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The Extra Man -- Kevin Kline leads an all-star cast as a playwright making a living as an escort to wealthy society widows, who forms an unusual friendship with an aspiring young writer in this charming screwball comedy.
The Extra Man -- A man who escorts wealthy widows in New York's Upper East Side takes a young aspiring playwright under his wing.


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Writers (WGA):
Robert Pulcini (screenplay) &
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27 January 2011 (Greece) See more »
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A man who escorts wealthy widows in New York's Upper East Side takes a young aspiring playwright under his wing. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Paul Dano ... Louis Ives

Marian Seldes ... Vivian Cudlip

Celia Weston ... Meredith Lagerfeld

Patti D'Arbanville ... Katherine Hart

John C. Reilly ... Gershon Gruen

Dan Hedaya ... Aresh

Kevin Kline ... Henry Harrison

Jason Butler Harner ... Otto Bellman
Alex Burns ... Brad

Katie Holmes ... Mary Powell

Alicia Goranson ... Sandra

Lynn Cohen ... Lois Huber

John Pankow ... George
Lewis Payton Jr. ... Usher (as Lewis Payton)

Marisa Ryan ... Tanya
Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs ... Diva

Victoria Barabas ... Daisy
John Leighton ... Valet
Lauren Weisman ... Female Student
Beth Fowler ... Ms. Marsh
Lisa Brescia ... Female Teacher #1
Graeme Malcolm ... English Narrator (voice)

Jackie Hoffman ... Pushy Woman

Rafael Sardina ... Chicken Man
Betty Hudson ... Maid

Jean Brassard ... Waiter

Justis Bolding ... Wine Pourer
Peter Kybart ... Maitre D

Jonathan Ames ... Gentleman
Gisele Alicea ... Miss Pepper
Philip Carlson ... Preacher
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David Boston ... Neighbor (uncredited)

Barbara Christie ... Margaret Chase Cudlip (uncredited)

Marshall Factora ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Elisa London ... Neighbor (uncredited)
George Peck ... Theatre Goer (uncredited)

Jay Santiago ... Opera Patron (uncredited)

Kevin Scullin ... Drag Club Patron (uncredited)

Bill Walters ... Panhandler (uncredited)
Todd Travis Warrick ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Shari Springer Berman 
Robert Pulcini 
Writing credits
Robert Pulcini (screenplay) &
Jonathan Ames (screenplay) &
Shari Springer Berman (screenplay)

Jonathan Ames (novel)

Produced by
Jonathan Ames .... executive producer
Stefanie Azpiazu .... executive producer
Shari Springer Berman .... executive producer
Anthony Bregman .... producer
Stephanie Davis .... producer
Vincent Maraval .... executive producer
Agnès Mentre .... executive producer
Robert Pulcini .... executive producer
Rebecca Rivo .... co-producer
Original Music by
Klaus Badelt 
Cinematography by
Terry Stacey (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Pulcini 
Casting by
Ann Goulder 
Production Design by
Judy Becker 
Art Direction by
Charles Kulsziski  (as Charlie Kulsziski)
Set Decoration by
Carrie Stewart 
Costume Design by
Suttirat Anne Larlarb 
Makeup Department
Joseph Farulla .... makeup department head (as Joe Farulla)
Sherry Heart .... hair stylist
Tina LaSpina .... makeup artist
Michael Marino .... special makeup: Mr. Reilly (as Mike Marino)
Jeffrey Rebelo .... hair department head
Susan Schectar .... hair stylist
Nicole Tucker .... hair stylist
Production Management
Luca Borghese .... post-production supervisor
Wendy Mooradian .... production supervisor
Rebecca Rivo .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mariela Comitini .... first assistant director
Kara Doherty .... second assistant director
Justin Ritson .... second second assistant director
David Catalano .... additional second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Jasmine E. Ballou .... assistant property master (as Jasmine Ballow)
Michael Calabrese .... set dresser
Paul Camarro .... on-set dresser
Garret Christensen .... art department production assistant
Russell De Young .... charge scenic
Daniel Fisher .... property master (as Dan Fisher)
Kley Gilbuena .... set dresser
Richard Hebrank .... construction coordinator (as Richie Hebrank)
Warren Jorgensen .... camera scenic
Bradley Klipp .... leadman (as Brad Klipp)
Melissa B. Miller-Costanzo .... art department coordinator (as Melissa B. Miller)
Richard Sepulveda .... set dresser (as Rich Sepulveda)
John Sullivan .... set dresser
Alexis Weiss .... assistant property master
Robert Ludemann .... additional graphic artist: props (uncredited)
Natalie McKeever .... art intern: pre-production (uncredited)
Sound Department
Marco Alicea .... digital sound transfer
David Boulton .... adr mixer
Tim Burby .... digital sound editorial services
Danny Caccavo .... digital sound editorial services
Vince Camuto Sr. .... sound utility (as Vince Reed Camuto)
Damian Canelos .... sound mixer
Ryan Collison .... adr recordist
John Countryman .... digital sound transfer
Sean England .... foley recordist
Doug Ford .... sound engineering services
Brian Gallagher .... adr mixer
Brian Gallagher .... adr recordist
Howie Hammerman .... sound engineering services (as Howie Hammermann)
Matthew Hartman .... assistant sound editor (as Matt Hartman)
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist
Lora Hirschberg .... sound re-recording mixer
Mike Howells .... adr recordist
David Hunter .... digital sound editorial services
Michael Kirchberger .... adr editor
Michael Kirchberger .... dialogue editor
Scott R. Lewis .... sound mix technician
Charlotte Moore .... post-production sound accountant
Douglas Murray .... foley editor
Frank Rinella .... foley mixer
Tony Sereno .... sound mix technician
Julia Shirar .... supervising sound editor
Kent Sparling .... re-recording mixer
Kent Sparling .... supervising sound editor
James Spencer .... sound recordist
Daniel Sperry .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Dan Sperry)
Seth Tallman .... boom operator
John Torrijos .... video sound services (as John 'T.T.' Torrijos)
Seth Tallman .... sound mixer: second unit (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
John Bair .... visual effects supervisor: Phosphene
Renuka Ballal .... visual effects producer: Phosphene
Vivian Connolly .... visual effects producer: Phosphene
Molle DeBartolo .... qc lead: Deluxe New York
Markus Janner .... scanning and recording: Deluxe New York
Amber Kusmenko .... digital compositor: Phosphene
Chris MacKenzie .... smoke artist: Deluxe New York
Iain Marcks .... scanning and recording: Deluxe New York (as Iain Stasukevich)
Aaron Raff .... digital compositor: Phosphene
Scott Winston .... digital compositor: Phosphene
Damian Achilles .... utility stunt player
Roy Farfel .... stunt driver
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Dave Bowers .... best boy grip
Oliver Cary .... camera operator: "a" camera
Rashad Clinton .... company grip
John Coots .... best boy electrician
Keron Gammon .... company grip
Abbot Genser .... still photographer
Linda Kallerus .... second assistant camera (as Linda Slater)
Vadim Landau .... dolly grip
Ahnna Lee .... camera loader
Derek J. Manganelli .... additional second assistant camera: "b" camera
Will McGarry .... company grip (as William McGarry)
Craig Pressgrove .... first assistant camera
Chris Reynolds .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Ken Shibata .... gaffer
Tim Smythe .... key grip
Yoshi Sonoda .... company electrician (as Yoshihiro Sonoda)
Frank Stubblefield .... company electrician
JoJo Whilden .... still photographer
Alexander Martin .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Eddie Rodriguez .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Yoshi Sonoda .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Animation Department
Gary Leib .... animator
Casting Department
Karen E. Etcoff .... extras casting coordinator (as Karen Etcoff)
Bill Tripician .... extras casting associate
Bruce Winant .... adr voice casting
Kathryn Zamora-Benson .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jonathan Hurwitz .... costume intern
Rachael Ohman .... key costumer
Lenore Pemberton .... assistant costume designer
Emma Potter .... wardrobe supervisor
Elisabeth Vastola .... costume intern (as Liz Vastola)
Estella Marie .... seamstress (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Joe Gawler .... digital intermediate colorist (as Joseph Gawler)
Duck Grossberg .... digital intermediate data wrangler: Deluxe New York
Jack Lewars .... digital intermediate assist
Tim Mullen .... digital intermediate engineer: Deluxe New York
Ryan Murphy .... additional editor
Jacob Robinson .... digital intermediate editor
Jonathan Sanden .... digital intermediate assist
Zachary A. Schwartz .... assistant editor (as Zachary Schwartz)
Darrell R. Smith .... digital intermediate producer
Marcus Alexander .... digital intermediate manager (uncredited)
Thomas Centrone .... dailies film colorist (uncredited)
Seth Weinman .... post-production technician (uncredited)
Music Department
Klaus Badelt .... music preparation
Klaus Badelt .... score mixer: HI.C. Pars
Klaus Badelt .... score producer
Malona P. Badelt .... score production manager (as Malona P. Voigt)
Christopher Brooks .... music editor
Christopher Brooks .... score co-producer (as Christopher S. Brooks)
Andy Brown .... conductor
Christopher Carmichael .... composer: additional music
Christopher Carmichael .... musician: bass
Christopher Carmichael .... orchestrator
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
Simone de Leuw .... score production manager
Brendan P. Dwyer .... musician: accordion (as Brendan Dwyer)
Raynaldo Frisbiniwitz .... musician: vibes
Jake Jackson .... orchestra recordist
Lewis Jones .... assistant engineer
Robyn Klein .... executive in charge of music
The London Metropolitan Orchestra .... orchestra
Daniel Pinder .... music editor
Andrew Raiher .... musician: guitars
Daniel Rojas .... score production assistant
Mark Yaeger .... music preparation (as Mark Anthony Yaeger)
Mark Yaeger .... musician: mandolin (as Mark Anthony Yaeger)
Mark Yaeger .... score technical advisor (as Mark Anthony Yaeger)
Andy Brown .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Egor Panchenko .... pro tools playback mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Paul Bradshaw .... driver
George Campbell .... driver
Kevin Flynn .... transportation captain
George Grenier .... driver
James Kelly .... driver
Peter Krienbihl .... transportation co-captain (as Peter Kreinbihl)
Dermot Mackin .... driver
Dennis O'Grady .... driver
Hollywood Nick Pagani .... picture car coordinator
Dominick Riccardi .... driver (as Dominic Riccardi)
Carl Russell .... driver
Other crew
Daniel Agostino .... set intern
Tara Andrus .... key production accountant (as Tara Andrus Glasser)
John Bair .... title designer: main and end titles
Julia Berg .... production executive: Likely Story
Hamish Berry .... production and finance legal services: Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Patricia Birch .... choreographer
Julie Buck .... intern: Likely Story
Nicole Bukowski .... first assistant accountant
Catherine Carnovale .... production office intern
Aliya Carter .... assistant: Ms. Berman and Mr.Pulcini Mr.
Ellen Athena Catsikeas .... location manager
Mary-Lynn Cesar .... production office intern
Matthew E. Chausse .... rebate financing: Tax Credit Finance (as Matthew Chausse)
Alison Cohen .... production and finance legal services: Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance: Indie Clear (as Carol Compton)
Ana Cuadra .... assistant location manager
Greg Cuozzo .... chef
Kim Cuozzo .... chef
David Basil Demase .... craft service
Maureen Duffy .... completion bond: Film Finances
Deanna Dys .... assistant choreographer
Alex Finch .... key production assistant
Matt Flanders .... location scout
Hilary Geier .... production and finance legal services: Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Jess Gough .... production office intern
Sandi Greenberg .... set production assistant
Evelyn Griffin .... production office intern
Duck Grossberg .... data wrangler: Deluxe New York
Anthony Gudas .... rebate financing: Tax Credit Finance
Kate Hetzer .... production office intern (as Kate Anne Hetzer)
Joshua Huffman .... production coordinator
Georgia Hume .... production office intern
Peter Hutchison .... completion bond company representative: Film Finances, Inc.
Peter Hutchison .... completion bond: Film Finances
Abi Jackson .... location assistant
Brendan Kehoe .... location scout
Kristen Konvitz .... assistant: Ms. Mentre
Mike Lane .... client services
Matt Levin .... intern: Likely Story
Gabriella Ludlow .... production and finance legal services: Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Brendan C. Lynch .... set production assistant (as Brendan Lynch)
Patrick Mahoney .... craft service (as Pat Mahoney)
Amenya Makuku .... art clearances
Amenya Makuku .... production office intern
Richard McCune .... bank loan: City National Bank (as Richard V. McCune)
Michael McGrail .... unit assistant
Michaela McKee .... office production assistant: USA
Ross Miller .... insurance services: D.R. Reiff & Associates
Claire Newlands .... production secretary
Gordon Ng .... client services
Kerry O'Brien .... set production assistant
Matthew Patches .... office production assistant
Erik Piecuch .... bank loan: City National Bank
Jakub Porembski .... production assistant
Eva Porter .... client services:
Jimmy Price .... location manager (as James Price)
Janice Roland .... unit publicist: Falco.Ink
Marcos Sahm .... intern: Likely Story
Paula Schmit .... completion bond: Film Finances
Rachel Schnipper .... location coordinator
Kevin Schwerdel .... chef
John Skidmore .... assistant production coordinator
Sascha Springer .... assistant location manager
Yorgo Stathopoulos .... location scout
Abbey Taylor .... set production assistant
Blake Taylor .... assistant to executive producer
Jessica Thorne .... payroll accountant
Anthony Torres .... caterer: Gourmet To U
Shannon Treusch .... unit publicist: Falco.Ink
Rob van de Laar .... craft service
Tina Vitellas .... production office intern
Sharon Watt .... script supervisor
Joshua Williams .... set production assistant (as Self Williams)
Meredith Wurzbach .... insurance services: D.R. Reiff & Associates
Stephen Ananicz .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Will Bigwood .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael Braun .... location coordinator (uncredited)
Shannon Dennard .... location scout (uncredited)
Dann Fink .... adr loop group director (uncredited)
Pete Hayes .... post production accountant (uncredited)
Rich Koski .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Alex Lombardo .... office production assistant (uncredited)
Anthony Lote .... production assistant (uncredited)
John Puccinelli .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Frances Berman .... dedicatee: in loving memory of

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Rated R for some sexual content
108 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Netherlands:12 | Singapore:NC-16 | USA:R (certificate #45658)

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In upper crust society of New York and Palm Beach, escorts are often called "walkers," and some men do make a career out of being walkers.See more »
Miscellaneous: As the main characters ride in a convertible out of the city, the background scenery of a cemetery is continuously repeated.See more »
Henry Harrison:This is starting to sound like an interview. You planning to write the unauthorized autobiography of an obscure playwright whose masterpiece was stolen by a hunchback?
Louis Ives:Is it so wrong to be interested in you?
Henry Harrison:Yes! I'm not interested in YOU. From now on I intend to give you the most misleading image possible. You may write my biography but you will never capture my soul.
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43 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
Life Is Not What You Think It Is...Or Could Be, 13 July 2010
Author: gradyharp from United States

Jonathan Ames, a writer of eccentric novels, penned the book on which this bizarre film is based. His story of confused identities and searching for a workable concept of self was adapted for the screen by Ames with help from co-directors Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman. It is a confusing tale to watch but has moments of comedic insight and a cat of well- known actors that help to make the film entertaining – if a bit of fluff.

We meet English teacher Louis Ives (Paul Dano) after a prelude of daydreaming the three factors that characterize Louis - his obsession with classic literature of the 1920s, his untrained perception of how to relate to people ('awkward' would be a kind term), and his penchant for fantasizing about cross dressing. He is dismissed from his school 'due to budget cuts' (read 'having been discovered trying on a bra and being caught by the headmaster'), yet his inappropriate response is one of glee at having been given the opportunity to move to Manhattan to become a writer.

Once in New York City without connections, he answers an ad for an inexpensive apartment sharing – the ad having been submitted by one very strange Henry Harrison (Kevin Kline), an older down on his heels writer and playwright who supports himself teaching college level literature and who considers himself an aristocrat, serving as an 'escort' for older wealthy women. After an uncomfortable interview Henry consents to allow Louis to be his roommate: after weighing his options Louis accepts the room in the flea infested filthy apartment and begins trying to get to know the secretive and zany Henry.

Henry provides companionship for one Vivian (Marion Seldes) and eventually Louis is brought in as an 'extra man' to provide companionship for one of Vivian's friends (Celia Watson). In the meantime Louis finds work as a telephone salesman for a Green magazine, meets the pretty but unavailable Mary (Katie Holmes), begins to encounter Henry's entourage of loonies such as Henry's bearded and dirty repairman Gershon (John C. Reilly), and gives in to his urge to learn about cross-dressing by visiting a 'teacher ' and finally a make-over artist who places him in the role of a 'woman'. Louis' experience with transvestism fails and alienates Henry – for a brief time. But what this comedic episode results in is Louis' discovery of what is important – friends and family – and Henry and his entourage supply that and the changes this brings in all the characters draws the film to a close.

With a cast such as this we find ourselves wanting to connect with each character – bizarre though they all are – and to a degree this occurs. But the script is spotty and the direction is bumpy and in many ways it feels as though the film simply never gets off the ground. Good moments: no after taste to savor.

Grady Harp

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