Burke
Kelly Barnes .... set medic
John Brady .... craft service
Debra Burgess .... payroll accountant
Sean G. Burke .... production assistant: intern
Nathan Carlson .... title designer: art and graphic design
Gregory S. Carr .... production assistant (as Greg Carr)
Shawna Carver .... production assistant
Timmy Chinn .... location assistant
Kimberly Choi .... second assistant accountant
Katrin Chong .... key assistant location manager
Sanoe Damon .... production intern
Jeff Dash .... production accountant
Rebecca Davis .... studio teacher
Vincent Desrosiers-Nault .... production intern
Evan Endicott .... developement and production executive
Dinesh Fernando .... cook
Tal Fiala .... account executive
Todd Fink .... production intern
Jeff Fishman .... set production assistant: second unit
Max Garcia .... cook
Liz Georgoff .... production assistant
Dustin Goldstein .... key location assistant
Matt Goldstein .... assistant location manager
Linda Graham .... location assistant: second unit
Claudia Gray .... unit publicist
Karen Greenlee .... location scout
Jessica Caress Hamamoto .... production assistant
Nancy Honeycutt .... production coordinator
Jeremy Johnson .... production intern
Lee Johnson .... production intern
Leah Kaina .... production intern
Xanadu Kekuewa .... craft service
Mara Kerum .... chef
Tyler Kueffner .... production intern
Ryan Lam .... production intern
Josh Land .... production office intern
Lisa Lee Mitchell .... assistant production coordinator
Dagny Looper .... stand-in
Victor Lozano .... marine coordinator
Troy Manandic .... stand-in
Brad Dirk Martin .... boat captain
Larissa Martinez .... accounting clerk
Angel McConnell .... assistant: George Clooney
Courtney McCrory .... assistant accountant: post production
Dana Ledoux Miller .... production assistant
Anna Musso .... assistant: to Alexander Payne (as Anna Lauren Musso)
Nicole Nakamoto .... second assistant accountant
Karen Neasi .... clearances co-ordinator
Karen Neasi .... product placement coordinator
Anthony Ocasio .... post production assistant
Nicole Oudinot .... production assistant
Nick Ower .... production intern
Pablo Paz .... production intern
Stockton David Porter .... production assistant
Art Rivers .... location manager: second unit
Rebecca Robertson .... script supervisor (as Rebecca Robertson-Szwaja)
Darren Rodriguez .... craft service assistant
Andrew Rydzewski .... second unit factotum (as Andy Rydzewski)
Jason Skweres .... set decoration researcher
Ashley C. Smith .... travel and shipping coordinator
Cameron Spencer .... behind the scenes filmmaker
Gary Stone .... security: George Clooney
Rachel Streater .... assistant: to G. Parra
Angela Tillson .... assistant location manager
Amber Joy Tomasello .... set production assistant: second unit
Jim Triplett .... location manager
Robert Wong .... marine coordinator (as Rob Wong)
Susan Wyshynski .... stand-in: female lead
 
Thanks
Gavan Daws .... the filmmakers thank
Andy Lautenbach .... the filmmakers thank
Carri Morgan .... the filmmakers thank
John Morgan .... the filmmakers thank
Randall Roth .... the filmmakers thank
Julia Porter Steele .... the filmmakers thank
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Family Tree" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language including some sexual references
Runtime:
115 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Mikandrew Perdaris was considered for the role of 'Sid'.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The door next to Elizabeth's room is almost closed after Alex comes out. When Alex goes back into the room with Scottie, the door is more open and a blue dispenser bottle is next to a small white hand towel.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Matt King:My friends on the mainland think just because I live in Hawaii, I live in paradise. Like a permanent vacation. We're all just out here sipping Mai Tais, shaking our hips, and catching waves. Are they insane?
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FAQ

The movie is based on Kaui Hart Hemmings's debut novel. Have any other adaptations of debut novels had this much success?
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153 out of 235 people found the following review useful.
A movie that you do NOT want to end..., 18 November 2011
Author: bmennen from New York City

The director of this movie, Alexander Payne, was the guy who made "Sideways." This is a very different movie in that it focuses on family relationships rather than those between friends and lovers. But, Payne displays--in this touching and very real movie--the same incredible talent for doing two things better than almost every other movie maker (at least as far as I'm concerned): 1) he brings the viewer into the geography and milieu of the time and place in a gritty way that clearly presents the natural beauty of the area without over-romanticizing it and 2) he fits the characters into this environment and achieves a reality for these people that transcends the 2-dimensional characters that populate the multiplexes. You really care about these people.

Another similarity between the characters in "Sideways" and this movie is that the protagonists are, in at least one important way, lost. They both are also honest with themselves.

And thank God Payne did not use an orchestra for the soundtrack that would foreshadow and punctuate the scenes telling us how our emotions should run...I will not tell you what the soundtrack is, other than to say it's perfect.

This is not a comedy though there are a few laugh lines. Clooney will get the Oscar for this...how can he not? He is in every scene, and I cannot imagine him being better. And Shailene Woodley plays his older daughter: just amazing. A beautifully realized character.

I tried carefully here to give nothing away but to encourage you to see this as soon as you can. Brilliant.

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