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Confounded by her clashes with the seemingly rule-obsessed world, a troubled young girl seeks enlightenment from her unconventional drama teacher. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Felicity Huffman ... Hillary Lichten

Patricia Clarkson ... Miss Dodger

Elle Fanning ... Phoebe Lichten

Bill Pullman ... Peter Lichten

Campbell Scott ... Principal Davis

Ian Colletti ... Jamie

Bailee Madison ... Olivia Lichten

Peter Gerety ... Dr. Miles / Humpty Dumpty

Madhur Jaffrey ... Miss Reiter

Maddie Corman ... 1st Teacher / White Rabbit

Max Baker ... 2nd Teacher / King of Hearts

Mackenzie Milone ... Sally

Austin Williams ... Tommy

Teala Dunn ... Jenny

Caitlin Sanchez ... Monica
Marquis Rodriguez ... Martin
Gracie Lawrence ... Julie (as Gracie Bea Lawrence)
Alicia Nakhjavan ... Ellen

Cindy Joo ... Sara

Conor Carroll ... Jeremy
Miranda Wilkins ... Janet
Maya N. Blake ... Debby (as Maya Blake)

Tessa Albertson ... Alice

Ron Simons ... Colleague #1
Michael Nostrand ... Colleague #2

April Yvette Thompson ... Colleague #3
Nancy Opel ... Woman in Home
Melissa Swender ... Swan Lake Dancer

Tyler Hanes ... Male Sleeping Beauty Dancer

Danielle Kotch ... 2 Year Old Phoebe
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Directed by
Daniel Barnz 
Writing credits
Daniel Barnz (written by)

Produced by
Ben Barnz .... producer
Nissa Ren Cannon .... associate producer
Doug Dey .... executive producer
Chris Finazzo .... executive producer
Lynette Howell .... producer
George Paaswell .... co-producer
Original Music by
Christophe Beck 
Cinematography by
Bobby Bukowski 
Film Editing by
Robert Hoffman 
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
Production Design by
Thérèse DePrez 
Art Direction by
Peter Baran 
Set Decoration by
Robert Covelman 
Costume Design by
Kurt and Bart 
Makeup Department
Joseph Farulla .... makeup department head (as Joe Farulla)
Jason Hayes .... hair department head
Sharon Ilson .... makeup department head (as Sharon Ilson Burke)
Jacques Stephane Lempire .... key hair stylist (as Stephane Lempire)
Stephanie Pasicov .... key makeup artist
Stayc St. Onge .... key makeup artist (as Stacey St. Onge)
Production Management
Danielle Blumstein .... unit production manager
Louise Runge .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Leslie .... first assistant director
Megan Lombardo .... second assistant director
Mark Romanelli .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Liz Bonaventura .... charge scenic
Peter Bundrick .... key carpenter
Jeff Butcher .... property master
Almitra Corey .... art department coordinator
Kley Gilbuena .... assistant property master
Hunter Harris .... art department intern
Richard Hebrank .... construction coordinator
Sean Ryan Jennings .... art department intern
Jenna Josepher .... art department intern
Tom LaVecchia .... on-set dresser
Arif Mahmood .... art department production assistant
Wayne Scott Miller .... set dresser
Marc Newman .... leadman
Nick Robert .... art department production assistant
Patricia Sprott .... scenic foreman
Sound Department
Joshua Adeniji .... foley editor
Michael Baird .... adr supervisor
Michael Baird .... supervising sound designer
Jeremy Balko .... adr mixer
Robert Dehn .... assistant sound editor
Allie Fitz .... assistant sound editor
Jason Gaya .... sound recordist
Judah Getz .... adr mixer
Judah Getz .... foley mixer
Scott Hinkley .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Kitting .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Zach Michaelis .... foley mixer
Jeff Pullman .... sound mixer
Adam Sanchez .... boom operator
Jonathan Wales .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Michael Caplan .... visual effects producer
Padraic Culham .... digital compositor
Michael Roderick .... digital compositor
Dan Schmit .... visual effects supervisor
Adam Simpson .... visual effects editor
Roy Farfel .... assistant stunt coordinator
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Olga Abramson .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Matt Blades .... key grip
Peter Bulavinetz .... grip
Michael Burke .... first assistant camera
Sung Rae Cho .... assistant camera
Ron Egozi .... camera operator
Sergei Franklin .... Steadicam operator
Lauren Haber .... camera loader
Keith Kalohelani .... generator operator
John Krause .... dolly grip
Brendan Malone .... best boy grip
Antonio Ponti .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Lance Rieck .... remote camera technician: scorpio head
Michele SchianodiCola .... electrician
Douglas W. Shannon .... gaffer
Michael Simmonds .... camera operator: second unit
Brooke Stanford .... best boy
Ned Stresen-Reuter .... camera intern
Carl Tebbenhoff .... electrician
JoJo Whilden .... still photographer
Casting Department
Lee Genick .... extras casting
Leeba Zakharov .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amy Henry .... paper mask designer
John Kristiansen .... costumes
Chrissy Kuhn .... costume supervisor
Colleen McTigue .... key costumer
Lauren Plymel .... costume coordinator
Terese Wadden .... costume coordinator
Editorial Department
Jason Crump .... colorist: dailies
Doug Delaney .... digital intermediate colorist
Matthew W. Johnson .... digital intermediate editor
John Karian .... color timer
Morning Star Schott .... digital intermediate producer (as Morning Star)
Music Department
Doug Bernheim .... music supervisor
Phillip Blackford .... score mix technician
Adam Blau .... composer: additional music
Jake Monaco .... score coordinator
Casey Stone .... music scoring mixer
Other crew
Ethan Anderson .... location assistant
Dudley Arbaugh .... set production assistant
Marlo Carroll .... additional set production assistant
Chris Cloud .... location scout
Scotch James Diaz Crisostomo .... first assistant accountant
Sam Dash .... assistant: Felicity Huffman
Patricia de Paula .... production coordinator
Kantarama Gahigiri .... set production assistant
Heather Gauntt .... assistant location manager
Dan Gloeckner .... key set production assistant
Eddie Griffith .... set production assistant
Tracey Grimes .... account executive: Post Logic Studios
Jessalyn Haefele .... production secretary
Jennifer Hamilton .... choreographer
Christine Leaman .... location manager
Ryan Leiderman .... production assistant
Christopher LeStrange .... location assistant
Sue Levi Pearl .... advisor: Tourette syndrome
Richard T. Lynch .... craft service
W. Scott Lyon .... assistant: Daniel Barnz (as Scott Lyon)
Alex Markman .... production intern
Katie Martin .... production assistant
Paul Mayersohn .... legal
Andrew McGovern .... accounting clerk
Tony Osso .... script supervisor
Brendan Potter .... set production assistant
Matthew F. Preston .... assistant production coordinator
Jon Shaw .... production assistant
Missy Simms .... teacher/welfare worker
Noreen Souza-Bailey .... set production assistant
Judit Ungar .... advisor: Tourette syndrome
Noreen Ward .... production accountant
Chad Yavarow .... set production assistant
Jodie Foster .... the producers wish to thank

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  • Engine Room (special visual effects) (as Engine Room, LLC)
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Rated PG-13 for thematic material and brief strong language
96 min
Aspect Ratio:
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This movie is Elle Fanning's first lead role in a feature film.See more »
[first lines]
Peter Lichten:Happy Birthday!
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Movie Connections:
References Alice in Wonderland (1933)See more »
Swan Lake: Scene (Swan Theme)See more »


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35 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
We all need a little magic...., 3 July 2008
Author: Constance Simpson-Fox from United States

I remember childhood as a time of striving to fit in, or despair at not fitting in, or being in limbo between the two. Sometimes a book, like Alice in Wonderland, captured my imagination, and, for a while, it didn't matter that I was different.

This movie accompanies us on a journey of discovery; showing us the bad places, the hurtful places, the thoughtless places, and the beautiful, magical, touching places that make up a life's geography. The impeccable Patricia Clarkson gently pulls our grimy, jammed-in- hands out of our pocket hiding places and shows us the beautiful truth at the center of our uniqueness.... that is, if we can identify with delightful, difficult Phoebe.

A wonderful ensemble cast of actors, notably diverse in age, experience and ethnicity, tell the story of this "misfit child" and the way such a personality churns up the water within her family. There is no escape for her loving, conflicted, and anguished mother, so beautifully portrayed by Felicity Huffman in what I believe to be her best performance to date. In large part, she and Phoebe play hide and seek throughout the journey, each fearing to hurt the other, each loving the other too much and understanding too little the myths and mysteries each must negotiate.

Bill Pullman, (does he get tired of the Everyman reference I wonder?), no less concerned about the condition of his daughter(s), or his wife, sensitively struggles to find his way to support and care for his family. It is my hope that his performance will inform fathers everywhere: be involved with your children, know them, insist on your important role and, resist letting mothers be the only experts.

Whew! I'm telling you, this movie got me thinking!

If a writer writes words on a page to move people, to touch their emotions...Danial Barnz did a wonderful job of work with me and the other people in the audience at the L.A. Film Festival. I wasn't the only one gasping at the intricate and amazing sets, laughing at the ironies and juxtapositions, or sniffling (it was a 5 tissue movie for me!) when the charming Elle Fanning bravely faced her obstacles and challenges as she wound her way through her daily rabbit hole in the crucible of grade school.

We all remember that one, but here with a principal-- played by Campbell Scott--almost sinister in his devotion to decorum and conformity. Manipulative and slightly malevolent, he sees only the problems and none of the gifts of the children in his care.

I have had "Phoebe flashbacks" daily since seeing this movie. Maybe the wonderful, fanciful costumes, or the austere demeanor and dress of Miss Dodger, or the pain on a child's face when a grown-up says something innocuous that isn't to a child, or the ballet that brings both joy and anxiety to a sensitive little girl, Dad and Mom struggling separately to achieve unity and discovering that no one can do it alone. To me, these are rich gifts and the reason I so love the movies.

It might be called a little movie, but I don't think so. It is a huge and mythic movie dressed up in a small, soft rabbit costume which you will love.

A personal thank you to everyone concerned with making this touching, big, little movie. Work well done! And, I hope it goes into wide distribution so that I can take my own family and friends on this charming, poignant journey.

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