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How to Die in Oregon -- Winner of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Award, How to Die in Oregon explores the state's historic and controversial Death with Dignity Act, which legalizes physician aid-in-dying for terminally ill patients.


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  (in credits order)
Harry Bruton ... Himself
Ray Carnay ... Himself
Cody Curtis ... Herself
Paul Darley ... Himself
Glenn Elfman ... Himself
Ginny Foster ... Herself
Elaine Gallegos ... Herself
Gordon Green ... Himself
Gene Mauldin ... Himself
Randy Niedzielski ... Himself
Adelle Remz ... Herself
Roger Sanger ... Himself
Peter Scott ... Himself
Dave Sheckler ... Himself
Shirley Lang ... Herself
Randy Stroup ... Himself
Stan Curtis ... Himself
Jill Curtis ... Herself
Thomas T. Curtis ... Himself
Linda Darley ... Herself
Donna Depee ... Herself
Linda Elfman ... Herself
Lois Foster ... Herself
Steve Gallegos ... Himself
Bonnie Kory ... Herself
Nancy Niedzielski ... Herself
Bernie Nolan ... Himself
Hal Remz ... Himself
Gail Scott ... Herself

Directed by
Peter Richardson  (as Peter D. Richardson)
Produced by
Jordan Curnes .... associate producer
Jacqueline Glover .... supervising producer: Home Box Office
Sophie Harris .... associate producer
Melody Korenbrot .... executive producer
Sheila Nevins .... executive producer: Home Box Office
Peter Richardson .... producer (as Peter D. Richardson)
Original Music by
Max Richter 
Cinematography by
Peter Richardson  (as Peter D. Richardson)
Film Editing by
Peter Richardson  (as Peter D. Richardson)
Greg Snider 
Production Management
Chris Noviello .... post-production supervisor (as Christopher Noviello)
Sound Department
Lance Limbocker .... sound designer
Visual Effects by
Jalal Jemison .... digital effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael A. Brown .... additional camera
Angie Nomie .... additional camera
Editorial Department
James Allen .... additional editor
Geof Bartz .... consulting editor: Home Box Office
Sophie Harris .... assistant editor
Owen Holdren .... digital intermediate technician
Beau Leon .... colorist
Jonathan Liebert .... digital cinema mastering
Susan Martin .... assistant editor
Slater Dixon .... on-line editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Lisa Callif .... legal services
Jonathan Gray .... legal services
Evan Krauss .... legal services
Denise Schantzen .... transcriptions
Harry Bruton .... dedicatee
Ray Carnay .... dedicatee
Cody Curtis .... dedicatee
Jill Curtis .... very special thanks
Stan Curtis .... very special thanks
Thomas T. Curtis .... very special thanks
Liinda Darley .... very special thanks
Paul Darley .... dedicatee
Donna Depee .... very special thanks
Glenn Elfman .... dedicatee
Linda Elfman .... very special thanks
Ginny Foster .... dedicatee
Lois Foster .... very special thanks
Elaine Gallegos .... dedicatee
Steve Gallegos .... very special thanks
Gordon Green .... dedicatee
Bonnie Kory .... very special thanks
Shirley Lang .... dedicatee
Gene Mauldin .... dedicatee
Nancy Niedzielski .... very special thanks
Randy Niedzielski .... dedicatee
Bernie Nolan .... very special thanks
Adelle Remz .... dedicatee
Hal Remz .... very special thanks
Roger Sagner .... dedicatee
Gail Scott .... very special thanks
Peter Scott .... dedicatee
Dave Sheckler .... dedicatee
Randy Stroup .... dedicatee

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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Hard to Watch But Impossible to Forget, 2 November 2011
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

How to Die in Oregon (2011)

**** (out of 4)

This emotionally draining documentary talks about the 1994 Death with Dignity law that was passed in Oregon, which allows people the choice to pick when they want to die. The documentary talks with several people who have decided to share their stories, which has most of them dealing with a terminal illness that has no cure. The question becomes if they want to spend the last few months of their lives in pain or if they would prefer to end their lives through physician-assisted suicide. The topic of this has been a hot debate item for a very long time but thankfully director Peter Richardson doesn't try to turn this film into some sort of political debate. I think the film is a very honest and open look at all sides of the debate but thankfully we never get to any childish bickering between the sides. I had read a few reviews of this film and it one said that you'd be crying within the first five minutes of the picture and there's no question that these opening moments are some of the hardest I've had to watch. We basically see a man surrounded by his family getting ready to die, which to me leads to some of the most honest moments where you the viewer have to ask yourself what you would do. What would you say to your loved ones in the final minutes of your life? Would there be a final word that you'd want to get out? We also follow another woman, Cody, who is suffering from cancer and she's given six months to life but keeps the pills it takes to end her life is she decides to. Her issue is not knowing when to say she's had enough or if she'll know the moment when she wants to die. We follow her as her case gets better but then takes a drastic and fast turn. We also see things from the other side, which is a man whose health insurance says they won't pay for him to try and fight for life yet they will pay for him to end his life. All of these stories are just emotionally draining and although this film is a masterpiece, it's easy to see why it's appeal would be quite limited. I can sit here and say that the people here are inspirational and I can say that the director handles everything with such dignity and class but in the end the viewer is really going to have to ask themselves if they want to sit through watching people die. As depressing as some of these stories are, at the same time they are quite uplifting seeing people appreciate the life they do have and the importance of having people you love around you. HOW TO DIE IN OREGON is a very powerful, extremely well-made picture that is certainly worth viewing if you can put up with the graphic drama.

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