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Julie & Julia (2009)

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Biography, Drama, Romance |

Julie & Julia is a American comedy-drama film written and directed by Nora Ephron starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Messina. The film contrasts the life of chef Julia Child in the early years of her culinary career with the life of young New Yorker Julie Powell, who aspires to cook all 524 recipes in Child’s cookbook in 365 days, a challenge she described on her popular blog that made her a published author.

Ephron’s screenplay is based on two books: My Life in France, Child’s autobiography written with Alex Prud’homme, and a memoir by Powell, Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen. Both of these books were written and published between 2004 and 2006.

Julia Child – 1950s

In the 1950s, Julia Child, an enthusiastic and unabashed woman, moves to Paris with her diplomat husband, Paul Child. She attends Le Cordon Bleu to learn French cooking, and is initially met with skepticism as she is the only woman in the class. Madame Elizabeth Brassart, the proprietress of the school and Child clash. She is undaunted however, and begins collaborating on a book about French cooking for American housewives with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle.

Julie Powell – 2002

In 2002, Julie Powell is a young writer with an unpleasant job at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation’s call center, where she answers telephone calls from victims of the September 11 attacks and members of the general public complaining about the LMDC’s controversial plans for rebuilding the World Trade Center. She is discontented with this, and is disheartened at watching her acquaintances succeed in their own professions. She is happily married to Eric Powell, a writer for a magazine.

Director: Nora Ephron

Writers: Nora Ephron (screenplay), Julie Powell (book), Julia Child (book), Alex Prud’homme (book)

Stars: Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina, Linda Emond, Helen Carey, Mary Lynn Rajskub

Cast:

Meryl StreepJulia Child
Amy AdamsJulie Powell
Stanley TucciPaul Child
Chris MessinaEric Powell
Linda EmondSimone Beck
Helen CareyLouisette Bertholle
Mary Lynn RajskubSarah
Jane LynchDorothy McWilliams
Joan Juliet BuckMadame Brassart
Crystal McCrearyErnestine (as Crystal Noelle)
George BartenieffChef Max Bugnard
Vanessa FerlitoCassie
Casey WilsonRegina
Jillian BachAnnabelle
Andrew GarmanJohn O’Brien
Michael Brian DunnIvan Cousins
Remak RamsayJohn McWilliams
Diane KaganPhila McWilliams
Pamela StewartInstructor at Le Cordon Bleu
Jeff BrooksMinister
Frances SternhagenIrma Rombauer
Brooks AshmanskasMr. Misher
Eric Sheffer StevensTim
Brian AversGarth
Kacie SheikAnnette
Megan ByrneWoman at the Party
Deborah RushAvis De Voto
Helen CoxeDorothy De Santillana
Amanda HesserSelf
Maryann UrbanoDinner Guest
Simon JutrasDinner Guest
Felicity JonesDinner Guest
Meg KettellSimca’s Concierge
Stephen BogardusScott McLeod
Byron JenningsHoughton Mifflin Executive
Kelly AuCoinHoughton Mifflin Executive
Richard BekinsHoughton Mifflin Executive
Luc PalunThe Chestnut Vendor
Rémy RoubakhaOyster Man
Marceline HugotMadame Bernheim
Erin DillyJudith Jones
Robert Emmet LunneyBill Koshland
Guiesseppe JonesMailman
Jeff TalbottInterrogator
Johnny SparksInterrogator
Simon FeilGI
Paul BorgheseGI
Mark GindickGI
D.L. ShroderGI
Darin De PaulGI
Tom GalantichAmerican Ambassador
Allyn BurrowsWaiter in Paris Café
Cenovia CumminsMusician at the Wedding
Maxim MostonMusician at the Wedding
Shmuel KatzMusician at the Wedding
Paul OgnissantiMusician at the Wedding
Eric G. HalvorsonMusician at the Wedding
Julia Prud’hommeBridge Teacher
Dimitri RadochevitchFish Monger
Emmanuel SuarezBaker
Christelle CornilBaker’s Wife
Françoise LebrunBaker’s Mother
Teddy BergmanCobb Salad Waiter
Jean-Pierre BeckerFruit Store Owner
Mark WilkinsButcher
Jamie HallCheese Guy
Francesco DavidButcher
Denise Marie WhalenDancer (as Denise M. Whalen)
Luis VillabonDancer
Valentine AprileDancer
Alexander BradyDancer
Roy William GardnerExhibit Guest
Dianne DreyerAmerican Housewife
Evelyn TaucherHat-Making Teacher
Mary Kay PlaceJulie’s Mom (voice)
Gerard AdimandoDiplomat at the Wedding
Dan AykroydSelf
Krizia BajosWoman at Dance
Ira BerkowitzParis Train Porter
Beth CampbellBridge Player
Lou D’AmatoFrench Bureaucrat
Steve DashHotel Guest
Francis DumaurierLooping Voices (voice)
Lindsay FeltonWoman with American Ambassador
Vivian KalinovOffice Worker
Timothy KnockDancing Party Guest / Gallery Observer
Corby KummerGuest at Embassy Party
Alyssa LakotaFrench Maid Server
Fran LieuDinner Guest
Judy MalkaFrench Model
Desiree MatthewsDinner Guest
Lauren McCuneRestaurant Patron
Trish McGettrickWedding Guest
Jackie PruchaOffice Worker
Mike QuinnMan at Dance
Peter RigaWedding Guest
Robert SciglimpagliaRailroad Commuter
Stacey ScotteCooking Show Guest
Harry L. SeddonNew York City Subway Conductor
Kent SladykParis Train Porter

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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