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Overview

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Director:
Writer:
Bret Easton Ellis (written by)
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Release Date:
14 November 2013 (Italy) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It's not the hills.
Plot:
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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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Low-budget film has a few good points, but too dreary and sordid to enjoy See more (77 total) »

Cast

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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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Matthew Hoffman ... Matthew Hoffman (uncredited)

Michelle LaRue ... Waitress (uncredited)
Danny Wylde ... Reid (uncredited)
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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)
 
Stunts
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 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
Venus Kanani .... casting consultant
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
Sarah Haywood .... assistant score producer
Alexina Matisse .... co-music supervisor
Me&John .... composer: additional music (as Me and John)
Michael Turner .... co-music supervisor
 
Other crew
Michael J. Cohen .... production assistant
Leslie Coutterand .... understudy: Lindsay Lohan
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
 
Thanks
Jacqueline Bosnjak .... special thanks
Nicole Holland .... special thanks
Jeremy Riegel .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic nudity, language throughout, a bloody crime scene and brief drug use
Runtime:
99 min
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Trivia:
Jason Sudeikis was offered the role of Dr. Campbell.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Tara and Christian are by the pool, Tara's sunglasses are on her face whenever the camera faces her. But her sunglasses are on her head when the camera is behind her.See more »
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Low-budget film has a few good points, but too dreary and sordid to enjoy, 4 May 2014
Author: highwaytourist from United States

While "The Canyons" is not a total loss, it still doesn't work. As mentioned, it's about this spoiled and mentally unbalanced trust fund baby named Christian (James Deen) who's accustomed to getting his way, and his gold-digging yet not entirely unsympathetic girlfriend, former actress Tara (Lindsay Lohan). They live in a stylish mansion and have sex with each other and sometimes have guests join them. Partly on his father's insistence that he work, Christian produces the occasional film and one of those films stars Ryan (Gerard Funk Nolan), a hunky actor whom Tara was once lovers with and whom she still secretly loves. This unexpectedly makes Christian violently jealous (even he's surprised by his reaction) and sets in motion eventual tragedy. None of the people here are all that likable, not even the seemingly idealistic Ryan, and the low budget shows. The gratuitous sex and violence is reeks of exploitation. Yet the film is watchable at times. The entertainment industry is somewhat captured and some of the dialog is perceptive. The acting is somewhat better than one would expect. James Deen is a porn star, yet he shows he can carry a lead role without sinking a legitimate film. More importantly, Lindsay Lohan gives her best performance in years. She's a greedy user not because she likes to be, but because she believes she has no choice, yet she's still capable of love isn't really out to hurt anyone. I don't recommend this film, but it's not as terrible as it could have been. For all its faults, "The Canyons" has its moments.

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