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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.

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

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... Harold Crick
... IRS Co-Worker #1
Guy Massey ... IRS Co-Worker #2
Martha Espinoza ... IRS Co-Worker #3
T.J. Jagodowski ... IRS Co-Worker #4
... IRS Co-Worker #5
Ricky Adams ... Young Boy
... Young Boy's Father
Denise Hughes ... Kronecker Bus Driver
Peggy Roeder ... Polish Woman
... IRS Co-Worker #6
... Dave
... Ana Pascal
Danny Rhodes ... Bakery Employee #1
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 »


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

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10 November 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Killing Harold Crick  »

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$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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Just after Harold's apartment gets demolished, and Professor Hilbert advises him to go live his life, Professor Hilbert hums "Rule Britannia" as he walks away from Harold. See more »

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As Harold rides the bus reading the "Death and Taxes" manuscript, an Asian woman is seated behind him. Her arm/sleeve is visible in shots involving only Harold. Alternating shots of Harold and the back of the bus inconsistently show the woman - she vanishes and reappears. Her sleeve remains consistently visible. See more »

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Professor Jules Hilbert: Aren't you relieved to know you're not a Golem?
Harold Crick: Yes. I am relieved to know that I am not a Golem.
Professor Jules Hilbert: Good.
[silence]
Professor Jules Hilbert: [sighs] Do you have magical powers?
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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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Referenced in Death and Taxes (2011) See more »

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Live For Life
(1967)
Written by Francis Lai
Performed by Francis Lai
Courtesy of MGM Music Inc.
Under license from Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
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What if your life really WAS a book?
5 October 2006 | by See 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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