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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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for language and some sexuality
USA:88 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Australia:MA | Canada:14A (Manitoba/Ontario) | USA:R (certificate #45464)

Did You Know?

Director / Writer Robert D. Siegel has a cameo of a NY Newsday reporter named Adam Feuerstein. Feuerstein was a friend of Siegel in High School and does not work for NY Newsday.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Detective Velarde flashes his badge in Paul's hospital room, it is not a New York City detective's badge.See more »
Paul Aufiero:It's gonna be a great year!
[final line]
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22 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
The sports religion, 8 January 2010
Author: moviemanMA from Massachusetts

Patton Oswalt plays Paul Aufiero, the star of Big Fan, an indie drama about a New York Giants football fanatic. He eats and breaths blue and red and wants nothing more than for his team to go all the way. He works as a parking garage attendant where he takes money, opens the gate, and prepares his thoughts for the night's radio broadcast where he is Paul from Staten Island. He calls to give his opinion about the team, how they will win, and tells another fellow caller, Philadelphia Phil, a proud Eagles fan, that he can basically go eat his own shorts.

He lives at home with his mother where he is bombarded with ideas and images of a better life thanks to his well of brother (Gino Cafarelli), a lawyer, and his brother-in-law who keeps after Paul with a job offer that he doesn't want. Paul's only haven is with his best and only friend Sal (Kevin Corrigan). They share a love for the game and a love for their team. One night they spot Quantrell Bishop, Paul's favorite Giant. His idol of the gridiron. They see him coming out of a shady spot on Staten Island and decide to follow him all the way into a Manhattan night club. When they decide to approach they are met by a hostile Bishop who thinks they are stalkers. He beats Paul into the hospital where he is met by a barrage of questions from investigators and his lawyer brother. Now he is faced with the decision of turning a blind eye to what happened or pressing charges against his favorite player, likely causing his team a division title.

A round of applause to Oswalt for his performance. He really captured the spirit of his character. I am sure that there are many people out there similar to him (I can think of a few I know who border on this line of fan-hood). Oswalt is a stand-up comedian by trade, but lately has been dabbling with some acting roles. He was the voice of Remy in Pixar's Ratatouille, one of their better casting jobs, and I particularly liked his cameo on Comedy Central's "Reno 911" where he played a "gamer" like those from "World of Warcraft" and "Dungeon's and Dragons". Here he steps way out of his comfort zone and does so effortlessly.

This is a Robert D. Siegel's directorial debut. After writing the screenplay for last year's The Wrestler, he dives into a different sport: the sport of, well, watching sports. He presents us with another tragic character. Paul is someone who cares only for his team. Not himself, his family, or his future. He doesn't care for his job and he doesn't care about how he lives. He is a special kind of man.

Siegel does a nice job behind the camera, but his strength is clearly on paper. He does a great job establishing background for his characters. We know that Paul has been a die hard sports fan for a long time. We know that he has worked the same job and has lived the same routine for years and years. Little things like his mother saving Chinese food condiments and the cluttering of Paul's bedroom walls with sports paraphernalia give these characters a history. One that we can relate to and have seen before.

This is a nice little film that has an excellent story with an even better ending. I really enjoyed the struggle that Paul goes through with all of the different pressures around him, trying to persuade him to go against his will. An excellent achievement for both Siegler and Oswalt.

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