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Severance (2005)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 20 October 2005 (USA)
After enduring a series of mishaps on his 30th birthday, a burned-out internet developer sees a chance to start a new life through his love of classic detective stories.


Troy Anthony Miller (as Troy A. Miller)


Troy Anthony Miller (as Troy A. Miller)


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Credited cast:
Brian Hecker Brian Hecker ... Zach
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Apthorpe Bob Apthorpe ... Killer Ape
Melody Beals Melody Beals ... Therapy Group
Pamela Cardenas Pamela Cardenas ... Woman with Book
Adele Coles Adele Coles ... Betty
Christopher Cole Denman Christopher Cole Denman ... Sheila's Lover
Ann Duong ... Therapy Group
Deneen Frazier ... Nebulon Proposal Team
Jermaine L. Gomez Jermaine L. Gomez ... Therapy Group
Safia Gray ... Sheila
Jonathan Hardy ... Therapy Group
Sean Hill Sean Hill ... Jim Seavers
Bryan Kent Bryan Kent ... Larry
Mark Lit Mark Lit ... Cop with Camera
Jules Loth Jules Loth ... Clyde Buxler


After enduring a series of mishaps on his 30th birthday, a burned-out internet developer sees a chance to start a new life through his love of classic detective stories.

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Every man dreams of getting laid... off.




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Original, quality cinema
23 November 2005 | by daveschulzeSee all my reviews

An excellent first film from cinema's newest renaissance man, the talented Troy Miller. Austinite Miller writes, acts, and directs with the skill of a seasoned veteran. His narrative and comedic sense rivals, if not bests, other famous first outings (e.g. Swingers, Clerks, and Garden State). Like those, one can sense the autobiographical nature of the story. Miller uses his own unemployment from the high-tech world and the use of his own severance to fund his dream as the springboard.

That's only the beginning. Miller takes the opportunity to creatively craft a screenwriters dream. This story is well-paced with a nice arch. Scenes and dialog are witty, while still advancing the story. It's evident how well-versed Miller is in cinema with all the nods the film makes to Bogart and Woody Allen films. The combination of a noir detective story, contemporary topics, a coming (or reviewing) of age drama, a colorful cast of characters, and elements of a love story serve a recipe of refreshing and compelling cinema. Audiences will laugh and think. They will move to the edge of the seat and back. Add quality editing, cinematography, and an original jazz score and you have a winner. Hollywood, America, and Austin cannot wait to see where Miller's career will go from here.

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20 October 2005 (USA) See more »

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Austin, Texas, USA

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Sparadigm Cinema See more »
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