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A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one.

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Mr. Grey
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Lee Holloway
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Peter
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Joan Holloway
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Burt Holloway
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Dr. Twardon
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Tricia O'Connor
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Jonathan
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Lee's Sister
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Sylvia
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Stewart
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Paralegal
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Allison
Lacey Kohl ...
Louisa
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Jessica
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First Secretary
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Typing Teacher
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Mr. Garvey
Steven Fierberg ...
First Date
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Second Date (as Russell Harper)
David Wiater ...
Tomato Date
Shannon Convery ...
New Secretary
Alison Tatlock ...
TV Reporter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Zoo Protester (uncredited)
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Photographer (uncredited)
Diane McGee ...
Woman with the Purple Boots (uncredited)
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Dancing Party Guest (uncredited)
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Richard Arevalos (sex therapist on tape) (uncredited) (voice)
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Sitting In Mr. Grey's Waiting Room (uncredited)

Directed by

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Steven Shainberg

Written by

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Erin Cressida Wilson ... (screenplay)
 
Mary Gaitskill ... (short story)
 
Steven Shainberg ... (story adaptation) and
Erin Cressida Wilson ... (story adaptation)

Produced by

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Jamie Beardsley ... executive producer
Andrew Fierberg ... producer
Amy Hobby ... producer
Joel Posner ... executive producer
P.J. Posner ... executive producer
Michael Roban ... executive producer
Steven Shainberg ... producer

Music by

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Angelo Badalamenti

Cinematography by

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Steven Fierberg

Film Editing by

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Pam Wise

Editorial Department

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Katie Bevell ... post-production assistant
Bob Fredrickson ... color timer
Nadia Fugazza ... assistant editor
Jamie Governale ... apprentice editor (as James Governale)
Mark Moran ... post-production assistant
Jay Rabinowitz ... additional editor
Mattia Romeo ... assistant editor
Greg Tennant ... assistant editor
Kenneth Wachtel ... assistant editor
Scott Zone ... colorist

Casting By

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Ellen Parks

Production Design by

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Amy Danger

Art Direction by

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Nick Ralbovsky

Set Decoration by

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Michael Baker
Michael Murray

Costume Design by

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Marjorie Bowers

Makeup Department

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Raqueli Dahan ... key makeup artist
Robert Hall ... special effects makeup designer
Cynthia Laws ... hair stylist
Robert Ramos ... additional hair stylist
Cynthia P. Romo ... hair stylist: Lesley Ann Warren (as Cynthia Romo)
Nicholas Serino ... additional hair stylist

Production Management

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Kyle A. Clark ... production manager (as Kyle Clarke)
Jennifer Lane ... post-production supervisor
Anthony Perretti ... production manager: second unit

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Kiran Gonsalves ... first assistant director
Solita Hanna ... first assistant director: second unit
Ivan Kraljevic ... second second assistant director
Carl Lawrence Ludwig ... first assistant director
Vince P. Maggio ... first assistant director (as Vince Maggio)
Jim Simone ... second assistant director
Stephen Jeffries Smith ... first assistant director: second unit

Art Department

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Jami Anderson ... on-set dresser (as Jamie Anderson)
Richard Ankrom ... swing gang
Fernando Arevalos ... swing gang
Jesus Arevalos ... lead man
Luis A. Arevalos ... swing gang (as Luis Arevalos)
Dean Armijo ... scenic artist
Norman Barajas ... carpenter
Jimmie Beardsley ... scenic artist
John Besse ... construction coordinator
Matt Bourque ... scenic artist
Tom Brayton ... swing gang
Carlos Castellanos ... on-set dresser
Ben Conable ... additional art director / art director: second unit
Olivier Desplat ... on-set dresser
J. Enderson ... carpenter
Kara Engel ... scenic artist
Maria Folger ... carpenter
Robin Jacobson ... property master
Eric Johnston ... on-set dresser
David Lim ... illustrator
Seth Manchester ... carpenter
Melissa Murren ... art production assistant
E. Michael Olson ... art coordinator
Rebekah Schultz ... property assistant
Erik Shumpert ... carpenter
Travis Stevens ... swing gang (as Travis T. Stevens)
Angela Tafoya ... scenic artist
Dionisio Tafoya ... scenic artist (as Dionisio A. Tafoya)
Trifon Trifonopoulos ... swing gang
Lee Turner ... general foreman
Christoph Von Wangerheim ... art production assistant
Erik von Wodtke ... lead man
Tracey Woolfolk ... gang boss (as Tracy Woolfolk)
Derek Crimmel ... carpenter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Jon Ailetcher ... production sound mixer
Ryan Collison ... foley engineer
Seth Cooper ... boom operator
Dustin DuPilka ... sound editorial intern
Eric Free ... boom operator (as Eric A. Free)
Thomas Kodros ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Malaika Langa ... audio post coordinator
Brian Langman ... supervising sound editor
Eric McAllister ... assistant sound editor
Brett Michael ... boom operator (as Bret Michel)
Katherine Gordon Miller ... apprentice sound editor
James H. Nau ... adr editor (as Jim Nau)
Steve Schwartz ... sound effects editor
Ahmad Shirazi ... foley editor (as Maddy Shirazi)
Paul P. Soucek ... sound effects editor
Reilly Steele ... re-recording mixer
Eric Strausser ... assistant sound editor
Brian Vancho ... foley artist
Thomas Varga ... production sound mixer
Jonathan Wolff ... production sound mixer

Visual Effects by

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Matthew Adams ... digital compositor: Cinesite
Randall Balsmeyer ... visual effects
J. John Corbett ... digital artist
Kathy Kelehan ... visual effects producer
Danny Albano ... digital artist (uncredited)
Mark Edwards ... visual effects producer: Title House Digital (uncredited)

Stunts

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Marguerite Happy ... stunt double
José Ignacio Álvarez ... stunt coordinator (as Ignacio Alvarez)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Robin Acutt ... best boy electric
Leo Alverez ... key grip: second unit
Kelly Baldwin ... first assistant camera: second unit
Richard Benda ... director of photography: second unit (as Rich Benda)
Anthony Bertola ... grip
Bruce Birmelin ... still photographer
Jeremy Brussell ... best boy grip (as Jeremy Brussels)
Carol Carimi ... electrician
Harris Charalambous ... electrician
Gregory Code ... Steadicam operator
Carlos de Varona ... first assistant camera: second unit
Kyle Drevlo ... grip
Kathleen Farry ... second assistant camera (as Kat Farry)
John Foster ... director of photography: second unit
Garett Griffin ... underwater camera operator: second unit
Prashant Gupta ... still photographer
John Hankammer ... Steadicam operator
Gayle Hilary ... camera loader
John Hoffma ... grip
J. Alan Hostetter ... gaffer: second unit (as Alan Hostetter)
Takuro Ishizaka ... first assistant camera: second unit
Lila Javan ... second assistant camera
Scott Kevan ... director of photography: second unit
Chris Lally ... key grip: second unit
Kenji Luster ... steadicam operator
Emily Mackley ... first assistant camera
Steve Madigan ... assistant camera: insert unit
Chris W. Martin ... electrician
Josh Martin ... grip
Gabriel Olguin ... electrician
Michelle Opseth ... second assistant camera
Jason Paris ... grip
Scott Repp ... electrician
Sonja Rom ... director of photography: second unit
William Russell ... gaffer
Megan Schoenbachler ... electrician
Aaron Schulte ... electrician
Lisa Stacilauskas ... electrician
Tom Stanger ... additional electrician
Holly Stein ... still photographer
Rick Tucker ... key grip
Tracy Tucker ... dolly grip
Alpheus Underhill ... grip
Isabella Vosmikova ... still photographer
Greg Williams ... underwater assistant camera: second unit
Benjamin Wolf ... first assistant camera: second unit

Casting Department

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Lauren Cohn ... casting associate
Sondra James ... voice casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Corrie Mendes ... costumer
Lisa Neil ... costumer
Allison Siegel ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Max Medema ... location assistant
Robert Medema ... location manager
Susan Stoebner ... location assistant

Music Department

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Angelo Badalamenti ... orchestrator
James Flatto ... music editor
Phil Marshall ... orchestrator
Daniel Nielsen ... composer: trailer music
William Pearson ... music engineer (as Bill Pearson)
Beth Rosenblatt ... music supervisor (as Beth Amy Rosenblatt)
John Wilson ... composer: trailer music

Transportation Department

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Tom Calzia ... driver
John 'Bud' Cardos ... driver
P. Gerald Knight ... transportation captain
Mark E. Mobley ... driver
Jason Rider ... driver
Dan O. Wiseman ... driver: honeywagon

Other crew

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Natalie Aston ... office production assistant
Marina Bailey ... unit publicist
Brian Bell ... development executive: Double A Films / production associate
D. Cole Berry ... set production assistant
Sharon Cingle ... script supervisor
Lloyd Clark ... craft service
Ron Coelho ... set production assistant
Clinton J. Collins ... stand-in: James Spader
Marlena De Fabrizio ... stand-in: Maggie Gyllenhaal
Minnie Duerr ... production accountant
Sam Dunn ... stand-in: James Spader (as Sam Dunnavent)
John Dybdahl ... assistant to director
Louise Fenton ... product placement coordinator / production associate
Danny Gamez ... set production assistant
Scott Goldman ... assistant accountant
Carol Grant ... stand-in: Maggie Gyllenhaal (as Carol Lynn Grant)
Brenda Herrold ... set production assistant
Lu Cien Hioe ... production coordinator
Kristin Hjellegjerde ... stand-in: Maggie Gyllenhaal (as Kristin Hielleguerde)
Jan Kean ... unit publicist
Nora Killoran ... production associate
Aaron Kogan ... production assistant
Carl Lawrence Ludwig ... production associate (as Carl Ludwig)
Kenneth Lui ... set production assistant
Richard Mancuso ... post-production accountant
Nicole Alexandra Miller ... stand-in: Maggie Gyllenhaal
Kathy O'Neill ... stand-in: Maggie Gyllenhaal
Alex Panagakis ... publicist
Leslie Parry ... set production assistant
Jane Pien ... production intern: double A films
Tara Platt ... assistant to director
Phil Rodowsky ... continuity and spotting
Todd Rodowsky ... continuity and spotting
Jason Rody ... production assistant: second unit (as Jason Rowdy)
Jared Rowdy ... production assistant: second unit
Roy Ruiz ... security officer
Jenny Schweitzer ... development executive: Double A Films / production associate
Arantxa Silvestre ... set production assistant
Stephen Jeffrey Smith ... set production assistant
Babette Sofer ... set production assistant
Eric Ustian ... set production assistant
Spencer Wetmore ... set production assistant
Richard Yett ... stand-in: James Spader
Carol Grant ... stand-in: Lesley Ann Warren (uncredited)
Peter Pamela Rose ... adr loop group (uncredited)
Bill Timoney ... adr voice group (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

An emotionally fragile woman recently released from a mental hospital for self mutilation goes to school to gain secretarial skills to gain employment. She has an alcoholic father and a co-dependent mother who are clueless as to who she really is which a tormented soul who really wants to find something with which she can find success. She is a great secretary and finds a job with a unique, old fashioned, but off center in charge boss with a somewhat sadistic sexual proclivity. She grows and evolves and so does he. Written by kateann1027

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Also Known As
  • La secrétaire (France)
  • Secretary - Womit kann ich dienen? (Germany)
  • Sekretarica (Serbia)
  • Sekretarka (Poland)
  • Sekreter (Turkey, Turkish title)
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Runtime
  • 107 min
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Box Office

Budget $4,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $182,306, 22 Sep 2002
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $9,304,609

Did You Know?

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Trivia The producers got a permit for the wrong park when Lee walks home. The producer on set had to distract the local law enforcement that showed up while the scenes were filmed. See more »
Goofs When Lee is masturbating in the office toilet, she puts her left hand in her blouse, covering her breast. Moments later, still masturbating, Lee's blouse is closed. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode #10.42 (2002). See more »
Soundtracks Whatchamacallit See more »
Crazy Credits The legal disclaimer has typing errors: * "fictitious" is misspelled "ficticious" * "unintentional" is misspelled "unitentional" * unauthorized use of the film is warned as resulting in "civil liberty" instead of "civil liability" See more »
Quotes [Mr. Grey asks Lee why she cuts herself]
E. Edward Grey: Why do you cut yourself, Lee?
Lee: I don't know.
E. Edward Grey: Is it that sometimes the pain inside has to come to the surface and when you see evidence of the pain inside, you finally know you're really here? Then, when you watch the wound heal, it's comforting. Isn't it?
Lee: I... That's a way to put it.
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