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A man upon retirement, embarks on a journey to his estranged daughter's wedding, only to discover more about himself and life than he ever expected.

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  • Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 25 wins & 69 nominations.
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Warren Schmidt
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Roberta Hertzel
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Jeannie Schmidt
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Randall Hertzel
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Helen Schmidt
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Larry Hertzel
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John Rusk
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Vicki Rusk
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Ray Nichols
Mark Venhuizen ...
Duncan Hertzel
Cheryl Hamada ...
Saundra
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Minister in Denver
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Gary Nordin - Warren's Replacement
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Randall's Best Man (as James Micheal Connor)
Jill Anderson ...
Bridesmaid Reading St. Paul
Vaughan Wenzel ...
Man Mourning Helen
Judith Kathryn Hart ...
Woman Mourning Helen
Marilyn Tipp ...
Neighbor Lady (scenesDeleted)
Robert Kem ...
Priest in Omaha (as Reverend Robert Kem)
Melissa Hanna ...
Dairy Queen Employee
Tung Ha ...
Frat Kid
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Other Frat Kid
Mary Beth Nelson ...
Bartender
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Tire Store Employee (as Stephen Heller)
Lester Kills Crow ...
Native American Cashier
Thomas Michael Belford ...
Funeral Director
McKenna Gibson ...
Six-year-old Jeannie
Emily McNaughton ...
Twelve-year-old Jeannie
Beth Heimann ...
Wedding Singer #1
Linda Wilmot ...
Wedding Singer #2
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Huse ...
Chuck Woodard (uncredited)
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Partygoer #1 (uncredited)
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Angela Lansbury (uncredited) (voice)
Mark J. O'Leary ...
Bartender (uncredited)
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Male shopper (uncredited)
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Bus boy (uncredited)
Michael Tolochko ...
Surly Denver Neighbor Taking Trash Out (uncredited)

Directed by

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Alexander Payne

Written by

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Louis Begley ... (novel "About Schmidt")
 
Alexander Payne ... (screenplay) &
Jim Taylor ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Bill Badalato ... executive producer
Michael Besman ... producer
Harry Gittes ... producer
Rachael Horovitz ... executive producer

Music by

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Rolfe Kent

Cinematography by

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James Glennon ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Kevin Tent

Editorial Department

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David Berman ... apprentice editor
Tom Dailey ... first assistant editor: avid
Danya Joseph ... first assistant film editor
Jody Levin ... executive in charge of post-production
Mato ... color timer
Mark Scovil ... assistant editor
Carla Swanson ... montage: Warren
Mike Sowa ... digital color timer: mastering (uncredited)
Jayson Wall ... post-production assistant (uncredited)

Casting By

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Lisa Beach
Kathleen Chopin ... casting director: New York
Sarah Katzman

Production Design by

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Jane Ann Stewart

Art Direction by

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T.K. Kirkpatrick ... (as Tim Kirkpatrick)
Pat Tagliaferro

Set Decoration by

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Teresa Visinare

Costume Design by

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Wendy Chuck

Makeup Department

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Carrie Angland ... makeup artist: Mr. Nicholson
Danielle Cunningham ... makeup artist
Emjay Olson ... key hair stylist
Angie Paul ... hair stylist
Jeanne Van Phue ... key makeup artist
Joy Zapata ... hair stylist: Mr. Nicholson
Lisa Brockman-Kalz ... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Stacy Heatherly ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Bill Badalato ... unit production manager (as William Badalato)
Billy Badalato ... production supervisor
Carla Fry ... executive in charge of production
Rick Reynolds ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Rocco Marra ... additional second assistant director
Shari Nicotero ... second assistant director
George Parra ... first assistant director
David Waters ... second second assistant director (as David 'Muddy' Waters)

Art Department

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Rob Baker ... utility construction
Dave Brown ... shop steward
Nathan Carlson ... graphic designer (as Nate Carlson)
Andrew Wayne Carson ... set dresser
Jack Clowers ... set dresser
Paula Clowers ... set dresser
Kevin Cowan ... carpenter
Michael Daly ... carpenter
Ron Gielow ... co-construction coordinator
Mervyn Johnson ... co-construction coordinator (as Merve Johnson)
Melanie Jones ... painter foreman
Rick Kaufman ... carpenter
Sora Kimberlain ... set painter
Robert E. Knight ... lead painter (as Robert Ellison Knight)
Craig Lee ... set painter
Patrick Lees ... leadman
Tanya B. Magidow ... assistant property master (as Tanya Magidow)
Chanda McConnell ... additional property
Stephen Miller ... construction gang boss (as Steve Miller)
Jeffrey M. O'Brien ... property master (as Jeff O'Brien)
Ron Rhodes ... co-construction coordinator
Michael Tagel ... paint gang boss
Debi Shirk Tagliaferro ... construction auditor (as Debi Tagliaferro)
Packy Tagliaferro ... construction production assistant
Brian Vogelgesang ... set dresser
Steven Wolfe ... on-set dresser
Greg Berger ... carpenter (uncredited)
Matthew Richard Harris ... graphic designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Scott Austin ... daily sound transferer
Javier Bennassar ... sound effects editor
John Cannon ... sound assistant
Claudia Carle ... adr recordist
Mark Choi ... sound effects editor (as Mark Hunshik Choi)
Patrick Cyccone Jr. ... re-recording mixer
Lisle Engle ... sound effects editor
Frank Gaeta ... sound designer / sound supervisor
Nerses Gezalyan ... foley mixer
David Grant ... dialogue editor
Ann Hadsell ... adr mixer
Rickey Hawkes ... utility sound technician
Adam Jenkins ... re-recording mixer
Kimaree Long ... adr supervisor
James Moriana ... foley artist
Mark Ormandy ... additional sound
Michelle Pazer ... dialogue editor
Art Rochester ... sound mixer
Earl Sampson ... boom operator
Unsun Song ... sound recordist
David Stanke ... sound assistant
Jeffrey Wilhoit ... foley artist (as Jeff Wilhoit)
Greg Zimmerman ... foley recordist
Holger M. Thiele ... sound mastering engineer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Pat Tagliaferro ... special effects supervisor (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Erik Henry ... visual effects supervisor
Robert Stromberg ... matte painter
Edward Helmers ... digital artist (uncredited)
Shaina Holmes ... digital compositor (uncredited)
L. Elizabeth Powers ... digital compositor (uncredited)
Mark Sawicki ... optical camera (uncredited)
Patrick Zentis ... digital compositor: Digital Backlot (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Tom Axtell ... electrician
Michael Baird ... video assist operator
Claudette Barius ... still photographer
Monty Bass ... grip
Dave Behn ... grip
Quintin Bogard ... rigging electrician
Dennis Buffum ... electrician
Dwight Campbell ... chief lighting technician
Lora Davis ... grip
Milo Durben ... dolly grip
Robert Edesa ... additional photographer (as Bob Edesa) / camera operator: "a" camera (as Bob Edesa)
Paul Eichler ... electrician
Geoff Eng ... electrician
Melissa Freeman ... camera loader
Kevin Ketelhut ... rigging electrician
Aaron Lemere ... electrician
Stephen B. Martinez ... best boy grip (as Stephen Martinez)
Mike Mastre ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Scott McCarthy ... additional camera loader
Simone Perusse ... best boy electric
Radan Popovic ... additional photography / camera operator: "b" camera
Kaile Shilling ... additional photography supervisor
Dennis Shotsman ... grip
John A. Small ... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as John Small)
R. Michael Stringer ... key grip
Jay Swanson ... rigging electrician
Michael Tolochko ... rigging gaffer
Travis Williams ... rigging electrician
Steve Wolpa ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
James M. Wykoff ... grip (as Mike Wykoff)
Justin Akers ... key grip: second unit (uncredited)
Robert K. Feldmann ... key grip: second unit (uncredited)
Craig Ladwig ... rigging key grip (uncredited)
Patriq Luo ... electrician (uncredited)
Kyle T. MacDowell ... grip (uncredited)
John Pycha ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Chad Bishoff ... extras casting assistant
Sandy Holt ... adr voice casting
John Jackson ... casting: Midwest
Teresa Affleck ... casting intern (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jeannine Bourdaghs ... costume supervisor
Linda Carol Flake ... set costumer (as Linda Flake)
Carrie Grace ... costumer
Christel Highland ... set costumer
Nava R. Sadan ... wardrobe: Mr. Nicholson (as Nava Sadan)
Susan Strubel ... set costumer
Cat Dawson ... additional costumer (uncredited)
Jeannie H. Kelly ... additional costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Stacy Eyrich ... location assistant: Mr. Nicholson
John Latenser V ... location manager
Mike Latenser ... assistant location manager
Kendra Liedle ... location production assistant

Music Department

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Tony Blondal ... orchestrator
Bob Bowen ... music executive
Paul Broucek ... music executive
Robert Fernandez ... score mixer
Richard Ford ... music editor
Larry Groupé ... conductor
David Sabee ... music contractor
Annie Searles ... music clearances
Lori Silfen ... music business affairs
Kerry Wikstrom ... additional orchestrator
Sean Osborn ... musician (uncredited)
Shie Rozow ... assistant music editor (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Chet Badalato ... driver: Mr. Nicholson
Steve Brill ... transportation coordinator
Joe Brumbaugh ... driver
Larry Cain ... transportation captain (as Larry 'Weasel' Cain)
Angie Carraher ... driver
Gary Edelman ... transportation captain
Lindsay Elliott ... driver (as Lindsey Elliott)
Floyd Erwin ... driver
Michael Grooms ... driver (as Mike 'Sluggo' Grooms)
Donald Jones ... driver
Gracie Klein ... driver
Gary Labs ... driver
Dave Nickel ... driver
Gary Roberts ... driver (as Gary 'Jonboy' Roberts)
Robert J. Rocco ... driver (as Robert Rocco)
Lawrence Root ... driver (as Lawrence 'Sparky' Root)
Bernard Sczemanski ... picture car captain (as Bernard 'Ski' Sczemanski)
Tony Swartz ... driver
Carla Klein ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Erika Anderson ... set production assistant
Sam Arent ... set production assistant
Anne Badalato ... accounting clerk
Tommy Baratta ... chef: Mr. Nicholson (as Tommy Barratta)
Dana Belcastro ... production executive
Carolyn Blackwood ... production attorney
Tracy Boyd ... assistant: Alexander Payne
Kaylene Carlson ... production coordinator
Laurie Cartwright ... risk management
Laura Chang ... production office assistant
Stephen Coleman ... technical consultant (as Stephan Coleman)
Jeff Egan ... production safety
Karen Eisenstadt ... production accountant
Nicholas Fitzgerald ... set production assistant (as Nick Fitzgerald)
April Fitzsimmons ... set production assistant
Jim Foyt ... projectionist
Will Gatlin ... craft service
Josh Geller ... set production assistant (as Josh Gellar)
Lynn Giordano ... assistant: Jane Stewart
Jeffrey Gladu ... payroll accountant (as Jeff Gladu)
Emily Glatter ... supervising production coordinator
Sherri Goldman ... first assistant accountant
Brian Grummert ... additional accounting clerk
John Hackett ... double: Mr. Nicholson / stand-in: Mr. Nicholson
Gene L. Hamilton ... photo double (as Gene Hamilton) / stand-in (as Gene Hamilton)
Joshuwa Hannum ... photo double / stand-in
Marc Jacobs ... production resources
Wayne Lamkay ... assistant production coordinator
Sagan Lewis ... photo double / stand-in
Roland Manarin ... production secretary
Andrew Matthews ... financial advisor
Jennifer Mount ... risk management
Dawn Perlin ... executive assistant: Mr. Nicholson
Dawn Pieke ... photo double / stand-in
Paul Prokop ... production controller
Steven John Reynolds ... second assistant accountant (as Steve Reynolds)
Rebecca Robertson ... script supervisor
Amy Romeo ... production office assistant
Oswaldo Rosa ... chef: Mr. Nicholson
Suzanne Rosencrans ... business affairs executive
Amy Russell ... clearances: The Clear Choice
Teresa Seina ... craft service assistant / craft service: as Teresa Cowan
Kaile Shilling ... assistant: Alexander Payne
Aaron Smith ... production office assistant
David Sporn ... business affairs administrator
Traci Stick ... production assistant (as Traci Boyle)
Lee Tucker ... preview technical supervisor
Edward C. Wang ... assistant: Harry Gittes
Rick Williams ... assistant: Michael Besman
Deborah Wuliger ... unit publicist
Teresa Affleck ... production assistant (uncredited)
Helen Blume ... production assistant (uncredited)
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. ... inventory services (uncredited)
Ellyn Exley ... assistant to Erik Holmberg (uncredited)
Peter Pham ... additional production assistant: second unit (uncredited)
Traci Stick ... production assistant (uncredited)
Kirk Tedeski ... video coordinator (uncredited)

Thanks

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Julie Ginsburg ... thanks: Omaha Film Commission Office (as Julie Ginsberg)
Laurie Richards ... thanks: Nebraska Film Commission Office
Kathy Sheppard ... thanks: Omaha Film Commission Office
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Plot Summary

Warren Schmidt has led a safe, predictable life working in the insurance industry in Omaha, Nebr. for many years, yet now faces retirement. At the same time he is forced to take a hard look at his wife, his life and his relationship with his estranged daughter. An often hilarious series of events follow as Schmidt embarks on an unpredictable RV journey to attend his daughter's wedding in Denver. Written by wacoastguy

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Also Known As
  • Monsieur Schmidt (France)
  • Mr Schmidt (France)
  • A propósito de Schmidt (Spain)
  • Shetika me ton Schmidt (Greece)
  • Las confesiones del Sr. Schmidt (Mexico)
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Runtime
  • 125 min
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Box Office

Budget $30,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $282,367, 15 Dec 2002
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $105,834,556

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Trivia When Jack Nicholson received the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama, he commented afterward, "I'm a little surprised. I thought we had made a comedy." See more »
Goofs The seasons change back and forth, between winter and summer. Sometimes the trees are bare, but in the next scene, they're full again. At the beginning of the movie, the trees are bare and it's gray and cold. Yet, two weeks later he leaves on his trip and it's summer all of a sudden. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Best Films of 2002 (2003). See more »
Soundtracks You Sexy Thing See more »
Quotes Warren Schmidt: Relatively soon, I will die. Maybe in 20 years, maybe tomorrow, it doesn't matter. Once I am dead and everyone who knew me dies too, it will be as though I never existed. What difference has my life made to anyone. None that I can think of. None at all.
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