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An ambitious debut for writer/director Bart Freundlich charting the unrest with a family who gather together for Thanksgiving Day.

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Randee Allen ...
Waitress
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Daphne
Justin Barreto ...
Young Jake
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Jerry
Nicholas Bourgeois ...
Young Warren
Tom Cumler ...
Man at Train Station
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Lena
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Margaret
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Tom
Kelsey Gunn ...
Young Leigh
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Leigh
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Elliot
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Cezanne (as James LeGros)
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Mia
Polly Pelletier ...
Young Mia
Pam Jack ...
Bookstore Woman (as Pamela Polhemus)
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Warren's Psychiatrist
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Hal
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Jake
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Warren
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Train Passenger (uncredited)

Directed by

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Bart Freundlich

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Bart Freundlich ... (written by)

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Howard Bernstein ... associate producer
Anthony Bregman ... associate producer
Bart Freundlich ... producer
Ted Hope ... executive producer
Victoria McGarry ... line producer
Tim Perell ... producer
James Schamus ... executive producer
Mary Jane Skalski ... producer
Noah Wyle ... associate producer

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David Bridie
John Phillips

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Stephen Kazmierski ... director of photography

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Ken J. Sackheim
Kate Williams

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Laurie Butler ... first assistant editor
Dalton Helms ... first assistant editor
Dave Pultz ... color timer (as David Pultz)
Hurin Veis ... second assistant editor

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Douglas Aibel
Christine Sheaks

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Susan Bolles

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John McFarlane

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Catherine Pierson

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Lucy W. Corrigan

Makeup Department

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Deborah Cross ... additional makeup assistant
Gianna Sparacino ... key hair designer
Tracy Warbin ... key makeup artist

Production Management

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Ross Katz ... post-production supervisor
Jake Myers ... unit manager
Natascha Tillmanns ... production manager

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Jolyon Handler ... second assistant director
Marco Londoner ... second second assistant director
David 'Wex' Wechsler ... first assistant director (as David Wechsler)

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Pamela Berkeley ... charge scenic
Brian Buteau ... set dresser
Pamela Chodosh ... scenic artist
Lisa Frantz ... property master
Hector M. Gonzalez ... scenic artist (as Héctor González)
Shannon Hart ... scenic artist
Paul Hausman ... carpenter
Mame James ... assistant set decorator
Dianne Kalemkeris ... assistant props
Cailin Kavanaugh ... art department intern
Mary Jane Schepers ... scenic artist
Jeffrey Scott Taylor ... lead man
Nate Thibodeau ... art department intern

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Stephen Altobello ... assistant sound editor
Tim J. Carroll ... stereo sound engineer: Dolby
Jesse Feigelman ... location sound mixer
Steve Hamilton ... supervising sound editor
Andy Kris ... adr engineer
Leo Madrazo ... foley artist
Kelly Neese ... additional boom operator
David Novack ... post-production sound mixer
James Palumbo ... apprentice sound editor (as James M. Palumbo)
Will Ralston ... sound effects editor (as Jennifer Ralston)
Peter Schneider ... location sound mixer
Juan Carlos Zaldívar ... dialogue editor

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Christopher Derek Lee ... stunt coordinator (as Christopher Lee)

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Joe Arcidiacono ... assistant camera / camera operator: "b" camera
Janice Arthur ... Steadicam operator
David Bryant ... best boy grip
Casey Campbell ... best boy electric
Jason Carter ... additional assistant camera
Trish Clark ... second assistant camera
Scott Crawford ... additional assistant camera
Bill Foley ... still photographer (as William Foley)
Michael Fornasiero ... grip
Matt Foster ... additional electrician
J. Alan Hostetter ... gaffer (as Alan Hostetter)
John Kiley ... additional electrician
Peter Letzelter-Smith ... additional electrician
Jayson Lobozzo ... additional grip
Manuel Cuotemoc Malle ... still photographer (as Manuel Malle)
Charles Papert ... steadicam operator
Antonio Rossi ... second assistant camera
Kurt Schwarz ... key grip
Jason Summers ... third electrician
John Tanzer ... camera loader

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Jordan Beswick ... casting associate
Debra Lord Cooke ... local casting (as Dee Cooke)
Laurie Gershon ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Marie Abma ... wardrobe supervisor
Pamela Kezal ... wardrobe assistant
Laura Jean Shannon ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Douglas Hall ... location assistant
Andrew Saxe ... location manager
Tracy Skillin ... location scout
Christine Welker ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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David Abuiso ... musician: double bass
David Bridie ... musician: piano, keyboard and vocals
Andrew Carswell ... musician: mandolin and tin whistle
Hannah Cooper ... musician: oboe
Robin Gador ... musician: bass
Steve Hamilton ... music editor
Zar Hanley ... assistant music engineer
Michael Hill ... music supervisor
Peter Luscombe ... musician: drums
Tracy McKnight ... music supervisor
Helen Mountfort ... musician: cello and harmonica
Greg O'Shea ... assistant music engineer
John Phillips ... musician: acoustic and electric guitars
Simon Polinski ... music engineer / music mixer

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William McGrath ... driver
William O'Brien ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Dave Bennett ... office intern
Gregory Blois ... electronic press kit crew
Vanessa E. Cooper ... set intern
Nicole Duryea ... additional production assistant
Rick Eichler ... office intern
Alfa Erma ... office intern
Paola Freccero ... unit publicist
Cliff Fuller ... office production assistant
Bill Garvey ... additional production assistant
Laurie Gershon ... product placement/clearances
Hilary Duval Hall-Allred ... stand-in
Melissa Hanson ... set intern
Elizabeth Heeden ... film conform assistant
Greg Hudson ... electronic press kit crew
Katie Hutchins ... office intern
Chiemi Karasawa ... script supervisor
Anne Kauffman ... assistant: Mr. Freundlich
Myron Kerstein ... film conform assistant
Michael Kimball ... stand-in
Michele Larocca ... film conform assistant
Sig Libowitz ... assistant to producers
Chip Liscombe ... office intern
Harlem Logan ... production assistant (as Harley Forrest Logan)
Joline Lord ... stand-in
Pietro Lorino Jr. ... production accountant
Jon Marcus ... assistant production coordinator
Jennifer Murphy ... craft service
Neil Orlowski ... production assistant
William Perkins ... production coordinator
Guy H. Rocourt II ... production assistant (as Guy Rocourt II)
Patrick Sheedy ... post-production accountant
Amanda Slater ... key set production assistant
Joan Stein ... office intern
Noreen Ward ... post-production accountant
Shawn Wilson ... assistant accountant
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Plot Summary

An ambitious debut for writer/director Bart Freundlich charting the unrest with a family who gather together for Thanksgiving Day. Written by Jonathan Fox

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Also Known As
  • Back home (France)
  • Das Familiengeheimnis (Germany)
  • Retorn a casa (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Volviendo a casa (Spain)
  • În familie (Romania)
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Runtime
  • 93 min
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Budget $2,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $42,009, 21 Sep 1997

Did You Know?

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Trivia Actress Julianne Moore and director Bart Freundlich met while filming this picture. Moore has said that one week after the shooting started they were together. They were married and have had two children. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in A Thousand Acres/The Myth of Fingerprints/Going All the Way/Waco: The Rules of Engagement/Gravesend/Fire (1997). See more »
Soundtracks I Like It Like This See more »
Quotes Jake: I know your true passion theory about two people destined to be together, but we can't all be filled with that much faith, trust and emotion. It just means if you have someone you're not alone. You're not going to find that in some fairy tale romance. Sometimes you have to sit through low times where you don't necessarily feel overwhelmingly, totally in love all the time.
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