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The Pallbearer Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

This dark comedy is a clever homage to classic generation gap comedies such as The Graduate (1967), The Last Picture Show (1971) and The Big Chill (1983), filtered through an ironic Generation X lens. Tom Thompson (David Schwimmer) is unemployed and aimless, hovering between childhood and adult responsibilities. A year out of college, Tom can't land a decent job -- he still lives with his mother in Brooklyn. He receives a call from Ruth Abernathy (Barbara Hershey), who informs Tom that her son Bill, Tom's best friend in high school, has killed himself. She wants Tom to deliver the eulogy and serve as a pallbearer, and flustered, Tom agrees, though he has no recollection of Bill. After delivering a lackluster eulogy, Tom meets the grieving Ruth and begins an impulsive affair with her. He also encounters Julie DeMarco (Gwyneth Paltrow), a beautiful classmate for whom he's long carried a torch. Although Julie at first mistakes Tom for someone else, they begin dating, while he keeps his relationship with Ruth a secret. First-time writer-director Matt Reeves work-shopped the script for The Pallbearer with writing partner Jason Katims at the Sundance Institute. Reeves went on to create the TV series Felicity. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast

David Schwimmer
as Tom Thompson
Gwyneth Paltrow
as Julie Demarco
Michael Rapaport
as Brad Schorr
Barbara Hershey
as Ruth Abernathy
Carol Kane
as Tom's Mom
Michael Vartan
as Scott
Toni Collette
as Cynthia
Jean de Baer
as Suzanne DeMarco
Mark Margolis
as Philip DeMarco
Matthew Faber
as Jared
Bitty Schram
as Lauren
Edoardo Ballerini
as Job Interviewer
Greg Grunberg
as Abernathy Cousin

Crew

Matt Reeves
Director
Paul Webster
Producer
Nellie Nugiel
Producer
Jason Katims
Screenwriter
Matt Reeves
Screenwriter
Robert Elswit
Cinematographer
Peter Afterman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Stewart Copeland
Composer (Music Score)
Stewart Copeland
Songwriter
Stan Salfas
Editor
Robin Standefer
Production Designer
Stephen Alesch
Art Director
Jason Katims
Co-producer
Bob Weinstein
Executive Producer
Meryl Poster
Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein
Executive Producer
Kate Yatsko
Set Designer
Donna Zakowska
Costume Designer
Michael Barosky
Sound/Sound Designer
Todd Pfeiffer
First Assistant Director
Kerry Barden
Casting
Billy Hopkins
Casting
Suzanne Smith
Casting
Nellie Nugiel
Line Producer
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