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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... 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
... 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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The last names of all the characters (and the bus line and publishing firm names) are the names of mathematicians, scientists, engineers, artists, et cetera, (Harold) Francis Crick, with Watson and Wilkins, found the structure of DNA; (Ana) Blaise Pascal, French mathematician and philosopher; (Karen) Gustave Eiffel, engineer and designer of the Eiffel Tower; (Penny) M.C. Escher, Dutch graphic artist; (Dr.) Magnus Gustaf Mittag-Leffler, Swedish mathematician; (Professor Jules) David Hilbert, German mathematician; (Doctor) Gerardus Mercator, sixteenth century Flemish cartographer; (Kronecker Bus Line) Leopold Kronecker, German-born mathematician and logician; (Banneker Press) Benjamin Banneker, free African-American mathematician, astronomer, clockmaker, and publisher; (Dr. Cayly) Arthur Cayley, nineteenth century British mathematician. Even Dave (no last name) seems to be a reference to the main character from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). It is speculated that these characters can possibly be the "heroes" of the writer. See more »

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Ms. Eiffel dictates that Harold always ties his tie in a single-bow Windsor knot. That is not always the case. The bow is in a double bow at least once after that. When it is in a single bow, the bow is not always tied on the same side, which is usually the case. See more »

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Professor Jules Hilbert: You dislike your work?
Harold Crick: Yes.
Professor Jules Hilbert: Well, not the most insightful voice in the world, is it? First thing on the list of what Americans say they hate: work; second, traffic; third, missing socks. See what I'm saying?
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Crazy Credits

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 Cleanflix (2009) See more »

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Love You
(1978)
Written by Sandra Dedrick (as S. Zynczak) and Joseph E. Zynczak (as J. Zynczak)
Performed by The Free Design
Courtesy of Light in the Attic Records / The Total Sound Inc.
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A Must See!
28 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

This movie was such a great surprise! I saw this at an advanced screening just days after suffering through Marie Antoinette. What a pleasant escape! The cast did an outstanding job. Who doesn't love Will Ferrell, but to see him in this role gives me a whole new level of respect for him as an actor. He simply shines on screen! Maggie Gyllenhaal is a delight. Emma Thompson is brilliant as always. Simply wonderful! The writing was terrific. It was so nice to see a movie that could make you laugh and think (not too hard) at the same time. Direction was well done as well - it was even visually appropriate.

Go see it and take a friend. You will laugh and be happy for a change after leaving a movie.


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