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Detachment -- A Tribeca Film. Adrien Brody (in his most acclaimed performance since THE PIANIST), Marcia Gay Harden & Christina Hendricks star in this award-winning drama about teachers and students in a troubled high school. From the director of AMERICAN HISTORY X.
Detachment -- A chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students as seen through the eyes of a substitute teacher
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A substitute teacher who drifts from classroom to classroom finds a connection to the students and teachers during his latest assignment. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Adrien Brody ... Henry Barthes

Marcia Gay Harden ... Principal Carol Dearden

James Caan ... Mr. Charles Seaboldt

Christina Hendricks ... Ms. Sarah Madison

Lucy Liu ... Dr. Doris Parker

Blythe Danner ... Ms. Perkins

Tim Blake Nelson ... Mr. Wiatt

William Petersen ... Mr. Sarge Kepler

Bryan Cranston ... Mr. Dearden

Sami Gayle ... Erica
Betty Kaye ... Meredith

Louis Zorich ... Grampa

Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... Mr. Mathias

Chris Papavasiliou ... Dr. Hart

Kwoade Cross ... Andy
David Hausen ... Angry Dad

Roslyn Ruff ... Angry Mother

Jerry Walsh ... Cafateria Worker

John Cenatiempo ... Male Child Services Worker

Brenda Pressley ... Female Child Services Worker

Tiffani Holland ... Cindy

Lucian Maisel ... David

Alex Boniello ... Dennis

Celia Au ... Ellen (as Sze Ming Au)

Mary Joy ... Female Orderly
Michael Hammond ... Frank

Ronen Rubinstein ... Gangsta

Al Calderon ... George

Brennan Brown ... Greg Raymond

Celia Schaefer ... Gretchen from the Free Clinic

Reagan Leonard ... Patricia Barthes
Tarikk Mudu ... Jerry

Kevin T. Collins ... John in Apartment

Stephen Payne ... John on Bus
James Hosey ... Kenny
Michael Kaufman ... Kid in Henry's Class
Nancy Rodriguez ... Lupe
Justin Campbell ... Male Orderly

Aaron Sauter ... Marcus

Josh Pais ... Meredith's Father

Renée Felice Smith ... Missy

Doug E. Doug ... Mr. Norris

Rebecka Ray ... Mrs. Wiatt

Patricia Rae ... Ms. Estrada
Mama Kohn ... Prep Club Girl #1

Corwin C. Tuggles ... Ricky
Lonon Jay Wilson ... School Cop

Samantha Logan ... Spitting Daughter (as Samantha Jade Logan)

Ralph Rodriguez ... Student #23

Annabel Barrett ... Student #4
April Maxey ... Tanya
Amber Vanterpool ... Tina
Eli Massillon ... Tony
Alsharik Sejour ... Tutored Kid
Jonathan Hudson ... Wiatt's Son
Elvis Muccino ... Young Henry
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jeremy McLain ... Teacher (uncredited)

Susan Neuffer ... Marriage Counselor (uncredited)

Directed by
Tony Kaye 
Writing credits
Carl Lund (written by)

Produced by
Adrien Brody .... executive producer
Marco Frigeri .... co-executive producer
Bingo Gubelmann .... producer
David Hausen .... second unit producer: Los Angeles
Benji Kohn .... producer
Andre Laport .... executive producer
Carl Lund .... producer
Chris Papavasiliou .... producer
Greg Shapiro .... producer
Austin Stark .... producer
Peter Sterling .... executive producer
Original Music by
The Newton Brothers 
Cinematography by
Tony Kaye 
Film Editing by
Michelle Botticelli (co-editor)
Barry Alexander Brown 
Geoffrey Richman 
Casting by
Jessica Kelly 
Beth Melsky 
Suzanne Smith 
Production Design by
Jade Healy 
Set Decoration by
Candice Cardasis 
Mary Prlain (head set decorator)
Costume Design by
Wendy Schecter 
Makeup Department
Emily Ansel .... additional makeup artist
Mary Cooke .... hair department head
Ashley Fox .... makeup department head
Iliana Palacios .... makeup department intern
Jovan Vitagliano .... key hair stylist
Nicole Wodowski .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Jonathan Ferrantelli .... post-production supervisor
Michael Sledd .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charlie Foster .... first assistant director
Brian Kenyon .... second assistant director
Jeremy Marks .... second second assistant director
Greg Staley .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Jeremy L. Balon .... property master
Jyota Bertrang .... leadman set dresser
Mike Biskupski .... on-set dresser
Todd Detwiler .... graphics
Sound Department
Leslie Bloome .... foley artist (as Leslie Bloom)
Eric Di Stefano .... sound designer
Eric Di Stefano .... sound effects editor
Dann Fink .... adr voice casting
Jack Hutson .... production sound mixer
Thomas W. Jordan .... boom operator
Christopher Koch .... sound re-recording mixer
Christopher Koch .... supervising sound editor
Randy Matuszewski .... sound designer
Randy Matuszewski .... sound effects editor
Carl Shillito .... foley mixer
Peter Alexander Zachos .... sound re-recording mixer
Mike Biskupski .... stunt driver
Jared Burke .... stunts
Samantha MacIvor .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Libby Cassinelli .... loader (as Elizabeth Casinelli)
Katie Dainson .... first assistant camera
Keith Gordon .... key grip
Nick Hopkins .... best boy grip
David Isern .... steadicam operator
Matthew Jacobs .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Keith McNicholas .... gaffer
Matt Mulcahey .... camera intern
Mike Panczenko Jr. .... second assistant camera: second unit
Daniel D. Sariano .... first assistant camera: second unit
Carissa Spatcher .... dolly grip
Justin Lee Stanley .... gaffer: selected scenes
Animation Department
Rebecca Foster .... animator: blackboard
Casting Department
Laura Richard .... casting associate
Stephanie R. Hunter .... extras casting associate (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Jake Caffera .... colorist: dailies
Emma Gencarelli .... post-production coordinator
Jazz Goddard .... assistant editor
Elan Golod .... assistant editor
Robert Judge .... digital intermediate editor
Scot Olive .... digital intermediate colorist
Tim Sherry .... additional editor
Robert Wedge .... assistant editor
Noah Berlow .... additional editing (uncredited)
Joshua David McLerran .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Music Department
Michael Brake .... temp music editor
Taylor Eigsti .... composer: additional music
Andrew Gowan .... music supervisor
Maarten Hofmeijer .... temp music editor
The Newton Brothers .... ambient music designer
The Newton Brothers .... conductor
The Newton Brothers .... guitar
The Newton Brothers .... orchestrator
The Newton Brothers .... piano
Clémence Stoloff .... music editor
Other crew
Kyle Behling .... assistant to director
Gary Berard .... stand-in: Adrien Brody
Jeffrey A. Brown .... location manager
Nugent Cantileno .... production assistant
Shai Casey .... assistant to producers
Chad Cohen .... insurance broker
John 'JR' Craigmile .... post accountant
Alexandra C. Curran .... office/set intern
Danielle Davis .... craft service
Alex Dorman .... production assistant
David Hsu .... paperwork production assistant
Kerri Hundley .... assistant: Peter Sterling
Barrett Johnston .... production assistant
Taylor Keyes .... production staff
Joe Landry .... set production assistant
Sara Lane .... production accountant
Liz Magee .... key set production assistant
Francesco Marchione .... production assistant
Erel Pilo .... assistant to producer
Stacy Rowe .... script supervisor
Teddy Schenck .... assistant location manager
Maura Trail .... production secretary
Christopher Tricarico .... production lawyer
Lior Vardi .... production coordinator
Chris Viemeister .... background production assistant
Jimmy Balodimas .... special thanks
Sarah Clossey .... special thanks
Theo Del Conte .... special thanks
Leonardo DiCaprio .... special thanks
Bob Dylan .... special thanks
Jesse Dylan .... special thanks
Evangelos Giovanis .... special thanks
George Giovanis .... special thanks
Alison-Eve Hammersley .... special thanks (as Alison Hammersley)
Rupert Hope .... special thanks
Sean T. Lamb .... special thanks
Jamie Sheib .... special thanks
George Elias Stephanopoulos .... special thanks
Bryan Weiss .... special thanks

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98 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Betty Kaye, who's acting Meredith, is a daughter of the director of this film (Tony Kaye).See more »
Continuity: In the morning of Erica's first stay in Henry's flat, we see Henry on the roof wearing the ring which Erica will give him days later as a present.See more »
Henry Barthes:We have such a responsibility to guide our young so that they don't end up falling apart, falling by the wayside, becoming insignificant.See more »
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39 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
ubiquitous assimilation!!, 29 February 2012
Author: Binoy Santhakumar (bonzybino) from India

Detachment is a dark movie which everyone can relate with, the solitariness, the cynicism, the despair and the darker shades of our lives which we cover with many other things. It doesn't end on a good note unlike the common genre movies - it could have easily drifted that way to be more appealing. But then who's gonna live happily forever!!

Though the education system and the schools and the students ain't that evil and rotten the way its shown in the movie, it does pose many a question, the dubious system in which everything goes on without a point. The miserable life of teachers were beautifully shown, yes they do go through worse situations. Adrien Brody does something meaty after pianist as the cool, composed and ailing substitute teacher. The climax was so dramatic and metaphorical, the background score adds value to the visual richness.

The screenplay is too dark at times, the lighter moments and the virtuous elements highly underplayed though it saves the movie many a time from drowning. I loved the way the narration takes us through, we feel the pain the characters are going through. Wish had it been lighter in content with some thing which kindled a ray of virtue somewhere, Alas! but that's the way it is..

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