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I'm Still Here -- A documentary on Joaquin Phoenix's transition from the acting world to a career as an aspiring rapper.
I'm Still Here -- Joaquin Phoenix meets with Sean "P. Diddy" Combs.

Overview

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Casey Affleck (written by) and
Joaquin Phoenix (written by)
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Release Date:
16 September 2010 (Australia) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
He's done with Hollywood
Plot:
Documenting Joaquin Phoenix's transition from the acting world to a career as an aspiring rapper. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Real or not, it's an engaging roller coaster ride. See more (102 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Joaquin Phoenix ... Joaquin Phoenix

Antony Langdon ... Anton
Carey Perloff ... Play Director
Larry McHale ... Larry McHale

Casey Affleck ... Casey Affleck

Jack Nicholson ... Jack Nicholson

Billy Crystal ... Billy Crystal

Danny Glover ... Danny Glover

Bruce Willis ... Bruce Willis

Robin Wright ... Robin Wright
Johnny Moreno ... Victor - Danny DeVito's stand-in (as Johnny Marino)

Danny DeVito ... Danny DeVito

Jerry Penacoli ... Jerry
Susan Patricola ... Susan

Patrick Whitesell ... Patrick
Nicole Acacio ... Nicole

Matthew Maher ... Matt
Amanda Demme ... Amanda
Josie ... Josie
Carline ... Capricorn Clark (voice)

Yasiin Bey ... Mos Def (as Mos Def)
Christine Spines ... Christine
David Grutman ... David Grutman

Sean Combs ... Sean Combs

Jamie Foxx ... Jamie Foxx

Ben Stiller ... Ben Stiller
Norm Block ... Norm
Mike Snedegar ... Lavo Event Host

Edward James Olmos ... Edward James Olmos

David Letterman ... David Letterman

Natalie Portman ... Natalie Portman

Eddie Rouse ... Miami Heckler

Jamison Reeves ... Miami Heckler
Elliot Gaynon ... Hollywood Eddie
Tim Affleck ... Joaquin's Father
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hugh Grant ... Hugh Grant
Peter Coffin ... Announcer / Joaquin (uncredited)

Nathan Lane ... Nathan Lane (uncredited)

Jay Leno ... Jay Leno (uncredited)

Conan O'Brien ... Conan O'Brien (archive footage) (uncredited)

Barack Obama ... Obama (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ashley Olsen ... Ashley Olsen (uncredited)

Sean Penn ... Sean Penn (uncredited)

Regis Philbin ... Regis Philbin (uncredited)

Kelly Ripa ... Kelly Ripa (uncredited)

Cenk Uygur ... Cenk (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Casey Affleck 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Casey Affleck (written by) and
Joaquin Phoenix (written by)

Produced by
Nicole Acacio .... associate producer
Casey Affleck .... producer
Serena Rios Flores .... field producer: Hawaii (as Serena Rios-Flores)
Larry McHale .... associate producer
Joaquin Phoenix .... producer
Justin Springer .... associate producer
Amanda White .... producer
 
Original Music by
Marty Fogg 
 
Cinematography by
Casey Affleck 
Magdalena Górka 
 
Film Editing by
Casey Affleck 
Dody Dorn 
 
Sound Department
Wade Barnett .... sound effects editor
Reagan Bond .... sound mixer
Robert Jackson .... adr supervisor
Sze-Wun Li .... sound effects editor
Gabriel J. Serrano .... sound re-recording mixer
Alex Ullrich .... foley artist
Russell White .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph Aguirre .... camera operator
Christopher Blauvelt .... camera operator (as Chris Blauvelt)
Mai Iskander .... additional cinematographer
Justin Mitchell .... camera operator
Andrew Mueller .... camera operator
Sarah Remetch .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Edward Brizio .... colorist (as Edo Brizio)
Peggy Eghbalian .... additional editor
Kayla Emter .... first assistant editor
Elliot Gaynon .... editorial assistant
Hak Lonh .... additional editor
Robb Sullivan .... additional editor
Jeff U'ren .... colorist/online conform
Valerie Flueger Veras .... post production supervisor (as Valerie Flueger)
 
Music Department
Jill Meyers .... music consultant
Brian Sapp .... music consultant
 
Other crew
Zoe Bower .... post facilities manager
Lisa Callif .... legal counsel (as Lisa 'It's Ok' Callif)
Tana David .... post facilities coordinator
Johnny Moreno .... stand-in: Danny DeVito
Natasha Shumny .... post facilities coordinator
Bill Whirity .... web advertising
 
Thanks
Lou Adler .... special thanks
Gabe Aguillar .... special thanks
Jorge Augusto .... special thanks
Warren Beatty .... special thanks
Annette Bening .... special thanks
Capricorn Clark .... special thanks
Sean Combs .... very special thanks
Damitri .... special thanks
Demmegod .... special thanks
Shepard Fairey .... special thanks
Manoel Felciano .... special thanks (as Manoel 'The Vulture' Feliciano)
David Fincher .... special thanks
Dan Frattali .... special thanks
Nick Gillie .... special thanks
James Gray .... special thanks
Brad Grey .... special thanks
Tom Hanks .... special thanks
Kenneth Lonergan .... special thanks
Matt Maher .... special thanks
Liz Mahoney .... special thanks
Michael Muller .... special thanks
Paul Newman .... special thanks
Summer Phoenix .... special thanks (as Summer Affleck)
Alison Pill .... special thanks
Natalie Portman .... special thanks
Bonnie Raitt .... special thanks
Brett Ratner .... special thanks
Julia Roberts .... special thanks
Matt Roberts .... special thanks
Harris Savides .... special thanks
Jeffrey Soffer .... special thanks
Gerry Speca .... special thanks
Ben Stiller .... very special thanks
Gus Van Sant .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"I'm Still Here: The Lost Years of Joaquin Phoenix" - USA (long title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for sexual material, graphic nudity, pervasive language, some drug use and crude content
Runtime:
108 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:MA | Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Germany:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Portugal:M/16 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #46265)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The final sequence in the film, where Joaquin Phoenix is trekking through the river, was actually longer in the original cut. It was almost another three minutes longer, but Casey Affleck thought that it was "beating a dead horse" at that point and decided to cut it shorter, and that is what we see in the final film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Phoenix first meets Diddy in the hotel, he knocks on the door on the right side of the hall, then the camera switches and Diddy is opening the door on the left side of the hall. It can't just be a change in camera angle since the door is the last one on the hall.See more »
Quotes:
Edward James Olmos:That's you, drops of water and you're on top of the mountain of success. But one day you start sliding down the mountain and you think wait a minute; I'm a mountain top water drop. I don't belong in this valley, this river, this low dark ocean with all these drops of water...See more »
Soundtrack:
LAVO TechnoSee more »

FAQ

What's the song that plays at the very ending with Joaquin Phoenix in the river?
Which people were in on the hoax?
Is this a real documentary?
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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Real or not, it's an engaging roller coaster ride., 26 November 2010
Author: Anthony Pittore III (Shattered_Wake) from Los Angeles, CA

Just two years after receiving an Oscar nomination for his powerhouse performance as Johnny Cash in 'Walk the Line,' actor Joaquin Phoenix shocked show business by announcing his retirement from acting to pursue a career as a hip hop musician. 'I'm Still Here,' directed by Phoenix's brother-in-law and fellow actor Casey Affleck, tells the story of the star's life change. Supposedly.

After Joaquin Phoenix's apparent mental breakdown which came in the form of a legendary David Letterman appearance and a beard to rival that of Zack Galifianakis, many people in & out of the film industry fought to uncover the validity of Joaquin's retirement. Shortly after the release of the 'I'm Still Here,' questions were answered when Phoenix & Affleck admitted their worldwide prank saying that, from the beginning, it was all a hoax. If this admission is true, this film will become one of the most believable & ridiculous hoaxes in a long, long time.

Regardless of whether 'I'm Still Here' is actually a hoax (or if the hoax is a hoax, attempting to cover up the breakdown of Phoenix), it is still quite an entertaining film. However, due to the seemingly obscene subject matter throughout the film, it's hard to truly believe that any famous person would allow it to be shown publicly, risking a hugely negative backlash. We see Joaquin snorting coke (off hookers' breasts at one point), spanking naked men with towels, ordering female escorts, and other low-grade behaviour. If all of this actually DID happen without elaborate staging, then I send full respect to Mr. Phoenix for having the courage to allow it to be shown on screen like this.

One issue that the film does have comes from the overall style. While the story, content, etc., are all exceedingly engaging, the actual visuals of the film were almost unbearable. In a low-budget documentary like, say, the recent 'Catfish,' amateurish cinematography & direction are almost expected. However, when a documentary is being produced by two successful actors and is directed by someone who has been working on film sets for twenty years, this bottom-level style just does not work when the validity of the film's content are already in question.

Overall, however, the film does work well as a whole. Joaquin Phoenix, whether he's playing himself or the insane version of himself, is impossible to not watch, even with his constant arrogant and selfish behaviour throughout. If you watch along believing it just might be real, it will be an emotional roller coaster ride. Even if it is all a hoax, though, it's still one hell of a crazy ride.

Final Verdict: 7.5/10.

-AP3-

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