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Flash of Genius -- Academy Award nominee Greg Kinnear stars in this inspiring true story about an ordinary man and his extraordinary fight against one of the most powerful corporations in the country.
Flash of Genius -- This is the first trailer for Flash of Genius, directed by Marc Abraham.
Flash of Genius -- Clip: The family goes for a test drive
Flash of Genius -- Interview: Lauren Graham "On Bob and Phyllis' relationship"
Flash of Genius -- Clip: Phyllis tells Bob this may be his moment


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Writers (WGA):
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John Seabrook (article)
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Greg Kinnear ... Bob Kearns
Tim Eddis ... Maryland Cop #1

Warren Belle ... Maryland Cop #2
Karl Pruner ... Pete

Bill Lake ... Scott

Dermot Mulroney ... Gil Previck

Lauren Graham ... Phyllis Kearns
Landon Norris ... Young Dennis
Shae Norris ... Young Kathy
Steven Woodworth ... Young Tim
Victoria Learn ... Young Maureen

Dylan Authors ... Young Patrick
Ronn Sarosiak ... Reverend
Gavin Kuiack ... Baby Bob Jr.
Ben Kuiak ... Baby Bob Jr.
Tom Rooney ... Jerry Barnley
Kate Parker ... Waitress

Andrew Gillies ... Paul Previck

Duane Murray ... Jim
Kate Greenhouse ... Jean Previck
Philip Nessel ... Club Member
Liam Titcomb ... Joe Warwick
Sal Scozzari ... Workman #1

Daniel Roebuck ... Frank Sertin

Mitch Pileggi ... Macklin Tyler
Richard Blackburn ... Executive One
Michael Spencer-Davis ... Real Estate Agent (as Michael Spencer Davis)
Michael Rhoades ... Salesman

Nicole Crozier ... Waitress #2

Sergio Di Zio ... Louis
Ashley Wright ... Security Officer

Jonathan Whittaker ... MC / Singer
Richard Fitzpatrick ... Barney Howell
Jared Durand ... Student
London Angelis ... Wade

Matthew Edison ... Nerdy Student

Kristian Truelsen ... Doctor

Simon Reynolds ... Angry Driver
Denis Akiyama ... Dr. Ito
Liam Wright ... Toddler Bob Jr.
Owen Wright ... Toddler Bob Jr.
Quancetia Hamilton ... Case Worker

Alan Alda ... Gregory Lawson

Aaron Abrams ... Ian Meillor

Jake Abel ... Dennis (21 Years)
Tim Kelleher ... Charlie Defao

Tatiana Maslany ... Older Kathy

Bill Smitrovich ... Judge Franks (as Bill Smitrovitch)

Conor O'Farrell ... Chris Finley

Isaac Lupien ... Bob Jr.
Grant Boyle ... Older Patrick
Ashton Doudelet ... Older Tim

Josette Halpert ... Older Maureen
Bruce Gooch ... Jury Foreman

Chuck Shamata ... Professor Irwin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jim Chad ... Patron in Diner (uncredited)

TJ Cheslea ... Auto Show Patron (uncredited)

Daniel Cristofori ... Student (uncredited)
David B. Guthrie ... Bartender (uncredited)
Kate Parr ... Peggy (uncredited)
David Webster ... Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Marc Abraham 
Writing credits
Philip Railsback (written by)

John Seabrook (article "The Flash of Genius")

Produced by
Gary Barber .... producer
Roger Birnbaum .... producer
Thomas A. Bliss .... executive producer
J. Miles Dale .... executive producer
Jonathan Glickman .... executive producer
Michael Lieber .... producer
Eric Newman .... executive producer
Original Music by
Aaron Zigman 
Cinematography by
Dante Spinotti (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jill Savitt 
Casting by
Denise Chamian 
Production Design by
Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski 
Art Direction by
Patrick Banister 
Set Decoration by
Peter P. Nicolakakos  (as Peter Nicolakakos)
Costume Design by
Luis Sequeira 
Makeup Department
Kelly Brennan .... hair stylist
Linda Dowds .... makeup artist
Susan Hayward .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Paul Jones .... prosthetics creator (uncredited)
Kelly Whetter .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Dennis Chapman .... production manager (as Dennis V. Chapman)
J. Miles Dale .... unit production manager
Peter Oillataguerre .... executive in charge of production: Spyglass Entertainment
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
J. Miles Dale .... second unit director
Myron Hoffert .... first assistant director
Patrick Murphy .... third assistant director
Bob Warwick .... second assistant director
Nick Lopez .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Neesha Patki .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Deryck Blake .... property master
Brenton Brown .... on-set dresser
Jean-Pierre Charbonneau .... construction coordinator (as JP Charbonneau)
Itsuko Kurono .... second assistant art director
H. Nancy Pak .... art department coordinator
Douglas Slater .... first assistant art director
Michael Vanderteems .... greens key
George Venckus .... leadman
Toni Wong .... assistant property master
Colin Adams .... set dresser (uncredited)
Greg Chown .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Rossana DeCampo .... key scenic artist (uncredited)
Danielle Fleury .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Paul Greenberg .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Tracey Strikwerda-Valeriote .... trainee assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Keith Bilderbeck .... sound editor
Anne Couk .... assistant sound editor
Barbara Delpuech .... sound editor
Yann Delpuech .... sound editor
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer (as Bob Deschaine)
Glen Gauthier .... sound mixer
Shaughnessy Hare .... supervising sound effects editor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Darren King .... supervising sound editor
E. Niles Klein .... assistant sound editor
Goro Koyama .... foley artist
Greg LaPlante .... digital mastering
Travis MacKay .... adr recordist
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Mike McKone .... assistant sound editor
Christian P. Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer (as Christian Minkler)
Barbara Noren .... sound editor
Unsun Song .... re-recording mix technician
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
John C. Stuver .... sound editor (as John Stuver)
Steve Switzer .... boom operator
Jon Taylor .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Dan Yale .... sound editor
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist
Jenna Dalla Riva .... foley recording assistant (uncredited)
Brooke Graeff .... foley assistant (uncredited)
Jon Krupp .... sound: trailer (uncredited)
Vanessa Marshak .... foley recording assistant (uncredited)
Justin Pearson .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Philip Rogers .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Don White .... foley recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Warren Appleby .... special effects coordinator
Fiona MacPherson .... special effects shop coordinator
Tim Barraball .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Tomas Hartl .... key special effects (uncredited)
David Reaume .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Adnan Ahmed .... visual effects coordinator: Mr. X
Barb Benoit .... digital matte painter: Custom Fiulm Effects
Dennis Berardi .... visual effects executive producer: Mr. X
Anand Dorairaj .... compositor: Custom Film Effects
Mark Dornfeld .... visual effects supervisor: Custom Film Effects
Michele Ferrone .... visual effects producer: Custom Film Effects
Adam Gass .... digital editorial
Paulina Kuszta .... visual effects coordinator: Custom Film Effects
Sarah McMurdo .... visual effects producer: Mr. X
Daniel Mizuguchi .... animation supervisor: Custom Film Effects
Daniel Mizuguchi .... pre-vis supervisor: Custom Fuilm Effects
Matt Schofield .... digital matte painter: Custom Fulm Effects
David Thompson .... compositor: Custom Film Effects
Aaron Weintraub .... visual effects supervisor: Mr. X
Ryan Beadle .... digital I/O (uncredited)
Sarah Coatts .... visual effects producer: PIC (uncredited)
David Fix .... senior systems administrator: Mr. X Inc (uncredited)
Matt Glover .... visual effects production assistant (uncredited)
Sarah Grieshammer .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Shaina Holmes .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Safia Siad .... visual effects production assistant (uncredited)
Amani Williams .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Matt Birman .... stunt coordinator
Shelley Cook .... stunt driver #1
Rick Forsayeth .... stunt driver #2
Vanessa King .... stunt double: Phyllis
Danny Lima .... stunt double: Bob
Camera and Electrical Department
Mongo Andrews .... assistant key rigging grip
Sean Bourdeau .... best boy grip
Robert Cochrane .... dolly grip
Brad Crosbie .... b camera first assistant
Alex Dawes .... rigging electric
Richard Emerson .... key grip (as Rico Emerson)
Jay Fortune .... chief lighting technician
Michael L. Hall .... best boy electrician: splinter unit
Kerry Hayes .... still photographer
Chris Howard .... chief lighting technician (as Christopher Howard)
John Irwin .... generator operator
Tim Kneeshaw .... second assistant camera
Tim Merkel .... Steadicam operator
Tim Merkel .... camera operator: "b" camera
Harald Ortenburger .... camera operator
Christopher Raucamp .... first assistant camera
Daniel Sauvé .... Steadicam opertator
Daniel Sauvé .... camera operator: "b" camera
Brian Scholz .... digital video technician
Stephen Spurrell .... chief rigging gaffer
Raphael Boettger .... daily grip (uncredited)
Russel Bowie .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Brian Cassar .... film loader (uncredited)
Tim Davis .... video assist operator (uncredited)
Duane Gullison .... best boy electric (uncredited)
Dianne L. Haggarty .... grip (uncredited)
Bill Hong .... camera car operator (uncredited)
Sean Marjoram .... daily electrician (uncredited)
Herb Reischl Jr. .... rigging best boy (uncredited)
Ron Renzetti .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Angela Demo .... casting associate: US
Diane Kerbel .... casting: Canada
Zameret Kleiman .... extras casting
Chantal Leblanc-Everett .... casting assistant: Canada (as Chantal LeBlanc)
AnnaRosa Piccione .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Suzanne Aplin .... costume supervisor
Stacia Bon .... wardrobe assistant
Patricia Hanley Cumming .... costume set supervisor (as Patricia Hanley-Cummings)
Jay Du Boisson .... assistant costume designer
Karen Eppstadt .... key wardrobe breakdown artist
Sara Schilt .... costume buyer
Editorial Department
Chris Blacklock .... dailies operator
Clark Campbell .... assistant editor
Christine Carr .... digital intermediate producer
Salvatore Catanzaro .... on-line editor
Mike Chiado .... digital intermediate technologist
Adrian DeLude .... assistant colorist
Annie Johnson .... digital intermediate producer
Lara Johnston .... assistant editor
Jackie Lee .... digital intermediate account executive
Missy Papageorge .... digital intermediate producer
Laura Paulsen .... post-production coordinator
Kurt Smith .... color timer
Mary Beth Smith .... negative cutter (as Marybeth Smith)
Stefan Sonnenfeld .... digital intermediate executive producer
Ofe Yi .... first assistant editor
Rob Doolittle .... senior on-line editor (uncredited)
Cam McLauchlin .... assistant editor: avid dailies (uncredited)
Jorge Tanaka .... digital intermediate assistant (uncredited)
Ian Turpen .... digital intermediate scanner: Company 3 (uncredited)
Music Department
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
Thomas Bowes .... orchestra leader
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Jerry Hey .... orchestrator
Lisa Jaime .... music editor
Stuart Martz .... music consultant
Stuart Martz .... violin coach
G. Marq Roswell .... music supervisor
Dennis S. Sands .... music scoring mixer (as Dennis Sands)
Dennis S. Sands .... score recordist (as Dennis Sands)
Michael Stern .... additional score mixer
Michael Stern .... additional score recordist
Adam Swart .... music supervisor
Jesse Voccia .... electronic score programmer
Lucy Whalley .... assistant orchestra contractor
Bruce White .... viola
Aaron Zigman .... conductor
Aaron Zigman .... orchestrator
Alethia Austin .... music coordinator (uncredited)
Christine Bergren .... music licensing (uncredited)
Rob Bertola .... music playback engineer (uncredited)
Steve Juliani .... music preparation (uncredited)
Nevin Seus .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Aleck Duncan .... driver: construction department
Greg McGrath .... driver
Roland McGrath .... transportation captain
Bruce McLean .... transportation coordinator
Orest W. Muz .... picture car captain (as Orest Muz)
John Ratushniak .... picture car mechanic
Gord Bettles .... picture car mechanic (uncredited)
Ian C. Harris .... daily driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Scott Alexander .... assistant location manager: Brazil
Mary Malone Browning .... assistant to Eric Newman (as Mary Browning)
Kathryn Buck .... script supervisor
Jared Burton .... location production assistant
Kim Buttlar .... executive coordinator: Gary Barber (as Kimberly Buttlar)
Juliette Caron .... french subtitles by
Jennifer Chovancek .... assistant production coordinator
Matt Dines .... assistant: Jonathan Glickman
Wendy Gaboury .... production accountant
Emily Halfon .... production assistant
Jennifer Hoffmeister .... assistant: Marc Abraham
The Kearbs Family .... consultants
Dennis Kearns .... consultant
Ashley Kravitz .... script clearance
Jacinta McDonnell .... stand-in: Uruguay
David McIlroy .... location manager
Caitlin McKenna .... adr group coordinator (as Caitlin McKenna-Wilkinson)
Jason McLean .... stand-in
Jed Metzger .... assistant location manager
Kati Moore .... location production assistant
Chris Moulson .... assistant location manager
Gabrielle Neimand .... production executive: Strike Entertainment
Kerry Ann Redmond .... first assistant accountant
Lisa Shamata .... unit publicist
Erik Sudmals .... assistant accountant
Will Taylor .... production assistant
Marlena Thomas .... executive coordinator: Roger Birnbaum
Jarik Van Sluijs .... creative director: main titles
Uma Venkataramaiah .... assistant: J. Miles Dale
Alison Waxman .... production coordinator
Daniel Zuccala .... production assistant
Mark Barclay .... assistant: Thomas Bliss (uncredited)
Brian Bruskrud .... finance executive (uncredited)
Andrea Eisen .... on-set tutor (uncredited)
Julio Ferrario .... creative director: main titles (uncredited)
Pamela B. Green .... main title producer (uncredited)
Rui Martins .... rushes telecine operator (uncredited)
Alex McNaughton .... location scout (uncredited)
Sue Nelson .... third assistant accountant (uncredited)
Phil Altmann .... the producers wish to thank
Robert W. Kearns .... dedicatee
D. Jim Mirkopoulos .... the producers wish to thank (as Jim Mirkopolous)
Donna Zuchlinski .... the producers wish to thank

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
USA:119 min | Canada:119 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
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Many of the Toronto locations were found by the locations manager using Google Earth.See more »
Anachronisms: The Continental Mark III that was given to Kearns was a 1969, not a 1968 as indicated in this section. The headrests were not there for the 1968 model. All cars had standard headrests for 1969. Ford changed to smaller, triangular ones for 1970 and 1971.See more »
Bob Kearns:Whatever happened to this little thing called justice we talked about?
Gregory Lawson:This is justice, Bob. This is how justice is dispensed in this country - with checkbooks. There are no brass bands, you know, there are no ticker tape parades, the mayor doesn't give you the key to the city and call you a hero. You get a check, and that check makes the lives of you and your family a little easier... a little more pleasant. It's that simple.
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84 out of 97 people found the following review useful.
Great film - sad story, 5 October 2008
Author: Bruce Jones ( from Southern California

It was great to see Greg Kinnear in another flawless performance; here as Dr. Bob Kearns, inventor and professor. To me, I think of Mr. Kinnear as sort of the cocker spaniel of American actors. Perfectly companionable for just about everyone. He just feels right in so many roles it's hard to imagine anyone else having done them. This is another instance of his having added immeasurably to what may have otherwise been a more uninteresting character. After all, it's hard to imagine anyone making an engineer or professor seem interesting; but in this outing Kinnear certainly accomplishes that.

Adding her own note of quiet grace and perfect screen presence, Lauren Graham as Phyllis Kearns gives her character both charm and great heart, not to mention that she looks better in a plain white nightgown that just about anyone I've seen... well, except for my wife, of course.

There are other great performances here too, like Mitch Pileggi as the bad guy from any corporation in America, Tim Kelleher as his greasier side-kick and Dermot Mulroney as a slightly smarmy friend of Kearnes'. Likewise the hoard of young actors playing the Kearns children added a perfect familial note to the vehicle.

But, more than any of these fine people, the focal point here was the story as it always is in these social consciousness melodramas. Yes, Virginia. The wheels of American industry is greased with the bones of the cheated and betrayed genius of America. That is so universally true it's a well known sub-plot to all of America's engineers and manufacturers. What is also well known is what happens when they try to find justice, let alone an iota of truth; which is so accurately and skillfully portrayed in this film.

Speaking as an engineer who has worked in American industry for over 40 years, I can say that I have seen this more times than I can count. It goes on every day right here under your noses, America, and no one ever does a thing to change the way America fails to protect her fragile genius. That is deliberately so. That is so because the laws America uses to define how these things are handled are made by lawyers, for lawyers. It would cease to be profitable if the laws were crafted to actually protect it's most precious resource - it's creative people. But it's not; the laws are instead crafted to provide fat and frequent paychecks to every leach that slithers through the "halls of justice".

Just as Kearns did, I had to learn the hard way that justice in America belongs only to those with a fat enough wallet to buy it through the local outlet. If you don't have the six figures to hire a lawyer then you have no rights and no freedom in this country. Like a Wildebeest grazing blissfully in the middle of the herd, you have only not been awakened to that fact yet because no one has yet decided to attack you, or steal from you.

This has been the long way around to tell you that the creators of the film got it exactly right, with one serious flaw... for every Bob Kearns who has eviscerated themselves to win a Pyrrhic victory of the sort we witness here, there have been thousands who have given up for being too shallow in pocket or too short of mental fortitude or too short of the desire for self-flagellation required to press through to an empty, moral victory.

And even here, we see unmistakably that this "victory" costs Kearns what he valued most in his life. He didn't even live to see himself depicted as "heroic" in this fine film.

Still, thank you Bob, wherever you are.

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