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The Invention of Lying ()


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A comedy set in a world where no one has ever lied, until a writer seizes the opportunity for personal gain.

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Mark Bellison
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Anna McDoogles
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Frank
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Greg
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Anthony
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Martha Bellison
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Brad Kessler
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Shelley
Donna Sorbello ...
Anna's Mother
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Blonde
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Landlord
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Wedding Overseer
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News Reporter
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Bob
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Waiter #1
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Doctor
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Nathan Goldfrappe
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Angelo Badsmith
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Jim the Bartender
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Cop
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Nurse #1
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Homeless Man
Arnie Burton ...
Waiter at Fancy Restaurant
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Bank Teller
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Assistant
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Richard Bellison
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Man at the Door
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Short Fat Brian
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Son
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Arguing Girlfriend
Matt Stadelmann ...
Arguing Boyfriend (as Matthew Stadelmann)
Jared Voss ...
Person #1 (as Jared Vos)
Jessica Baade ...
Person #2
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Person #3
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Person #4
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Yelling Man
Patrick Shea ...
Man #7
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Man #8
Dennis Lemoine ...
Young Man
Lance Norris ...
Man #1
Joe Wong ...
Man #2
Collin Knight ...
Man #3 (as Colin Knight)
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Man #4 (as Eric Andre)
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Man #5
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Man #6
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Receptionist
Brigid O'Connor ...
Woman #1
Christine Mascott ...
Woman #2
Ellen Colton ...
Woman #3
Layla Hosseini ...
Woman #4
Erica Newhall ...
Woman #5
Nydia Calon ...
Woman #6
Hope Farley ...
Woman #7
Paul Donlon ...
Elderly #1
Mauriel Gould ...
Elderly #2
Mary Klug ...
Elderly #3
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Woman in Business Suit
Brett Cramp ...
Crying Man
Toni Saladna ...
Cocktail Waitress
Guy Strauss ...
Pit Man
Nick Towne ...
Roulette Dealer
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Waiter #2
Luz Alexandra Ramos ...
Chip Woman
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Shouting Man
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Tour Guide
Nada Despotovich ...
Nurse #2
Danielle Perry ...
Hostess in La Bonisera
Joseph Badalucco Jr. ...
Blue Collar Guy (as Joe Badalucco)
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Tourist #1 (as Doug Bowen-Flynn)
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Secretary
Jake Watkins ...
Bully Kid
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Talking Head Woman
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Talking Head Woman
Mitchell Roche ...
Talking Head Man (as Mitchell Roché)
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Studio Tourist (uncredited)
Ellen Becker-Gray ...
Woman Flirting with Mark (uncredited)
Loraine Calderon ...
Nurse-Nursing home (uncredited)
Shannon Carter ...
Speech Attendee (uncredited)
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Pedestrian (uncredited)
Desiree April Connolly ...
Flirtatious Woman (uncredited)
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News Photographer (uncredited)
Diane Curran ...
Apartment Crowd (uncredited)
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Nurse #3 (uncredited)
John Franchi ...
Casino Gambler (uncredited)
Victor Franko ...
Speech Attendee (uncredited)
Diane Halling ...
Wedding Guest (uncredited)
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Husband (uncredited)
Patrick Mel Hayes ...
Film Editor (uncredited)
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Extra (uncredited)
Haytham Kandil ...
Driver (uncredited)
Lynn L'Heureux ...
Pedestrian (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Brian O'Hara ...
Photographer (uncredited)
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Casino Guest (uncredited)
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Movie Patron (uncredited)
Sabe Schoeneg ...
Croupier (uncredited)
Vyvian B. Stevens ...
Bank Customer (uncredited)
Tony Taylor ...
News Cameraman (uncredited)
Marc Vos ...
Church Congregation Member (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ricky Gervais
Matthew Robinson

Written by

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Ricky Gervais ... (written by) &
Matthew Robinson ... (written by)

Produced by

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Rachel Abarbanell ... associate producer
Sue Baden-Powell ... executive producer
Terry Dougas ... executive producer
Ted Field ... executive producer
Ricky Gervais ... producer
Paris Kasidokostas Latsis ... executive producer
Dan Lin ... producer
Lynda Obst ... producer
Oliver Obst ... producer (as Oly Obst)
Max Keene ... associate producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Tim Atack

Cinematography by

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Tim Suhrstedt ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Chris Gill

Editorial Department

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Tom Foligno ... assistant editor (as Thomas Folligno)
Alec Gibson ... grader
Emanuele Giraldo ... assistant editor
Adam Inglis ... colorist
Gavin Round ... digital intermediate producer
James Van Patten ... apprentice editor
John Claude ... digital intermediate colorist (uncredited)
Steve Harrow ... post-production consultant (uncredited)
Élodie Ichter ... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
Thomas Urbye ... preview colourist: The Look (uncredited)

Casting By

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Lynn Kressel
Francine Maisler

Production Design by

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Alec Hammond ... (as Alexander Hammond)

Art Direction by

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Priscilla Elliott

Set Decoration by

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Kathleen Rosen

Costume Design by

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Susie DeSanto

Makeup Department

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Deborah La Mia Denaver ... makeup artist: Jennifer Garner
Maryann Marchetti ... makeup department head
Eve Morrow ... key makeup artist
Christine Domaniecki ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Robert Maverick ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Brenda McNally ... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
Barbara Olvera ... personal hairdresser: Jennifer Garner (uncredited)
Nichole Pleau ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Aaron F. Quarles ... hair department head (uncredited)
Sacha Quarles ... hair department head (uncredited)
Eleanor Sabaduquia ... makeup artist: Los Angeles (uncredited)

Production Management

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Jay Coquillon ... post-production supervisor
Wendy Cox ... unit production manager
Steve Harrow ... post production manager: Steeple Post Production Services Ltd.
Chris Nixon ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Matthew Baker ... second assistant director
Ali Glasser ... second second assistant director (as Alison Walker)
Max Keene ... first assistant director (as Adam Maxwell Keene)

Art Department

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Brooke Bowden ... art department staff assistant
Max Bozeman ... lead person
Justin Brady ... set dresser
Thomas E. Brown ... charge scenic artist (as Thomas Brown)
Rachel Burgio ... art department staff assistant
Stacy Clinger ... scenic foreman
Jeffrey DeBell ... key greensperson (as Jeff Debell)
Frankie Dennall ... set dresser
Jaima Fogg ... set dresser
Charles Grimm ... property master
J.M. Hunter ... art department coordinator
Christopher Kennedy ... set dresser (as Chris Kennedy)
Eric Matheson ... construction foreperson
Jill McGraw ... property assistant
Janine Moore ... assistant property master
Grant Osborn ... scenic foreman
Chris Patterson ... on-set dresser
Paul Peabody ... construction coordinator
Dan Post ... set dresser
Aileen Sovronsky ... buyer
Katie Tower ... graphic artist
Michael Vojvoda ... set dressing gangboss (as Mike Vojvoda)
Joshua Barnatt ... greensman (uncredited)
Stefan Couture ... set dresser (uncredited)
Janet Kusnick ... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Etienne Martine ... set decorations buyer (uncredited)
Gilbert Plourde ... carpenter (uncredited)
Eugene Pope ... construction foreman (uncredited)
Helen Rasmussen ... draper (uncredited)
Michal Rebibo ... painter (uncredited) / scenic artist (uncredited)
John Ryder ... props (uncredited)
Hugo Santiago ... set designer (uncredited)
Mimi Watstein ... set dresser (uncredited)
Peter Wilcox ... construction location foreman (uncredited)
Jeremy Woodward ... set designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Hugo Adams ... foley editor
Niv Adiri ... sound effects editor
Ben Barker ... sound effects editor
Andrew Caller ... sound mix technician (as Andy Caller)
Ed Colyer ... foley mixer
Brian Courchine ... boom operator
Gillian Dodders ... supervising dialogue editor
Geoff Foster ... sound engineer
Danny Freemantle ... assistant sound editor
Glenn Freemantle ... sound designer / supervising sound editor
Glen Gathard ... assistant foley mixer
Lee Herrick ... dialogue editor
Mark Heslop ... sound effects editor
Pedro Jimenez ... theatrical trailer re-recording mixer
Andrea King ... foley artist
Brendan Nicholson ... re-recording mixer
Mike Prestwood Smith ... re-recording mixer
Tom Sayers ... sound design editor
David J. Schwartz ... sound mixer (as David Schwartz)
Peter Stevenson ... cable person
Jack Stew ... foley artist
Richard Stockdale ... sound consultant: Dolby
Richard Street ... re-recording mixer
Tom Deane ... adr mixer (uncredited)
Kevin Jette ... adr mixer (uncredited)
Brent Lestage ... sound: EPK (uncredited)
Jan Petrov ... adr recordist (uncredited)
Brian Seagrave ... audio post-conform (uncredited)
Lionel Strutt ... adr coordinator (uncredited)
Greg Zimmerman ... adr recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Yves De Bono ... special effects supervisor
Jonn Herzberger ... special effects foreman

Visual Effects by

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Ray Chang ... digital compositor: Gradient Effects
Shane Cook ... compositing supervisor: Gradient FX
Jay Frankenberger ... compositor: Gradient FX
Dylan Highsmith ... visual effects editor: Gradient FX
Kelley Ray ... digital effects supervisor: Gradient FX
Anita Razzano ... flame artist: Gradient FX
Thomas Tannenberger ... visual effects supervisor: Gradient FX
Cameron Thomas ... lead compositor: Gradient FX
Shane Christopher Wicklund ... compositor: Gradient FX (as Shane Wicklund)
Louie Alexander ... digital compositor: Framestore (uncredited)
Matthew Baker ... retouch and restoration: Framestore (uncredited)
Zachary Bloom ... scanning and recording: Framestore (uncredited)
Jerome Dewhurst ... di engineer (uncredited)
Richard Edwards ... digital intermediate data operator: Framestore (uncredited)
Bob Froehlig ... lead systems engineer: Gradient FX (uncredited)
Andrew Harvey ... retouch and restoration: Framestore (uncredited)
Adam Hawkes ... digital compositor (uncredited)
Karsten Hecker ... film mastering engineer (uncredited)
Thomas Kernan ... lead modeler: Gradient FX (uncredited)
Ji Young 'Gina' Kim ... digital artist (uncredited)
James Long ... digital intermediate data operator (uncredited)
Kevin Lowery ... high definition engineer (uncredited)
Veronica Marcano ... scanning & recording operator: Framestore (uncredited)
Edwin Metternich ... digital intermediate retouch (uncredited)
Andrea Paolino ... character technical director (uncredited)
Adam Parker ... retouch and restoration: Framestore (uncredited)
James Polk ... character effects/fur (uncredited)
James Reed ... scanning and recording (uncredited)
Rick Sander ... cg supervisor: Gradient FX (uncredited)
Jimmy Saul ... scanning and recording manager (uncredited)
Prasanna Siddharthan ... digital compositor: Gradient FX (uncredited)
Anthony Smith ... digital compositor (uncredited)
Olcun Tan ... digital effects supervisor (uncredited)

Stunts

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Haytham Kandil ... action driver (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Ian T. Barbella ... utility camera (as Ian Barbella)
Matt Bardocz ... assistant chief lighting technician
Rick Beausoleil ... video assist
Clint Borden ... best boy grip
Theda Cunningham ... first assistant camera (as Theda Streetman)
John S. DeSimone ... chief rigging electrician (as John S. DeSimmone)
Don Duffield ... dolly grip
Patrick D. Fields ... dolly grip (as Patrick Fields)
Paul Goodstein ... first company grip
Jeffrey Greeley ... camera operator (as Jeff Greeley)
Lawrence Karman ... camera operator / steadicam operator
Branden James Maxham ... rigging electric best boy (as Branden Maxham)
Paul McIlvaine ... chief lighting technician (as Paul McLivaine)
Billy Merrell ... best boy rigging grip (as Bill Merrill)
David L. Merrill ... first company rigging grip (as David Merrill)
Michelle Pizanis ... second assistant camera
Derek Smith ... second assistant camera
Sam Urdank ... still photographer
Thomas Young ... second assistant camera
Kevin Carlisle ... grip (uncredited)
Frank DeAngelis ... video assist (uncredited)
Josh Denering ... grip (uncredited)
Michael Dynice ... generator operator: base camp (uncredited)
Joseph Giroux ... electrician (uncredited)
David Hallas ... electrician (uncredited) / generator operator (uncredited)
Stephen Kaye ... electrician (uncredited)
JD Leedham ... rigging grip (uncredited)
Matthew Merola ... grip (uncredited)
John J. Moers ... director of photography: documentary crew (uncredited)
Georgia Pantazopoulos ... grip (uncredited)
Paul Pryor ... key film loader (uncredited)
Carl A. Vidnic ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Lauren Grey ... casting associate: LA
Kevin Kuffa ... casting associate: NYC
Marisa Kushner ... extras casting
Carolyn Pickman ... local casting
Matt Bouldry ... casting assistant (uncredited)
Peter Dudgeon ... casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Marisa Aboitiz ... costume supervisor
Claire Bergkamp ... set costumer
Maria Bradley ... costumer: Jennifer Garner
Jamelle Flowers ... key set costumer
Susan Kistler ... key costumer
Maggie Ronck ... additional costumer
Deborah Lynn Scott ... costume consultant (as Deborah Scott)
Tim Baum ... assistant tailor (uncredited)
Laurie Buehler ... seamstress (uncredited)
Rosa J. Colón ... additional set costumer (uncredited)
Andrew Poleszak ... head tailor (uncredited)
Michelle Wickland ... wardrobe mistress: UK only (uncredited)

Location Management

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Julian Barnett ... location assistant
Stacey Bishop ... location assistant
Tiffany Noel Kinder ... location manager (as Tiffany Kinder)
Alison Heathwood McCormack ... assistant location manager (as Alison McCormack)
Jillian Roache ... location assistant
Robert Foulkes ... location manager: additional photography (uncredited)

Music Department

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Michael Connell ... music editor
Matt Dunkley ... conductor / orchestrator
Dana Millman ... music supervisor (as Dana DuFine)
Steve Oberman ... associate music supervisor
Carter Armstrong ... executive in charge of music (uncredited)
Tim Atack ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Mark Berrow ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Rachel Bolt ... viola (uncredited)
Chris Clad ... violin (uncredited)
Isobel Griffiths ... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Bruce White ... musician: viola (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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James C. Donahue ... transportation coordinator (as James Donahue)
Ernie Panarti ... picture car coordinator (as Ernie Panariti)
Mario Presterone ... transportation captain
Henry Bautista ... transportation captain: additional photography (uncredited)
Teresa Haney ... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
David Kenney ... transportation (uncredited)
Tony Ruiz ... transportation coordinator: additional photography (uncredited)

Other crew

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Natalia Anderson ... assistant: Ms. Baden-Powell
Natalie Angel ... production coordinator (as Natalie S. Angel)
Mana Butt ... office staff assistant
Christine Colburn ... office staff intern
Matt Curtis ... title design: main and end title
Roger Dillingham Jr. ... medic (as Roger Dillingham)
Minnie Duerr ... first assistant accountant
Michael F. Dunn ... craft service (as Michael Dunn)
Louise Green ... assistant accountant: post production
Courtney Keefe ... set production assistant
C. Killian ... production secretary
Tatiana Komlos ... assistant production coordinator (as Tatiana K. Post)
Suz Loshin ... office staff assistant
Emily Millard ... assistant: Ms. Garner
Susan Murphy ... second assistant accountant
Kerry O'Brien ... set production assistant
Scott Peterson ... script supervisor
Hannah Pillemer ... assistant: Ms. Obst
John Sargent ... production facilities provided by: UK
Lara Sargent ... post production accountant
Claire Severance ... set production assistant
Jane Shapiro ... assistant: Mr. Robinson
Peter J. Silbermann ... unit publicist
Kristina Soderquist ... production accountant
Ryan Sweeney ... set production assistant
Kal Thompson ... set production assistant
Kirstie White ... assistant accountant: post production
Seanne Winslow ... assistant: Dan Lin (as Seanne Winslow Wehrenfennig)
Guy Wood ... assistant: Mr. Gervais
Matthew Berke ... stand-in (uncredited)
Jennifer Bydwell ... product placement (uncredited)
Philippe Gallichet ... chef (uncredited)
Stephen Gilchrist ... production executive (uncredited)
Eric Gurian ... assistant: Tina Fey (uncredited)
Julie Hansen ... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Josh Harman ... office production assistant (uncredited)
Elton Hartney James ... production assistant (uncredited)
Chris Judd ... floor runner: additional photography (uncredited)
David LaCarubba ... production assistant (uncredited)
Thomas Linay ... assistant: director: post production (uncredited)
Faleshia Lo ... post production accountant (uncredited)
Mercedes Maria ... casting assistant (uncredited)
Dan Marshall ... stand-in (uncredited)
John Passarini ... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael Potter ... craft service (uncredited)
Michael Rich ... production assistant (uncredited)
Nicholas Rich ... set medic (uncredited)
Karen Scarborough ... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Rob Spence ... additional production coordinator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

It's a world where everyone tells the truth - and just about anything they're thinking. Mark Bellison is a screenwriter, about to be fired. He's short and chunky with a flat nose - a genetic setup that means he won't get to first base with Anna, the woman he loves. At a bank, on the spur of the moment he blurts out a fib, with eye-popping results. Then, when his mother's on her deathbed, frightened of the eternal void awaiting her, Mark invents fiction. The hospital staff overhear his description of Heaven, believe every word, and tell others. Soon Mark is a prophet, his first inventive screenplay makes him rich, and he's basically a good guy. But will that be enough for Anna? Written by

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Taglines In a world where everyone can only tell the truth... ...this guy can lie. See more »
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Also Known As
  • This Side of the Truth (United States)
  • Mytho-man! (France)
  • Lügen macht erfinderisch (Germany)
  • Increíble pero falso (Spain)
  • O Primeiro Mentiroso (Brazil)
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Runtime
  • 100 min
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Budget $18,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $7,027,472, 04 Oct 2009

Did You Know?

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Trivia When trying to secure Philip Seymour Hoffman for his cameo his agent claimed he was too busy so Ricky Gervais requested his email address and sent him the following: "Dear Philip, will you please appear in my new film? There is very little money involved as I spent the budget on testicular implants, but don't look upon them as my testicles, look at them as our testicles." Phillip Seymour Hoffman couldn't refuse after that. See more »
Goofs John Hodgman, as the "Wedding Overseer" looks to be wearing a crucifix. However, upon close examination, it is actually a likeness of Mark holding the "two pizza boxes", matching the image behind the "Wedding Overseer". See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Live Free or Die Hard (Project 12, 8/12) (2011). See more »
Soundtracks Beer Rally See more »
Quotes Bob: Hi, I'm Bob I'm the spokesperson for the Coca-Cola company. I'm here today to ask you to continue buying coke. Sure, it's a drink you've been drinking for years, and if you still enjoy it, I'd like to remind you to buy it again sometime soon. It's basically just brown sugar water, we haven't changed the ingredients much lately, so there's nothing new I can tell you about that. We changed the can around a little bit, though. See, the colors here are different there, and we added a polar bear so the kids like us. Coke is very high in sugar and like any high calorie soda it can lead to obesity in children and adults who don't sustain a very healthy diet. So that's it, it's coke. It's very famous, everyone knows it. I'm Bob, I work for coke, and I'm asking you to not stop buying coke. That's all. It's a bit sweet. Thank you.
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