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Pay It Forward ()


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A young boy attempts to make the world a better place after his teacher gives him that chance.

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Eugene Simonet
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Arlene McKinney
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Trevor McKinney
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Chris Chandler
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Jerry (as James Caviezel)
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Ricky McKinney
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Grace
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Sidney Parker
Gary Werntz ...
Mr. Thorsen
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Woman on Bridge
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Adam
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Bonnie
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Michelle
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Nurse
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Thorsen's Daughter (as Hannah Werntz)
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Principal
Loren D. Baum ...
Rough Kid #1
Nico Matinata ...
Rough Kid #2
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Rough Kid #3
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Shawn
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Alexandra
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Jordan
Christi Colombo ...
Christi
Phillip D. Stewart ...
Phillip (as Phillip Stewart)
Justin Parsons ...
Justin
Myeshia Dejore Walker ...
Myeshia
Brenae Suzanne Davey ...
Brenae
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Molly (as Molly Kate Bernard)
Andrew Patrick Flood ...
Andy
Tameila N. Turner ...
Tameila
Julian Correa ...
Julian
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School Girl (as Carrie Ann Sullivan)
Patricia Deanda ...
Change Girl
Ryan Berti ...
Hallway Kid #1
Gabriela Rivas ...
Hallway Kid #2
Carrick O'Quinn ...
Man in Window
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Sandra
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Cop
Tom Bailey ...
Liquid Man #1
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Liquid Man #2 (as Tim Dezarn)
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Liquid Man #3
Ron Keck ...
Lowlife #1
John Powers ...
Lowlife #2
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Creepy Middle-Aged Man
Frank Whiteman ...
Doctor
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Cop Who Gives Directions
Kendall Tenney ...
Male Newscaster
Sue Tripathy ...
Female Newscaster
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News Stand Guy
Leslie Dilley ...
The Governor
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Joe Rampino ...
Bar patron
Stacy Bellew ...
School Girl (uncredited)
Rebeca Cristian ...
Battered woman (uncredited)
Johnny Drocco ...
Stripper's Boyfriend (uncredited)
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Diner Patron (uncredited)
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Looky Lou (uncredited)
Ryan Keating ...
Stranded Motorist (uncredited)
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Dancer (uncredited)
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Student / Baseball Player (uncredited)
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Vampiro (uncredited) (archiveFootage)

Directed by

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Mimi Leder

Written by

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Catherine Ryan Hyde ... (book)
 
Leslie Dixon ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Peter Abrams ... producer
Paddy Carson ... associate producer (as Paddy Sam Carson)
Robert L. Levy ... producer
Mary McLaglen ... executive producer
Steven Reuther ... producer
Jonathan Treisman ... executive producer

Music by

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Thomas Newman

Cinematography by

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Oliver Stapleton ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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David Rosenbloom

Editorial Department

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Mo Henry ... negative cutter
David Orr ... color timer
Gregory Plotkin ... first assistant editor
Siobhan Prior ... second assistant editor
Richmond Riedel ... first assistant editor
Jonathan Malden ... colorist: dailies (uncredited)

Casting By

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Geraldine Leder

Production Design by

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Leslie Dilley

Art Direction by

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Lawrence A. Hubbs ... (as Larry Hubbs)

Set Decoration by

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Peg Cummings

Costume Design by

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Renee Ehrlich Kalfus

Makeup Department

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Louis Lazzara ... makeup artist
Vivian McAteer ... makeup department head
Tania McComas ... key makeup artist
Matthew W. Mungle ... makeup prosthetics
Carol A. O'Connell ... hair stylist: Mr. Spacey (as Carol O'Connell)
Darrell Redleaf-Fielder ... hair stylist: Ms. Hunt (as Darrell Fielder)
Waldo Sanchez ... key hair stylist
Ronnie Specter ... makeup artist: Ms. Hunt (as Ronnie Spector)
Christine Steele ... assistant makeup artist
Ryan McDowell ... prosthetic technician (uncredited)

Production Management

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Scott Elias ... production supervisor
Mary McLaglen ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Steve Danton ... first assistant director
Paul Byrne Prenderville ... second second assistant director (as Paul Prenderville)
Brian Relyea ... second second assistant director: Las Vegas
David H. Venghaus Jr. ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Marcos Alvarez ... set designer
Carlo Basail ... greens
Dan Colegrove ... propmaker
Mick Cukurs ... set designer
Chris Fix ... propmaker
China Fox ... assistant property master (as China Iwata)
Douglas Fox ... property master (as Doug Fox)
David Gabrielli ... construction general foreman
Henry Stuart John ... construction foreman (as Stuart John)
Nicholas C. John ... stand-by painter (as Nic John)
Philip Keller ... storyboard artist
Melissa M. Levander ... auxilliary set decorator (as Melissa Levander)
David L. McGuire ... set dresser
Larry McGuire ... lead man
Laura M. O'Brien ... art department coordinator (as Laura O'Brien)
Marvin Salsberg ... construction coordinator
Mike Schenk ... on-set dresser (as Michael Schenk)
Gary Speckman ... set designer
Michael P. Sweeney ... assistant property master (as Michael Sweeney)
John Giuliano ... propmaker and mill foreman (uncredited)
Bill Kincaid ... set dresser (uncredited)
Bruce G. Smith ... paint supervisor (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Christopher S. Aud ... supervising sound editor (as Christopher Aud)
Kevin Bartnof ... foley artist
John Voss Bonds Jr. ... sound effects editor (as John Bonds)
Raul A. Bruce ... boom operator (as Raul Bruce)
David E. Campbell ... re-recording mixer (as David Campbell)
Jeffrey Cranford ... assistant sound editor (as Jeff Cranford)
Thom 'Coach' Ehle ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Patrick J. Foley ... dialogue editor
Terry Garcia ... assistant sound editor
Eric Gotthelf ... foley mixer
Catherine Harper ... foley artist
David L. Horton Jr. ... foley editor (as David H. Horton Jr.)
David M. Horton ... foley editor (as David M. Horton Sr.)
J. Paul Huntsman ... supervising sound editor
Lee Lemont ... adr editor
Mark Hopkins McNabb ... production sound mixer
Mark Morrell ... assistant sound editor
Thomas J. O'Connell ... adr mixer
John T. Reitz ... re-recording mixer (as John Rietz)
John F. Reynolds ... dialogue editor (as John Reynolds)
Gregg Rudloff ... re-recording mixer
James Simcik ... supervising adr editor
David Werntz ... sound effects editor
Jack Wolpa ... cable operator
Cody Dorkin ... adr (uncredited)
Mark Johnston ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Donna G. Walker ... post sound operations (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Rodney M. Byrd ... special effects foreman (as Rod Byrd)
Burt Dalton ... special effects supervisor
Albert Delgado ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Lloyd Hess ... technical support (uncredited)
George Sakellariou ... production engineering: ILM (uncredited)

Stunts

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William H. Burton Jr. ... stunts (as William H. Burton)
Chad Dashnaw ... stunts
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw ... stunt coordinator (as Jeff Dashnaw)
Brennan Dyson ... stunts
Debbie Evans ... stunts
Greg Harris ... stunts
Buddy Joe Hooker ... stunt coordinator (as Buddy Jo Hooker)
Norman Howell ... stunts
Johnny Martin ... stunt coordinator
Ralph W. Odum ... stunts (as Ralph Odum)
Kim Renee ... stunts (as Kim Reneé)
Debby Lynn Ross ... stunts (as Debby Ross Rondell)
Peter Weireter ... stunts (as Pete Weireter)
Dick Ziker ... stunts
Ryan Keating ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Stephen S. Campanelli ... camera operator (as Stepehn Campanelli) / steadicam operator (as Stephen Campanelli)
Bill Coe ... first assistant camera (as William Coe)
J. Patrick Daily ... key grip
Isaac Friedman ... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Barry Idoine ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
David James ... still photographer
Dwight Joseph Lavers ... dolly grip
Chris Lombardi ... camera operator: "b" camera
Michael McGuire ... key rigging grip
Charlie McIntyre ... key rigging lighting technician
Bobby McMahan ... second assistant camera
Scott Andrew Ressler ... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Scott Ressler)
John 'Fest' Sandau ... assistant chief lighting technician
James R. Tynes ... chief lighting technician
Tom West ... second grip
Antar Abderrahman Jr. ... lighting technician (uncredited)
Ismael Araujo Jr. ... grip (uncredited)
Greg Argarin ... lighting technician (uncredited)
James F. Cornick ... rigging technician (uncredited)
Eric Vincent Cruse ... grip (uncredited)
Neal Eldridge ... electrician (uncredited)
Bruce 'Sarge' Fleskes ... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Chris Funk ... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Steve Galloway ... additional playback (uncredited)
Lamarr Gray ... rigging electrician (uncredited)
John Johnson ... additional still photographer (uncredited)
Jesse Mather ... lighting technician (uncredited)
Colin Mayo ... lighting programmer (uncredited)
Charles 'Chaz' Norcross ... grip (uncredited)
Shayna Ritenour ... camera loader (uncredited)
Brian Rosso ... grip (uncredited)
David Schmalz ... second video assist operator (uncredited)
Jeremy Settles ... electrician (uncredited)
Cricket Sloat ... rigging assistant chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Tony Varuola ... electrician (uncredited)
Steven J. Winslow ... assistant camera (uncredited) / camera technician: Wescam camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Stacey Bunch ... casting assistant
Jessie Disla ... casting assistant
Jimmy Jue ... extras casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Candice Canty ... costumer: Las Vegas crew
Tangi Crawford ... costumer
Lynda Foote ... costume supervisor
Kimmie Furlong ... costumer: Ms. Hunt (as Kim Furlong)
Nadine Haders ... costumer
Dennis McCarthy ... costumer
Elizabeth Shelton ... associate costume designer (uncredited)
Jack Taggart ... costume ager/dyer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Nancy Haecker ... assistant location manager: Las Vegas crew
Maggie Mancuso ... location manager: Las Vegas crew
Elaine Patarini ... assistant location manager
Nicholas Savalas ... location assistant: Las Vegas crew
Sara Burton ... location scout (uncredited)

Music Department

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Bill Bernstein ... music editor
Jordan Corngold ... assistant music editor
Joel Iwataki ... music scoring mixer
Thomas Pasatieri ... orchestrator
G. Marq Roswell ... music supervisor
George Doering ... musician (uncredited)
Jim Dunbar ... music consultant (uncredited)
Sean M. Hickey ... music preparation (uncredited)
k.d. lang ... musician (uncredited)
Norman Ludwin ... musician (uncredited)
Yvonne McDonald ... music coordinator (uncredited)
Christopher S. Parker ... music clearances (uncredited)
Jane Siberry ... musician (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Lee Garibaldi ... transportation captain
Philip Krysl ... driver: cast
Tommy Tancharoen ... transportation coordinator
Gil Amaral ... driver (uncredited)
Karen Chang Ambrose ... transportation office coordinator (uncredited)
Everett Everett ... driver (uncredited)
Buddy Hunter ... driver (uncredited)
Thomas O'Donnell ... driver: production van (uncredited)
Jerry Sidwell ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Donna Armstrong ... first aid: Las Vegas
Herach Arzounian ... first aid: Las Vegas
Stacey Berns ... assistant: Ms. Hunt (as Stacy Berns)
Jenifer Bonisteel ... staff assistant
Judith M. Brown ... studio teacher (as Judith Brown)
Kayce Brown ... staff assistant
Dana Brunetti ... assistant: Mr. Spacey
Candice D. Campos ... assistant production coordinator
Lois Carl ... studio teacher
Amy Carrelli ... production secretary: Las Vegas crew (as Amy Carelli)
Richard Cody ... craft service (as Rich Cody)
Brett Doogan ... craft service: Las Vegas crew
Michelle Fitch ... staff assistant
Michael Garrity ... assistant: Ms. Leder
Denise Heinrich ... production coordinator
Dori Kancher ... assistant: Ms. McLaglen
Troy Kramer ... craft service: Las Vegas crew
Kevin LaRosa ... pilot
Adria Later ... studio teacher
David R. Lawson ... first aid
Stevie Lazo ... production accountant
Cary 'C.P.' Levine ... production secretary
Todd A. Marks ... display graphics supervisor
Shaun M. McGovern ... assistant accountant
Jeanmarie Murphy-Burke ... unit publicist
Michelle Pinkney ... assistant: Mr. Abrams
Julie Pitkanen ... script supervisor
Angie Popko ... staff assistant
Ferguson Reid ... first aid
Brigette Roux-Lough ... assistant: Mr. Reuther
Jeffrey Schwartz ... staff assistant
Hallie Sirota ... assistant: Mr. Levy
Wil E. Cano ... executive assistant (uncredited)
Sean Carville ... second assistant accountant (uncredited)
Ricky Cuevas ... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Michael Fine ... set medic (uncredited)
Lisa Hatch ... production assistant (uncredited)
Joyce Heftel ... script supervisor: pre-timing (uncredited)
Cody Jarrett ... stand-in: Jon Bon Jovi (uncredited)
Ryan Keating ... photo double: Kevin Spacey (uncredited) / stand-in: Kevin Spacey (uncredited)
John Kirby ... acting coach: Mr. Caviezel (uncredited)
Brie Larson ... adr loop group (uncredited)
Logan Newell ... stand-in (uncredited)
Ronald M. Ortiz ... production assistant (uncredited)
Liz Probst ... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Scott Rorie ... set production assistant (uncredited)
Dan Talbott ... production assistant: Portland second unit (uncredited)
Chris Winn ... craft service (uncredited)

Thanks

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J.P. Guerin ... special thanks
Roberta Holton ... special thanks (as Dr. Roberta Holton)
Kristi Kolunda ... special thanks
Carol Leavitt ... special thanks
Frank Lucero ... special thanks
Timothy A. Miller ... special thanks (as Dr. Timothy A. Miller)
Andrew Panay ... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Young Trevor McKinney, troubled by his mother's alcoholism and fears of his abusive but absent father, is caught up by an intriguing assignment from his new social studies teacher, Mr. Simonet. The assignment: think of something to change the world and put it into action. Trevor conjures the notion of paying a favor not back, but forward--repaying good deeds not with payback, but with new good deeds done to three new people. Trevor's efforts to make good on his idea bring a revolution not only in the lives of himself, his mother and his physically and emotionally scarred teacher, but in those of an ever-widening circle of people completely unknown to him. Written by Jim Beaver

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Taglines Three imperfect people. One perfect idea. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Un monde meilleur (France)
  • Das Glücksprinzip (Germany)
  • Cadena de favores (Spain)
  • Prosledi dalje (Serbia)
  • Horis antallagma (Greece)
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Runtime
  • 123 min
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Box Office

Budget $40,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $9,631,359, 22 Oct 2000
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $55,707,411

Did You Know?

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Trivia In the scene where Helen Hunt's character strikes her son Trevor across the face, Haley Joel Osment requested that she actually hit him to make it seem more realistic. However, director Mimi Leder declined to allow that to happen in the film. See more »
Goofs The point of triage in an ER is to identify and treat patients in need of immediate care. No nurse in his/her right mind would pass over a girl having an acute asthma attack for an obviously stable man with a gunshot wound, no matter what order they arrived in. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Making of 'Pay It Forward' (2000). See more »
Soundtracks You Gotta Move See more »
Quotes Trevor McKenney: I think some people are too scared, or something. I guess it's hard for people who are so used to things the way they are - even if they're bad - to change. 'Cause they kind of give up. And when they do, everybody kind of loses.
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