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Big Fan -- A hardcore New York Giants football fan struggles to deal with the consequences when he is beaten up by his favorite player.


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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Patton Oswalt ... Paul Aufiero

Kevin Corrigan ... Sal

Michael Rapaport ... Philadelphia Phil

Marcia Jean Kurtz ... Paul's Mom

Serafina Fiore ... Gina Aufiero

Gino Cafarelli ... Jeff Aufiero
Jonathan Hamm ... Quantrell Bishop

Matt Servitto ... Detective Velardi
Joe Garden ... Dennis

Polly Humphreys ... Christine
Scott Ferrall ... Sports Dogg

Sidné Anderson ... Hospital Doctor (as Sidne Anderson)
Julian Lane ... Birthday Boy
Caroline Gallo ... Gina and Jeff Daughter
Maya Louise Dispenza ... Christine and Dennis Daughter
Cookie Bradshaw ... Law-Office Ad Woman
Malik Jacobs ... Shady House Guy
Jason Hardee ... Quantrell Buddy #1
Ronnie Amadi ... Quantrell Buddy #2
Angel Estrada ... Quantrell Buddy #3
Billy Parker ... Quantrell Buddy #4
Farouk Adelekan ... Quantrell Buddy #5
Mifit Hodzic ... Strip Club Valet
Michael Mederrick ... Doorman
Miranda Rhyne ... Cashier
Nicole Mcgee ... Bartender
Latawnya Haynes ... Waitress
Dan Dinenberg ... Bouncer #1 (as Dr. Dan Dinenberg)
Sebastian Elliott ... Bouncer #2
Christiane Figueiredo ... Paul and Sal's Stripper
Carla Carvalho ... Stripper #1
Natasha ... Stripper #2
Makenzie ... Stripper #3
Christine Elizabeth ... Stripper #4
Chyna ... Stripper #5
Nick Stevens ... Play-By-Play Announcer
Wilson Hall ... Color Commentator
Alan P. Cross ... Zone Reporter Ed Rosen (as Alan Cross)
Nick Gallo ... Radio Caller
Ginny Sisti ... Parking Garage Driver #1
Paul Sisti ... Passenger #1
Jordan Cohn ... Parking Garage Driver #2
Daniella Tineo-Cohn ... Passenger #2
Joe Caniano ... Parking Garage Driver #3
Debbie Sutin ... Parking Garage Driver #4
Robert Siegel ... Front-Lawn Reporter #1

Yori Tondrowski ... Front-Lawn Reporter #2
Tom Epstein ... Parking Garage Reporter
Cabbie ... Wrong Phil

Josh Trank ... Wrong Phil's Buddy (as Joshua Trank)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Rickert ... Eagles Fan (uncredited)
Annette Santrello ... Corrections Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert D. Siegel 
Writing credits
Robert D. Siegel (written by)

Produced by
Elan Bogarin .... producer
Jessica Cassimatis .... co-executive producer
Johnny Cassimatis .... co-executive producer
Jen Cohn .... executive producer
Nick Gallo .... associate producer
Jean Kouremetis .... producer
Mike Loew .... associate producer
Joan Siegel .... co-associate producer
Josh Trank .... co-producer (as Joshua Trank)
Original Music by
Philip Nashel-Watts  (as Philip Watts)
Cinematography by
Michael Simmonds (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Josh Trank (edited by) (as Joshua Trank)
Casting by
Robert D. Siegel  (as Robert Siegel)
Production Design by
Sharoz Makarechi 
Costume Design by
Vera Chow 
Makeup Department
Billie Budd .... additional makeup
Zak Coldicutt .... additional hair stylist
Rondi Scott .... key hair
Rondi Scott .... key makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yori Tondrowski .... assistant director
Josh Trank .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Miranda Rhyne .... art department production assistant
Greg Thran .... storyboard artist
Daniella Tineo-Cohn .... graphic designer
Sound Department
Adam Fedock .... additional boom operator
Ralph Kelsey .... post-production sound: Broadway Sound
Jim Mackil .... assistant sound editor
Shiho Miyazawa .... boom operator
Philip Nashel-Watts .... sound designer and mixer (as Philip Watts)
Eric Walendzinski .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Shelly Sabel .... additional lighting
Adam Schwartz .... visual effects
Douglas Crosby .... stunt coordinator
Jon Trosky .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Libby Cassinelli .... assistant camera (as Libby Casinelli)
Sébastien Cros .... gaffer
Sébastien Cros .... set photographer
Nick D'Agostino .... additional grip
Glenn Glasser .... still photographer
Aric Jacobson .... gaffer
Brian MacLean .... key grip
Nick Morr .... camera department production assistant
Michael O'Brien .... additional electrician
Landon Pallian .... grip
David Steele .... assistant photographer
Marque DeWinter .... red camera consultant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Cristina Esterás-Ortiz .... digital intermediate producer (as Cristina Esteras-Ortiz)
Michael Kahn .... conformer
Barbara Jean Kearney .... digital intermediate producer
Jim Mackil .... additional post-production services
Michael Smollin .... digital intermediate colorist
Music Department
Jim Black .... music clearances: Clearsongs Inc.
Gabe Hilfer .... music clearances
Philip Nashel-Watts .... digital score arranger (as Philip Watts)
Philip Nashel-Watts .... digital score producer (as Philip Watts)
Transportation Department
Anthony 'Seek' Morris .... transportation captain
Other crew
Cody Adams .... production assistant (as Cody Peace Adams)
David Sherman Broad .... production assistant (as David Broad)
Sam Burd .... production assistant (as Samuel Burd)
Caroline Creashead .... production assistant
Michael Donaldson .... legal counsel (as Michael C. Donaldson)
Julian Federman .... production assistant
Nick Gallo .... assistant location manager
Jonathan Gray .... legal services: Gray Krauss
Jocelyn Guest .... production assistant
Jason Gurnick .... technical consultant
Andrew Hurwitz .... sales agent
Fallon Jethroe .... production assistant
Mike Loew .... location manager
Johanna Lovett .... production assistant
Colleen McFawn .... production assistant (as Colleen Mcfawn)
Brandon Meyer .... production assistant
Sean O'Brien .... production assistant
Aaron Pollock .... title designer: main titles
Filippo M. Prandi .... production assistant (as Filippo Prandi)
Malena Rogers .... production assistant
John Rosana .... production assistant
Leo Santana .... production assistant
Annette Santrello .... key production assistant
Corinne Schneider .... production assistant
Rashad Wright .... production assistant
Richard Abramowitz .... special thanks
Ed Adler .... thank you
Harvey Altman .... special thanks
Ernest Ballard .... thank you
Tyondai Braxton .... special thanks
Terry Brown .... special thanks
Geoff Cook .... special thanks
Marque DeWinter .... special thanks (as Marque Dewinter)
Janine England .... thank you
Vincent Farrell .... thank you
Ian Fearn .... special thanks
Nancy Feingold .... special thanks
Katie Finch .... thank you
Jill Footlick .... special thanks
Dylan Franklin .... thank you
Alan Gallo .... special thanks
Christine Gallo .... special thanks
Daniel Glass .... thank you
Jason Gurnick .... thank you
Amy Heckerling .... special thanks
Doris Heckerling .... special thanks
Jean-Marc Joseph .... special thanks
Arthur Kale .... thank you
Lou Lane .... thank you
Melissa Lane .... thank you
Jim Mackil .... special thanks
Francis Mansfield .... thank you
Gene McHugh .... thank you
Gregory McKnight .... special thanks (as Greg Mcknight)
Michelle McNamara .... thank you (as Michelle Mcnamara)
Alicia Nashel .... special thanks (as Alicia Nashel-Watts)
Amanda Power .... special thanks
Peggy Power .... special thanks
Maureen Reynolds .... special thanks
Jesse Rosen .... special thanks
Billy Rosenblatt .... special thanks
Gary Rubin .... special thanks
Alan Sacks .... special thanks
Joan Siegel .... special thanks
Milton Siegel .... special thanks
Alex Sledge .... thank you
Ryan Smith .... special thanks
Hilary Stabb .... special thanks
Daniel Steinman .... special thanks (as Dan Steinman)
Michelle Stockwell .... special thanks
Matt Summers .... special thanks
Zach Superior .... special thanks
Rachel Sutin .... special thanks
Robert Thayer .... thank you
Rick Tickman .... thank you
Emma Trank .... special thanks
Pamela Trank .... special thanks
Richard Trank .... special thanks
Amy Westcott .... special thanks
Adam Wooley .... thank you
Andy Young .... special thanks

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Rated R for language and some sexuality
USA:88 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Australia:MA | Canada:14A (Manitoba/Ontario) | USA:R (certificate #45464)

Did You Know?

Originally planned to be a straight-forward comedy titled "Paul Aufiero" but Robert D. Siegel personally re-wrote his script into a drama.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Paul is sitting in his booth reading the newspaper, the article says that it is not known if Quantrell Bishop "will travel with the team Saturday when it heads to Carolina for the key showdown, which has strong playoff implications." At the same time Paul is reading the paper, he is also listening to sports talk radio. The announcer states that breaking news has been received that "... Quantrell Bishop will not be eligible to play in this Sunday's key showdown in Dallas...".See more »
Paul Aufiero:He was rusty.See more »
Ooh Poo Pah DooSee more »


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42 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Are you really a Big Fan, 27 April 2009
Author: Derek Deskins from Boston, MA

In his directorial debut, Robert Siegel shows that his true talent still lies in his writing. The tone of Big Fan feels very similar to Siegel's past writing venture, The Wrestler. In both films Siegel proves that he is able to craft a story that feels so rooted in the real world that at times it can feel as if you are simply a fly on the wall watching these events unfold. The only problem with this is that the real world can be boring, and without the direction of Darren Aronofsky to help bolster it, Big Fan occasionally slips into this category.

Big Fan follows the life of Paul Aufiero (Patton Oswalt), a devout New York Giants fan, and parking garage attendant. Paul plods along through his life, living with his mother (Marcia Jean Kurtz) in Staten Island, working nights at the parking garage, and finishing everyday by cranking one out before he falls asleep. We soon see that the only thing that Paul really cares about is football, or more specifically, the New York Giants. Paul meticulously crafts rants about why his Giants are "destined" for glory and calls in to a local late-night sports radio show where he is a known contributor and enemy of Philadelphia Eagles fan, Philadelphia Phil. Paul seems happy with this life and only asks that come Sunday he can put down another win for the Giants. Things then take a turn for Paul as a night out with his best friend Sal (Kevin Corrigan) results in a sighting of his favorite player Quantrell Bishop (Jonathan Hamm). The two follow Bishop through Staten Island eventually coming to a Manhattan strip club. In the club Paul finally builds up the guts to go over and talk to Bishop and in a drunken state Bishop misinterprets something Paul says and beats him to a pulp. The rest of the film follows Paul and his struggle to figure out his life as everyone around him tries to get him to sue, and imprison his hero, all while his Giants stumble and fall from their path to "destiny".

The acting in this film is its true saving grace. Oswalt proves that he is so much more than the voice of the rat in Ratatouille. He becomes Paul, leaving the audience completely convinced that the Giants truly are this man's reason for living. Also of note is Kevin Corrigan. Corrigan is continuing to be "that guy" in movies. He is probably best known as Eddie on TV series Grounded for Life, but he has also popped up in movies like True Romance, Goodfellas, The Departed, and more recently Superbad and Pineapple Express. The guy is a great actor and really deserves a lot more credit than he gets. With the character of Sal, he really is the only character to stick by Paul throughout the entire film, and he is completely believable the entire time. Not once is the audience left to wonder why Sal is supporting every decision Paul makes. Corrigan never makes us feel that he is just the token best friend in the movie. Sal supports Paul because that is who he is and we never doubt that. Corrigan truly deserves to get a lead role in a film so that he can really show people what he can do.

The comparisons between Big Fan and The Wrestler are unavoidable. Both were made on a small budget, take place in lower middle class urban neighborhoods, and deal with sports. Unfortunately for Siegel, where Aronofsky succeeded with The Wrestler, Big Fan seems to falter. The direction is not bad; it just causes the film to sag in spots. I was bored during some long stretches of the movie that made me feel like I was watching the most mundane moments of Paul's day. The visuals often leave something to be desired, making the viewer feel like the film was a few steps away from being great.

Big Fan manages to combine just the right amount of comedy in what is most definitely a drama. The acting is surprisingly good, with both Oswalt and Corrigan turning in great performances. Siegel shows us again that he is a great writer and has a gift when it comes to crafting believable real life dialogue. The direction causes the movie to be boring in some parts most likely due to this being Siegel's first outing. Even if you are not a football fan, which I am not, you will be able to enjoy this movie. And maybe next time you hear a crazed fan on a radio call-in show, you will feel a little differently.

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