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Writer (WGA):
Jenny Lumet (written by)
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Release Date:
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A young woman who has been in and out from rehab for the past 10 years returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sebastian Stan ... Walter / Bowtie Party Guest

Roslyn Ruff ... Rosa

Anne Hathaway ... Kym

Bill Irwin ... Paul

Anna Deavere Smith ... Carol

Annaleigh Ashford ... Quick Stop Cashier
Zafer Tawil ... Violin Friend
Beau Sia ... Wedding Czar
Innbo Shim ... Wedding Planner
Eliza Simpson ... Wedding P.A.
Olive ... The Poodle

Rosemarie DeWitt ... Rachel
Anisa George ... Emma

Tamyra Gray ... Singing Friend

Victoria Haynes ... Bridesmaid

Quincy Tyler Bernstine ... 12-Step Receptionist

Mather Zickel ... Kieran
Mel Jones ... 12-Step Speaker (as Pastor Melvin Jones)
Darrell Larson ... 12-Step Group Leader
Michelle Federer ... 12-Step Reader (as Michele Federer)
Matt Stadelmann ... 12-Step First-Timer (as Matthew Stadelmann)
Molly Hickok ... 12-Step Veteran
Big Jim Wheeler ... 12-Step Meeting Member
Josh Broder ... 12-Step Meeting Member
Stephen Richardson ... 12-Step Meeting Member
Bruce Bennetts ... 12-Step Meeting Member

Paul Sparks ... 12-Step Meeting Member
Caroline Goodman-Thomases ... 12-Step Meeting Member
Daniel Wolff ... 12-Step Meeting Member

Jill Dalton ... 12-Step Meeting Member
Joe Alessi ... 12-Step Meeting Member
Jordan Cael ... 12-Step Meeting Member
Tiffany Little Canfield ... 12-Step Meeting Member

Tunde Adebimpe ... Sidney
Barry Eastmond Jr. ... Wedding Drummer
Brooklyn Demme ... Wedding Guitarist
Carol Jean Lewis ... Sidney's Mom (as Carol-Jean Lewis)
John Anthony ... Sidney's Dad
Kyrah Julian ... Sidney's Sister
Herreast Harrison ... Sidney's Grandmother
Gonzales Joseph ... Cousin Joe
Donald Harrison Jr. ... Rehearsal Dinner Guest

Fab 5 Freddy ... Rehearsal Dinner Guest (as Fab Five Freddy)
Jim Roche ... Rehearsal Dinner Guest (as James Roche)
Jimmy Joe Roche ... Rehearsal Dinner Guest
Robert W. Castle ... Rehearsal Dinner Guest (as Rev. Robert Castle)
Paul Lazar ... Rehearsal Dinner Guest
Amir El Saffar ... Rehearsal Dinner Guest (as Amir Elsaffar)

Dorian Missick ... Rehearsal Dinner Guest
Tareq Abboushi ... Rehearsal Dinner Guest
Tavish Graham ... Rehearsal Dinner Guest
Dimitrios Mikelis ... Rehearsal Dinner Guest
Gaida Hinnawi ... Rehearsal Dinner Guest
Alix Derrick ... Rehearsal Dinner Guest
Matt Rabinowitz ... Rehearsal Dinner Guest
Stephanie McBride ... Rehearsal Dinner Guest
Richard Maxwell ... Rehearsal Dinner Guest

Debra Winger ... Abby

Jerome Le Page ... Andrew (as Jerome LePage)

Andre B. Blake ... Inspired Stylist (as Andre Blake)

Dequina Moore ... Rachel's Stylist

Joe Toutebon ... Police Officer
Edie Hofstatter ... 1st Paramedic
Jaime Garcia ... Other Paramedic
Julio 'Goya' Pagan ... Tow-Truck Operator

Van Hughes ... Wedding Valet
'Sister' Carol East ... Wedding Guest (as Sister Carol East)
Robyn Hitchcock ... Wedding Guest

Robert Merrill ... Wedding Guest (as Christian Scott)

Roger Corman ... Wedding Guest
Brian Nelson ... Wedding Guest
David Neumann ... Wedding Guest
Edisa Weeks ... Wedding Guest
Heather Christian ... Wedding Guest
Jennie Liu ... Wedding Guest
Johnny Farraj ... Wedding Guest
Joshua Elrod ... Wedding Guest (as Josh Elrod)

Maria Dizzia ... Wedding Guest
Marie Runyon ... Wedding Guest
Ray Ultarte ... Wedding Guest
Tymberly Canale Harris ... Wedding Guest (as Tymberly Canale)

Anita Sarko ... Wedding Guest

Joey Perillo ... Wedding Guest
Christy Pusz ... Wedding Guest
Josephine Demme ... Wedding Guest

Daphne Rubin-Vega ... Wedding Guest
Joyce George ... Wedding Photographer
Stephany Boa ... Guest Electric Guitarist

Derrick Williams ... Dancemaster
Elizabeth Hayes ... Susanna Galeano

Marin Ireland ... Angela Paylin
Cyro Baptista ... Wedding Party Guest
Jose Mauricio De Faria ... Samba Troupe Member (as Zé Mauricío)
Michelle Clay ... Samba Troupe Member
Lisette Santiago De Faria ... Samba Troupe Member (as Lisette Santiago)
Silvana Marquina ... Samba Troupe Member
Marcus Santos ... Samba Troupe Member
Atlanta Foresyth ... Samba Troupe Member
Eldio 'Cabello' Rolim ... Samba Troupe Member
Tonia-Cara Forsters ... Lady in Red
Kate Rossi ... Lady in Red
Susan Helen van der Griend ... Lady in Red
Juliet Teakle ... Lady in Red

Directed by
Jonathan Demme 
Writing credits
Jenny Lumet (written by)

Produced by
Neda Armian .... producer
H.H. Cooper .... co-producer
Carol Cuddy .... executive producer
Jonathan Demme .... producer
Elizabeth Hayes .... associate producer
Ilona Herzberg .... executive producer
Marc Platt .... producer
Innbo Shim .... associate producer
Alyssa St. Vincent .... associate producer
Emily Woodburne .... associate producer
Original Music by
Donald Harrison Jr. 
Zafer Tawil 
Cinematography by
Declan Quinn (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Tim Squyres 
Casting by
Bernard Telsey 
Production Design by
Ford Wheeler 
Art Direction by
Kim Jennings 
Set Decoration by
Chryss Hionis 
Costume Design by
Susan Lyall 
Makeup Department
Frank Barbosa .... key hair stylist
Alan D'Angerio .... hair styles designer
Sunday Englis .... special effects makeup artist
Louise McCarthy .... key makeup artist
Evelyne Noraz .... makeup creator
Susan Schectar .... additional hairstylist (uncredited)
Dina Sliwak .... additional makeup artist (uncredited )
Production Management
Carol Cuddy .... unit production manager
Mark Kamine .... production supervisor
Kendall McCarthy .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
H.H. Cooper .... first assistant director
Nate Grubb .... second second assistant director
Jennifer Truelove .... second assistant director
Art Department
Amiee Clark .... art department coordinator
Will Comacho .... set dresser
Ray Fisher .... leadman
Michael D. Harrell .... property master
Mario Herrera .... charge scenic (as Mario Garza Herrera)
Ross Huttick .... set dressing foreman
Robin Koenig .... on-set dresser
Richard Vilas Montesanto .... scenic foreman (as Richard Montesanto)
Ivan Pazlamatchev .... camera scenic artist
Pierre Rovira .... construction coordinator
Michael Sabo .... property master (as Mike Sabo)
Amy Safhay .... lead greensperson
Stephen Caldwell .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Shannon Canfield .... set dresser (uncredited)
Marcus Migliore .... set dresser (uncredited)
Saviel Rivera .... set dresser (uncredited)
Krystal Webb .... art department staff assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
David Flynch .... foley editor (as Dave Flynch)
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
George A. Lara .... foley mixer (as George Lara)
Blake Leyh .... sound designer
Teferra McKenzie .... sound utility
Igor Nikolic .... dialogue editor
David Pastecchi .... boom operator
Roger Phenix .... additional sound recordist
Jeff Pullman .... sound mixer
Nicholas Renbeck .... supervising dialogue editor
Steve F.B. Smith .... consultant: Dolby Sound
Paul Urmson .... sound mixer
Paul Urmson .... sound supervisor
Steven Visscher .... foley supervisor
Deborah Wallach .... adr editor
Steve Giammaria .... assistant re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Glenn Allen .... visual effects: Brainstorm Digital
Peter Amante .... visual effects: Tchya! Inc.
Richard Friedlander .... visual effects: Brainstorm Digital
Eric J. Robertson .... visual effects: Brainstorm Digital
Michael Turoff .... visual effects: XFX Inc.
Daniel Abramovich .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Justin Ball .... visual effects: Brainstorm Digital (uncredited)
Matthew Conner .... compositor (uncredited)
Andrew Pungprakearti .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Jun Zhang .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Jill Brown .... stunts
Jeffrey Lee Gibson .... stunt coordinator (as Jeff Gibson)
Jill Brown .... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert A. Agredo .... dolly grip (as Rob Agredo)
Michael W. Brennan .... best boy electric (as Mike Brennan)
Jack Coffen .... best boy rigging electric (as John Coffen)
Kathleen Corgan .... additional assistant camera (as Kath Corgan)
Richard Dolan .... rigging gaffer
Devin Donegan .... video playback operator
Bob Izzo .... best boy grip
Abby Levine .... digital imaging technician
Charles Libin .... additional camera operator
John McEnerney .... key rigging grip
Joseph Metzger .... additional assistant camera
Igor Potashanik .... best boy rigging grip (as Igor Potashnik)
Declan Quinn .... camera operator
Gerard Sava .... additional camera operator
Robert Sciretta .... gaffer (as Bob Sciretta)
Chris Silano .... first assistant camera
Kevin Smyth .... key grip
Bob Vergara .... still photographer
Adam Hall .... grip (uncredited)
Todd S. Klein .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Eve Strickman .... digital utility (uncredited)
Casting Department
Tiffany Little Canfield .... casting associate
Patrick Goodwin .... casting assistant
Arthur Dutkanicz .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Renee Godbout .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amy Andrews .... costumer (as Amy Andrews Harrell)
Trenee Clayton .... costumer
Barbara Hause .... costume supervisor (as Barbara J. Hause)
Delvan James .... costumer
Alison Parker .... key costumer (as Alison L. Parker)
Amy Ritchings .... assistant costume designer
Maura Trail .... costume production assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Mike Fay .... first assistant editor (as Michael Fay)
Frederick R. Northrup .... apprentice editor (as Fred Northrup)
Scot Olive .... digital intermediate colorist
Adam Moore .... dailies operator (uncredited)
Corey Stewart .... digital intermediate engineer (uncredited)
Music Department
Nancy Allen .... first assistant music editor
John Carbonara .... on-set music assistant
Brooklyn Demme .... composer: additional music
Suzana Peric .... music designer
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Innbo Shim .... music supervisor
Tony Volante .... music mixer
Transportation Department
Henry S. Avelin .... transportation captain (as Henry Avelin)
Dennis Kelly .... transportation co-captain
Dennis Radesky .... driver: Mr. Demme
Other crew
Mara Alcaly .... location liaison
Mirashyam Blakeslee .... production assistant
Ellen Athena Catsikeas .... assistant location manager
Jessica De La Cruz .... production assistant
Michel DeAscentiis .... production assistant
Greg Derasmo .... representative: Clinica Estetico
Sky Dietrich .... production assistant
Harper Dill .... assistant: Mr. Demme
Massoumeh Emami .... script supervisor
Betty Escobar .... accounting clerk
Jacob Felix .... liaison: Clinica Estetico
Samantha Feltus .... assistant: Ms. Armian
Katherine Frishe .... production assistant
Steve Gilbaud .... production accountant (as Steve Guilbaud)
Caroline Goodman-Thomases .... representative: Clinica Estetico
Michael Hathaway .... assistant: Ms. Hathaway
Joey Levy .... assistant: Mr. Platt
Melissa A. Messick .... production assistant (as Melissa Messick)
Paul Myers .... second assistant accountant
Annie-B. Parson .... choreographer (as Annie-B Parsons)
Holly Pilch .... assistant production coordinator
Kerry Roberts .... payroll accountant
Kevin Rosenberg .... assistant: Mr. Platt
Julie Sage .... production assistant
Michelle Sarama .... post-production accountant
Brennan Shroff .... first assistant accountant
Mary Tobler .... talent liaison
Steve Tozzi .... title designer
Daniel Wagner .... production coordinator
Hunter Whalen .... production assistant
Thomas J. Whelan .... location manager
Hillary Amster .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jimmy Joe Roche .... footage provider: Baltimore Shopping Network (uncredited)
Robert Altman .... thank you
Homa Armian .... the producers wish to thank
Jeff Berg .... the producers wish to thank
Roger Corman .... thank you
Leslee Dart .... the producers wish to thank
Ramona Demme .... the producers wish to thank
Arnie Herrmann .... the producers wish to thank
Joanne Howard .... the producers wish to thank
Susan Jacobs .... the producers wish to thank (as Sue Jacobs)
Sidney Lumet .... thank you
Dannel Malloy .... the producers wish to thank: Mayor of Stamford, Connecticut
Elliot Roberts .... thank you
Ken Starr .... the producers wish to thank
Neil Young .... thank you
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for language and brief sexuality
113 min
Color (DeLuxe)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Childhood photos of Anne Hathaway's younger brother Thomas served as photos of Ethan in the film.See more »
Continuity: Kym has a car wreck on the eve of her sister's wedding by driving straight into a huge rock. When the tow truck driver drops her off at home, you can see the front of the car has no damage.See more »
Kym:I am Shiva the destroyer, your harbinger of doom this evening.See more »
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65 out of 105 people found the following review useful.
Demme back in fine form and Hathaway with her first really fantastic performance, 25 October 2008
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

This pitch-black-comedy-cum-drama, Rachel Getting Married, bucks two kinds of marriage movies that are fairly common in the two sides of release: one is the schmaltzy, dumb mainstream rom-com like Maid of Honor or The Wedding Planner where A-List actors go in the motions of a batch of conventions-by-checklist, and the other is a glum, mean indie picture like Margot at the Wedding (can't think of others right now like it's ilk, wouldn't want to). What helps it make it not just watchable, or appealing, but a very good movie, is the fact that the screenplay- by Sidney's daughter Jenny Lumet (as every critic has noted)- is very true to the tragic dimensions amid such a hectic weekend at a Connecticut, upper-middle class house where a wedding will take place with some bad memories and skeletons opened in the process.

In fact, for all of Jonathan Demme's efforts to give it a raw and spontaneous energy- he's said it's akin to Altman but I sensed more-so Cassavetes- his approach works best, even at a rough-edged masterful level, when characters are talking/arguing/yelling in a room. Lumet's story involves the title character (Rosemarie DeWitt) in a weekend where there's much happiness for her and her to-be-spouse, and a good lot of tension because of her sister, Kym (Hathaway), getting out of rehab for the weekend to come to the occasion.

To say she's the black sheep is somewhat sugar-coating it, and nearly every moment Hathaway is on camera (or, somewhat in the Altman mode, Demme manages to catch her off-guard in a moment or with a look) is electrifying, by far her best performance if only because she finally has a character to really dig her 'acting' heels into. It could be very easy, too easy, to make it a walking/bitching cliché, but Hathaway finds those moments, especially off of DeWitt or in one important scene with Debra Winger as her absentee mother, to make it as honest as possible. Although she is just one part of the component of the ensemble- what Demme focuses as an ensemble- it makes the film all the more remarkable than without her playing this troubled young woman with a past that puts a dark cloud over everyone around her.

And around this theme of too much or ill-placed love in a family that should be nothing but happiness, Demme makes it both warm and sad in equal measure. Maybe I'm more of a sucker for harrowing familial scenes or a solid hand-held argument ala Husbands and Wives, but those come off a bit better than the bigger scenes of fun and excitement and enjoyment in the actual wedding proceedings. But just a bit - Demme's approach comes somewhere in the range of a home movie and, once or twice, reality TV, and it's a quality that, when not overboard, is really refreshing and inviting. Demme is fascinated by this multi-cultural group, with its eclectic music and irreproachable camaraderie, and he asks us to be fascinated and enjoy it with the characters. This is the only tricky part of the picture, but one I wasn't daunted by; there's a real "indie-movie" spark here that's indescribable.

At the end of it all, I'll remember Rachel Getting Married more as an exceptional experiment than a truly great film, but anyone completely sick of seeing ads for sappy marriage comedies or films that treat the families or people gearing up for a wedding like paper figures would do themselves a favor seeking it out. It is, in a square enough word, lively.

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