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A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer and that he has a young male lover.

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Oliver
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Hal
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Anna
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Andy
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Elliot
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Georgia
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Young Oliver
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Shauna
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Liz
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Party Person
Luke Diliberto ...
Green Witch
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Magician
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The Sads
Hana Jane ...
The Sads (as Hana Hwang)
Samuel T. Ritter ...
The Sads
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Record Company Rep
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Julio
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Dr. Long
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Dr. Wright
Leslie Shea ...
ICU Nurse #1
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Hal's Priest
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Secretary
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1978 Museum Staff
June Sanders ...
1978 Fancy Woman
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1978 Older Woman
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Terse Nurse
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ICU Nurse #2
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Nice Nurse (as Algerita Lewis)
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Strict Nurse (as Regina Redwing)
Sunday Burke ...
Home Nurse #1
Patrick Birkett ...
Hal Look-Alike (as Patrick L. Birkett)
Sabera Wise ...
Skating Rink Manager
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Brian (as Rafael J. Noblé)
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Robert
T.G. Cody ...
The Primetimers
Patrick Scott ...
The Primetimers
Ton Suckhasem ...
The Primetimers
Charles Valentino ...
The Primetimers
Seth T. Walker ...
The Primetimers (as Seth Walker)
Michael Laren ...
The Primetimers (as Michael Wilhelms)
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Arthur
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jessica Elder ...
Cat Dancer (uncredited)
Kim Farris ...
Scarecrow (uncredited)
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Dancer at Bar (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Lawrence Ravettina ...
Gay Party friend (uncredited)
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Hotel Manager (uncredited)
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Nurse's Aide (uncredited)
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The Primetimers (uncredited)

Directed by

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Mike Mills

Written by

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Mike Mills ... (written by)

Produced by

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Miranda de Pencier ... producer
Fran Giblin ... co-producer
Lars Knudsen ... producer
Geoff Linville ... co-producer
Joan Scheckel ... executive producer
Leslie Urdang ... producer
Jay Van Hoy ... producer
Dean Vanech ... producer

Music by

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Roger Neill
Dave Palmer ... (as David Palmer)
Brian Reitzell

Cinematography by

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Kasper Tuxen ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Olivier Bugge Coutté ... (as Olivier Bugge Coutte)

Editorial Department

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Aaron Beckum ... post-production photoshop artist
Milan Boncich ... digital intermediate colorist
Paul Brady ... digital intermediate technician: additional photography
Anthony Brandonisio ... additional assistant editor: additional photography / post-production coordinator
Tana David ... post facility coordinator
John Eremic ... digital intermediate producer (as John 'Pliny' Eremic)
Sam Geer ... editorial intern
Drew Kilcoin ... first assistant editor
Rosemary H. Marez ... editorial intern (as Rosemary Marez)
Eddie Mikasa ... editorial intern
Benjamin Moses Smith ... digital intermediate conformer
Gilbert Carreras ... color timer (uncredited)

Casting By

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Courtney Bright
Nicole Daniels

Production Design by

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Shane Valentino

Set Decoration by

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Coryander Friend

Costume Design by

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Jennifer Johnson

Makeup Department

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John Arsineault ... key hair stylist: additional photography
Ginger Damon ... additional hair stylist
Julie Anna Kehoe ... hair stylist: New York
Veronica Lorenz ... additional makeup artist
Frances Mathias ... hair department head / key hair stylist: additional photography
Tina Roesler Kerwin ... key makeup artist: additional photography / makeup department head
Roxy D'Alonzo ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Anthony Brandonisio ... production executive: Olympus Pictures
Fran Giblin ... unit production manager
Rod Smith ... unit production manager: additional photography
Carrie Tyson ... production supervisor (as Carrie A. Tyson)
Erik S. Weigel ... production supervisor: New York (as Erik Weigel)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Neil Daly ... first assistant director: New York
Patrick Huber ... second assistant director: New York
Joe Roddey ... second assistant director / second assistant director: additional photography
Rod Smith ... first assistant director / first assistant director: additional photography
Marc Turchin ... second second assistant director

Art Department

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Thomas A. Delillo ... leadman: New York (as Tom Delillo)
Chris Eguia ... property master: additional photography
Perry E. Ellis ... leadman (as Perry Ellis)
Melissa Gelmo ... assistant property master (as Missy Gelmo)
Robert Greenfield ... set dresser
Daniel Karasele ... set dresser
Carol Kiefer ... art department coordinator
Daniel Kuzmick ... set dresser
Allan Lane ... set dresser
Chris Larsen ... leadman: additional photography
Michael F. Loomer ... on-set dresser (as Mike Loomer)
Joe Mason ... art department assistant
Bob New ... set dresser (as Robert New)
Cynthia Nibler ... property master
David Potter ... set dresser
Anthony Rice ... set dresser
Brana Rosenfeld ... set decorator: additional photography
Corey Swartsel ... set dresser: additional photography
Gerald Willard ... set dresser
Kate Zarvis ... scenic (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Bryan Arenas ... dolby sound consultant
Paul Timothy Carden ... adr supervisor
Ryan Collins ... assistant sound editor
Lara Dale ... foley artist
Brian Dunlop ... foley editor
Ellen Heuer ... foley artist
Christine Huynh ... sound utility / sound
Tim Limer ... mix recordist (as Timothy Limer)
Travis MacKay ... adr mixer
Nancy MacLeod ... sound effects editor
Teferra McKenzie ... sound mixer: New York
Michael Mesirow ... boom operator: additional photography (as Mike Mesirow)
Brendan J. O'Brien ... boom operator: New York (as Brendan O'Brien)
Sarah Payan ... dialogue editor (as Sarah Rudolph Payan)
A. Josh Reinhardt ... foley mixer (as Josh Reinhardt)
James Ridgley ... sound mixer: additional photography
Leslie Shatz ... re-recording mixer / sound designer
Callie Thurman ... assistant sound editor
Susumu Tokunow ... sound mixer
Mandell Winter ... dialogue editor
Zach Wrobel ... boom operator
Vincent Cosson ... adr mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Eric Elias ... pyrotechnic fireworks coordinator
Martin Rosenstock ... pyrotechnician
Rebecca Timohovich ... pyrotechnician

Visual Effects by

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Wes Ball ... visual effects: Oddball Animation
Justin Barber ... visual effects: Oddball Animation
Bradley Hawkins ... visual effects: Oddball Animation (as Brad Hawkins)
Ryland Jones ... visual effects: Oddball Animation

Stunts

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Robert Alonzo ... utility stunts
Matt Baker ... utility stunts
Allison Caetano ... stunt double: Anna
Nash Edgerton ... stunt coordinator / stunt double: Ewan McGregor
Daniel Stevens ... stunt double: Elliot

Camera and Electrical Department

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Christopher Blauvelt ... director of photography: additional photography
Bob Bradshaw ... company grip
Aaron Burden ... best boy grip: additional photography (as AJ Burden)
David Chameides ... steadicam operator
Andrew Chojnacki ... key grip (as Andy Chojnacki) / key grip: additional photography (as Andy Chojnacki)
Pat Fitzpatrick ... assistant chief lighting technician
Pat Fitzpatrick ... best boy electric (as Patrick Fitzpatrick)
Greg Flores ... company grip
Trevor Fulks ... best boy grip
Erik Guldbech ... gaffer: New York (as Eric Guldbech)
Lauren Haber ... second assistant camera: New York
Stephen MacDougall ... first assistant camera: additional photography
Jen O'Leary ... camera assistant
Joseph Paolini ... key grip: New York (as Joe Paolini)
David Parson ... second assistant camera: additional photography
Jeffrey W. Petersen ... gaffer (as Jeff Petersen) / gaffer: additional photography (as Jeff Petersen) / supplier: lighting equipment (as Jeff Petersen)
Keith Putnam ... red camera technician: New York
Christopher Raymond ... first assistant camera: New York (as Chris Raymond)
Jan Ruona ... first assistant camera
Adam Richard Sklena ... camera operator (as Adam Sklena)
Davon Slininger ... second assistant camera: additional photography
Jennifer Stuart ... additional second assistant camera
Bret Suding ... red camera technician
Randy Tepper ... still photographer (as Andrew Tepper)
Noah Thomson ... second assistant camera
Lance Hashida ... red camera technician (uncredited)
John Pedone ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Bill Dance ... extras casting: Bill Dance Casting
Terence Harris ... extras casting: Bill Dance Casting
Sheri Tucker ... extras casting: Bill Dance Casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Kristen Bothekan ... costume assistant
Abigail Chapin ... costume assistant
Kameron Lennox ... costume supervisor (as Kameron 'Kammy' Lennox) / costume supervisor: additional photography (as Kameron 'Kammy' Lennox)
Sandra Poland ... set costumer

Location Management

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Rafael Lima ... location manager: New York
Christopher Miller ... location manager
Dan Milner ... key assistant location manager
Michael M. Piehler ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Tina Guo ... cello
Sanaz Lavaedian ... music clearance coordinator
Michael Perfitt ... score engineer
Eric Thorngren ... score mixer (as Eric 'ET' Thorngren)
Robin Urdang ... music supervisor
Cory Wood ... music supervisor intern (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Jose. A. Anaya ... driver: catering
Ron Annunziata ... driver
Corey Askins ... transportation captain
Bill Benedict ... driver
Bib Ditler ... driver
Brian D. Hall ... driver (as Brian Hall)
Ross W. Holzer ... driver
Joe Johnson ... driver: New York
Todd Story ... driver
Chad Wadsworth ... driver
Ted Joneson ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Sean Afsahi ... production assistant: additional photography
Jose A. Anaya ... head chef
Amanda Beckner ... archival research
Aaron Beckum ... production assistant: additional photography
Katri Billard ... script supervisor: New York
Christopher W. Bodell ... representative: Olympus Capital Investments
Zoe Bower Robert ... post-production facilities manager (as Zoe Bower)
Ashly Burch ... production office intern
Rita Colimon ... assistant: Ms. Urdang
Matilda de Cagny ... head animal trainer
André Des Rochers ... production legal services (as Andre Des Rochers)
Christine Detizio ... accounting manager: Olympus Power
Steve Giardina ... production assistant: New York
James Drew Hamilton ... production office intern (as Drew Hamilton)
Megan Hawkins ... representative: Olympus Threatricals
Elizabeth Himelstein ... dialect coach
Kathleen Jensen ... production assistant: additional photography
Lucas Joaquin ... assistant: Mr. Van Hoy and Mr. Knudsen
Anne Kelly ... production office intern
Christopher Kubek ... set production assistant: second unit, New Mexico
Derrick Landry ... production accountant
Sean P. Lane ... general counsel and secretary: Olympus Power
Rachel Lucera-Fein ... assistant: Mr. Vanech
Gerry Maravilla ... production office intern (as Gerardo 'Gerry' Maravilla)
Philip W. McCartin ... tax and risk management: Olympus Power
Tammy Mikalouskas ... manager of human resources: Olympus Power
Ross Miller ... insurance agent: D.R. Reiff & Associates
Sarah Soquel Morhaim ... assistant: Mr. Mills
Jean Nakahara ... production office coordinator
Geraldine Needle ... studio teacher
Rose Ordile ... animal colorist
Roy Ott ... controller: Olympus Pwer
Brigitte Pauli ... first assistant accountant
Joanne M. Piasecki ... treasurer: Olympus Power
Justin Pierret ... production assistant: New York
Steve Pines ... accounting services (as Steven R. Pines)
Jose Plasencia ... assistant chef
Shima Razavi ... assistant: Mr. McGregor
Gregory Riches ... additional legal services: O'Melveny and Myers
Michelle Roca ... set production assistant
Riel Roch Decter ... assistant: Ms. Urdang / office production assistant
Stephen Scharf ... additional legal services: O'Melveny and Myers
Glenn Schneider ... caterer: The Event Department
Dan Sharnoff ... production assistant: New York
Leslie Shea ... medical advisor
Natasha Shumny ... post facilities coordinator
Sussie Sims ... accounting services
Doree Sitterly ... additional animal trainer
Kris Smith ... script supervisor
Kristin Starns ... assistant production office coordinator
Hirotatsu Taniguchi ... key set production assistant
Liz Timperman ... representative: Olympus Threatricals (as Elizabeth Timperman)
Nick Tolmasov ... set medic
Suzy Vaughan ... script clearance researcher: Clearances Unlimited
Jim Welch ... set production assistant: second unit, New Mexico
Jonathan West ... additional legal services: O'Melveny and Myers
Ian B. Williams ... assistant: Ms. De Pencier (as Ian Williams)
Skylar A. Wilman ... insurance broker
Skyler Wilman ... insurance agent: D.R. Reiff & Associates
Meredith Wurzbach ... insurance agent: D.R. Reiff & Associates
Jason Ybarra ... key craft service (as Jason 'Buckaroo' Ybarra)
Svetlana Zill ... archival research
Monica Donati ... press attache: France (uncredited)
Hahnah Jackson ... production assistant (uncredited)
Gillian Jacobs ... stand-in: reshoots (uncredited)
Harold Manning ... french adaptation: original version with subtitles (uncredited)
Christopher Neil ... rehearsal advisor (uncredited)
Alex Scharfman ... archival research (uncredited)

Thanks

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Sue Yeon Ahn ... thanks (as Sue Ahn)
Kay Babcock ... thanks
Rick Bolton ... thanks
Georgia Cook ... special thanks
Roman Coppola ... thanks
Jonathan Dayton ... thanks
David Eastin ... still image of Anna's ex-boyfriend with cat courtesy of
Rachel Eastin ... still image of Anna's ex-boyfriend with cat courtesy of
Valerie Faris ... thanks (as Valerie Ferris)
Sigmund Freud ... acknowledgment
Kim Hamilton ... special thanks
Youree Henley ... thanks
Spike Jonze ... thanks
Miranda July ... thanks
Megan Kitchen ... thanks
Linda Lichter ... special thanks
Andrea Longacre-White ... thanks
Katie Mills ... thanks
Carine Pichonnat ... special thanks
Lou Pitt ... special thanks
Scott Rudin ... special thanks
JoAnne Sellar ... thanks
Jacki Sextro ... thanks
Jon Tenney ... very special thanks
Angus Wall ... special thanks
Mike White ... thanks

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Special Effects

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In 2003, 38-year-old graphic artist Oliver Fields has just lost his father Hal to cancer, 5 years after his mother Georgia's death. Oliver is naturally sullen because of his relationships with his parents growing up (especially his mother, who had a unique view of life) and watching their cordial but somewhat distant marital relationship, but he's more so now as he deals with his personal losses. He embarks on a relationship with French actress Anna, hoping that his re-energized relationship with Hal following Georgia's death, and Hal's new outlook on life, will show him how to act in a loving relationship. After Georgia's death, Hal came out of the closet and began to live with a new joie de vivre and have an open relationship with Andy, a much-younger man. Oliver's relationship with Anna has other obstacles, including her own vagabond lifestyle and Oliver inheriting Arthur, Hal's very needy Jack Russell terrier. Written by Huggo

Plot Keywords
Taglines This is what love feels like. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Beginners (Principiantes) (Spain)
  • Початкiвцi (Ukraine)
  • Pradedantieji (Lithuania)
  • Οι πρωτάρηδες (Greece)
  • Beginners, así se siente el amor (Argentina)
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Runtime
  • 105 min
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Box Office

Budget $3,200,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $141,340, 05 Jun 2011
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $14,311,701, 27 Feb 2012

Did You Know?

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Trivia The film is partly autobiographical because many of the events that happened to Hal and Oliver are based on Mike Mills' experiences when his own father came out as gay and began a homosexual relationship after Mike's mother died. See more »
Goofs On Hal Fields' death certificate, it says "Date of death: 09/17/04". We know from the movie that he's already passed away in 2003. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode #1.19 (2011). See more »
Soundtracks Stardust See more »
Quotes Anna: Why do you leave everyone? Why did you let me go?
Oliver: Maybe because I... I don't really believe that it's gonna work, and then I make sure that it doesn't work.
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