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Alex & Emma ()


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A writer must turn out a novel in thirty days or face the wrath of loan sharks.

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Alex Sheldon / Adam Shipley
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Tony / Flamenco Dancer #2 (as Chino XL)
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Bobby / Flamenco Dancer #1
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Wirschafter
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Emma Dinsmore / Ylva / Elsa / Eldora / Anna
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Whistling John Shaw
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John Shaw
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Polina Delacroix
Alexander Wauthier ...
Andre Delacroix
Leili Kramer ...
Michele Delacroix
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Polina's Father
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Madame Blanche
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Claude
François Giroday ...
Croupier
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Bus Driver
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Grandmother
Earl Carroll ...
Bernard Pompier
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Flamenco Dancer #3
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Casino Owner (as Michael Rappaport)
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Receptionist
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Scooter Boy (uncredited)
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Croupier (uncredited)

Directed by

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Rob Reiner

Written by

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Jeremy Leven ... (written by)

Produced by

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Todd Black ... producer
Jason Blumenthal ... executive producer
Alan Greisman ... producer
Peter Guber ... executive producer
James Holt ... co-producer (as James A. Holt)
Jeremy Leven ... producer
Joseph Merhi ... co-producer
Rob Reiner ... producer
Elie Samaha ... producer
Adam Scheinman ... co-producer
Tracee Stanley ... co-producer
Jeffrey Stott ... executive producer
Steve Tisch ... executive producer

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Marc Shaiman

Cinematography by

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Gavin Finney

Film Editing by

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Alan Edward Bell
Robert Leighton

Editorial Department

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Gary Burritt ... negative cutter
Aaron Marshall ... first assistant editor
David Orr ... color timer
Tom Scully ... assistant editor
Jim Towne ... assistant editor

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Janet Hirshenson
Jane Jenkins

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John Larena

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Helen Harwell

Set Decoration by

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Andi Brittan

Costume Design by

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Shay Cunliffe

Makeup Department

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Jennifer Bell ... hair department head
Kathryn Blondell ... hair stylist: Kate Hudson
Carol Collini ... makeup artist: Ms.Leachman
Renata Helfman ... makeup artist: Luke Wilson
Pam Phillips ... makeup artist
Colette Slattery ... hair stylist
Ronnie Specter ... makeup artist: Kate Hudson
Rita Troy ... key hair stylist
Patty York ... makeup department head
K. Troy Zestos ... hair stylist: Luke Wilson

Production Management

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Alice S. Kim ... post-production supervisor
Catherine S. McComb ... production supervisor
Jeffrey Stott ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Melissa V. Barnes ... second second assistant director
Frank Capra III ... first assistant director
Todd Y. Murata ... second assistant director
Brent Stanton ... second second assistant director (day player)

Art Department

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Roger Baer ... construction foreman
James Davidson Bennett ... set dresser
Scott Buckwald ... property master
Megan Malley Cannon ... buyer (as Megan Malley)
Martin Charles ... graphic designer
Camellia Cox ... intern
Jon De Pabon ... painter
Kristrune Jolfsdottir ... intern
Stephen Lynd ... art production assistant
Joe Monaco ... set dresser
John Pollard ... on-set dresser
Christopher Schultz ... gang boss
F. Andrew Scott ... stand-by painter
Abigail Sheiner ... art department coordinator
Brent Smith ... set dresser
Eric Steinway ... leadman
Walter Weiss ... carpenter (as Wally Weiss)
Gaston Wurth ... set dresser

Sound Department

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Neal J. Anderson ... dialogue editor (as Neal Anderson)
Lon Bender ... supervising sound editor (as Lon E. Bender)
Bob Bowman ... first assistant sound editor
David Buell ... adr recordist
Perry Dodgson ... boom operator
Robert Eber ... sound mixer
Paul Flinchbaugh ... digital audio assistant
Nerses Gezalyan ... foley mixer / sound mixer
Dan Hegeman ... sound effects editor
Chris Hogan ... adr editor
J. Stanley Johnston ... re-recording mixer (as Stanley Johnston)
David Kudell ... assistant sound editor / digital audio assistant
Anna MacKenzie ... adr editor
Mark L. Mangino ... sound effects editor
Kimberly R. McCord-Wilson ... dialogue editor (as Kimberly McCord-Wilson)
James Moriana ... foley artist
David Raymond ... utility sound
Melissa Sherwood Hofmann ... re-recording mixer (as Melissa S. Hofmann)
Christopher Sidor ... sound recordist
Paul P. Soucek ... adr editor
Greg Steele ... adr mixer
Karen Vassar Triest ... sound editor (as Karen Vassar)
Jeffrey Wilhoit ... foley artist

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Bart Dion ... special effects
Dennis Dion ... special effects coordinator

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Michael Caplan ... visual effects producer
Ron Crabb ... matte painter
Kirk Douglas ... visual effects
Josh Hayes ... storyboard artist (as Joshua Hayes)
Eric Heavens ... digital compositor
John K. Jenkins ... head of pre-viz
John Myers ... visual effects executive producer: Ring of Fire
Michael S. Pryor ... visual effects producer
Dan Schmit ... visual effects producer
Jerry Spivack ... animation supervisor: main titles / visual effects supervisor
One Danny Yoon ... digital compositor

Stunts

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Donna Evans ... stunts
Diamond Farnsworth ... stunt coordinator
Jeremy Fitzgerald ... stunts
Steve Kelso ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Norman Ash ... set lighting technician
Paul Birk ... electrician
Jeff Case ... key grip
John T. Connor ... assistant camera
Brandon M. Cox ... film loader
Scott Crabbe ... video assist operator
James B. Crawford ... gaffer
Don Estes ... grip
Carlos M. Gallardo ... grip (as Carlos Gallardo)
Bob Gorelick ... camera operator / steadicam operator
Paul Hazard ... best boy rigging electric
Brendan Keefe ... electrician: Boston
James Keys ... rigging gaffer
Scott Kidner ... assistant chief lighting technician
Serge Nofield ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Bill Pollock ... best boy
Chis Rountree ... grip
David W. Slodki ... lighting console programmer
Suzanne Tenner ... still photographer
Frans Wetterings III ... gaffer: Boston
Greg Wimer ... first assistant camera
Eric Komar ... dolly grip: "a" camera, second unit (uncredited)
Ron Newburn ... lighting technician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Michelle Lewitt ... casting associate
Jocelyn E. Thomas ... casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Candice Dobkousky ... costumer: Ms. Hudson (as Candice Sabbah Dobkousky)
Jennifer Lax ... costume shopper
Mary Beth Ramsey ... set costumer
Robin Roberts ... costume supervisor
Tim Wegman ... set costumer

Location Management

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Michael Wesley Aycock ... assistant location manager
Mark Fitzgerald ... location manager
Robbie Goldstein ... location manager

Music Department

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Pete Anthony ... conductor
Jeff Atmajian ... orchestrator
Frank Bennett ... orchestrator
Tom Boyd ... oboe soloist
Tim Boyle ... score mixer
Vincent Cirilli ... scoring
Jane Antonia Cornish ... orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent ... orchestra contractor
George Doering ... musician
Bruce Dukov ... concert master
Jon Kull ... orchestrator
Patrick Russ ... orchestrator
Carl Rydlund ... orchestrator
Steven L. Smith ... music preparation
Scott Stambler ... music editor
Diana Stata ... music clearances
James Thatcher ... musician: french horn
Nick Vidar ... music programmer
Laura Ziffren ... music supervisor (as Laura Z. Wasserman)

Transportation Department

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Adrian Cannon ... driver: Mr. Reiner
Knut Kielpinski ... driver
Kelsey Kimes ... driver
Mike Miliotti ... driver: production van
Jack Jay Reece ... driver (as Jay Reece)
Timothy Sheehan ... transportation captain

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Nicole Anderson ... craft service: Boston unit
Bostic Beard ... set assistant: Mr. Reiner
Bill Blair ... casino technical advisor
Jordi Caballero ... choreographer
Robert C. Campion ... production accountant
Bridget Carroll ... set production assistant
Jeffrey Caruso ... production secretary
Angie Lee Cobbs ... assistant: Ms. Hudson
Olivia d'Albis ... title designer: main titles
Michael Damski ... production assistant
David Ducar ... business and legal affairs
David Falicki ... set medic
Michael Frayeh ... assistant production accountant / post-production accountant
Michael D. Gillis ... assistant: Mr. Wilson (as Mike Gillis)
Bill Hardy ... key set production assistant
Susan Hegarty ... dialect coach
James Henderson ... stand-in: Mr. Wilson
Ryce Hetherington ... production assistant
Lindsay Hudson ... construction medic
Jerry P. Jacobs ... production executive
Pam Jones ... assistant: Mr. Reiner
Alice S. Kim ... assistant: Mr. Stott
Micki Krimmel ... production assistant
Tiffany Leclere ... business affairs executive (as Tiffany K. Boehmke)
Keith Lesser ... assistant: Mr. Greisman
Scott Masterson ... set production assistant: Boston
Kathy McCullen ... stand-in: Kate Hudson (as Kathleen McCullen)
Julie McKinnon ... stand-in
Kerry Lyn McKissick ... script supervisor
Dauv McNeely ... computer and video playback technician
Annette Montalvan ... set production assistant
Paulette Osorio ... unit publicist
Nancy Patterson ... stenographer
Danielle Perry ... stand-in: Ms. Hudson: Boston
Benjamin R. Reder ... production counsel
Marci Rosenberg Gayner ... production coordinator (as Marci Rosenberg)
Sabrina Somma ... rigging medic
Kenny Vasquez ... set production assistant
Tracy J. Ware ... masseuse
Ian Watermeier ... production executive
Troy Waters ... marine coordinator
Lavinia Zetina ... payroll accountant

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Plot Summary

A romantic comedy: Alex is an author whose writer's block and gambling debts have landed him in a jam. In order get loan sharks off his back, he must finish his novel in 30 days or wind up dead. To help him complete his manuscript he hires stenographer Emma. As Alex begins to dictate his tale of a romantic love triangle to the charming yet somewhat opinionated stenographer, Emma challenges his ideas at every turn. Her unsolicited yet intriguing input begins to inadvertently influence Alex and his story and soon real life begins to imitate art. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines Is it love... or are they just imagining things? See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Gambler (United States)
  • Loosely Based on a True Love Story (United States)
  • Alex y Emma (Spain)
  • L'Àlex i l'Emma (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Alex Ve Emma (Turkey, Turkish title)
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Runtime
  • 96 min
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Budget $30,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $6,111,074, 22 Jun 2003

Did You Know?

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Trivia The plot is loosely based on the life of Fyodor Dostoyevsky, author of "Crime and Punishment". He had promised to complete a new novel by a certain date, but one month before the deadline he hadn't written anything. After a recommendation, he hired a stenographer named Anna, who helped him complete "The Gambler" in 26 days. The plot of "The Gambler", which is based off of one of the author's own experiences, is about a tutor named Alexei who falls in love with Polina, who toys with him. Dostoyevsky and Anna fell in love during the writing process. They later married and had four children. See more »
Goofs When Alex is dictating on the couch and falls asleep, his hand moves between shots from being on his side to being in his lap. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Half Past Dead 2 (2011). See more »
Soundtracks It All Depends on You See more »
Quotes Emma Dinsmore: There are some things that are nothing more than what they are, they're not meant to last. They just take their place in your heart and make you a little smarter the next time.
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