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Rachel Getting Married ()


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A young woman who has been in and out of rehab for the past ten years, returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding.

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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 31 wins & 63 nominations.
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Walter / Bowtie Party Guest
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Rosa
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Kym
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Paul
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Carol
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Quick Stop Cashier
Zafer Tawil ...
Violin Friend
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Wedding Czar
Innbo Shim ...
Wedding Planner
Eliza Simpson ...
Wedding P.A.
Olive ...
The Poodle
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Rachel
Anisa George ...
Emma
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Singing Friend
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Bridesmaid
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12-Step Receptionist
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Kieran
Mel Jones ...
12-Step Speaker (as Pastor Melvin Jones)
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12-Step Group Leader
Michelle Federer ...
12-Step Reader (as Michele Federer)
Matt Stadelmann ...
12-Step First-Timer (as Matthew Stadelmann)
Molly Hickok ...
12-Step Veteran
Jim Wheeler ...
12-Step Meeting Member (as Big Jim Wheeler)
Josh Broder ...
12-Step Meeting Member
Stephen Richardson ...
12-Step Meeting Member
Bruce Bennetts ...
12-Step Meeting Member
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12-Step Meeting Member
Caroline Goodman-Thomases ...
12-Step Meeting Member
Daniel Wolff ...
12-Step Meeting Member
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12-Step Meeting Member
Joe Alessi ...
12-Step Meeting Member
Jordan Cael ...
12-Step Meeting Member
Tiffany Little Canfield ...
12-Step Meeting Member
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Sidney
Barry Eastmond Jr. ...
Wedding Drummer
Brooklyn Demme ...
Wedding Guitarist
Carol Jean Lewis ...
Sidney's Mom (as Carol-Jean Lewis)
John Anthony ...
Sidney's Dad
Kyrah Julian ...
Sidney's Sister
Herreast Harrison ...
Sidney's Grandmother
Gonzales Joseph ...
Cousin Joe
Donald Harrison Jr. ...
Rehearsal Dinner Guest
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Rehearsal Dinner Guest (as Fab Five Freddy)
Jim Roche ...
Rehearsal Dinner Guest (as James Roche)
Jimmy Joe Roche ...
Rehearsal Dinner Guest
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Rehearsal Dinner Guest (as Rev. Robert Castle)
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Rehearsal Dinner Guest
Amir El Saffar ...
Rehearsal Dinner Guest (as Amir Elsaffar)
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Rehearsal Dinner Guest
Tareq Abboushi ...
Rehearsal Dinner Guest
Tavish Graham ...
Rehearsal Dinner Guest
Dimitrios Mikelis ...
Rehearsal Dinner Guest
Gaida Hinnawi ...
Rehearsal Dinner Guest
Alix Derrick ...
Rehearsal Dinner Guest
Matt Rabinowitz ...
Rehearsal Dinner Guest
Stephanie McBride ...
Rehearsal Dinner Guest
Richard Maxwell ...
Rehearsal Dinner Guest
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Abby
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Andrew (as Jerome LePage)
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Inspired Stylist (as Andre Blake)
Dequina Moore ...
Rachel's Stylist
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Police Officer
Edie Hofstatter ...
1st Paramedic
Jaime Garcia ...
Other Paramedic
Julio 'Goya' Pagan ...
Tow-Truck Operator
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Wedding Valet
'Sister' Carol East ...
Wedding Guest (as Sister Carol East)
Robyn Hitchcock ...
Wedding Guest
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Wedding Guest (as Christian Scott)
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Wedding Guest
Brian Nelson ...
Wedding Guest
David Neumann ...
Wedding Guest
Edisa Weeks ...
Wedding Guest
Heather Christian ...
Wedding Guest
Jennie Liu ...
Wedding Guest
Johnny Farraj ...
Wedding Guest
Joshua Elrod ...
Wedding Guest (as Josh Elrod)
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Wedding Guest
Marie Runyon ...
Wedding Guest
Ray Ultarte ...
Wedding Guest
Tymberly Canale ...
Wedding Guest
Anita Sarko ...
Wedding Guest
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Wedding Guest
Christy Pusz ...
Wedding Guest
Josephine Demme ...
Wedding Guest
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Wedding Guest
Joyce George ...
Wedding Photographer
Stephany Boa ...
Guest Electric Guitarist
Derrick Williams ...
Dancemaster
Elizabeth Hayes ...
Susanna Galeano
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Angela Paylin
Cyro Baptista ...
Wedding Party Guest
Jose Mauricio De Faria ...
Samba Troupe Member (as Zé Mauricío)
Michelle Clay ...
Samba Troupe Member
Lisette Santiago De Faria ...
Samba Troupe Member (as Lisette Santiago)
Silvana Marquina ...
Samba Troupe Member
Marcus Santos ...
Samba Troupe Member
Atlanta Foresyth ...
Samba Troupe Member
Eldio 'Cabello' Rolim ...
Samba Troupe Member
Tonia-Cara Forsters ...
Lady in Red
Kate Rossi ...
Lady in Red
Susan Helen van der Griend ...
Lady in Red
Juliet Teakle ...
Lady in Red
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Olive Hui ...
Caterer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jonathan Demme

Written by

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Jenny Lumet ... (written by)

Produced by

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Neda Armian ... producer
H.H. Cooper ... co-producer
Carol Cuddy ... executive producer
Jonathan Demme ... producer
Elizabeth Hayes ... associate producer
Ilona Herzberg ... executive producer
Marc Platt ... producer
Innbo Shim ... associate producer
Alyssa St. Vincent ... associate producer
Emily Woodburne ... associate producer

Music by

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Donald Harrison Jr.
Zafer Tawil

Cinematography by

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Declan Quinn ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Tim Squyres

Editorial Department

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Mike Fay ... first assistant editor (as Michael Fay)
Frederick R. Northrup ... apprentice editor (as Fred Northrup)
Scot Olive ... digital intermediate colorist
Adam Moore ... dailies operator (uncredited)
Corey Stewart ... digital intermediate engineer (uncredited)

Casting By

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Bernard Telsey

Production Design by

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Ford Wheeler

Art Direction by

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Kim Jennings

Set Decoration by

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Chryss Hionis

Costume Design by

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Susan Lyall

Makeup Department

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Frank Barbosa ... key hair stylist
Alan D'Angerio ... hair styles designer
Sunday Englis ... special effects makeup artist
Louise McCarthy ... key makeup artist
Evelyne Noraz ... makeup creator
Susan Schectar ... additional hairstylist (uncredited)
Dina Sliwiak ... additional makeup artist (uncredited) (as Dina Sliwak)

Production Management

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Carol Cuddy ... unit production manager
Mark Kamine ... production supervisor
Kendall McCarthy ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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H.H. Cooper ... first assistant director
Nate Grubb ... second second assistant director
Jennifer Truelove ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Amiee Clark ... art department coordinator
Will Comacho ... set dresser
Ray Fisher ... leadman
Michael D. Harrell ... property master
Mario Herrera ... charge scenic (as Mario Garza Herrera)
Ross Huttick ... set dressing foreman
Robin Koenig ... on-set dresser
Richard Vilas Montesanto ... scenic foreman (as Richard Montesanto)
Ivan Pazlamatchev ... camera scenic artist
Pierre Rovira ... construction coordinator
Michael Sabo ... property master (as Mike Sabo)
Amy Safhay ... lead greensperson
Stephen Caldwell ... graphic artist (uncredited) / scenic artist (uncredited)
Shannon Canfield ... set dresser (uncredited)
Marcus Migliore ... set dresser (uncredited)
Saviel Rivera ... set dresser (uncredited)
Edward P Tadiello ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Krystal Webb ... art department staff assistant (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Marko A. Costanzo ... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
Dave Flynch ... foley editor
Bobby Johanson ... adr mixer
George A. Lara ... foley mixer (as George Lara)
Blake Leyh ... sound designer
Teferra McKenzie ... sound utility
Igor Nikolic ... dialogue editor
David Pastecchi ... boom operator
Roger Phenix ... additional sound recordist
Jeff Pullman ... sound mixer
Nicholas Renbeck ... supervising dialogue editor
Steve F.B. Smith ... consultant: Dolby Sound
Paul Urmson ... sound mixer / sound supervisor
Steven Visscher ... foley supervisor
Deborah Wallach ... adr editor
Steve Giammaria ... assistant re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Larry Hopkins ... layback sound mixer (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Glenn Allen ... visual effects: Brainstorm Digital
Peter Amante ... visual effects: Tchya! Inc.
Richard Friedlander ... visual effects: Brainstorm Digital
Eric J. Robertson ... visual effects: Brainstorm Digital
Michael Turoff ... visual effects: XFX Inc.
Daniel Abramovich ... digital compositor (uncredited)
Justin Ball ... visual effects: Brainstorm Digital (uncredited)
Nicholas Cerniglia ... digital artist (uncredited)
Matthew Conner ... compositor (uncredited)
Andrew Pungprakearti ... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Jun Zhang ... digital compositor (uncredited)

Stunts

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Jill Brown ... stunts
Jeffrey Lee Gibson ... stunt coordinator (as Jeff Gibson)
Jill Brown ... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Rob Agredo ... dolly grip
Michael W. Brennan ... best boy electric (as Mike Brennan)
Jack Coffen ... best boy rigging electric (as John Coffen)
Kathleen Corgan ... additional assistant camera (as Kath Corgan)
Richard Dolan ... rigging gaffer
Devin Donegan ... video playback operator
Bob Izzo ... best boy grip
Abby Levine ... digital imaging technician
Charles Libin ... additional camera operator
John McEnerney ... key rigging grip
Joseph Metzger ... additional assistant camera
Igor Potashanik ... best boy rigging grip (as Igor Potashnik)
Declan Quinn ... camera operator
Gerard Sava ... additional camera operator
Robert Sciretta ... gaffer (as Bob Sciretta)
Chris Silano ... first assistant camera
Kevin Smyth ... key grip
Bob Vergara ... still photographer
Adam Hall ... grip (uncredited)
Todd S. Klein ... rigging grip (uncredited)
Eve Strickman ... digital utility (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Tiffany Little Canfield ... casting associate
Pat Goodwin ... casting assistant (as Patrick Goodwin)
Arthur Dutkanicz ... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Renee Godbout ... extras casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Amy Andrews ... costumer (as Amy Andrews Harrell)
Trenee Clayton ... costumer
Barbara Hause ... costume supervisor (as Barbara J. Hause)
Delvan James ... costumer
Alison Parker ... key costumer (as Alison L. Parker)
Amy Ritchings ... assistant costume designer
Maura Trail ... costume production assistant (uncredited)

Location Management

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Mara Alcaly ... location liaison
Ellen Athena Catsikeas ... assistant location manager
Thomas J. Whelan ... location manager
Harrison Bohrman ... location production assistant (uncredited)

Music Department

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Nancy Allen ... first assistant music editor
John Carbonara ... on-set music assistant
Brooklyn Demme ... composer: additional music
Suzana Peric ... music designer / music editor
Innbo Shim ... music supervisor
Tony Volante ... music mixer

Transportation Department

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Henry S. Avelin ... transportation captain (as Henry Avelin)
Dennis Kelly ... transportation co-captain
Dennis Radesky ... driver: Mr. Demme
Ronald Baum ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Mirashyam Blakeslee ... production assistant
Jessica De La Cruz ... production assistant
Michel DeAscentiis ... production assistant
Greg Derasmo ... representative: Clinica Estetico
Sky Deep Dietrich ... production assistant (as Sky Dietrich)
Harper Dill ... assistant: Mr. Demme
Massoumeh Emami ... script supervisor
Betty Escobar ... accounting clerk
Jacob Felix ... liaison: Clinica Estetico
Samantha Feltus ... assistant: Ms. Armian
Katherine Frishe ... production assistant
Caroline Goodman-Thomases ... representative: Clinica Estetico
Steve Guilbaud ... production accountant
Michael Hathaway ... assistant: Ms. Hathaway
Joey Levy ... assistant: Mr. Platt
Melissa A. Messick ... production assistant (as Melissa Messick)
Paul Myers ... second assistant accountant
Annie-B. Parson ... choreographer (as Annie-B Parsons)
Holly Pilch ... assistant production coordinator
Kerry Roberts ... payroll accountant
Kevin Rosenberg ... assistant: Mr. Platt
Julie Sage ... production assistant
Michelle Sarama ... post-production accountant
Brennan Shroff ... first assistant accountant
Mary Tobler ... talent liaison
Steve Tozzi ... title designer
Daniel Wagner ... production coordinator
Hunter Whalen ... production assistant
Hillary Amster ... production assistant (uncredited)
Jimmy Joe Roche ... footage provider: Baltimore Shopping Network (uncredited)
William Sepulveda ... key craft service (uncredited)
Eva Vedock ... key craft service (uncredited)

Thanks

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Robert Altman ... thank you
Homa Armian ... the producers wish to thank
Jeff Berg ... the producers wish to thank
Roger Corman ... thank you
Leslee Dart ... the producers wish to thank
Ramona Demme ... the producers wish to thank
Arnie Herrmann ... the producers wish to thank
Joanne Howard ... the producers wish to thank
Susan Jacobs ... the producers wish to thank (as Sue Jacobs)
Sidney Lumet ... thank you
Dannel Malloy ... the producers wish to thank: Mayor of Stamford, Connecticut
Elliot Roberts ... thank you
Ken Starr ... the producers wish to thank
Neil Young ... thank you
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Kym Buchman has been in drug rehab for nine months, during which time she has been clean. She is released temporarily from the facility to attend her sister Rachel Buchman's wedding. During her release, Kym is staying at the family home, where the wedding is taking place. As such, it is like Grand Central Station for the duration of Kym's stay, which may not be the most conducive situation for her in constantly being exposed to the watching eyes of those who know and don't yet know her, but know of her situation. The reunion with her family members starts off well enough, but issues around Kym's release from rehab quickly surface. Kym and Rachel's father, Paul Buchman, wants to make sure that Kym is all right at all times, which to Kym feels instead like he doesn't trust her. Rachel slowly begins to resent Kym's situation taking over what is supposed to be the happiest day of her life, some of which is directed by Kym, some of which isn't. One person present but largely not included in the last minute wedding planning work is Kym and Rachel's mother, Abby, from who Paul is divorced. The two have since married other people. Outwardly, Abby has been nurturing of Kym throughout her life. However, what is one of the key moments in Kym's drug induced life, and in their collective family's lives, may profoundly affect the wedding. Beyond how Kym's presence affects the wedding, the goings-on of the family during Kym's short stay may either bring them closer together or tear them apart. Written by Huggo

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Taglines This is not your family, but this is your family. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Dancing with Shiva (United States)
  • Rachel se marie (France)
  • Rachels Hochzeit (Germany)
  • La boda de Rachel (Spain)
  • Rachel abiellub (Estonia)
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Runtime
  • 113 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $293,369, 05 Oct 2008

Did You Know?

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Trivia There is no pre-recorded background scene music throughout the film. All music heard in the film is performed live on-screen. See more »
Goofs A scene depicts the family arranging the wedding dinner's table seating, moving around small figurines. Kym is hurt that she is not at the family table. The wedding dinner turns out to be held on the lawn, with small tables at which guests can choose their own seat. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards (2009). See more »
Soundtracks Bridal Chorus See more »
Quotes [Kym speaks at a twelve-step meeting]
Kym: When I was sixteen, I was babysitting my little brother. And I was, um... I had taken all these Percocet. And I was unbelievably high and I... we had driven over to the park on Lakeshore. And he was in his red socks just running around in these piles of leaves. And, um, he would bury me and I would bury him in the leaves. And he was pretending that he was a train. And so he was charging through the leaves, making tracks, and I was the caboose, and I was, um... so he kept saying, coal, caboose! Coal, caboose! And, um, we were... it was time to go and I was driving home... and... I lost control of the car. And drove off the bridge. And the car went into the lake. And I couldn't get him out of his car seat. And he drowned. And I struggle with God so much, because I can't forgive myself. And I don't really want to right now. I can live with it, but I can't forgive myself. And sometimes I don't want to believe in a God that could forgive me. But I do want to be sober. I'm alive and I'm present and there's nothing controlling me. If I hurt someone, I hurt someone. I can apologize, and they can forgive me... or not. But I can change. And I just wanted to share that and say congratulations that God makes you look up, I'm so happy for you, but if he doesn't, come here. That's all. Thank you.
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