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Running with Scissors (2006)
Comedy,Drama
USA / English
"Ever have one of those lives? "
Young Augusten Burroughs (Cross) absorbs experiences that could make for a shocking memoir: the son of an alcoholic father (Baldwin) and an unstable mother (Bening), he's handed off to his mother's therapist, Dr. Finch (Cox), and spends his adolescent years as a member of Finch's bizarre extended family.
Patrick Wilson Michael Shephard
Gabrielle Union Dorothy
Gwyneth Paltrow Hope Finch
Jill Clayburgh Agnes Finch
Joseph Cross Augusten Burroughs
Alec Baldwin Norman Burroughs
Evan Rachel Wood Natalie Finch
Joseph Fiennes Neil Bookman
Brian Cox Dr. Finch
Annette Bening Deirdre Burroughs
Kristin Chenoweth Fern Stewart
Dagmara Dominczyk Suzanne
Colleen Camp Joan
Jack Kaeding Six-Year-Old Augusten Burroughs
Gabriel Guedj Poo
Nancy Cassaro Christy - 1978 Poetry Club
Omid Abtahi Restaurant Manager
Julie Remala Restaurant Waitress
Will Carter Officer Button
Bonnie Weis Cocktail Waitress
Dakotah Masset Waitress
Marianne Muellerleile Nurse
Augusten Burroughs Himself (uncredited)
Leslie Grossman Sue (uncredited)
Joshua Levine Chris (uncredited)
Scott Slifer Audience Member (uncredited)
Rachel Zeskind Deirdre Obsessed Fan (uncredited)
Director: Ryan Murphy
Producer: Dede Gardner,Brad Grey,Ryan Murphy,Brad Pitt
Writer: Ryan Murphy,Augusten Burroughs
Worth the time
I have read 2 of Agustine Bourroughs novels and I was, frankly, a little afraid that this one might be ruined by being re-cast as a movie. With this story in the hands of this director and this cast, my fears were groundless: it translated beautifully. I am sure that this is in no small part due to Burroughs personal involvement in the production, but greater authors have had their work ruined right under their noses, so it is a credit to both Author and creative staff that the engaging story remains intact. I think it gives a truthful depiction of what it is like to grow-up with mental illness in the family and also presents a metaphor for the craziness and dysfunction which is, at some level, in every family. The cast was all superb, especially Annette Benning and Jill Clayburgh. Joseph Cross and Joseph Fiennes were equally superb -- in fact, EVERYONE was so good I almost don't want to single anyone out. I will recommend this movie to friends.

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Seen it:Nej
Nr of disks/tapes:1
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Movie
Imdb rating: 6.0
Musician: James S. Levine
Running time: 116 min / USA
Technical
Subtitles: Svenska
Audio tracks: Stereo [English]
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Last modified: 2008-01-02 13:08:18