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FULL SYNOPSIS

A socially isolated IRS agent whose every move is documented by a disembodied female voice discovers that his life is the subject of a book currently being written by a best-selling author, whose creative block has stunted her repeated efforts to kill him off, in a quirky fantasy comedy written by Hollywood hot property Zach Helm and directed by Zach Helm's Marc Forester. Harold Crick (Will Ferrell) lives a life of solitude. Kay Eiffel (Emma Thompson) can't seem to find a way to finish her latest book. Though Harold and Kay have never actually met, their fates are about to become intertwined in a most unusual manner. With her publishers growing increasingly impatient with her apparent inability to put the finishing touches on her latest novel, Kay is assigned a new assistant whose task it is to help provide the creative push needed to get her book finished and into the hands of her many eager fans. The subject of Kay's novel is a lonely and despairing IRS agent named Harold Crick, who believes that his life has lost any real meaning. As Kay continues to weave Harold's woeful tale without realizing that her protagonist is actually a living human being unable to concentrate on his life and career due to the constant interference of the narrator who inexplicably seems to anticipate his every move and read his every thought, her continued efforts to kill her perplexed subject finally provide him with the incentive needed to fully experience life by seeking out the source of the voice that plagues him. Penned by the screenwriter named by Variety magazine as one of the "Top Ten Writers to Watch" and who was also included in Esquire magazine's "Best and Brightest" list of 2004, Stranger Than Fiction features supporting performances by Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, and Queen Latifah. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:November 10, 2006

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
London Film Critics Association Emma Thompson Best Supporting British Actress 2006 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Emma Thompson Best Supporting Actress 2006 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Will Ferrell Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2006 Nominee
Satellite Awards Will Ferrell Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2006 Nominee
National Board of Review Zach Helm Best Original Screenplay 2006 Winner
Writers Guild of America Zach Helm Best Original Screenplay 2006 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Zach Helm Best Screenplay 2006 Nominee

Cast

Will Ferrell
as Harold Crick
Maggie Gyllenhaal
as Ana Pascal
Dustin Hoffman
as Professor Jules Hilbert
Queen Latifah
as Penny Escher
Emma Thompson
as Karen 'Kay' Eiffel
Tony Hale
as Dave
Tom Hulce
as Doctor Cayly
Linda Hunt
as Doctor Mittag-Leffler
William Dick
as IRS Co-Worker 1
Guy Massey
as IRS Co-Worker 2
Martha Espinoza
as IRS Co-Worker 3
T.J. Jagodowski
as IRS Co-Worker 4
Peter Grosz
as IRS Co-Worker 5
Ricky Adams
as Young Boy
Christian Stolte
as Young Boy's Father
Denise Hughes
as Kronecker Bus Driver
Peggy Roeder
as Polish Woman
Tonray Ho
as IRS Co-Worker 6
Danny Rhodes
as Bakery Employee 1
Helen Young
as Bakery Customer 1
David Pompeii
as Bakery Customer 2
Linara Washington
as Bakery Employee 2
John Mohrlein
as Man With Hose
Bruce Jarchow
as Commuter
Kristin Chenoweth
as Book Channel Host
Bradley Mott
as Large Man on Bus
David Wiegers
as Bakery Customer 3
Keith Kupferer
as Demolition Foreman
Danny McCarthy
as Demoliton Crew
Tab Baker
as Demolition Crew
Whitney Sneed
as ER Nurse 1
Ray Kurut
as ER Doctor 2
Cheryl Lynn Bruce
as Head ER Nurse
Chet Dubowski
as Man in Tweed
Oran "Juice" Jones
as Banneker Press Receptionist
Jordan Keller
as Grocer
Herb Lichtenstein
as IRS Co-Worker 7
Stacey Jackson
as IRS Co-Worker 8
Jordan Teplitz
as Old Man on Phone
Ricardo Guiterrez
as Bus Company Manager
Oscar Roxas
as Another Man on Bus
Sandra Marquez
as Accident Witness
Lacy Coil
as Accident Witness
Will Clinger
as Accident Witness
Albert Samuels
as Accident Witness
Frank Caeti
as Accident Witness
Andrew Rothenberg
as Doctor Mercator
Rengin Altay
as Nurse
Lucinda Kemp
as Bus Operator
Donna Watkins
as Bus Operator
Bob Papenbrook
as Animal Footage Voiceover
Mike McColl
as Animal Footage Voiceover

Crew

Marc Forster
Director
Lindsay Doran
Producer
Zach Helm
Screenwriter
Sean O'Reilly
Cinematographer
Ted Lichtenheld
Cinematographer
Roberto Schaefer
Cinematographer
Ron Goodman
Cinematographer
Kevin Tod Haug
Cinematographer
Brian Reitzell
Composer (Music Score)
Brian Reitzell
Musical Direction/Supervision
Britt Daniel
Composer (Music Score)
Roger Neill
Composer (Music Score)
Matt Chessé
Editor
Kevin Thompson
Production Designer
Craig Jackson
Art Director
Aubrey Henderson
Co-producer
Jimmy Miller
Co-producer
Joe Drake
Executive Producer
Nathan Kahane
Executive Producer
Eric Kopeloff
Executive Producer
Kerry Sanders
Set Designer
Frank Fleming
Costume Designer
Ford Wheeler
Set Decorator
Jim McConkey
Camera Operator
David Obermeyer
Sound Mixer
Kathleen Driscoll-Mohler
Casting
Scott Millan
Sound Mixer
Francine Maisler
Casting
Michael Semanick
Sound Mixer
Lora Hirschberg
Sound Mixer
Tyler Osman
Construction Coordinator
Peter Bankins
Properties Master
Katie Kerr
Visual Effects
Lisa Layman
Department Head Makeup
Eric Kopeloff
Unit Production Manager
Mary Sunshine
Production Accountant
Kate Amer
Production Coordinator
Frances Mathias
Department Head Hair
Peter Thorell
Second Assistant Director
Eileen McCahill
Costumes Supervisor
Karyn McCarthy
Unit Production Manager
Leslie McMinn
Visual Effects Producer
Alicia Accardo
Script Supervisor
Kevin Tod Haug
Visual Effects
Cory McCrum-Abdo
Post Production Supervisor
Deborah Dee
Key Hairstylist
Rick LeFevour
Stunts Coordinator
Kevin Tod Haug
Second Unit Director
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