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Young filmmakers document their colleague's budding online friendship with a young woman and her family which leads to an unexpected series of discoveries.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Nev Schulman ... Himself (as Yaniv 'Nev' Schulman)
Ariel Schulman ... Himself (as Ariel 'Rel' Schulman)
Henry Joost ... Himself
Angela Wesselman-Pierce Angela Wesselman-Pierce ... Herself (as Angela Wesselman)
Melody C. Roscher Melody C. Roscher ... Herself
Wendy Whelan ... Dancer: Morphoses
Craig Hall Craig Hall ... Dancer: Morphoses
Tiler Peck ... Dancer: Morphoses
Drew Jacoby ... Dancer: Morphoses
Rubi Pronk Rubi Pronk ... Dancer: Morphoses
Adrian Danchig-Waring Adrian Danchig-Waring ... Dancer: Morphoses
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Blake Alexandros ... Nando
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Storyline

In late 2007, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Ariel's brother, Nev. They had no idea that their project would lead to the most exhilarating and unsettling months of their lives. A reality thriller that is a shocking product of our times, Catfish is a riveting story of love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue. Written by Universal Pictures

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Don't let anyone tell you what it is.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Rogue [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sum See more »

Filming Locations:

Ishpeming, Michigan, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$257,285, 19 September 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,234,373, 28 November 2010
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color
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As of August 2011, the film has been hit with two lawsuits and, according to Catfish distributor Relativity Media, the film has an unrecouped balance of more than $8.5 million and will not likely ever become profitable. Both of these lawsuits have to do with songs used within the movie not being attributed to their creators. See more »

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Vince Pierce: They used to tank cod from Alaska all the way to China. They'd keep them in vats in the ship. By the time the codfish reached China, the flesh was mush and tasteless. So this guy came up with the idea that if you put these cods in these big vats, put some catfish in with them and the catfish will keep the cod agile. And there are those people who are catfish in life. And they keep you on your toes. They keep you guessing, they keep you thinking, they keep you fresh. And I thank god for the ...
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The opening logos are recorded off a computer (specifically a Mac). The Universal logo is shown as someone using Google Earth. The Relativity Media logo is shown as if it was an online video. The Rogue Pictures logo is shown as a desktop icon. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Orange Is the New Black: Empathy Is a Boner Killer (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Learning the Lie
Written by Joel Gibb
Performed by The Hidden Cameras
Published by Embassy Music Corp.
Courtesy of Arts & Crafts Productions, Inc.
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The other facebook movie
20 March 2011 | by gilligan-11See all my reviews

Marketed as an indie documentary about a mysterious facebook relationship, "Catfish" is actually a profound meditation on loneliness in the age of computer-assisted social networking. Nev (pronounced NEEV), the focus of this documentary, is a young, attractive photographer who is contacted via facebook by an 8 year-old girl who has painted a rendition of a photo of his that has appeared on the cover of a magazine. In rapid succession, Nev befriends, via facebook, the girl, her mother, her sister, and a group of their friends, all of whom live somewhere in Michigan. While in Colorado on a filming assignment, Nev, his brother and their friend (who are filming this documentary as well) begin to question the veracity of the emails and phone calls Nev has been receiving from this family. They rashly decide to go to Michigan to meet the family and get to the bottom of the mysterious facebook friendship that has blossomed. What they find is more poignant than shocking, and it will force you to confront the ways in which technology in the 21st century is ultimately powerless against genuine loneliness.


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