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Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

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Comedy, Drama, Fantasy |

Stranger than Fiction is a American fantasy comedy-drama film directed by Marc Forster, produced by Lindsay Doran, and written by Zach Helm. The film stars Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, and Emma Thompson. The main plot follows Harold Crick (Ferrell), an IRS worker who begins hearing a disembodied voice narrating his life as it happens – seemingly the text of a novel in which it is stated that he, the main character, will soon die – and he frantically seeks to somehow prevent that ending.

The film was shot on location in Chicago, and has been praised for its innovative, intelligent story and fine performances. Ferrell, who came to prominence playing brash comedic parts, garnered particular attention for offering a restrained performance in his first starring dramatic role.

Harold Crick, an agent for the Internal Revenue Service, is a lonely man who lives his life by his wristwatch. He is assigned to audit an intentionally tax-delinquent baker, Ana Pascal, to whom he is attracted. On the same day, he begins hearing the voice of a woman omnisciently narrating his life as if he were a main character in a novel, but is unable to communicate with it. Harold’s watch stops working and he resets it using the time given by a bystander; the voice narrates, “little did he know that this simple, seemingly innocuous act would result in his imminent death”. Worried by this prediction, Harold consults a psychiatrist who attributes the voice to schizophrenia, though they consider that, if there really is a narrator, he should visit an expert in literature. Crick visits Jules Hilbert, a literature professor, and relates his story. When Jules recognizes aspects of a literary work in Harold’s story, he encourages Harold to identify the author, first by determining if the work is a comedy or tragedy.

Director: Marc Forster

Writer: Zach Helm

Stars: Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Queen Latifah, Tony Hale, Linda Hunt

Cast:

Will FerrellHarold Crick
William DickIRS Co-Worker #1
Guy MasseyIRS Co-Worker #2
Martha EspinozaIRS Co-Worker #3
T.J. JagodowskiIRS Co-Worker #4
Peter GroszIRS Co-Worker #5
Ricky AdamsYoung Boy
Christian StolteYoung Boy’s Father
Denise HughesKronecker Bus Driver
Peggy RoederPolish Woman
Tonray HoIRS Co-Worker #6
Tony HaleDave
Maggie GyllenhaalAna Pascal
Danny RhodesBakery Employee #1
Helen YoungBakery Customer #1
David PompeiiBakery Customer #2
Linara WashingtonBakery Employee #2
Larry Neumann Jr.Homeless Man
Emma ThompsonKaren Eiffel
John MohrleinMan with Hose
Queen LatifahPenny Escher
Tom HulceDr. Cayly
Bruce JarchowCommuter
Linda HuntDr. Mittag-Leffler
Dustin HoffmanProfessor Jules Hilbert
Kristin ChenowethBook Channel Host
Bradley MottLarge Man on Bus
John M. Watson Sr.TV Author (as John Watson Sr.)
David WiegersBakery Customer #3
Jarrett SleeperBakery Customer #4
Karen LloydCustomer with Tan
Keith KupfererDemolition Foreman
Danny McCarthyDemolition Crew #1
Tab BakerDemolition Crew #2
Mark BuettnerClaw Operator
Christian YoungER Doctor #1
Arraon Skippa HixsonYoung Man Patient (as Arraon Hixson)
Bryan KellyER Orderly
Whitney SneedER Nurse #1
Ray KurutER Doctor #2
Celeste PechousER Nurse #2
Michael CookER Doctor #3
Cheryl Lynn BruceHead ER Nurse
Chet DubowskiMan in Tweed
Ora JonesBanneker Press Receptionist
Jordan KellerGrocer
Herb LichtensteinIRS Co-Worker #7
Stacey Elaine JacksonIRS Co-Worker #8 (as Stacey Jackson)
Jordan TeplitzOld Man on Phone
Ricardo GutiérrezBus Company Manager
James MazzaIrritated Man on Bus
Oscar RoxasAnother Man on Bus
Nadirah BostAccident Witness
Sandra MarquezAccident Witness
Lacy Katherine CampbellAccident Witness (as Lacy Coil)
Will ClingerAccident Witness
Al SamuelsAccident Witness (as Albert Samuels)
Frank CaetiAccident Witness
Andrew RothenbergDoctor Mercator
Rengin AltayNurse
Lucinda KempBus Operator #1
Donna WatkinsBus Operator #2
Julien HeronAnimal Footage Voice Over (voice)
Lora CainAnimal Footage Voice Over (voice)
Bob PapenbrookAnimal Footage Voice Over (voice)
Mike McCollAnimal Footage Voice Over (voice)
Anouk AiméeAnne Gauthier
Terry JonesMr. Creosote
Jean-Louis TrintignantJean-Louis Duroc
Nathan AdloffBakery Patron (uncredited)
Holly BarrettTruck Driver (uncredited)
Rishi ChitkaraStudent (uncredited)
John CleeseWaiter (uncredited)
Kimber ClossonExtra (uncredited)
Edy CullenBusiness Women (uncredited)
Sue DursoIRS Agent (uncredited)
Nick FerrinStudent (uncredited)
Reese FosterIRS Agent (uncredited)
Andrea FrisbyCommuter (uncredited)
Alex GilCollege Student (uncredited)
Judy Carmen GonzalezIRS Employee (uncredited)
Eli GoodmanAugustus Chatman (uncredited)
Cheryl GraeffSecretary (uncredited)
Carlyn JanusDriver (uncredited)
Bob KolbeyProfessor Polo (uncredited)
Tim KruegerBusiness Man (uncredited)
Debra LanglandNosy Lady at Accident (uncredited)
Jamie LouachaiMovie Patron / El Passenger (uncredited)
Lori MillerWoman with Dog (uncredited)
Sergio MojicaBusiness Person (uncredited)
Sia A. MoodyNurse #3 (uncredited)
Steven Hugh NelsonCollege Student (uncredited)
Kevin PitcairnWhite Guy with Asian Woman (uncredited)
Zachary SpanglerBus passenger (uncredited)
January SternBus Riding Mom (uncredited)
Ron ValdezOrderly (uncredited)
Andrea N. WintersIRS Worker (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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