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The Canyons -- Lindsay Lohan and James Deen star in this powerful erotic thriller set in the Hollywood Hills.
The Canyons -- When Christian, an LA trust-fund kid with casual ties to Hollywood, learns of a secret affair between Tara and the lead of his film, he spirals out of control, and his cruel mind games escalate into an act of bloody violence.
The Canyons -- Watch a 1930s-inspired trailer for The Canyons.
The Canyons -- A story of youth, glamor, sex and Los Angeles, circa 2012.
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Release Date:
14 November 2013 (Italy) See more »
It's not the hills.
When Christian, an LA trust-fund kid with casual ties to Hollywood, learns of a secret affair between Tara and the lead of his film project, Ryan, he spirals out of control, and his cruel mind games escalate into an act of bloody violence. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Lindsay Lohan ... Tara

James Deen ... Christian

Nolan Gerard Funk ... Ryan (as Nolan Funk)

Amanda Brooks ... Gina

Tenille Houston ... Cynthia

Gus Van Sant ... Dr. Campbell

Jarod Einsohn ... Hoodie Guy
Chris Zeischegg ... Reed

Victor of Aquitaine ... Randall

Jim Boeven ... Jon

Philip Pavel ... Erik (as Phil Pavel)
Lily Labeau ... Young Hot Girl
Thomas Trussell ... Young Hot Guy

Alex Ashbaugh ... David

Chris Schellenger ... Jaden

Lauren Schacher ... Caitlin

Diana Gitelman ... Receptionist

Andres De La Fuente ... Photographer
Josh Laurence ... Background Performers
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steven Aripez ... Background Performers

Io Bottoms ... Background Performers (as IIO Bottoms)
Adams Brady ... Background Performers
Leslie Brady ... Background Performers
Tina Carranza ... Background Performers
Catherine Castillo ... Background Performers
Kamal T. Cooper ... Background Performers
Evan Deverian ... Background Performers
Lucy Donovan ... Background Performers
Jeremy Feit ... Background Performers
Kayla Fuller ... Background Performers
Amanda Gaulick ... Background Performers
Melissa Goette ... Background Performers
Eric Gruber ... Background Performers
Annette Grubin ... Background Performers

Ashli Haynes ... Background Performers

Michelle LaRue ... Background Performers
Daniel Martinez ... Background Performers
Hayley McCune ... Background Performers

Sandra Rosko ... Background Performers
Brittani Cox ... Background performer (uncredited)

Matthew Hoffman ... Matthew Hoffman (uncredited)
Danny Wylde ... Reid (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Schrader 
Writing credits
Bret Easton Ellis (written by)

Produced by
Siavash Behmard .... associate producer
Jordan Aveline Blair .... associate producer
Ali Brown .... associate producer
Kyle Curry .... associate producer
Pablo D'Stair .... associate producer
Andres De La Fuente .... associate producer
Shaun de Saint-Erne .... associate producer
James Deen .... associate producer
Kerstin Emhoff .... associate producer
Brian Gilman .... associate producer
Morgan K. Goss .... associate producer
Blake Greenbaum .... associate producer
Andreas Sune Hansen .... associate producer
Ricky Horne Jr. .... co-producer
Paul Hunter .... executive producer
Kurt Kittleson .... co-producer
Beau Laughlin .... co-producer
Ross Levine .... co-producer
Caleb Lindsay .... associate producer (as Caleb King)
Ken Locsmandi .... co-producer
Lindsay Lohan .... co-producer
Glenn T. Morgan .... associate producer
Dax Phelan .... associate producer
Braxton Pope .... producer
Simon Scriver .... associate producer
Tim Silano .... associate producer
Maure Silverman .... associate producer
Paul Stewart .... associate producer
Alexander Stojanovic .... associate producer
Jennifer Van Gessel .... associate producer
Original Music by
Brendan Canning 
Cinematography by
John DeFazio (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Tim Silano 
Casting by
Michelle Wade Byrd 
Production Design by
Stephanie J. Gordon  (as Stephanie Gordon)
Costume Design by
Keely Crum 
Makeup Department
Dnelle Almanza .... additional makeup artist
Sema Conde .... hair stylist: Ms. Lohan
David Hernandez .... makeup artist: Kindsay Lophan
Julie Rea .... key hair designer
Julie Rea .... key makeup designer
Production Management
Miya Sagara .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christian Clarke .... first assistant director
Robert Parker Clemente .... second assistant director
Art Department
Adam Drosin .... set dresser intern
John Blake Pietrolungo .... art director intern
Sound Department
Matt Burgette .... boom operator
Jed M. Dodge .... sound effects editor
Paul Flinchbaugh .... digital assistant
Jared Marshack .... sound mix technician
Jason Meadows .... boom operator
Michael Miramontes .... sound mixer
Glenn T. Morgan .... supervising sound designer
Glenn T. Morgan .... supervising sound editor
Nick Ronzio .... boom operator
Adrian Sosa .... foley recordist
Frederick H. Stahly .... dialogue & adr editor
Ben Wilkins .... adr mixer
Ben Wilkins .... foley mixer
Ben Wilkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Stella Valente Wilkins .... foley artist
Chris Wilson .... boom operator
Brandon Pert .... boom operator (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Go Aoyama .... visual effects artist: Filmworks/FX
Yoshio Kohashi .... visual effects editor: Filmworks/FX
Andrew Lewitin .... visual effects artist: Filmworks/FX
Devin Nasby .... visual effects artist: Filmworks/FX
Mike Warren .... visual effects artist: Filmworks/FX
Ken Locsmandi .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Julius LeFlore .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jake Avignone .... steadicam operator
Tiffany Bailey .... additional tableau photographer
J. Mike Basaman .... grip
Christopher Boulos .... grip
Danny Brown .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Cole Chetney .... key grip
Dan Cooper .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Chris Coronado .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Mike I. Davis .... grip (as Mikey Davis)
Joey Fantastico .... epk & behind the scenes
Joey Fantastico .... still photographer
Patrick Feller .... additional tableau photographer
Jared Free .... grip
Paul Gallo .... additional tableau photographer
Christopher Geukens .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Lance Hashida .... digital imaging technician
Ryo Hata .... grip
Aaron Hobson .... tableau photographer (as Aaron 'Cinemasocial' Hobson)
Jacob Johnson .... additional tableau photographer
Roman Krajewski .... camera operator: "c" camera
Roman Krajewski .... gaffer
Anne Kristoff .... additional tableau photographer
Joshua D. Krohn .... storyboard artist
Kevin Lee .... digital imaging technician
Sean Lewis .... additional tableau photographer
Chris Luckhardt .... additional tableau photographer
Charles R. Mathews .... best boy grip
Nathan Meade .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Darius Norvallis .... additional tableau photographer
Jon Revelle .... additional tableau photographer
Mario Rodriguez .... grip
Lenka Somolova .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Brian Taylor .... camera operator: "b" camera
Tracy Tooch .... additional tableau photographer
Stephen Tringali .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Christopher S. Walters .... gaffer
Vanessa Ward .... assistant camera
Jerry J. White III .... best boy electric
Andrew Wilsak .... digital imaging technician
Bobby Woo .... grip
Avihai Yaffe .... grip
Derek Cohen-Copeland .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Yoktan Haddad .... casting consultation
Venus Kanani .... casting consultant
Laurent Touil-Tartour .... casting consultation
Mary Vernieu .... casting consultant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ashley Altstadt .... assistant costume designer
Kelsey T. Morgan .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Quinn Alvarez .... second assistant editor
Owen Holdren .... digital intermediate colorist: Filmworks/FX
Nikolai Metin .... assistant editor: NY
Dan Shulman-Means .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Brian Jackson Harris .... epk: music supervisor: uncredited
Sarah Haywood .... assistant score producer: uncredited
Alexina Matisse .... co-music supervisor
Me&John .... composer: additional music (as Me and John)
Aminé Ramer .... music supervisor
Michael Turner .... co-music supervisor
Other crew
Leslie Camila-Rose .... understudy: Lindsay Lohan (as Leslie Coutterand)
Michael J. Cohen .... production assistant
Christian de Gallegos .... international distribution
Sirocco Dooley .... production assistant
Taylor Fance .... assistant: Paul Schrader
Jessica Garcia .... production assistant
Paul W. Hazen .... business and legal services
Kevin Hindley .... script clearance
Chris Ibanez .... production assistant
Jennifer Jones .... production assistant
Joshua D. Krohn .... production assistant (as Joshua Krohn)
Mark Plunkett .... title designer
Tye Whipple .... production assistant
Zach Witherspoon .... production assistant
Christopher Zimmer .... production coordinator
Iris Alonzo .... special thanks
Jacqueline Bosnjak .... special thanks
Karin Gorostieta .... special thanks
Nicole Holland .... special thanks
Kara Lane .... special thanks
Daniel Margolis .... special thanks
Kirsten Leigh Pratt .... special thanks
Jeremy Riegel .... special thanks
Irwin Simon .... special thanks
Kiwi Smith .... special thanks
Chris Talbott .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic nudity, language throughout, a bloody crime scene and brief drug use
99 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

Cynthia was originally called Lindsay, but her name was changed so she wouldn't be confused with Lindsay Lohan.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Ryan comes upon Cynthia stabbed to death in her apartment, the camera does a slow close-up pan across her "corpse" in which the actress's pulse is clearly visible in her neck.See more »
Ryan:Don't worry, baby. It'll be alright. It'll be okay.See more »
Movie Connections:
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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Sociopathic Sex in Canyon-land, 3 July 2014
Author: tigerfish50 from Old London, New England

'The Canyons' is a farcical tale about a collection of characters who deceive and manipulate each other to distract from the emptiness of their lives. Chief amongst them is a sociopathic film producer, Christian, whose jaded girlfriend Tara reluctantly consents to the sex orgies he arranges with random internet strangers. After Tara helps a former boyfriend, Ryan, get the lead role in Christian's new movie, they resume their old affair, despite Ryan having a girlfriend called Gina who is also working on the film. Christian grows increasingly suspicious of Tara's fidelity outside the group sex dynamic, and has her followed by a slacker private eye, while he hooks up with a former assistant, who is also an old girlfriend of Ryan.

This juvenile nonsense is merely the set-up, and director Shrader cannot elevate the subsequent hokey-pokey above the level of a day-time soap after making disastrous casting decisions with Lindsay Lohan, James Deen and Nolan Funk as his lead trio. The only competent actor is Amanda Brooks who plays the scorned Gina in a minor role. Although she's actually five years older than Lohan, she looks fifteen years younger and fifty times more desirable than the supposedly irresistible Tara. Sex is a crucial plot element, but no erotic intensity is generated since the characters are pathetically undeveloped. Instead the film wastes many tedious minutes on lengthy shots of them entering and exiting cars and buildings. 'The Canyons' limps along with wooden direction, dialog, acting and storytelling, failing miserably to invest this portrayal of Hollywood's seedy glamor with any vitality. None of the deceptions and manipulations have any discernible goal, but they eventually lead to a pointless act of violence and an implausible tired conclusion.

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