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First cinema movie in around nine years directed by Lawrence Kasdan's who last directing job at the time had been the Stephen King thriller Dreamcatcher (2003).
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There is a brief mention of The Godfather (1972) in the film. Diane Keaton who stars in this film, also starred in all three of The Godfather trilogy, playing Kay Adams.
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The movie starred two actresses who were first named "Diane" - Dianne Wiest and Diane Keaton.
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The name of the stray dog portrayed by Casey that was found and lost was "Freeway".
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The breed of the canine Freeway (Casey) was a tan and black fifty pound Collie Mix with white feet and white chest.
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The film starred three Academy Award winners - Kevin Kline, Diane Keaton, and Dianne Wiest, and two Oscar nominees - Sam Shepard and Richard Jenkins. The film was also co-written by Oscar nominees Meg Kasdan and Lawrence Kasdan.
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The cast's two actresses who had won Academy Awards, Diane Keaton and Dianne Wiest, both had won all their Oscars for films written and directed by Woody Allen, they being a Best Actress Oscar for Keaton from Annie Hall (1977) and two Best Supporting Actress Oscars for Wiest, one from Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and one from Bullets Over Broadway (1994).
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Producers and co-screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan (producer) and Meg Kasdan (executive producer) are married.
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The least successful picture at the global box-office for a movie directed by Lawrence Kasdan.
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The nick-name of Dr. Joseph Winter (Kevin Kline) was "Joe".
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The film's closing credits declared that the movie was "inspired by Mac, who was rescued and lost, searched for and found".
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Sixth and final (to date, February 2016) of six cinema movie collaborations of actor Kevin Kline and director Lawrence Kasdan. The films are Silverado (1985), Grand Canyon (1991), French Kiss (1995), The Big Chill (1983), Darling Companion (2012), and I Love You to Death (1990).
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The eleventh theatrical feature film directed by Lawrence Kasdan.
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Russell (Richard Jenkins)'s motto was "Anything's Possible!".
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One of numerous collaborations of editor Carol Littleton and writer-director Lawrence Kasdan.
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The nick-name of Grace Winter (Elisabeth Moss) was "Gracie".
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The name of the pub that Russell (Richard Jenkins) wanted to open and call was "The Partridge and the Plough". In the earlier Lawrence Kasdan film The Big Chill (1983), Michael Gold (Jeff Goldblum) wanted to open a night-club.
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The movie features a dog as a key character as did writer-director Lawrence Kasdan's earlier picture The Accidental Tourist (1988).
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The picture features landscape environment as a key setting which has been the trademark of such Lawrence Kasdan written and/or directed cinema movies such as Silverado (1985), Wyatt Earp (1994), Darling Companion (2012), Grand Canyon (1991), Continental Divide (1981), and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
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Co-screenwriter Meg Kasdan said: "We wanted a mixed breed to play Freeway". Co-writer with husband director Lawrence Kasdan, the 'Darling Companion' script was based on their own experience loving, losing, searching for and finding their beloved shelter mutt Mac in the High Rockies. "We're prejudiced, of course, but we think mutts are the best dogs", Meg Kasdan added.
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The dog 'Freeway' was really played by two dogs. Casey, a multi-colored Collie mix, and Kuma, his Aussie mix understudy, were seasoned animal actors who came to the production through "Good Dog Animals", run by professional trainers Guin Dill and Steve Solomon. Casey and Kuma have life stories to rival Freeway's: they were both spotted in shelters by trainers who recognized the right personalities, smarts, and charisma for great onscreen canines. Casey had been abandoned in the desert, found with an old rope embedded into his neck (he still bears a scar). He was found in the Las Vegas shelter while his trainer was on a shoot there. Kuma was adopted from the South Los Angeles shelter when he was a just a young puppy. The Kasdans had also adopted their cattle-dog mix, Mac, from an L.A. shelter.
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Part of a trilogy of three films by Lawrence Kasdan which examine his "generation". The movies are [in order] The Big Chill (1983), Grand Canyon (1991), and Darling Companion (2012).
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The picture was selected to screen as the Opening Night Film at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in 2012.
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Actor Richard Jenkins, who played Russell, had made his theatrical feature film debut in in Lawrence Kasdan's earlier film Silverado (1985).
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Actress Elisabeth Moss, who portrayed Grace, had appeared in Lawrence Kasdan's earlier movie Mumford (1999).
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Actors Dianne Wiest and Richard Jenkins had both previously appeared in Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) around twenty-six years earlier.
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The Director's Statement for the film by 'Lawrence Kasdan' (qv states: "Darling Companion is a comedy about many varieties of companionship. At the center of the movie is a marriage that has gone on for a long time and become frayed. Surrounding that union are young people falling in love, a brand-new marriage and the surprise of mid-life romance. The film is also about the connection that sometimes happens between a human being and a pet - the love, friendship and solace that can pass between species. Anyone who's ever had a dog knows they live in the moment. That fact of their behavior can have a revivifying effect on the people around them. While humans worry about the future and mull over the past, dogs bring us back to the present with the uncomplicated joy they take in the here and now - getting outside with us for a walk, having their meal, being stroked. The movie probably began the day my wife Meg and I rescued a mutt named Mac from a cacophonous dog shelter in Los Angeles. After taking that dog into our lives and affections, he was lost during an outing in the Rockies. We spent three weeks searching, calling his name up and down mountain trails, enlisting our friends and family. The whole town was on the lookout. Just at the moment we had given up hope, a stranger who had seen our flyers found Mac playing with her dogs by the river. Mac was dirty and thin, but uninjured. Friends and searchers around town and across the country celebrated his recovery. The characters in Darling Companion (2012) are fictional, but the sense of how our affection for these animals can bring people together is very true to this production. This is my eleventh film, but my first independent production. The incredible cast and crew who agreed to work with us - for scale - signed on because they responded strongly to the story. The production brought together old friends we've worked with for many years, like Kevin Kline, our long-time editor, Carol Littleton, our composer, James Newton Howard, and costume designer Molly Maginnis. We were able to attract people whose work we've admired forever, like Diane Keaton, Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins, and Sam Shepard; and people just now taking off in the film business, like director of photography Michael McDonough and production designer Dina Goldman. We converged in Utah to shoot our movie with a limited budget and a tight schedule, helped along by some very remarkable dogs and their equally remarkable trainers. Darling Companion (2012) became one of the most gratifying filmmaking experiences I've ever had".
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First independent theatrical feature film of writer-director-producer Lawrence Kasdan.
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First produced theatrical feature film acting as a full producer of Lawrence Kasdan in eight years with Kasdan's last cinema movie as a full producer at the time having been Dreamcatcher (2003). In between, Kasdan was an executive producer on The TV Set (2006) and In the Land of Women (2007), both projects directed by his sons Jake Kasdan and Jon Kasdan respectively.
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Lawrence Kasdan: Uncredited, as a man on a street.
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