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Garden State Details


In the wake of his success on the hit NBC sitcom , actor Zach Braff made his debut behind the camera writing, directing, and starring in this bittersweet romantic comedy. Braff plays Andrew Largeman, a young man who has just received word of his mother's passing. With this news, Andrew returns to the town in which he grew up, where he is greeted by his father, Gideon (Ian Holm), a psychiatrist. In addition to mourning the loss of his mother, Andrew is also attempting to adjust to life without the emotionally numbing antidepressants that he has recently opted to discontinue using. Gradually, with the absence of the pills, his reconnection with his past, and the introduction of Sam (Natalie Portman), a woman who would seem to have little in common with him, into his life, Andrew is able to see the potential for some positive changes. Also starring Jean Smart and Peter Sarsgaard, Garden State was once titled Large's Ark and premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

  • Release date:July 28, 2004


Awarded by
National Board of Review Zach Braff Best Directorial Debut 2004 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Zach Braff Most Promising Filmmaker 2004 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Zach Braff Best First Feature 2004 Winner
Writers Guild of America Zach Braff Best Original Screenplay 2004 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Zach Braff Best First Screenplay 2004 Nominee


Zach Braff
as Andrew Largeman
Natalie Portman
as Samantha
Peter Sarsgaard
as Mark
Ian Holm
as Gideon Largeman
Jean Smart
as Carol
Ron Leibman
as Dr. Cohen
Ann Dowd
as Olivia
Denis O'Hare
as Albert
Method Man
as Diego
Michael Weston
as Kenny
Jim Parsons
as Tim
Jackie Hoffman
as Aunt Sylvia
Amy Ferguson
as Dana
Ato Essandoh
as Titembay
George C. Wolfe
as Restaurant Manager
Geoffrey Arend
as Karl Benson
Alex Burns
as Dave
Aunjanue Ellis
Jayne Houdyshell
as Mrs. Lubin
Armando Riesco
as Jesse
Christopher Carley
Armando Riesco
as Jesse
Jayne Houdyshell
as Mrs. Lubin
Geoffrey Arend
as Karl Benson
Alex Burns
as Dave


Zach Braff
Gary Gilbert
Richard Klubeck
Pamela Abdy
Dan Halsted
Zach Braff
Lawrence Sher
Laura Ballinger-Gardner
Art Director
Danny DeVito
Executive Producer
Michael Shamberg
Executive Producer
Stacey Sher
Executive Producer
Heather Loeffler
Set Designer
Michael Wilkinson
Costume Designer
Ken Ishii
Sound/Sound Designer
Avy Kaufman
Ann Ruark
Line Producer