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Synecdoche, New York (23-May-2008)

Director: Charlie Kaufman

Writer: Charlie Kaufman

Music by: Jon Brion

Producers: Anthony Bregman; Charlie Kaufman; Spike Jonze; Sidney Kimmel

Keywords: Comedy, Drama, Surreal, New York

A theater director's grand vision for an upcoming stage play leads to his mental and physical disintegration.

Caden Cotard, a gifted theater director hailing from Schenectady, New York, leaves his upstate career behind in favor of the epic and elaborate stage called Broadway. Moved by a generous MacArthur grant and unwavering dedication to absolute realism, the ever-ambitious Caden arranges an ensemble cast inside a replica of Manhattan located in a sprawling New York City warehouse, crafting an empire centered around a "celebration of the mundane" as his existence in the real world begins to implode in decidedly tragic fashion.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Hope Davis
23-Mar-1964   American Splendor
Tim Guinee
18-Nov-1962   Impostor
Philip Seymour Hoffman
23-Jul-1967 2-Feb-2014 Capote
Catherine Keener
23-Mar-1959   Maxine in Being John Malkovich
Jennifer Jason Leigh
5-Feb-1962   Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Samantha Morton
13-May-1977   Sweet and Lowdown
Rosemary Murphy
13-Jan-1927 5-Jul-2014 Eleanor and Franklin
Tom Noonan
12-Apr-1951   Manhunter
Emily Watson
14-Jan-1967   Angela's Ashes
Dianne Wiest
28-Mar-1948   Footloose
Michelle Williams
9-Sep-1980   Jen Lindley on Dawson's Creek


Philip Seymour Hoffman   ...   Caden Cotard
Samantha Morton   ...   Hazel
Michelle Williams   ...   Claire Keen
Catherine Keener   ...   Adele Lack
Emily Watson   ...   Tammy
Dianne Wiest   ...   Ellen Bascomb / Millicent Weems
Jennifer Jason Leigh   ...   Maria
Hope Davis   ...   Madeleine Gravis
Tom Noonan   ...   Sammy Barnathan
Sadie Goldstein   ...   Olive (4 years old)
Peter Friedman   ...   Emergency Room Doctor
Charles Techman   ...   Like Clockwork Patient
Josh Pais   ...   Ophthalmologist
Daniel London   ...   Tom
Robert Seay   ...   David
Stephen Adly Guirgis   ...   Davis
Frank Girardeau   ...   Plumber
Amy Wright   ...   Burning House Realtor
Paul Sparks   ...   Derek
Jerry Adler   ...   Caden's Father
Lynn Cohen   ...   Caden's Mother
Deirdre O'Connell   ...   Ellen's Mother
Kat Peters   ...   Ellen (10 years old)
John Rothman   ...   Dentist
Amanda Fulks   ...   Emergency Room Nurse
Frank Wood   ...   Evaluative Services Doctor
Deanna Storey   ...   Jazz Singer
Elizabeth Marvel   ...   Warehouse Realtor
Laura Odeh   ...   Toystore Clerk
Mark Lotito   ...   Minister
Daisy Tahan   ...   Ariel
Erica Berg   ...   German Woman
Raymond Angelic, Sr.   ...   German Doctor
Cliff Carpenter   ...   Old Man
Timothy Doyle   ...   Michael
Amy Spanger   ...   Soap Actress Nurse
Nick Wyman   ...   Soap Actor Doctor
Portia   ...   Therapy Patient Actress
Dan Ziskie   ...   Leg Tremor Doctor
Chris McGinn   ...   Lady at Caden's Mom's
Robin Weigert   ...   Adult Olive
Gerald Emerick   ...   Man in Line
Alvin Epstein   ...   Man with Nose Bleed
Rosemary Murphy   ...   Frances
Tim Guinee   ...   Needleman Actor
Kristen Bush   ...   Actress Playing Claire
Greg McFadden   ...   Actor Playing Needleman Actor
Barbara Haas   ...   Warehouse Actress
William Ryall   ...   Jimmy
Joe Lisi   ...   Maurice
Alice Drummond   ...   Actress Playing Frances
Michael Higgins   ...   Actor Playing Man with Nose Bleed
Stanley Krajewski   ...   Actor as Caden
Tom Greer   ...   Medic
Christopher Evan Welch   ...   Pastor
Michael Medeiros   ...   Eric


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