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A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III -- A graphic designer's enviable life slides into despair when his girlfriend, Ivana, breaks up with him.  With the support of his loyal intimates, he begins the hard road of self-evaluation to come to terms with a life without Ivana.
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Writer (WGA):
Roman Coppola (written by)
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14 March 2013 (Russia) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Charlie Sheen ... Charles Swan III

James Paradise ... Brain-Doctor
Anne Bellamy ... Grandma

Jason Schwartzman ... Kirby Star

Patricia Arquette ... Izzy

Katheryn Winnick ... Ivana

Mary Elizabeth Winstead ... Kate
Paul Benshoof ... Charlie Dancing Double

Angela Lindvall ... Veiled Woman

Tyne Stecklein ... Penny
Lindsey McLevis ... Lindsey

Alexandra Hulme ... Yvonne (as Lexy Hulme)

Bar Paly ... Maria-Carla

Margarita Kallas ... Josephine
August Culligan ... Nephew August
Oliver Culligan ... Nephew Oliver

Marc Coppola ... Announcer
Brian Knutson ... Nazi Attacker

Aubrey Plaza ... Marnie

C.C. Sheffield ... Secretary

Bill Murray ... Saul
Hubie Kerns ... Counter-SSBB Driver

Dermot Mulroney ... Doctor

Gloria Laino ... Lupe
Jennifer Furches ... Stacey
Bill ... Coco the Toucan
Pascale Coppola ... Swan Niece

Richard Edson ... Sanchez
Alex Gallardo ... Bartender
Lyal Holmberg ... Security Guard
Alim Kouliev ... Russian Cabbie

Yasha Blackman ... Caviar Dealer

Stephen Dorff ... Stephen

Colleen Camp ... Karen

Fabianne Therese ... Kirby's Girlfirend
Liam Hayes ... Liam Hayes
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kelly Cunningham ... Pin-up (Brain Montage)

Mary-Pat Green ... Nurse

Robert Amico ... Florist (uncredited)

Maxine Bahns ... Mom (uncredited)
Angela Daun ... Native American warrior (uncredited)

Piper Hinson ... Missy- Waitress (uncredited)

Stacy Jordan ... Cheerleader #2 (uncredited)

Romie von Klinger ... Pin-up (Brain Montage) (uncredited)

Scott Land ... Master Puppeteer (uncredited)

Matt McVay ... Photographer's Assistant (uncredited)

Alena Savostikova ... Waitress (uncredited)
Holly Sherman ... Cheerleader #1 (uncredited)

Najarra Townsend ... Pretty Nurse (uncredited)
Jobeth Wagner ... Party Goer (uncredited)

Directed by
Roman Coppola 
Writing credits
Roman Coppola (written by)

Produced by
Sue Yeon Ahn .... associate producer
Roman Coppola .... producer
Darren M. Demetre .... co-producer
Youree Henley .... producer
Robert Maron .... executive producer
Leo Matchett .... behind the scenes producer
Michael Zakin .... executive producer
Original Music by
Liam Hayes 
Roger Neill 
Cinematography by
Nick Beal 
Film Editing by
Robert Schafer 
Casting by
Nicole Daniels 
Courtney Sheinin 
Production Design by
Elliott Hostetter 
Art Direction by
Almitra Corey 
Set Decoration by
Elizabeth Keenan 
Costume Design by
April Napier 
Makeup Department
Roz Music .... key makeup artist
Nancie Rooney .... key hair stylist
Calvin Scott .... key makeup artist
Gabriel Solana .... makeup artist: Mr. Sheen
Production Management
Darren M. Demetre .... unit production manager
James T. Mockoski .... post-production supervisor
Susie Wrenn .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jasmine Alhambra .... second assistant director
Jason Halley .... additional second assistant director
Rod Smith .... first assistant director
Jen Willis .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Maxwell Britton .... set dresser
Roxy Campos .... props production assistant
Tammie Childress .... assistant property master
Robert Cope .... on-set dresser
Doug Devine .... set dresser
Bucky Fukumoto .... graphic designer: "SSBB"
Christopher Kenton .... set dresser
Scott Land .... puppet designer
Dario Nolé .... intern art department
Tyler Patton .... property master
Drew T. Pierce .... storyboard artist
Michael Salisbury .... art consultant
Andrew Settle .... leadman
Virginia Yount .... art department pa
Sound Department
Andy Bollas .... sound recordist
Ronni Brown .... foley artist
Monty Buckles .... sound utilities
Sin Cohen .... foley editor
Kendall Dix .... sound effects editor
Sheena Fu .... sound recordist
Colin Guthrie .... assistant re-recording mixer
Colin Guthrie .... assistant sound supervisor
Pete Horner .... sound re-recording mixer
Kraig Kishi .... boom operator
Jim McKee .... supervising sound editor
Jeremiah Moore .... pre-dubbing mixer
Andy Potvin .... dolby sound consultant
William Sammons .... mixer: p.a.
Peter Steinbach .... dialogue editor
William Storkson .... foley recordist
Special Effects by
Paul J. Lombardi .... special effects coordinator
David Peterson .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Ryan Bozajian .... visual effects: American Zoetrope
Josh Jones .... visual effects supervisor
Michael Lloyd .... plate photography
Kurt Mueller .... graphics supervisor
Harpal Sodhi .... graphics supervisor
Dustin Baxley .... stunts
Eddie Braun .... stunt coordinator
Kurt Bryant .... stunts
Andy Cheng .... stunts
Greg Dela Riva .... utility stunts
Lance Gilbert .... stunts
Sean Graham .... stunts
Cassidy Hice .... stunts: horseback
Michael Kahn .... stunts
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts
Tom McComas .... stunts
Julie Michaels .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunts
Olivia Summers .... stunt performer
Troy Bellinghausen .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Brian Knutson .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Levon Abrahamian .... key grip
Tigran Aghasaryan .... dolly grip
Nico Bally .... crane technician
Matthew Boda .... electrician
Yvonne Chu .... b camera first assistant
Chad Eshbaugh .... head technician
Greg Gayne .... still photographer
Bryan Gilbert .... grip
Harold Lacuesta .... electrician
Joshua Liberman .... best boy electric
Stephen Martel Lucas .... first assistant camera: second unit
Josh Markvan .... best boy grip
Ryan Molique .... camera intern
Gregory Smith .... still photographer
Devon Taaffe .... a camera second assistant
Ian S. Takahashi .... aerial director of photography
Ian S. Takahashi .... b camera operator
John Tanzer .... b camera operator
John Tanzer .... gaffer
Casting Department
Debe Waisman .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brian Cotton .... costume supervisor
Pauline Hofilena .... costume assistant
Kameron Lennox .... assistant costume designer
Dana Loats .... costume supervisor
Carly J. Mills .... set costumer
Carol Quiroz .... costume supervisor
Hayley Stuppel .... key set costumer
Kristina West .... costumer
Sarah Yellin .... additional set costumer
Editorial Department
Ryan Bozajian .... digital colorist: American Zoetrope
Ryan Bozajian .... workflow supervisor: American Zoetrope
Sin Cohen .... digital post-production coordinator
Walter Slater Murch .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jason La Rocca .... music scoring mixer
Transportation Department
Jim Kelly .... driver
Terry Mack .... driver
Eric Miller .... transportation captain
Sean J. Moore .... driver
Terry Murphy .... driver
George Schmid .... driver
Larry Smith .... driver
Rick Vestal .... driver
Chris Walden .... driver
Chris Walden .... transportation co-captain
Prentis E. Woods Woords .... driver
Other crew
Evan Allen-Gessesse .... production assistant
Rick Avery .... aerial helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Paul Benshoof .... associate choreographer
David A. Brauer .... film auditor
Malibu Bryant .... location assistant
Omar Bustos .... assistant to mr. henley
Omar Bustos .... producer: brain montage
Kelly Capponcelli .... horsemanship
Kelly Capponcelli .... horsewoman
Alexandre Chen .... key assistant location manager
Todd Cole .... charles swan snapshots
Asa Di Carlo .... production assistant
Lily Dierkes .... production assistant
Carrie Eastman .... office support
Scott Eastwood .... production assistant
Marie Elder .... production accountant
James Emerich .... production assistant
Tonya Forsberg .... horsemanship
Tonya Forsberg .... horsewoman
Kelly Gill .... production assistant
Chris Glenn .... production office assistant
Marcus Herring .... producer: "brain montage"
Lyal Holmberg .... location manager
Dylan Hostetter .... production assistant
Dennis Jacobs .... production assistant
Aron Jacques .... horsemanship
Aron Jacques .... horsewoman
Sara Beckum Jamieson .... assistant to art director
Matthew Frederick Johnson .... production staff
Angie Kern .... set medic
Drew Kordik .... electronic cinema
Christopher Kubek .... production assistant
Wendy Kutzner .... production coordinator
Scott Land .... puppet designer/builder
Scott Land .... puppeteer
Michael Lloyd .... production assistant
Damon Loble .... charles swan snapshots
Rachel Main .... assistant to mr. coppola
Kevin Marciano .... production assistant
Leo Matchett .... assistant to mr. henley
Oliver Mauldin .... production assistant
Joey Mendez .... production assistant
Ryan Molique .... production assistant
Katie Montague .... horsemanship
Katie Montague .... horsewoman
Brian Nailing .... cook
Dario Nolé .... production assistant
James Obed .... production assistant
Tom Obed .... production assistant
Stephen Pagano .... production assistant
Santos P. Rodriguez .... chef
Michael Rooney .... choreographer
Alison Smith .... horsewoman
Alison Smith .... horsemanship
Madara Stinkuls .... horsemanship
Madara Stinkuls .... horsewoman
Jed Strahm .... production office assistant
Jacob Turrentine .... production assistant
Ben White .... set production assistant
Sandra J. White .... first assistant accountant
Aprill Winney .... script supervisor
Virginia Yount .... production assistant
Eleanor Coppola .... special thanks (as Mom & Dad)
Francis Ford Coppola .... special thanks (as Mom & Dad)
Sofia Coppola .... special thanks (as Sofia)

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Rated R for language and some nudity
86 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Germany:o.Al. | Mexico:B | Portugal:M/12 | USA:R

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39 out of 125 people found the following review useful.
An exercise in poor neurology, 11 January 2013
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

The last time I was baffled by a film to this degree I had just sat through Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic of Steve Zissou, a film to this day I can not extract anything from. Ironically, Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, the director of A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III have worked on a few projects together and, possibly as a result, the film feels half-baked, incomplete, and inherently maddening, doing one of things that Wes Anderson did as well but at least in a somewhat bearable manner; draw its events brighter and more noticeable than the characters involved in them.

Our title character is played by Charlie Sheen, who presumably filmed this around that time where he wasn't a media figure for his outspoken drug use any longer and he was pretty much disregarded by all the public too as yesterday's news. I assume that because I'm sure it this film would've been swarmed with publicity at the time of its production, because anything Sheen seemed to do, rather it was create a Twitter account or make a disposable statement made headlines.

Sheen embodies without a doubt, the weirdest character of his career; an inconsistent graphic designer who has just been left by the love of his moment Ivana (Katheryn Winnick), and is feeling mixed emotions, frequenting suffering from terrors and surrealist fever dreams. His reality becomes twisted and indistinct, as things do not seem to have a time-frame and characters pop in and out with no rhyme or reason.

This is one of the least consistent films I've seen in a long time. A subplot, if you can call it that because the story's main plot isn't even worthy of the description of a plot, involved Jason Schwartzman's Kirby, an aspiring musician, who wants Charles to make him an album cover, but both men lack inspiration in their clearly eclectic lives.

I can't help but feel that this was the movie that Wes Anderson dreamed up but quickly abandoned when he discovered the plot didn't go anywhere quickly. Anderson is known for concocting whimsical setups, an immensely quirky environment, and framing and articulating his films' settings with impenetrable beauty and artistry. What he often neglects, although this hasn't been seen recently with his newest films The Darjeeling Limited and Moonrise Kingdom, is his characterization and situations, which are often underdeveloped or simply archetypes we have a difficult time feeling for. Writer/director/producer Coppola continues to persistently throw set pieces, situations, and stunt casting at the story, none of it generating any true excitement or nourishment for his audience members. The whole film plays as one long, tedious, incoherent stage show that goes nowhere quickly and doesn't seem to care.

Yet through all the mundane setups and unworthy payoffs, I found enjoyment in this film, mainly coming from Sheen, who is a charming screen presence here, playing a womanizing character, with a bit more of a heart and attitude than the usual snobs. But his character is still an undeveloped archetype we feel almost nothing for. And when the film gives us a maddening ending that breaks the fourth wall, we feel that either Coppola couldn't fittingly end the story or he simply got tired of the material.

A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III is, to put it simply, a mess of sizable proportions. If the film had turned its quirkiness meter about six notches down, and put as much heavy focus on its story continuity and characters as it does with detail and look, there would be a film here with some trajectory and formation rather than just scene after scene of disposable weirdness. I read that Roman Coppola hopes that those who have suffered through a bad breakup in the past or have been through rough relationships could sympathize with Charles Swan III. I'd believe that after they see this film, they'll feel that relationships are a waste of time and should get back to work.

Starring: Charlie Sheen, Jason Schwartzman, Katheryn Winnick, Bill Murray, Aubrey Plaza, Patricia Arquette, Dermot Mulroney, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Directed by: Roman Coppola.

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