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Hesher -- Featurette: Who Is Hesher?
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Release Date:
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Sometimes life gives you the finger and sometimes it gives you...
A young boy has lost his mother and is losing touch with his father and the world around him. Then he meets Hesher who manages to make his life even more chaotic. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Hesher

Devin Brochu ... TJ

Rainn Wilson ... Paul

Piper Laurie ... Grandma

Natalie Portman ... Nicole

Brendan Hill ... Dustin

John Carroll Lynch ... Larry

Monica Staggs ... Mom

Mary Elizabeth Barrett ... Meryl

Audrey Wasilewski ... Coleen

Lyle Kanouse ... Jack

Frank Collison ... Funeral Director

Van Epperson ... Angry Driver

Helen Slayton-Hughes ... Mrs. Rosowski
Paul Bates ... Mr. Elsberry

Ralph P. Martin ... Tow Truck Driver
Timothy Davis ... Mechanic (as Tim Davis)

Allan Graf ... Security Guard

Brian Lally ... Cop at Station

Rafael J. Noble ... Foreman (as Rafael J. Noblé)
Milt Kogan ... Doctor
Richard Susser ... Booking Officer

Barry Sigismondi ... Cop at House
William Jones ... Walter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dajine Colon ... Student (uncredited)

Nicolai Dorian ... Kid 1 (uncredited)

Steve Fox ... Mechanic (uncredited)

Paul Grace ... Salvage Yard Worker (uncredited)

David Hill ... Cowboy in Truck (uncredited)
Cole Hockenbury ... Kid 2 (uncredited)
Cristian Nicolae ... Emo Kid (uncredited)

Biff Yeager ... Counselor (uncredited)

Directed by
Spencer Susser 
Writing credits
Spencer Susser (written by) &
David Michôd (written by)

Brian Charles Frank (story)

Produced by
Ari Ackerman .... co-producer
Scot Armstrong .... executive producer
Marc Bell .... executive producer
Wayne H. Chang .... executive producer (as Wayne Chang)
Lucy Cooper .... producer
Jeff Davis .... executive producer
Aaron Downing .... co-producer
Jay Franks .... co-producer
Ian Fruchtman .... executive producer
Jerry Fruchtman .... executive producer
Peter Fruchtman .... executive producer
Barry Habib .... co-producer
Toni Habib .... co-producer
Aleen Keshishian .... executive producer
Gina Kirkpatrick .... co-producer
Scott Kluge .... executive producer
Johnny Lin .... producer
Chase Mishkin .... associate producer (as Chase Misikin)
Ravi Nandan .... executive producer
Robert Ortiz .... co-producer
Tom Pellegrini .... co-producer
Natalie Portman .... producer
Scott Prisand .... producer
Jay Rifkin .... executive producer
Michael Roban .... executive producer
Annette Savitch .... executive producer
J.D. Seraphine .... associate producer
Win Sheridan .... producer
Spencer Susser .... producer
Happy Walters .... co-producer
Matt Weaver .... producer (as Matthew Weaver)
Jonathan Weisgal .... executive producer
Israel Wolfson .... associate producer
Original Music by
Frank Tetaz  (as Francois Tetaz)
Cinematography by
Morgan Susser (director of photography) (as Morgan Pierre Susser)
Film Editing by
Michael McCusker 
Spencer Susser 
Casting by
Justine Baddeley 
Kim Davis-Wagner  (as Kim Davis)
Production Design by
Laura Fox 
Art Direction by
Charles Varga 
Set Decoration by
Jennifer Lukehart 
Costume Design by
April Napier 
Makeup Department
Luisa Abel .... makeup department head
Mustaque M. Ashrafi .... additional makeup artist (as Mustaq Asirafi)
Michael Germain .... additional makeup artist (as Perry M. Germain)
Francisco X. Pérez .... key makeup artist (as Francisco X. Perez)
Kim Santantonio .... hair department head
Toni-Ann Walker .... key hair stylist
Natasha Ladek .... wig maker (uncredited)
Jose Zamora .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Gina Amador .... post-production supervisor
Robert Ortiz .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephen W. Moore .... second second assistant director (as Stephen Moore)
Bill Purple .... second assistant director (as William Purple)
Brian Relyea .... second assistant director
Chip Signore .... first assistant director (as Stephen 'Chip' Signore III)
Art Department
Luis F. Candanoza .... set dresser (as Luis Candanoza)
Steven Fox .... construction coordinator
Madison 'Maddy' Giessmann .... prop maker (as Madison Geissmann)
Kami Laprade .... assistant property master
Colin Devin Moore .... artist: title art
Cynthia Nibler .... property master
Tantai 'Tommy' Noochlaor .... prop maker
Felice A. Pappas .... on-set dresser (as Felice Pappas)
Douglas W. Randall .... property master
Keith Smith .... lead person
Spencer Susser .... artist: title art
Paula Thompson .... art department coordinator
Wyatt Vandergeest .... lead scenic artist
Steven Vernet .... art department production assistant
Michael Voelker .... assistant property master
Jarid Boyce .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Timberly Matonic .... props (uncredited)
Bret Ross .... set dresser (uncredited)
Jefry Shebroe .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Gary Sullivan .... swing (uncredited)
Sound Department
Tilo Alpermann .... sound editor
Mike Anderson .... sound utility (as Michael Anderson)
Wade Barnett .... adr recordist
Lara Dale .... foley artist
Chris David .... sound re-recording mixer
David Esparza .... supervising sound editor (as Dave Esparza)
Marshall Garlington .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeffrey A. Humphreys .... boom operator
Travis MacKay .... adr mixer
Lee Orloff .... sound mixer
Sam Petty .... sound designer
Will Riley .... supervising sound editor
Gabriel J. Serrano .... sound mix recordist (as Gabe Serrano)
Javier Bennassar .... sound editor (uncredited)
Ryan Collins .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Brian Dunlop .... foley editor (uncredited)
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist (uncredited)
Scott Kramer .... foley editor (uncredited)
Tim Limer .... sound recordist (uncredited)
A. Josh Reinhardt .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Will Riley .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Callie Thurman .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Bret Barrett .... special effects technician
John Frazier .... special effects coordinator
Tyler Matson .... special effects coordinator
Darin O'Neill .... special effects technician
Edward T. Reiff Jr. .... special effects technician
Michael A. Tice .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Andy Bate .... flame artist: The Mill
Jamie Baxter .... visual effects supervisor: Custom Film Effects
Genevieve Camilleri .... digital artist: Complete Post Australia
Paul Carlin .... smoke artist: Modern VideoFilm
David Carriker .... visual effects supervisor: Modern VideoFilm
Marisa Clayton .... visual effects producer: Modern VideoFilm
Bill Coffin .... inferno artist: Modern VideoFilm
Gus Comegys .... visual effects artist
Rod Dean .... visual effects producer
Miles DeLong .... visual effects producer: Modern VideoFilm
Diesel .... visual effects producer: Complete Post Australia
Nathan Hurlburt .... inferno artist: Modern VideoFilm
Broc Morales .... inferno artist: Modern VideoFilm
Lee Pavey .... visual effects producer: The Mill (as Lee Pavy)
Pamela Scott-Farr .... visual effects production manager: FotoKem Digital Film Services
Ray Shantz .... visual effects engineer: Modern VideoFilm
Roger Sheng .... digital artist: Complete Post Australia
Trent Shumway .... inferno artist: Modern VideoFilm
Rene Simen .... visual effects artist
Kenny Alexander .... stunts
Kelli Barksdale .... stunt double
Emily Brobst .... stunt double
Nash Edgerton .... stunt coordinator
Nash Edgerton .... stunt double: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Yuri Elvin .... precision driver
Donna Evans .... stunts
Luke Kearney .... stunts
Mark McDaniels .... stunts
Mark Rayner .... additional stunt double: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Dana Reed .... stunt double: Natalie Portman
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunts (as Jimmy Roberts)
Debby Rondell .... stunts
R.A. Rondell .... stunt driver
Tim Trella .... stunts
Allan Graf .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Casey Alicino .... dolly grip: "a" camera
Scott Ballew .... additional electrician
Anthony Barattini .... generator operator
Ben Bowling .... chief rigging electrician
Sal Coniglio .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Salvatore Coniglio)
Vincent Contarino .... assistant chief lighting technician
Brian Crane .... additional electrician (as Brian J. Crane)
Eric Davidian .... additional electrician
Peter Davidian .... additional electrician
Nino DeFranco .... crane operator
Adam C. Eichhorst .... grip (as Adam Eichhorst)
Ron Ervin .... grip
Paul Fischer .... grip
John P. Fleenor .... additional electrician (as John Fleenor)
Jason Garcia .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Galen Green .... second company grip
George Gregory .... dolly grip: "a" camera
Gaylan Andrew Hussain .... grip (as Gaylan A. Hissain)
Mark Johnson .... grip
Nate Kalushner .... digital utility
Nathan Levine-Heaney .... digital utility
Tommy Lohmann .... camera operator: "a" camera
Joey Maloney .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Nokoni Martinez .... rigging grip
Stephen B. Martinez .... rigging best boy
Manuel Mendez .... grip
Merrick Morton .... still photographer (as Merrick K. Morton)
Michael Ottevanger .... 24 frame playback operator
K. Blair Rogers .... additional camera assistant
William Russell .... gaffer (as Bill Russel)
Rigney Sackley .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Charles M. Smallwood .... key grip
Jeff Stanman .... additional electrician: Belgium (as Jeffrey Stanman)
Keith Talley .... key rigging grip (as Keith A. Talley)
Chris Tango .... lamp operator
Alexander Taylor .... additional electrician
Maxwell Thorpe .... grip
John Trunk .... video assist
Torry Tukuafu .... camera operator: "b" camera
Chris Vicari .... camera operator (behind the scenes)
Dana Arnold .... rigging chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Evan Harbuck .... digital loader (uncredited)
Martin J. Layton .... camera operator (uncredited)
Jesse Olivares .... digital video assist operator: additional footage (uncredited)
Gary Stark .... set lighting electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Freya Krasnow .... casting assistant
Rich King .... extras casting (uncredited)
Shaunessy James Quinn .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael DeWinter .... costume production assistant
Sharon Fauvel .... ager/dyer
Sahar Halabi .... costume production assistant
Jenna Kautzky .... costume supervisor
Molly Keogh .... costume production assistant
Jee Ok .... key set costumer
Tricia Trippett .... costume production assistant (as Patricia Trippett)
Leilah Weintraub .... costume production assistant
Hana Rausalova .... set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Philip Beckner .... digital intermediate editor (as Phil Beckner)
Robin Buday .... digital intermediate conform assistant
Rod Dean .... vfx editor
Luke Doolan .... editorial consultant
Gregory Earls .... post-production coordinator
Nash Edgerton .... editorial consultant
Bob Fredrickson .... digital intermediate editor
Zayaan Jappie .... post-production assistant
Paul Lavoie .... digital intermediate project manager
Dan Muscarella .... color timer
Christopher Rucinski .... key editorial production assistant
James Thomas .... additional editor (as James M. Thomas)
Walter Volpatto .... digital intermediate colorist
Mark Griffith .... digital intermediate colorist (uncredited)
Daniel Sessoms .... data operator (uncredited)
Daniel Yang .... data operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Gina Amador .... music clearances
Ted Caplan .... temp music editor
Cameron Deyell .... musician: guitar
Tim Harvey .... musician: guitar
Luke Hodgson .... musician: bass
Michael Iveson .... musician: drums & percussion (as Mokhail Iveson)
Serge Perron .... music editor: final mix
Sam Petty .... composer: additional music
Damon Scina .... music clearances
Tom Spender .... musician: guitar
Frank Tetaz .... musician: various instruments and vocals (as Francois Tetaz)
Scott Tinkler .... musician: trumpet
Jessica Venables .... musician: cello
Phil Wales .... musician: guitar
Ronald J. Webb .... temp music editor (as Ron Webb)
Michael Lira .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Christopher Rucinski .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
John Agnew .... driver
Lyle Atkins .... driver
Mike Belt .... driver (as Michael Belt)
Joseph G. Bingenheimer .... driver (as Joseph G. 'Jody' Bingemhelmer)
Michael R. Boyle .... driver
Lyle Christensen .... camera car driver
Angel Desanti .... transportation co-captain (as Angel De Santi)
Wayne Flowers Jr. .... driver (as Wayne Flowers)
Geno Hart .... transportation consultant
Chris Haynes .... driver
Lee Jennings .... driver
Kyle Jetton .... driver (as J. Kyle Jetton)
Christine Jones .... driver
William Jones .... driver
Hugh Kelly .... driver
Steve Larson .... driver
Marc Lipman .... driver
Rafael Maldonado .... driver
Hardy Ophuls .... transportation office co-captain
Marty Osborne .... picture car co-captain (as Martin Osborne)
John Pellegrino .... driver
Adam Pinkstaff .... transportation captain
Carlos M. Serrano .... driver (as Carlos Serrano)
Chris Warren .... driver
Steven Luke Weible .... driver (as Steve Weible)
Other crew
Frank George Agzarian .... production accountant
Gina Amador .... post production accountant
William Batsel .... production assistant
Daniel Beals .... production assistant
Lorri Bearbower .... studio teacher
Teodoro Benitez .... first assistant chef
Robert Bezanilla .... set medic
Cody Birdwell .... production assistant
Daphine Viola Boelsma .... studio teacher
Kris Bunting .... assistant location manager
Meghan Burchfield .... set production assistant
Sarah Carleton .... assistant to executive producer
Cesar Castillo .... office production assistant
Jan Citron .... studio teacher
Dominick Clark .... location scout
Nate Cohen .... production office coordinator
Robert Contreras .... second assistant chef
Divi Crockett .... production supervisor
Kathy Cyrus .... welfare worker: teacher (as Kathryn Cyrus)
Tova Dann .... assistant: Mr. Susser
Sabina Della-Puerta .... intern
Andrew Demarest .... production assistant
Nathan Dimercurio .... production assistant
David Gleb .... epk
Bernadette Gonzales .... production secretary
Joseph B. Hall .... second assistant accountant
Hernan Hernandez .... craft service (as Hernana Hernandez)
Leigh Huser .... assistant: Mr. Weaver and Mr. Prisand
Adam Jette .... production assistant
Parisa Kawiani .... intern
Jamie Kohn .... assistant: Mr. Susser & Mr. Cooper
Alexandra Loulias .... office production assistant
Jonathan Lynch .... location manager
Gail Marks .... first assistant accountant
Matthew McArdle .... production assistant
Jorge Menjivar .... craft service assistant
Grit Menzzer .... assistant: Ms. Portman
Matt V. Messina .... key assistant location manager (as Matthew V. Messina)
Luis Montenegro .... head chef
Erin Moraga .... set medic
Caleb Negassa .... intern
Christopher Neil .... acting coach
Brad Neumann .... assistant: Ms. Portman (as Brad Neuman)
Howard Nourmand .... title layout
Tim Ogletree .... office production assistant (as Timothy R. Ogletree)
Ernesto Palacios .... production assistant
Peter Popp .... craft service assistant
Nancy Pyne-Hapke .... studio teacher
Lynn Raines .... studio teacher (as Lynn R. Raines)
Jesse H. Rivard .... key assistant location manager
Crystal Rivers .... stand-in
Christopher Michael Rose .... stand-in: Brendan Hill
Jordan Schmidt .... assistant location manager
Jessica Kumai Scott .... assistant: Ms. Savitch (as Jessica Kumai-Scott)
Natasha Shumny .... post facilities coordinator
Kristen Renee Smith .... production secretary (as Kristen R. Smith)
Spencer Susser .... title designer
Martin Trees .... stand-in
Marion Tumen .... script supervisor
Nicole Waterman .... production accountant
Richard W. Welch .... production assistant (as Richard Welch)
Jac Woods .... assistant: Mr. Susser & Mr. Cooper (as Jacquelyn Woods)
Zoe Bower .... post-production facilities manager (uncredited)
Teressa Diaz-Hennessey .... assistant: director (uncredited)
Marc C. Geschwind .... extras coordinator (uncredited)
Nikhil Jassawalla .... consultant (uncredited)
Eloy Lara .... set medic (uncredited)
Paul Lavoie .... digital production manager (uncredited)
Eric Rae .... production accountant (uncredited)
Bob Riley .... production assistant (uncredited)
Mitch Spacone .... system support: FotoKem (uncredited)
Kirsty McGregor .... thanks
Johanna Rosie .... thanks
Rick Schwartz .... special thanks
Jake Sumner .... thanks
London Susser .... dedicatee
Graham Taylor .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Metalhead" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Rated R for disturbing violent behavior, sexual content including graphic dialogue, pervasive language, and drug content - some in the presence of a child
106 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:MA (2011) | Germany:16 | Japan:R15+ | Netherlands:12 | USA:R (certificate #46197)
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Did You Know?

Natalie Portman wore two pairs of underwear at the same time for her role.See more »
Continuity: After a fender-bender, Nicole is unable to start her car. We can see that her front bumper is detached and one side is resting on the street. So Hesher gives her a ride. But after she walks back to her car, it starts and runs with no problems.See more »
Hesher:You lost your wife. And you lost your mom. I lost my nut.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "The Muppet Show" (1976)See more »
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30 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Reckless & Touching, 19 August 2011
Author: CubeRic9000 from Australia

I feel compelled to write a review on this film, but I'm just not sure what to focus on or how to outline what I loved about it. The story is so unique, and so left of centre, that it's very hard to describe, let alone break down and review. When attempting to describe it to a friend, I found it very difficult, as it just sounds so crazy. It makes one think, how could this be that enjoyable. All I could really say was, 'you have to watch this film!', as it made me smile, laugh and connect, from opening scene to closing credits.

After seeing the trailer for this, I was immediately interested. Mainly because of the crazy, ab-lib, don't-give-a-s**t nature of Hesher, actually reminded me of a friend, and this friend's antics and philosophy on life always amuse me, and more often than not, enlighten me to how this crazy world can be, and how you really shouldn't take things so seriously. Having such excitement for an upcoming film, you can quite often be let down. Luckily for me Hesher stood up, and was everything I hoped it would be, and more.

I found the story to be simply brilliant. So random and unpredictable you never really knew where it was going, or what was going to happen next. I loved the way in which Hesher makes he's first appearance in the film, and how he somehow, without trying (so it seems), finds he's place in Grandma's home. The dialogue was simply gold and oh so funny at times, that it made me want to re-watch the film as soon as it concluded, to pick up on the quick wit and laugh all over again. The scene at the pool was definitive for me. So funny and so strange. I couldn't help but enjoy and admire the way Hesher went about things in that scene, letting himself completely go, without a fear of consequence. Acting on he's most primal impulse. Not so much in anger, but in freedom, and having fun at the expense of a few 'versatile solutions for modern living'.

Hesher is an amazing character, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is brilliant. This might sound ridiculous to some, but I think it was worthy of an award, as this is a true embodiment of a character. There is no Joseph Gordon-Levitt in this film, there's only Hesher. I haven't seen that many of Joseph's movies, but I do remember '500 Days Of Summer', and this is polar opposites as far as role is concerned, and not many actors could make such a leap, convincingly. I also became a fan of Natalie Portman after this. I love the fact she took on a role that was so different. Her character's plainness, honesty, and self-confessed faults, made her simply beautiful to watch throughout. Devin Brochu as the main boy which the story revolves around is amazing. He's level of dramatic execution is spot on in every scene, and he's so believable as TJ. The film has such rich characters, which are all played to perfection. The Grandma is also worthy of a mention, providing so much love to an otherwise somewhat tragic story.

This film manages to mix humour, sadness and heart like very few films can. Its films like this that can pick people up and put them back on their feet. It actually made me feel better about life, and less worried about the ridiculous incidentals that can make us anxious and get us down. I'm not sure how this film managed to tap into such thoughts and emotions, but somehow it did. There is no comparative circumstance in the film for me, nor is there an obvious message that everyone can relate to, it is simply a story with colourful characters, with simple lives, told in such a unique and crazy way, that for some reason you commit to it and totally embrace it, only to feel on top of the world for having done so.

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