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Casting By (2012)

TV-14 | | Documentary | 1 November 2013 (USA)
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The surprising, never-before-told tale of the indispensable yet unsung Casting Director - Iconoclasts whose keen eye, exquisite taste and gut instincts redefined Hollywood.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Deborah Aquila ...
Mike Fenton ...
Nessa Hyams ...
Lora Kennedy ...
Nancy Klopper ...
Ronna Kress ...
Linda Lowy ...
Amanda Mackey ...
Wallis Nicita ...
Herself (as Wally Nicita)
John Papsidera ...
Don Phillips ...


This documentary focuses on the role of the casting director in movie making and particularly on Marion Dougherty. She began work in the late 1940s sending up and coming young actors to be cast in the then new medium of television. It wasn't until the 1970s that the contribution on casting directors was recognized in film credits and even today there is no Oscar awarded for that role in filmmaking. Written by garykmcd

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1 November 2013 (USA)  »

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Casting By: Revolution in Hollywood  »

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$7,900 (USA) (1 November 2013)


$7,900 (USA) (1 November 2013)

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Amazing Film
7 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to see this Film twice at the Miami International Film Festival this spring! I went with several friends and we all agreed it was a Superb Film. It illuminated a very interesting and often overlooked part of the creative process of film making. The film not only educated it's viewers about the the casting process but allowed the viewer to slowly see just how very vital the Casting Director has been in so many well known and groundbreaking films! Most importantly this film made its point with great humor, warmth and feeling. I have been a fan of the Director Tom Donahue for several decades (starting with his amazing first Documentary in Film School).

The editing of the interviews with the many wonderful actors, other Casting Directors, and the film's focus Marion Dougherty was perfect! Providing so many great old clips from the artists' body of work and other films was very entertaining and brought their words to life! I would recommend this film to anybody!

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