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100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb... See more »


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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Amy Badberg ...
Herself - Doctor
Merv Cross ...
Himself - Joe's Father
Virginia Cross ...
Herself - Joe's Mother
Joel Fuhrman ...
Himself - Nutritionist
Tammy Hamlin ...
Herself - The Markey Health Food Store
Stacy Kennedy ...
Herself - Senior Clinical Nutritionist, Brigham & Women's Hospital
Siong Norte ...
Himself - Owner of Terry's Gun and Pawn
Ronald Penny ...
Himself - Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of NSW, Medical Director, Good Health Solutions (as Prof. Ronald Penny)
Mandy Reinking ...
Herself - Hotel Staff
Austin Staples ...
Himself - Phil's Son
Barry Staples ...
Himself - Phil's Brother (as Barry 'Bear' Staples)
William Staples ...
Himself - Phil's Father
Kit Willow ...
Herself - Designer, Willow Fashion Group (as Kit Willow Podgornik)

Directed by

Joe Cross ... (directed by)
Kurt Engfehr ... (directed by)

Written by

Joe Cross ... (written by) &
Kurt Engfehr ... (written by)
Joe Cross ... (story by) &
Robert Mac ... (story by)

Produced by

Alison Amron ... co-producer
Joe Cross ... executive producer
Melissa Friedman ... associate producer
Shane Hodson ... executive producer
Robert Mac ... executive producer
John Miller-Monzon ... co-producer
Stacey Offman ... producer
Karen Pelland ... associate producer / field producer
Christopher Seward ... co-producer (as Chris Seward)
Marianne Shanley ... line producer
Monica Sharf ... associate producer

Music by

M.E. Manning ... (music by)

Cinematography by

Richard Lopez ... (as Rick Lopez)
Daniel Marracino ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Alison Amron ... (edited by)
Christopher Seward ... (edited by)

Editorial Department

Judah-Lev Dickstein ... second assistant editor
John Dowdell ... digital intermediate colorist
Mathew Ein ... second assistant editor
Sean Frechette ... associate editor
Dan Hacker ... second assistant editor
Brandon Kieffer ... second assistant editor
Deb Szczepkowski ... first assistant editor
Seandor Szeles ... post-production assistant
Tabrina Williams ... second assistant editor

Art Direction by

Zartosht Soltani

Production Management

Jamin Mendelsohn ... production manager
Marianne Shanley ... unit production manager
Robert Warmflash ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Robert Mac ... second unit director

Sound Department

Patrick Donahue ... re-recording mixer
Dan Fulton ... assistant sound editor
Jeff Grieshober ... sound recordist
Marlena Grzaslewicz ... sound editor
Sergio Reyes-Sheehan ... sound recordist
Ira Spiegel ... sound editor

Visual Effects by

Kea Kelly Alcock ... associate vfx producer

Camera and Electrical Department

Kiki Allgeier ... additional cinematography
Katie Dainson ... first assistant camera
Franziska Schirmer Lewis ... first assistant camera
Jae Song ... gaffer

Animation Department

Harold Moss ... animation director
Barb Nash ... animation producer
Franklin S. Zitter ... animation senior producer

Music Department

Dondi Bastone ... music supervisor
Ian Neil ... additional music supervisor
Dave Porter ... composer: opening titles
John Squicciarino ... music recordist: music mixer

Other crew

Pamela Aguilar ... additional researcher
Beau Batterson ... field production assistant (as Beau J. Batterson)
James Benedetto ... production assistant
Leslie Clark ... script consultant
Ben Donnellon ... production coordinator
Eric Feig ... production legal
Patrick Gambuti Jr. ... story consultant
Laura Newman ... additional researcher
Aneetha Rajan ... archival researcher
Rasha Refaie ... transcriber
Karen Shatzkin ... additional legal services
Diana Wirzburger ... production assistant

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Plot Summary

100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn't end well- with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn't far behind. FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe's personal mission to regain his health. With doctors and conventional medicines unable to help long-term, Joe turns to the only option left, the body's ability to heal itself. He trades in the junk food and hits the road with juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for the next 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe has one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle. While talking to more than 500 Americans about food, health and longevity, it's at a truck stop in Arizona where Joe meets a truck driver who suffers from the same rare condition. Phil Staples is morbidly obese weighing in at 429 lbs; a cheeseburger away from a heart-attack. As Joe is recovering his health, Phil begins his own epic journey to get well. What emerges is nothing short of amazing - an inspiring tale of healing and human connection. Part road trip, part self-help manifesto, FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD defies the traditional documentary format to present an unconventional and uplifting story of two men from different worlds who each realize that the only person who can save them is themselves. Written by Jamin Mendelsohn

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Also Known As
  • Faster (Australia)
  • Grasso, malato e moribondo (Italy)
  • Gordo, Doente e Quase Morto (Brazil)
  • Толстый, больной и почти мёртвый (Russia)
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  • 97 min
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Budget AUD2,500,000 (estimated)

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