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Little Miss Sunshine ()


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A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.

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Olive Hoover
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Richard Hoover
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Dwayne
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Grandpa Edwin Hoover
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Sheryl Hoover
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Frank Ginsberg
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Doctor #1
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Cindy
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Diner Waitress
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Mechanic
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Convenience Store Proprietor
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Josh
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Larry Sugarman
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Teen Boy #1
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Stan Grossman
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Doctor #2
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Linda
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State Trooper McCleary
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Pageant Official Jenkins
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Kirby
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Miss California
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Pageant Assistant Pam
Jerry Giles ...
Funeral Home Worker
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Biker Dad
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Pageant MC
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Judge
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Girl in Hallway
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Officer Martinez
Alexandria Alaman ...
Pageant Contestant
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Pageant Contestant
Brittany Baird ...
Pageant Contestant
Cambria Baird ...
Pageant Contestant
Brenae Bandy ...
Pageant Contestant
Kristen Holaas ...
Pageant Contestant
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Pageant Contestant
Destry Jacobs ...
Pageant Contestant
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Pageant Contestant
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Pageant Contestant
Annabelle Roberts ...
Pageant Contestant
Sydni Stevenson-Love ...
Pageant Contestant
Nicole Stoehr ...
Pageant Contestant
Lauren Yee ...
Pageant Contestant
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Photographer (uncredited)
Terry Bolo ...
Pageant Worker (uncredited)
Marc De'Antone ...
Seminar Class (uncredited)
Tara Dawn Holland ...
Herself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Ksenia Jarova ...
Pretty Girl (uncredited)
Alva Loomis ...
Hotel Security (uncredited)
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Pageant Judge #1 (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (voice)
Melissa Roberts ...
Pageant Mom (uncredited)
Matthew W. Tate ...
Funeral Worker #2 (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jonathan Dayton
Valerie Faris

Written by

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Michael Arndt ... (written by)

Produced by

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Albert Berger ... producer
Michael Beugg ... executive producer
Jeb Brody ... executive producer
David T. Friendly ... producer
Bart Lipton ... associate producer
Peter Saraf ... producer
Marc Turtletaub ... producer
Ron Yerxa ... producer

Music by

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Mychael Danna
DeVotchKa

Cinematography by

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Tim Suhrstedt ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Pamela Martin

Editorial Department

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Ian Elias ... post-production assistant
Joe Fineman ... post-production consultant
Ken Gales ... avid tech
Terel Gibson ... first assistant editor
Dave Lee ... colorist: dailies
Jessica Otto ... post-production assistant: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
Nicholas Wenger ... post-production assistant (as Nick Wenger)
Lee Wimer ... color timer
Mark Todd Osborne ... additional colorist (uncredited)

Casting By

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Justine Arteta ... (as Justine Baddeley)
Kim Davis-Wagner

Production Design by

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Kalina Ivanov

Art Direction by

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Alan E. Muraoka

Set Decoration by

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Melissa M. Levander ... (as Melissa Levander)

Costume Design by

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Nancy Steiner

Makeup Department

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Janis Clark ... hair department head
Dugg Kirkpatrick ... key hair stylist (as 'Dugg' Kirkpatrick)
Amy Lederman ... makeup artist
Angel Radefeld ... key makeup artist
Susan Carol Schwary ... key hair stylist (as Susan Carol-Schwary)
Nicole Sortillon Amos ... makeup assistant (as Nicole Sortillion)
Torsten Witte ... makeup department head

Production Management

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Michael Beugg ... unit production manager
Robert J. Dohrmann ... production supervisor (as Bob Dohrmann)
Michael Toji ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Heather Anderson ... additional second second assistant director
Kate Greenberg ... second second assistant director
Joe May ... additional second assistant director
Gregory J. Smith ... second assistant director (as Gregory Smith)
Thomas Patrick Smith ... first assistant director
Thomas Robinson Harper ... second unit director (uncredited)
Bart Lipton ... second second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Ellis J. Barbacoff ... assistant property master
Tony Bonaventura ... property master
Andrea Cantrell ... assistant props
Jill Deibler ... buyer
Joseph Kevin Garcia ... swing gang (as Joseph K. Garcia)
Theresa Greene ... art department coordinator
Michael Klingerman ... leadman
David Marple ... swing gang
Rich Murray ... assistant art director
Christopher Pappas ... on-set dresser / props
Rion Waller ... swing gang
Ryan Wylie ... props

Sound Department

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Rick Ash ... re-recording mixer
Gregg Barbanell ... foley artist
Kerry Carmean-Williams ... foley editor (as Kerry Ann Carmean)
Patrick Cusack ... assistant sound editor
Andrew DeCristofaro ... supervising sound editor
Craig Dollinger ... boom operator
Bill Henderson ... sound re-recording engineer
Larry Hopkins ... layback sound mixer
Tim Maxwell ... sound re-recordist
Stacey Michaels ... adr mixer
Sterling Moore ... boom operator: additional photography
Steven Morrow ... sound mixer
Steve Nelson ... sound effects editor (as Steven F. Nelson)
Nancy Nugent ... supervising adr editor (as Nancy Kyong Nugent)
Buck Robinson ... sound mixer: additional photography
Stephen P. Robinson ... supervising sound editor
Terry Rodman ... re-recording mixer
Robert Sharman ... utility sound technician
Christopher Sidor ... sound mix technician
Greg Steele ... adr mixer
John C. Stuver ... dialogue editor
Lucy Sustar ... foley mixer
Greg Zimmerman ... adr recordist
Linda Lew ... foley recordist (uncredited)
John Soukup ... sound transfer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Ian Eyre ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Adam Avitabile ... visual effects supervisor
Chad Buehler ... digital compositor
Joshua D. Comen ... visual effects producer (as Josh Comen)
Jenny Foster ... visual effects coordinator
Rob Ostir ... digital effects artist
Steve Rodriguez ... colorist

Stunts

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Kenny Anderson ... assistant stunt coordinator
Kacie Borrowman ... stunt double: Abigail Breslin
Clay Cullen ... stunt double
Riley Harper ... stunt double
Thomas Robinson Harper ... stunt coordinator (as Tom Robinson Harper)
Traci Richelle Harrison ... stunts
Christie Hayes ... stunt double
Michael Hugghins ... stunt double
Mark Kubr ... stunts and water safety
Larry Rippenkroeger ... stunts
Matthew Taylor ... stunt double: Greg Kinnear

Camera and Electrical Department

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Thomas Bango ... first assistant camera
Matt Bardocz ... best boy electric
Clint Borden ... dolly grip: "b" camera
Tom Boyd ... underwater camera operator
Brian Cantrell ... electrician
Jack Carpenter ... camera car grip
Theda Cunningham ... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Greg Dellerson ... assistant camera
Josh Denering ... key rigging grip
Carlos M. Gallardo ... dolly grip
Paul Goodstein ... key grip
Jeffrey Greeley ... camera operator
Keith A. Hascher ... lighting technician
Jimi Johnson ... video assist operator
Lawrence Karman ... steadicam operator
Frederick Lawrence ... grip
Heather Lea ... first assistant camera
Eric Lee ... still photographer
Christopher Mack ... "b" camera / first assistant camera
Paul McIlvaine ... gaffer
Alan Morier ... lighting technician
Tony Olivieri ... first assistant Steadicam
Michelle Pizanis ... clapper loader
Chris J. Rossi ... best boy grip
Rigney Sackley ... "a" camera second assistant
Aaron Atom Vyvial ... grip

Casting Department

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Barbara Harris ... adr voice casting
Kelly Hunt ... extras casting
Rich King ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Bethany Bernhard ... set costumer
Edward Gould ... costumer
Lisa Hyde ... set costumer
Robin McMullan ... costume supervisor
Jennifer Starzyk ... key costumer

Location Management

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Christopher Miller ... location manager
Dan Milner ... location scout
Nate Taylor ... key assistant location manager

Music Department

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Sebastian Arocha Morton ... music remixer
Elliott Goldkind ... assistant music editor
Brad Haehnel ... music mixer / scoring mixer
Susan Jacobs ... music supervisor
Robert Kraft ... executive in charge of music
Anne Litt ... music supervisor
Rob Simonsen ... assistant to composer
Tony Tisdale ... additional music contributor
Joshua Winget ... music editor (as Josh Winget)
Danielle Diego ... music executive (uncredited)
Rebecca Morellato ... music production executive (uncredited)
Laura Perlman ... music editor (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Joseph Aroesti ... transportation co-captain
Mike Belt ... mechanic
Angel Desanti ... transportation co-captain
Dillan Esco ... driver
J. Armin Garza II ... driver: camera car
Geno Hart ... transportation coordinator
Steve Larson ... driver
Esteban Munoz ... mechanic
Marty Osborne ... picture cars
John Pellegrino ... transportation
Adam Pinkstaff ... transportation captain
William Smallwood ... driver: production van

Other crew

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Sebastian Arocha Morton ... source cues (as Sebastian Arocha-Morton)
Mike Artimo ... medic
Susan Bliss ... post script services
Erik Bright ... unit publicist
Cecilia Cardwell ... studio teacher
Joe Eddie Casares ... video artist (as Ed Casares)
Michael B. Clark ... assistant to producer
Richard Cody ... key craft services
Molly Cooper ... assistant to producers
William Cusick ... office production assistant
Thomas Farr ... payroll accountant
Jennifer Zolten Freed ... post-production accountant
Shaun Greenspan ... production assistant
Francis Hadinoto ... production assistant
Jennifer Hamilton ... assistant choreographer
Traci Richelle Harrison ... stand-in: Abigail Breslin
Erin Heidenreich ... sales agent
Heather R. Holliday ... production staff (as Heather Holliday)
James Kaplan ... assistant: Mr. Dayton & Ms. Faris
Ashley Kravitz ... script clearance
Erick Kwiecien ... Intern
Joe Lewis ... assistant: Mr. Dayton & Ms. Faris
Christopher Licata ... production assistant
Felipe Linz ... assistant to producers
Kevin Maier ... stand-in: Steve Carell
Jason Mandel ... production assistant
Joshua Mandel ... production assistant
Laurent Marchand ... caterer (as Laurent Marchand)
Lyn Matsuda Norton ... script supervisor (as Lyn Matsuda) / script supervisor (as Lyn Norton)
Charissa McLain ... assistant production coordinator
Emily McMaster ... assistant to producers
Dauv McNeely ... computer and video playback technician
Dan Murbarger ... computer/video playback operator
Zack Neuman ... office intern
Jessica Otto ... assistant: Ms. Collette
Sara Pollack ... production executive
Marguerite Pomerhn Derricks ... choreographer (as Marguerite Derricks)
Michyl-Shannon Quilty ... production coordinator
Mike Revell ... production accountant
Jennessa Rose ... additional voices
Julianna Rose ... additional voices
Negar Saddigh ... production assistant
Rocsana Saddigh ... production assistant
Jessie Hope Salka ... unit publicist
Suzanne C. Swindle ... script supervisor
Katie Taylor ... production assistant
Cori Uchida ... assistant to producers
Paul Wilson-Young ... production assistant (as Paul Young)
Jenny Worman ... stand-in: Toni Collette
Bryan Yaconelli ... first assistant accountant
Lena Bjorna ... photo double (uncredited)
A.M. Lukas ... assistant to producers (uncredited)
Howard R. Schuster ... financing (uncredited)
Andie K. Taylor ... intern (uncredited)

Thanks

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James Everett Dayton ... thanks
Joan Scheckel ... the directors wish to thank: Joan Scheckel Lab
Jocelyn Towne ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In Albuquerque, Sheryl Hoover brings her suicidal brother Frank to the breast of her dysfunctional and emotionally bankrupted family. Frank is homosexual, an expert in Proust. He tried to commit suicide when he was rejected by his boyfriend and his great competitor became renowned and recognized as number one in the field of Proust. Sheryl's husband Richard is unsuccessfully trying to sell his self-help and self-improvement technique using nine steps to reach success, but he is actually a complete loser. Her son Dwayne has taken a vow of silence as a follower of Nietzsche and aims to be a jet pilot. Dwayne's grandfather Edwin was sent away from the institution for elders (Sunset Manor) and is addicted in heroin. When her seven-year-old daughter Olive has a chance to dispute the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in Redondo Beach, California, the whole family travels together in their old Volkswagen Type 2 (Kombi) in a funny journey of hope of winning the talent contest and to make a dream come true. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Also Known As
  • Pequeña Miss Sunshine (Spain)
  • Pequeña Miss Sunshine (Mexico)
  • A család kicsi kincse (Hungary)
  • Pequeña Miss Sunshine (Venezuela)
  • Pequena Miss Sunshine (Brazil)
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Runtime
  • 101 min
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Box Office

Budget $8,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $370,782, 30 Jul 2006
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $100,523,181

Did You Know?

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Trivia The production crew made sure Abigail Breslin really was listening to music in her headphones to keep her from hearing Alan Arkin's profanity-laced scenes. See more »
Goofs When at the motel, Sheryl reads off the three room numbers they are staying in as 11, 12, and 13. When Grandpa and Olive go into their room and shut the door, though, the number reads 208. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby/Little Miss Sunshine/Shadowboxer/Miami Vice/The Night Listener (2006). See more »
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Quotes Grandpa: A real loser is someone who's so afraid of not winning he doesn't even try.
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