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The Greatest -- A drama that is centered around a troubled teenage girl and a family that is trying to get over the loss of their son.


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A drama that is centered around a troubled teenage girl and a family that is trying to get over the loss of their son. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Great substance, clumsy movie, but a tearjerker anyway...yeah, a confused mess, actually See more (48 total) »


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Carey Mulligan ... Rose

Aaron Taylor-Johnson ... Bennett Brewer (as Aaron Johnson)

Pierce Brosnan ... Allen Brewer

Susan Sarandon ... Grace Brewer

Johnny Simmons ... Ryan Brewer
Kevin Hagan ... Priest
Amy Morton ... Lydia

Deirdre O'Connell ... Joyce
Miles Robbins ... Sean Brewer

Cara Seymour ... Janis

Ramsey Faragallah ... Dr. Shamban

Jennifer Ehle ... Joan

Colby Minifie ... Latent
Maryann Urbano ... Cheryl

Zoë Kravitz ... Ashley

Portia ... Toni

Michael Shannon ... Jordan Walker

Dante E. Clark ... Dante
Ron Scott ... Police Officer
Miguel Cervantes ... EMT #1
Maya Ri Sanchez ... EMT #2

Lindsay Beamish ... Shea
Eric Santiago ... Party Goer

John Boyd ... Wyatt

Cynthia Boorujy ... Rose's Doctor

Hannah Hodson ... Amy
Miriam Cruz ... Gloria

Joel de la Fuente ... Allen's Doctor

James Biberi ... Prison Security Guard

Wai Ching Ho ... Piano Teacher

Mandell Butler ... Bennett's Buddy #1
Louis D'Agostino ... Friend #1

Alexander Flores ... Geeky Student
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Cheryl Alessio ... Piano Student (uncredited)

Ryan Brandon ... Party Goer (uncredited)
Alana Cadiz ... Girl Making out at Movie Theater (uncredited)

Cheryl Cosenza ... Hair Stylist (uncredited)
Nikita Francois ... Student (uncredited)

Alyssa May Gold ... Cheerleader (uncredited)
Maria Justine Henley ... Student (uncredited)
heather Matthews-Yanoff ... Friend #2 (uncredited)
Nick Naney ... Party Goer (uncredited)
Javier Picayo ... Jay (uncredited)

Garett Ross ... Ryan's Stoner Friend (uncredited)
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Directed by
Shana Feste 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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Produced by
Pierce Brosnan .... executive producer
Anthony Callie .... executive producer
Nissa Ren Cannon .... associate producer
Chris Charalambous .... associate producer
Doug Dey .... executive producer
Ron Hartenbaum .... executive producer
Lynette Howell .... producer
Aaron Kaufman .... executive producer
Douglas Kuber .... executive producer
Katie Mustard .... co-producer
Katie Mustard .... line producer
Myles Nestel .... executive producer
Amanda Scarano .... co-producer
Beau St. Clair .... producer
Original Music by
Christophe Beck 
Cinematography by
John Bailey (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Cara Silverman 
Casting by
Ali Farrell 
Laura Rosenthal 
Production Design by
Judy Rhee 
Art Direction by
Bradley Schmidt 
Set Decoration by
Laura Hyman 
Costume Design by
Luca Mosca 
Makeup Department
Robin Day .... hair department head
Michelle Johnson .... personal hair stylist: Susan Sarandan
Andrea Miller .... makeup department head
Jeni Zaharian .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Peter Pastorelli .... production manager
Louise Runge .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nick Caccese .... second unit director
Timothy S. Kane .... second second assistant director (as Tim Kane)
Scott Larkin .... second assistant director
Curtis Smith .... first assistant director
Art Department
Kristen Adams .... art department supervisor
Bob Andrews .... assistant to production designer
Jamie Arbuckle .... on-set dresser
Lauren Brown .... art department intern
Scott Canfield .... leadman
Mary Fellows .... shopper
Haruko Fujimoto .... art department intern
Dustin Hahn .... art intern
Patrick Head .... set dresser
Greg Izzo .... set dresser
John Jalandoni .... art department intern
Laurel Kolsby .... graphic designer
Alicia Leatherbury-Lamberti .... scenic charge
Michael Lee Nirenberg .... lead scenic artist
Susan Perlman .... set dressing shopper
Sara Ryer .... art department intern
Joanna Vanadia .... intern
David Harry Yoon .... art department intern (as David Yoon)
Sound Department
Michael Baird .... supervising sound designer
Levent Erdogan .... foley editor
Brent Findley .... sound effects editor
Allie Fitz .... sound designer
Jason Gaya .... adr mixer
Angela Hemingway .... adr dialogue editor
Richard Kitting .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Mark Lafbery .... adr recordist
Zach Michaelis .... foley mixer
Robert A. Sacchetti .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging supervisor: iO FILM
Chris Barnes .... marine coordinator
Mike Burke .... utility stunts
Roy Farfel .... stunt driver
Ian Mclaughlin .... additional stunt coordinator: marine unit
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Olga Abramson .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Manuel Billeter .... additional camera operator
Manuel Billeter .... cinematographer: second unit
Michael F. Burke .... first assistant camera (as Michael Burke)
Anne Carson .... additional first assistant camera
Justin Corbett .... best boy grip
Peter Fernberger .... a camera operator
Gerard Fiore .... dolly grip
Lauren Haber .... second assistant camera
Petr Hlinomaz .... director of photography: second unit
Aaron Jacobs .... rigging grip
Patrick Lowry .... key grip
John Moustakas .... electrician
Matt Naughton .... set electrician
Evan C. Newell .... assistant camera (as Evan Newell)
Jack Henry Robbins .... camera department
Donald Russell .... additional camera operator
Joshua Solson .... lighting technician
JoJo Whilden .... still photographer
Casting Department
Terri Douglas .... adr voice casting
Maribeth Fox .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Clare Cardoni .... costume assistant
Meghan Kasperlik .... assistant costume designer
Chrissy Kuhn .... key costumer
Amy Pickering .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Brian Beard .... digital opticals editor
Pete Conlin .... post production
Rachel Patrick Conover .... assistant editor
Jonathan Hoffman .... post production
Samantha Housman .... post-production coordinator
Tamara Meem .... assistant editor
Lee Wimer .... color timer
Music Department
Jonathan Leahy .... music coordinator
Jake Monaco .... score coordinator
Manish Raval .... music editor
Manish Raval .... music supervisor
Casey Stone .... music scoring mixer
Tom Wolfe .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Tony Ingrassellino .... transportation captain
Other crew
Matthew Artus .... production secretary
Nathan Buffaloe .... additional production assistant
Chad Cohen .... insurance
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
Mark Curley .... assistant location manager
Frank Dauro .... key production assistant
Shannon de Zeeuw .... production assistant
Patrick Eaton .... craft service
Williamina Ellis .... product placement
Rebecca Garland .... production accountant
Elizabeth Hanley .... assistant production accountant
Ronnie Joseph Higgins .... production assistant
Jared Kaufmann .... assistant: Mr. Brosnan
Rachel Konstantin .... stand-in
Anthony Lote .... production assistant
Katie Martin .... production assistant
Karen S. Neasi .... product placement
Morgan Newell .... production assistant
Tony Osso .... script supervisor
Linda Peckel .... location scout
Christopher Pedersen .... assistant: Susan Sarandon
Holly Pilch .... production coordinator
John Puccinelli .... background production assistant
Mike Reiersen .... production assistant
Dawn Rosado .... craft service
Joan Scheckel .... workshop development
Emily Schumacher .... production assistant
Joe Sevey .... location manager
Eric J. Sonntag .... location assistant
Abbey Taylor .... production assistant
Rob van de Laar .... craft service
Jake Kasdan .... the producers wish to thank
Judith Weston .... thanks

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Rated R for language, some sexual content and drug use
99 min (Hollywood Film Festival) | UK:96 min (DVD version)
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Although Johnny Simmons is 4 years older than his co-star Aaron Johnson, he plays his younger brother.See more »
Continuity: In the scene where Allen is looking for Rose, he stops his vehicle and hops out while the windshield wipers are still going and shuts the vehicle off with the wipers in the 'up' position. In the next shot, the wipers are down.See more »
Rose:I knew this boy... who was really wonderful to me. The first time I saw him was in freshman English. He wore a baseball hat on the first day of school, and our teacher made him take it off and his hair was all pasted on top of his head, and he smiled at me while he tried to fix it...See more »
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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Great substance, clumsy movie, but a tearjerker anyway...yeah, a confused mess, actually, 13 July 2010
Author: secondtake from United States

The Greatest (2009)

A crisis of youth becomes a crisis for a whole family, and it's serious stuff. There's an attempt, very conspicuous in gesture and angst filled expressions, to be gritty and real, and it's a believable scenario. It's a tearjerker, surely, an intimate psychodrama dripping in sentiment.

However, the movie depends almost purely on this terrible crisis to succeed, and that's actually slightly backwards, in movie terms. That is, it should be the writing and acting that sweeps us in and makes us share the grief of the main characters. You end up wanting to empathize, but it's sometimes despite the movie, which pushes very hard, like a friend who wants to make you feel bad about something. It has such touching moments it's hard to quite accept that a lot of it is clumsily written, almost like a high budget beginner's film, which sounds worse than I mean it. But you'll see, I think, even if you love it thoroughly, that it works modestly. So accept its flaws, ignore the obvious flashbacks to the good times, skip the dining room table where people are sitting all on one side so we can see them all from the camera, ignore the patter that is meant to make life ordinary and doesn't, and so on. Be forgiving or give it a pass.

What saves the movie (somewhat) from its excesses is the performance of the lead girl, Rose (Carey Mulligan), and the father, Mr. Brewer, played by Pierce Brosnan, who is a nuanced dad, whatever his James Bond pedigree, though neither one is given decent lines to work with. (Brosnan was also a producer, go figure.) The mother is meant to be disturbed in her grief, and she sure is. The sexy grad assistant is too too obvious even for the movies. And the brother, well, what is his role, actually, just to add a second improbable plot? And there is surveillance video of the crash, which is beyond even reasonable open-mindedness, given the isolation implied by the first several minutes of the movie. The sensationalism of that, alone, will warn you of what's to come.

Okay, one last confession. It gets so emotionally atomic at times, with the throbbing cellos coming in the background, I had to laugh out loud. I swear. And yet, I see how it deals with some truly, believably gorgeous stuff.

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