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Werner Herzog (written by)
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The Mystery Isn't Who. But Why.
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Inspired by a true crime, a man begins to experience mystifying events that lead him to slay his mother with a sword. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Another hypnotic tale from the great Werner Herzog See more (46 total) »

Cast

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Michael Shannon ... Brad Macallam

Willem Dafoe ... Detective Havenhurst

Chloë Sevigny ... Ingrid Gudmundson

Udo Kier ... Lee Meyers

Michael Peña ... Detective Vargas

Grace Zabriskie ... Mrs Macallam

Brad Dourif ... Uncle Ted

Irma P. Hall ... Mrs Roberts (as Irma Hall)

Loretta Devine ... Ms Roberts

Candice Coke ... Officer Slocum

Gabriel Pimentel ... Little Man

Braden Lynch ... Gary

James C. Burns ... Brown

Noel Arthur ... Naval Guard
Julius Morck ... Phil (as Julius Mørck)
Fred Parnes ... Male Bystander

Jesse Rodriguez ... Officer Guarding Tape

Jenn Liu ... Receptionist
Brian Sounalath ... Young Man
Stefan Cap ... Detective (as Stephan Cap)
Douglas Lay ... Chorus Master: The Theatre Inc
Melissa Hamilton ... Chorus Member: The Theatre Inc
Robin Christ ... Chorus Member: The Theatre Inc
Bonnie J. Stone ... Chorus Member: The Theatre Inc
Wendy Savage ... Chorus Member: The Theatre Inc
Diana Sparta ... Chorus Member: The Theatre Inc
Andres Torres ... Chorus Member: The Theatre Inc
Branca Chapman ... Chorus Member: The Theatre Inc
Joseph Ramos ... Lieutenant, San Diego Police Department S.W.A.T Team
Don Dolezal ... Sergeant, San Diego Police Department S.W.A.T Team
Keith Lucas ... Sergeant, San Diego Police Department S.W.A.T Team
Ken Impellizeri ... Sergeant, San Diego Police Department S.W.A.T Team

Dave Bautista ... Officer, San Diego Police Department S.W.A.T Team (as David Bautista)
Darby Darrow ... Officer, San Diego Police Department S.W.A.T Team
Jerome Joaquin ... Officer, San Diego Police Department S.W.A.T Team
Tony Lessa ... Officer, San Diego Police Department S.W.A.T Team
Anthony Morasco ... Officer, San Diego Police Department S.W.A.T Team
Timothy Peterson ... Officer, San Diego Police Department S.W.A.T Team
Brad Pickett ... Officer, San Diego Police Department S.W.A.T Team
Jason Scott ... Officer, San Diego Police Department S.W.A.T Team
Steve Spurlock ... Officer, San Diego Police Department S.W.A.T Team (as Steven Spurlock)
Robert Rude ... Officer, San Diego Police Department S.W.A.T Team
David Speck ... Officer, San Diego Police Department S.W.A.T Team
Mark Willhelm ... Officer, San Diego Police Department S.W.A.T Team
Matthew Zdunich ... Officer, San Diego Police Department S.W.A.T Team
Mark Zdunich ... Officer, San Diego Police Department S.W.A.T Team
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brady Abbott ... Boy in Wheelchair (uncredited)
Eric Bassett ... Man at Piano (uncredited)
Herbert Golder ... Man with Breathing Mask (uncredited)
Teresa Hardisty ... Shushing Woman at Theater (uncredited)
Lena Herzog ... Woman Photographing Basketball (uncredited)
James Lacey ... Man in Theater (uncredited)
Ernst Reijseger ... Cellist - The Theatre Inc (uncredited)
Stephen Tompkins ... Emergency Medical Technician (uncredited)
Frank C. Wells ... Pizza Delivery Man (uncredited)
Reed Willard ... CSI Investigator (uncredited)

Directed by
Werner Herzog 
 
Writing credits
Herbert Golder (written by) &
Werner Herzog (written by)

Produced by
Jimmy Balodimas .... co-executive producer
Eric Bassett .... producer
Herbert Golder .... associate producer
Bingo Gubelmann .... executive producer
Benji Kohn .... executive producer
David Lynch .... executive producer
Giulia Marletta .... co-executive producer
Ken Meyer .... co-executive producer
Julius Morck .... executive producer (as Julius Mørck)
Stian Morck .... executive producer (as Stian Mørck)
Chris Papavasiliou .... executive producer
Jeff Rice .... executive producer
Ali Rounaghi .... executive producer
Jack Sojka .... line producer
Rick Spalla .... co-producer
Austin Stark .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Ernst Reijseger 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Zeitlinger (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Joe Bini 
Omar Daher 
 
Casting by
Jenny Jue 
Johanna Ray 
 
Production Design by
Danny Caldwell 
 
Costume Design by
Mikel Padilla 
 
Makeup Department
Felicia Dechristian .... assistant makeup artist
Juyoun 'Ivy' Hong .... hair stylist assistant
Juyoun 'Ivy' Hong .... makeup artist assistant
James Lacey .... makeup department head (as James Lacy)
Stephanie Rollison .... assistant makeup artist
Tricia Sawyer .... additional makeup artist
Cathi Singh .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Ulrich Bergfelder .... unit manager: Peru
Jack Sojka .... unit production manager
Oscar Veytia .... unit manager: Mexico
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ian Calip .... second second assistant director
John T. Churchill .... first assistant director
Anneke Scott .... second second assistant director
Frank Tignini .... second assistant director (as Francesco Tignini)
 
Art Department
Tyson Estes .... set dresser
Vera Haddaway .... art department assistant (as Vera Hallaway)
Tim Ott .... prop master
Brian Pettitt .... graphic artist
 
Sound Department
Greg Agalsoff .... production sound mixer
Alex Bushe .... audio sync
David A. Cohen .... dialogue editor
Ronald Eng .... sound re-recording mixer (as Ron Eng)
Ronald Eng .... supervising sound editor (as Ron Eng)
Luke Gibleon .... additional sound editor
Dean Hurley .... sound re-recording mixer
Dean Hurley .... supervising sound editor
Mark Jennings .... boom operator
Willard Overstreet .... sound effects editor
Robin Harlan .... foley artist (uncredited)
Klint Macro .... commentary re-recordist (uncredited)
Sarah Monat .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Chris F. Woods .... visual effects producer: Cinemapixel (as Christopher Francis Woods)
Chris F. Woods .... visual effects supervisor: Cinemapixel (as Christopher Francis Woods)
Jason Michael Zimmerman .... compositing artist: Cinemapixel
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Baron .... electrician
Brant Beland .... electrician
Brad Elsey .... electrician
Greg Flores .... best boy grip (as Gregory Flores)
Lena Herzog .... still photographer
Paul Lambiase .... dolly grip
Guy Livneh .... chief lighting technician
Dan Malkovich .... grip
Keith Mentze .... best boy grip
Ari Robbins .... steadicam operator
Loren Savitsky .... electrician
Bruno Schiebel .... camera assistant
Erik Söllner .... camera operator
Michael Valenzuela .... grip (as Mike Valenzuela)
Jonathan Wenstrup .... assistant chief lighting
Bryan Gilbert .... key grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kristy Brooks .... wardrobe assistant
Kelly Brown .... wardrobe assistant
James D. Clayton .... wardrobe assistant
Lindsey Friedman .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Steve Johnson .... color timer: Cinemapixel
Tobias Rogers .... conforming editor: Cinemapixel
Chris F. Woods .... digital intermediate producer: Cinemapixel (as Christopher Francis Woods)
Chris F. Woods .... digital intermediate supervisor: Cinemapixel (as Christopher Francis Woods)
 
Music Department
Sandip Bhattacharya .... musician: tabla
Sandip Bhattacharya .... musician: voice
Luciano Biondini .... musician: accordion
The Ernst Reijseger Ensemble .... musicians
Harmen Fraanje .... musician: piano
Philipp Heck .... music recording engineer
Djoeke Klijzing .... musician: cello
Julie Laderach .... musician: cello (as Julie Läderach)
Bonno Lange .... musician: cello
Alan Purves .... musician: percussion (as Alan 'Gunga' Purves)
Ernst Reijseger .... musician: cello
Mola Sylla .... musician: voice
Mariko Takahashi .... executive music producer
Tom Van Lent .... musician: cello
Adrian Von Ripka .... music mixing and editing engineer
Stefan Winter .... music producer
Annette Fradera .... music clearance (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Brad Elsey .... driver
Kerri Foster .... driver
Omar Gaieck .... driver (as Omar Galieck)
Brett Hundley .... driver
Ned LaGrotta .... transportation coordinator
Carolyn Matteo .... driver
 
Other crew
Rosemarie Anthony .... studio teacher
Jamie Arizaga .... craft service
Martha Artega .... caterer (as Martha Arteaga)
Shawn Bisi .... assistant: Mr. Herzog
Carly Bodmer .... production facilities manager
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance: IndieClear
Oscar Corrales .... caterer
Christiane Covington .... script supervisor
Scott Davis .... animal trainer
Ryan Dean .... production assistant
Mary Decaro .... assistant to producer
Brett Doogan .... caterer
Kathy England .... insurance agent: Taylor and Taylor Associates
Nathan Ferguson .... craft service
Lindsey Friedman .... craft service
Jake Gross .... production assistant
Phillip Limas .... production accountant
Reid Meloy .... consultant: forensic psychology (as J. Reid Meloy)
Ken Meyer .... legal services
Tom O'Connor .... caterer
Chris Pollard .... animal trainer (as Christopher Pollard)
Thomas Sbrega .... production assistant
Chris Smernes .... production coordinator
Tammy Soto .... insurance agent: Taylor and Taylor Associates
Michael Spencer .... media manager
Frank C. Wells .... location manager (as Frank Wells)
Kevin Zelman .... key production assistant
Dylan Bergstrom .... production assistant (uncredited)
Omar Gaieck .... production assistant (uncredited)
Brett Hundley .... production assistant (uncredited)
Isaac Rubio .... production assistant (uncredited)
Frank C. Wells .... location scout (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Christopher Bartholomew .... special thanks: Best Western Island Palms Hotel & Marina - San Diego
Christiane Covington .... in memory of
Stephen Esposito .... special thanks
John Hardisty .... special thanks
Teresa Hardisty .... special thanks
Fraya Hopster .... special thanks
Kathy McCurdy .... special thanks: San Diego Film Commission
Hunter Moskowitz .... in memory of
Stephanie Nelson .... special thanks
Doug Osborne .... special thanks: OK Corral Ostrich Farm
Loren J. Samons II .... special thanks
Jerry Sanders .... special thanks (as Mayor Jerry Sanders)
Loren Savitsky .... in memory of
Stephen Scully .... special thanks
José Koechlin von Stein .... special thanks: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Allen Wichard .... special thanks
Margie Wichard .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for some language
Runtime:
91 min
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Certification:
Canada:14A (Ontario) | Finland:K-11 (2011) (video rating) | Germany:16 | Netherlands:16 (Blu-ray rating) | Netherlands:12 (DVD rating) | Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG13 | UK:15 (DVD) | USA:R (certificate #46189)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Werner Herzog's fourth collaboration with Brad Dourif.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: When the detectives first receive the call, they speed off with their lights flashing. They are, however, in Coronado and driving away from the bridge they would need to take them over to San Diego.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Detective Vargas:Do you want me to take the wheel Hank?
Detective Hank Havenhurst:No, no - it's no problem. I've driven halfway across the country with one hand.
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Cucurrucucu PalomaSee more »

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27 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Another hypnotic tale from the great Werner Herzog, 3 February 2010
Author: moviemanMA from Massachusetts

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done is a complex, hypnotic drama starring Michael Shannon, Willem Dafoe, and Chloe Sevigny. The film starts with homicide detective Havenhurst (Dafoe), and his partner Detective Vargas (Michael Peña) being called in to investigate a recent murder. After scanning the scene for the basic details, Dafoe and Peña are made aware that the main suspect, Brad McCullum (Shannon) is across the street. After making contact with McCullum, the situation turns hostile when McCullum declares that he has two hostages.

To help facilitate the process of capturing McCullum, two close relations are interviewed. His fiancée Ingrid (Sevigny) and his former theatre director and close friend Lee Meyers (Udo Kier). Each person gives their own history about McCullum to Havenhurst in order to try and figure out what would make him kill this woman. The most disturbing park, aside from slaying the woman with a sword, is that the woman is also his mother.

The stage is set for Herzog to investigate the psyche of an intelligent, deranged man. The film is based on a true story where an actor who was performing in a Ancient Greek play about a man who kills his mother to avenge his father's death, does just that and kills his own mother. Herzog and fellow screenwriter Herbert Golder interviewed the actual man in an attempt to try and tell this remarkable story accurately. At the screening of the film, Golder said that the man was highly intelligent. I can't imagine what would posses someone to do this hideous act, but this movie tries to put together some sort of rationale as to what would lead a person to do this.

I thought that Shannon's character would be the most interesting, but after thinking it over I found that the other people in his life were even more peculiar. How could they put up with his radical behavior and outlandish thinking? Ingrid says that two years prior Brad embarked on a rafting trip to the Amazon with some of his friends. He was the only one who survived. After he returned Ingrid said he was different. Very different.

Why did she stay with him for so long when clearly he was mentally unstable? Why did Meyers, the director of the Greek play, put up with him that long? These people are more intriguing than a man who clearly is not all there in the head for one reason or another. I had a hard time getting past these questions.

What helped was the entrancing camera work and film composition that Herzog put together along with cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger. The slow tracking shots along with eye popping sets and locations create this feeling of foreboding. The eerie score composed by Ernst Reijseger, whose score is heard almost entirely throughout, gives the film a much needed boost by ingering in the background.

Shannon might have been a little over the top or under the top. It's hard to describe. He played it kind of flat but to a point where it was a bit much. I think he is really stepping into his own as a serious actor and roles like this are good for him. Very brooding and psychologically complex. The rest of the cast does a decent job, but nothing too dramatic, with the exception of Brad Dourif in the small role of Shannon' uncle. He plays a fiery ostrich farmer who does not approve of the lifestyle his nephew has chosen.

There is always something to like about Herzog's movies and sometimes there are things I very much dislike. I think this one needed a little more boost in the action to keep the audience fully interested, but there is still something here to take away.

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