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Don McKay -- In this edgy thriller, Don McKay flees his hometown after a horrendous tragedy and vows never to return. But 25 years later he comes back to find a dark menace looming over the town.
Don McKay -- Don McKay, a high school janitor who leaves his hometown after a tragedy, returns 25 years later to rekindle a romance with his old flame, who is dying, but this homecoming brings McKay more than he bargained for.
Don McKay -- Clip: My name is Don McKay
Don McKay -- Interview: Thomas Haden Church and Elisabeth Shue "On why you should see Don McKay"
Don McKay -- Interview: Jake Goldberger "On staying out of the actors' way"


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Don McKay, a high school janitor who leaves his hometown after a tragedy, returns 25 years later to rekindle a romance with his old flame, who is dying, but this homecoming brings McKay more than he bargained for. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Really solid film noir, dark comedy! See more (18 total) »


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Thomas Haden Church ... Don McKay

Rachel Harker ... School Secretary

Stephen Benson ... Principal Edwards

M. Emmet Walsh ... Samuel

Melissa Leo ... Marie (as Melissa Chessington Leo)

Elisabeth Shue ... Sonny

Amanda George ... Clerk (as Amanda Donaghey)

James Rebhorn ... Dr. Lance Pryce

Bates Wilder ... Officer Tierney

Keith David ... Otis Kent
Melissa Rosal ... Hostess
Meagan Hawkes ... Colleen Simmons
Dossy Peabody ... Cafeteria Worker

Robert Wahlberg ... Alfred

Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Mel

Ted Arcidi ... Officer Randall

Lewis D. Wheeler ... Officer #1
Charlie Peabody ... Officer #2 (as Charles Peabody)

Harley Harrison ... Ambulance Driver (as Harley Yanoff)
Lonnie Farmer ... Detective Ed Movitz
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Burke ... Student (uncredited)
Mark Hemphill ... High School Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Jake Goldberger 
Writing credits
Jake Goldberger (written by)

Produced by
Thomas Haden Church .... executive producer
David Denney .... co-producer
William Earon .... executive producer
Chris Stinson .... line producer
Jim Young .... executive producer
Jim Young .... producer
Original Music by
Brett Boyett (trailer score by)
Steven Bramson 
Cinematography by
Phil Parmet (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Andrew Dickler 
Casting by
Eyde Belasco 
Production Design by
Aleta Shaffer 
Set Decoration by
Amy R. Strong 
Costume Design by
Andrew Poleszak 
Makeup Department
Mark Schmidt .... hair department head
Sherryn Smith .... makeup department head
Production Management
T. Scott Keiner .... unit production manager
Daniel Voltz .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matthew Vose Campbell .... first assistant director
T. Scott Keiner .... second unit director
J.P. Ouellette .... second second assistant director
Allan Rafael .... second assistant director
Art Department
Beth Anderson .... assistant property master
Zack Gorman .... leadman
Eric Jerman .... picture car coordinator
Jacob Kane .... art department production assistant
Jess Kraby .... art department intern
Dave Major .... property master
Jason Mayoh .... storyboard artist
P.H. O'Brien .... picture car coordinator
Katie Packard .... art department coordinator
Christopher Plummer .... on-set dresser
Ethan Taranto-Kent .... set dresser
Sound Department
Jason Abell .... dialogue editor
Ryan Baker .... boom operator
Miriam Cole .... audio post coordinator
Leobardo Ledon .... adr recordist
Leobardo Ledon .... foley recordist
Dana McCommon .... additional adr mixer
Michael J. McDonald .... sound re-recording mixer (as Michael Mcdonald)
Michael J. McDonald .... supervising sound editor (as Michael Mcdonald)
John W. Rampey .... sound effects editor
Todd Smith .... dialogue editor
Alex Ullrich .... foley artist
Tom Williams .... sound mixer
Michael Woodward .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Ben Bornstein .... special effects makeup
Camera and Electrical Department
Adam D. Bouchard .... lighting technician
Arnold F. Brown .... generator operator
Al Bruce .... daily grip
Darryl Byrne .... assistant camera: 2nd unit
Darryl Byrne .... camera operator: "b" camera
Joshua Dreyfus .... gaffer
Claire Folger .... still photographer
Sean Hadley .... best boy grip
Mark Killian .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Robert Knowles .... grip
Christopher G. Kurose .... camera trainee
Frank La Frazia .... electrician
Kate Larose .... first assistant camera
David Larue .... key grip
Nathan McGarigal .... electrician
Saade Mustafa .... a cam/steadicam operator
Georgia Pantazopoulos .... grip
Dave Scranton .... grip
Zack Shultz .... camera loader
Aaron Tyburski .... best boy electric
Fred Young .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tim Baum .... set costumer
Lara Quinlan .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Prince Bagdasarian .... high definition coordinator
Julius Friede .... digital intermediate colorist
David Graubard .... digital intermediate senior systems engineer
Knar Kitabjian .... assistant editor
Music Department
Gabe Hilfer .... music supervisor
Christine H. Luethje .... music editor
John Rodd .... music scoring mixer
Other crew
Nicole Anderson .... key craft service
Michael Bowes .... production coordinator
Francine DiChiara .... assistant production coordinator
Paul Elicone .... production assistant
Ilyse Frisch .... cast liaison
Benjamin Gamer .... location assistant
Chad Goyette .... key set production assistant
Max Grigoryan .... production assistant
Briana C. Hill .... production counsel
Genie Jose-Nguyen .... production finance counsel
Jacob Kane .... production assistant
Todd Korody .... systems engineer
Rachel Lax .... production accountant
Angela S. Lee .... accounting assistant
David Morrison .... production counsel
Crystal Marie Perry .... production assistant
David Albert Pierce .... production & finance counsel
Melissa Rosal .... production assistant
Rich Skinner .... photo double
Wednesday Standley .... additional production coordinator
Sonya Tateosian .... assistant: producers
John West .... set production assistant
Peter Wulff .... location manager
Rachel Grady .... special thanks
Tatiana Kelly .... special thanks
Linda Phillips-Palo .... special thanks
David Lane Seltzer .... special thanks (as David Seltzer)
Jen Turner .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Moment of Truth" - USA (alternative title)
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Rated R for language and some violence
87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Singapore:NC-16 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #45841)

Did You Know?

Director Jake Goldberger mentions in the DVD commentary that he had an extensive conversation with Sissy Spacek about her playing the role of Marie.See more »
Continuity: When the taxi comes to pick Don up at Sonny's house the last time, it's obviously a different (younger) driver behind the wheel. When it cuts to the interior of the cab in the next scene, it's old Samuel driving the cab.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofs Serial Mom (1994)See more »


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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Really solid film noir, dark comedy!, 12 July 2010
Author: peterweb-1 from United States

If you read the few reviews on here that bashed the movie, you will believe it was pointless. They missed it entirely. I can only say that this was a very enjoyable tale start to end, and well worth watching particularly for anyone who enjoys a slow build to a finale. I am always looking for an original story and original telling of it, and highly recommend this nice little gem that you will not regret seeing.

Don McKay is a suspense crime thriller that you will want to watch a second time because the reveal at the end makes you re-examine the entire movie. I give this 8 out 10 stars because the movie did get a little bit into the unbelievable realm when the puzzle started to unravel, but the final payoff is so filled with revelation that you forgive that.

The first half of the movie was paced and shown in a very similar style to Shutter Island, and I felt was extremely well done. (However, if you don't like a slow build and pacing that takes it's time, then you probably won't like this movie.) I personally started to believe that this little movie could have gone for a major ending of epic proportions -- it was that well done in my opinion. But, Act Two did keep the movie on a smaller scale and got a bit quirky in parts, which was a disappointment. However, it was all worth it as you finally understand what was going on the entire time in the final minutes. It keeps you guessing the entire time, and even when you do guess right, which I had done, the ending still took it to a whole new level that I did not expect. Total surprise.

I will also add that I was laughing out loud during several sequences of the movie. The dark humor was really good.

Acting was excellent, although I say that after understanding the whole situation at the end. During the movie I felt it was more like average, but that ending puts it all in a new light.

Cinematography, score, and sets were excellent, felt just right for the tone and added a nice reinforcing effect on the movie.

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