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Paterson -- Set in the present in Paterson, New Jersey, this is a tale about a bus driver and poet.
Paterson -- Set in the present in Paterson, New Jersey, this is a tale about a bus driver and poet.


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Release Date:
28 December 2016 (USA) See more »
If you ever left me I'd tear my heart out and never put it back
A quiet observation of the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Adam Driver ... Paterson

Golshifteh Farahani ... Laura

Nellie ... Marvin

Rizwan Manji ... Donny
Dominic Liriano ... Boy on Bus 1

Jaden Michael ... Boy on Bus 2

Barry Shabaka Henley ... Doc

Trevor Parham ... Sam

Troy T. Parham ... Dave

Brian McCarthy ... Jimmy

Frank Harts ... Luis

Luis Da Silva Jr. ... Blood in Convertible

Chasten Harmon ... Marie

William Jackson Harper ... Everett

Method Man ... Method Man (as Cliff Smith)
Kacey Cockett ... Woman in Red

Kara Hayward ... Female Student

Jared Gilman ... Male Student

Sterling Jerins ... Young Poet
Johnnie Mae ... Doc's Wife
Helen-Jean Arthur ... Older Woman 1
Joan Kendall ... Older Woman 2

Owen Asztalos ... Small Boy 1

Jorge Vega ... Small Boy 2

Sophia Muller ... Small Girl

Masatoshi Nagase ... Japanese Poet
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Martin Van Treuren ... Coverall Man (uncredited)

Volieda Webb ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Jim Jarmusch (directed by)
Writing credits
Jim Jarmusch (written by)

Produced by
Joshua Astrachan .... producer (produced by)
Daniel Baur .... executive producer
Ronald M. Bozman .... executive producer
Jean Labadie .... executive producer
Carter Logan .... producer (produced by)
Oliver Simon .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jim Jarmusch (original music written and performed by)
Carter Logan (original music written and performed by)
Sqürl (original music written and performed by)
Cinematography by
Frederick Elmes (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Affonso Gonçalves 
Casting by
Ellen Lewis 
Meghan Rafferty 
Production Design by
Mark Friedberg 
Set Decoration by
Lydia Marks 
Costume Design by
Catherine George 
Makeup Department
Marjorie Durand .... makeup department head
Kai Ravelson .... key hair stylist
Jennifer Serio Stauffer .... Hair Department Head
Production Management
Maggie Engelhardt .... production supervisor
Susan Lazarus .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Timothy Bird .... first assistant director
Stacey Cormier .... second second assistant director
Ryan Robert Howard .... second assistant director: 2nd unit
Karen Kane .... first assistant director: 2nd unit
Matthew Mason .... second assistant director
Art Department
Sam Bader .... art pa
Taylor Brown .... art pa
Dan Decelle .... leadman
Jennifer Fox .... art dept. pa
Sandy Hamilton .... property master
Erica Hohf .... assistant art director
Erik Molitor .... set dressing foreman
David Osmanski .... set dresser
Jessie Pellegrino .... assistant property master
Matthew James Reilly .... on-set dresser
Amber Subelka .... Scenic Artist
Taylorrbrown .... art dept. pa
Sound Department
Bryan Dembinski .... production sound mixer: second unit
Grant Elder .... re-recording mix assistant
Matthew Haasch .... foley supervisor
Gavin Hecker .... foley mixer
Robert Hein .... sound
Lawrence Herman .... dialogue editor
Drew Kunin .... sound mixer
Charles Marcus .... sound utility
Nick Sjostrom .... adr mixer
Tony Volante .... re-recording mixer
Scott Burik .... stunt driver
Mark Fichera .... stunt coordinator
Jimmy Hays .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Henry Banker .... grip
Cory Barth .... grip
Garrett Boehling .... dolly grip
Jim Bugge .... best boy electric
John Campbell .... generator operator
Mary Cybulski .... still photographer
Jimmy DeMarco .... electrician
Alex Felder .... grip
Bradley Grant .... first assistant camera: second unit
Wil Hamlin .... grip
Kay Hung .... camera intern
Lukasz Jogalla .... director of photography: second unit
Kate Kennedy .... second assistant camera
Abby Levine .... digital imaging technician
Dave Levine .... rigging gaffer
Kevin Martin .... rigging best boy electric
Elias Morales .... grip
John Raugalis .... gaffer
Tim Smythe .... key grip
Lydia Sudall .... electrician
Alex Watson-Eng .... best boy rigging electrician (as Alex Watson-eng)
Chad Marshall Young .... electrician
Casting Department
Mia Cusumano .... casting associate
Jason Harris .... adr voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joey Campbell .... key costumer
Virginia Cook .... costume supervisor
Arielle Cooper-Lethem .... additional set costumer
Arielle Cooper-Lethem .... costume assistant
David Grevengoed .... tailor
Tom Jarmusch .... on set dresser
Kristen Koenig .... set costumer
Heather Patton .... set costumer
Debra Peck .... set costumer
Matthew Simonelli .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Matt Caruso .... digital intermediate producer
Christian G. Farfan .... on-line editor
Joe Gawler .... colorist
Matthew Hawkins .... dailies producer
Chris MacKenzie .... smoke artist
Jamie Payne .... digital lab technician
Kevin Vale .... senior digital intermediate producer
Location Management
Matthew Kania .... location manager
Nick Pray .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Ilyse Wolfe Tretter .... music clearance consultant
Transportation Department
Dan Buckman .... transportation co-captain
Michael Goddard .... driver
Other crew
Laila Archuleta .... production assistant
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer
William Berloni .... head animal trainer
Steve Berman .... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Shannon Blaney .... production assistant
Christine Boehm .... set medic
Rebecca Breckel .... script supervisor
Will Carnevale .... production assistant
Theresa A. Carroll .... animal trainer
Richard Cline .... production assistant
Arielle De Saint Phalle .... assistant to Jim Jarmusch
Tara Dean .... legal affairs executive
Christopher Fitzsimmons .... assitant to producers
Jennifer Fox .... clearances pa
Justin Frasier-Wright .... production assistant (as Justin-Frasier Wright)
Eve Gabereau .... distribution by
Michael Hall .... assistant production coordinator
Gabriella Ludlow .... business affairs services
Peter A. Marshall .... Insurance & Risk Management
Steven Napolitano .... production assistant
Joe Power .... production secretary
Rick Rosset .... production assistant
Jenna Sheets .... payroll: accountant
Kati Sklut .... production coordinator
Stacey Smith .... business affairs services (as Stacey E. Smith)
Yasser Souisri .... production assistant
Caroline Stevens-Sommers .... office production assistant
Adam Taylor .... first assistant accountant
Elizabeth Thompson .... office production assistant
Jess Weiss .... paperwork production assistant
Nellie .... in memory of

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Rated R for some language
118 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Argentina:13 | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Germany:0 | Ireland:15A | Switzerland:10 | Taiwan:PG-12 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #50421)
Filming Locations:

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The last poem Paterson writes with the line; "Would you rather be a fish", is from the song 'Swinging On A Star' (Burke/Van Heusen): A fish won't do anything but swim in a brook He can't write his name or read a book And to fool the people is his only thought Though he slippery - he still gets caught But then if that sort of life is what you wish You may grow up to be a fish.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): It's made clear that Paterson doesn't own or use a cel phone, but when he has to borrow one, he dials it using his thumbs. A person not used to texting on a cel phone would use his index finger to dial.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in "Film '72: Episode #45.11" (2016)See more »


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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Life itself is poetry, 18 October 2016
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

I'm not sure if Jim Jarmusch ("Only Lovers Left Alive") in Paterson wants to make America great again by giving us his vision of the way it used to be, or is telling us that we only have to look around us to discover that it's great right now. Performed by a brilliantly authentic Adam Driver ("Midnight Special"), Paterson is not only the name of the city in New Jersey known for its resident poet William Carlos Williams, but is also his name. He is a poet whose Haiku-like verses (actually written by Ron Padgett) are reminiscent of the city's own poet William Carlos Williams. He writes a new poem every day (or finishes an old one) on the #23 bus he drives before and during his trip. Though his loving, energetic, somewhat scattered wife Laura (Golshifteh Farahani, "Finding Altamira") keeps asking him to make copies of them, he resists the idea, preferring to keep them in his secret notebook.

The film has little conflict, family dysfunction, or mental health issues. It is about what works and even (wonder of wonders) about a marriage that is not falling apart. Like most people with jobs and families, Paterson has a daily routine. There's too much variation in his day to call it a takeoff on Groundhog Day, but it does have that "same old, same old" quality. He awakes shortly after 6am, has a bowl of cereal that looks suspiciously like Cheerios, walks to his job driving the #23 bus through the streets of Paterson, listening in on conversations (often with a broad smile on his face) of passengers who talk about anything from Italian anarchists to boxer Hurricane Carter and comedian Lou Costello.

He comes home at six, corrects a leaning mailbox that moves daily thanks to his grumpy English bulldog Marvin (RIP), has dinner (some on the exotic side) talks with Laura who fills him in on the many projects she has going on including painting black and white circles on draperies, learning to play the guitar, and making cupcakes to sell at the local farmers market. He then takes Marvin for a walk and goes for a beer at the local pub where he chats with the owner Doc (Barry Shabaka Henley, "Carrie"), and often acts as a moderator between Everett (William Jackson Harper, "True Story"), a dramatic actor who desperately wants to reunite with his ex-wife Maria (Chasten Harmon.

The poems that Paterson reads as the words are flashed on the screen are not about odes to nightingales (though there's nothing wrong with that) but about down-to-earth things, such as one about matches, inspired by Ohio Blue Tip matchboxes that have disappeared from our lives. In "The Run," he says, "I go through trillions of molecules that move aside to make way for me while on both sides trillions more stay where they are. The windshield wiper blade starts to squeak. The rain has stopped. I stop. On the corner a boy in a yellow raincoat holding his mother's hand." In other poems he lets the world know how much he is in love with his wife, though he confides in us that he occasionally looks at other woman, something which as far as I know is still legal.

To Paterson, a poem should be simple and direct and he is moved by one such poem by a 9-year-old girl who recites it to him while she is waiting for her mother and sister. He complements her on her poem about a waterfall, remembering a few lines and reciting them to Laura when he gets home. Contrary to most films where, except for films about wealthy financial elites, work does not play a big role in the life of the characters, Paterson makes real what daily living is about for a majority of working people. The film has warmth and humor wrapped in a portrait of a city which has seen better days, a city in which Jarmusch creates a structure of closely observed small moments revealed with empathy.

Paterson is a man who is not looking for life to give him satisfaction but who brings satisfaction to it, a man who knows that satisfaction does not depend on accumulating things but in being grounded in who you are and what you can bring to the world. He comes to appreciate that poetry is not extraneous to life but that life itself is poetry. Although the film presents an idealistic picture of a city without visible slums, drugs, and crime which we know exists, Jarmusch may be providing us with a welcome counterpoint, showing us the way our cities should be and can be again.

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