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A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident.

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Matt King
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Alexandra King
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Scottie King
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Sid
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Elizabeth King
Grace A. Cruz ...
Scottie's Teacher
Kim Gennaula ...
School Counselor
Karen Kuioka Hironaga ...
Barb Higgins
Carmen Kaichi ...
Lani Higgins
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Matt's Secretary Noe
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Cousin Hugh
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Cousin Ralph
Matt Esecson ...
Cousin Hal
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Cousin Milo
Stanton Johnston ...
Cousin Stan
Jon McManus ...
Cousin Six (as Jonathan McManus)
Hugh Foster ...
Cousin Wink
Tiare R. Finney ...
Cousin Connie
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Cousin Dave
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Dr. Johnston
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Kai Mitchell
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Mark Mitchell
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Troy Cook
Aileen 'Boo' Arnold ...
Dorm Supervisor
Esther Kang ...
Alex's Roommate
Melissa Kim ...
Alex's Drunken Friend
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Scott Thorson
Barbara L. Southern ...
Alice 'Tutu' Thorson (as Barbara Lee Southern)
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Reina
Matt Reese ...
Buzz
Zoel Turnbull ...
Hotel Clerk
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Brian Speer
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Julie Speer
Linda Rose Herman ...
Grief Counselor
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Barry Thorson
Darryl K. Gonzales ...
Tahiti Nui Singer (Kanak Attack)
Koko Kanealii ...
Tahiti Nui Singer (Kanak Attack)
Romey 'Keola' Yokotake ...
Tahiti Nui Singer (Kanak Attack)
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Passenger (uncredited)
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Bicyclist (uncredited)
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Himself - Narrator (uncredited) (archiveFootage) (voice)
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Nurse (uncredited)
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King cousin (uncredited)
Dane Justman ...
Drunk Guy #2 (uncredited)
Jordan Kirkwood ...
Troys Roaddog (uncredited)
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Attorney (uncredited)
Alan Seabock ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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King Cousin (uncredited)
Larry Wegger ...
Airline Passenger (uncredited)

Directed by

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Alexander Payne

Written by

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Alexander Payne ... (screenplay) and
Nat Faxon ... (screenplay) &
Jim Rash ... (screenplay)
 
Kaui Hart Hemmings ... (novel)

Produced by

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Tracy Boyd ... associate producer
Jim Burke ... producer
George Parra ... co-producer
Alexander Payne ... producer
Jim Taylor ... producer

Music by

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Jeff Peterson

Cinematography by

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Phedon Papamichael ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Kevin Tent

Editorial Department

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Brian Bautista ... editorial production assistant
Christine Carr ... digital intermediate producer
Mindy Elliott ... assistant editor
Joe Finley ... digital intermediate colorist
Nicholas Hasson ... smoke editor
Mikki Levi ... apprentice editor
Tim Maxwell ... digital transfer
Bryan Park ... film scanning operator: Modern VideoFilm
Jim Passon ... color timer
Alex Romano ... digital intermediate on-line editor
Kay Sievert ... colorist: high definition dailies
Brian Gee ... dailies assist (uncredited)

Casting By

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John Jackson

Production Design by

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Jane Ann Stewart

Art Direction by

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T.K. Kirkpatrick ... (as Timothy T.K. Kirkpatrick)

Set Decoration by

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Matt Callahan

Costume Design by

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Wendy Chuck

Makeup Department

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Julie Hewett ... makeup department head
Karen Iboshi Preiser ... makeup artist
Debra Rego ... hair stylist (as Debra L. Rego)
Waldo Sanchez ... hair department head

Production Management

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Renee Confair ... production supervisor (as Renee Confair Sensano)
Mads Hansen ... assistant production manager
George Parra ... production manager
Rick Reynolds ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Scott August ... second assistant director
Tracy Boyd ... second unit director
Richard L. Fox ... first assistant director
Joyce McCarthy ... first assistant director: second unit
Amy Wilkins ... second second assistant director (as Amy Wilkins Bronson)

Art Department

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Kaanoi Cabrina ... assistant property master (as Kaanoi Cabrinha)
Alvin S. Cabrinha Jr. ... property master (as Alvin Cabrinha)
Jonah Chang ... carpenter
Brian Costa ... swing gang
Scott Ejercito ... assistant property master
Sidney Etrata ... swing gang
Justin Fischer ... swing gang
Serena Rios Flores ... art department coordinator
Stani Franklin ... researcher: set decoration
Jason Garner ... assistant art director
Quintin D. Gasper ... carpenter
Sean Hallock ... swing gang
Alexandra Hearn ... art department production assistant
Craig Hoffmann ... on-set dresser
Michael Kaahanni Jr. ... leadman
Michael Kaahanui III ... swing gang
Gerard Kaman ... construction carpenter
Derrick Kaupiko ... set dressing gang boss / swing gang
Eric Kitaoka ... swing gang
Eric Knight ... standby painter
Nancy Z. Knight ... set painter (as Nancy Zahumensky Knight)
Robert E. Knight ... head painter (as Robert Ellison Knight)
Camille Komine ... set decorating buyer
Ivan M. Lizares ... carpenter
Butch Lum ... toolman
John Marano ... leadman
Edward Medeiros Jr. ... laborer (as Edward Medeiros)
Ace Newman ... swing gang
Shanna Norton ... set decorating buyer
Alvin Pittler ... construction foreman
Douglas Rasmussen ... carpenter
Sylvia K. Ringgold ... construction medic
Isaia Robins ... assistant greens
Josefa Robins ... construction medic
Kenneth K. Sato ... construction coordinator
Ben Shafer ... laborer (as Benjamin Shafer)
Sam Sternthall ... swing gang
Darrell Tachibana ... assistant greens
Kaleo Wong ... swing gang
Liloa Wong ... Key greens foreman (as C. Liloa Wong)
Ronn Wong ... set dresser / swing gang

Sound Department

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Derek Casari ... adr stage engineer
Patrick Cyccone Jr. ... re-recording mixer (as Patrick Cyccone)
Russell Farmarco ... sound editor (as Russ Farmarco)
Jonathan Fuh ... boom person (as Jonathan Lee Ger Fuh)
Frank Gaeta ... additional re-recording mixer / sound designer / supervising sound editor
Luis Galdames ... sound editor
José Antonio García ... production sound mixer
Patrick Giraudi ... sound editor
Brian Hackett ... production sound mixer: interviews
Matthew P. Hanson ... assistant sound editor (as Matt Hanson)
Kaspar Hugentobler ... re-recording engineer
Joe Iemola ... sound editor
James Moriana ... foley artist
Chris Navarro ... adr mixer
Justin Van Hout ... assistant v.o. engineer
Brett Voss ... foley mixer
Chris Wiecking ... sound utility (as Christopher Wiecking)
Jeffrey Wilhoit ... foley artist
John Soukup ... sound transfer (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Salvatore Catanzaro ... compositor
Mark Dornfeld ... visual effects supervisor
Michele Ferrone ... visual effects producer
Adam Gass ... digital editorial: Custom Film Effects
R.J. Harbour ... digital compositor
Nicholas Hasson ... compositor
Paulina Kuszta ... visual effects coordinator
Kammie Rivera ... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
Alex Romano ... compositor
Jose A. Alfonzo ... visual effects (uncredited)
Mikyoung Hahm ... titles designer & animator (uncredited)

Stunts

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Terry Ahue ... stunts
Todd Bradley ... stunts
Craig H. Davidson ... stunts (as Craig Davidson)
Errol Kane ... stunts
Brian L. Keaulana ... stunt coordinator
Keoni Keaulana ... stunts (as Keoni K. Keaulana)
Noland Martin ... stunts
Paul J. Merino ... stunts
James K. Miranda ... stunts
Aden Stay ... stunts
Marcus Young ... stunts
Titus Kinimaka ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Rylan Akama ... second assistant b camera
Norman Akau ... rigging grip (as Norman Akau III)
Mike Bacon ... playback: VTR
Matthew Berner ... first assistant camera: second unit
Troy Boggess ... electrician / lighting technician
Richard J. Brock ... first assistant b camera
Gustavo Brum ... epk cinematographer
Cole Chetney ... company grip
Don Chong ... rigging electric
Shawn Christensen ... electrician
Rick Crum ... electrician / grip
Chuck Cullen ... electrician
Kanoa Dahlin ... camera loader
Drew Desjarlais ... electrician
Charles Ehrlinger ... best boy grip
Christian Franklin ... camera production assistant
Vance Gage ... key rigging grip
Ray Garcia ... key grip
James Goldman ... second assistant a camera
Michael J. Gregg ... rigging grip (as Michael 'Jason' Gregg)
Jeffrey M. Hall ... gaffer (as Jeff Hall)
Patrick Hoeschen ... best boy electric
Tweed Johnston ... company grip
Keola Jones ... dolly grip
Lee Kaneakua ... company grip
Kevin Kersting ... key grip: second unit
Don King ... underwater camera operator
Scott Lisetor ... company grip
Trevor Loomis ... first assistant a camera
Elliot Lucas ... second assistant camera
Brian Matsumura ... second assistant camera: second unit
Annie McEveety ... first assistant camera: second unit (as Ann McEveety Allen)
Allen Mozo ... technocrane (as Alan Mozo)
David Pearlberg ... dolly grip
Tom Penny ... best boy rigging grip / key grip: second unit
Radan Popovic ... director of photography: second unit
P. Scott Sakamoto ... a camera operator / steadicam operator
Joe Sanchez ... first assistant a camera (as Joseph Sanchez)
Tuiaana Scanlan ... rigging grip
Keoki Smith ... rigging electric
Monte Swann ... playback: 24 frame video
Rafael E. Sánchez ... gaffer
Roger Thompson ... electrician
Brian Tilden ... gaffer
Don Tomich ... rigging gaffer
Raimar van den Bylaardt II ... best boy rigging electric (as Raimar 'Ray' Bylaardt) / rigging electric best boy (as Raimar Bylaardt)
Warner R. Wacha ... second assistant camera: second unit
Mike Weisbrod ... rigging electric
Merie Weismiller Wallace ... still photographer
Curtis Wingert ... rigging electric
Deena Frooman ... electrician (uncredited)
Michael Romano ... rigging electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Anna Fishburn ... additional extras casting
Wes Ford ... casting assistant
Barbara Harris ... adr voice casting
Andy Henry ... casting associate
Andy Kleiman ... casting assistant
Sherlan N. Koloi ... casting associate
John McAlary ... casting associate
Yesi Ramirez ... casting associate
Susanne Scheel ... casting assistant
Katie Taylor ... casting associate
Christian Kaplan ... executive in charge of casting (uncredited)
Rachel W. Sutton ... location casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Carmen Rodrigues Davis ... costume production assistant (as Carmen L. Rodrigues)
Dana Kay Hart ... costume supervisor (as Dana Hart)
Anne Hoss ... ager/dyer
Michelle Moder ... costume buyer
Ivy Chiem Rowan ... seamstress
Susan Strubel ... key costumer
Linda Vollert ... costumer
Robyn Zucker ... costumer

Location Management

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Timmy Chinn ... location assistant
Katrin Chong ... key assistant location manager
Dustin Goldstein ... key location assistant
Matt Goldstein ... assistant location manager
Linda Graham ... location assistant: second unit
Karen Greenlee ... location scout
Art Rivers ... location manager: second unit
Angela Tillson ... assistant location manager
Jim Triplett ... location manager
KiKi Yoshimoto ... location manager

Music Department

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Dondi Bastone ... music supervisor
Richard Ford ... executive music producer / music editor
Robert Kraft ... Executive In Charge of Music
Eugene Kulikov ... composer: additional music
Rebecca Morellato ... music production executive

Transportation Department

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Richard Groder ... driver
Kelly Loo ... transportation co-captain (as Kelly Loo Jr)
Anna Reed ... transportation dispatcher
John Reed ... transportation coordinator
Kenneth Smith ... driver: cast
Aaron Torres ... transportation captain
Gary Woods ... transportation co-captain

Other crew

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Coleen Aiello ... first assistant accountant (as 'Co-Co' Aiello)
Joseph Aikala ... production secretary (as Joseph Kaleo'onalani Aikala)
Laurie Arakaki ... production intern
Cameron Arguelles ... quality control
Deidre Backs ... assistant: J. Burke
Kelly Barnes ... set medic
John Brady ... craft service
Debra Burgess ... payroll accountant
Sean G. Burke ... production assistant: intern
Nathan Carlson ... title designer: art and graphic design
Gregory S. Carr ... production assistant (as Greg Carr)
Shawna Carver ... production assistant
Kimberly Choi ... second assistant accountant
Sanoe Damon ... production intern
Jeff Dash ... production accountant
Rebecca Davis ... studio teacher
Vincent Desrosiers-Nault ... production intern
Evan Endicott ... developement and production executive
Dinesh Fernando ... cook
Tal Fiala ... account executive
Todd Fink ... production intern
Jeff Fishman ... set production assistant: second unit
Max Garcia ... cook
Liz Georgoff ... production assistant
Claudia Gray ... unit publicist
Jessica Caress Hamamoto ... production assistant
Nancy Honeycutt ... production coordinator
Jeremy Johnson ... intern
Jeremy Johnson ... intern / production intern
Lee MacNeil Johnson ... production intern (as Lee Johnson)
Leah Kaina ... production intern
Xanadu Kekuewa ... craft service
Mara Kerum ... chef
Tyler Kueffner ... production intern
Ryan Lam ... production intern
Dana Ledoux Miller ... production assistant
Lisa Lee Mitchell ... assistant production coordinator
Dagny Looper ... stand-in
Victor Lozano ... marine coordinator
Troy Manandic ... stand-in
Brad Dirk Martin ... boat captain
Larissa Martinez ... accounting clerk
Angel McConnell ... assistant: G. Clooney
Courtney McCrory ... assistant accountant: post production
Anna Musso ... assistant: A. Payne (as Anna Lauren Musso)
Nicole Nakamoto ... second assistant accountant
Karen Neasi ... clearances co-ordinator / product placement coordinator
Anthony Ocasio ... post production assistant
Nicole Oudinot ... production assistant
Nick Ower ... production intern
Pablo Paz ... production intern
Stockton David Porter ... production assistant
Rebecca Robertson ... script supervisor (as Rebecca Robertson-Szwaja)
Darren Rodriguez ... craft service assistant
Andy Rydzewski ... second unit factotum
Jason Skweres ... set decoration researcher
Ashley C. Smith ... travel and shipping coordinator
Cameron Spencer ... behind the scenes filmmaker
Gary Stone ... security: G. Clooney
Rachel Streater ... assistant: to G. Parra
Amber Joy Tomasello ... set production assistant: second unit
Robert Wong ... marine coordinator (as Rob Wong)
Susan Wyshynski ... stand-in: female lead
Tyler Atkinson ... digital distribution (uncredited)
Josh Land ... production office intern (uncredited)

Thanks

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Gavan Daws ... the filmmakers thank
Andy Lautenbach ... the filmmakers thank
Carri Morgan ... the filmmakers thank
John Morgan ... the filmmakers thank
Randall Roth ... the filmmakers thank
Julia Porter Steele ... the filmmakers thank

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Plot Summary

Matt King's family has lived in Hawaii for generations. His extended family - namely he and his many cousins - own 25,000 acres of undeveloped land on Kauai held in trust, which ends in seven years. The easiest thing for the family to do is sell the land before the seven years is up, which is all the talk in the state, as, to whom they sell the property could very well change the face of Kauai. Despite the vast wealth that comes with the land, Matt has decided to live solely on what he earns as a Honolulu lawyer. However, Matt has not had a perfect life living in Hawaiian paradise as many believe. He and his wife Elizabeth were having problems in their marriage. She recently got into a boating accident which has placed her in a coma. Their seventeen year old daughter Alex is in boarding school on the big island since they couldn't handle her rebellion, which was made all the worse by an argument of an unknown nature between mother and daughter during Alex's last visit home. And their ten year old daughter Scottie is starting to act out, which Matt doesn't know if he can handle, potentially raising her on his own. Matt decides to bring Alex home upon news that Elizabeth is brain dead, and that she will be pulled off life support. But revelations about Elizabeth and Alex's argument, which is tied indirectly to the issue of the land sale, leads to some decisions on Matt's part about what is best for him in both mourning Elizabeth's death and what is the best thing to do about the land, the two decisions which may be incompatible. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Family Tree (Japan, English title)
  • The Descendants - Familie und andere Angelegenheiten (Germany)
  • Los descendientes (Spain)
  • Järeltulijad (Estonia)
  • Los descendientes (Argentina)
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Runtime
  • 115 min
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Box Office

Budget $20,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $1,190,096, 20 Nov 2011
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $177,243,185

Did You Know?

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Trivia When Matt King describes his inherited wealth, he says, "I don't want my daughters growing up entitled and spoiled. And I agree with my father; you give your children enough money to do something but not enough to do nothing." This is based on a well-known quote from billionaire investor Warren Buffett in a 1986 Fortune magazine interview. "Setting up his heirs with a lifetime supply of food stamps just because they came out of the right womb can be harmful for them and is an antisocial act. To him the perfect amount to leave children is 'enough money so that they would feel they could do anything, but not so much that they could do nothing.'" See more »
Goofs The resort models shown could not be built. Kaua'i's "coconut tree" building law states that new construction cannot be more than 4 stories tall. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode #2.17 (2011). See more »
Soundtracks Ka Makani Ka'ili Aloha See more »
Quotes Matt King: I don't want my daughters growing up entitled and spoiled. And I agree with my father - you give your children enough money to do something but not enough to do nothing.
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