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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mel Gibson ... Walter Black

Cherry Jones ... Vice President

Jodie Foster ... Meredith Black

Anton Yelchin ... Porter Black

Riley Thomas Stewart ... Henry Black

Zachary Booth ... Jared

Jennifer Lawrence ... Norah

Jeff Corbett ... Volunteer Dad

Baylen Thomas ... Skeptical Man

Sam Breslin Wright ... Man

Kelly Coffield Park ... Norah's Mom

Michael Rivera ... Hector

Kris Arnold ... Waiter
Elizabeth Kaledin ... Reporter

Matt Lauer ... Matt Lauer

Jon Stewart ... Jon Stewart
Terry Gross ... Terry Gross

Folake Olowofoyeku ... Nurse

Lorna Pruce ... Nurse
Bill Massof ... Prosthetic Technician
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernest E. Brown ... Drum Circle Drummer (uncredited)

Chiquita Camille ... Physical Therapist (uncredited)

Barbara Ann Davison ... Seamstress (uncredited)
Luca Foggiano ... Drummer (uncredited)

Orli Hersch ... Hector's Sister (uncredited)
Ai Kiyono ... Asian Escort (uncredited)
Michelle E. Mancini ... Student (uncredited)

Sakura Sugihara ... YUMI (uncredited)
Bill Walters ... Bongo Drummer in Drum Circle (uncredited)

Directed by
Jodie Foster 
Writing credits
Kyle Killen (written by)

Produced by
Mohamed Khalaf Al-Mazrouei .... executive producer (as Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei)
Dianne Dreyer .... associate producer
Steve Golin .... producer
Paul Green .... executive producer
Jonathan King .... executive producer
Keith Redmon .... producer
Ann Ruark .... producer
Jeff Skoll .... executive producer
Original Music by
Marcelo Zarvos 
Cinematography by
Hagen Bogdanski (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lynzee Klingman 
Casting by
Allison Hall 
Avy Kaufman 
Production Design by
Mark Friedberg 
Art Direction by
Alex DiGerlando 
Kim Jennings 
Set Decoration by
Rebecca Meis DeMarco 
Costume Design by
Susan Lyall 
Makeup Department
LuAnn Claps .... makeup department head
Angel De Angelis .... hair department head (as Angel DeAngelis)
Tony Gardner .... special makeup designer
Timothy Huizing .... specialty props
Michael Marino .... prosthetic fx: reshoots
Nicky Pattison .... key makeup artist
Jovan Vitagliano .... key hair stylist
Nicole Wodowski .... additional makeup artist: extras
Production Management
Gwen Bialic .... assistant production manager
Luca Borghese .... post-production supervisor
Andrea Isaacs .... Executive in Charge of Production
Ann Ruark .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mirashyam Blakeslee .... second second assistant director
Guy Efrat .... second second assistant director
Marcos González Palma .... assistant director: additional photography
Marcos González Palma .... second second assistant director
Francisco Ortiz .... second assistant director
Jamie Sheridan .... first assistant director: additional photography (as James E. Sheridan)
Doug Torres .... first assistant director (as Douglas Torres)
Mikki Ziska .... second assistant director: additional photography
Art Department
Anthony Baldasare .... set dresser
Nikki Black .... assistant art director
Paul Camarro .... on-set dresser: reshoots
Lydia Fine .... art department production assistant
Kim Fischer .... art department intern
Frank-Joseph Frelier .... art department coordinator
Vanessa Frost .... construction assistant
Isaac Gabaeff .... set dresser
Jonathan Graham .... key construction grip
Arlo Hoffman .... on-set greens
Jonathan Huggins .... leadman
Aaron Jacobs .... construction grip
Warren Jorgensen .... camera scenic artist
Francis Maiorino .... set dresser
Brick Mason .... storyboard artist
Nick Miller .... construction coordinator
Kris Moran .... property master
Jessica Panuccio .... set decorating buyer: reshoots
Jessie Pellegrino .... art department assistant
Susan Perlman .... assistant set decorator
Ernie Sandidge .... industrial scenic
Will Scheck .... greens coordinator
Theo Sena .... on-set dresser
Kimberly Slosek .... assistant property master: reshoots
Mike Thompson .... greensperson
Joel Weaver .... assistant property master
Ryan Webb .... assistant property master
Anastasia White .... art department assistant
Wolf-Dieter Stoeffelmeier .... scenic (uncredited)
Sound Department
Marco Alicea .... digital transferer
Wade Barnett .... adr recordist
Wayne Bartlett .... adr recordist
Brian Chumney .... assistant sound editor
John Countryman .... digital transferer
Sean England .... foley artist
Doug Ford .... engineering services
Nia Hansen .... foley mixer
Matthew Hartman .... assistant sound editor
Lora Hirschberg .... re-recording mixer
Tom Johnson .... re-recording mixer
Michael Kirchberger .... supervising sound editor
Scott R. Lewis .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Travis MacKay .... adr mixer
Dmitri Makarov .... digital editorial services
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
John Nutt .... foley editor
Jan Petrov .... adr recordist
James J. Sabat Jr. .... sound recordist
James Sabat .... sound mixer
Mike Schmidt .... boom operator
Tony Sereno .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Robert Shoup .... dialogue editor
Michael Silvers .... adr editor
James Spencer .... recordist
Corey Tyler .... foley recordist
Roy Waldspurger .... sound effects editor
Marshall Winn .... sound editor
Ronni Brown .... foley artist (uncredited)
Rick Santizo .... commentary mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Peter A. Chevako .... mechanical effects
Tim Rossiter .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
John Bair .... visual effects supervisor
Jake Braver .... visual effects set supervisor
Chris Connolly .... visual effects producer
Vivian Connolly .... visual effects producer
Constance Conrad .... compositor (as Connie Conrad)
Molle DeBartolo .... digital restoration artist
Brian Haimes .... digital compositor
Tara Marie Jacobson .... rotoscope artist (as Tara Jacobson)
Christian Lowe .... 3D artist
Tom Lynch .... compositor (as Thomas Lynch)
Sergei Martirosov .... compositor
Nathan Meier .... 3D artist
Vance Miller .... 3D artist
Thomas Panayiotou .... digital compositor
Aaron Raff .... compositor
Aaron Raff .... visual effects
Djuna Wahlrab .... compositor
Scott Winston .... compositing supervisor
G.A. Aguilar .... stunt coordinator (as George Aguilar)
Thomas Barnhill .... utility stunts
John Cenatiempo .... assistant stunt coordinator
John Cenatiempo .... stunt performer
Stephen A. Pope .... stunt rigger (as Stephen Pope)
J.C. Robaina .... stunt rigger
J.C. Robaina .... utility stunts (as Juan Carlos Robaina)
Camera and Electrical Department
Matt Blades .... key grip
Patrick M. Bracey .... camera production assistant
Bernard X. Brongniart .... best boy grip
Vincent Camuto .... video playback technician
Oliver Cary .... camera operator: additonal photography
Doug Cordonier .... grip
Jason Cortazzo .... libra head technician
Larhn Davitt .... grip
Julian J. Delacruz .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Jon Delgado .... 2nd Unit: Cinematographer
Frank G. DeMarco .... camera operator: "b" camera
Frank G. DeMarco .... camera operator: second unit
Frank G. DeMarco .... cinematographer: second unit
James Dombey .... grip
George Elias .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Tim Ferraer .... grip
Andrew Hamilton .... loader
Matthew Jacobs .... grip
Peter Kantor .... grip
Glenn Kaplan .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
John Krause .... dolly grip
Dan Kubicek .... electrician
Michael A. Leo .... lamp operator
Hamilton Longyear .... camera loader: additional photography
William MacGhee .... electrician
Todd MacNicholl .... key rigging grip
Michael J. Maurer .... best boy
Charles Meere III .... rigging gaffer
Toby Miller .... additional electrician
Michael J. Mullen .... rigging best boy
Michael J. Mullen .... stage rigging gaffer
Balint Pinczehelyi .... rigging grip
Antonio Ponti .... assistant camera
Steve Ramsey .... gaffer
Terry Stacey .... director of photography: additional photography
Daniel Wallenstein .... grip
Ryan Webb .... rigging electric best boy / rigging electric
Casting Department
Stephanie Forrest .... extras casting assistant
Leeba Zakharov .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Caitlin Doukas .... costume production assistant
Amy Ritchings .... assistant costume designer
Minerva Diann Savoy .... tailor
Hartsell Taylor .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Gilbert Carreras .... color timer
Tara Fidler .... second assistant editor
Joe Gawler .... digital intermediate colorist (as Joseph Gawler)
Michael Hofacre .... additional editor
Jack Lewars .... digital intermediate assist
George Papuashvili .... post-production
Paul Penczner .... assistant editor
Anthony Raffaele .... colorist: dailies
Tatiana S. Riegel .... additional editor
Josh Salzberg .... assistant editor
Jonathan Sanden .... digital intermediate editor
Darrell R. Smith .... digital intermediate supervising producer
Jered Zalman .... assistant editor
Leslie Adkins-Garza .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Matt Breitenbach .... assistant telecine colorist (uncredited)
Location Management
Malcolm Alston .... location scout
Guy Efrat .... location manager: additional photography unit
Kareem Farooq .... location assistant
Sarah Follett .... location assistant: additional photography
Steve Grivno .... assistant location manager (as Stephen Grivno)
Eric A. Knapp .... location coordinator
Jess Magee .... location assistant
Eric Papa .... location assistant: additional photography unit
Ryan Smith .... location manager
Music Department
Mark Baechle .... orchestrator
Christine Bergren .... music legal and clearance
Jim Black .... music consultant
Gary Chester .... score contractor
The Filmharmonic Orchestra Prague .... orchestra
Gabe Hilfer .... music consultant
Paul Katz .... music consultant
Richard King .... music mixer
Richard King .... music recordist
Richard King .... music scoring engineer
Sonny Kompanek .... orchestrator
Domnik Mack .... music preparation (as Dominik Mack)
Alexandra Patsavas .... music supervisor
Jack Petruzzelli .... musician: guitar solos
Petr Pycha .... orchestra contractor
Philip Rothman .... orchestrator
William Schimmel .... musician: accordion solos
Jim Schultz .... music editor
Lauren Shotwell .... music legal and clearance
Antoine Silverman .... music contractor
Tim Starnes .... assistant music editor
Erich Stratmann .... music editor
E. Gedney Webb .... music editor
Marcelo Zarvos .... musician: piano solos
Marcelo Zarvos .... score producer
Curt Sobel .... preview music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
David Buckman .... driver
Steven R. Guglielmetti .... driver
Other crew
Caellum Allan .... physical production
Emma Baksi .... assistant: Ms. Foster
Cassandra Barbour .... script researcher
Karen Barna .... business affairs/legal
Ainsley Bartholomew .... accounting clerk/payroll assistant: additional photography
Brian Bergdoll .... stand-in: Mel Gibson
Charlie Birns .... on-set assistant: Jodie Foster (as Charles Birns)
Justin Bischoff .... key production assistant
David E. Bisson .... production secretary
Anna Bosco .... key accountant
Matthew Branin .... accounting clerk
Stefan Brunner .... production executive: Imagenation Abu Dhabi
Billy Bryan .... puppeteering coach (as Bill Bryan)
Wendy Cohen .... product placement
James Coker .... key set production assistant: additional photography
Christina Cortez .... production assistant
Jeff Cossaboom .... office production assistant
Charlie Dibe .... production coordinator: additional photography
Dianne Dreyer .... script supervisor
Erik Feig .... production executive
Shayne Fiske .... production executive
Matthew Fleischman .... production assistant
Joshua A. Friedman .... paperwork production assistant
Vincent Giarratano .... production assistant
Kyle Gorjanc .... production assistant: additional photography
Duck Grossberg CSI .... data wrangler (as Duck Grossberg)
Katie Groves .... stand-in: Jennifer Lawrence
Nick Guerra .... assistant: Mr. Gibson
David 'Gus' Gustafson .... production assistant: additional photography
Jennifer Hallmark .... assistant accountant
David Hsu .... set production assistant
Kyle Knauf .... stand in: Anton Yelchin
Ashley Kravitz .... clearances
Kristina Lee .... assistant production coordinator: reshoots
Giovanni Lopez .... insurance broker
Anney McKilligan .... puppet wrangler
John Merchant .... assistant production coordinator
Liz Modena .... post production accountant
Matthew Monaco .... first assistant accountant
Tim Monich .... dialect coach
Morgan Newell .... assistant: Ms. Ruark
Patrick O'Connor .... production assistant
Ellen Parnett .... production assistant
Dan Perri .... title designer: main and end titles
Jennalee Rhodes .... production assistant
Luke Rivett .... assistant: Mr. Redmon
Pamela Rook .... office production assistant
Matthew Roper .... set medic
Michael James 'Scotty' Scott .... manager: production finance
William Sepulveda .... key craft service
Missy Simms .... welfare/studio teacher
Casey Stanton .... production assistant intern
Todd Steiner .... production financing
Daniela Tully .... vp of development and production: imagenation abu dhabi
Eva Vedock .... key craft service
Daniel Wagner .... production coordinator
Lynn Witty .... stand-in: jodie foster (uncredited)
Emmeline Yang .... assistant: Mr. Golin
Brenda Yoo .... first assistant accountant
Michael Gugger .... intern: locations (uncredited)
Eric Kops .... publicist (uncredited)
Regan B. Pederson .... legal consultant (uncredited)
Josh Baskin .... the producers wish to thank
Sadie Joseph .... the producers wish to thank
Fred Tate .... the producers wish to thank

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, some disturbing content, sexuality and language including a drug reference
91 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Germany:6 | Ireland:15A | Japan:G | Malaysia:P13 | Netherlands:12 | Philippines:PG-13 (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:12 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #46281)

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Before Summit Entertainment settled for a release date in Spring 2011, this film had been shelved due to Mel Gibson allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva.See more »
[first lines]
Walter Black:This is a picture of Walter Black, a hopelessly depressed individual. Somewhere inside him is a man who fell in love. Who started a family. Who ran a successful company. That man has gone missing. No matter what he's tried, and he's tried everything, Walter can't seem to bring him back. It's as if he's died, but hasn't had the good sense to take his body with him. So mostly what he does is sleep.
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95 out of 139 people found the following review useful.
Jodie Foster takes on depression and Mel Gibson in "The Beaver", 19 March 2011
Author: MovieManMenzel from United States

"The Beaver" tells the story of Walter Black (Mel Gibson), a man who has lost his way in life and is dealing with an extreme case of depression. His wife Meredith (Jodie Foster) has told him to move out and his oldest son Porter (Anton Yelchin) hates him. Just when he is about to call it quits, Walter becomes friends with a hand puppet named The Beaver, who takes total control of Walter's life. With The Beaver constantly attached to Walter, he is able redeem himself at work and with his wife and youngest son. It isn't long though before living life through The Beaver catches up to Walter making his life even worse than ever before. It is now up to Walter to take back his life or to lose everything he has worked his entire life for and live it forever as The Beaver.

"The Beaver" is a really dark and depressing piece of cinema. As the film continues, you really saw how deep Walter's depression is and that he is in serious need of help. The man is living his life through a stuffed beaver! It's really an original and interesting take on depression, which has never been seen before. The subplot, which was focused around Anton Yelchin was also interesting and kind of played hand and hand as the same situation that Walter was dealing with.

Mel Gibson gives us an extremely powerful and dark performance in this film. This is something that you have never seen him do before and it's extremely scary to watch him portray this character. This is the most unique take on depression that I have currently seen and Gibson nails it. Jodie Foster is good as the dedicated wife and gives an emotional performance. You can tell that Meredith cares deeply for Walter and will stop at nothing to be with him. Anton Yelchin, gives the best performance of his career in this film. He is a kid who hates his father so much that he lives his life through others. He is so focused on hating his father that he doesn't realize he can't live his own life. That is until Jennifer Lawerence's character Norah comes along and helps him find himself. The acting in this film is just ravishing with everyone involved showcasing some of the best performances of their careers.

While I admired the film's creative and unique take on depression as well as everyone's acting, there were a few elements of the film that didn't sit well with me. The first being why the heck didn't anyone have Walter committed to a mental institute? About 30 minutes in, I couldn't suspend belief that an entire company would allow its CEO to run a company through a hand puppet. That just wasn't plausible. I also didn't get how Meredith didn't take more active role in helping Walter out. There is a scene where Meredith and Walter go to dinner and Meredith tells the Beaver that she wants Walter to come out. This scene is quite disturbing as it shows just how much the Beaver has taken control. At this point, however, why Meredith doesn't bring him to counseling is just unbelievable. He has obviously lost his mind at this point. I just didn't get it those two factors of the film. It's like everyone cared yet no one really took the time to guide him to the light so to speak.

Despite those minor hiccups, I really enjoyed the film. I liked that it was about two stories in one. There was Walter living life through depression aka The Beaver and there was Porter living his life through writing about others. Both of these stories were showing how much Walter and Porter were alike and how much Meredith and Norah are alike. It was a very unique way to view living life through others or other things but it worked out perfectly. My favorite thing about the film was the last 30 minutes. The entire third act was remarkable and really overshadowed all my initial dislikes in the film in regards to no one committing Walter. It was a truly powerful and scary because it showed the true side effects of depression and just how deep into the depression Walter really was. I don't want to give anything away but I will let you know that something does happen to Walter in the last 30 minutes that truly impacts his life. It brings the overall tone of the film to a very dark and depressing state but I feel it was an important part of the film. This film wouldn't have worked out to be so good if it wasn't for how deep it got in that last 30 minutes.

In the end, "The Beaver" will definitely not be a film for everyone. If you are going expecting a comedy, I will warn you right now that you should stay far away. This is not a comedy and it's not even a dramedy. While it does have a few light-hearted moments here and there, this is probably one of the darkest mainstream films that I have come across in quite some time. I don't know how well this is going to do, one for the obvious reason of Mel Gibson, but also because of the small niche market for this film. It obviously has great performances, good direction, and a well written story but the subject matter isn't what most people want to see. I think it's great to see a film be as ballsy and real as this one but I also know this isn't what sells tickets. I would be curious to see how this does when it's released. I personally think it's a must see and recommend those who are into really serious dramas to put this on the top of your list. It's a really unique take on depression, as well as a unique piece of cinema.

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