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Follows two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s.

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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 23 wins & 47 nominations.
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Frank Berkman
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Bernard Berkman
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Joan Berkman
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Walt Berkman
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Ivan
David Benger ...
Carl
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Lili
Molly Barton ...
Graduate Student
Bo Berkman ...
Graduate Student
Matthew Kaplan ...
Graduate Student
Simon Kaplan ...
Graduate Student
Matthew Kirsch ...
Graduate Student
Daniella Markowicz ...
Graduate Student
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Graduate Student
Ben Schrank ...
Graduate Student
Amy Srebnick ...
Graduate Student
Josh Srebnick ...
Graduate Student
Emma Straub ...
Graduate Student
Alan Wilkis ...
Graduate Student (as Alan Wilks)
James Hamilton ...
Man with Joan
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Otto
Henry Glovinsky ...
Lance
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Jeffrey
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Sophie Greenberg
Wayne Lawson ...
Talent Show Judge
Michael Santiago ...
Talent Show Judge
Juan Torriente ...
Talent Show Judge
Patricia Towers ...
Talent Show Judge
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Mrs. Greenberg
Peter Newman ...
Mr. Greenberg
Greta Kline ...
Greta Greenberg
Melissa Meyer ...
Professor
Benjamin Smolen ...
Student with Puppets
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Mr. Simic
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Pretty Girl
Nico Baumbach ...
Jeb Gelber
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Ms. Lemon
Hector Otero ...
Hector
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School Therapist
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Nurse
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jonathan Baumbach ...
Man Outside Ms. Lemon's Office (uncredited)
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Janet Wood (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Valet (uncredited)
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Mrs. Williams (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Talent Show Audience Member (uncredited)
Bobby Shue ...
Student (uncredited)
Dean Wareham ...
Talent Show Audience Member (uncredited)

Directed by

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Noah Baumbach

Written by

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Noah Baumbach ... (written by)

Produced by

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Wes Anderson ... producer
Reverge Anselmo ... executive producer
Miranda Bailey ... executive producer
Charlie Corwin ... producer
Greg Johnson ... executive producer
Andrew Lauren ... executive producer
Clara Markowicz ... producer
Peter Newman ... producer
Jennifer Roth ... co-producer (as Jennifer M. Roth)

Music by

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Britta Phillips
Dean Wareham

Cinematography by

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Robert D. Yeoman ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Tim Streeto

Editorial Department

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Andrew Drapkin ... digital colorist
Perri B. Frank ... assistant editor
Noëlle Penraat ... negative cutter
Dave Pultz ... color timer (as David Pultz)

Casting By

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Douglas Aibel

Production Design by

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Anne Ross

Art Direction by

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Jennifer Dehghan

Set Decoration by

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Robert Covelman

Costume Design by

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Amy Westcott

Makeup Department

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Lori Guidroz ... hair department head
Maya Hardinge ... key makeup artist

Production Management

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Hans Graffunder ... unit production manager
Joe Hobeck ... additional post-production supervisor
Christopher Kenneally ... post-production supervisor (as Chris Kenneally)
Jennifer Roth ... unit production manager (as Jennifer M. Roth)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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David 'Wex' Wechsler ... first assistant director (as David Wechsler)
Adam T. Weisinger ... second second assistant director
Eric Yellin ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Costanza Theodoli Braschi ... art department assistant
Jason Bruno ... art department assistant
Jeff Butcher ... property master
Barker Gerard ... art department assistant
Nancy Griffith ... first assistant props
Madeline O. Hartling ... camera scenic (as Madeline Hartling)
Julie Ho ... art department assistant
Richard Laurenzi ... camera scenic
Lars Lindahl ... art department assistant (as Lars Lindhal)
Laura Ng ... art department assistant
Michael Raisler ... art department assistant (as Mike Raisler)
James Sherman ... on-set dresser
Charley Siegel ... art department assistant (as Charles Siegel)
Susan Tatom ... lead person
David Wexler ... art department assistant

Sound Department

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Shaun Brennan ... foley artist
Allan Byer ... sound mixer
Rachel Chancey ... foley editor / foley recordist
Mark Filip ... sound effects editor
Lewis Goldstein ... re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
Jay Peck ... foley artist
Peter Schneider ... additional sound
Julia Shirar ... dialogue editor
Derek Somaru ... post-production sound intern
Paul Stula ... epk sound mixer
Alfredo Viteri ... boom operator
Damian Volpe ... adr recordist / foley recordist

Visual Effects by

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Markus Janner ... digital opticals: Duart Digital
Jennifer Russomanno ... digital opticals: Duart Digital
Keith Yurevitz ... digital opticals: Duart Digital

Camera and Electrical Department

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Bobby Andres ... grip
Evelina Andres ... grip
Robert M. Andres ... key grip (as Bob Andres)
Alison Barton ... best boy grip (as Allison Barton)
Nico Baumbach ... videographer
Nils Benson ... camera operator
Lamont Crawford ... grip
George Elias ... grip
Lisa Marie Gleeson ... electrician
James Hamilton ... still photographer
Chris Hayes ... electrician
Bernard James ... electrician
Jendra Jarnagin ... additional electrician
Hardwick Johnson ... special thanks: Camera Service Center
Keith Kalohelani ... electrician
Scott Kincaid ... electrician
Doug Kofsky ... second assistant camera
Taylor Levy ... camera production assistant
Scott Maher ... electrician
Simeon Moore ... electrician
Beth O'Brien ... electrician
Storn Peterson ... first assistant camera
Nate Ranger ... assistant camera
Gay E. Riedel ... electrician (as Gay Riedel)
Dave Rudolph ... electrician
John Schwartz ... best boy electric
Douglas W. Shannon ... gaffer
Steve Speers ... second assistant camera (as Stephen Speers)
Charlie Tammaro ... special thanks: Camera Service Center
Irapaul Turner ... grip (as Ira Paul Turner)

Casting Department

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Gimardi Cueto ... extras casting associate
Stephanie Holbrook ... casting associate
Ulysses Terrero ... extras casting: T & T Casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Mei Lai Hippisley Coxe ... set costumer
Karen Malecki ... assistant costume designer (as Karen Waiton)
Lisa Marzolf ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Stacy Bissell ... location assistant
Michael Fucci ... location manager
Keith Krinsky ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Jim Dunbar ... music coordinator
Diego Garrido ... score mixer
Christopher S. Parker ... music clearance
Randall Poster ... music supervisor
Daniel Srebnick ... composer: additional music (as Daniel Antonio Srebnick)

Transportation Department

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Jason Buim ... driver: camera/sound truck
Kevin Flynn ... transportation captain
Jim Kelly ... driver: grip and electric truck
Louis Lapat ... driver: prop truck

Other crew

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Michael Altman ... set production assistant
Donna L. Bascom ... production counsel (as Donna Bascom Esq.)
Daniel Beers ... assistant: American Empirical
Richard Bever ... assistant: Andrew Lauren (as Richard Beaver)
Sandra Chwialkowska ... set production assistant
Erich Eilenberger ... set production assistant
Massoumeh Emami ... script supervisor
Walter Foote ... financial counsel: Foote And Associates (as Walter Foote Esq.)
Felix Grisebach ... set production assistant
Chelsea Horenstein ... assistant: Peter Newman
Markus Janner ... titles: Duart Digital
Todd Judson ... assistant production coordinator
Sophie Kaplan ... office production assistant
Gabriel Koplowitz ... set production assistant
Steve Kornacki ... production coordinator
Lacey Leavitt ... assistant to producers
Thomas K. Lee ... key set production assistant (as Tom Lee)
Martin Leicht ... set production assistant
Patrick Mahoney ... craft service
Paula Manzanedo-Schmit ... completion guarantor: Film Finances, Inc.
Cecilia Morelli ... set production assistant
Lillian Parker ... assistant: American Empirical
Ali Pensyl ... set production assistant (as Ali Norod)
Alyson Perlongo ... assistant: Original Media
Jill K. Perno ... production assistant
Angel Pina ... catering assistant (as Angelo Pina)
Carla Pisarro ... office production assistant
Oliver Refson ... set production assistant
Jennifer Russomanno ... titles: Duart Digital
Monica Sandstede ... story editor: Screen Gems
Deidre Schrowang ... post-production accountant / production accountant
Adam Shakinovsky ... set production assistant
Leanne Shapton ... title designer
Susan Soh ... assistant: Mr. Baumbach
Jason Stant ... first assistant accountant (as Jason R. Stant)
Rebecca Taber ... set production assistant
Gerald Tonnegin ... set production assistant
Anthony Torre ... caterer
Keith Yurevitz ... titles: Duart Digital

Thanks

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Roger Arar ... special thanks (as Roger Arar Esq.)
Molly Barton ... special thanks
Jonathan Baumbach ... special thanks
Peter Bogdanovich ... special thanks
Georgia Brown ... special thanks
Michael Cary ... special thanks
Phoebe Cates ... special thanks
Sofia Coppola ... special thanks
Patrick Costello ... special thanks
Maureen Duffy ... special thanks
Laura Durning ... special thanks
John Fundus ... special thanks
Kevin Ginty ... special thanks
Annette Grant ... special thanks
Robert Greenhut ... special thanks
Bradley M. Gross ... special thanks (as Brad Gross)
Kassandra Hannay ... special thanks
Mike Harrop ... special thanks (as Michael Harrop)
Bonnie Hlinomaz ... special thanks (as Bonnie Wells-Hlinomaz)
Kevin Kline ... special thanks
Karen Lauder ... special thanks
Phillis Lehmer ... special thanks
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... special thanks
Howard Michaels ... special thanks
John Quested ... special thanks
Nick Quested ... special thanks
Gunilla Ross ... special thanks
Ben Schrank ... special thanks
Jeremy Scott ... special thanks
Phil Scotti ... special thanks
Eric Shonz ... special thanks
Sallie Slate ... special thanks
Marion Spiegelman ... special thanks
Tim Spitzer ... special thanks
Fred Toczek ... special thanks
Giovanni Tognozzi ... special thanks: Bar Pitti (as Giovanni)
Barbara Turner ... special thanks
Elizabeth Untiedt ... special thanks
Thea Vokins ... special thanks
Roger Waters ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In 1986, In Brooklyn, New York, the dysfunctional family of pseudo intellectuals composed by the university professor Bernard and the prominent writer Joan split. Bernard is a selfish, cheap and jealous decadent writer that rationalizes every attitude in his family and life and does not accept "philistines" - people that do not read books or watch movies, while the unfaithful Joan is growing as a writer and has no problems with "philistines". Their sons, the teenager Walt and the boy Frank, feel the separation and take side: Walt stays with Bernard, and Frank with Joan, and both are affected with abnormal behaviors. Frank drinks booze and smears with sperm the books in the library and a locker in the dress room of his school. The messed-up and insecure Walt uses Roger Water's song "Hey You" in a festival as if it was of his own, and breaks up with his girlfriend Sophie. Meanwhile Joan has an affair with Frank's tennis teacher Ivan and Bernard with his student Lili. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Also Known As
  • Les Berkman se séparent (France)
  • Der Tintenfisch und der Wal (Germany)
  • Una historia de Brooklyn (Spain)
  • A tintahal és a bálna (Hungary)
  • Δεσμοί διαζυγίου (Greece)
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Runtime
  • 81 min
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Box Office

Budget $1,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $279,938, 14 Oct 2005

Did You Know?

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Trivia Noah Baumbach originally wanted Wes Anderson to direct. Anderson convinced Baumbach to direct it himself because the film is very personal to Baumbach. See more »
Goofs When the Berkmans are speaking to Walt's teacher about his plagiarism of the song "Hey You" by Pink Floyd during his performance during the talent show, there is a poster behind the teacher promoting reading featuring the WWE wrestler Hurricane (Shane Helms) who made his WWE debut in 2001. He was only 12 in 1986. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2006). See more »
Soundtracks Hey You See more »
Crazy Credits The end credits include this dedication: "For Mannie". See more »
Quotes Bernard Berkman: What is it about high school, you read all the worst books by good writers.
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