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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 »
Awards:
2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Great movie, typical Ellis - detached and cruel See more (90 total) »

Cast

  (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
Danny Wylde ... Reed (as Chris Zeischegg)

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 ... Bar Patron
Brittani Cox ... Background performer (uncredited)

Matthew Hoffman ... Matthew Hoffman (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
Stella Valente .... foley artist (as Stella Valente Wilkins)
Ben Wilkins .... adr mixer
Ben Wilkins .... foley mixer
Ben Wilkins .... re-recording mixer
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 Ricardo Rodriguez .... grip (as Mario Rodriguez)
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
Alexina Matisse .... co-music supervisor
Me&John .... composer: additional music (as Me and John)
Aminé Ramer .... music supervisor
Michael Turner .... co-music supervisor
Brian Jackson Harris .... epk: music supervisor (uncredited)
Sarah Haywood .... assistant score producer (uncredited)
 
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
Huma Khan .... director legal post production (uncredited)
 
Thanks
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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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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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
As described in an in-depth, behind-the-scenes New York Times article about the film's production, Paul Schrader directed a sex scene naked in an effort to placate Lindsay Lohan.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Ryan:Don't worry, baby. It'll be alright. It'll be okay.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Casablanca (1942)See more »
Soundtrack:
February BluesSee more »

FAQ

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71 out of 114 people found the following review useful.
Great movie, typical Ellis - detached and cruel, 4 August 2013
Author: T C from United States

I think that a lot of the criticism of "The Canyons" is missing the point. All of Ellis' stories have a detached quality in them which makes them hard for audiences to relate to, especially on screen. They seem "unreal".

A constant theme in Ellis' work is the existential "ennui", the boredom and emptiness of life, the absence of deeper meaning. His main characters feel that something is missing, but they can't pinpoint what it is. As an audience, we know what they are missing - connection with themselves and others, and genuine emotion. This is why there is so much disconnect between the protagonists and the viewers.

It may be that the choice of Hollywood as a backdrop for this display of existential emptiness is an unlucky one because few people can relate to wealthy Hollywood life on a personal level.

However, I applaud the filmmakers for at least having the guts to try. The people in this movie are all choosing materialism over personal connection, and mechanical sex instead of intimacy, an orgasm is for them a reflex just like sneezing. Neither money, sex, nor social status provide happiness for those who get it in abundance; only those who don't have it in abundance think they will bring happiness. The values that popular culture upholds are devoid of value.

In addition, I think James Deen does a perfect job playing a narcissistic, controlling, emotionally empty vessel on the verge of snapping, and Lindsay Lohan (this is her first movie I've seen, and given the bad press, I'm positively surprised) does a great job playing a woman despairing from choosing hell in physical luxury, while starving emotionally.

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