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Flash of Genius ()


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Robert Kearns takes on the Detroit automakers who he claims stole his idea for the intermittent windshield wiper.

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Bob Kearns
Tim Eddis ...
Maryland Cop #1
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Maryland Cop #2
Karl Pruner ...
Pete
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Scott
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Gil Previck
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Phyllis Kearns
Landon Norris ...
Young Dennis
Shae Norris ...
Young Kathy
Steven Woodworth ...
Young Tim
Victoria Learn ...
Young Maureen
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Young Patrick
Ronn Sarosiak ...
Reverend
Gavin Kuiack ...
Baby Bob Jr.
Ben Kuiak ...
Baby Bob Jr.
Tom Rooney ...
Jerry Barnley
Kate Parker ...
Waitress
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Paul Previck
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Jim
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Jean Previck
Philip Nessel ...
Club Member
Liam Titcomb ...
Joe Warwick
Sal Scozzari ...
Workman #1
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Frank Sertin
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Macklin Tyler
Richard Blackburn ...
Executive One
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Real Estate Agent (as Michael Spencer Davis)
Michael Rhoades ...
Salesman
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Waitress #2
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Louis
Ashley Wright ...
Security Officer
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MC / Singer
Richard Fitzpatrick ...
Barney Howell
Jared Durand ...
Student
London Angelis ...
Wade
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Nerdy Student
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Doctor
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Angry Driver
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Dr. Ito
Liam Wright ...
Toddler Bob Jr.
Owen Wright ...
Toddler Bob Jr.
Quancetia Hamilton ...
Case Worker
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Gregory Lawson
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Ian Meillor
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Dennis (21 Years)
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Charlie Defao
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Older Kathy
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Judge Franks (as Bill Smitrovitch)
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Chris Finley
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Bob Jr.
Grant Boyle ...
Older Patrick
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Older Tim
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Older Maureen
Bruce Gooch ...
Jury Foreman
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Professor Irwin
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Patron in Diner (uncredited)
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Auto Show Patron (uncredited)
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Student (uncredited)
David B. Guthrie ...
Bartender (uncredited)
Kate Parr ...
Peggy (uncredited)
David Webster ...
Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by

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Marc Abraham

Written by

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Philip Railsback ... (written by)
 
John Seabrook ... (article "The Flash of Genius")

Produced by

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Gary Barber ... producer
Roger Birnbaum ... producer
Thomas A. Bliss ... executive producer
J. Miles Dale ... executive producer
Jonathan Glickman ... executive producer
Michael Lieber ... producer
Eric Newman ... executive producer

Music by

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Aaron Zigman

Cinematography by

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Dante Spinotti ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Jill Savitt

Editorial Department

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Chris Blacklock ... dailies operator
Clark Campbell ... assistant editor
Christine Carr ... digital intermediate producer
Salvatore Catanzaro ... on-line editor
Mike Chiado ... digital intermediate technologist
Adrian DeLude ... assistant colorist
Annie Johnson ... digital intermediate producer
Lara Johnston ... assistant editor
Jackie Lee ... digital intermediate account executive
Missy Papageorge ... digital intermediate producer
Laura Paulsen ... post-production coordinator
Kurt Smith ... color timer
Mary Beth Smith ... negative cutter (as Marybeth Smith)
Stefan Sonnenfeld ... digital intermediate executive producer
Ofe Yi ... first assistant editor
Rob Doolittle ... senior on-line editor (uncredited)
Cam McLauchlin ... assistant editor: avid dailies (uncredited)
Jorge Tanaka ... digital intermediate assistant (uncredited)
Ian Turpen ... digital intermediate scanner: Company 3 (uncredited)

Casting By

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Denise Chamian

Production Design by

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Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski

Art Direction by

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Patrick Banister

Set Decoration by

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Peter P. Nicolakakos ... (as Peter Nicolakakos)

Costume Design by

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Luis Sequeira

Makeup Department

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Kelly Brennan ... hair stylist
Linda Dowds ... makeup artist
Susan Hayward ... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Paul Jones ... prosthetics creator (uncredited)
Kelly Whetter ... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Dennis Chapman ... production manager (as Dennis V. Chapman)
J. Miles Dale ... unit production manager
Peter Oillataguerre ... executive in charge of production: Spyglass Entertainment

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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J. Miles Dale ... second unit director
Myron Hoffert ... first assistant director
Patrick Murphy ... third assistant director
Bob Warwick ... second assistant director
Nick Lopez ... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Neesha Patki ... third assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Deryck Blake ... property master
Brenton Brown ... on-set dresser
Jean-Pierre Charbonneau ... construction coordinator (as JP Charbonneau)
Itsuko Kurono ... second assistant art director
Sandor Mate ... carpenter
H. Nancy Pak ... art department coordinator
Douglas Slater ... first assistant art director
Michael Vanderteems ... greens key
George Venckus ... leadman
Toni Wong ... assistant property master
Colin Adams ... set dresser (uncredited)
Greg Chown ... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Rossana DeCampo ... key scenic artist (uncredited)
Danielle Fleury ... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Paul Greenberg ... graphic designer (uncredited)
Tracey Strikwerda-Valeriote ... trainee assistant art director (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Ron Bedrosian ... adr mixer
Keith Bilderbeck ... sound editor
Anne Couk ... assistant sound editor
Barbara Delpuech ... sound editor
Yann Delpuech ... sound editor
Robert Deschaine ... adr mixer (as Bob Deschaine)
Glen Gauthier ... sound mixer
Shaughnessy Hare ... supervising sound effects editor
Larry Hopkins ... layback sound mixer
Darren King ... supervising sound editor
E. Niles Klein ... assistant sound editor
Goro Koyama ... foley artist
Greg LaPlante ... digital mastering
Travis MacKay ... adr recordist
Andy Malcolm ... foley artist
Mike McKone ... assistant sound editor
Christian P. Minkler ... re-recording mixer (as Christian Minkler)
Barbara Noren ... sound editor
Unsun Song ... re-recording mix technician
Greg Steele ... adr mixer
John C. Stuver ... sound editor (as John Stuver)
Steve Switzer ... boom operator
Jon Taylor ... re-recording mixer
Eric Thompson ... adr mixer
Dan Yale ... sound editor
Greg Zimmerman ... adr recordist
Jenna Dalla Riva ... foley recording assistant (uncredited)
Brooke Graeff ... foley assistant (uncredited)
Vanessa Marshak ... foley recording assistant (uncredited)
Justin Pearson ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Philip Rogers ... adr recordist (uncredited)
Don White ... foley recording mixer (uncredited)

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Warren Appleby ... special effects coordinator
Fiona MacPherson ... special effects shop coordinator
Tim Barraball ... special effects technician (uncredited)
Tomas Hartl ... key special effects (uncredited)
David Reaume ... special effects technician (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Adnan Ahmed ... visual effects coordinator: Mr. X
Barb Benoit ... digital matte painter: Custom Fiulm Effects
Dennis Berardi ... visual effects executive producer: Mr. X
Anand Dorairaj ... compositor: Custom Film Effects
Mark Dornfeld ... visual effects supervisor: Custom Film Effects
Michele Ferrone ... visual effects producer: Custom Film Effects
Adam Gass ... digital editorial
Paulina Kuszta ... visual effects coordinator: Custom Film Effects
Sarah McMurdo ... visual effects producer: Mr. X
Daniel Mizuguchi ... animation supervisor: Custom Film Effects / pre-vis supervisor: Custom Fuilm Effects
Matt Schofield ... digital matte painter: Custom Fulm Effects
David Thompson ... compositor: Custom Film Effects
Aaron Weintraub ... visual effects supervisor: Mr. X
Ryan Beadle ... digital I/O (uncredited)
Sarah Coatts ... visual effects producer: PIC (uncredited)
David Fix ... senior systems administrator: Mr. X Inc (uncredited)
Matt Glover ... visual effects production assistant (uncredited)
Sarah Grieshammer ... digital compositor (uncredited)
Shaina Holmes ... digital compositor (uncredited)
Safia Siad ... visual effects production assistant (uncredited)
Amani Williams ... digital compositor (uncredited)

Stunts

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Matt Birman ... stunt coordinator
Shelley Cook ... stunt driver #1
Rick Forsayeth ... stunt driver #2
Vanessa King ... stunt double: Phyllis
Danny Lima ... stunt double: Bob

Camera and Electrical Department

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Mongo Andrews ... assistant key rigging grip
Sean Bourdeau ... best boy grip
Robert Cochrane ... dolly grip
Brad Crosbie ... b camera first assistant
Alex Dawes ... rigging electric
Richard Emerson ... key grip (as Rico Emerson)
Jay Fortune ... chief lighting technician
Michael L. Hall ... best boy electrician: splinter unit
Kerry Hayes ... still photographer
Chris Howard ... chief lighting technician (as Christopher Howard)
John Irwin ... generator operator
Tim Kneeshaw ... second assistant camera
Tim Merkel ... Steadicam operator / camera operator: "b" camera
Harald Ortenburger ... camera operator
Christopher Raucamp ... first assistant camera
Daniel Sauvé ... camera operator: "b" camera / steadicam operator
Brian Scholz ... digital video technician
Stephen Spurrell ... chief rigging gaffer
Raphael Boettger ... daily grip (uncredited)
Russel Bowie ... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Brian Cassar ... film loader (uncredited)
Tim Davis ... video assist operator (uncredited)
Duane Gullison ... best boy electric (uncredited)
Dianne L. Haggarty ... grip (uncredited)
Bill Hong ... camera car operator (uncredited)
Sean Marjoram ... daily electrician (uncredited)
Herb Reischl Jr. ... rigging best boy (uncredited)
Ron Renzetti ... dolly grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Angela Demo ... casting associate: US
Chantal Kemp ... casting assistant: Canada (as Chantal LeBlanc)
Diane Kerbel ... casting: Canada
Zameret Kleiman ... extras casting
AnnaRosa Piccione ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Suzanne Aplin ... costume supervisor
Stacia Bon ... wardrobe assistant
Patricia Hanley Cumming ... costume set supervisor (as Patricia Hanley-Cummings)
Jay Du Boisson ... assistant costume designer
Karen Eppstadt ... key wardrobe breakdown artist
Sara Schilt ... costume buyer

Location Management

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Scott Alexander ... assistant location manager: Brazil
Jared Burton ... location production assistant
David McIlroy ... location manager
Jed Metzger ... assistant location manager
Kati Moore ... location production assistant
Chris Moulson ... assistant location manager
Alex McNaughton ... location scout (uncredited)

Music Department

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Mark Berrow ... musician: violin
Rachel Bolt ... viola
Thomas Bowes ... orchestra leader
Nick Fevola ... music preparation
Isobel Griffiths ... orchestra contractor
Jerry Hey ... orchestrator
Lisa Jaime ... music editor
Michael J. Lloyd ... music preparation
Steve Mair ... musician: double bass
Stuart Martz ... music consultant / violin coach
G. Marq Roswell ... music supervisor
Dennis S. Sands ... music scoring mixer (as Dennis Sands) / score recordist (as Dennis Sands)
Michael Stern ... additional score mixer / additional score recordist
Adam Swart ... music supervisor
Jesse Voccia ... electronic score programmer
Lucy Whalley ... assistant orchestra contractor
Bruce White ... musician: viola
Aaron Zigman ... conductor / orchestrator
Alethia Austin ... music coordinator (uncredited)
Christine Bergren ... music licensing (uncredited)
Rob Bertola ... music playback engineer (uncredited)
Steve Juliani ... music preparation (uncredited)
Nevin Seus ... assistant music editor (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Aleck Duncan ... driver: construction department
Greg McGrath ... driver
Roland McGrath ... transportation captain
Bruce McLean ... transportation coordinator
Orest W. Muz ... picture car captain (as Orest Muz)
John Ratushniak ... picture car mechanic
Gord Bettles ... picture car mechanic (uncredited)
Ian C. Harris ... daily driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Rae Ellen Bodie ... pre-production dialect coach: Tatiana Maslany
Mary Malone Browning ... assistant to Eric Newman (as Mary Browning)
Kathryn Buck ... script supervisor
Kim Buttlar ... executive coordinator: Gary Barber (as Kimberly Buttlar)
Juliette Caron ... french subtitles by
Jennifer Chovancek ... assistant production coordinator
Matt Dines ... assistant: Jonathan Glickman
Wendy Gaboury ... production accountant
Emily Halfon ... production assistant
Jennifer Hoffmeister ... assistant: Marc Abraham
The Kearbs Family ... consultants
Dennis Kearns ... consultant
Ashley Kravitz ... script clearance
Jacinta McDonnell ... stand-in: Uruguay
Caitlin McKenna ... adr group coordinator (as Caitlin McKenna-Wilkinson)
Jason McLean ... stand-in
Gabrielle Neimand ... production executive: Strike Entertainment
Kerry Ann Redmond ... first assistant accountant
Lisa Shamata ... unit publicist
Erik Sudmals ... assistant accountant
Will Taylor ... production assistant
Marlena Thomas ... executive coordinator: Roger Birnbaum
Jarik Van Sluijs ... creative director: main titles
Uma Venkataramaiah ... assistant: J. Miles Dale
Alison Waxman ... production coordinator
David Zimring ... production company 2nd assistant: Roger Birnbaum & Gary Barber: uncredited
Daniel Zuccala ... production assistant
Mark Barclay ... assistant: Thomas Bliss (uncredited)
Brian Bruskrud ... finance executive (uncredited)
Andrea Eisen ... on-set tutor (uncredited)
Julio Ferrario ... creative director: main titles (uncredited)
Pamela B. Green ... main title producer (uncredited)
Rui Martins ... rushes telecine operator (uncredited)
Sue Nelson ... third assistant accountant (uncredited)

Thanks

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Phil Altmann ... the producers wish to thank
Robert W. Kearns ... dedicatee
D. Jim Mirkopoulos ... the producers wish to thank (as Jim Mirkopolous)
Donna Zuchlinski ... the producers wish to thank

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Based on the true story of college professor and part-time inventor Robert Kearns' long battle with the U.S. automobile industry, Flash of Genius tells the tale of one man whose fight to receive recognition for his ingenuity would come at a heavy price. But this determined engineer refused to be silenced, and he took on the corporate titans in a battle that nobody thought he could win. The Kearns were a typical 1960s Detroit family, trying to live their version of the American Dream. Local university professor Bob married teacher Phyllis and, by their mid-thirties, had six kids who brought them a hectic but satisfying Midwestern existence. When Bob invents a device that would eventually be used by every car in the world, the Kearns think they have struck gold. But their aspirations are dashed after the auto giants who embraced Bob's creation unceremoniously shunned the man who invented it. Ignored, threatened and then buried in years of litigation, Bob is haunted by what was done to his family and their future. He becomes a man obsessed with justice and the conviction that his life's work-or for that matter, anyone's work-be acknowledged by those who stood to benefit. And while paying the toll for refusing to compromise his dignity, this everyday David will try the unthinkable: to bring Goliath to his knees. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines Corporations have time, money, and power on their side. All Bob Kearns had was the truth. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Un éclair de génie (Canada, French title)
  • Un éclair de génie (France)
  • Destellos de genio (Spain)
  • Jogada de Gênio (Brazil)
  • Sclipire de geniu (Romania)
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  • 119 min
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Budget $20,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Kearns' real reason for consistently rejecting the escalating out-of-court settlements offered by Ford is significantly underplayed in the movie. His primary motive was not a public apology, but rather to be given the exclusive manufacturing rights. See more »
Goofs Kearns says in his interview with Ford that he is a graduate of Case Western. Case Western Reserve University was not created until the 1967 merger of Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University. Kearns' patent for the wiper was filed Dec. 1, 1964, well before the merger of the two universities. Kearns' 1963 meeting with Ford also happened before the merger of the universities. Kearns received his PhD from Case Institute of Technology. See more »
Movie Connections References Frankenstein (1931). See more »
Soundtracks Stage Door Queen See more »
Crazy Credits Following his verdict over Ford, Bob received $18.7 million from the Chrysler Corporation. See more »
Quotes Bob Kearns: Whatever happened to this little thing called justice we talked about?
Gregory Lawson: This is justice, Bob. This is how justice is dispensed in this country - with checkbooks. There are no brass bands, you know, there are no ticker tape parades, the mayor doesn't give you the key to the city and call you a hero. You get a check, and that check makes the lives of you and your family a little easier... a little more pleasant. It's that simple.
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