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Wendy and Lucy -- Troubles besiege Wendy (Williams) during her trip from Indiana to Alaska, where she hopes to find gainful employment at a fish cannery.
Wendy and Lucy -- Clip: Wendy with Security Guard
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Release Date:
6 March 2009 (Ireland) See more »
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On the long road, friendship is everything.
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A woman's life is derailed en route to a potentially lucrative summer job. When her car breaks down... See more » | Add synopsis »
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9 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Michelle Williams ... Wendy

Lucy ... Lucy the Dog
David Koppell ... Kid by Fire
Max Clement ... Kid by Fire
Sid Shanley ... Kid by Fire
Dave Hubner ... Kid by Fire
Michelle Worthey ... Sadie

Will Oldham ... Icky

Wally Dalton ... Security Guard (as Walter Dalton)
Roger D. Faires ... Recycler in Wheelchair (as Roger Faires)
Boggs Johnson ... Recycling Man
Tanya Smith ... Grocery Checker
Michael Brophy ... Grocery Store Stocker

John Robinson ... Andy

John Breen ... Mr. Hunt

Deneb Catalan ... Male Cop

Skeeter Greene ... Female Cop
Marilyn Faith Hickey ... Police Administrator (as Marilyn Hickey)

Jeanine Jackson ... Grocery Cashier
Brenna Beardsley ... Grocery Cashier
Winfield Jackson ... Teenager by Car
Gabe Nevins ... Teenager by Car
Connor O'Shea ... Teenager by Car
Josh Larson ... Teenager by Car (as Josh Larsen)

Ayanna Berkshire ... Pound Employee
Dan Wilson ... Man on Bus
Greg Schmitt ... Mechanic in Garage

Will Patton ... Mechanic
David Rives Curtright ... Man Reading Book

Larry Fessenden ... Man in Park
Holly Cundiff ... Security Guard's Woman
James Yu ... Cab Driver
George Haapala ... Home Owner

Deirdre O'Connell ... Deb (voice)

M. Blash ... Dan (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gwenne Hudson ... Townie (uncredited)
Alyssa Phelps ... Girl Walking dog (uncredited)
Barry Seltzer ... Market Shopper (uncredited)
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Directed by
Kelly Reichardt 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jonathan Raymond  (as Jon Raymond)
Jonathan Raymond  story "Night Choir" (as Jon Raymond)
Kelly Reichardt  writer

Produced by
Joshua Blum .... executive producer
Larry Fessenden .... producer
Todd Haynes .... executive producer
Neil Kopp .... producer
Phil Morrison .... executive producer
Anish Savjani .... producer
Rajen Savjani .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Sam Levy (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Kelly Reichardt 
 
Casting by
Ali Farrell 
Laura Rosenthal 
 
Production Design by
Ryan Warren Smith  (as Ryan Smith)
 
Costume Design by
Amanda Needham 
 
Makeup Department
Amy Cole .... tattoo artist
David Kennedy .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Kyle Gilman .... post-production supervisor
Jeff Harding .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gabriel Fleming .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Blake Britton .... art department assistant
Jonny Fenix .... art department assistant
Stephen Poon .... art department assistant
Kate Smith .... art department assistant
Nate Smith .... leadman
 
Sound Department
Sasha Awn .... sound assistant
Javier Bennassar .... sound editor
Eli Cohn .... foley supervisor
Reuben Cox .... sound recordist: rain
Mark Garcia .... adr recordist
Eric Hill .... location sound recordist
Eric Offin .... co-sound re-recording mixer
Eric Offin .... sound designer
Gabriel J. Serrano .... mix recordist
Leslie Shatz .... sound designer
Leslie Shatz .... sound re-recording mixer
Tyler Stephens .... additional sound recordist
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
 
Visual Effects by
Jim L. Clark .... visual fx: Hive FX (as Jim Clark)
Carlos Cuellar .... scanning operator
Paul Amadeus Kim .... digital cleanup artist (as Paul Kim)
James Ledesma .... scanning operator
Arturo Lopez .... scanning manager
Chris Thomas .... scanning operator
Jesse Vanderpool .... scanning operator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ezra Cimino .... best boy grip
Peter Efrem .... gaffer
T.G. Firestone .... first assistant camera (as TG Firestone)
Simon Max Hill .... still photographer
Eliza Plumlee .... second assistant camera
Greg Schmitt .... additional cinematographer
Brian Shotzbarger .... key grip
Bryan 'fro' Waters .... best boy electric (as Bryan Waters)
Matt Barbee .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
William Bailey .... additional casting
Simon Max Hill .... casting: Portland
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jamie Hanson .... wardrobe assistant
Claire Schoonover .... wardrobe production assistant
 
Editorial Department
Prince Bagdasarian .... digital intermediate assistant on-line editor: Hollywood Intermediate
Mike Burchett .... assistant editor
Jim Delany .... io producer: Hollywood Intermediate
Andreas Fehrle .... assistant editor
David Graubard .... senior systems engineer: Hollywood Intermediate
Will Harris .... digital intermediate colorist
Abbi Jutkowitz .... assistant editor
David Fred Masselink .... digital intermediate on-line editor: Hollywood Intermediate (as Fred Masselink)
Jon Pehlke .... on-line editor
Sarah Priestnall .... digital intermediate supervisor: Hollywood Intermediate
Chris Ward .... digital intermediate producer: Hollywood Intermediate
David Waters .... senior digital intermediate producer: Hollywood Intermediate
Kenny Becker .... color timer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Smokey Hormel .... composer: additional music (as Gregory 'Smokey' Hormel)
Will Oldham .... composer: theme music
 
Other crew
Michael Battaglia .... production assistant (as Mike Battaglia)
Joshua Berger .... title designer: Plazm
Nico Courtelis .... title designer: Plazm
Brett Cranford .... production accountant
Roger D. Faires .... location manager (as Roger Faires)
Sam Gaty .... production assistant
Sonya Gignac .... production assistant
Nicole Hawkins .... assistant accountant
Nicole Hawkins .... payroll
Katy Kolego .... production coordinator
Todd Korody .... systems engineer: Hollywood Intermediate
John Moody .... production assistant
David Parson .... production assistant
Tyler J. Peterson .... clearances (as Tyler Peterson)
Lance Rosen .... legal services: Rosen Lewis
Cat Tyc .... production assistant
Andie Webb .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Jessica Brunetto .... special thanks
David Rives Curtright .... special thanks
Ransom Hamersly .... special thanks
Brent Kunkle .... special thanks
Glenn McQuaid .... special thanks
Jay Rabinowitz .... special thanks
Josh Rappaport .... special thanks
Vincent Savino .... special thanks
Tanya Smith .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for language
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USA:80 min
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Trivia:
Michelle Williams did not shave her legs or clean her fingernails during filming. After filming completed, Williams' friend Busy Philipps treated her to a manicure and pedicure.See more »
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Security Guard:You can't get a address without an address. You can't get a job without a job.See more »
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60 out of 83 people found the following review useful.
At last, a new voice in the American cinematic experience, 27 December 2008
Author: Professor Klickberg from United States

Far more refreshing to see the first and perhaps only truly flawless film of 2008 is the fact that Wendy and Lucy may be one of the first pieces of American contemporary art to both attempt to and succeed at encapsulating the entire human experience, particularly during our current universal financial and cultural malaise.

I was particularly impressed to see a female writer/director--an American female, at that--who so deftly crafted a film with no rough edges, an efficient and earnest work that suffered none from any kind of artificial maudlin sentimentality.

From moment one, it is clear that Ms. Reichardt has paid well-deserved attention to the works of Gus Van Sant (and in fact she gives thanks to Van Sant's genius cinematographer, Harris Savides, responsible for the ambrosial Death Trilogy). But too has this vibrant and adept filmmaker paid great notice to the neo-realists of yesteryear, particularly De Sica (the entire film can almost be seen as a contemporized Umberto D.).

It is thus both for the content and form alike that Wendy and Lucy is indeed an imperative film in today's society, one that I hope will have a lasting shelf life and will allow Ms. Reichardt to continue doing what she clearly does best.

Bravo.

(Also, I've decided to add this short digression in here, as I'm saddened--though not surprised--by a great deal of the antipathy being dumped upon this fine American minimalist film. I've seen many reviews castigate Wendy and Lucy for being a film "without enough depth or background," with characters whose plights are far too "simplistic," or for simply being too nihilistic and bleak in its outlook of our current times.

It is because Ms. Reichardt has decided to cast away the prototypical shackles of American films and to give us an earnest story with characters plucked directly from today's quotidian struggles that she, and her entire crew, should be applauded.

Reichardt's unique choice of creating a film of empathy is unique, as, more and more, our American filmmakers choose to make films of sympathy: films that tell you too much, that give you all of the answers, and that break away from any semblance of truth or universality.

Fortunately for those who had difficulty sitting still through a quiet, unassuming film such as Wendy and Lucy, there is more than enough television on the airwaves these days to satisfy. And fortunately, for the rest of us, those who are actually going through the very struggles that Wendy endures or who at least have any kind of awareness of these struggles, there is this brilliant and vital film.)

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