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Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

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An I.R.S. auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death.

Director:

Marc Forster

Writer:

Zach Helm
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Ferrell ... Harold Crick
William Dick ... IRS Co-Worker #1
Guy Massey Guy Massey ... IRS Co-Worker #2
Martha Espinoza Martha Espinoza ... IRS Co-Worker #3
T.J. Jagodowski T.J. Jagodowski ... IRS Co-Worker #4
Peter Grosz ... IRS Co-Worker #5
Ricky Adams Ricky Adams ... Young Boy
Christian Stolte ... Young Boy's Father
Denise Hughes Denise Hughes ... Kronecker Bus Driver
Peggy Roeder Peggy Roeder ... Polish Woman
Tonray Ho ... IRS Co-Worker #6
Tony Hale ... Dave
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Ana Pascal
Danny Rhodes Danny Rhodes ... Bakery Employee #1
Helen Young Helen Young ... Bakery Customer #1
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Storyline

Everybody knows that your life is a story. But what if a story was your life? Harold Crick is your average IRS agent: monotonous, boring, and repetitive. But one day this all changes when Harold begins to hear an author inside his head narrating his life. The narrator it is extraordinarily accurate, and Harold recognizes the voice as an esteemed author he saw on TV. But when the narration reveals that he is going to die, Harold must find the author of the story, and ultimately his life, to convince her to change the ending of the story before it is too late. Written by the lexster

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He's not crazy. He's just written that way. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some disturbing images, sexuality, brief language and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Killing Harold Crick See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,411,093, 12 November 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$40,137,776, 17 December 2006
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Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Harold's two co-workers, played by T.J. Jagodowski and Peter Grosz, appear together in a series of commercials for Sonic Drive-In. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning, Ms. Eifel dictates "When asked by a co-worker for the product of 67 and 453, Harold drew a blank. He quickly answered 30,351 despite the answer really being 31,305." The product of 67 and 453 actually is 30,351. This was meant to get viewers to question who was dictating Harold's life, the narrator or Harold himself. It wouldn't be a coincidence that the "incorrect" number given by Harold would in fact be the correct answer. See more »

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Professor Jules Hilbert: [walking to pool] Some plots are moved forward by external events and crises. Others are moved forward by the characters themselves. If I go through that door, the plot continues. The story of me through the door. If I stay here the plot can't move forward, the story ends. Also if I stay here, I'm late.
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During the end credits, the names of the characters and the actors who played them were displayed against stylized images of the places where the characters worked. See more »

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Features A Man and a Woman (1966) See more »

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My Mathematical Mind
(2005)
Written by Britt Daniel
Performed by Spoon
Courtesy of Merge Records
By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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What if your life really WAS a book?
5 October 2006 | by babsbnzSee all my reviews

Fantasy movie, a la "Groundhog Day" where a man, Harold Crick in this case, finds he has no control over his life....which leads to him really appreciate his life. Although the premise is clearly fantasy, the concept is intriguing and compelling.

Cast is terrific; those who usually over-act, e.g. Dustin Hoffman and Will Ferrell, play it lower-keyed and believable. Emma Thompson, Queen Latifah and Maggie Gyllenhall (and Tom Hulce, almost unrecognizable in a single scene)round out the excellent cast .

A feel-good movie, mostly comedy but with some tragic undertones.

Close to two hours but you won't be looking at your watch very often.


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