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  (in credits order)

Diane Keaton ... Beth

Kevin Kline ... Joseph

Dianne Wiest ... Penny

Richard Jenkins ... Russell

Elisabeth Moss ... Grace

Mark Duplass ... Bryan

Ayelet Zurer ... Carmen

Sam Shepard ... Sheriff Morris

Lindsay Sloane ... Ellie

Jay Ali ... Sam
Robert Bear ... Possum
Casey ... Freeway

Paul Kiernan ... Patient
Jericho Watson ... Ethan

Yolanda Wood ... Cop

D.L. Walker ... Burly Cop
Dina Goldman ... Caterer
Ruben Barboza ... Waiter

Aline Andrade ... Waiter #2

Jon Kasdan ... Offciant
Mark Robinette ... Bandleader
Craig Miner ... Band Member
Ryan Shupe ... Band Member
Anne Cullimore Decker ... Muriel
Anthony Bregman ... Jeff

Tod Huntington ... Deputy Chas
Jason Jensen ... Ponytailed Runner

Charles Halford ... Christus
Christina Thurmond ... Redhead
Lorry Houston ... Co-Pilot
Jon Florence ... Pilot

Jan Broberg ... Hysterical Wife
Zack Phifer ... Comforting Husband
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Devin Allen ... Mountain Biker (uncredited)
Todd Bentley ... Paramedic (uncredited)

Lawrence Kasdan ... Man on Street (uncredited)

Dennis Record ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Lawrence Kasdan 
Writing credits
Meg Kasdan (written by) &
Lawrence Kasdan (written by)

Produced by
Stefanie Azpiazu .... co-producer
Anthony Bregman .... producer
Lawrence Kasdan .... producer
Meg Kasdan .... executive producer
John J. Kelly .... executive producer
Andrew Peterson .... co-producer
Elizabeth Redleaf .... producer
Mark Steele .... co-producer
Christine K. Walker .... executive producer (as Christine Kunewa Walker)
Original Music by
James Newton Howard 
Cinematography by
Michael McDonough (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Carol Littleton 
Casting by
Ronna Kress 
Production Design by
Dina Goldman 
Art Direction by
Christopher R. DeMuri 
Set Decoration by
Les Boothe 
Costume Design by
Molly Maginnis 
Makeup Department
Edilaine Bueno .... additional hair stylist
Gina Homan .... assistant makeup artist
Jenna Kilgrow .... additional hair stylist
Lora Laing .... key hair stylist (as Lora 'Rockets' Laing)
Edwin Matsu .... additional hair stylist (as Ed Matsu)
Lindsey Ann McDonald .... additional hair stylist
Christianna Mower .... additional hair stylist
Marina Proctor .... makeup department head
Jana Salvatori .... additional makeup artist: Germany
Stephanie Scott .... additional makeup artist
Maika Taylor .... assistant hair stylist
Production Management
Craig Ayers .... production supervisor
John J. Kelly .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brent Geisler .... second second assistant director
Cody Harbaugh .... second assistant director
Donald Murphy .... first assistant director
Art Department
Scott Arneman .... property assistant
Brent Astrope .... construction coordinator
Tyler Astrope .... head scenic
Burke Bowthorpe .... set dresser
Dillon Ellefson .... greens assistant
Russell Evans .... greens assistant
Cody Fairbanks .... set dresser
Ben Fox .... set dresser
Jason Haase .... art department
Matt Harris .... assistant property master
Michael T. Higgins .... leadman
Hollie Howton .... art department coordinator
Konnor Jenson .... set dresser
Gloria Murphy .... property master
Cynthia A. Neibaur .... buyer (as Cynthia Neibaur)
L.S. Prickett .... set dresser (as Lu Prickett)
Eric Robinson .... scenic painter
Layne Robinson .... construction foreman
Jonas Sappington .... set dresser
Cordell Taylor .... greensman (as Cordell B. Taylor)
Susan Valentine .... additional buyer (as Susab K. Valentine)
Sound Department
Beau Borders .... re-recording mixer
Douglas Cameron .... sound mixer
Anne Couk .... first assistant sound editor
Stefan Fraticelli .... foley artist
Joseph L. Garrard .... boom operator
Robert Grieve .... supervising sound editor
Ryan Lukasik .... foley assistant
Ron Malligers .... foley mixer (as Ron Mellegers)
Kevin O'Connell .... re-recording mixer
Trent Richmond .... foley editor
Steve Schatz .... re-recording recordist
Kevin Schultz .... foley mixer
Danial Shimiaei .... re-recording stage engineer
Danial Shimiaei .... sound re-recording stage engineer
John Sievert .... foley artist
Randy Wilson .... foley mixer
Rich Macar .... commentary re-recordist (uncredited)
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Joel Shryack .... co-supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Andy Stallabrass .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ben Josephsen .... special effects coordinator
Josh Josephson .... special effects assistant (as Josh Josephsen)
Josh Kielkowski .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Felicia Faden .... digital artist: Gamblers Ruin
Bill Gilman .... visual effects supervisor: Gamblers Ruin
Jennifer Gonzalez .... digital artist: Gamblers Ruin
Steven J. Madonna .... digital technology support: Gamblers Ruin
Stacey Shear .... digital production manager: Gamblers Ruin (as Stacey Shear-Riera)
Naveen Shukla .... digital artist: Gamblers Ruin
Ashwin Singh .... digital artist: Gamblers Ruin
Archie Villanueva .... digital artist: Gamblers Ruin
Jeff Danoff .... stunts
Barbara Anne Klein .... stunts
Patrick J. Statham .... stunt coordinator (as Patrick Statham)
Patrick J. Statham .... stunts (as Patrick Statham)
Barbara Anne Klein .... stunt double: Diane Keaton (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Douglas Arnold .... electrician
Sean Bagley .... additional grip
Ken Bailey .... director of photography: Telluride
Yelena Baykova .... additional video assist
Greg Bishop .... additional grip
Michael Black .... camera operator
Matt Broten .... additional grip (as Matt C. Broten)
Thomas Cooney .... grip
Brandon Ellsworth .... grip
David Forester .... second assistant camera
Richard Hendricks .... additional grip
Andrew Hicks .... additional grip
Ben Josephsen .... additional grip
Tracy Keele .... grip
Curt Klein .... video assist
Shawn Lacy .... additional grip (as Shawn P. Lacy)
Josh Lee .... additional electrician
Nathan D. Lee .... camera assistant
Fritz Lindbeck .... best boy electric
Mark Emery Moore .... camera operator: "a" camera (as Mark E. Moore)
Mark Emery Moore .... steadicam operator (as Mark E. Moore)
Ryan Muirhead .... additional still photographer
Steve Olpin .... camera operator: epk
Skyler Ostler .... camera intern
Jason Painter .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Jason E. Painter)
Keith Putnam .... digital imaging technician
John Raymer .... additional electrician
Patrick Reddish .... camera operator: "b: camera
David 'D.R.' Rhineer .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Greg Rhineer .... camera operator
Ian Rigby .... assistant camera: Telluride
Ian Rigby .... camera assistant
Geno Salvatori .... camera operator (as Gene Salvatori)
Alan E. Stoddard .... key grip
Paul McKay Taylor .... second assistant camera
Charles Unice .... additional electrician (as Charles J. Unice)
Craig C. Wallace .... electrician
Jason Walser .... best boy grip
Wilson Webb .... still photographer
Garlan Wilde .... gaffer
Jason Winget .... electrician
Charlie Carr .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Animation Department
Michael Baker .... animation production manager: Super Stealth Startup
Ed Bell .... concept artist: Super Stealth Startup
Sean Buckelew .... digital ink & paint: Super Stealth Startup
John Hays .... animation producer: Super Stealth Startup
John Hays .... storyboard artist: Super Stealth Startup
Michael Jantze .... layout supervisor: Super Stealth Startup
Nicole Jantze .... production assistant: Super Stealth Startup
Charlene Kelley .... digital ink & paint: Super Stealth Startup
Heather McNabb .... digital ink & paint: Super Stealth Startup
Kelly McNutt .... concept artist: Super Stealth Startup
Tod Polson .... concept artist: Super Stealth Startup
Nathan Stephens .... lead compositor: Super Stealth Startup
Jan Van Buyten .... lead animator: Super Stealth Startup
Stan Webb .... additional editorial: Super Stealth Startup
Ben Zyberman .... background painter: Super Stealth Startup
Casting Department
Jeff Johnson .... casting: Utah
Gayle Minkovitch-Jensen .... extras casting: Utah (as Gayle Minkevitch)
Caitlin Well .... casting assistant: Los Angeles (as Cairlin Wells)
Yun .... extras casting assistant
Tye Nelson .... casting associate: local (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michelle l Boucher .... set costumer (as Michelle Boucher)
Shantell Guy .... costumer
Barbara Nelson .... costumer
Jacqueline Newell .... key costumer
Kacie Seamons .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Pete Conlin .... post production
Julie Currin .... digital intermediate account executive: Next Element By Dekuxe
Julius Friede .... digital intermediate colorist: Next Element By Deluxe
Julie Garces .... first assistant editor
Jonathan Hoffman .... post production
Todd Korody .... digital intermediate systems engineer: Nest Element By Deluze
Adam Lingo .... editorial assistant
Christine Park .... second assistant editor
Jon Pehlke .... digital intermediate editor
Mathieu Reid .... color timer
Mark Skowronski .... digital intermediate producer: Next Elemeby By Dekuxe
Location Management
Dennis Light .... location manager
Clay Maw .... assistant location manager
Russell Nunley .... location assistant
Music Department
Doug Bernheim .... music business affairs
Ed Cherney .... score mixer
Ed Cherney .... score recordist
Stuart Clark .... musician: clarinet
George Doering .... musician: guitar
Sven Faulconer .... technical score advisor
Matt Franko .... music preparation (uncredited)
John Goux .... musician: guitar
Mark Graham .... music preparation: Joann Kane Music Service
Russ Kunkel .... musician: drums
Douglas Livingston .... musician: pedal steel guitar
David Olson .... music editor
Manish Raval .... music supervisor
Matt Rollings .... musician: pianoi
Paul Smith .... music recordist
Pamela J. Sollie .... scoring coordinator
James Thatcher .... musician: horn (as Jim Thatcher)
Stuart Michael Thomas .... technical score advisor
Michael Valerio .... musician: bass (as Mike Valerio)
Matthew J. Ward .... additional score recording (as Matt Ward)
Jim Weidman .... supervising music editor
Tom Wolfe .... music supervisor
Victor Pesavento .... music preparation (uncredited)
Peter Rotter .... music contractor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Timmie Brennan .... driver
Bryan Brown .... additional driver
Mark Colloton .... driver
Scott Currey .... driver
Sam Demke .... driver
Darrell Karren .... additional driver
Jason Kelly .... driver
Nick Larson .... additional driver
Charles Latham .... driver
Paul Lowell .... transportation co-captain (as Paul E. Lowell)
Bert Lund .... driver
Kirk Mathiesen .... additional driver
Melanie Olmstead .... driver
Brian Rainey .... driver (as Bryan Rainey)
Katherine Rainey .... driver
Matthew Serna .... driver
Rick Spidell .... driver
Rob Turner .... additional driver
Barry Tuttle .... transportation captain (as Barry J. Tuttle)
Stew Webster .... driver
Other crew
Ken Bailey .... epk producer
Amanda Becker .... executive assistant: Werc Werk Works
Carles Berot .... trailer and versions producer: advertising and promotions
Jonathan Boschan .... set production assistant
Erich Cannon .... production secretary
Aaron Carretti .... title production
Jennifer Chapman .... assistant production coordinator
Sarah Cole .... animal trainer & handler
Sarah Cole .... animal trainer
Michael Collins .... production accountant
Guin Dill .... animal trainer
Shawn Emerson .... medic
Kathy England .... insurance broker: Taylor & Taylor
Mario Flores .... chef (as Mario G. Flores)
Mairead Gaffney .... set production assistant (as M. Mairéad)
Kelly Gilpatrick .... festival and event manager: Werc Werk Works
Judd Greener .... key set production assistant
Matt Hagen .... accounting: Werc Werk Works
Meg Halsey .... travel and cast secretary
Paul Hammond .... commentary
Doug Harris .... controller: Werc Werk Works
Stephanie Heaton .... assistant: Ms. Keaton
Kipling Hicks .... production coordinator
Matthew Jensen .... chef
Kathleen Jorgenson .... banking services
Jill Klekas .... production office assistant
Dorothy Kovar .... banking services
Erica Kram .... commentary coordinator
Stuart Lake .... assistant: Mr. Redleaf and Ms. Walker
Kristin Ludwin .... script supervisor
Krystal Mathiesen .... first assistant accountant
Kris Maxfield .... medic
Alex McCullough .... production assistant: Telluride
Geoff McFetridge .... title designer: Champion Graphics
Jeff Midgley .... set medic
Jennifer 'Iffer' Mitchell .... craft service (as Iffer Mitchell)
Rachel Moceri .... set production assistant
Michael Moon .... medic
Paul Reugner .... caterer
Rebecca R. Ryan .... second assistant accountant (as Rebecca Ryan)
Cesar Sanchez .... chef
Geoffrey Sass .... chief marketing officer: Werc Werk Works (as Geoff Sass)
Greg D. Schmidt .... assistant: Mr. and Mrs. Kasdan
Alice Smith .... craft service assistant
Joan Smith .... extras payroll accountant
Steve Solomon .... animal trainer (as Steve M. Soloman)
Demian Spilsbury .... chef
Ben Weintraub .... assistant: Mr. Bregman (as Benjamin Weintraub)
Ronald 'Woody' Woods .... set security
Mariko Yoshimura-Rank .... office coordinator: Werc Werk Works
Randall Castillo .... production assistant (uncredited)
Larry Filion .... stand-in (uncredited)
Billy Holden .... photo double: Sam Shepard (uncredited)
Angella Joy .... double: Diane Keaton (uncredited)
Andrew Kim .... post-production support (uncredited)
Natasha Shumny .... post facilities coordinator (uncredited)
Joanne Valdez .... stand-in (uncredited)
Mickell Smith .... thanks

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content including references, and language
USA:103 min
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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Fine movie, sadly disliked by many for good and bad reasons, 26 October 2012
Author: Rodrigo Amaro ( from São Paulo, Brazil

Of the few releases of the year, "Darling Companion" is perhaps the one that didn't deserve all the hatred is getting. However, let's face it that some of it is quite understandable. This marks the first film of Lawrence Kasdan since "The Dreamcatcher" (to some quite a stinker, I don't find it all that much, quite like it) and that makes 9 years; the first screenplay by Meg Kasdan since the glorious "Grand Canyon" back in 1991; then there's a great cast united here and they're at a strange level of their abilities and to most viewers the junction and the lack of more interesting script was the key factor for this being the movie the public weren't expecting.

Playing simple and with some predictability, "Darling Companion" is about a housewife (Diane Keaton) desperate in finding her beloved dog Freeway, lost by her husband (Kevin Kline), who doesn't seem to care much about the new member of the family and end up losing the poor animal while talking on the phone. In case you didn't got the name, the dog was found on a freeway almost freezing to death.

It all happened after their daughter's wedding with the veterinary who treated of Freeway a year ago. So, these people from the city are now stranded in the countryside looking for the dog with the help of another members of the family (Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins) and a sort of gypsy/psychic (Ayelet Zurer) who has blurred and foggy visions of Freeway and the place it might have been. The real purpose of the movie is not only finding who's lost but also finding what is lost and that is the human relations between the main couple, always on a verge of the crisis even with the picture of being the perfect family where the husband is too focused on his career as a doctor and the wife is too concerned of being away from her grown up daughters, and of not being loved enough by her man, and now where's the dog, of whom she loves with more enthusiasm than his real partner.

More like a couple's retreat kind of flick, this is a very warming project, very light and with some funny moments. It's far more interesting to see this project of life where all the confusion of a relationship is solved during a particular event than seeing some ridiculous romantic comedy that tends to present perfect lives all around. Despite the difference in the way it treats its issues, far from being those corny rom-coms "Darling Companion" isn't all that much of a mature screenplay though. I think it should have more focus on the couple's background rather than seeing Keaton crying for whatever reasons, focus on some of their pre-existent marital problems. It's just too level. And there's a beautiful yet pointless animated sequence involving the dog's point of view that really takes you out of the movie.

If the story sounds silly, just see it for the actors. Kline is good, Keaton has one of the most decent films of the past 10 years ("The Family Stone" was a disaster next to this and I bet the ratings might be even higher than this) but if this worths a real good view is because of Wiest and Jenkins playing an older couple that has many things to teach everyone around. They're so lovable and charming together, and he's hilarious in the movie. And there's an almost wasted appearance by Sam Shepard playing a sick sheriff. But once again, they're not at their greatest level of acting. That's what killed the enjoyment for viewers, they expected too much of a movie that was proposed to give so few.

The Kasdan couple worked better with the accidents of life in the outstanding "Grand Canyon". In that, miraculous events in the chaotic and stressful day-by-day routine saved people's lives and showed them new ways to connect with someone in the abyss that separates everything and everyone yet they're so close to each other. In "Longtime Companion" it was all about loving more your animal than the person whom you spend your life with, or care less about the faithful animal for reasons unknown, just thinking about himself. A sign of times represented in both films by the same creators. When did we become so egoistical and stopped looking at what's around us? When did our values become so shrunken? Maybe that's the reason people despised the new Kasdan. I liked but I wanted so much more...8/10

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