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The Shortcut -- Two brothers take a shortcut that is part of their hometown legend, due to the disappearance of young kids years before. Before long, they discover the reason why it's so rarely used.
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Writers (WGA):
Dan Hannon (written by) &
Scott Sandler (written by)
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Average film with excellent twists! Worth a shot. See more (22 total) »


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Katrina Bowden ... Christy
Jeremy Bastian ... Benjamin Hartley (1940s)

Cavan Cunningham ... School Administrator

William B. Davis ... Benjamin Hartley
Benjamin DeWalt ... Benjamin Hartley (1950s)

Nicholas Elia ... Tobey

Josh Emerson ... Taylor

Raymond J. Barry ... Old Man / Ivor Hartley (as Raymond Barry)

Dave Franco ... Mark
Jonelle Gunderson ... Sally (1950s)

Shannon Jardine ... Ms. Milan

Scott Lyster ... Dougie
Christine MacInnis ... Mrs. Hartley
Daniel Maslany ... Ivor Hartley (1950s)
Maxine Miller ... Grandma

Tracylynn Olson ... Irene (as Tracy-Lynn Pugsley)
Rob Roy ... Mr. Armstrong

Jaden Ryan ... Kid #1
Kent Allen ... Mr. Hartley

Drew Seeley ... Derek
Jeff Stone ... Teen Boy #2
Scott Woloshin ... Kid #2
Wendy Anderson ... Derek's Mom

Shannon Woodward ... Lisa
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dan Hannon ... Ricky / Dead Guy (uncredited)

Kristy Landers ... Sarah (uncredited)

Lindsey Landers ... Jessie (uncredited)

Chris Titone ... Grill master (uncredited)

Directed by
Nicholaus Goossen 
Writing credits
Dan Hannon (written by) &
Scott Sandler (written by)

Produced by
Kevin DeWalt .... executive producer
Simon Edery .... executive producer
Scott Einbinder .... producer
Philip Fier .... executive producer
Jack Giarraputo .... executive producer
Dan Hannon .... co-producer
Adam Sandler .... executive producer
Scott Sandler .... producer
Tyler Spindel .... co-producer
Janine Stener .... associate producer
Ingo Vollkammer .... producer
Ryan Westheimer .... line producer: additional photography
Brian Witten .... producer
Original Music by
Mike Suby  (as Michael Suby)
Cinematography by
Mark Irwin (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jake York 
Casting by
Lindsey Hayes Kroeger  (as Lindsey Kroeger)
David Rapaport 
Production Design by
Marian Wihak 
Set Decoration by
Andrea Spakowski 
Costume Design by
Sonja Clifton-Remple 
Makeup Department
Nicole Dumelie .... assistant hair stylist
Jennifer Forberg .... assistant makeup artist
Tracy George .... makeup department head
Tamara Harrod .... key hair stylist
Emersen Ziffle .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
C. Christel .... production supervisor: additional photography
Ty Hyland .... production manager (as Ty Hyland-Lott)
Heather Malek .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Elizabeth Farrer .... second assistant director
Tyler Forrest .... trainee assistant director
Danny Giles .... key second assistant director: additional photography
Michael Neumann .... first assistant director
Tyler Spindel .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Adrienne Conley .... set designer
Johanna de Vries .... scenic artist
Daniel McKay .... scenic painter
Trixi Moersch .... props assistant
Travis Neufeld .... second assistant art director
Kimberley Phaneuf .... scenic artist
Skye Rolick .... property master
Danny Scavuzzo .... construction coordinator
Johann Wessels .... scenic artist
Jordy Wihak .... property master
Laura Wolfe .... on set dresser
Sound Department
Joshua Adeniji .... additional sound effects editor
Joshua Adeniji .... foley editor
Levent Erdogan .... sound editor
Jason Gaya .... adr mixer
Corey J. Grasso .... adr mixer
Angela Hemingway .... adr dialogue editor
Scott Hinkley .... sound re-recording mixer
Cody King .... sound effects editor
Richard Kitting .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Tiffany Lentz .... assistant sound editor
Zach Michaelis .... foley mixer
Randolph Saucedo .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Wade Maurer .... special effects coordinator
T.J. Bews .... stunt coordinator
Jason Gray .... stunt double
Dan Skene .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Maya Batten-Young .... lamp operator
Chad Biesenthal .... grip
Layton Burton .... steadicam
Andrew Chojnacki .... additional grip
Meghan Cosenzo .... camera trainee
Michael Di Ricco .... electrician
Allan Feildel .... still photographer
Tom Gardiner .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Andrew Gordon .... gaffer
Gord Hearn .... best boy grip
Kyle Mrazek .... best boy: electric
Rob Parrell .... key grip
Michael Pavlovsky .... second assistant camera
Andrew Pedley .... digital imaging technician
Andrew Pedley .... digital video assist operator
Jesse Sannerud .... first assistant camera: b
Ryan Scott .... genny op
Dean Stinchcombe .... first assistant camera
Kobus Vermaak .... dolly grip
Casting Department
Janice M. Bernier .... extras casting
Carmen Kotyk .... casting: Canada
Julie Swistak .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kerri La Londe .... set supervisor (as Kerri Lalonde)
Riley Lawson .... costume trainee
Robin Merrifield .... truck costumer
Joanna Vollhoffer .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Pietro Gallo .... on-line editor
Jake Hamilton .... editorial assistant
Sarah Farrand .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Music Department
Bryan Ling .... music supervisor
Levent Erdogan .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Stephan Fuchs .... driver
Other crew
Stacey Caldwell .... first aid/ craft service
Stacey Caldwell .... key craft service
Kari Fonkalsrud .... post accountant
Ian Gardner .... production coordinator
Steven Hearn .... location manager
Lauren 'Fluff' Lindsay .... craft service
Cindy MacDonald .... production coordinator
Rob Miller .... production office assistant
Nathan Mosewich .... assistant location manager
Cheryl Rizzo .... assistant: Happy Madison
Shane B. Scott .... script supervisor
Jennifer Sparrowhawk .... director observer
Gail Tilson .... production accountant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated PG-13 for violence and terror, language, sexual material, thematic elements and brief teen drinking
Germany:100 min (European Film Market)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

This movie is said to be based on a childhood experience of producer Adam Sandler, in which he found a homeless person feeding what was seemingly a stray dog human faeces. Sandler questioned the hobo on it, at which point Sandler claims the dog said in a monotone voice "This doesn't concern you.". Sandler sought psychiatric help after this and claims this event scarred him for life.See more »
Anachronisms: It is announced at the beginning of the film that the year is 1945, and there is a prominent banner for Hartley High School's Homecoming. A young man entering the Marines says he's going to be stationed in Germany, which is important because he has to "Stop the Nazis." Homecoming dances at USA high schools are in October or November, which means the dialogue takes place in October or November of 1945. Hitler committed suicide in April of 1945, and the Nazi party quickly dissolved. World War II was over by the time this conversation took place.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features Army of Two (2008) (VG)See more »


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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Average film with excellent twists! Worth a shot., 18 January 2013
Author: Nitzan Havoc from Israel

The Shortcut is another shining example of how one can almost never trust IMDb's rating system, or the users responsible for it. Either that, or I seriously don't understand the way it's supposed to be. However, if you do watch The Shortcut expecting a 5.0 rated film - you'll be very pleasantly surprised.

The way I see it, this film is divided into three parts. The first one is the longest and slowest, giving us the exposition and buildup which are quite good - family moves into a new place, the kids in school and their friends, the local urban legend of a place you shouldn't go to, the works! The second part starts about an hour after the beginning, involves a pretty nice twist and is much more fast-paced, with some cat and mouse chases just like in Slasher films. The final part is the ending, which completely blew my head off as I did not see it coming! I thought the film was above average but not by far, and then the ending really got it some more points.

The acting is good, especially by Shannon Woodward as Lisa. The flashes from earlier years were also well used, and the cinematography wasn't anything special but wasn't bad.

All in all, I really enjoyed this film, as I'm a sucker for good plot twists, especially towards the ending. The Shortcut, while not a masterpiece, is definitely recommended!

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