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21 December 2011 (Sweden) See more »
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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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Rated R for disturbing violent and sexual content, nudity and language
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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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19 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Martha, Marcy May, and Marlene all caught between truth, sanity and madness, 12 November 2011
Author: napierslogs from Ontario, Canada

Martha (Elizabeth Olsen) is a character who has forgotten what it means to be normal. Marcy May is a character who has been taught to ignore social values and any definition of "normal." Martha and Marcy May is the same person and that's where the conflict lies. "Martha Marcy May Marlene" is a dramatic character study which edges towards psychological thriller.

Martha has run away from the hippie commune where she was living as Marcy May. She calls her sister. Lucy (Sarah Paulson) is worried but happy to help. With a good night's sleep, dinner and breakfast, and better clothes, Martha should be fine. But the longer she lives with her sister and brother-in-law (Hugh Dancy), the harder it is for her to separate memories from dreams, right from wrong, and good people from bad people.

Overall, the film is slow and silent, not usual traits for a psychological thriller. But concerns for Martha's mental health grow wildly. The character of Martha, Marcy May, and Marlene is just so endearing, she's somebody you want to care for. I'm not one for the hippie lifestyle or their false ideals (and I don't think the filmmaker is either) but Marcy May just embodied the innocence of it so beautifully. Olsen has this tender powerfulness that suited the character (or characters) perfectly; she made you hold on to her with her all-knowing eyes and earnest desire to understand who she is.

With a modest budget and a somewhat original way of showing madness mixing with sanity, shot and performed beautifully, "Martha Marcy May Marlene" should be in the running for all the major Independent Spirit Awards. As the first feature for both writer/director Sean Durkin and star Elizabeth Olsen, it certainly is a stunning debut.

Before you venture into the mind of "Martha Marcy May Marlene" I will leave you with a final thought. Marlene will not tell the truth; Martha doesn't tell the truth mostly because she can't because she doesn't know what it is anymore; Marcy May wants to tell the truth.

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