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The cynical son of an upper-class New York family bedeviled by booze, pills and mental illness strikes out on his own in this caustic, darkly comic drama. Igby Slocomb (Kieran Culkin) and his older brother, Oliver (Ryan Phillippe), are are in the process of killing their mother, Mimi (Susan Sarandon). Flashbacks delineate Igby's troubled childhood: Speed-freak Mimi and her depressed husband, Jason (Bill Pullman), snipe at each other endlessly until Jason attempts suicide before Igby's very eyes and takes up residence in a mental hospital. Igby grows into a rebellious youth, gets kicked out of several boarding schools and ends up in a hellish military academy. After one failed escape attempt, he heads to New York City and hides out in the apartment of Rachel (Amanda Peet), the heroin-addled mistress of his godfather, D.H. (Jeff Goldblum). Oliver locates the young scoundrel and informs him that Mimi is suffering from cancer. Unperturbed, Igby continues his slacker existence -- and his romance with Sookie (Claire Danes), a hipper-than-thou undergraduate who finds herself torn between Igby and Oliver. As Igby gets drawn further into the mind games and hypocrisy of the adult world, his already jaded outlook grows even darker. He takes to dealing smack and hanging out with a cross-dressing performance "artist" (Jared Harris). Ultimately, though, Mimi's impending death draws him back into the family fold for unexpected revelations and realizations. Written and directed by first-time filmmaker Burr Steers, Igby Goes Down features Rory Culkin, Kieran's brother, as the young Igby. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

  • Release date:September 13, 2002

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Kieran Culkin Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 2002 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Kieran Culkin Best Young Performer 2002 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Kieran Culkin Best Young Actor/Actress 2003 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Susan Sarandon Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2002 Nominee
Toronto Film Critics Association Burr Steers Best First Feature [Runner-up] 2002 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Burr Steers Best First Screenplay 2002 Nominee

Cast

Kieran Culkin
as Igby Slocumb
Susan Sarandon
as Mimi Slocumb
Jeff Goldblum
as D.H.
Claire Danes
as Sookie Sapperstein
Ryan Phillippe
as Oliver Slocumb
Bill Pullman
as Jason Slocumb
Amanda Peet
as Rachel
Jared Harris
as Russel
Rory Culkin
as Young Igby
Kathleen Gati
as Ida
Cassidy Ladden
as Hockey Player
David Arrow
as Waiter
Gannon Forrester
as Little Cadet
Erin Fritch
as Hockey Player
Amber Gross
as Girl
Dean Nolen
Eric Bogosian
as Mr. Nice Guy
Arnie Burton
as Front Desk Clerk
Glenn Fitzgerald
as Surfer
Jim Gaffigan
as Hotel Manager
Bill Irwin
as Lt. Smith
Elizabeth Jagger
as Lisa Fiedler
Ronobir Lahiri
as Intern
Cynthia Nixon
as Mrs. Piggee
Reg Rogers
as Therapist
Peter Tambakis
as 13-Year-Old Oliver
Daniel Tamberelli
as Turtle
Celia Weston
as Bunny
Nicholas Wyman
as Suit
Elizabeth Jagger
as Lisa Fiedler
Nicholas Wyman
as Suit
Jim Gaffigan
as Hotel Manager
Cynthia Nixon
as Mrs. Piggee
Glenn Fitzgerald
as Surfer
Celia Weston
as Bunny
Peter Tambakis
as 13-Year-Old Oliver
Daniel Tamberelli
as Turtle
Ronobir Lahiri
as Intern
Arnie Burton
as Front Desk Clerk
Reg Rogers
as Therapist
Eric Bogosian
as Mr. Nice Guy
Bill Irwin
as Lt. Smith

Crew

Burr Steers
Director
Lisa Tornell
Producer
Marco Weber
Producer
Burr Steers
Screenwriter
Wedigo von Schultzendorff
Cinematographer
Nic Harcourt
Musical Direction/Supervision
Kevin Thompson
Production Designer
Roswell Hamrick
Art Director
Miggel
Co-producer
David Rubin
Executive Producer
Helen Beadleston
Executive Producer
Fran Lucci
Executive Producer
Lee Solomon
Executive Producer
Rainer Virnich
Executive Producer
Jennifer Alex
Set Designer
Sarah Edwards
Costume Designer
Michael Mullane
Sound/Sound Designer
Jonathan Starch
First Assistant Director
Chaim Kantor
Camera Operator
Janet Paparazzo
Stunts
Tim Gallin
Stunts
Ronnie Yeskel
Casting
Richard Hicks
Casting
Danny Aiello III
Stunts Coordinator
Tom Kerwick
Key Grip
Mark Mistretta
Production Assistant
Tim Boggs
ADR Supervisor
Tim Boggs
Supervising ADR Editor
Trish Hofmann
Unit Production Manager
Trish Hofmann
Line Producer
Susan Cahill
Assistant Sound Editor
Lee Kazista
First Assistant Camera
William Sarokin
Production Sound Mixer
Jamie H. Zelermyer
Production Supervisor
Chad Mochrie
First Assistant Editor
Dickens Whitley
Production Secretary
Peter Sabat
Production Coordinator
Eric Shusterman
First Assistant Editor
Tom Yeager
Location Manager
Quentin Harris
Hair Styles
Michael Kamper
Sound Effects Editor
Eddie Michaels
Unit Publicist
Michael Gallart
Electrician
Anna Novick
Production Assistant
Thom Bumblauskas
Construction Coordinator
Ken Dufva
Foley Artist
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