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Chris Evans ... Mike Weiss

Mark Kassen ... Paul Danziger
Marshall Bell ... Jeffrey Dancort

Brett Cullen ... Nathaniel Price

Jesse L. Martin ... Daryl King

Vinessa Shaw ... Nurse Vicky Rogers

Roxanna Hope ... Sylvia

Michael Biehn ... Red

Kate Burton ... Senator O'Reilly

Erinn Allison ... Kim Danziger
Tess Parker ... Jaime Weiss
Justin Anderson ... Skateboard Kid
Jack Lee ... Mr. Clean
Brittney Karbowski ... Suzie / Blonde Student
Mark Lanier ... Mark Lanier
Danae Ayala ... Nicole Morris
Troy Hogan ... Nurse Pete Downing

Claire Risoli ... Nurse Karen Baker

Jennifer Blanc ... Stephany

Matt Hill ... Street Dealer
Phil Fisher ... Bartender

Austin Stowell ... E.R. Medic

Amelia Jeffries ... Rita King

Shelley Calene-Black ... Hospital Administrator 2

David Maldonado ... E.R. Doctor

Craig Nigh ... Senator's Chief Aide
Linda Lorelle Gregory ... Denise Starks

Sammy DeSilva ... Neck Brace (as Samuel Romero)
Anthony Solomon ... Thug
Bo Johnson ... Fire Chief

Davi Jay ... E.M.S. Captain

Cheryl Tanner ... E.R. Doctor
Susan O'Rourke ... News Reporter

Bob Boudreaux ... Network Reporter

Deanna Brochin ... Tiffany

David Born ... Judge Black
Patrick Henning ... Court Clerk
Barry Stiles ... Shipping Manager

Julin ... Candy (as Julin Jean)
Katie Stuckey ... Nurse
Bill Ross ... Dan Jones
Jim Lawrence ... Purchasing Officer

Shondra Marie ... Administrator - Pink Blouse

Werner Richmond ... Hospital Administrator 2

Adam Kassen ... Young Doctor
Ruth Garcia ... Pierced Mexican Woman
Pineapple Tangaroa ... Large Samoan
Luke Waterston ... David - 6 yrs (as Luke Waterson)
Sophia Boisvert ... Kia - 9 yrs

Paris Smith ... Kia - 12
Max Maisonneuve ... David - 9
Weldon Renfro ... Shoeshine Guy
Steve Garris ... Waiter
Marty Fleck ... Well-Dressed Lawyer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rick Alfred ... Businessman / Shoe Shine Patron (uncredited)

Travis Ammons ... PCP Addict (uncredited)

Candice Michele Barley ... Defense Paralegal (uncredited)

Charlotte Biggs ... Gallery Member (uncredited)

Kelly Byrns ... Grieving Co-worker (uncredited)
Stephen Charba ... Husband at funeral wake (uncredited)

George Cisneros ... Nurse (uncredited)

Stephon Davis ... Lead Attorney for Nathaniel Price's Law Firm (uncredited)
Steven Dziobak ... VIP Correspondent (uncredited)

AnnMarie Giaquinto ... Doctor (uncredited)
Ra-Ana Gilani ... Law client with bandage (uncredited)

Kevin A. Green ... Juror (uncredited)
Debbie Haber ... Mrs. Dancort (uncredited)

Clint Hansen ... Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
Matthew Hoang ... Street Kid (uncredited)

Marc Isaacs ... Client (uncredited)

Kasey James ... Club Waiter (uncredited)

Jennifer Joseph ... Shower Guest (uncredited)

Jonathan D. Karpicke ... Court Gallery Viewer (uncredited)
Jeremiah Kliesing ... Action 7 News Cameraman (uncredited)
Josie Kline ... Investor (uncredited)

Brenda Kuciemba ... Grieving Co-Worker (uncredited)
Jerry Mason ... Investor (uncredited)

Sam Medina ... Street Kid (uncredited)

Jake Messinger ... Doctor (uncredited)
Earl Nottingham ... Medical Supply Buyer (uncredited)

Regina Ohashi ... Nurse (uncredited)

Maria Ruiz ... Patron (uncredited)
Patricia M. Sanders ... Extra (uncredited)
Chuck Savage ... Price Attorney (uncredited)
David Sharp ... Nurse (uncredited)
Morgane Slemp ... Nurse (uncredited)
Lauren Sullivan ... Extra (uncredited)

Marilyn Swick ... Health Fair Vendor (uncredited)

Michael Wayne Thomas ... Reporter (uncredited)

Matt Tramel ... Paralegal (uncredited)
Georgette Trevino ... Nurse (uncredited)
Lynne Upchurch ... Judge (uncredited)
Montgomery Wade ... Jury Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Adam Kassen 
Mark Kassen 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Danziger  story
Chris Lopata  written by
Ela Thier  story

Produced by
Craig Cohen .... executive producer
Paul Danziger .... executive producer
Rod De Llano .... executive producer
Jordan Foley .... co-producer
Joan Huang .... executive producer
Adam Kassen .... producer
Mark Kassen .... producer
Michael Risoli .... associate producer
Ela Thier .... co-producer
Original Music by
Ryan Ross Smith 
Cinematography by
Helge Gerull 
Film Editing by
Chip Smith 
Casting by
Nicole Daniels 
Rachel Flanagan 
Courtney Sheinin 
Fiona Weir 
Production Design by
Christopher Stull 
Art Direction by
Yvonne Boudreaux 
Set Decoration by
Bart Brown 
Costume Design by
Kari Perkins 
Makeup Department
Elisabeth Fry .... makeup department head
Kathy Miller .... hair stylist
Brandie Seifert .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Dominic Cancilla .... unit production manager
Erin Charles .... production supervisor
Jonathan Ferrantelli .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kayse Goodell .... second assistant director
Valerie Johnson .... second second assistant director
Michael Risoli .... first assistant director
Art Department
Chris Clayton .... property master
Debbie Cortez Haber .... art department coordinator
Christa del Castillo .... art department assistant
Benny S. Kenny .... set buyer
Sound Department
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Lawrence Herman .... foley editor
James Hicken .... sound editor
Dan Korintus .... dialogue editor
George A. Lara .... foley supervising mixer
Eric Milano .... supervising sound editor
Tom Paul .... sound re-recording mixer
Jonathan Rimas .... adr mixer
Adam Risner .... boom operator
J.R. Rodriguez .... sound mixer
Scott Szabo .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Andrew J. Bly .... visual effects producer
Luis de Leon .... visual effects supervisor
Luke DiTommaso .... visual effects supervisor
Chris Healer .... visual effects supervisor
Franz Kol .... digital compositor
Lenz Kol .... digital compositor
Ted Markovic .... visual effects producer
Adam Schwartz .... digital compositor
Jesse Spielman .... digital compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Murray K. Campbell .... grip
Justin DeGuire .... assistant camera
Janet Jensen .... gaffer
Travis Kerschen .... lighting technician
Justin Kling .... second assistant camera
Chris Lovely .... electrician
Phillip Renke .... best boy grip
Justin Seyb .... electrician
Pete Stockton .... key grip
Casting Department
Nicole Daniels .... casting department
Joe Grisaffi .... extras casting
Courtney Sheinin .... casting department
Fiona Weir .... casting department
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rona Lamont .... costume supervisor
Eva Prappas .... set costumer
Elisabeth Young .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Eun-Duk Cho .... assistant editor
Molle DeBartolo .... digital intermediate project manager
Joe Gawler .... digital intermediate colorist
Darrell R. Smith .... digital intermediate supervising producer
Music Department
Jim Black .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Charles Coulter .... transportation captain (as Charlie Coulter)
Marti Wells .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Craig Busch .... location manager
Shaun Cain .... accounting assistant
Chad Cohen .... insurance
Caroline Connor .... production coordinator
Virginia Díaz .... assistant location manager
Vanessa Gaitan .... production assistant
Trevor George-Fowler .... animal trainer
Adrian Hattingh .... digital imaging technician
Rick Hoffman .... production assistant
Case Johnson .... production assistant
Lorie Kapila .... script supervisor daily
Ryan Kirk .... production assistant
K. Lynn Martin .... script supervisor
Ruth Abigail Rodriguez .... medical tech
David Sharp .... stand-in
Dee Stippick .... craft service
Ryan H. Stowell .... assistant: directors
Michael Wayne Thomas .... stand-in
Matt Tramel .... stand-in
James Wetuski .... stand-in
Pamela Williamson .... production accountant
Derek Yip .... post production accountant
Alfred Cervantes .... special thanks
Dmitry Gliot .... very special thanks
Charlie Jennings .... special thanks

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Rated R for drug use, language, some nudity and a sexual reference
USA:100 min (Tribeca Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

This movie is based on a true story and had the blessing of real-life Weiss and Danziger. Weiss and Danzinger had been approached by an inventor having trouble selling a safety syringe developed to protect health care workers from accidentally being infected by dirty needles due to a major industry needle maker and hospital group purchasing organizations pushing back against the introduction of the new, safer syringes.See more »
Anachronisms: When they leave the nurse's house after the first interview, there is a blue Chevy pick-up at the intersection that is at least a 2010 model.See more »
Nathaniel Price:Nothing happened, Big Tobacco got a spanking, a slap on the wrist and went right back to business as usual.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Law & Order" (1990)See more »
Southside Of HeavenSee more »


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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Corporate Malfeasance and Public Health Issues, 5 January 2012
Author: gradyharp from United States

PUNCTURE is an apt title for this movie, a true story that pokes a hole in the corporate and governmental greed that endangers public health, and a story about the lawyer who despite poking holes in his veins as a drug addict brought to the attention of the public a safety problem of overwhelming significance. It is tautly written by Paul Danziger (a character in the story), Ela Their and Chris Lopata and directed by Adam and Mark Kassen. It is an important film for public viewing and knowledge and awareness.

Opening this true story with a young nurse mother Vicky Rogers (Vinessa Shaw) departing for work at the hospital we witness her accidental stabbing herself with a needle while trying to calm a boisterous patient. Fast forward a few years later and we meet two law partners - Mike Weiss (Chris Evans, brilliant in a demanding role and boasting one of the most impressive physiques in cinema!) and Paul Danziger (Mark Kassen) - both seemingly committed to idealistic cases but bogged down in the routine accident settlement cases to make a living. Enter Vicky Rogers, now with full blown AIDS she contracted form the needle puncture we observed and asking Mike and Paul to take on a case of making the hospitals across the country aware of a retractable safety needle invented by engineer Jeffrey Matthew Dancort (Marshall Bell), who owns the Safety Point Company, but is unable to sell his product to any hospital from the United Medical group, apart from San Antonio Memorial. Mike and Paul are committed to Vicky and the cause and take the case on, only to be blindsided by hospital purchasing agents who want to save the hospital money and not buy the slightly more expensive safety needle. As the young men take on the horrors of the case they encounter the powerhouse lawyer Nathaniel Price (Brett Cullen) who represents the stonewall of United Medical. The money in the office of the young lawyers runs out and Paul wants to pass the case on to another law group, but Mike wants to keep the case, gathers mountains of evidence to prove that hospitals and supply companies are preventing the distribution and sales of the safety needle. He even gains the support of Senator O'Reilly (Kate Burton) until she withdraws her support as United Medical makes a huge contribution to her campaign!

Complicating the tense story is the fact that Mike is addicted to cocaine, pain pills and heroin and his addiction is constantly resulting in his being late and missing deadlines. At the point where Mike decides to give in despite his idealistic motives to win the case the story ends with a staggering reality. The results of the story are given on the screen before the credits role.

This is a very strong story, well directed an written, and in many ways due to the bravura performance of Chris Evans drives home some realities we all need to acknowledge: money and greed speak louder than patient and hospital staff safety. Food for thought.

Grady Harp

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