Marvin's Room


1h 38m 1996

Brief Synopsis

Years ago, the fiercely independent Lee took off for Ohio, while her older sister Bessie returned to the family's Florida home to look after their bedridden father Marvin and his lovably child-like sister Ruth. In Bessie's words, Marvin has been dying slowly for the past twenty years... just to make

Film Details

Also Known As
Marvins döttrar, Simples secrets
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
MIRAMAX
Location
Orlando, Florida, USA; Kaufman Astoria Studios, Astoria, New York, USA; New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m

Synopsis

Years ago, the fiercely independent Lee took off for Ohio, while her older sister Bessie returned to the family's Florida home to look after their bedridden father Marvin and his lovably child-like sister Ruth. In Bessie's words, Marvin has been dying slowly for the past twenty years... just to make sure she doesn't miss anything. But after a talk with Dr. Wally, Bessie realizes that the family caregiver needs a little loving herself. Lee, on the other hand, has troubles of her own--starting with her mischievous son Hank, who has a knack for burning down the neighborhood when she's not looking. It's been seventeen years since her last visit, but after an unexpected call from Bessie, Lee's packing up Hank and his younger brother Charlie for the trip home. After years apart and a lifetime of differences, Lee, Bessie and the whole family are about to discover that after nearly 20 years apart, it is still possible to start fresh.

Crew

Noah Ackerman

Assistant

Tom Alberts

Wardrobe Supervisor

Tom Allen

Other

Tom Allen

Property Master

Jeff Atmajian

Original Music

Melanie Baker

Other

Antony Baldasare

On-Set Dresser

Stanton Barrett

Stunts

Michael Barry

Rerecording

Chandra Beard

Music Supervisor

Laura Berning

Location Assistant

Ken Bichel

Other

Paul Blake

Stunts

John Bloom

Special Thanks To

Tod Scott Brody

Executive Producer

Robert Brown

Driver

Mike Buckman

Driver

Laurie Buehler

Wardrobe

Michael J Burke

Electrician

Ronald J. Burke

Grip

Diana E Burton

Assistant Property Master

Marilyn Carbone

Hair

Tim J Carroll

Consultant

Phillip V Caruso

Photography

Robin Chambers

Assistant

James Clark

Film Editor

Raymond Collins

Camera Trainee

Oj Connell Iii

Other

Brendan Connolly

Driver

Bob Connors

Electrician

Ken Connors

Lighting

Wenco Corporation

Sound

Dr. Tony Costanzo

Medic

Alan D'angerio

Hairdresser

Douglas Dalisera

Electrician

Robert De Niro

Producer

Bob Dillon

Carpenter

Antoine L. Douaihy

Location Manager

Tracey A Doyle

Set Decorator

Jennifer Dunnington

Sound Editor

Patricia Eiben

Wardrobe Supervisor

Stuart Emanuel

Dialogue Editor

Russ Engels

Lighting Technician

Sylvia Fay

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Frank Ferrara

Stunt Coordinator

Ralph Ferrara

Stunts

Christina Fetters

Stunts

Ashley Fierman

Assistant

James Flato

Music Editor

John Ford

Grip

Jennifer Freed

Post-Production Accountant

Craig Gering

Associate Producer

Laura Gillen

Other

Don Glenn

Grip

Dennis Green

Other

David Gropman

Production Designer

John Guare

Associate Producer

John Guare

Screenplay

Robert S Hahn

Camera Operator

Joanna Hartell

Construction

Dan Harvey

Consultant

Annie Haywood

Other

Wendy Hedin

Sound Editor

J. Roy Helland

Hair

Ilona Herman

Hair

Brian Hogan

Driver

Sean Huff

Music

Candice Johnson

Apprentice

Ray Karpicki

Foley Editor

Dan Kenney

Props Assistant

Michael Kosarin

Music Conductor

Gordon Krause

Foreman

Kathy Lacommare

Assistant Editor

Candy Langan

Assistant

George Lara

Foley Mixer

Nancy Lefkowitz

Assistant

Lisa J Levine

Adr Editor

Jay Levy

Assistant Camera Operator

Jesse Levy

Soloist

Dan Lieberstein

Music Editor

Mark Livolsi

Assistant Editor

Jane Long

Assistant

Miguel Lopez-castillo

Other

David Lowry

Dolly Grip

Jerry Lowry

Grip

Rick Marroquin

Grip

Brick Mason

Storyboard Artist

Jeffrey D Mcdonald

Assistant Art Director

Ian Mcgloin

Assistant

Kent Mcgrew

Color Timer

Scott Mcpherson

Play As Source Material

Scott Mcpherson

Screenplay

Peter Mian

Video Playback

Danny Michael

Sound Mixer

John Miller

Music Contractor

Nicholas R. Miller

Construction Coordinator

Kim Miscia

Casting Associate

Monique Mitchell

Key Grip

Rhonda Moscoe

Art Department Coordinator

Ed Nardon

Projectionist

Chris Norr

Assistant Camera Operator

Anne O'brien

Apprentice

Angela Organ

Assistant Sound Editor

Lisa Padovani

Assistant

Bonnie Palef

Coproducer

Jack Pannucio

Grip

Noelle Penraat

Negative Cutting

Rachel Portman

Music

Rachel Portman

Original Music

Thomas J. Prate

Grip

Anne Rapp

Script Supervisor

Malcolm Reid

Carpenter

John Richards

Music

Peter Rogness

Art Director

Jane Rosenthal

Producer

Mark Roybal

Assistant

Dr. Arnold Rubin

Special Thanks To

Scott Rudin

Producer

Suzanne Santry

Assistant

Andrew Schmetterling

Boom Operator

Robert W Schmitt

Grip

Adam Schroeder

Coproducer

Ellen H. Schwartz

Assistant Director

Tim Shannon

Other

Michael Shore

Dialogue Editor

Mark Simon

On-Set Dresser

Steven Simons

Foley Mixer

Beatrice Sisul

Apprentice

John W. Snow

Other

Piotr Sobocinski

Dp/Cinematographer

Piotr Sobocinski

Director Of Photography

John Sosnovsky

Apprentice

Mitchel Stanley

Assistant Editor

Tony Stanton

Music

Ilene Starger

Casting

Lori Steinberg

Executive Producer

Debra Tennenbaum

Assistant Costume Designer

Joe Trammell

Other

Melissa Unger

Assistant

Antonia Van Drimmelen

Special Thanks To

Brian Vancho

Foley

Dave Venhgaus

Assistant Director

Chrisann Verges

Production Supervisor

Debra Victoroff

Assistant Editor

Magdaline Volaitis

Dialogue Editor

Peter Von Bartheld

On-Set Dresser

Jim Walsh

Rigging Electrician

Allen Weisinger

Makeup Artist

Julie Weiss

Costume Designer

John Werner

Apprentice

Francis Whalen

Driver

James Whalen

Transportation Captain

Belinda Whitney-baratt

Other

David Wisnievitz

Production Manager

David Wisnievitz

Coproducer

Todd Zonkger

Lighting

Film Details

Also Known As
Marvins döttrar, Simples secrets
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
MIRAMAX
Location
Orlando, Florida, USA; Kaufman Astoria Studios, Astoria, New York, USA; New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m

Award Nominations

Best Actress

1996
Diane Keaton

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States December 18, 1996

Released in United States Winter December 25, 1996

Expanded Release in United States January 10, 1997

Wide Release in United States February 28, 1997

Released in United States on Video June 10, 1997

Released in United States 1996

Released in United States February 1997

Released in United States July 1997

Shown at American Film Market (AFM) in Los Angeles February 29 - March 8, 1996.

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Berlin Panorama) February 13-24, 1997.

Shown at Moscow International Film Festival July 19-29, 1997.

Playwright Scott McPherson had already completed an early draft of the screenplay for "Marvin's Room" when he died in November 1992 due to complications resulting from AIDS. McPherson's play was originally produced at Chicago's Goodman Theater during the 1989-90 season. It opened Off Broadway at Playwrights Horizons and, following a sold-out run, switched to the Minetta Lane Theater. "Marvin's Room" was named Best Play by the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle for the 1991-92 season.

Feature directorial debut for Tony Award-winning director Jerry Zaks.

Completed shooting October 28, 1995.

Began shooting August 14, 1995.

Released in United States December 18, 1996 (New York City and Los Angeles)

Released in United States Winter December 25, 1996

Expanded Release in United States January 10, 1997

Wide Release in United States February 28, 1997

Released in United States on Video June 10, 1997

Released in United States 1996 (Shown at American Film Market (AFM) in Los Angeles February 29 - March 8, 1996.)

Winner of the Grand Prize at the 1997 Moscow Film Festival.

Released in United States February 1997 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Berlin Panorama) February 13-24, 1997.)

Released in United States July 1997 (Shown at Moscow International Film Festival July 19-29, 1997.)