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A man seeks to unlock the mysteries of his family's tragic past in this drama. Zach Riley (Aaron Eckhart) is a psychiatrist who has resigned a prestigious position at a major university to take a job at the Millwood Clinic, a private residential facility run by one Dr. Reed (William Hurt). Riley tells Reed he was inspired to come to Millwood by the case of a family friend who was a patient there years before, but what Riley doesn't mention is the person in question was his father, T.L. Pierson (Nick Nolte), a successful but reclusive children's author whose book "Neverwas" became a remarkable critical and popular success. For all his talent and success, Pierson was haunted by mental illness and drug addiction, and after leaving Millwood he committed suicide, with young Zach finding the body. Ever since, his mother (Jessica Lange) has been bitter and blamed Zach for Pierson's death, and he's come to Millbrook looking for answers and closure regarding his dad. While working with the patients at Millwood, Riley strikes up a friendship with Gabriel (Ian McKellen), a charming older man with a poor connection to reality who was friendly with Pierson when they were both in treatment there; Riley also renews his childhood friendship with Maggie Blake (Brittany Murphy), a Millwood intern who was powerfully affected by "Neverwas" when she was young. Neverwas is the first feature film from writer and director Joshua Michael Stern. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 9, 2005

Cast

Aaron Eckhart
as Zach Riley
Ian McKellen
as Gabriel
Brittany Murphy
as Maggie Blake
Nick Nolte
as T.L. Pierson
William Hurt
as Dr. Peter Reed
Jessica Lange
as Katherine Pierson
Michael Moriarty
as Dick
Alan Cumming
as Jake
Vera Farmiga
as Eleanna
Bill Bellamy
as Martin Sands
Cynthia Stevenson
as Sally
Ryan Drescher
as Young Zach

Crew

Joshua Michael Stern
Director
Sidney Kimmel
Producer
Greg Shapiro
Producer
Joshua Michael Stern
Screenwriter
Michael Grady
Cinematographer
Philip Glass
Composer (Music Score)
Jeff McEvoy
Editor
Sean Hargreaves
Production Designer
Carsten H.W. Lorenz
Co-producer
Aaron Eckhart
Co-producer
Amanda Mackey-Johnson
Executive Producer
Marina Grasic
Executive Producer
Nathan Kahane
Executive Producer
James Cordeiro
Set Designer
Monique Prudhomme
Costume Designer
Dominique Fauquet-Lemaitre
Set Decorator
Trip Brock
Sound/Sound Designer
Rachel Leiterman
First Assistant Director
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond
Casting
Amanda Mackey-Johnson
Casting
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