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Disconnect -- A hard-working lawyer, attached to his cell phone, can't find the time to communicate with his family. A couple is drawn into a dangerous situation when their secrets are exposed online.
Disconnect -- Out today on Blu-ray, DVD and digital: Strangers, neighbors, colleagues and their stories collide in this dramatic thriller about ordinary people struggling to connect in today's wired world.
Disconnect -- A hard-working lawyer, attached to his cell phone, can't find the time to communicate with his family. A couple is drawn into a dangerous situation when their secrets are exposed online. A widowed ex-cop struggles to raise a mischievous son who cyber-bullies a classmate. An ambitious journalist sees a career-making story in a teen that performs on an adult-only site. They are strangers, neighbors and colleagues and their stories collide in this riveting dramatic thriller about ordinary people struggling to connect in today's wired world. Written by LD Entertainment


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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jason Bateman ... Rich Boyd

Hope Davis ... Lydia Boyd

Frank Grillo ... Mike Dixon

Michael Nyqvist ... Stephen Schumacher

Paula Patton ... Cindy Hull

Andrea Riseborough ... Nina Dunham

Alexander Skarsgård ... Derek Hull

Max Thieriot ... Kyle

Colin Ford ... Jason Dixon

Jonah Bobo ... Ben Boyd

Haley Ramm ... Abby Boyd

Norbert Leo Butz ... Peter

Kasi Lemmons ... Roberta Washington

John Sharian ... Ross Lynd

Aviad Bernstein ... Frye
Teresa Celentano ... Maria

Marc Jacobs ... Harvey
Cole Mohr ... Cole (as Cole Michael Mohr)

Kevin Csolak ... Shane

Ella Lentini ... Cassie (as Antonella Lentini)

Tessa Albertson ... Isabella

Erin Wilhelmi ... Tracy
Ryder Gering ... Drive By Bully #1
Andrew Seddon ... Drive By Bully #2
Nicholas Zakotiria ... Muscle Head

Alex Manette ... McManus
Adalberto Bermudez ... Gym Owner
Deidre Daly ... Math Teacher
Darlene Troiano ... Drycleaning Customer

Mark Zupan ... Drug Dealer
Katelin Baxter ... Webcam Model #1
Jackie Austin ... Webcam Model #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Damian Bailey ... Bodybuilder (uncredited)

Omar Nieve Capra ... Repo Man (uncredited)

Ismael Peter Casillas III ... Tae Kwon Do Student #1 (uncredited)

Erin Darke ... Lauren (uncredited)
Paxx DeWolfe ... High School Gossiper (uncredited)

Evans Forlidas ... Newswriter (uncredited)

Kate Geller ... Waitress (uncredited)

Andrew Gelles ... Skater Punk (uncredited)
Hristo Hristov ... Laundromat Guard (uncredited)

Brandon Hunter ... High School Student (uncredited)

Cailin Loesch ... High School Student (uncredited)

Hannah Loesch ... High School Student (uncredited)
Lindsay MacDonald ... High School Student (uncredited)
357 Magnumm ... James G (uncredited)

Rachel Moss ... High School Student (uncredited)

Stanley Nallem ... High School Student Smoking (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Alex Rubin  (as Henry-Alex Rubin)
Writing credits
(WGA) (in alphabetical order)
Andrew Stern  written by

Produced by
Scott Ferguson .... executive producer
Marc Forster .... executive producer
Lynn Givens .... co-producer
William Horberg .... producer
Mickey Liddell .... producer
Zyra McAuliffe .... associate producer
Jennifer Monroe .... producer
Brad Simpson .... executive producer
Original Music by
Max Richter 
Cinematography by
Ken Seng (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lee Percy 
Kevin Tent 
Casting by
Deanna Brigidi  (as Deanna Brigidi-Stewart)
Billy Hopkins 
Production Design by
Dina Goldman 
Art Direction by
Jennifer Dehghan 
Set Decoration by
Amanda Carroll 
Costume Design by
Catherine George 
Makeup Department
Nicki Ledermann .... key makeup artist
Mia Neal .... key hair stylist (as Mia M. Neal)
Cassandra Saulter .... assistant makeup artist
Sarah Stamp .... assistant hair stylist
Natalie Young .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Sarah Connors .... post-production supervisor
Scott Ferguson .... unit production manager
Gabrielle Mahon .... assistant unit production manager
Erica Kay .... unit production manager: additional photography (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Takahide Kawakami .... second assistant director
Patrick McDonald .... second second assistant director
Travis Rehwaldt .... second second assistant director
Christopher Surgent .... first assistant director
Art Department
Candice Cardasis .... assistant props (as Candice Cardaisis)
Marc Connor .... scenic artist
Peter DeCurtis .... leadman
Thomas A. Delillo .... set dresser (as Thomas Delillo)
Frank Dido .... head carpenter
Daniel Fisher .... property master (as Daniel W. Fisher)
Nicholas Gatto .... set dresser
Emily Gaunt .... scenic foreman
Perry Grebin .... graphic designer
Richard Hebrank .... construction coordinator
George Hess .... on-set dresser
Elizabeth Kennedy .... set dresser (as Liz Kennedy)
Jessica Kosky .... charge scenic
Paul Alexander Larkin .... set dresser (as Paul Larkin)
Alan J. Lawson .... camera scenic artist (as Alan Lawson)
Ráchel Lowery .... assistant to the production designer
Melissa B. Miller-Costanzo .... art department coordinator (as Melissa B. Miller)
Elsa Mora .... artwork: Cindy Hull's papercut
Martin Murray Jr. .... assistant props (as Joe Murray)
John Parra .... stage manager
Julie Peters-Haymes .... set dresser
Maia Rose .... set dresser
Valerie Scoppa-Misarti .... set dresser
Tim Zydel .... additional on-set dresser
Ted Altman .... set dresser (uncredited)
James L. Clark .... props (uncredited)
Eddie DeCurtis .... foreman dresser (uncredited)
Robert John Gallagher .... set dresser (uncredited)
Jesse Getchell .... set dresser (uncredited)
Liza Grant .... props (uncredited)
Michael B. Lewis .... set dresser (uncredited)
Ian O'Neill .... construction grip (uncredited)
Matt Stonish .... additional set dresser (uncredited)
Joseph Michael Tenga .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jamie Baker .... foley editor
Wade Barnett .... adr recordist
Jason Cole .... adr mixer assistant
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
Dan Guachione .... daily boom operator
Sherrell Hodges .... studio manager
Paul Hsu .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Hsu .... supervising sound editor
Jan Kasskawo .... adr mixer
Randy Kiss .... adr mixer
George A. Lara .... foley engineer
George Leong .... boom operator
Mark Levinson .... adr consultant
Marissa Littlefield .... adr editor
Travis MacKay .... adr mixer
Dennis McCormack .... adr mixer assistant
Branka Mrkic .... dialogue editor (as Branka Mrkic-Tana)
Beauxregard Neylon .... adr mixer
Igor Nikolic .... assistant sound editor
Mary Ellen Porto .... dialogue editor
Schavaria Reeves .... sound utility
William Sarokin .... sound mixer
Carlos Sotolongo .... adr mixer
Luciano Vignola .... assistant sound editor
James Nichols .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Shane Gross .... special effects coordinator (as Shane R. Gross)
Visual Effects by
Colleen Bachman .... visual effects producer: Look Effects
Brian Bautista .... visual effects artist: Look Effects
Manda Cheung .... digital artist: Look Effects
Leslie Chung .... digital artist: Look Effects
Michael Collins .... digital artist: Look Effects
Joseph DiValerio .... visual effects artist: Space Monkey
Matt Kushner .... visual effects artist
Uros Otasevic .... digital artist: Look Effects
Nathan Overstrom .... digital supervisor: Look Effects
Greg M. Silverman .... digital artist: Look Effects (as Greg Silverman)
David Wanger .... visual effects editor: Look Effects
Jeff Wozniak .... visual effects supervisor: Look Effects
Dave Zeevalk .... visual effects
Ross Newton .... on-screen graphics (uncredited)
Seth Andrew Bridges .... stunt performer (as Seth Bridges)
Scott Burik .... stunt performer
Mike Carew .... stunt performer
Blaise Corrigan .... stunt performer
William Cote .... stunt performer (as William Cote Kruschwitz)
Jodi Pynn Gabree .... stunt performer
James S. Gonzalez .... stunt performer (as James Gonzalez)
Stephen Izzi .... stunt performer
Pete Klein .... stunt performer (as Peter Klein)
Christopher Place .... stunt performer
Stephen A. Pope .... stunt coordinator (as Steohen Pope)
Nick Sassa .... stunt performer
Trampas Thompson .... stunt performer
Aaron Vexler .... stunt performer
Seth Andrew Bridges .... stunt double: Jason Bateman (uncredited)
William Cote .... stunt double: Frank Grillo (uncredited)
Pete Klein .... driving double: Alexander Skarsgard (uncredited)
Gwyneth E. Larsen .... stunt double: Andrea Riseborough (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Amber Barrera .... camera loader
Ruark Behan .... grip
Robert Bortner .... additional grip
Phil Bray .... still photographer
Keith Bunting .... dolly grip
Ian Clampett .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
John Coots .... rigging gaffer
Michael Dietz .... additional grip
Sami Drasin .... still photographer
Darren Frohlich .... best boy electric
John Halligan .... best boy grip
Christopher Heikel .... generator operator (as Chris Heikel)
Gary Isaacs .... digital imaging technician
Meg Kettell .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Max Macat .... additional loader
Joe Mellon .... grip (as Joseph Mellon)
William Newell .... gaffer
Francis Panuccio .... key rigging grip
Edward Richardson .... phantom technician
Michael Rudolph .... generator operator: basecamp (as Michael R. Rudolph)
Gerard Sava .... camera operator: "a" camera
Gerard Sava .... director of photography: second unit
Chris Silano .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Justin Situ .... electric
Chris Skutch .... key grip
Troy Sola .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Yoshi Sonoda .... best boy rigging electric
Michael Soulantzos .... best boy rigging grip
James Strosahl .... data manager
T. Ray Treece .... video assist (as T Ray Treece)
Joy Weber .... electric
Christopher Weck .... generator operator
Charlie Anderson .... red tech (uncredited)
Chad Brewer .... additional electrician (uncredited)
Chris Cochran .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Mark Cyr .... video/computer playback engineer (uncredited)
Andrew Engert .... electrician (uncredited)
Sean Feehan .... electrician (uncredited)
Quenell Jones .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Tony Lopez-Cepero .... electrician (uncredited)
William MacGhee .... electrician (uncredited)
Doug Meils .... video playback operator (uncredited)
John Oliveira .... grip (uncredited)
Tod Olivieri .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Matthew Passarelli .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Tim Wu .... camera loader (uncredited)
Deborah Zometa .... set electric (uncredited)
Casting Department
Erin Darke .... casting associate
Melissa DeLizia .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Dann Fink .... adr voice casting
Amhalise Morgan .... additional casting
Bruce Winant .... adr voice casting
Melcher Fabi .... extras casting (uncredited)
Akiko Shibata .... additional casting: New York (uncredited)
Joanna Vanadia .... background casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Natalie Arango .... costume supervisor
Katalina Iturralde .... set costumer
Courtney McClain .... assistant costume designer
Kate Quinlan .... additional set costumer
Alexandra Steinmetz .... costume department coordinator
Eric Dimitratos .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Tracy Nishimoto .... costumer (uncredited)
Matthew Simonelli .... shopper (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Brian Bautista .... apprentice editor
Julie Carr .... first assistant editor
Aliya Carter .... post-production coordinator
Don Ciana .... color timer
Gabriel Clermont .... editorial production assistant
John Como .... apprentice editor
Dario Di Vito .... post-production producer
Mindy Elliott .... first assistant editor
Daniel Evans .... editorial intern
Barbara Jean Kearney .... digital intermediate executive
Richie Roefaro .... post-production assistant
Tracey Soast .... digital intermediate producer
Corey Stewart .... digital intermediate engineer
Tim Stipan .... digital intermediate colorist
Salomé Stulberg .... post-production assistant (as Sally Stulberg)
Jessica Elvin .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
J.D. Funari .... trailer editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Elena Cheah .... musician: cello
Missy Cohen .... music editor
Falko Duczmal .... pro tools operator
Dave Foster .... music preparation
Henning Fuchs .... assistant to composer
Eva Hahn .... musician: violin
Arthur Hornig .... musician: cello
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Hannah Perowne .... musician: violin
Max Richter .... arranger
Max Richter .... score producer
Beth Rosenblatt .... music supervisor (as Beth Amy Rosenblatt)
Matthias Schneider .... score coordinator
Michael Schubert .... score mixer
Michael Schubert .... score recordist
Luke Turrell .... musician: viola
Dave Foster .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Dylan Neely .... assistant to music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Kevin Flynn .... transportation captain
Peter Krienbihl .... transportation co-captain (as Peter A. Kreinbihl)
Charles Hoffmann .... production driver (uncredited)
William MacCready .... production driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Arusha Baker .... production assistant
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
Adam Bennett .... studio teacher
Claudia Betancourt .... craft service: Martini Craft
Jasmina Bracic .... location production assistant (as Jasmina Bracic)
Karen Brady .... location scout
Ben Byland .... production assistant (as Benjamin J. Byland)
Blanca Camacho .... looper
Bridget Megan Clark .... looper
Rob Clifford .... office intern
Ben Columbus .... production assistant
Rachel M. Crane .... looper
Lyman Creason .... production secretary
Guido Criollo .... craft service: Martini Craft
Angela Cutrone .... production assistant
Robin D'Oench .... Assistant: Mickey Liddell
Robin D'Oench .... production assistant
Janna DeLury .... script and continuity supervisor
Eric Dimitratos .... production assistant
Samantha Kreitzer Dyer .... travel coordinator (as Samantha Kreitzer)
Mike Escobar .... stock footage provider (as Cpl. Mike Escobar)
Miguel A. Fernandez .... location assistant
Dann Fink .... looper
Andy Gilbert .... chef: Tribe Road Catering (as Andrew J Gilbert)
Damon Michael Gordon .... location manager (as Damon Gordon)
Jessica Grant .... looper
Thomas Gross .... unit production assistant
Erin Hallbauer .... assistant location manager
Robert Chris Hoffman .... production assistant
Sean Hogan .... production accountant
Brian Ketcham .... location assistant
Ella Lentini .... assistant: Mr. Rubin (as Antonella Lentini)
Christopher LeStrange .... location scout
Alex Lombardo .... assistant production coordinator
Ráchel Lowery .... production assistant (as Rachel E. Lowery)
Lincoln Major .... production assistant
Dan McCabe .... looper
Brandon McCaskill .... production assistant
Stefan Mentz .... assistant: Mr. Horberg
Liz Modena .... post-production accountant: Trevanna Post
Matthew Monaco .... first assistant accountant
Marisia Moreno .... production assistant (as Marisa Moreno)
Anne Nevin .... production coordinator
Eamon O'Sullivan .... production assistant
Benjamin Orozco .... second assistant accountant
Hyo Park .... location scout
Shareen Pena .... payroll accountant
Tinabeth Piña .... stand-in
Cesar Quinones .... location scout
Deborah Ricketts .... stock footage researcher
Armando Riesco .... looper
Allison Robin .... product placement coordinator
Luke Marcus Rosen .... looper
Rebecca Schwab .... script and continuity supervisor
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
Jose Tejada .... parking coordinator
Eric W. Thompson .... legal services: Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton
Samantha Treiber .... production assistant
Rachel Trombetta .... location coordinator
Anna Trumbo .... assistant: Mr. Horberg
Andrea Ulrich .... script and continuity supervisor (as Andrea J. Ulrich)
Jeremy Williamson .... location scout
Bruce Winant .... looper
Finise Avery .... stand-in (uncredited)
Pamela Bertini .... first assistant accountant: reshoots (uncredited)
Vinnet Bradshaw .... production assistant (uncredited)
Vince Brown .... production assistant (uncredited)
Lee Carlo .... production assistant (uncredited)
Aliya Carter .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Yara Caubet .... production assistant (uncredited)
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Morgan Collins .... production assistant (uncredited)
Julia Croon .... assistant script supervisor (uncredited)
Ben Hauck .... stand-in: Jason Bateman (uncredited)
Sebastian Jaramillo .... production assistant: reshoots (uncredited)
Larry Kaplan .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Bobby Kennedy .... key set production assistant: additional photography (uncredited)
Nicolas Luna .... production assistant (uncredited)
Katie Mariani .... coordinator: chat text graphics, Method Design (uncredited)
Dan Masciarelli .... producer: chat text graphics, Method Design (uncredited)
Mary Melendez .... production coordinator: chat text graphics: Method Design (uncredited)
Drew Ritson .... production assistant: additional photography (uncredited)
Michael Sausa .... associate creative director: main titles, Method Design (uncredited)
Owen Soba .... internet and computer investigations consultant (uncredited)
Steve Viola .... creative director: method design (uncredited)
Joshua Williams .... production assistant (uncredited)
Todd Adair .... special thanks
Rowena Arguelles .... special thanks
Michael Bloomberg .... the producers wish to thank
Dax Clark .... special thanks
Xavier Collin .... thanks
Melinda Conner .... special thanks
Vanessa Davis .... special thanks
David Dinerstein .... special thanks
Jacob Estes .... special thanks
Tom Greenberg .... special thanks
Lee Hilton .... special thanks
Susan Hilton .... special thanks
Scott Holroyd .... special thanks
Brigitte Lacombe .... special thanks
James Mangold .... special thanks
Lauren McClard .... special thanks
Casey McCowen .... special thanks
Amy McMahan .... special thanks
Sally Monroe .... special thanks
Wade Monroe .... special thanks
Katherine Oliver .... the producers wish to thank
Patrick Raymond .... special thanks
Will Ross .... special thanks
Andrew Sarris .... dedicatee
Matt Sartin .... special thanks
Nina Shaw .... special thanks
Pete Shilaimon .... special thanks
Josh Stewart .... special thanks
Kyle Villella .... special thanks
Andy Viner .... special thanks

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Rated R for sexual content, some graphic nudity, language, violence and drug use - some involving teens
115 min
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When Mike Dixon is looking through the Hull's pictures, there is a picture from Derek Hull's Marine days, which was clearly a photo of Alexander Skarsgård with former marine Eric Kocher while they were working on HBO's "Generation Kill" (2008). The photo after is also a picture of the cast of Generation Kill, and many of the actors from the show can be identified.See more »
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131 out of 161 people found the following review useful.
A powerful "ripped from the headlines" experience that packs an emotional wallop, 2 October 2012
Author: larry-411 from United States

The Internet has dramatically changed the world. That much we know. Our lives are better for it, on balance. But it's the other side of that scale, the harm caused by our web-connected lives, that is the weighty focus of "Disconnect." The damage that can be done, intentionally or not, has been well-documented. Writer Andrew Stern and director Henry Alex Rubin have selected several examples of the Internet age's unfortunate downside and crafted three compelling story lines, all based on actual cases. This common narrative structure will inevitably be called "Crash-like," but whether or not the stories connect isn't really the point of "Disconnect." The movie raises a danger sign that, if gone unheeded, will only result in more senseless tragedies -- countless lives ruined, innocent children lost -- and putting the spotlight on several unsuspecting victims of our Internet society makes for a powerful experience that packs an emotional wallop from opening credits to finale.

This is one of those films for which, as a non-spoiler reviewer, it's best for me to avoid the specifics of the script and who does what here. You'll have to discover that for yourself. But, needless to say, Disconnect is not the feel-good movie of the year. It's often sad and scary, dark and depressing at times, and knowing it's based on true stories makes it all the more devastating when we witness the consequences of our seemingly-innocuous actions when entering a chat room, looking for virtual companionship, playing a childish practical joke, or putting our personal information online.

Every actor in the huge ensemble cast, from adults to teens, is superb. Without giving away their exact roles, Jason Bateman does a dramatic star turn here as a caring father in an unfathomable situation. One of our most prolific and underrated actors, Bateman has appeared in 22 features since I began attending the Toronto Film Festival six years ago, including my fest faves "Juno" (Toronto 2007), "Up in the Air" (Toronto 2009), and "Paul" (SXSW 2011). As the commanding lead in one of Disconnect's three story lines, charismatic 23-year-old Max Thieriot dominates the screen in every scene he's in. Colin Ford (15 at the time) turns in one of the most heartwrenching youth performances I've seen in years as a typical mischievous youngster with a penchant for playing pranks. Other standouts include Paula Patton, Frank Grillo, Alexander Skarsgård, Jonah Bobo, Aviad Bernstein, Andrea Riseborough, and Hope Davis. All demonstrate a clear passion for the material and belief in Henry Alex Rubin's lofty vision. Your pulse should be checked if you don't shed a tear (or two, or more) during the viewing of this movie.

Production values are quite high for an independent film. Lighting subtly matches the tonal changes of each storyline. A warm color palette provides a soft amber glow around characters driven by affection. A family whose life is orderly and organized is bathed in white, with bright primary colors on flat surfaces with square geometric shapes and sharp angles. The milieu turns dark and shadowy as innocence turns to evil. Max Richter's haunting score similarly complements each disparate narrative as their respective characters are drawn deeper into the dilemmas they've created.

The cinematography is a character unto itself. Ken Seng's adept camera-work is consistently magnificent in its use of techniques like frame-within-a-frame, with shots peering through windows and doors as though we're voyeurs, faces often half obscured by laptops. Objects move in and out of frame, partially blocking our view, as though we're spying on the subjects. Point of view shots of computer and phone screens occupy much of the frame in many crucial scenes. The film is filled with such bold choices. All serve to enhance and echo the themes laid out by the broad premise of unintentional connections caused by the disconnect between our fingers on the keyboard and the humans at the other end.

Editor Lee Percy had the challenging task of making it all coherent. Knowing where and when to cut, whether or not to weave the stories together or keep them parallel, when to converge and diverge -- these are all crucial decisions that are key to the success of the project.

"Disconnect" sits near the top of all the pictures I've seen this year and is one of the few which prompted me to utter the word "masterpiece" quietly as the credits rolled. As one tends to have intense feelings about a film in its immediate afterglow, I often wait for the emotional excitement to die down before writing my review and assessing its impact. "Disconnect" haunted me throughout the rest of the festival and has continued to do so. Will a movie like this alter the way we interact with technology? Probably not. But one less life shattered will make it worth it.

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