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Pieces of April ()


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A wayward daughter invites her dying mother and the rest of her estranged family to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner.

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April Burns
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Bobby
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Jim Burns
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Beth Burns
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Timmy Burns
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Joy Burns
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Grandma Dottie
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Half Asleep Man
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Evette
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Eugene
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Man in Mohair Sweater
Susan Bruce ...
Tish
Jamari Richardson ...
Boy on Bicycle
Leila Danette ...
Woman in Stairwell
Stephen Chen ...
Lee Loung Tan
Sally Leung Bayer ...
Lee Quong Tan
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Wayne
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Latrell (as SisQo)
Marcus Lovett ...
Parade Announcer
Jack Chen ...
Lee Quong
Jacqueline Dai ...
Lee Lang
Rosa Luo ...
Lee Wai Yam
Birdie M. Hale ...
Woman outside Bodega
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Tyrone
Christine Todino ...
Waitress
Anney Giobbe ...
Young Mother
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Young Girl
Rusty De Wees ...
Joy's Biker Guy (as Rusty DeWees)
Vincent Roselli ...
Timmy's Biker Guy
Ficchi ...
Bernadette the Dog

Directed by

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Peter Hedges

Written by

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Peter Hedges ... (written by)

Produced by

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Alexis Alexanian ... producer
Lucy Barzun Donnelly ... co-producer (as Lucy Barzun)
Dianne Dreyer ... associate producer
Caroline Kaplan ... executive producer
John S. Lyons ... producer (as John Lyons)
Jonathan Sehring ... executive producer
John Sloss ... executive producer
Lucille Smith ... co-producer (as Lucille Masone Smith)
Gary Winick ... producer
Holly Becker ... supervising producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Stephin Merritt

Cinematography by

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Tami Reiker ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Mark Livolsi

Editorial Department

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Rachel Biles ... associate editor
Milan Boncich ... colorist
Emily Gardiner ... post-production coordinator
Carlos Rodriguez ... colorist
John Dowdell ... colorist (uncredited)
Michael Hatzer ... color timer (uncredited)

Casting By

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Will Cantler
Bernard Telsey
David Vaccari

Production Design by

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Rick Butler

Art Direction by

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Shannon Robert Bowen
Aleta Shaffer

Costume Design by

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Laura Bauer

Makeup Department

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Julie Delaney ... hair department head
Mike Potter ... makeup department head / wig maker
HolliPops Smith ... hair department head
Joanna Stewart ... key makeup artist (as Joanna J. Stewart)

Production Management

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Jake Abraham ... post-production supervisor
Lucille Smith ... unit production manager (as Lucille Masone Smith)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Vebe Borge ... first assistant director
Augie Carton ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Betsy Baker ... set dresser
Jack Marcus Brodsky ... properties and furniture courtesy of
Steph Brynner ... assistant art director
Devin Butler ... scenic artist
Denise Carbonelle ... sculpture: April's apartment courtesy of
Carole Hedges ... ceramic turkeys courtesy of
Leo Holder ... graphic artist
Shane Klein ... on-set dresser
Tim Okamura ... paintings: April's apartment courtesy of (as Tim C. Okamura) / scenic artist (as Tim C. Okamura)
Christina Polumbo ... scenic artist
Jimmy Simak ... art department assistant (as Jim Simak)
Devin Butler ... painter (uncredited)
Danny Rovira ... construction coordinator (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Robert Fernandez ... re-recording mixer
Mariusz Glabinski ... post-production sound services: 701 Sound
Piotr Glabinski ... post-production sound services: 701 Sound
Marlena Grzaslewicz ... post-production sound services: 701 Sound
Bryant Musgrove ... boom operator
Aaron J. Rudelson ... production sound mixer (as Aaron Rudelson)
Steve F.B. Smith ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Ira Spiegel ... post-production sound services: 701 Sound
Chad Birmingham ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Leslie Bloome ... foley artist (uncredited)
Nancy Cabrera ... foley artist (uncredited)
Mariusz Glabinski ... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Piotr Glabinski ... sound editor (uncredited)
Marlena Grzaslewicz ... adr editor (uncredited) / dialogue editor (uncredited)
Dan Korintus ... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Matthew McKenzie ... adr recordist: Toronto (uncredited)
Colin McLellan ... adr recordist (uncredited)
Eric Rolnick ... foley mixer (uncredited)
Ira Spiegel ... sound effects editor (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Cat Crosby ... key grip
Hardwick Johnson ... thanks: Camera Service Center (as Hardwrick Johnson)
Sam Levy ... camera operator: "b" camera
Teddy Maki ... still photographer
Stephen Mann ... thanks: action camera cars
Nathaniel Miller ... first assistant camera
Kate Phelan ... gaffer
Charlie Tammaro ... thanks: Camera Service Center
Jason Vandermer ... second assistant camera
Graham Willoughby ... gaffer
Lou Massa ... co-key grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Jaclyn Brodsky ... casting associate
Craig Burns ... casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Amy R. Burt ... wardrobe supervisor (as Amy Burt)
Bobby Frederick Tilley ... assistant costume designer (as Bobby Tilley)

Location Management

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Jeffrey A. Brown ... location manager (as Jeff Brown)
Dave Hall ... location assistant
Matt Longwell ... assistant location manager (as Matthew Longwell)
Josh Newport ... location assistant
Thomas R. Polleri ... location scout (as Tom Polleri)
Jonathan Roumie ... location consultant

Music Department

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Linda Cohen ... music supervisor
Alison LaCourse ... music editor
Alex Steyermark ... executive music producer

Other crew

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Bettina Bilger ... intern
Brian Brown ... caterer: Shooting Stars Cattering
Lisa Brown ... caterer: Shooting Stars Cattering
Chika Chukudebelu ... intern (as Chika I. Chukudebelu)
Wendy Cohen ... production resources
Mara Hade Connolly ... assistant production accountant (as Mara Connolly)
Adrian Peng Correia ... set production assistant (as Adrian Correia)
Dianne Dreyer ... script supervisor
Jacqueline Eckhouse ... production legal: Sloss Law Office (as Jacqueline Eckhouse Esq.)
Kerin Ferallo ... production coordinator
Peter Friedlander ... assistant: John Lyons
Jennifer Gaylord ... production legal: Sloss Law Office (as Jennifer Gaylord Esq.)
Emily Hart ... intern
Sebastian Ischer ... intern
Richard S. Kaplinski ... intern
Marion Koh ... intern
Berndt Mader ... office production assistant (as R. Berndt Mader)
Maria Maggenti ... dog supplier: Ficchi
Kevin McGill ... caterer: Shooting Stars Cattering
Karrie Myers ... intern
David Pfluger ... tape to film shooting
Paul Polow ... set production assistant
Taylor Roe ... intern
Thomas Roughan ... set production assistant (as Thomas 'Bravo' Roughan)
Brian Sachson ... intern
Ruedi Schick ... tape-to-film supervisor
Beth M. Schniebolk ... assistant production coordinator
Mandy Tagger ... production coordinator: InDiGent
Adele Thaxton ... intern
Matilde Valera ... production accountant
Christian Mejia-Acosta ... production assistant (uncredited)
Jack Turner ... production executive (uncredited)

Thanks

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Steve Abraham ... special thanks (as Dr. Steve Abraham)
Gary Baker ... special thanks
Chris Barra ... thanks: Xeno Lights
Susan Batten ... special thanks
Kamau Benjamin ... special thanks
Carl Berg ... special thanks (as Dr. Carl Berg)
Merri Biechler ... special thanks
Jane P. Brawley ... thanks: deputy commissioner, New York City Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting
Steve Breimer ... special thanks (as Stephen F. Breimer)
Stephanie Broadnax ... thanks: The Palisade Interstate Park Commission, Bear Mountain, New York
Joannie Burstein ... special thanks
Diana Burton ... special thanks
Niamh Butler ... special thanks
Joseph Calritos ... special thanks
Andrew Cathcart ... thanks: Meow Mix, New York City
Justin Christopher ... special thanks
Ana Cintron ... special thanks
Myfa Cirinna ... thanks: Entertainment Partners Inc.
Vin Crapanzano ... thanks: St. Thomas Aquinas College
Tomas Crespo ... thanks: Organic and Natural Food Market
Elaine Crowley ... thanks: New York City Parks
Joe Dapello ... special thanks
Chris Delosangeles ... special thanks
Steve Dontanville ... special thanks
Berrain Eno ... thanks: Arthur's Dress Shop
Mary Clare Evans ... special thanks
Anthony Famigietti ... special thanks
Brian Fiarello ... thanks: Krispy Creme of East Meadow, New York
Van Fleet ... thanks: Arthur's Dress Shop
Marc H. Glick ... special thanks
Wendy Goidell ... special thanks
Claudia Gonson ... special thanks
Kenny Goodman ... special thanks
Richard Greenberg ... special thanks
Desmond Guthrie ... special thanks
Frankie Hailey ... thanks: The Salvation Army
Carole Hedges ... in memory of
Laurel Hedges ... special thanks
Lucas Hedges ... special thanks
Robert B. Hedges ... special thanks (as Rev. Robert B. Hedges)
Simon Hedges ... special thanks
Karl Heiselman ... special thanks
Belinda Houchens ... thanks: Kings Korner Gifts Scottsburg, Indiana
Randy Johnson ... thanks: Randy's Garage
Susan King ... special thanks
Peter Krimitsos ... thanks: Blauvelt Coach Diner
Scott Laule ... special thanks
Michael Leslie ... special thanks
Jill Lichtig ... special thanks
Rich Lichtig ... special thanks
Ken Lipper ... special thanks
Austin Lopez ... special thanks
Derrick Loris ... special thanks
Tod A. Maitland ... special thanks
Jaime Marks ... thanks: The Puck Building
Ryan McMahon ... special thanks
Douglas McWilliams ... special thanks
Lisa McWilliams ... special thanks
Megan McWilliams ... special thanks
Tory Metzger ... special thanks
Ruth Moore ... special thanks
Harold W. Morris Sr. ... thanks: Willis Avenue United Methodist Church (as Rev. Harold W. Morris Sr.)
Bruce Page ... thanks: Greenbush Presbyterian Church
Mary-Louise Parker ... special thanks
Tim Patmont ... thanks: Patmont Motor Works
Adrienne Patsos ... thanks: Barbizon Lighting Company
Michael Peretzian ... special thanks
Scott H. Ramsey ... thanks: Xeno Lights (as Scott Ramsey)
Bob Ricca ... special thanks
Ann Roth ... special thanks
Carin Sage ... special thanks
Kirsten Schatz ... special thanks
Ira Schreck ... special thanks
Larry Schwartz ... thanks: The Puck Building
Eric Scott ... special thanks
Mike Scott ... special thanks
Pat Scott ... thanks: commissioner, New York City Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting (as Patricia Reed Scott)
Lawrence Shaffer ... thanks: The Salvation Army (as Major Lawrence Shaffer)
Raymond Ted Shelton ... special thanks (as Raymond T. Shelton)
Eric Shonz ... thanks: Entertainment Partners Inc.
David Shuchat ... special thanks
Sydney Sidner ... special thanks
Alin Splichel ... special thanks
Erwin Stoff ... special thanks
John A. Narcissa Titman ... special thanks
Leslie Topping ... special thanks
Brooke Webster ... thanks: Meow Mix, New York City
Sally Willcox ... special thanks
Jim Zachar ... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In a very poor zone of New York, April Burns and her boyfriend, the Afro-American Bobby, are preparing to receive April's family for thanksgiving dinner. While Bobby tries to borrow a suit for himself, April realizes that her stove is broken. She tries desperately to find a neighbor that can let her cook the turkey, since she does not want to fail (again) with her family. Meanwhile, in a suburb of Pennsylvania, her dysfunctional family is preparing to travel to New York. While driving, the relationship between the Burns and their black-sheep April is disclosed through the conversations between her father Jim, her resented mother Joy, her brother, her sister and her grandmother. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Keywords
Taglines She's the one in every family. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Pieces of April - Ein Tag mit April Burns (Germany)
  • Retrato de April (Spain)
  • Hálaadás (Hungary)
  • Праздник Эйприл (Russia)
  • Pedaços de uma Vida (Portugal)
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Runtime
  • 80 min
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Box Office

Budget $300,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $48,422, 19 Oct 2003
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $743,364

Did You Know?

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Trivia Shot in just 16 days on a budget of $100,000. Costs were kept this low by the film company InDigEnt cutting a deal with the unions. This meant that Peter Hedges was paid $10 to direct the film, and another $10 to write it. All the actors worked for $248 a day. See more »
Goofs When Bobby goes out, April is shown with a bandage on her finger long before she actually cuts it. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards (2004). See more »
Soundtracks I Think I Need a New Heart See more »
Crazy Credits In memory of my mother, Carole Hedges, who loved every day. See more »
Quotes Joy Burns: I only have one *nice* April memory. only one. She was about three or four. And she was sitting at the window. An she turned to me and said "oh mother don't you just love every day?"
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