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Hesher -- An anti-social loner takes up residence in a grief-stricken family's garage uninvited, becoming somewhat of a mentor to young TJ.
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Hesher -- Featurette: Who Is Hesher?
Hesher -- Interview: "Spencer Susser On The Cast"
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Release Date:
25 June 2011 (Japan) See more »
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Sometimes life gives you the finger and sometimes it gives you...
Plot:
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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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Strong performances in a surprisingly well-done character study. See more (96 total) »

Cast

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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)

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 Chang .... executive producer
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
 
Stunts
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
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 (as Christopher R. Rucinski)
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
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)
 
Thanks
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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MPAA:
Rated R for disturbing violent behavior, sexual content including graphic dialogue, pervasive language, and drug content - some in the presence of a child
Runtime:
106 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:MA (2011) | Germany:16 | Japan:R15+ | Netherlands:12 | USA:R (certificate #46197)
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Trivia:
Elephants make several appearances in the film. Rainn Wilson's character is watching a TV show about elephants and we hear them in the background, the car dealership has a large pink elephant on the roof and beside t.j's bed there is a figurine of another elephant.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The cuts on TJ's face from the wrecking yard are on his left side when he falls and leaves, but he has them on his left side and they're already done scabbing and look like scars when Nicole (Natalie Portman) shows up at TJ's house the next day to apologize.See more »
Quotes:
T.J.:Just leave me alone.
Hesher:Alright I'll go but um, on one condition. Pffffft.
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Movie Connections:
References Star Wars (1977)See more »
Soundtrack:
BatterySee more »

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38 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Strong performances in a surprisingly well-done character study., 5 August 2011
Author: Rockwell_Cronenberg from United States

It's hard to really describe a movie like Hesher. At first it comes off as this bizarre comedy, but as the film goes along it becomes more and more this character study of a chaotic force coming into the life of a family that needs it more than they think. Joseph Gordon-Levitt's titular character is a psychopath, a heavy metal loving maniac who uses foul language at the most inappropriate times, flies off the handle with violence and pyromania and generally frightens anyone who sees him. He invites himself into the home of the Forneys without a word and no one tells him to leave or, more realistically, calls the police.

This concept is a little off-putting at first and gave me some slight trouble getting into the story, but once the film started to develop it became more and more...honest, in a strange way. They didn't tell him to leave because subconsciously they knew that they needed him. At first it seems like he's there for a home and a place to do laundry (the character is introduced living in a construction site) but later on we realize that he doesn't need them at all. He's a drifter in the wind, somehow helping these people that he comes into contact with despite initially seeming like the worst person you would ever want around. The concept is still a little too bizarre and the final act gets way too melodramatic and schmaltzy, but the film hit me a lot more honestly and emotionally than I was expecting it too.

I've always admired Levitt as one of the finest actors of his generation, but even I didn't think he could pull off a role like this. Boy, I was wrong to doubt him, because he is on fire the whole way through. Hilarious, terrifying and somehow heartfelt, he makes this character incredibly real, which is probably the biggest surprise of all. Natalie Portman also manages to impress in a supporting role as a shopgirl that Hesher and our young protagonist T.J. (a mature child performance from Devin Brochu) come into contact with. She grounds the film in some ways, being the most honest and human character, and she has a breakdown in her car with T.J. that is pretty wrenching.

I'm always kind of off-put by films where people in their late twenties somehow befriend ten year-olds and no one calls the police or anything, but this is one of the rare ones that allowed me to get past that initial gripe and eventually respect it for the solid character study that it is.

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