IMDb > The Burning Plain (2008)
The Burning Plain
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Burning Plain (2008) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 33 | slideshow) Videos (see all 3)
The Burning Plain -- A drama with a two-tiered storyline concerning a mother (Basinger) and daughter (Theron) who try to form a bond after the young woman's difficult childhood.
The Burning Plain -- Clip: Meeting at the supermarket

Overview

User Rating:
6.9/10   13,034 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 17% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writer (WGA):
Guillermo Arriaga (written by)
Contact:
View company contact information for The Burning Plain on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
7 November 2008 (Italy) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Love heals. Love absolves. Love burns.
Plot:
A drama with a two-tiered storyline concerning a mother and daughter who try to form a bond after the young woman's difficult childhood. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Time changes everything See more (53 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charlize Theron ... Sylvia

John Corbett ... John

José María Yazpik ... Carlos

Robin Tunney ... Laura

Gray Eubank ... Lawrence

Fernanda Romero ... Sophie

Kacie Thomas ... Vivi

Martin Papazian ... Young Man

Sean McGrath ... Cook

JD Pardo ... Young Santiago

Diego J. Torres ... Cristobal (as Diego Torres)
José Gallardo Jr. ... Xavier

Rachel Ticotin ... Ana
Rosalia De Aragon ... Aunt Rebecca (as Rosalia de Aragon)

Debrianna Mansini ... Paula

Anthony Escobar ... Priest

Brett Cullen ... Robert

Jennifer Lawrence ... Mariana

TJ Plunkett ... Pat
Taylor Warden ... Bobby
Stacy Marie Warden ... Monnie

Danny Pino ... Santiago
Aide Rodriguez ... Operator (as Aidé Rodriguez)

Tessa Ia ... Maria

Toni Marie Lopez ... Woman (as Toni Lopez)
Luis Senyé ... Rancher #1
Kirk Zachek ... Rancher #2

Joaquim de Almeida ... Nick Martinez

Kim Basinger ... Gina
Kyle Klunder ... Pat's Friend

Rafael Hernández ... Doctor
Kimberlynn Guzman ... Nurse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Dustin ... Young Man's Colleague (uncredited)

Rich Gill ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Timothy Levine ... Bicyclist (uncredited)
Cesar Miramontes ... Plaza Street Vendor (uncredited)

Chris Ranney ... Grocery Shopper (uncredited)
Malcolm Ullery ... Priest's Helper (uncredited)

Directed by
Guillermo Arriaga 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Guillermo Arriaga (written by)

Produced by
Ray Angelic .... executive producer
Marc Butan .... executive producer
Eduardo Costantini .... co-producer
Mark Cuban .... executive producer
Beth Kono .... co-producer
Laurie MacDonald .... producer
Walter F. Parkes .... producer
Alisa Tager .... executive producer
Charlize Theron .... executive producer
Mike Upton .... co-producer
Todd Wagner .... executive producer
Adrian Zurita .... associate producer (as Adrián Zurita)
 
Original Music by
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez  (as Omar Rodriguez Lopez)
Hans Zimmer 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Elswit (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Craig Wood 
 
Casting by
Debra Zane 
 
Production Design by
Dan Leigh 
 
Art Direction by
Naython Vane 
 
Set Decoration by
Wilhelm Pfau  (as Wil Pfau)
Ron von Blomberg  (as Ron Von Blomberg)
 
Costume Design by
Cindy Evans 
 
Makeup Department
Sara Bozik .... department head makeup artist
June Brickman .... makeup artist: Ms. Basinger
Jane English .... body makeup artist: Ms. Basinger
RaMona Fleetwood .... department head hair stylist (as Ramona Fleetwood)
Lisa Hill .... additional makeup artist
Yvette Meely .... key hair stylist
Matthew W. Mungle .... prosthetic provider (as Matthew Mungle)
Reyna Robinson .... additional hair stylist
Crystal Shade .... additional makeup artist: Portland
Mitchell Stone .... hair stylist: Ms. Basinger (as Mitch Stone)
Sheila Trujillo-Gomez .... key makeup artist
Pepper J. Gallegos .... makeup artist assistant (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Ray Angelic .... unit production manager
Darren M. Demetre .... production supervisor: Portland
Marjorie Ergas .... production supervisor
Jamey Pryde .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dylan Goss .... second unit director
Phil Hardage .... first assistant director
Thomas Parris .... additional first assistant director (as Thomas G. Parris)
Keith Potter .... second assistant director (as Keith W. Potter)
Chad Saxton .... second second assistant director
Matthew D. Smith .... additional first assistant director
 
Art Department
Brad Anderson .... prop maker: Portland
RA Arancio-Parrain .... additional set dresser (as Ra Arancio-Parrain)
Arthur Arndt .... propmaker
Joe Arnold .... property master
Daas Bersano .... construction foreman: Portland
Ben Bishop .... greens
Philip Blackburn .... set dresser: Portland
Stephen Braddock .... propmaker
Noah Bradley .... construction coordinator
Kevin Brown .... utility technician
Chris Buchinsky .... storyboard artist
Charles A. Carlsen .... greens: Portland (as Charles Carlsen)
Lisa Corradino .... on-set dresser
Sharai 'Sara' Corral .... set decorating intern (as Sara Corral)
Anna Cosentine .... scenic painter
Michael T. Daigle .... foreman (as Mike Daigle)
Ralph DeLaurentis .... utility technician
James Donahue .... art director: Portland (as Jim Donahue)
Ken Erck .... additional scenic: Portland
Gabriel Flores .... scenic painter
Sean Fong .... leadman: Portland
Dennis W. Garland .... construction coordinator
Dennis W. Garland .... key greens
James H. Gill .... gang boss (as Jim Gill)
Jenelle Giordano .... set dresser: Portland
Severino Gonzales .... leadperson
Sheila Griffin .... set decorating production assistant
Randal R. Groves .... construction coordinator: Portland (as Randal Groves)
Joseph Guillette .... storyboard artist
Benjamin Hayden .... art director: Portland (as Ben Hayden)
Robert Jackson .... set dresser
Janice B. Jacobson .... utility technician
Adam Johnson .... set dresser: Portland
Bree Judah .... additional scenic: Portland
Sean Kennedy .... set decorator: Portland
Alex Klaue .... art department coordinator: Portland
William Maloney .... scenic painter
Vicki M. McWilliams .... additional graphics (as Vicki McWilliams)
Vicki M. McWilliams .... art department coordinator
Bekka Melino .... set dresser: Portland
Michael Myszka .... set dresser
Josiah O'Neil .... assistant property master
Chris Painter .... gang boss (as Christopher Painter)
Kenneth Pattison .... lead scenic painter
Christina Pizzala .... scenic painter
Renee Prince .... lead scenic
Renee Prince .... stand by painter: Portland
Ray Mark Provencio .... greens
Gabriel Rivera .... additional set dresser
David J. Rivers .... prop maker: Portland
Robin Scala .... art department production assistant
Dan Schaefer .... storyboard artist: Portland
Carly Sertic .... prop assistant: Portland
Ryan Warren Smith .... on-set dresser: Portland (as Ryan Smith)
Spencer Stair .... set dresser
Teresa Tamiyasu .... buyer: Portland (as Teresa J. Tamiyasu)
Johnny Trudell .... construction foreman: Portland
Lance Tytor .... propmaker
Chandler Vinar .... set dresser: Portland
Allan B. Holt .... artist: Animal Makers (uncredited)
Jeffrey Brian Johnson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Ellen Lampl .... prop graphics (uncredited)
Linda McGinnis .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Laura Harris Atkinson .... dialogue editor
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Lars Bjerre .... audio restoration
Jeanette Browning .... adr recordist (as Jeannette Browning)
Julio Carmona .... adr recordist
Thadd Day .... utility sound
Lori Dovi .... production sound mixer
Paul Flinchbaugh .... assistant sound editor
Eric J. Goldstein .... utility sound: Portland (as Eric Goldstein)
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
Michael Hertlein .... foley editor
Doc Kane .... adr mixer
Christian P. Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Sarah Monat .... foley artist
Bryan Pennington .... sound consultant: Dolby
Randy Singer .... foley mixer
David A. Smith .... boom operator (as David Allen Smith)
Jack Snyder .... sound stage engineer
Unsun Song .... sound recordist
Jon Taylor .... sound re-recording mixer
Karen Vassar Triest .... sound designer (as Karen Vassar)
Michael D. Wilhoit .... supervising sound editor (as Mike Wilhoit)
Scott Wolf .... sound designer
 
Special Effects by
Vincent Ball .... special effects technician (as Vincent Lee Ball)
William Catania .... special effects technician
James Cheshire .... special effects technician (as James 'J.C.' Cheshire)
David Fletcher .... special effects coordinator
Thomas Kittle .... special effects foreman (as Tom Kittle)
Stephen Klineburger .... additional special effects: Portland
Greg Oliver .... special effects technician (as Gregory Oliver)
Bob Riggs .... special effects coordinator: Portland (as Robert Riggs)
 
Visual Effects by
Tony Barger .... visual effects coordinator: Riot
Tim 'Timco' Conway .... tracking & integration lead: Riot (as Tim Conway)
Mark Edwards .... digital asset manager: Riot
Changsoo Eun .... cgi artist: Encore Hollywood
Dustin Foster .... assistant digital asset manager: Riot
Mitch Gates .... cgi artist: Encore Hollywood
Jamie Hallett .... visual effects supervisor: Riot
Lindsay Hallett .... executive producer: Riot (as Lindsay Burnett)
Charlie Iturriaga .... visual effects supervisor: Ollin Studio
Tom Kendall .... visual effects producer: Encore Hollywood
Dan Lopez .... cgi artist: Encore Hollywood
Erika A. McKee .... visual effects producer: Riot (as Erika McKee)
Kurt McKeever .... cgi artist: Encore Hollywood
Marla Neto .... visual effects production assistant: Riot
Hiroyuki Okubo .... effects: Riot
Mai Suzuki .... roto/dustbust: Riot
Robert Tatum .... roto/paint: Riot
Cecile Tecson .... roto/paint: Riot (as Cecile E. Tecson)
Rodrigo Washington .... cgi artist: Encore Hollywood
Cary Welton .... rotoscope artist: Riot
Shane Christopher Wicklund .... compositor: Riot (as Shane Wicklund)
Andy Wilkoff .... cg supervisor: Riot (as Andrew Wilkoff)
Mariana Acuña Acosta .... compositor (uncredited)
Elizabeth Asai .... visual effects production assistant (uncredited)
Gustavo Bellon .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Gustavo Bellon .... dynamics and simulations (uncredited)
Gustavo Bellon .... matchmover (uncredited)
J.D. Bowers .... sculptor: W.M. Creations (uncredited)
Robin L. D'Arcy .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Rodrigo Echevarría .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Jose Julian Karam Lopez .... digital artist (uncredited)
Alberto Landeros .... digital artist (uncredited)
Miguel Lizarraga .... digital painter (uncredited)
Sean Looper .... pipeline architect: Riot (uncredited)
Cyntia Navarro .... asset manager: Ollin Studio (uncredited)
Edgar Patron .... compositor (uncredited)
Wendy Pirotte .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Salvador Tovar .... digital artist (uncredited)
Thorsten Wolf .... lead compositor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Tyra Dillenschneider .... stunts
Shauna Duggins .... stunts
Howard Israel .... stunts
Peewee Piemonte .... stunt coordinator
Brian Smyj .... stunt coordinator
Stephanie Stokes .... stunt double: Charlize Therion
Shauna Duggins .... stunt double: Charlize Theron (uncredited)
Gene Harrison .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James W. Apted .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as James Apted)
Joe Bacharka .... electrician
Andy Barden .... electrician: Portland
Theodore Y. Bott .... electrician (as Theo Bott)
Dante Cardone .... assistant chief lighting technician
Chris 'Chalky' Chalk .... electrician: Portland
Jeremiah G. Chapman .... video assist (as Jeremiah Chapman)
Gary S. Christie .... grip (as Gary Christie)
Joe Datri .... remote camera technician
James R. Davis .... electrician: Portland
Frank Eyers .... 24 frame playback
Richard Foreman Jr. .... stills photographer (as Richard Foreman)
Peter Geraghty .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Vahagn Gharibyan .... spacecam technician
Nate Goodman .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, Portland
Dylan Goss .... aerial director of photography
Juergen Heinemann .... grip
Kaleb Heinemann .... grip
Danielle 'Stella' Hernandez .... additional grip
Tom Hutchinson .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Kevin Huver .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Barry Idoine .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Baz Idoine)
Chip Ingram .... grip: Portland
John Joleaud .... electrician
Michael Kenner .... key grip
Jeff Kunkel .... dolly grip
Brent Lawson .... grip: Portland
Brian C. Lawson .... grip: Portland (as Brian Lawson)
Bruce Lawson .... grip: Portland
Rob Locker .... electrician
Amber Maahs .... grip
Christopher Mack .... camera operator: "d" camera
Tor Matson .... best boy rigging electrician
Matthew May .... rigging gaffer: Portland (as Matthew D. May)
Ryan Middleton .... electrician: Portland
Ray Milazzo .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Ray Milazzo Jr.)
Daniel Miller .... additional grip
Johnny Morris .... best boy grip
Gaylen Nebeker .... video assist: Portland
Dominic Pagano .... rigging electrician
Heather Page .... camera operator: "c" camera
Heather Page .... director of photography: second unit
Guillermo A. Portillo III .... grip
Stephen Purcell .... electrician: Portland
Steve Reed .... rigging electrician
P. Scott Sakamoto .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Scott Sakamoto)
P. Scott Sakamoto .... steadicam operator (as Scott Sakamoto)
Joseph Sikora .... additional electrician (as Joseph J. Sikora)
Kelly Simpson .... camera loader
Penny Sprague .... camera operator: "c" camera
Jeff Stewart .... rigging gaffer
Larissa Supplitt .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Karina Teismann .... electrician
Jean Margaret Thomas .... electrician: Portland
Rick Thomas .... chief lighting technician
John Toll .... additional photographer
Joe Vitellaro .... grip: Portland
Jarred Waldron .... chief lighting technician: Portland
Scott Walters .... rigging gaffer: Portland
Dan Williams .... additional grip
Kevin Wisor .... electrician
Martin Oliver Edward Wright .... 24 frame playback (as Martin Wright)
Anne Carson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
David Karlak .... camera intern (uncredited)
Patrick LaValley .... camera intern: Portland (uncredited)
Justin C. Ward .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Jim Boulden .... animatronics and puppets creator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Kathryn Brink .... casting: New Mexico (as Kathy Brink)
Fernando Echeverri .... extras casting
Aaron Giombolini .... casting assistant: New Mexico (as Aaron Giomolini)
Eryn Goodman .... casting assistant: Portland
Diana Hammons .... extras casting: Portland
Lexington Hoebel .... extras casting
Diane Kerstein .... extras casting assistant: Portland
Lori Lewis .... casting associate: Portland
Shayna Markowitz .... casting assistant
Julie Rounds .... extras casting assistant
Haley Talbot .... casting administrative assistant: Portland
Tannis Vallely .... casting associate
Lana Veenker .... casting: Portland
Veronica Gilbert .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Deborah Andrews .... seamstress
Dionne Barens .... additional set costumer
Nikki Bartnick .... key set costumer: Portland (as Nikki Paulson-Bartnick)
Lis Bothwell .... additional costumer
Lisa Clark .... costume production assistant
John Deering .... key set costumer
Juliet Hyde-White .... set costumer
Anne Laoparadonchai .... costumer: Ms. Theron (as Annie Laoparadonchai)
Lisa Parmet .... assistant costume designer
Chapin Simpson .... set costumer: Portland
Cynthia Ann Summers .... costumer: Ms. Basinger (as Cynthia Summers)
Barcie Waite .... costume supervisor
Emilea A. Rivera .... tailor/stitcher (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
J. Cody Baker .... digital intermediate assistant: Company 3 (as James Cody Baker)
Kenny Becker .... film color timer
Michael Boggs .... digital intermediate scanning supervisor: Company 3
Des Carey .... digital intermediate producer: Company 3
Mike Chiado .... digital intermediate technologist
Dan Goslee .... digital intermediate assistant: Company 3
Simon Morgan .... first assistant editor
Stephen Nakamura .... digital film colorist: Company 3
Alex Romano .... on-line editor: Company 3
Stefan Sonnenfeld .... executive producer: Company 3
Marc Wuertemburg .... senior vice president: post-production
Bryan Cantrall .... on-line editor (uncredited)
Joe Finley .... digital preview colorist (uncredited)
Ian Turpen .... digital intermediate scanner: Company 3 (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Lorne Balfe .... soloist
Jeffrey Biggers .... music mixer
Jeffrey Biggers .... music recordist
Tom Broderick .... technical score engineer (as Thomas Broderick)
Joanie Diener .... music editor
Annette Fradera .... music supervisor
Lili Haydn .... soloist: violin, voice (as Lili Hayden)
Steven Kofsky .... music production services
Katia Lewin Jablonsky .... assistant score engineer (as Katia Lewin)
Satnam Ramgotra .... soloist
Dana Sano .... music supervisor
Peter Oso Snell .... technical score engineer (as Peter 'Oso' Snell)
Lars Stalfors .... additional music recordist
Libby Umstead .... source music coordinator
Andrew Zack .... music production coordinator
Atli Örvarsson .... soloist
Daniel Goldaracena .... temp music editor (uncredited)
Aimee Schaefer .... music supervisor intern (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Victoria Mischa Austreng .... driver: Portland (as Mischa Austreng)
Dan Berryman .... driver
Tom Berto .... driver
David E. Burke .... driver (as David Burke)
Jacob Cena .... picture car coordinator
James E. Christian .... driver (as Jim Christian)
Earl Scott Corley .... driver
Felix Delgado .... driver
Tyra Dillenschneider .... driver
Steve Evans .... driver: Portland
James Everett .... driver
Bill Getzwiller .... transportation captain (as Billy Getzwiller)
Ryder Greene .... driver: Portland
Paul M. Hackett .... driver
Mark Haleston .... driver: Portland
Bart Heimburger .... driver: Portland
Lance Hruza .... driver: Portland
Kenny James .... driver
Fritz Kaser .... driver
Robert J. Kozlowski .... driver
Philip Krysl .... driver: Portland
Gavin Lebow .... driver
Belarmino A. Bill Lopez .... driver
Jimmy W. Masterson .... driver
Brendan McKeon .... driver: Portland
Greg McVey .... driver: Portland
Eric Miller .... driver
Eric Miller .... transportation captain: Portland
R. Daniel Miller .... driver
Andrew Mott .... driver: Portland
David Norris .... transportation captain: Portland
Tom Perkins .... driver
John Petty .... driver: Portland (as John 'JP' Petty)
Robert Platt .... driver: Portland
Thomas Platt .... driver: Portland
Ken Plumlee .... driver
Bobby Rabelo .... driver (as Robert M. 'Billy Rabelo)
Teri Romano .... driver
Joe Soleberg .... driver: Portland (as Joe Solberg)
Eric Solmonson .... driver: Portland
Boots Southerland .... driver (as Marlin 'Boots' Southerland)
Glen Stalcup .... driver
Laura Stride .... driver: Portland
Andrew Trujillo .... driver
Matt Wagner .... driver
Paul Walker .... driver
Byron Wilkerson .... driver
Leanne Wilkerson .... driver
Don Williams .... driver: Portland
Prentis Woods .... transportation captain (as Prentis 'PW' Woods)
William Wray .... driver
Roy A. Grace .... driver (uncredited)
Paul Salard III .... production van driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Rachel A. Bailey .... production office intern (as Rachel Bailey)
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances Inc.
Aimee Lynn Barneburg .... production office assistant: Portland (as Aimée Lynn Barneburg)
Leandra M. Barreras .... production office intern
Teodoro Benitez .... assistant chef: Alex's Gourmet Catering
Karla Benson .... rigging medic: Portland
Kathleen Breton-Collier .... studio teacher
Trevor Byrne .... assistant: Mr. Wuertemburg
Richard Cansino .... loop group voice
Joe Cappelletti .... loop group voice
Jean Chien .... location manager
Jennifer Cobb .... first assistant accountant
Tonia Davis .... assistant: Mr. Tager
Pedro Delgadillo .... catering assistant: Portland
Gabriel DellaVecchia .... payroll accountant: Portland
Shanti Delsarte .... production office coordinator
Brittnee Dewald .... craft service: Portland
Sean Dolan .... production office intern
Ralph Ehrenpreis .... immigration legal services
Greg Ellis .... loop group voice
Colleen Emry .... accounting clerk: Portland (as Colleen Martinez)
Kandis Erickson .... assistant: Mr. Upton
Angel Estrada .... catering assistant: Portland
Laura Fearon .... payroll accountant
Susan Foley .... set production coordinator (as Sue Foley)
Matthew P.C. Freeman .... set production assistant (as Matt Freeman)
Cynthia Gates Fujikawa .... production accountant (as Cyndy Fujikawa)
Trevor George-Fowler .... animal trainer (as Trevor Fowler)
Paul Gladden .... set production assistant
Alejandra Gollas .... loop group voice
Mike Gomez .... loop group voice
Marissa M. Gonzales .... assistant production office coordinator (as Marissa Gonzales)
Brian Green .... set production assistant
Emily Gruendike .... key production assistant
Dia Hahn .... studio teacher
Dorottya Hegedus .... physical production: 2929 (as Dorottya Hegedus-Lum)
Murielle Helgeson .... on-set tutor
Murielle Helgeson .... on-set tutor: Portland
Kate Higgins .... loop group voice
Doug Hobart .... location manager: Portland
Tracy Holliday .... second assistant location: Portland (as Tracy Holiday)
David Barraza Ibanez .... assistant: Mr. Arriaga
Ashlee Irish .... assistant: Ms. Theron
Howard Israel .... pilot
Jim Ivy .... set medic
Santino Jimenez .... assistant location manager
Ari Joffe .... set production assistant
Ari Joffe .... set production assistant: Portland
Dawn Knox .... assistant: Mr. Cuban
Cherron Kofford .... travel coordinator
Wendy Kutzner .... production office coordinator: Portland
Lex Lang .... loop group voice
Ilana Lapid .... assistant: Mr. Angelic
Jackie Lee .... vice president: feature sales, Company 3
Nestor 'Noe' Lopez .... chef: Alex's Gourmet Catering
Sal Lopez .... loop group voice
Morag MacPherson .... studio teacher coordinator: Portland
Micaela Maestas .... assistant: Mr. Arriaga
Tracy Marshak-Nash .... post production accountant (as Tracy Nash)
Alison Marwah .... production office intern
Christopher Matson .... business affairs: 2929 (as Chris Matson)
Mary McGinn .... set production assistant
Peter McKernan .... aerial coordinator
Staci Mitchell .... assistant: Mr. Wagner
Sam Molleur .... assistant: Mr. Wuertemburg
Luis Montenegro .... chef: Alex's Gourmet Catering
Sheppard Mullin .... production counsel
Ellen Nicholson .... assistant: business affairs
Stephani Norwood .... production secretary: Portland
Jared Ortega .... location intern
Dyana Ortelli .... loop group voice
Alan Page .... script translator
Eric Papa .... aerial location scout
Wilson Peery .... assistant production office coordinator: Portland
Patricia Perkins .... craft service
Roderick Peyketewa .... assistant location manager
Jacqueline Pinol .... loop group voice (as Jacqueline Piñol)
Mark Ver Ploegh .... accounting clerk
John Paul Potter .... set production assistant
Cindy Robinson .... loop group voice
Jessica Roddy .... business affairs: 2929
Jackson Rowe .... set production assistant: Portland
Czarina Russell .... studio manager: Remote Control Productions
Brooke Satrazemis .... script supervisor
Jim Saunders .... immigration legal services
Taylor Saxon .... lead medic: Portland
Aimee Schaefer .... second assistant location manager (as Aimée Schaefer)
Aimee Schaefer .... set production assistant: Portland
Bryon Schreckengost .... assistant: Mr. Kono
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances Inc.
Diane Slattery .... marketing consultant
Levi Smith .... location production assistant
Adam M. Stone .... product placement coordinator
Cat Stone .... product placement coordinator
Riyoko Tanaka .... assistant: Mr. Parkes & Ms. MacDonald
Jesse Terry .... production office assistant
Andrew Ticer .... location production assistant: Portland
Mike Upton .... senior vice president of production: 2929
Bernadette Valer .... accounting clerk
Jill Vaupen .... travel coordinator
Elias Vigh .... production secretary
Crystal Walen .... production office assistant: Portland
Robert Warberg .... assistant location manager: Portland (as Bobby Warberg)
Heather Wayland .... business affairs: 2929
Kaleb Wentzel-Fisher .... location production assistant
Jaron White .... set production assistant (as Jaron Whitfill)
David Williams .... craft service: Portland
Derek Wilson .... set production assistant: Portland
Matt Wilson .... production office intern
Jeffrey Zaks .... assistant: Mr. Butan (as Jeff Zaks)
Ken Dosch .... bird wrangler: Portland scenes (uncredited)
Hilton Clay Peres .... location scout (uncredited)
Estrella Perez .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Geno Romo .... stand-in (uncredited)
Joe Rynearson .... production assistant (uncredited)
Samuel M. Trimble .... stand-in (uncredited)
Adrian Zurita .... making-of director (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Santiago Aguirre .... the film makers wish to thank
Lucas Akoskin .... the film makers wish to thank
Carlos Arriaga Alarid .... the film makers wish to thank
Ignacio Armendariz .... the film makers wish to thank
Marianna Arriaga .... for: Con todo y para siempre (as Marianna)
Maru Arriaga .... for: Con todo y para siempre (as Maru)
Santiago Arriaga .... for: Con todo y para siempre (as Santiago)
Patricia Arriaga-Jordán .... the film makers wish to thank (as Patricia Arriaga Jordán)
Jonathan Benson .... the film makers wish to thank
John Boren .... the film makers wish to thank (as John Boren phd)
Simón Bross .... the film makers wish to thank
Dan Carrillo Levy .... the film makers wish to thank (as Dan Carrillo)
Nicholas Clainos .... the film makers wish to thank (as Nick Clainos)
Eduardo Constantini .... the film makers wish to thank
Amelia Jordán de Arriaga .... the film makers wish to thank
Shana Eddy-Grouf .... the film makers wish to thank (as Shana Eddy)
Michael Fitgerald .... the film makers wish to thank
Alex Garcia .... the film makers wish to thank
Octavio García Allende .... the film makers wish to thank
Lorena Perez Jacome .... the film makers wish to thank (as Lorena Pérez Jácome)
Carlos Arriaga Jordán .... the film makers wish to thank
Jorge Arriaga Jordán .... the film makers wish to thank
Keya Khayatian .... the film makers wish to thank
Linda Lichter .... the film makers wish to thank
Fernando Llanos .... the film makers wish to thank
Rosa María López De Armendáriz .... the film makers wish to thank (as Rosa Maria Lopez de Armendariz)
Mark Medoff .... the film makers wish to thank
Johanna Morales .... the film makers wish to thank
Luis Morales .... the film makers wish to thank
Lourdes Revora .... the film makers wish to thank
Gabriel Ripstein .... the film makers wish to thank
Jesus Rodriguez .... the film makers wish to thank
Jimena Rodriguez .... the film makers wish to thank (as Jimena Rodríguez)
Patricio Saiz .... the film makers wish to thank
Manuel Tron .... the film makers wish to thank
Lorenzo Vigas Castes .... the film makers wish to thank (as Lorenzo Vigas)
 
Crew believed to be complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
MPAA:
Rated R for sexuality, nudity and language
Runtime:
107 min | Canada:111 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:16 | Canada:14A (British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Germany:12 (f) | Japan:PG12 | Netherlands:12 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | Sweden:7 | UK:15 | USA:R (PCA #44486)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The title can be translated to Spanish as "El Llano en Llamas", the title of Juan Rulfo's short story collection, one of Mexico's most famous.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: Sylvia lives in Portland, but works at a restaurant on the ocean - two hours away.See more »
Quotes:
Laura:Late night?
Sylvia:I guess.
Laura:Again?
Sylvia:Again.
Laura:Hmm. Same guy?
Sylvia:No.
Laura:Do I know him?
Sylvia:Maybe.
Laura:Do you know him?
See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Falling StarSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
25 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Time changes everything, 1 May 2009
Author: sundance7490 from Scottsdale, Arizona

I had recently become a fan of both Guillermo Arriaga and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's work through their previous four films Amores Perros, 21 Grams, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, and Babel (in order of release). In hearing of their creative break-up, it certainly stirred, in my own mind, a possibility of double the good films... or a film-making battle accomplishing nothing. "The Burning Plain" by Guillermo Arriaga is the first of these fruits. Good or bad? You decide. I think good... but missing something.

The Burning Plain follows the story of several different people separated by time and space -- Sylvia, a woman in Oregon who must undertake an emotional odyssey to rid herself of her past; Mariana and Santiago, two teenagers trying to piece together the shattered lives of their parents in a New Mexico border town; Maria, a little girl who goes on a border-crossing voyage to help her parents find redemption, forgiveness, and love; and Gina and Nick, a couple who must deal with an intense and clandestine affair... because they are both married.

Charlize Theron leads the ensemble cast. Theron, I have previously seen in a consortium of roles from Sleepwalking and Monster to The Italian Job. I am glad to say she brings a much more subtle feeling to Sylvia, the central character in the film, without going over the top. The sides we see from the past and present also reflect Sylvia's personality; a side of professionalism brought in by a new skin in the present while her not-forgotten past hiding deep within but brought out by her sexual trysts and self-mutilation.

Also leading the present side of the story is newcomer Tessa Ia in a challenging role she takes at face value despite her young age. With Mexican actor Jose Maria Yazpik in a gentle role, along with Theron, the three are arguably the best actors in the film. Ia's performances hails true talent and not nearly enough credit. With a fierce look in the eyes of a child trying to obtain forgiveness in her own soul, Ia is an actress mature beyond her years. The present stories take on these subtleties that audiences will figure out after the film has ended. This is where the second half (figuratively speaking) of the film suffers.

Focused too much of what is going on in a certain time in the past, the characters of Gina and Nick suffer due to a lack of development. We know of their affair, we know what is going on and we are given too much of that without enough understanding of who they are on their own. Kim Basinger does her best in the role but ultimately is too flat with her delivery. Gina is a sympathetic character because of the screenplay and where the writing takes her, not because of Basinger's performance. Joaquim de Almeida's Nick is more interesting despite a lack of screen time, also due to the lack of development.

The story of Mariana and Santiago is much better because it escapes from this problem and we are given a beginning, middle and end to their story (per se). JD Pardo gives a nice understanding to Santiago and allows for a much better look at the character as an adult when you finally realize who it is (I will not give anything away). However, Jennifer Lawrence as Mariana is probably my most disliked actor of the group. Despite winning the best newcomer award at the Venice Film Festival, her delivery is monotone and lacks any sort of true feeling for what has happened. This also counts for in between two sections of her life... but a nice reaction to a certain event ultimately saved her entire performance.

The film has amazing undertones that audiences won't figure out until later. There are several different themes played on such as the theme of love which is included not only through relationships, though this is the main ingredient, but from children to parents, siblings, and great friendships. The latter is what genuinely seals this aspect of the film as Jose Maria Yazpik and Robin Tunney's characters bring their perspective leads to a connection. Another underlying theme was that of scars. Whether through self-mutilation or a past surgery, Sylvia, Santiago, Mariana, Maria, and Gina all end up with (literal) scars by the end of the film that they cannot forget about eluding to the main theme of the film that the past effects the present.

I was hoping that it wouldn't be just a carbon copy of what Inarritu has done before (in an attempt to win an audience). I felt the same way about Three Burials which is why I have rated it with only 8. This is going to be the first major problem for Arriaga on his own creative path. While unfortunate, it is inevitable: audiences will go in expecting the same intense fair Innaritu has been giving them and will see a more tame version of that. Luckily, the wonderful production values and gorgeous cinematography by veteran Robert Elswit and John Toll, tacked on with a beautiful soundtrack, ultimately send the story flying.

With a number of events occurring through the story, you are never left bored. Piecing together the puzzle isn't really as difficult as it may seem. For Babel it was all about figuring out which story was in what time period. In The Burning Plain it's about who is who and how time has taken it's toll on the characters, which makes it much more interesting in a more creative way. This is where direction suffers as it is obvious Guillermo Arriaga was more focused on the story than he was his actors, but it all falls together without disrupting anything. Hopefully the creative split will allow audiences to realize there is a large difference between directors and Arriaga and Innaritu are no exception.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (53 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Burning Plain (2008)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
What bothered me susanemccool
On the significance of vehicles thilo-950-73752
Stalking guy Calamid
What does the title mean? Truman_Burbank
East of Eden carlo-lagarejos
puzzled by critics reviews camphiho-1
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Closer Around the Bend The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada The Kite Runner Feast of Love
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Crime section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.