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Up in the Air -- Ryan Bingham is a corporate downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and just after he's met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams.
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Up in the Air -- Ryan Bingham is a corporate downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and just after he's met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams.


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23 December 2009 (USA) See more »
The story of a man ready to make a connection. See more »
With a job traveling around the country firing people, Ryan Bingham enjoys his life living out of a suitcase, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a new hire and a potential love interest. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George Clooney ... Ryan Bingham

Vera Farmiga ... Alex Goran

Anna Kendrick ... Natalie Keener

Jason Bateman ... Craig Gregory

Amy Morton ... Kara Bingham

Melanie Lynskey ... Julie Bingham

J.K. Simmons ... Bob

Sam Elliott ... Maynard Finch

Danny McBride ... Jim Miller

Zach Galifianakis ... Steve

Chris Lowell ... Kevin

Steve Eastin ... Samuels

Marvin Young ... Young MC

Lucas MacFadden ... Conference DJ (as Cut Chemist)
Adrienne Lamping ... Tammy

Meagan Flynn ... Flight Attendant

Dustin Miles ... Ned
Tamara Tungate ... Club Hostess
Laura Ackermann ... Check-in Lady
Meghan Maguire ... Business Woman
Courtney Kling ... Airport Clerk

Matt O'Toole ... Alex's Husband (voice)
Alan David ... Hilton Clerk

Erin McGrane ... Dianne
Cari Mohr ... Purser
Jerry Vogel ... San Francisco Manager

Adhir Kalyan ... Irate IT

Jeff Witzke ... Goalquest Host

Dave Engfer ... Software Dude
Paul Goetz ... Rental Car Assistant
Michele Lee ... Conference Worker (as Michelle Reitman)
Jennifer Flaks ... Wedding Cousin (as Jennifer Nitzband)
Bill Yancey ... Wedding Pastor
John Mebruer ... Band Leader
Ellen Gutierrez ... Wedding Coordinator

Adam Rose ... Makeout Dave
Kevin Pila ... Terminated Employee (as Kevin Pilla)
Kelly Bertha ... Terminated Employee
Cozy Bailey ... Terminated Employee
Lamorris Conner ... Terminated Employee
Deborah L. Norman ... Terminated Employee
Casey Bartels ... Terminated Employee
Billy Phelan ... Terminated Employee (as Bill Phelan)
Art Hill ... Terminated Employee (as Arthur Hill)
Patricia Allison ... Terminated Employee
David F. Rybicki ... Terminated Employee
Andy Glantzman ... Terminated Employee
K. Darnell Lewis ... Terminated Employee (as Kevin D. Lewis)
Jo Michelle Favaro ... Terminated Employee
Stephanie Janiunas ... Terminated Employee
Thomas M. Martilotti ... Terminated Employee
Erin Welsh-Krengel ... Terminated Employee
Marlene Gorkiewicz ... Terminated Employee
Mark Sommers ... Terminated Employee
Wilbur Weidlich ... Terminated Employee
Grace Smith ... Terminated Employee
Scott Lapinski ... Terminated Employee
George Batten ... Terminated Employee
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sope Aluko ... Software Woman (uncredited)

Kojo Asiedu ... Business Traveler (uncredited)
Courtney Benjamin ... Gate Agent (uncredited)
Michael Bentele ... Extra (uncredited)
Nicole Blaszczyk ... Stewardess (uncredited)

Kourtney Brown ... Make-Out IT (uncredited)

Wayne E. Brown ... 1st Officer (uncredited)

Ed Callison ... Conference Room Executive (uncredited)
Brian Carney ... Laid-Off Worker (uncredited)
Jeff Carr ... Man in Yellow Shirt (uncredited)
Alissa Collins ... Software Model (uncredited)
Kevin Crawford ... CTC Team Member (uncredited)
Sara Crowell ... Convention Attendee (uncredited)
Jeremy Curran ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Rodney Davis ... Extra (uncredited)
Karla Dieseldorff ... Bikini Girl (uncredited)

Vanessa Elgrichi ... Flight Attendant (uncredited)
Dona Ellis ... Desk Girl (uncredited)
Didier Elysee ... IT Guy (uncredited)

Chad A. Fehr ... Extra (uncredited)

Vohn Ferguson ... Miami Convention Attendee (uncredited)
Doug Fesler ... Business Traveler (uncredited)

Lanette Fugit ... Flight Attendant (uncredited)
Bobby J. Gatus ... Extra (uncredited)
Nesti Gee ... Gate Agent (uncredited)

Angela Golden Bryan ... Dockside Shopper (uncredited)

Joe Hammerstone ... Airport Traveler (uncredited)

HeMan ... Software Dude (uncredited)
Ernesto Hernandez ... Angel Goodman (uncredited)

Carri Jarvis ... Flight Attendant (uncredited)

Tamala Jones ... Karen Barnes (uncredited)

Walter Kirn ... Conference Room Executive (uncredited)

Andrew Kruczynski ... Sergeant Perez (uncredited)

Ashley Leilani ... Software Technician (uncredited)

Laurel Levey ... Computer Geek at Miami Convention (uncredited)
Anna Li ... Airport Traveler (uncredited)

Keri Maletto ... Software Convention Geek (uncredited)

Meredith Martin ... Bikini Girl (uncredited)
Libby McDermott ... Traveler (uncredited)
Anastasia Maria Mili ... Child Traveler (uncredited)

Keith Nussbaum ... Airline Passenger (uncredited)

Jørgen Pedersen ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Greg Reynolds ... Convetion Attendee (uncredited)
Kyle Rich ... Military Guy (uncredited)

Luke Richmond ... Army Soldier (uncredited)
Nic Roewert ... Kissing Couple (uncredited)
Mallory Scott ... Business Traveler (uncredited)
Chris Shaw ... Tourist (uncredited)
Megan Shearin ... Wedding Attendant (uncredited)

Malik Simmons ... Traveler (uncredited)
Steffen Smith ... Extra (uncredited)
Gus Stevenson ... Conference Attendee (uncredited)
Paul Strathman ... Businessman at Lunch (uncredited)
Morris Lee Sullivan ... Business Traveler (uncredited)
Mia Terez Deuschle ... IT Conference Waitress #1 (uncredited)
Gowhnou Yang ... Business Traveler (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jason Reitman 
Writing credits
Walter Kirn (novel)

Jason Reitman (screenplay) and
Sheldon Turner (screenplay)

Produced by
Ali Bell .... associate producer
Michael Beugg .... executive producer
Jason Blumenfeld .... associate producer
Jeffrey Clifford .... producer
Daniel Dubiecki .... producer
Helen Estabrook .... associate producer
Ted Griffin .... executive producer
Joe Medjuck .... executive producer
Tom Pollock .... executive producer
Ivan Reitman .... producer
Jason Reitman .... producer
Original Music by
Rolfe Kent 
Cinematography by
Eric Steelberg (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Dana E. Glauberman 
Casting by
Mindy Marin 
Production Design by
Steve Saklad 
Art Direction by
Andrew Max Cahn 
Set Decoration by
Linda Lee Sutton  (as Linda Sutton-Doll)
Costume Design by
Danny Glicker 
Makeup Department
Natasha Allegro .... hair stylist
Breezy Brezany .... makeup artist (as Martha Brezany-Adams)
Lisa Brockman-Kalz .... makeup artist (as Lisa Kalz)
Ashley Dayley .... hair stylist
Katherine Distefano .... makeup artist: Las Vegas
Elisabeth Fry .... makeup department head
Kimberly Jones .... makeup artist: Detroit
Jeff Lewis .... makeup department head (as Jeffrey Lewis)
Brad Look .... key makeup artist: Miami (as Bradley M. Look)
Frances Mathias .... hair department head
Diane Maurno .... makeup artist: Miami
Jack McQueen .... hair stylist: Detroit
Michelle Miller .... hair stylist: Omaha
Carol Raskin .... hair stylist: Miami
Mary Rockwood-Crabtree .... hair stylist: Las Vegas (as Mary Crabtree)
Waldo Sanchez .... hair stylist: Mr. Clooney
Melanie Smith .... makeup artist: Omaha
Kevin J Edwards .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Louise Holoday .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Michael Beugg .... unit production manager
Kaylene Carlson .... production supervisor: Omaha/Las Vegas
Samson Mucke .... assistant unit production manager
Elayne Schneiderman .... production supervisor: Miami
Ralph Bertelle .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Tricia Miles .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sonia Bhalla .... second assistant director
Jason Blumenfeld .... first assistant director
Patrick Cunningham .... second second assistant director: Las Vegas
Steve Dale .... second second assistant director: Miami
Heather L. Hogan .... additional second assistant director
Patty Long .... additional second assistant director: Detroit
Joseph Payton .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Bobby Amor .... set dresser: Miami
Tom Arbia .... props: Las Vegas
Ted Boonthanakit .... storyboard artist
Gregory Boots .... set dresser: Las Vegas
Cat Cacciatore .... buyer
Michael Calabrese .... set dresser: Miami
Curtis Childers .... construction coordinator
Todd Clevenger .... on-set painter
Sean Clouser .... construction coordinator: Detroit (as Sean W. Clouser)
Ken Deubel III .... paint foreperson (as Ken Deubel)
Gary Dunham .... set dresser: Miami
Rod England .... set dresser: Miami
Franco Georgianna .... propmaker foreperson: Las Vegas
Gene Gibas .... props: Detroit
Greg Goad .... set dresser (as Gregory Goad)
Amy Graham .... set dresser
Mark Hanselman .... set dresser: Detroit
David Harren .... construction foreperson
Roger Hinders .... scenic artist: Omaha
Carla J. Huber .... scenic artist: Detroit
Judith Ivanyi .... paint foreperson: Detroit
Brent Jaimes .... set dresser
Peggy Johnson .... on-set painter
Thomas V. Johnson .... chief painter
Ellen Lampl .... draftsperson
Kelsey Lapoint .... painter (as Kelsey LaPoint)
Richard Lattuca .... set dresser: Detroit
Craig Lee .... scenic artist: Omaha
Greg Lester .... set dresser: Detroit (as Greg K. Lester)
Brian Luehring .... construction foreperson: Miami
John Moraites .... labor foreperson: Detroit
Ali Mukstar .... props: Detroit (as Muktsar Ali)
Peter Müller .... set dresser: Miami (as Peter Muller)
David Peterson .... set dresser: Omaha
Jeremy Alan Read .... set dresser: Miami (as Jeremy A. Read)
Christopher Reams .... set dresser (as Chris Reams)
Holly Ritchie .... on-set painter: Miami
Nicholas J. Romanac .... props: Miami (as Nicholas Romanac)
Steve Schwarz .... foreperson
Nicholas Scott .... foreperson: Miami
Michael Semon .... assistant property master
Elbert Slider .... construction foreperson: Detroit
Flynn Thomas Smith .... on-set dresser
David Snodgrass .... chief carpenter: Las Vegas
Tim Stephens .... set dresser
Mark Robert Taylor .... art department coordinator
Jack Thomas .... draftsperson
John Tracey .... propmaker: Detroit
Joe Viau .... lead person
James Walsh .... set dresser: Las Vegas
Clark Woodman .... props
Rick Young .... property master
Travis Eisenberg .... carpenter (uncredited)
Justin George .... art assistant: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Paul Arthur Hartman .... set dresser (uncredited)
Paul Knubley .... props (uncredited)
Christian Vieira .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
James Bailey .... foley artist
Kyle Billingsley .... foley mixer
Barney Cabral .... supervising adr editor
Rick Canelli .... adr recordist
John W. DeMonaco .... utility sound technician: Detroit
Craig Dollinger .... boom operator
Jeff Erdmann .... utility sound technician
Eric Flickinger .... sound mix technician
Aaron Grice .... utility sound technician: Las Vegas
John Guentner .... foley mixer
J. Stanley Johnston .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim LeBlanc .... sound mix technician
Brian Magerkurth .... sound mix technician
Cynthia Merrill .... foley artist
Trevor Metz .... sound editor
Steven Morrow .... sound mixer (as Steven A. Morrow)
Nick Neutra .... foley supervisor
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr mixer
Aynee Osborn .... sound editor (as Aynee O. Joujon-Roche)
Michael Pisano .... utility sound technician: Miami
Perry Robertson .... supervising sound editor
Shelley Roden .... foley artist
Scott Sanders .... supervising sound editor
Frederick H. Stahly .... sound editor
Gregory H. Watkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Mandell Winter .... sound editor
Kevin Zimmerman .... first assistant sound editor (as Kevin A. Zimmerman)
Aynee Osborn .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Michael H. Clark .... special effects technician (as Michael Clark)
Kenneth Coulman .... special effects technician (as Kenneth R. Coulman Jr.)
William Dawson .... special effects coordinator
Kurt Harris .... special effects technician: Miami
Roland Hathaway .... special effects foreperson
Kenny Kondratko .... special effects technician
Barry McQueary .... special effects foreperson (as Barry L. McQueary)
William Purcell .... special effects foreperson (as Will Purcell)
Morgan McMath Rogers .... special effects technician (as Morgan M. Rogers)
Arthur G. Schlosser .... special effects technician
Dieter Sturm .... special effects technician
Dan Yeager .... special effects technician (as Daniel Yeager)
Visual Effects by
Casey Allen .... inferno/flame compositor: Lola Visual Effects
Spencer Armajo .... inferno/flame compositor: Lola Visual Effects
Daniel Chuba .... visual effects producer: Hammerhead (as Dan Chuba)
Trent Claus .... inferno/flame compositor: Lola Visual Effects
Jamie Dixon .... visual effects supervisor: Hammerhead
Justin Jones .... visual effects co-supervisor: Hammerhead
Kelly Rae Kenan Green .... visual effects production manager: Hammerhead (as Kelly Rae Kenan)
Michael Kennedy .... compositor: Hammerhead
Seung Yong Lee .... compositor: Hammerhead (as Seunyong Lee)
Isaac Lipstadt .... visual effects production assistant: Hammerhead
Shira Mandel .... compositor: Hammerhead
Daniel Mellitz .... compositor: Hammerhead
Joel Merritt .... compositor: Hammerhead
Fatima Mojaddidy .... systems administrator: Hammerhead
Thomas Nittmann .... visual effects producer: Lola Visual Effects
Brian Nugent .... inferno/flame compositor: Lola Visual Effects
Robert Olsson .... inferno/flame compositor: Lola Visual Effects (as Rob Olsson)
Clark Parkhurst .... inferno/flame compositor: Lola Visual Effects
Chris Raiskup .... visual effects production assistant: Hammerhead
Michael Richmond .... inferno/flame compositor: Lola Visual Effects
Jeremiah Sweeney .... inferno/flame compositor: Lola Visual Effects
Edson Williams .... visual effects supervisor: Lola Visual Effects
Kazuyoshi Yamagiwa .... inferno/flame compositor: Lola Visual Effects
Ryan Zuttermeister .... associate visual effects producer: Lola Visual Effects
Patrick Clancey .... digital opticals (uncredited)
Jake King .... digital colorist assist (uncredited)
Dan Levitan .... senior compositor (uncredited)
Marc D. Rienzo .... compositor (uncredited)
Ricou Browning Jr. .... stunt coordinator (as Ricou Browning)
Charles Croughwell .... stunt coordinator
Alex Edlin .... stunts
Gary Lowe .... stunts
Artie Malesci .... stunts
Anthony Molinari .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Ivan Allen .... electrician: Las Vegas (as Ivan C. Allen)
Richard Allen .... grip: Las Vegas
Jason Apperson .... electrician: Las Vegas
Prarthna Arias .... video assist
Tom Barrett .... grip
Keith Batchelor .... electrician: Las Vegas
Craig Bauer .... second assistant photographer: "b" camera (as Craig M. Bauer)
Kurt Beckler .... grip: Miami (as L. Kurt Beckler)
Tim Black .... rigging electrician: Miami
Kelly Bogdan .... second assistant photographer: "b" camera, Omaha
Lawrence L. Bolding .... grip: Omaha
Marvin J. Bowie .... rigging electrician: Detroit (as Marvin Jackie Bowie)
Geoffrey Brock .... rigging electrician: Detroit
Denny Buffum .... grip: Omaha
Nathan Buffum .... grip: Omaha (as Nate Buffum)
Tom Cornell .... second company rigging grip: Detroit (as Thomas Cornell)
Tommy Daguanno .... grip: Detroit
Alfredo Denila .... grip: Las Vegas (as Alfredo Dinala)
Christopher C. Dino .... rigging electrician: Miami
Jonathan Dugas .... grip: Miami
Darry Dusbiber .... rigging grip: Detroit (as Barry Dusbiber)
Paul Eichler .... rigging electrician: Omaha
Brad Fanfalone .... second assistant photographer: "b" camera, Detroit (as Bradford Fanfalone)
Kenneth Ferguson .... rigging electrician: Detroit
Cale Finot .... first assistant photographer: "b" camera
Brian Fosnaugh .... assistant chief lighting technician
Jamie Franta .... grip: Las Vegas
Anne Freivogel .... second assistant photographer: "b" camera
Nicholas Gartner .... electrician
John Gibson .... rigging electrician: Miami
Jack Glenn .... dolly grip operator
Shai Goldenberg .... rigging grip: Miami
Dylan Goss .... aerial director of photography
Ted Gregg .... second company rigging grip
Sam Hassel .... grip: Miami
Tim Hawn .... rigging electrician
Brian Hayden .... electrician
Gordon Hayman .... grip (as Gordon J. Hayman)
Lavelle Higgins .... rigging electrician: Miami (as Lavelle Thomas Higgins)
David Houlle .... chief rigging electrician
Bodie Hyman .... second company grip: Las Vegas
Loren Johnson .... electrician: Las Vegas
Ross Jones .... grip: Miami
Gary Kangrga .... first company rigging grip
Holgar Kirschner .... rigging grip: Miami (as Holger Kirschner)
Jamie Klein .... second company rigging grip: Miami
Kenny Kondratko .... grip: Detroit
Dave Kube .... grip (as David Kube)
Andrea Lawson .... video playback foreperson
John Lawson .... electrician: Detroit
Joe Layson .... electrician: Detroit (as Joseph P. Layson)
Jimmi Lyon .... assistant chief rigging technician: Miami
John Mang .... dolly grip operator
Ed Manton .... rigging grip
Robert Mehnert .... aerial director of photography
Jeff Milewsky .... grip: Las Vegas
Jeff Moore .... rigging electrician: Detroit
Matthew Moriarty .... camera operator
Charles 'Chaz' Norcross .... second company grip (as Charles Norcross)
Tim O'Dea .... electrician: Detroit
Jeremy Osbern .... rigging electrician
Joseph Parise .... electrician: Detroit
Jorge Parra .... grip: Miami (as Jorge A. Parra)
Earl Perque .... second company grip: Miami (as Earl Perque Jr.)
Seyton Pooley .... rigging electrician: Las Vegas
Stephanie Power .... electrician: Miami
Mynor Priesing .... grip: Las Vegas
John Pycha .... electrician: Omaha
Ryan Rakel .... film loader (as Ryan A. Rakel)
Adam Reisz .... grip
Dave Richardson .... first company grip (as David Richardson)
Shane Richter .... rigging electrician: Las Vegas (as Shane M. Richter)
Dale Robinette .... still photographer
Chris Rodriguez .... rigging grip: Miami
Jim Rogers .... grip: Detroit
Dennis Rottell .... rigging grip: Detroit
Fred Schwartz .... electrician: Miami (as Fred A. Schwartz)
John Sennott .... electrician (as John Sennott IV)
Mike Silverberg .... electrician: Las Vegas (as Michael Silverberg)
William Smaling .... chief rigging electrician: Miami (as Bill Smaling)
Michael Stoecker .... rigging grip
Chris Strong .... chief lighting technician (as Chris C. Strong)
Cody Strong .... electrician
David Swift .... electrician: Miami
Richmond Tetzlaff .... video playback technician
Daniel M. Tobias .... electrician: Miami
Tony Varuola .... chief rigging electrician: Las Vegas (as Anthony Varuola)
Zoran Veselic .... first assistant photographer
Jason C. Villella .... electrician: Miami
Keith Wandrei .... chief rigging electrician: Detroit
Jerry Wheat .... assistant chief rigging electrician
Rob Williams .... rigging electrician: Omaha
Todd Wood .... grip: Miami
David Basch .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Chris Benson .... camera operator: firing sequences (uncredited)
Jaime Dawkins .... technocrane operator (uncredited)
Cale Finot .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Andrew Gritzke .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Mike Hampton .... video utility (uncredited)
Adam Huber .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Brian Lataille .... vector vision tech (uncredited)
Brian Pruitt .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Mark Schwartzbard .... additional camera operator: HD unit (uncredited)
Alan R. Sohn .... rigging lighting technician (uncredited)
Lee J. Stone .... super technocrane operator (uncredited)
Nick Theodorakis .... digital imaging engineer (uncredited)
Daniel Tkaczyk .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Mark N. Woods .... technocrane operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Phyllis Karpinski .... background casting assistant: Miami
Jorina King .... background casting: Las Vegas
Kara Lipson .... casting associate
Jennifer Presser .... location casting assistant
Carrie Ray .... background casting: Detroit
Derek Ray .... background casting: Detroit
Joni Tackette .... location casting
Joanna Wende .... location casting assistant
Lori Wyman .... background casting: Miami
Susan E. Ryan .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lynette Bernay .... costumer: Miami
Amy Julia Cheyfitz .... costumer: Detroit
Sandra Davis .... seamstress
Fran Ellison .... seamstress
Jody Felz .... on-set costumer: Miami
Kathleen Gratz .... costumer
Jennifer Iizuka .... on-set costumer: Las Vegas
Alyssa Kim .... on-set costumer
Joyce Kogut .... costume supervisor
Hatsephi Kushma .... costumer
Stacy Lauwers .... costumer: Detroit
Jeanne Marlette .... costumer: Omaha (as Jeanne Marie Marlette)
Brittany Pask .... costumer: Detroit
Randy Pike .... spacesuit technician
Megan Power .... costumer
Pauline Rodriguez Sanchez .... costumer: Miami (as Pauline R. Sanchez)
Michele K. Short .... assistant costume designer
Emma Trenchard .... costumer: Las Vegas
Erin Wright .... costumer: Las Vegas
Carole Zacek .... costumer: Omaha
Deanna Zapico .... seamstress: Detroit
Zandra Harding .... ladies cutter/fitter (uncredited)
Katie Nolff .... costume production assistant (uncredited)
Vivian Pavlos .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Cassiopeia Smith .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Cassiopeia Smith .... costume assistant: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Will Barnes .... digital editing systems support
Yanosh Cuglove .... editorial intern
Bruce Fowler .... lab manager assistant: Deluxe
Maria Gonzales .... first assistant editor
Dale E. Grahn .... lab color timer: Deluxe (as Dale Grahn)
Omar Hassan-Reep .... assistant editor
Chris Jensen .... color timing assistant: Efilm
Nancy Jundi .... digital editing systems support
Natasha Leonnet .... colorist: Efilm
Philippe Majdalani .... digital intermediate assistant producer: Efilm
Amy Pawlowski .... digital intermediate editor: Efilm
Loan Phan .... digital intermediate producer: Efilm
Michael Lee Underdown .... editorial assistant
Rick J. Brown .... co-colorist (uncredited)
Gregg Lang .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Jennifer Scudder Trent .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
David Roth Weiss .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Tony Blondal .... orchestrator
Rick Clark .... music supervisor
Stephen Coleman .... music programmer
Jim Dunbar .... music coordinator
Rolfe Kent .... conductor
Larry Mah .... pro tools operator
Randall Poster .... music supervisor
Dan Savant .... orchestra contractor
Alistair South .... music assistant
Nick South .... music editor
Greg Townley .... music mixer
Greg Townley .... music recordist
Karen Han .... soloist: erhu (uncredited)
Mateo Messina .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Meredith Meyer .... assistant to composer (uncredited)
Bart Samolis .... musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Dan 'the Mayor' Cowden .... transportation captain (as Daniel Cowden)
Everett Everett .... transportation captain: Las Vegas
Geno Hart .... transportation coordinator
Kirk Huston .... transportation co-captain
Ronald Lowe .... transportation captain: Miami
William 'Mac' Maquez .... transportation co-captain: Miami (as William Maquez)
Glen Mathias .... transportation captain (as Glenn Mathias)
Brian Joseph Moore .... transportation co-captain (as Brian Moore)
Billy Scoles .... transportation captain: Omaha
John 'Detroit' White .... transportation captain: Detroit (as John White Jr.)
Joseph Aroesti .... driver (uncredited)
Mike Belt .... driver (uncredited)
K.C. Colebrooke .... driver: cast (uncredited)
Jimmy Cowden .... driver (uncredited)
Darrell Foley .... driver (uncredited)
Jennifer Gonzalez .... driver (uncredited)
Glenn Knowlton .... driver (uncredited)
Glenn Korbesmeyer .... driver: George clooney (uncredited)
Reno S. Mifsud .... driver: cast (uncredited)
Dean Miller .... driver (uncredited)
Kelly Murphy .... transportation (uncredited)
Daniel Rodell .... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)
John Smith .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Nino Aldi .... production assistant: Las Vegas
Claudia D. Ambriz .... craft service: Las Vegas
Matthew Baker .... production assistant
Arthur Clayton Beall .... aerial pilot
Chad Bishoff .... production assistant: Omaha
John Bonaccorse .... production assistant: Miami
José Lázaro Brañas .... production assistant: Miami (as Jose L. Branas)
Sara Kate Brinkley .... production assistant: Las Vegas
Jesse Brooks .... production assistant: Las Vegas
Ricou Browning Jr. .... marine coordinator: Miami (as Ricou Browning)
John Campbell .... production assistant: Omaha
Amy Carrelli .... assistant production coordinator: Las Vegas
Katina A. Cross .... production secretary
Marissa Crozier .... production assistant
Jamie Leigh Dake .... assistant production coordinator: Detroit
Trinity Tad Davis .... accounting clerk
Justin Dec .... production assistant: Miami
Nicholas Deroo .... assistant location manager: Detroit
Rachel Dik .... production assistant: Detroit
Ron Durham .... assistant location manager
Eddie Fickett .... assistant location manager: Las Vegas
Eli Fowler .... production assistant
Doug Frye .... production assistant: Las Vegas
Nicky Fuchs .... production assistant: Las Vegas
Dan Fulton .... production assistant
Ivan Garcia .... production assistant: Miami
Daniel Gartner .... assistant: Mr. Dubiecki
Vanessa Gibson .... second assistant accountant: Detroit
Rachael Godfrey .... assistant: Mr. Pollock
Sarah Goller .... assistant location manager: Detroit
Julie Ann Grasso .... production secretary: Miami
Jeffrey D. Hall .... medic
Patty Harrigan .... production assistant: Miami
Cynthia Heller .... production assistant: Omaha
Andrea Hirschegger .... assistant: Mr. I. Reitman
Tom Holzhauer .... production assistant
Matt Isgro .... production assistant: Omaha (as Matthew D. Isgro)
April A. Janow .... production accountant
Saj Jayasinghe .... account manager: Deluxe
Marc H. Katz .... craft service: Miami
Sheena Kipu .... production assistant: Las Vegas
Liliana Kondracki .... assistant location manager: Miami
Matt Kowalick .... assistant: Mr. Dubiecki
Erin Krozek .... assistant: Mr. J. Reitman
Christina LaBuzetta .... location manager: Miami (as Christina La Buzetta)
Joe Landry .... production assistant: Detroit (as Joseph Landry)
Chris Larkin .... production assistant: Omaha
John Latenser V .... supervising location manager
Candice LeClaire .... second assistant accountant (as Candice Leclaire)
Shannon Lugger .... production assistant
Georgina Marquis .... production coordinator
Lisa L. Martin .... assistant production coordinator: Miami
Elizabeth Maxwell .... craft service
Angel McConnell .... assistant: Mr. Clooney
Tom McMurtry .... aerial pilot (as Thomas McMurtry)
Karl Mefford .... assistant: Mr. Medjuck
Bryan Meganck .... craft service: Detroit
Michelle Mehn .... production assistant: Miami
Gina Meredith .... medic: Las Vegas
Brian Merritt .... production assistant: Las Vegas
Katie Nolff .... production assistant: Detroit (as Katherine Nolff)
Erin O'Brien .... medic: Detroit
Mike O'Brien .... medic: Detroit
Brian O'Leary .... medic: Omaha
Samantha Page .... accounting clerk
Janie Papaccio .... production assistant
Tara Plizga .... production secretary: Detroit
Kristen Portanova .... assistant production coordinator
Sara Nicole Powell .... assistant production coordinator
Jennifer Radzikowski .... assistant location manager: Miami
Susanne Ragnarsson .... assistant location manager: Miami
Robert Reimer .... studio teacher: Detroit (as Robert W. Reimer)
Molly Reinhardt .... production assistant
Tracy Remmereid .... assistant production coordinator: Omaha
Michael Ries .... medic
Giovanni Rodriguez .... production assistant: Miami
Matthew Romano .... production assistant
Nick Rowley .... production assistant: Omaha (as Nicholas Rowley)
Jacquelyn Ryan .... production assistant: Detroit
Paul Santarelli .... assistant: Mr. Clifford
Trevor Schliefer .... production assistant: Miami (as Trevor Schlieter)
Tracy Scott .... script supervisor
Teresa Seina .... production assistant: Omaha
Joanie Selden .... first assistant accountant
Luis Sierra .... medic: Miami
Gladys Simeon .... production assistant: Miami
Josh Slates .... assistant location manager
Brett P. Smith .... second assistant accountant
Spooky Stevens .... unit publicist
Kelly Stultz .... payroll accountant (as Kelly Brett Stultz)
Cricket Vandover .... studio teacher
Barry Chandler Vargas .... accounting clerk: Miami (as Barry C. Vargas)
Jamie Vesay .... assistant location manager: Omaha
Liz Wallace .... medic
Amy Jo Weinstein .... assistant: Mr. Beugg (as Amy Weinstein)
Brandon T. Williams .... production assistant: Detroit
Jen Willis .... production assistant
Lauren Winchester .... assistant: Mr. J. Reitman
Amy Murphy Anderson .... location assistant: Las Vegas (uncredited)
Neil Andrea .... marine crew: underwater unit (uncredited)
Justin Browning .... marine crew (uncredited)
Christian Byrd .... marine boat captain (uncredited)
Christian Byrd .... marine captain (uncredited)
Anthony E. Cabral .... set production assistant (uncredited)
April Campbell .... set physician (uncredited)
John Charles .... software manager: Sony DAC (uncredited)
Carlos Ferro .... adr voice (uncredited)
Matt Francis .... production assistant (uncredited)
Amber Fritz .... production assistant (uncredited)
Matthew Gowan .... production assistant (uncredited)
Ali Griffith .... assistant production coordinator: pre-production-Los Angeles (uncredited)
Jason Hackett .... stand-in: Zach Galifianakis (uncredited)
Carlos Michael Hagene .... stand-in (uncredited)
Stacy Heatherly .... studio teacher (uncredited)
Milan L. Jackson Jr. .... production assistant (uncredited)
Alanna Kaimrajh .... production assistant (uncredited)
Cedric N. Lee .... location assistant (uncredited)
Jenny Lee .... title designer (uncredited)
Yvette Long .... location assistant: Las Vegas (uncredited)
Yvette Long .... location scout: Las Vegas (uncredited)
Mack McKelvey .... craft service (uncredited)
Christopher Miller .... location manager: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Matthew Dillon Noonan .... assistant location manager: maps (uncredited)
Peter Pham .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael M. Piehler .... key assistant location manager: additional photography: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Stephanie Raven .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Luis Sierra .... water safety (uncredited)
Peter Skorupskas .... production assistant (uncredited)
Gareth Smith .... title designer (uncredited)
Damon J. Taylor .... location assistant (uncredited)
Ashley Umbarger .... production assistant (uncredited)
Aisling Warren .... location assistant (uncredited)
Alex Westmore .... production assistant (uncredited)
Scott Wintner .... location liaison (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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"Mileage, My Life" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for language and some sexual content
109 min | Canada:108 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:14A (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:S | Finland:K-3 | Germany:o.Al. | Hong Kong:IIA | Ireland:15A | Japan:G | Malaysia:PG-13 | Mexico:B | Netherlands:AL | New Zealand:M | Peru:14 | Philippines:PG-13 (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:NC-16 (DVD rating) (Blu-ray rating) | South Africa:13L | South Korea:15 | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #45561)

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Jason Reitman began writing the screenplay in 2002 when the economy was booming and planned to make it as his first feature. The opportunity to make Thank You for Smoking (2005) and Juno (2007) presented themselves and he put this off until this year, meanwhile America plummeted into an economic recession. He said the film's tone changed completely in response to the real world crisis and works much better now as a topical piece than it would have a decade ago, the delays in its realization being fortuitous.See more »
Errors in geography: During Wichita's layoff, Ryan dismisses a terminated female employee's solemn promise to commit suicide from the tallest local bridge. He becomes visibly distraught upon learning she committed suicide as described. Wichita and surrounding Sedgewick County's tallest bridge is the Arkansas River crossing just 39ft at the peak of summer. The consistently featureless and level terrain plus year round strong winds are crucial for aircraft manufacturers and test pilots.See more »
[first lines]
Terminated Employee:This is what I get in return for 30 years of service for my company? And they send some yo-yo like you in here to try to tell me that I'm out of a job? They should be telling you *you're* out of a job.
Terminated Employee:You have a lot of gall coming in here and firing your number one producer. And then you're going to go home tomorrow and make more money than you've ever made in your life, and I'm going to go home without a pay check. Fuck you.
Terminated Employee:I just... I guess you leave me dumbfounded. I don't know where this is coming from. How am I supposed to go back as a man and explain this to my wife that I lost my job?
Terminated Employee:On a street level, I've heard that losing your job is like a death in the family. But personally, I feel more like the people I worked with were my family and *I* died.
Terminated Employee:I can't afford to be unemployed. I have a house payment. I have children.
Terminated Employee:I don't know how you can live with yourself, but I'm sure that you'll find a way while the rest of us are suffering.
Terminated Employee:[on the verge of tears] Who the fuck are you, man?
Ryan Bingham:Excellent question. Who the fuck am I? Poor Steve has worked here for seven years. He's never had a meeting with me before, or passed me in the hall, or told me a story in the break room. And that's because I don't work here. I work for another company that lends me out to pussies like Steve's boss, who don't have the balls to sack their own employees, and in some cases, for good reason. Because people do crazy shit when they get fired.
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I'm like my mother, I stereotype—it's faster … Up in the Air, 19 September 2009
Author: jaredmobarak from buffalo, ny, usa

Based on the novel by Walter Kirn, George Clooney stars as corporate downsizing expert Ryan Bingham, who is hired to help ease the transition of long-term employees to the unemployment line across the country. Taking his job very seriously and loving the 290 days away from home—the only problem with that is the 70 days at home in his empty apartment—his world gets turned upside-down when a young upstart in the company threatens to ground the company to fire people via the internet. Not standing for a change in his life, nor the chance for his life goal of total airline miles to end, ("Let's just say I have a number and I haven't hit it yet"), he goes on a mission to prove how personal his job is and how key a face to face meeting can be to talk down an emotionally unstable person and really do the victim a service in an otherwise horrible moment in his life. Along the way, he and the recent college grad, of which the boss loves due to her budget slashing game-changing idea, Natalie, played by Anna Kendrick, both find out what has been lacking in their lives and how to become better people, opening up to love, heartbreak, and the need to grow up.

Clooney's Bingham is the loner businessman whose only relationships exist from random meetings with attractive females at the multiple airports he frequents. His wallet of plastic has become his lifeblood—credit cards from airlines that accumulate his mileage, hotel status perk cards that let him cut the disgruntled travelers and go straight to the front, and numerous room keys that never seem to be thrown out, causing him to always use more than one before finally opening his hotel suite's door. Detached from his family for years as the brother that exists but cannot be counted on for anything, he contemplates whether he should, or really wants to, attend his sister's wedding—the little girl of the family and someone he should have been involved with after the passing of their father. A series of style cramping incidents for him begins with a phone call from his other sister and the request to take a cardboard cutout of the happy couple, (Melanie Lynskey and Danny McBride, in a role that might actually show some nuance for a guy that usually flies by the cuff), and photograph it in front of famous places he travels to for work "like that French gnome movie,"—I love the Amélie reference. Then comes the threat of being taken out of the air, his home for decades, in order to impersonally let go more people more efficiently; the challenge of taking Natalie on his next schedule of jobs to prove to her why the new system won't work; and the addition of a love interest in Vera Farmiga's Alex, a woman who describes herself to him with "just think of me as you with a vagina"—one of many great lines.

There is a lot of subtlety and intricate weaving of plot lines throughout the story, details and sequences that need to be seen fresh to get the full benefit of the film. What you might initially think is a witty comedy about a jerk of a guy who not only thinks he's better than everyone else, but actually is, that either finds the error of his ways or gets dropped down a peg or two, eventually becomes a tale chock full of heart and emotion. The real success story of the film is a revelatory performance from Clooney who really knocks this on out of the park. He always showed the charisma and chops to play confident and successful, but here is allowed to also branch out and express the pent-up frustration that comes with isolated loneliness, the passion one can have for a job that seems horrible, yet, when treated carefully, is a job to take seriously, and the compassion for humanity on the whole, softening enough to realize that there are people around him that need help besides his laid off strangers, help that only he can provide. The evolution he undertakes is really pretty amazing and I credit Kirn, Reitman, and Clooney for pulling it off with grace and laughter.

Every single actor is unforgettable—even the bit parts like Zach Galifianakis and especially J.K. Simmons as two corporate employees who's jobs have been eliminated. Jason Bateman is hilarious as Clooney's smug boss, fully embodying the take no crap nonchalance he made famous in "Arrested Development"; Farmiga is gorgeous and competent to be able to go toe-to-toe with Clooney in the detachment and power-hungry attitude of flying in style for half a year or more; and, if George's reinvention of character is revelatory, then Kendrick's naïve Natalie is masterful. This girl was top in her class, able to get a job in her field wherever her heart desired, yet settled for this firm specializing in firing people so as to not dirty the workers' real superior's hands. Young and confused about life in the big world of adulthood—set on a plan for marriage and children to occur as though set times on a clock—her eyes are opened to the intimacy and fragility with which a person's mental state can be affected by mere words. When you put them all together, Up in the Air resonates on so many levels; deserving of any praise and accolades to be bestowed upon it. Hilariously funny every second of the way, it is still unafraid to dig into the dark moments of life and treat them with respect and relevancy, going places you wouldn't think it would have the guts to go. You really can't say too much about the film, a top ten of the year entry for sure. Reitman proving to be a force to reckon with and Clooney that he just keeps getting better with age.

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