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A story about two strangers. One a little stranger than the other...
Adam, a lonely man with Asperger's Syndrome, develops a relationship with his upstairs neighbor, Beth. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Hugh Dancy ... Adam Raki

Rose Byrne ... Beth Buchwald

Peter Gallagher ... Marty Buchwald

Amy Irving ... Rebecca Buchwald

Frankie Faison ... Harlan

Mark Linn-Baker ... Sam Klieber

Haviland Morris ... Lyra

Adam LeFevre ... Mr. Wardlow
Mike Hodge ... Judge

Peter O'Hara ... Williams

John Rothman ... Beranbaum

Terry Walters ... Michael

Steffany Huckaby ... Carol

Susan Porro ... Jen

Maddie Corman ... Robin

Jeff Hiller ... Rom

Karina Arroyave ... Teacher Assistant

Mark Doherty ... Cop # 1
Tom Levanti ... Cop #2

Ursula Abbott ... Kelli

Luka Kain ... Bruce
Brooke Johnston ... Stephanie
Lonnie McCullough ... Expert Witness

Tyler Poelle ... Bryan

Andrew Patrick Ralston ... Mr. Garland (Tour Leader)
Torsten N. Hillhouse ... Guest #1

Bill Dawes ... Scottie

Hunter Reid ... Child
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Susan Cagle ... Woman In The Subway (scenes deleted)

Victoria Dicce ... Bartender
Gary Cherkassky ... Marty Buchwald's Nephew (uncredited)

Andrew Flihan ... Busy Subway Patron (uncredited)
Markus Goldberg ... Street Kid (uncredited)
Katheryn Mcgaffigan ... Office Worker (uncredited)

Thatcher Robinson ... Field Trip Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Max Mayer 
Writing credits
Max Mayer (written by)

Produced by
Miranda de Pencier .... producer
Gary Giudice .... co-producer
Marc Lieberman .... associate producer
Geoff Linville .... co-producer
Daniel Revers .... executive producer (as Dan Revers)
Leslie Urdang .... producer
Dean Vanech .... producer
Christina Weiss Lurie .... executive producer
Original Music by
Christopher Lennertz 
Cinematography by
Seamus Tierney (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Grant Myers 
Casting by
Sig De Miguel 
Stephen Vincent 
Production Design by
Tamar Gadish 
Art Direction by
Natalie Tyler 
Set Decoration by
Anita Chacinska  (as Anita Z. Chacinska)
Costume Design by
Alysia Raycraft 
Makeup Department
Jill Astmann .... hair assistant
Jill Astmann .... makeup assistant
Michelle Brown .... key hair stylist
Courtney Lether .... hair assistant
Courtney Lether .... makeup assistant
Christopher Milone .... additional makeup artist
Amy Spiegel .... key makeup artist
Rachel Stevens .... additional hair stylist
Rachel Stevens .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Matthew Vose Campbell .... unit production manager (as Matthew Campbell)
Marc Lieberman .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matthew Vose Campbell .... first assistant director (as Matthew Campbell)
Melissa Mugavero .... second assistant director
Art Department
Abraham Altbuch .... set dresser
Joseph Bonheim .... set dresser
Meghan Boody .... artist: Christmas party artwork and interiors
Kevin Brogan .... illustrator: hyper-technical
Brian Chapman .... assistant property master
Nick Davis .... set dresser
Amra Dumisic .... art department production assistant
Brian Fleischman .... art department production assistant
Brooke Hanson .... additional assistant property master
Kate Kraynak .... art department production assistant
Timothy Linden .... set dresser
Paul Deo Lowther .... digital prop designer
Aliana Menlendez .... set dresser
Les 'Fuzzy' Opiola .... carpenter
Danielle Payne .... additional assistant property master
August Popkin .... set dresser
Ira Powsner .... lead man
Seth Powsner .... set dresser
Erin Prickett .... art department production assistant
Ali Robinson .... art department production assistant
Marya Tessler .... illustrator
Meg Vinson .... property master
Paul Wala .... assistant carpenter
Sound Department
Nick Aniello .... assistant sound editor
Kevin Bowe .... boom operator (as Kevin C Bowe)
José Caldararo .... foley artist (as Jose Caldararo)
J.M. Davey .... co-supervising sound editor
J.M. Davey .... sound re-recording mixer
Bechen de Loredo .... foley recordist
Leandro de Loredo .... foley recordist
Brandon Huus .... additional boom operator
Nathan Lantaff .... sound effects editor
Jared Neal .... sound effects editor
Rodrigo Ortiz-Parraga .... foley editor
Guillermo Pena-Tapia .... boom operator
Phil Rosati .... sound mixer (as Philip Rosati)
Zach Seivers .... sound re-recording mixer
Zach Seivers .... supervising sound editor
Carrie Sheldon .... additional sound mixer
Mike Silvestri .... boom operator
Sebastián Sonzogni .... foley artist (as Sebastian Sonzogni)
Eric Gitelson .... adr engineer (uncredited)
Esteban Golubicki .... foley recordist (uncredited)
David Marcus .... director of sound services (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Carmen Del Toro .... digital asset supervisor: Sleight of Frame
Cassandra Fanning .... compositor: Sleight of Frame
Michael Farley .... compositor
Aidan Fraser .... visual effects supervisor: Sleight of Frame
Erin Lehmkühl .... compositor: Sleight of Frame (as Erin Lehmkuhl)
James Teague .... digital matte painter: Sleight of Frame (as james Neil Teague)
Maya Zuckerman .... visual effects animator: Sleight of Frame
Roy Farfel .... stunt rigger
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Abe Albach .... key rigging grip (as Abe Albuch)
David Anthony .... additional electrician
Kevin Aragon .... additional grip
Luis Armada .... best boy electric
Rebecca Arndt .... first assistant camera
Justin Bennett .... best boy grip
Mike Castro .... best grip rigger
Dylan Crawshay-Williams .... key grip
Tim Curtin .... video operator: s-two
Erik DeGroot .... additional grip
Jacob Diaz .... additional grip
Deirdre Duffey .... still photographer
David Dutkus .... additional grip (as David A. Dutkus Jr.)
Greg Flores .... additional key grip
Lewis Fowler .... additional first assistant camera
Michael Fuchs .... camera intern (as Mike Fuchs)
Julia Griner .... still photographer
Lauren Haber .... first assistant camera
Kurt Harris .... rigging gaffer
Sarah-Jane Paterson Harrison .... camera intern
Mike Intile .... rigging electrician (as Michael Intile)
Andy Jagerson .... jib operator
Daniel Katz .... additional grip
Daniel Katz .... third electrician
Chris Keenan .... rigging electrician
Marshall Korshak .... second assistant camera
Christian May .... key gaffer
David McDonough .... additional grip
Mike Milia .... jib operator (as Mike Mejia)
Kathryn Moss .... additional first assistant camera (as KT Comkowycz)
Eva Navon .... additional electrician
Dennis Noyes .... additional second assistant camera
Nick de Pencier .... cameraman: raccoon footage
Mike Petruezo .... additional electrician (as Mike Petruzzo)
Enrique Rico .... additional best boy grip
John Rotberg .... additional grip
Marlen Schlawin .... additional second assistant camera
Leo A. Schott III .... best boy electric (as Leo Schott)
Meg Schrock .... additional electrician
Lara Sfire .... additional electrician
Robert Shoemaker .... additional best boy electric (as Bob Shoemaker)
Francis Spieldenner .... Steadicam operator (as Francis Speildenner)
Matthew Van Doren .... best boy electric
Andreas Weeber .... high definition technician: s-twp
Nu Zhang .... best boy grip
Matt Zschoche .... additional gaffer (as Matthew Zschoche)
Michael Arisohn .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Rita Powers .... extras casting
Sean Powers .... extras casting
Danielle Pretsfelder .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lauren Burgee .... wardrobe production assistant
Lisa Smith Craig .... wardrobe intern
Jane Gerber .... wardrobe intern
Aminah Haddad .... wardrobe intern
Susan Carter Hall .... additional wardrobe assistant
Innie Jones .... wardrobe production assistant
Nicole Korzenik .... additional assistant costume designer
Mik Young Kwan .... wardrobe intern
Margaret Moy .... key set costumer
Abby O'Sullivan .... assistant costume designer
Elisa Santiago .... wardrobe supervisor (as Elissa Satiago)
Marlaice Shoemate .... wardrobe intern (as Laicey Shoemate)
Martina Melendez .... additional wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Roger Ames Berger .... digital intermediate iq artist
Marisa Clayton .... digital intermediate project manager
Aaron Edell .... editor: s-two
Skip Kimball .... digital intermediate colorist
Casey Leming .... digital intermediate electronic graphics operator
Lucia Diaz Sas .... editor: s-two (as Lucia Diaz)
Toby Yates .... editing consultant
Gilbert Carreras .... color timer (uncredited)
Michael Mintz .... digital film colorist (uncredited)
Lucia Diaz Sas .... digital asset manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Leon Blight .... scoring intern
Nick Fevola .... score coordinator
Christopher Lennertz .... conductor
Christopher Lennertz .... original score mixer (as Chris Lennertz)
Christopher Lennertz .... original score recordist (as Chris Lennertz)
Gary Liu .... scoring intern
Dana Niu .... music arranger
Boon Sim .... music arranger
Robin Urdang .... music supervisor
Jeff Vaughn .... score recordist
Jeff Vaughn .... scoring mixer
Philip White .... score producer
Transportation Department
David Diamond .... driver
Michael Dzienkiewicz .... driver
Carolyn Eileen Lynch .... driver
Phil Parker .... driver (as Philip Porter)
Other crew
Kristin Andersons .... office assistant: Miranda de Pencier
Brian Arthur .... production assistant
Allen C. Bell .... key production assistant
Melissa Bostian .... assistant production office coordinator
Heidi Burbela .... office assistant: Miranda de Pencier
Neke Carson .... assistant location manager
Matthew Celia .... additional production assistant (as Matt Celia)
Robyn Charles .... additional production assistant
Rachel Cofield .... assistant: Dean Vanech (as Rachel Lucera-Fein)
Bryan Cordero .... production office intern
Alex Coursen .... additional production assistant
Tighe Damron .... additional production assistant
Stephen Dembitzer .... legal services: Dembitzer & Dembitzer (as Stephen A. Dembitzer)
Samuel Scott Doerr .... production assistant (as Samuel Doerr)
Lisa Dyer .... production coordinator
Delia Fiori .... production office intern
Brian Fleischman .... production office intern
Courtney Fransen .... production coordinator
Thomas Graves .... key craft service
Tal Harris .... production assistant
Megan Hawkins .... on-set assistant: Miranda de Pencier
Kevin Henderson .... location scout
Omar Hernandez .... production assistant
Andrew Herwitz .... worldwide sales agent
Bill Hussey .... key production accountant
William Jackson .... production assistant (as William D. Jackson)
Innie Jones .... production assistant
Richard Jordan .... production assistant
Paul Kahil .... production assistant: first team
Jonathan Kaufman .... consultant: asperger's syndrome
Brendan Kehoe .... location scout
Greg Lemonides .... caterer
Kim Ludlow .... script supervisor
Daniel Lugo .... production assistant
Carolyn Eileen Lynch .... production assistant (as Carolyn Lynch)
Brendan MacDevette .... location scout/assistant: Oregon (as Brendan McDevette)
Jessica Martinez .... insurance agent: Ventura Brokerage
Joey McGill .... production assistant
Charlie Mosesson .... assistant production office coordinator (as Charles Mosesson)
Mike Murphy .... production assistant (as Michael Murphy)
Grant Myers .... title designer
Maria Nilsson .... production office intern
David Occhino .... location manager
Colleen Patti .... location scout
Steve Pines .... accounting services (as Steven R. Pines)
Traci Pohlson .... additional craft service
Philip Porter .... production assistant
Gina Resnick .... consultant: producing
Vernon Rodriguez .... location scout
Madeline Samit .... assistant: Leslie Urdang (as Madeline Shapiro)
Stephanie Sanet .... legal services: Dembitzer & Dembitzer (as Stephanie J. Sanet)
Stephen Scharf .... legal services: O'Melveny and Myers
Avi Sheer .... office intern
Avi Sheer .... production office intern
Amanda Thurm .... production office intern
Sabina Vajraca .... assistant: Max Mayer
Lauren Vanderschuur .... on-set production assistant
Paul Velle .... additional production assistant
Jeff Warden .... additional production assistant
Thomas L. Wentworth .... additional production assistant (as Thomas Wentworth)
Stephanie Wise .... production assistant
Christopher Wright .... parking coordinator
Melinda Ziyadat .... key production assistant
Louis Zuppardi .... location manager
Ami Armstrong .... special thanks
Catherine Corpeny .... very special thanks
Alejandro González Iñárritu .... special thanks
Lizzie Gottlieb .... special thanks
Paul Haggis .... special thanks
Peter Kass .... special thanks
Julianna Margulies .... special thanks
Mary McDonnell .... special thanks
Rob Morrow .... special thanks
Ken Olin .... special thanks
Jon Tenney .... very special thanks
Patricia Wettig .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material, sexual content and language
99 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Ireland:15A | Netherlands:6 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:NC-16 (re-rating) | Sweden:7 (DVD rating) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #45298)
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Did You Know?

The Chief Executive Officer of Halloran, in the letter regarding Adam's interview, is named Tamar Ganish. The film's production designer is Tamar Gadish.See more »
Continuity: When Beth has her picture hanging up inside Adam's closet, he turns around to look at her and the clock next to Beth says 10:40. Then Adam looks at the picture again in confusion then looks at Beth again a few seconds later and the clock next to Beth then reads 10:39.See more »
[first lines]
Beth Buchwald:My favorite children's book is about a little prince who came to earth who came to Earth from a distant asteroid. He meets a pilot whose plane has crashed in a desert. The little prince teaches the pilot many things but mainly about love. My father always told me I was like the little prince. But after I met Adam, I realized I was the pilot all along...
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85 out of 88 people found the following review useful.
Profoundly sensitive and instructive movie for those with AS and without, 14 February 2010
Author: oOgiandujaOo from United Kingdom

I've needed to see this movie ever since I heard about it's existence, unfortunately it was not given a proper release in the UK, so I had to wait for the US DVD to come out. It's a film about a relationship between a man with Asperger's Syndrome (Adam) and a young woman (Beth). As I have Asperger's Syndrome and I heard that this movie was well made I was understandably interested. I have tended in the past to find movies and TV shows portraying autism absurd. Fortunately this was not the case here.

The level of observation here was really very good, small things like how Adam doesn't look at people in the face, how he becomes agitated at work over comments that his boss makes that are meant to be humorous or confidence building (I am used to blank stares from my performance planner when I take things the wrong way).

At one point Adam trembles behind his bedroom door when he is being asked to come out to a social event from the other side, pretending he is not there. I've done that myself. He reminds me of me when I was at university. Food fads is another, Adam has Macaroni Cheese every night of the week. Currently I have a chicken Kiev with raw mushrooms and yellow peppers pretty much every night of the week.

Although he's very talented, he only managed to get the electrical engineering job he holds via his father convincing the boss to hire him. I was never able to convince anyone that I was worth hiring, even though I have a degree from Oxford. After several terrible years following university, I managed to get a job in an office where the head of the office was my brother-in-law. I can do the job well, and am even being promoted, getting in the door is the hard part. In the UK at least, employment rates for people with Asperger's Syndrome are upsettingly low. The idea of selling oneself in an interview doesn't work, and when you're up against people who will bend the truth to get ahead, it's really difficult. That's another good thing the film picked up on, honesty. If you're tired of guys lying to you ladies, pick up an Aspie.

I was personally moved a lot by the beginning of the movie and the end of the movie. There's an excellent introduction using the story of Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) by Saint-Exupéry as a metaphor. I knew at this point that it was going to be a good movie, it is perhaps the most tactful and tender approach to the subject that there could be. I won't spoil the ending of the movie, but from reading what other people have said, it's very easy to mistake what is happening, obliquely, I will recommend that you concentrate on an incident concerning boxes.

I'm a few years older than Adam, and readier than he is, but love has never come my way, as there are not many Beths out there, and being 6ft 7 tall and also stocky I am not exactly of the "non-threatening male" physique typified by Hugh Dancy in this movie. My way of boring people to death with over detail is film, and even though I know that people don't want to know I will still start telling them about the history of film starting in 1888 (or if I'm feeling more loquacious, starting with Muybridge). The stupidest cosmological one I do (like Adam), is explain how novae happen in binary systems with a red giant and white dwarf. More recently I have started telling people why Sirius flickers ;) People think I am trying to make them feel stupid or inferior, which is absolutely not the case, but I still do it even though I know this, I just can't stop myself.

As an autistic, I felt that this movie was extremely tender, but also very educational and instructive, I felt almost like I was a chick being feathered off a tree limb for the first flight. "Adam" does not aim at staggering mise-en-scene, it is not an Antonioni movie, but it is possibly the worthiest film you can see. The worst thing about Asperger's is that there are many people who will tell you, even straight to your face, that it doesn't exist, even a doctor I knew was pretty much of that opinion. People associate mental disability with physical impairment, and because there is none with Asperger's (except sometimes clumsiness, or "gangliness"), for a lot of people it just doesn't register, even though there are defined and recognisable developmental symptoms. This film, in a way, is an acknowledgement that it does exist, and is proof if ever I was cynical enough to believe otherwise, that films can change the world.

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