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About Schmidt (22-May-2002)

Director: Alexander Payne

Writers: Alexander Payne; Jim Taylor

From novel: About Schmidt by Louis Begley

Music by: Rolfe Kent

Producers: Harry Gittes; Michael Besman

Keywords: Dark Comedy, Wedding, Road Trip

Multiple calamities befall an insurance salesman Warren Schmidt: his retirement, the death soon after of his wife, his discovery evidence of her long past infidelity, and the upcoming marriage of his daughter to riff-raff. Schmidt ventures forth in a van on a road trip to the wedding, revisiting of his life as those landmarks are encountered. Poignant tale of a man unfulfilled and alienated. Received Oscar nominations for Best Actor and Best Actress; named AFI Movie of the Year.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Kathy Bates
28-Jun-1948   Misery
Len Cariou
30-Sep-1939   Sweeney Todd
Hope Davis
23-Mar-1964   American Splendor
Howard Hesseman
27-Feb-1940   Dr. Johnny Fever on WKRP in Cincinnati
Dermot Mulroney
31-Oct-1963   Young Guns
Jack Nicholson
22-Apr-1937   Chinatown
June Squibb
6-Nov-1929   Nebraska


Jack Nicholson   ...   Warren Schmidt
Hope Davis   ...   Jeannie Schmidt
Dermot Mulroney   ...   Randall Hertzel
Len Cariou   ...   Ray Nichols
Howard Hesseman   ...   Larry Hertzel
Kathy Bates   ...   Roberta Hertzel
June Squibb   ...   Helen Schmidt
Matt Winston   ...   Gary Nordin (Warren's Replacement)
Harry Groener   ...   John Rusk
Connie Ray   ...   Vicki Rusk
Phil Reeves   ...   Minister in Denver
James Micheal Connor   ...   Randall's Best Man
Mark Venhuizen   ...   Duncan Hertzel
Cheryl Hamada   ...   Saundra
Jill Anderson   ...   Bridesmaid Reading St. Paul
Vaughan Wenzel   ...   Man Mourning Helen
Judith Kathryn Hart   ...   Woman Mourning Helen
Marilyn Tipp   ...   Neighbor Lady
Rev. Robert Kem   ...   Priest in Omaha
Melissa Hanna   ...   Dairy Queen Employee
Tung Ha   ...   Frat Kid
James J. Crawley   ...   Other Frat Kid
Mary Beth Nelson   ...   Bartender
Stephen Heller   ...   Tire Store Employee
Lester Kills Crow   ...   Native American Cashier
Thomas Michael Belford   ...   Funeral Director
McKenna Gibson   ...   Six-Year-Old Jeannie
Emily McNaughton   ...   Twelve-Year-Old Jeannie
Beth Heimann   ...   Wedding Singer #1
Linda Wilmot   ...   Wedding Singer #2


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