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Janie Jones -- A young girl who has been abandoned by her former-groupie mother informs a fading rock star that she is his daughter.


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Writer (WGA):
David M. Rosenthal (written by)
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Two strangers. One family.
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Abigail Breslin ... Janie Jones

Alessandro Nivola ... Ethan Brand

Elisabeth Shue ... Mary Ann Jones

Brittany Snow ... Iris

Peter Stormare ... Sloan

Joel David Moore ... Dave (as Joel Moore)

Frances Fisher ... Lily Brand

Frank Whaley ... Chuck

Rodney Eastman ... Billy

David Lee Smith ... Officer Dickerson

Michael Panes ... Ulysses
Robert Goodwin ... Smoking Door Man
Guy Van Swearingen ... Gil

Adam Shalzi ... Creepy Goth Kid

Katie Rich ... Brassy Girl (as Katie Riccio)
Richard Cotovsky ... Club Manager

Douglas Tyler ... Good Ole Boy #1
Ed Flynn ... Good Ole Boy #2
Vincent Teninty ... Farm Boy

William Smillie ... Obnoxious Fan (as William S. Smillie)

Jessica Joy ... Girl #1

Kara Zediker ... Girl #2

Kris Wolff ... Jail Guard

John Turk ... Mullet Guy

Gene L. Hamilton ... Butler

Sam Thakur ... Stan

Julia Larson ... Fan

Hillary Watkins ... Waitress
Jonathan Altman ... Hooting Fan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy Baker ... Concert Patron (uncredited)

Holly Martin Baker ... Concert Patron (uncredited)
Samy Camara ... Groupie (uncredited)
Joseph Canales ... Punk Rocker #1 (uncredited)
Andrea Cunningham ... Groupie (uncredited)
Kate Fitzgerald ... Hotel Patron (uncredited)

Vanessa Giselle ... Girl In Audience (uncredited)
Steve Janousek ... Punk Rocker #2 (uncredited)
Derek F. Mahr ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Paul Perry ... Background (uncredited)

Aleksey Solodov ... Guy at the airport (uncredited)

James Stordahl ... BG (uncredited)
Joel Thingvall ... Promoter (uncredited)

Nick Toussaint ... KU Student (uncredited)

Directed by
David M. Rosenthal 
Writing credits
David M. Rosenthal (written by)

Produced by
Eric Bassett .... producer
Ann Dubinet .... co-producer
Aaron L. Gilbert .... executive producer
C. Steve Goldstein .... co-executive producer (as C. Steven Goldstein)
Ed Gundlach .... co-executive producer
Nick Guzzone .... executive producer
Keith Kjarval .... producer
Matt Luber .... executive producer
Ken Meyer .... executive producer
Julius Morck .... co-executive producer
Stian Morck .... co-executive producer
Lee Nelson .... executive producer
Kurt Rauer .... associate producer
Steven Ritchie .... line producer
Peter Roach .... executive producer
David M. Rosenthal .... executive producer
Ali Rounaghi .... co-executive producer
Ben Ruffman .... co-executive producer
Michael Schroeder .... associate producer
Jay Sedrish .... line producer
Rick Spalla .... co-producer
Keith Watkins .... executive producer
Original Music by
Eef Barzelay (score composed by)
Cinematography by
Anastas N. Michos (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Alan Heim 
Casting by
Shannon Makhanian 
Mickie Paskal 
Jennifer Rudnicke 
Production Design by
Stephen Altman 
Set Decoration by
Kat Wilson 
Costume Design by
Vanessa King 
Makeup Department
AnnaLisa Berglund .... assistant hair stylist
Latrice Edwards .... key makeup artist
Mary Kate Gales .... hair department head
Aimee Lippert-Bastian .... makeup department head
Production Management
Kevin Carraway .... production manager
Allan Hagan .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
W. Alex Korp .... first assistant director
Joe McDougall .... assistant director
Joe Moore .... second assistant director
Art Department
Jonathan Altman .... leadman
Brett Andrews .... property master
Daniella Greenberg .... art department coordinator
Caitlin B. Hall .... assistant property master
Ben Lowney .... property master
Andrea Metzler .... set dresser
Sound Department
Jeremy Brill .... boom operator
John Guentner .... foley mixer
Marti D. Humphrey .... sound re-recording mixer
David Kirschner .... sound mixer
Jon Locker .... extra sound
Perry Robertson .... supervising sound editor
Scott Sanders .... sound re-recording mixer
Scott Sanders .... supervising sound editor
Kevin Zimmerman .... first assistant sound editor
Visual Effects by
Tim Montijo .... senior digital effects artist
Jeremy Fitzgerald .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Darit Phoung Brown .... grip
Alex Bushe .... digital media technician
Justin McAleece .... first assistant camera
Casey McClurken .... best boy electric
Mike Pisani .... grip
Kevin Pittman .... dolly grip
Spencer M. Rohan .... key grip
Anthony Schrader .... electrician
Addae Shelby .... best boy grip
Andrew Shoemaker .... electrician
Andrew Shoemaker .... grip
Justin Thaler .... camera car operator
Christopher Vinopal .... gaffer (as Chris Vinopal)
Dean Williams .... still photographer
Dean Williams .... still photographer
David Williamson .... key grip: Chicago
Casting Department
Josh Breit .... casting associate
Bill Marinella .... extras casting
Robert James Monk .... extras casting assistant
Melissa Pryor .... casting associate
Jamie Stires .... casting associate
Kelli Jo Sweeney .... extras casting coordinator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alyssa Shipley .... key costumer
Amanda Vinopal .... costume supervisor (as Amanda Scholl)
Editorial Department
Alex Bushe .... second assistant editor
Danny Rafic .... first assistant editor
Tim Stipan .... digital intermediate colorist
Kevin Vale .... digital intermediate producer
Michael P. Whipple .... digital intermediate engineer
Robert Grigsby Wilson .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Liz Gallacher .... music supervisor
Gemma Hayes .... original songs
Rachel Komar .... additional music supervision
Chris Seefried .... music sound engineer
Other crew
Darit Phoung Brown .... production intern
Joseph Canales .... stand-in: Creepy Goth Kid
Joe Cappelletti .... adr voice director
Sandra Christian .... production liason
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
Tecia Esposito .... script supervisor
Pamela Garrett .... key production accountant
Stephanie Gonzalez .... production assistant
Allan Hagan .... production coordinator
Vanessa Hansen .... production assistant
Asa Hope .... stand-in: Abigail Breslin
Nicholas Jamison .... location manager
Mela Lee .... adr voice artist
Vinh Lu .... location manager: Chicago
Darcy Lueking .... base camp production assistant
Sean Lynn .... chef
Ken Meyer .... legal services
Ann Marie Moreno .... production assistant
William Santor .... financing
Gary Michael Schultz .... production staff
Stephanie Sessions .... production assistant
Jeremy Ray Smolik .... stand-in: Males (as Jeremy Ray)

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USA:114 min
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The film's dedication is "For Julia", who is director's David M. Rosenthal real daughter and his assistant director for this film. They first met when he was 30 and she was 11.See more »
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17 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
An Old Song Re-Sung - by a very talented cast!, 9 November 2011
Author: gradyharp from United States

The plot line of JANIE JONES has been used many times before - estranged child forced to live with runaway parent provides growth for both - but this story is apparently based on a true incident and perhaps that is one of the reasons it becomes rather endearing. Written and directed by David Rosenthal this somewhat overly long film works well and that is in no small art due to the sensitive casting.

Tattooed, alcoholic, almost has been rock and roll performer Ethan (Alessandro Nivola) tours with a mediocre band headed by manager Sloan (Peter Stormare) who somehow manages to keep things together for the band - Dave (Joel David Moore), singer and Ethan's girl friend Iris (Britanny Snow), Chuck (Frank Whaley), and Ulysses (Michael Panes). The band has been together for years and now is forced to play the sleazy nightclubs who will book second rate acts. Into this worn down group comes a surprise - Ethan's old squeeze Mary Ann Jones (Elisabeth Shue) whom Ethan hasn't seen for 13 years arrives on the scene with Ethan's 13- year-old daughter Janie Jones (Abigail Breslin). Ethan doesn't even remember Mary And nor does he buy the fact that he fathered a child, but Mary Ann has the birth certificate to prove it: Mary Ann is drug addict and can no longer care for Janie while she attempts to dry out so she literally dumps Janie with the reluctant Ethan and disappears. The remainder of the film is a struggle Ethan has at being unable to cope with life in general, the disbanding of the band because of Ethan's sociopathic behavior, Ethan's arrest and Janie's method of bailing him out when no one else will, falling downhill as a musician, and coping with the fact that Janie is around. The gradual interaction between Ethan and Janie demonstrates the difficulties of father-daughter bonding, but it also awakens in each of them the concept of being noticed, needed, and loved.

Both Alessandro Nivola (one of our finest actors today) and Abigail Breslin bring a depth of acting skills to these rolls. They are wholly credible and have our hearts all the way through. The smaller roles (including Frances Farmer as Ethan's wealthy mother form whom he is able to get funding because of Janie's presence as her granddaughter) are well written and beautifully acted. The film relies a lot on music and Nivola and Breslin sing and pay their own musical contributions. Yes the story may be tattered from over use, but the strength of the film is well worth the viewer's interest and time. Grady Harp, November 11

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