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A troubled husband and executive adopts a beaver hand-puppet as his sole means of communication.

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Walter Black
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Vice President
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Meredith Black
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Porter Black
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Henry Black
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Jared
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Norah
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Volunteer Dad
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Skeptical Man
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Man
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Norah's Mom
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Hector
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Waiter
Elizabeth Kaledin ...
Reporter
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Matt Lauer
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Jon Stewart
Terry Gross ...
Terry Gross
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Nurse
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Nurse
Bill Massof ...
Prosthetic Technician
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernest E. Brown ...
Drum Circle Drummer (uncredited)
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Physical Therapist (uncredited)
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Seamstress (uncredited)
Luca Foggiano ...
Drummer (uncredited)
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Hector's Sister (uncredited)
Ai Kiyono ...
Asian Escort (uncredited)
Michelle E. Mancini ...
Student (uncredited)
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YUMI (uncredited)
Bill Walters ...
Bongo Drummer in Drum Circle (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jodie Foster

Written by

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Kyle Killen ... (written by)

Produced by

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Mohamed Khalaf Al-Mazrouei ... executive producer (as Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei)
Dianne Dreyer ... associate producer
Steve Golin ... producer
Paul Green ... executive producer
Jonathan King ... executive producer
Keith Redmon ... producer
Ann Ruark ... producer
Jeff Skoll ... executive producer

Music by

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Marcelo Zarvos

Cinematography by

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Hagen Bogdanski ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Lynzee Klingman

Editorial Department

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Gilbert Carreras ... color timer
Tara Fidler ... second assistant editor
Joe Gawler ... digital intermediate colorist (as Joseph Gawler)
Michael Hofacre ... additional editor
Jack Lewars ... digital intermediate assist
George Papuashvili ... post-production
Paul Penczner ... assistant editor
Anthony Raffaele ... colorist: dailies
Tatiana S. Riegel ... additional editor
Josh Salzberg ... assistant editor
Jonathan Sanden ... digital intermediate editor
Darrell R. Smith ... digital intermediate supervising producer
Jered Zalman ... assistant editor
Leslie Adkins-Garza ... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Matt Breitenbach ... assistant telecine colorist (uncredited)

Casting By

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Allison Hall
Avy Kaufman

Production Design by

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Mark Friedberg

Art Direction by

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Alex DiGerlando
Kim Jennings

Set Decoration by

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Rebecca Meis DeMarco

Costume Design by

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Susan Lyall

Makeup Department

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LuAnn Claps ... makeup department head
Angel De Angelis ... hair department head (as Angel DeAngelis)
Tony Gardner ... special makeup designer
Timothy Huizing ... specialty props
Nicky Pattison Illum ... key makeup artist (as Nicky Pattison)
Michael Marino ... prosthetic fx: reshoots
Jovan Vitagliano ... key hair stylist
Nicole Wodowski ... additional makeup artist: extras

Production Management

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Gwen Bialic ... assistant production manager
Luca Borghese ... post-production supervisor
Andrea Isaacs ... executive in charge of production
Ann Ruark ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Mirashyam Blakeslee ... second second assistant director
Guy Efrat ... second second assistant director
Marcos González Palma ... assistant director: additional photography / second second assistant director
Francisco Ortiz ... second assistant director
Jamie Sheridan ... first assistant director: additional photography (as James E. Sheridan)
Doug Torres ... first assistant director (as Douglas Torres)
Mikki Ziska ... second assistant director: additional photography

Art Department

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Anthony Baldasare ... set dresser
Nikki Black ... assistant art director
Paul Camarro ... on-set dresser: reshoots
Lydia Fine ... art department production assistant
Kim Fischer ... art department intern
Frank-Joseph Frelier ... art department coordinator
Vanessa Frost ... construction assistant
Isaac Gabaeff ... set dresser
Jonathan Graham ... key construction grip
Arlo Hoffman ... on-set greens
Jonathan Huggins ... leadman
Aaron Jacobs ... construction grip
Warren Jorgensen ... camera scenic artist
Francis Maiorino ... set dresser
Brick Mason ... storyboard artist
Nick Miller ... construction coordinator
Kris Moran ... property master
Jessica Panuccio ... set decorating buyer: reshoots
Jessie Pellegrino ... art department assistant
Susan Perlman ... assistant set decorator
Ernie Sandidge ... industrial scenic
Will Scheck ... greens coordinator
Theo Sena ... on-set dresser
Kimberly Slosek ... assistant property master: reshoots
Mike Thompson ... greensperson
Joel Weaver ... assistant property master
Ryan Webb ... assistant property master
Anastasia White ... art department assistant
Wolf-Dieter Stoeffelmeier ... scenic (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Marco Alicea ... digital transfer
Wade Barnett ... adr recordist
Chris Barron ... foley recordist (as Christopher Barron) / recordist (as Christopher Barron)
Danny Caccavo ... digital editorial services
John Countryman ... digital transfer
Sean England ... foley artist
Doug Ford ... engineering services
Howie Hammermann ... engineering services
Matthew Hartman ... assistant sound editor
Lora Hirschberg ... re-recording mixer
Tom Johnson ... re-recording mixer
Noah Katz ... digital editorial services
Michael Kirchberger ... supervising sound editor
Scott R. Lewis ... Assistant Re-Recording Mixer
Travis MacKay ... adr mixer (as Travis Mackay)
Dmitri Makarov ... digital editorial services
John Nutt ... foley editor
Frank Rinella ... foley mixer
James J. Sabat Jr. ... sound recordist
James Sabat ... sound mixer
Mike Schmidt ... boom operator
Tony Sereno ... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Robert Shoup ... sound editor
Michael Silvers ... adr editor
Clint Smith ... recordist
Dennie Thorpe ... foley artist
Corey Tyler ... foley recordist
Roy Waldspurger ... sound effects editor
Marshall Winn ... sound editor
Ronni Brown ... foley artist (uncredited)
Brian Chumney ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Nia Hansen ... foley mixer (uncredited)
Michael Miller ... adr mixer (uncredited)
Jan Petrov ... adr recordist (uncredited)
Rick Santizo ... commentary mixer (uncredited)
Robert Shoup ... dialogue editor (uncredited)
James Spencer ... recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Peter A. Chevako ... mechanical effects
Tim Rossiter ... special effects coordinator

Visual Effects by

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John Bair ... visual effects supervisor
Jake Braver ... visual effects set supervisor
Chris Connolly ... visual effects producer
Vivian Connolly ... visual effects producer
Constance Conrad ... compositor (as Connie Conrad)
Molle DeBartolo ... digital restoration artist
Brian Haimes ... digital compositor
Tara Marie Jacobson ... rotoscope artist (as Tara Jacobson)
Christian Lowe ... 3D artist
Tom Lynch ... compositor (as Thomas Lynch)
Sergei Martirosov ... compositor
Nathan Meier ... 3D artist
Vance Miller ... 3D artist
Thomas Panayiotou ... digital compositor
Aaron Raff ... compositor / visual effects
Djuna Wahlrab ... compositor
Scott Winston ... compositing supervisor

Stunts

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G.A. Aguilar ... stunt coordinator (as George Aguilar)
Thomas Barnhill ... utility stunts
John Cenatiempo ... assistant stunt coordinator / stunt performer
Stephen A. Pope ... stunt rigger (as Stephen Pope)
J.C. Robaina ... stunt rigger / utility stunts (as Juan Carlos Robaina)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Matt Blades ... key grip
Patrick M. Bracey ... camera production assistant
Bernard X. Brongniart ... best boy grip
Vincent Camuto ... video playback technician
Oliver Cary ... camera operator: additonal photography
Doug Cordonier ... grip
Jason Cortazzo ... libra head technician
Larhn Davitt ... grip
Julian J. Delacruz ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Jon Delgado ... 2nd Unit: Cinematographer
Frank G. DeMarco ... camera operator: "b" camera / camera operator: second unit / cinematographer: second unit
James Dombey ... grip
George Elias ... dolly grip: "b" camera
Tim Ferraer ... grip
Andrew Hamilton ... loader
Matthew Jacobs ... grip
Peter Kantor ... grip
Glenn Kaplan ... first assistant camera: "a" camera
John Krause ... dolly grip
Dan Kubicek ... electrician
Michael A. Leo ... lamp operator
Hamilton Longyear ... camera loader: additional photography
William MacGhee ... electrician
Todd MacNicholl ... key rigging grip
Michael J. Maurer ... best boy
Charles Meere III ... rigging gaffer
Toby Miller ... additional electrician
Michael J. Mullen ... rigging best boy / stage rigging gaffer
Balint Pinczehelyi ... rigging grip
Antonio Ponti ... assistant camera
Steve Ramsey ... gaffer
Terry Stacey ... director of photography: additional photography
Daniel Wallenstein ... grip
Ryan Webb ... rigging electric best boy / rigging electric

Casting Department

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Stephanie Forrest ... extras casting assistant
Leeba Zakharov ... casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Caitlin Doukas ... costume production assistant
Amy Ritchings ... assistant costume designer
Minerva Diann Savoy ... tailor
Hartsell Taylor ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Malcolm Alston ... location scout
Guy Efrat ... location manager: additional photography unit
Kareem Farooq ... location assistant
Sarah Follett ... location assistant: additional photography
Steve Grivno ... assistant location manager (as Stephen Grivno)
Eric Knapp ... location coordinator (as Eric A. Knapp)
Jess Magee ... location assistant
Eric Papa ... assistant location manager: additional photography unit
Ryan Smith ... location manager

Music Department

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Mark Baechle ... orchestrator
Christine Bergren ... music legal and clearance
Jim Black ... music consultant
Gary Chester ... score contractor
The Filmharmonic Orchestra Prague ... orchestra
Gabe Hilfer ... music consultant
Paul Katz ... music consultant
Richard King ... music mixer / music recordist / music scoring engineer
Sonny Kompanek ... orchestrator
Domnik Mack ... music preparation (as Dominik Mack)
Alexandra Patsavas ... music supervisor
Jack Petruzzelli ... musician: guitar solos
Petr Pycha ... orchestra contractor
Philip Rothman ... orchestrator
William Schimmel ... musician: accordion solos
Jim Schultz ... music editor
Lauren Shotwell ... music legal and clearance
Antoine Silverman ... music contractor
Tim Starnes ... assistant music editor
Erich Stratmann ... music editor
E. Gedney Webb ... music editor
Marcelo Zarvos ... musician: piano solos / score producer
Curt Sobel ... preview music editor (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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David Buckman ... driver
Steven R. Guglielmetti ... driver

Other crew

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Caellum Allan ... physical production
Emma Baksi ... assistant: Ms. Foster
Cassandra Barbour ... script researcher
Karen Barna ... business affairs/legal
Ainsley Bartholomew ... accounting clerk/payroll assistant: additional photography
Brian Bergdoll ... stand-in: Mel Gibson
Charlie Birns ... on-set assistant: Jodie Foster (as Charles Birns)
Justin Bischoff ... key production assistant
David E. Bisson ... production secretary
Anna Bosco ... key accountant
Matthew Branin ... accounting clerk
Stefan Brunner ... production executive: Imagenation Abu Dhabi
Billy Bryan ... puppeteering coach (as Bill Bryan)
Cathy Cavadini ... background voices (as Catherine Cavadini)
Wendy Cohen ... product placement
James Coker ... key set production assistant: additional photography
Christina Cortez ... production assistant
Jeff Cossaboom ... office production assistant
Charlie Dibe ... production coordinator: additional photography
Dianne Dreyer ... script supervisor
Erik Feig ... production executive
Shayne Fiske ... production executive
Matthew Fleischman ... production assistant
Joshua A. Friedman ... paperwork production assistant
Vincent Giarratano ... production assistant
Kyle Gorjanc ... production assistant: additional photography
Duck Grossberg CSI ... data wrangler (as Duck Grossberg)
Katie Groves ... stand-in: Jennifer Lawrence
Nick Guerra ... assistant: Mr. Gibson
David 'Gus' Gustafson ... production assistant: additional photography
Jennifer Hallmark ... assistant accountant
David Hsu ... set production assistant
Kyle Knauf ... stand in: Anton Yelchin
Ashley Kravitz ... clearances
Kristina Lee ... assistant production coordinator: reshoots
Giovanni Lopez ... insurance broker
Anney McKilligan ... puppet wrangler
John Merchant ... assistant production coordinator
Liz Modena ... post production accountant
Matthew Monaco ... first assistant accountant
Tim Monich ... dialect coach
Morgan Newell ... assistant: Ms. Ruark
Patrick O'Connor ... production assistant
Ellen Parnett ... production assistant
Dan Perri ... title designer: main and end titles
Jennalee Rhodes ... production assistant
Luke Rivett ... assistant: Mr. Redmon
Pamela Rook ... office production assistant
Matthew Roper ... set medic
Michael James 'Scotty' Scott ... manager: production finance
William Sepulveda ... key craft service
Missy Simms ... welfare/studio teacher
Casey Stanton ... production assistant intern
Todd Steiner ... production financing
Daniela Tully ... vp of development and production: imagenation abu dhabi
Eva Vedock ... key craft service
Daniel Wagner ... production coordinator
Lynn Witty ... stand-in: jodie foster (uncredited)
Emmeline Yang ... assistant: Mr. Golin
Brenda Yoo ... first assistant accountant
Michael Gugger ... intern: locations (uncredited)
Eric Kops ... publicist (uncredited)
Regan B. Pederson ... legal consultant (uncredited)

Thanks

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Josh Baskin ... the producers wish to thank
Sadie Joseph ... the producers wish to thank
Fred Tate ... the producers wish to thank

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Walter Black ('Mel Gibson') is depressed and sleeps most of the day. It's driving his family crazy, and his wife Meredith (Jodie Foster) kicks him out. Walter starts carrying a beaver puppet and tries to commit suicide (unsuccessfully). He uses the puppet to talk to himself, trying to bolster his spirits, and is trying to rebuild his life. Through the beaver, the family begins to learn about Walter's history and problems, and as he continues rebuilding, the beaver shows us all a way to cope. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines He's here to save Walter's life. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le complexe du castor (France)
  • Der Biber (Germany)
  • El castor (Spain)
  • El castor (The Beaver) (Spain, Castilian title)
  • Mi otro yo (Colombia)
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Runtime
  • 91 min
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Budget $21,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $107,577, 08 May 2011

Did You Know?

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Trivia Before Summit Entertainment settled for a release date in Spring 2011, this film had been shelved, due to Mel Gibson allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Bieber Meets Beaver (2010). See more »
Soundtracks Kung Fu Underscore See more »
Crazy Credits A letter or two from each cast/crew member remains and forms part of the next credit. See more »
Quotes Walter Black: We reach a point where, in order to go on, we have to wipe the slate clean. We start to see ourselves as a box that we're trapped inside and no matter how we try and escape, self help, therapy, drugs, we just sink further and further down. The only way to truly break out of the box is to get rid of it all together... I mean, you built it in the first place. If the people around you are breaking your spirit, who needs them? Your wife who pretends to love you, your son who can't even stand you. I mean, put them out of their misery. Starting over isn't crazy. Crazy is being miserable and walking around half asleep, numb, day after day after day. Crazy is pretending to be happy. Pretending that the way things are is the way they have to be for the rest of your bleeding life. All the potential, hope, all that joy, feeling, all that passion that life has sucked out of you. Reach out, grab a hold of it and snatch it back from that bloodsucking rabble.
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