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Return -- A soldier returns to her family, friends, and old job after a tour of duty, though she finds herself struggling to find her place in her everyday life.


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A soldier returns to her family, friends, and old job after a tour of duty, though she finds herself struggling to find her place in her everyday life. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Linda Cardellini ... Kelli

Michael Shannon ... Mike

John Slattery ... Bud

Talia Balsam ... Julie

Paul Sparks ... Ed

Louisa Krause ... Shannon

Rosie Benton ... Brooke

James Murtaugh ... Mr. Miller

Bonnie Swencionis ... Cara Lee

Emma Rayne Lyle ... Jackie (as Emma Lyle)
Tabitha Depew ... Bree
Victoria Depew ... Bree

Wayne Pyle ... Franklin
Cheyenne Ruggiero ... Girl #1
Dana Chaifetz ... Avinelle (as Dannah Chaifetz)

Roetta Collins ... Clerk
Daniel Breen ... Cop
Chris Sager ... Cop

Linda Kutrubes ... Mom

Edward Crawford ... Travis

Robin Lord Taylor ... Vonnie (as Robin Taylor)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brooke Garfinkel ... Young Girl

Jonathan Tabler ... Daniel (as John Tabler)

Christopher Tighe ... Interrupted Customer

Rutanya Alda ... Mrs. Miller (uncredited)

Heidi K. Eklund ... Outdoor Party Guest (uncredited)
Diana Greenhut ... Store Customer (uncredited)

Brendan Griffin ... Steve (uncredited)
Jennifer Olivera ... Customer (uncredited)

Michael Power ... Traveler (uncredited)
Willoughby Pyle ... Outdoor Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Liza Johnson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Liza Johnson  written by

Produced by
Charlie Birns .... associate producer
Abigail Disney .... executive producer
Noah Harlan .... producer
Ben Howe .... producer
Liza Johnson .... producer
Aaron Levine .... co-producer
Amy Rapp .... executive producer
Meredith Vieira .... executive producer
Original Music by
T. Griffin 
Cinematography by
Anne Etheridge 
Film Editing by
Paul Zucker 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Paul Schnee 
Production Design by
Inbal Weinberg 
Art Direction by
Sara K. White  (as Sara White)
Costume Design by
Erika Munro 
Makeup Department
Amanda Bonfiglio .... key hmu
Christine Hooghuis .... assistant hmu
Amanda Korfine .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Aaron Levine .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anne Marie Dentici .... second assistant director
Bruce Hall .... first assistant director (as Bruce Edward Hall)
Art Department
Rachaell Dama .... set dresser
Phil Dorling .... leadman
Evan Fiddler .... property master
Alana Fitzgerald .... prop assistant
Janelle Jones .... set dresser
Jennifer Lamblase .... set dresser
Kaitlyn McInnes .... on-set dresser
Greg Meola .... key carpenter
Bridget Rafferty .... art department coordinator
Sound Department
Sean Canada .... post sound department
Melanie Coulther .... post sound department
Michael Gassert .... sound mixer
Eric Harding .... post sound department
Chen Harpaz .... sound designer
Chen Harpaz .... sound mixer
Hae Kyong Harpaz .... foley artist (as Hae K. Harpaz)
Justin Harrison .... additional sound mixer
Bill Lacey .... sound editor
Kyle Porter .... additional sound mixer
Keith Stanigar .... post sound department (as Keith Sraniger)
Visual Effects by
Christian Kontis .... digital restoration artist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Asbill .... set photographer
Clint Aylward .... grip and electrician intern
Christopher C. Bauer .... grip (as Chris Bauer)
Amanda Bruce Parker .... first assistant camera (as Amanda Bruce)
Wesley L. Carrier .... gaffer (as Wes Carrier)
Ramon Carty .... additional electrician
Patty Chang .... set photographer
Paul E. Chresomales .... grip
Geoffrey Frost .... second assistant camera (as Geoff Frost)
John Guillen .... grip
Alexa Harris .... additional key grip
Jeff Holman .... additional best boy grip
Robert Lau .... additional first assistant camera
Brooks Lockwood .... best boy electric
Jackson McCoy .... loader
Oliver Ogden .... grip
Marc Ohrem-Leclef .... set photographer
Jonathan E. Rotberg .... best boy grip
Warut Snidvongs .... additional loader
Kevin Stanton .... additional electrician
Vicki Stivala .... set photographer
Eric J. Williams .... key grip (as Eric Williams)
Casting Department
Rich Delia .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Allison Estrin .... casting associate: New York
Michael Fredlund .... casting assistant
Mark A. Gamma .... background casting: Newburgh Actors Studio (as Mark Gamma)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Katie Nolff .... wardrobe supervisor
Alicia Rafferty .... additional set costumer
Katie Jean Wall .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Charlie Birns .... post-production coordinator
Affonso Gonçalves .... addtional editor
Steve Jacks .... assistant editor
Jack Lewars .... digital intermediate colorist
David Scorca .... assistant editor
Matt Breitenbach .... digital intermediate assist (uncredited)
Molle DeBartolo .... digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
John Vladic .... colorist (uncredited)
Loretta Wallace .... post-production assistant: dailies (uncredited)
Location Management
Shannon Freeman .... locations intern
Berry Hatfield .... location manager
Christopher Williams .... assistant location manager
Hughroy Williams .... location manager
Music Department
T. Griffin .... musician: guitars, keyboard
T. Griffin .... score recordist
Matthew Hearon-Smith .... music coordinator (as Matt Smith)
Heather McIntosh .... musician: cello
Catherine McRae .... musician: violin
Joe Rudge .... music supervisor (as Joseph Rudge)
Other crew
Adam Appel .... set pa
Adam Appel .... set production assistant
Monica Baci .... assistant to executive producer
Teddy Blanks .... opening title designer: CHIPS
Amanda Brief .... extras coordinator
Brian Colucci .... set production assistant
Nicole Compas .... production counsel: Gray Krauss Des Rochers
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance research: IndieClear (as Carol Compton)
Anthony DiNoto .... office intern
Pete Donohue .... film runner (as Peter Donohue)
Katie Ennis .... set production assistant
Christopher Essey .... key production assistant (as Chris Essey)
Adam Gambrel .... set production assistant
Jonathan Gray .... production counsel: Gray Krauss Des Rochers
Deborah Hallett .... banking services
Evan Kenward .... script supervisor
Nyna Lyle .... assistant
Brady Murphy .... set production assistant
James Quicksell .... set production assistant
Chris Repetti .... set intern
Josh Sandler .... production counsel: Gray Krauss Des Rochers
Gary E Schreiber .... tax accountant
Adam Squires .... opening title designer: CHIPS
Hilary Stabb .... production counsel: Gray Krauss Des Rochers
Karl Sutherland .... production coordinator
Jake Teresi .... film runner
Keaton Weiss .... set production assistant
Justin Van Voorhis .... production assistant (uncredited)
Rutanya Alda .... thanks
Vin Di Bona .... thanks
Mark A. Gamma .... thanks (as Mark Gamma)
Tim Blake Nelson .... thanks
Ferne Pearlstein .... thanks
Chris J. Russo .... thanks (as Christine J. Russo)

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USA:97 min
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One character mentions Superman flying around the Earth to go back in time, an event depicted in Superman (1978) which featured the villain General Zod. Two years after co-starring in this film, Michael Shannon would go on to play General Zod in Man of Steel (2013).See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
One woman show from Freaks & Geeks star Linda Cardellini, 3 February 2013
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

A more or less unreleased little indie that, for the most part, is as generic as its forgettable title. However, it has one big thing going for it and that is the lead performance, from Freaks and Geeks star Linda Cardellini. While many of her co-stars on that one-season-wonder went on to become big stars, Cardellini has done so little. She was Velma in the Scooby Doo movies, for God's sake. She really knocks it out of the part here as a returning Iraq War veteran who can't re-adjust to normal life. Michael Shannon and John Slattery (of Mad Men fame) co-star, but neither has much to do. Cardellini owns every frame of the movie. The script is nothing special, but she makes it worthwhile. Certainly worth a look, especially if you loved Cardellini on Freaks and Geeks and want to see her shine.

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