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Father of Invention -- Robert Axle (Kevin Spacey), an eccentric inventor-turned-egomaniacal-infomercial-guru, loses it all when his invention maims thousands. Now out of prison, he's ready to redeem his empire.
Father of Invention -- Robert Axel, an eccentric inventor who through wealth and fame, finds unexpected misfortune and after many hardships is ready to redeem his name and rebuild his billion dollar empire.


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Writers (WGA):
Jonathan D. Krane (written by) and
Trent Cooper (written by)
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3 November 2011 (Russia) See more »
Sometimes the best ideas are homegrown See more »
After 8 years in prison, inventor Robert Axle struggles to win over his estranged family and catch up on current technology as he works to once again become the king of the infomercial. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Trent Cooper 
Writing credits
Jonathan D. Krane (written by) and
Trent Cooper (written by)

Produced by
Ken Barbet .... producer
David Bergstein .... executive producer
Sergei Bespalov .... executive producer
Dana Brunetti .... producer
Michael Christoforo .... associate producer
Anne M. DuBois .... co-producer
John R. DuBois .... co-producer
Christopher R. Fluder .... associate producer
Jared Goldman .... executive producer
Penelope J. Hill .... associate producer
Stefan Jacobs .... executive producer
Kia Jam .... producer
Donna Kasseinova .... executive producer
Jonathan D. Krane .... producer
D. Scott Lumpkin .... executive producer
Mark C. Manuel .... executive producer
Brendan McDonald .... executive producer
Gary Raskin .... executive producer
Jason Sciavicco .... producer
Kevin Spacey .... producer
Ron Tutor .... executive producer
Frederick R. Ulrich .... associate producer
Sal Vasquez .... associate producer
Original Music by
Nick Urata 
Cinematography by
Steve Yedlin 
Film Editing by
Heather Persons 
Casting by
Venus Kanani 
Mary Vernieu 
Production Design by
Joseph T. Garrity 
Art Direction by
Raymond Pumilia 
Set Decoration by
Cynthia Anne Slagter 
Costume Design by
Johanna Argan 
Molly Grundman 
Makeup Department
Fionagh Cush .... makeup department head
Allison Gordin .... key makeup artist
Krystal Kershaw .... makeup artist
Natasha Ladek .... wig maker: Kevin Spacey
Darryl Lucas .... makeup artist
Kent Richard .... hair stylist
Donna Spahn .... department head hair
Tony Ward .... hair stylist
Melizah Anguiano Wheat .... key hair stylist (as Melizah Schmidt)
Amy Wood .... hair stylist
Production Management
Marc A. Hammer .... production supervisor
Nancy Kirhoffer .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jason Altieri .... key second assistant director
Cali Pomes .... second second assistant director
David Ticotin .... first assistant director
Art Department
Mike Barnard .... painter
Edward J. Borasch Jr. .... property master
Iggie Colomer .... set dresser
Gus Coto .... leadman
Michael Dares .... set dresser
Ryan Martin Dwyer .... set dresser
Jessica Fannon .... set decoration buyer
Sarah Forrest .... set designer
Jeff Garbacz .... carpenter
Mimi Gauthier .... set decoration buyer
Gregory T. Geniusz .... set dresser
Paul Giglione .... painter
Eric Jihwan Jeon .... specialty prop designer/builder
Charlie LaVoy .... art assistant
Sam Lothridge .... on-set dresser
Scot Middleton .... construction coordinator
Sidney Joseph Montz III .... set dresser
Virle S. Reid .... assistant props
Noel Rideout .... additional set dresser
Robin Simmerly .... art department coordinator
Victoria St. Pierre .... key scenic
Mark M. Wilkinson .... graphic designer
Sound Department
Jimmy 'Coach' Armstrong .... boom operator: splinter unit
Wade Barnett .... adr recordist
Javier Bennassar .... sound designer
Javier Bennassar .... supervising sound editor
Chris David .... sound re-recording mixer
Brian Dunlop .... foley editor
David Esparza .... sound effects editor
Dan Izen .... sound mixer
Robert Jackson .... adr supervisor
Brad Lokey .... additional sound utility / second boom
Travis MacKay .... adr mixer
A. Josh Reinhardt .... sound mixer
Richard Schexnayder .... sound mixer: splinter unit
Gabriel J. Serrano .... sound recordist
Chris Welcker .... sound utility/second boom operator
Aaron Zeller .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Johnathan R. Banta .... digital compositor
Chris Brown .... visual effects supervisor
Jennifer Badger .... stunt double
Danny Cosmo .... stunt performer
Jeff Galpin .... utility stunts
Lex D. Geddings .... stunt double
Ben Jensen .... stunt coordinator
Elton LeBlanc .... precision driver
Alec Rayme .... stunt double: Johnny Knoxville
Camera and Electrical Department
Tarik Naim Alherimi .... best boy electric
Gerald Autin .... grip best boy
Victor Brunette .... video assist
Duane Cooper .... a dolly grip
Bryan Delorenzo .... first assistant additional camera: second unit
Keith Francis .... camera operator
Brad Garris .... electrician
Gonzalo Gonzalez .... additional electrician
Penelope Helmer .... second assistant camera
Daniel H. Jacobs .... electrician
Lisa Lengyel .... first assistant
Dale Myrand .... camera operator: "a" camera
Paul Olinde .... gaffer
Joseph Paolucci Jr. .... best boy rigging electrician
Patti Perret .... still photographer
Jonathan E. Robinson .... b cam second assistant camera
Jacob Sauerbrey .... electrician
James Allen Sheppard .... video assist
Michael Trejo .... grip
Robb W. Turner .... electrician
Robb W. Turner .... lighting technician
Jeremy Webre .... grip
Wade Whitley .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Robin Batherson .... background casting coordinator
Brandon Hemmerling .... casting assistant
Jason Landry .... extras casting
Michelle Wade Byrd .... casting associate (as Michelle Wade)
Geraldine Glenn .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Megan Coates .... set costumer
Malikka Coston .... key set costumer
Elizabeth McEntire Williams .... costume assistant
Reba Saul .... set costumer
Diana Savone .... costumer
Ann Walters .... costume supervisor
Lesley D. Wickham .... ager/dyer
Editorial Department
Tony Dustin .... digital film colorist
Sky Gewant .... editorial assistant
Bruce Lomet .... digital intermediate producer
Teressa Longo .... assistant editor
Mark Sahagun .... digital intermediate editor
Mark Scovil .... first assistant editor
Aidan Stanford .... color timer
Joshua David McLerran .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Al Clay .... music score mixer
Al Clay .... music score producer
Chris Galland .... assistant music mixer
Vicki Hiatt .... music editor
Mary Ramos .... music supervisor
Rob Simon .... music editorial consultant
Doug Webb .... musician: featured saxophone
Transportation Department
Richard Brown .... picture car contributer
Donald Burdett .... transportation captain
Jeff Couch .... transportation coordinator
Jeffrey Gowing .... transportation
Travis Hux .... transportation
Buddy Pine .... driver: honeywagon
Albert Samson .... teamster driver
Christy Zeller .... transportation dispatcher
Other crew
Michael Barnes .... financial legal services
Steve Berman .... completion bond
Sam Best .... assistant to Mr. Cooper
Butchie Beverly .... location utility
Zoe Bower .... post-production facilities manager
Dottie Buck .... craft service
Arvid Cristina .... production assistant
Michelle Danner .... acting coach
Angel De La Vina .... production assistant
Sid Deleon .... on-set medic
Robert M. Donaldson .... assistant location manager
Caitlin Donovan .... assistant: Virginia Madsen
Mary Frances Eglin .... script supervisor
Scott Fahrendorf .... production assistant
Danielle Fischer .... locations (as Danielle Trejo)
George T. Fisk .... cast assistant
Charlie French .... locations
Josh Geller .... post production assistant: Kia Jam
John Graber .... first assistant accountant
Brittany Leigh Holtsclaw .... assistant: producer
Ruth Kesler .... production coordinator
Jim Klock .... security consultant
Greg Kupiec .... main title creator
Liz Landers .... key craft service
John Lavis .... set medic
Julie Lopinto .... accounting assistant
Renee Marsella .... production assistant
Rachael Meadow .... assistant production office coordinator
Karen S. Neasi .... product placement
Melody Noel .... stand-in
Slaid Parker .... production assistant
Robert Polgar .... production executive
Natasha Shumny .... post facilities coordinator
Russell Steele .... production accountant
Kyle K. Stewart .... attorney
Aaron J. Stone .... set production assistant
Cherie Thibodeaux .... stand-in
Suzanne Tierney .... legal services
Angie Varrecchio .... production assistant
Jason Waggenspack .... production assistant
Katrina Wan .... unit publicist
Dana Warning .... assistant to producer
Anthony Yuse .... set production assistant
Roger J. Timber .... stand-in: Craig Robinson (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Robert Axle" - USA (informal title)
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Rated PG-13 for sexual material and language
93 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:PG-13 (certificate #45963)
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Troy Coangelo:[sounding unintelligible] You're fired!
Robert Axle:I'm fried?
Troy Coangelo:You're fired!
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Pretty good, not great, 4 August 2015
Author: vchimpanzee from NC

As the charismatic inventor who appears on TV, Kevin Spacey does quite a good job. He's done this type role before, but Bernadette Peters was there to overshadow him. Here, that's not a problem. Later, I can't say Spacey is that good, considering what he has accomplished, but he has his moments. The best one comes when he realizes he needs to fix his relationship with his daughter.

Heather Graham doesn't start out well. She is nothing more than a nasty lesbian who keeps pointing out that she's a lesbian. Later, she proves to be much more and is even likable. And not a lesbian. Bi, maybe. While I liked her two roommates better at first, by movie's end Phoebe is the best character.

I'm not sure what to say about Johnny Knoxville. The store manager resembles Ty Burrell and, maybe just for that reason, I think Burrell could have played the role. And better. Perhaps he wasn't available. His bumbling Phil Dunphy had similarities to this character that make me think it could have worked. Still, there were times I found the man entertaining.

I liked Claire okay, but she quickly grew impatient with her father, and I guess with good reason. She wasn't as easy to like later, and I'm not even sure how good a job the actress did. One thing stands out about her and that's her great smile at the bank.

I also liked Donna, but she really gave me a reason to like her. At least at the beginning. I'm not sure she had much in the brains department, but she is a sweet girl.

Red West was memorable as Axle's engineer. While he was old and getting senile he knew what he was doing, mostly. It is a great scene where Axle realizes this man he is depending on isn't quite what he used to be.

John Stamos is ideal for the role of a constantly smiling but superficial pitch man. You want to like him because of how he appears on the surface and can't stand him when you see what he's really like. He's just not around much.

Michael Rosenbaum is kind of a disappointment. He makes the most of a small role but he used to be so much like Axle. Genuinely evil with lots of money, though, instead of just someone who messed up.

Craig Robinson is easy to like as the new man in Axle's ex-wife's life.

And about the ex--she is nasty and I can't stand her. And yet Virginia Madsen played such a wonderful character when I saw her the same weekend in "Sideways". She proved what a range she has. Be sure and stay around for her atrocious duet with her husband in the closing credits.

Other than the hideously bad closing credits, the music is good most of the time.

It was a mostly enjoyable movie. I wanted to see Axle succeed. But it's not easy.

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