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Writer:
Sean Durkin (written by)
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Release Date:
21 December 2011 (Sweden) See more »
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Plot:
Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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20 wins & 57 nominations See more »
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Tons of potential See more (174 total) »

Cast

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Elizabeth Olsen ... Martha

Christopher Abbott ... Max

Brady Corbet ... Watts

Hugh Dancy ... Ted

Maria Dizzia ... Katie

Julia Garner ... Sarah

John Hawkes ... Patrick

Louisa Krause ... Zoe

Sarah Paulson ... Lucy

Adam David Thompson ... Bartender (as Adam Thompson)

Allen McCullough ... Man in Home #2

Lauren Molina ... Cult Member
Louisa Braden Johnson ... Cult Member

Tobias Segal ... Cult Member

Gregg Burton ... Man in Home #1
Barbara Aragon ... Extra
Donald E. Benjamin ... Extra
Stacie A. Blaut ... Extra
Carole L. Brookman ... Extra
Heather Boyd ... Extra
Ellie Brooks ... Extra
Richard S. Clark Jr. ... Extra
Sal Crescitelli ... Extra
Josephine E. DeSimone ... Extra
Jarret Featherbay ... Extra
Jill Halpern Steingart ... Extra
Jonathan Huppke ... Extra
Louis H. Jawitz ... Extra
Fred A. Kahn ... Extra

Heather M. Kayal ... Extra (as Heather M. Kayak)
Jin Kyung Kim ... Extra
Ava K. Levy-Lynn ... Extra
Franco C. Lisacchi ... Extra
Nancy I. Mahoney ... Extra
Joanne McDonough ... Extra
John F. McDonough ... Extra
James P. Minoux ... Extra
Annette Nazari ... Extra
J. Clifford Noonan ... Extra
Claire Payevsky ... Extra
Dalton Powell ... Extra
Jackson Powell ... Extra
Peyton Powell ... Extra
Samantha Powell ... Extra
Christopher Roe ... Extra
Aziza O. Simpkins ... Extra
Judith M. Skordinski ... Extra
Jessica K. Smith ... Extra
Beth Stephens ... Extra
Jot Stephens ... Extra
Jennifer L. Vega ... Extra
Rahmel Thomas Walker ... Extra
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michael Chmiel ... Scruffy Man (uncredited)

Diana Masi ... Cult Member (uncredited)
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Directed by
Sean Durkin 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sean Durkin  written by

Produced by
Antonio Campos .... producer
Andrew Corkin .... co-producer (as Andrew D. Corkin)
Patrick Cunningham .... producer
Ted Hope .... executive producer
Saemi Kim .... executive producer
Saerom Kim .... executive producer
Chris Maybach .... producer
Josh Mond .... producer
Matt Palmieri .... executive producer
Brett Potter .... associate producer
Melody C. Roscher .... line producer (as Melody Roscher)
Alexander Schepsman .... executive producer
Brian Zeilinger .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Danny Bensi 
Saunder Jurriaans 
 
Cinematography by
Jody Lee Lipes 
 
Film Editing by
Zachary Stuart-Pontier  (as Zac Stuart-Pontier)
 
Casting by
Randi Glass 
Susan Shopmaker 
 
Production Design by
Chad Keith 
 
Art Direction by
Jonathan Guggenheim 
 
Costume Design by
David Tabbert 
 
Makeup Department
Jessica Kelleher .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Garrett P. Fennelly .... unit production manager (as Garrett Fennelly)
Susan Lazarus .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ramona Adair .... second assistant director
Tomas Deckaj .... first assistant director
Anne Marie Dentici .... second assistant director
Michele Erdman .... second second assistant director
Zachary Stuart-Pontier .... second unit director (as Zac Stuart-Pontier)
 
Art Department
Shawn Annabel .... property master
Yvette Granata .... set dresser
Esther Kim .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Coll Anderson .... sound re-recording mixer
Coll Anderson .... supervising sound editor
Micah Bloomberg .... production sound mixer
John Chiarolanzio .... assistant sound editor (as John Chirarolanzio)
Steve F.B. Smith .... sound consultant: Dolby
Matt Snedecor .... sound effects editor
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
David Tecson .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Chad Hessler .... stunt double: Hugh Dancy
Abby Nelson .... stunt double: Elizabeth Olsen
Kevin Rogers .... stunt double: Brady Corbet
Anthony Vincent .... stunt coordinator (as Tony Vincent)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Josh M. Allen .... gaffer (as Josh Allen)
Joe Anderson .... director of photography: second unit
Joe Anderson .... first assistant camera
Noah Chamis .... camera production assistant
Destin Douglas .... second assistant camera
Alexander Engel .... key grip
Josh Fordham .... best boy grip
David Gettens .... electric production assistant
Sarah Guenther .... underwater camera operator
Drew Innis .... still photographer
David Kavanaugh .... best boy electric
Burton May .... grip production assistant
Jeff Peixoto .... second assistant camera
Greta Zozula .... camera loader
Gustavo Brum .... epk cinematographer (uncredited)
Dave Han .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Tim Van Horn .... animator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dominic Andolina .... wardrobe assistant
Dorothy Barangan .... wardrobe assistant
Blake Glover .... assistant costume designer
Leslie Paddoll .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Amalia Bradstreet .... post-production assistant
Don Ciana .... color timer
Sam Daley .... colorist: dailies
Sam Daley .... digital intermediate colorist
Jessica Elvin .... digital intermediate editor
Barbara Jean Kearney .... digital intermediate account executive
Eric Leverenz .... digital imaging
D.C. Marcial .... assistant editor (as Dean C. Marcial)
Patrick McGuinn .... dailies project manager
Phil McLennan .... laboratory production manager
Bernadette Nieves .... film recording producer
Patrick Rossi .... film recording
Misako Shimizu .... assistant editor
Alessandro Soares .... film recording
Andrew Still .... digital intermediate data manager
Kevin Vale .... digital intermediate producer
Michael P. Whipple .... digital intermediate engineer
Victoria Anderson .... colorist assistant (uncredited)
Mark Reaser .... hd mastering (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Stephanie Clough .... chef assistant
Will Corkin .... production assistant
Amy Crowdis .... production coordinator
Grant Curatola .... location manager
Brendan Donohue .... production assistant
Pete Donohue .... production assistant (as Peter Donohue)
John William Donovan Corkin .... production assistant
Scott Helgert .... stand-in
Martin Jones .... legal services: Pryor Cashman
Zorinah Juan .... script supervisor
Wilder W. Knight II .... legal services: Pryor Cashman (as W. Wilder Knight II)
Katie Kramer .... key production assistant
Julianne Maiello .... assistant chef
Junior Mitil .... film runner (as Junior Mitel)
Matthew Snetzko .... production assistant
Lloyd Steele .... legal services: Pryor Cashman
Josh Stern .... assistant: Ted Hope
Peter Van Hyning .... chef assistant
Lee Walker .... production assistant
Amber Zeglen .... chef
Ian M. Stratford .... financial counsel (uncredited)
David Tecson .... title designer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Joan Darling .... special thanks
D.V. DeVincentis .... thanks
Raúl Esparza .... special thanks
Scott Frank .... thanks
Rose Ganguzza .... special thanks
John Gatins .... thanks
Gyula Gazdag .... special thanks
Lesli Linka Glatter .... special thanks
Ed Harris .... special thanks
Michael Hoffman .... thanks
Henry Joost .... thanks
Drew Kuhse .... thanks
Richard LaGravenese .... thanks
Doug McGrath .... special thanks
James Rasin .... thanks
Robert Redford .... special thanks
Ira Sachs .... thanks
Ariel Schulman .... thanks
Yaniv Schulman .... thanks (as Nev Schulman)
Brad Silberling .... special thanks
Dana Stevens .... thanks
Joan Tewkesbury .... special thanks
Alesia Weston .... thanks
Ben Younger .... thanks
Craig Zobel .... thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for disturbing violent and sexual content, nudity and language
Runtime:
102 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA15+ | Austria:16 | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Germany:16 | Ireland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:PG12 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #46820)

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Trivia:
Sean Durkin offered the role directly to Sarah Paulson, being s fan on her work on Studio 60.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Watts:[as Martha runs away] Marcy! Marcy May! Where ya goin'?
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18 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Tons of potential, 3 June 2012
Author: itamarscomix from Israel

I'm tempted to give Martha Marcy May Marlene a higher rating than it deserves for what it could have been, not for what it is. It boasts two young talents who are showing tons of potential - director Sean Durkin and lead actress Elizabeth Olsen; Olsen's performance is subtle and effective, and Durkin's directorial work creates a strong sense of atmosphere, which is aided by the superb cinematography of Jody Lee Lipes (who also had very little prior experience in feature length films). It's a film that looks and sounds great, but unfortunately it doesn't mesh into a satisfying experience.

It's probably because there's so much potential and so much to explore, and so little of it is actually brought to fruition, that I left the film with a bitter taste of a missed opportunity. The cult, for example, is fascinating, seductive and nightmarish, and John Hawkes delivers outstandingly, but on closer inspection it looks like a perfectly generic hippie cult of the classic Manson prototype, and we get no hints of what their philosophy actually is, or about the personalities of any of the members. The same goes for the relationship between Martha, her sister and her brother in law, and most of all the ending, which suggests some very interesting subjects which the rest of the movie doesn't really explore.

To be clear: I don't object to open endings or films that leave a lot of information out to allow viewer interpretation, but in this case I felt it was done as a cover up for lack of decision on Durkin's part - a flawed script that doesn't really feel complete. I'll definitely check out his work in the future, but this film isn't quite there yet.

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