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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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Release Date:
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
Melizah Anguiano .... key hair stylist (as Melizah Schmidt)
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
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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Did You Know?

Troy Coangelo:[sounding unintelligible] You're fired!
Robert Axle:I'm fried?
Troy Coangelo:You're fired!
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17 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Instead of a comedy about an inventor, we get a dramedy about a father, 25 November 2011
Author: napierslogs from Ontario, Canada

"Father of Invention" stars Kevin Spacey as a fabricator, an infomercial king, who combines existing products into new ones. Problem is he was in jail, now he has lost his empire, and lost his family. The key word in the title is father. The entire film is him trying to reconnect with his daughter (Camilla Belle).

Spacey has frequently played fathers trying to reconnect with their daughter, the prime example being "American Beauty" (1999). Not that one is likely to confuse the two films, but there's an underlying similarity about the pursuit of success and the pursuit of family. That's what "Father of Invention" is about but it doesn't actually explore those issues.

It's also supposed to be a comedy, but because it was just him and his daughter there was nothing clever that catches you off-guard to make you laugh. The daughter (whom, by the way, I have already forgotten her name) lives with two roommates. One is in love with Kevin Spacey (whom I have also forgotten his character's name) and the other is a lesbian. There was no slow reveal for any of this. Those facts were just presented as if they create whole characters.

The conflict which this builds to isn't surprising (it's part of the mandate for dysfunctional family dramedies) or even interesting since we never did care for the characters in the first place. "Father of Invention" certainly didn't invent anything and there's nothing special about the daughter or the father.

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