Stranger Than Fiction


1h 53m 2006

Brief Synopsis

One morning, a seemingly average and generally solitary IRS agent named Harold Crick begins to hear a female voice narrating his every action, thought and feeling in alarmingly precise detail. Harold's carefully controlled life is turned upside down by this narration only he can hear, and when the v

Film Details

Also Known As
L' incroyable destin de Harold Crick, incroyable destin de Harold Crick
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2006
Production Company
Ronald L Wright
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Releasing
Location
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 53m

Synopsis

One morning, a seemingly average and generally solitary IRS agent named Harold Crick begins to hear a female voice narrating his every action, thought and feeling in alarmingly precise detail. Harold's carefully controlled life is turned upside down by this narration only he can hear, and when the voice declares that Harold Crick is facing imminent death, he realizes he must find out who is writing his story and persuade her to change the ending. The voice in Harold's head turns out to be the once celebrated, but now nearly forgotten, novelist Karen "Kay" Eiffel, who is struggling to find an ending for what might be her best book. Her only remaining challenge is to figure out a way to kill her main character, but little does she know that Harold Crick is alive and well and inexplicably aware of her words and her plans for him. To make matters worse, Kay's publisher has dispatched a hard-nosed "assistant," Penny Escher, to force Kay to finish her novel and finish off Harold Crick. Desperate to take control of his destiny and avoid an untimely demise, Harold seeks help from a literary theorist named Jules Hilbert, who suggests that Harold might be able to change his fate by turning his story from a tragedy into a comedy. Professor Hilbert suggests that Harold try to follow one of comedy's most elemental formulas: a love story between two people who hate each other. His suggestion leads Harold to initiate an unlikely romance with a free-spirited baker named Ana Pascal. As Harold experiences true love and true life for the first time, he becomes convinced that he has escaped his fate, as his story seems to be taking on all the trappings of a comedy in which he will not, and cannot, die. But Harold is unaware that in a Karen Eiffel tragedy, the lead characters always die at exactly the moment when they have the most to live for.

Crew

Alicia Accardo

Script Supervisor

Bruce Ahlfeld

Carpenter

Nino Aldi

Set Production Assistant

Krista Allain

Visual Effects

Mark Almasi

Carpenter

Kate Amer

Production Coordinator

Faires K Anderson

Camera Operator

Mike Andrews

Song

Mike Andrews

Song Performer

Stephen Andrzejewski

Location Manager

Artin Aryaei

Digital Effects Artist

Stéphane Audit

Other

Louise Baker

Digital Effects Artist

Peter Bankins

Property Master

Adrian Banton

Digital Effects Artist

Michael Barcal

Production

Jane Bard

Craft Service

Sarah Barker

Visual Effects Editor

Dave Bartholomew

Electrician

Frank Battaglia

Carpenter

Anthony C Belmonte

Driver

Danny Bergeron

Other

Sam Bertone

Best Boy

Sonia Bhalla

Assistant Director

Michael Bianchi

Production

Paul Birkett

Rotoscope Animator

Lawanda Black

Assistant

Paul Bode

Assistant Camera

Andrea Bonetto

Production Assistant

Carole Bouchard

Visual Effects Producer

Jean Boucher

Visual Effects

Russ Bowers

Software Engineer

Kevin P. Boyd

Video Assist/Playback

Kevin P. Boyd

Film Lab

Ben Brammeier

Set Production Assistant

Michael Bremer

Driver

Michael Brogato

Carpenter

Gretchen Brown

Assistant Location Manager

Nik Brownlee

Rotoscope Animator

Robin Bursey

Loader

Michael L Butkovich

Other

Alex Cacciarelli

Video Assist/Playback

Harold R. Caldwell

Accounting Assistant

Joseph Calomino

Generator Operator

Frank P Calzavara

Stunts

Jason Camp

Location Assistant

Salvatore Cangelosi

Production

John Cannon

Assistant Sound Editor

Alex Capaldi

Office Production Assistant

K. C. Capek

Camera Assistant

Joe Cappelletti

Adr

Laverne Caracuzzi-milazzo

Makeup Artist

Matt Carlson

Caterer

Nick Carranza

Office Assistant

Kris Carson

Digital Effects Artist

Mark Castelaz

Electrician

Eddy Chan

Cgi Artist

Matt Chessé

Editor

Jimmy Chin

Production

Victor W Chin

Production

Jinyi Chong

Assistant

Martin Ciastko

Digital Effects Artist

Helmer Claesson

Foreman

Johnathan Clark

Camera

Chris Cline

Special Effects

Wendy Cohen

Product Placement

Sonny Arthur Coleman

Grip

Christopher M Collar

Grip

Claire Connelly

Costume Coordinator

Joseph P Connelly

Rigging Grip

Judy Cook

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Lizzie Cook

Set Costumer

Dayne Cowan

Cg Supervisor

Etienne Daigle

Digital Effects

Frank D Dambra

Other

Frank D Dambra

Scenic Artist

Chris Dame

Head Stage Technician

Britt Daniel

Original Music

Britt Daniel

Song

Tobiasz Daszkiewicz

Stunts

Angela De Palma

Visual Effects

Deborah Dee

Hair

Charles Del Greco

Swing Gang

Dimitri Delacovias

Matte Painter

Jocleyn Delk

Extras Casting Assistant

Robert Deschane

Adr Mixer

Tanja Deshida

Art Department

Mark Desimone

Other

Philippe Desiront

Digital Effects Artist

Louis Desrochers

Cgi Artist

Gus Dimas

Production

George Disalvo

Special Effects Assistant

James Disantis

Construction

Thai Son Doan

Digital Effects Artist

Lindsay Doran

Producer

Joe Drake

Executive Producer

Kathleen Driscoll-mohler

Casting

Danny Duchesneau

Digital Effects Artist

James Duffy

Driver

Steven Dufour

Props Assistant

Peter Dydo

Digital Effects Artist

Mikey Eberle

Set Production Assistant

Jessica Elbaum

Assistant

Sara Ellingen

Production Secretary

Casey Engelhardt

Assistant

Edward England

Carpenter

Tracy Estes

Best Boy Electric

Bob Faison

Camera Assistant

Jon Fallon

Production Assistant

Jon Fallon

Dialogue Editor

Anthony Joseph Fatigato

Other

Chris Fedunok

Crane Grip

Eddie Fernandez

Stunts

James Fierro

Stunts

Aaron Fitzgerald

Set Production Assistant

Frank Fleming

Costume Designer

Jose Angel Valencia Flores

Caterer

Tarn Fox

Digital Effects Artist

Ron Frankel

Digital Effects Artist

Chris Freres

Best Boy

John Friday

Rigging Gaffer

Lisa Frucht

Assistant Costume Designer

Clint Gage

Post-Production Assistant

Tom Gagnon

Swing Gang

Joe Gajewski

Crane Grip

Katie Gajewski

Art Assistant

Zachary Gannaway

Camera Operator

Alejandro Garcia

Head Stage Technician

Tommy Garcia

Best Boy Grip

Richard Gariepy

Production Accountant

James H Garthe

Driver

Matt Gaumer

Assistant Camera

Walter Gaynor

Craft Service

Mohammad Ghorbankarimi

Visual Effects Supervisor

Michael D. Gianneschi

Props Assistant

Agnes M Gibicar

Hair

Raymond Gieringer

Visual Effects Supervisor

Robin Gonsalves

Editorial Production Assistant

Robin Gonsalves

Assistant

Michelle Gonsiorek

Set Production Assistant

Anthony Gonzalez

Song Performer

Anthony Gonzalez

Song

Charles Granger

Digital Effects Artist

Chloe Grysole

Visual Effects Producer

Matt Gulley

Camera Assistant

Sergio Gutierrez

Dolly Grip

Phil Gutowsky

Production

Andy Hague

Visual Effects Editor

P.j. Haines

Other

Timothy S Hale

Electrician

Ben Hammer

Caterer

Gunnar Hansen

Visual Effects Supervisor

Meinert Hansen

Character Designer

Ryan Hansen

Special Effects Assistant

Kristin Hanson

Art Department

Gary Happ

Carpenter

Nathan Hardcastle

Transportation

Chris Harding

Craft Service

Mark Harper

Stunts

Cicely Harris

Extras Casting Assistant

Geno Hart

Transportation Coordinator

Michael Hatton

Visual Effects

Kevin Tod Haug

Visual Effects Designer

Mark Hayes

Other

Zach Helm

Screenplay

Aubrey Henderson

Coproducer

Mo Henry

Negative Cutter

Rory Herbster

Electrician

Michel Heroux

Visual Effects Producer

Jim Hogan

Transportation Coordinator

Michael T Hohe

Carpenter

Kevin Holmes

Caterer

Jesse Homan

Grip

Konstantin Hristozov

Compositing Supervisor

Chris Hudecek

Rigging Electrician

Martin L. Hudson

Assistant Location Manager

Anthony Hulgev

Electrician

Kirk Huston

Transportation Captain

Christian Irles

Cg Supervisor

Roy Irwin

Medic

Craig Jackson

Art Director

Kori Jacobson

Caterer

Stephen James

Rotoscope Animator

Jack Jennings

Special Effects

Charles Jimenez

Rigging Grip

Timothy Jipping

Grip

Lester Johnson

Other

Paula Kaatz

Wardrobe Supervisor

Pete Kaczmar

Production

Nathan Kahane

Executive Producer

Susan Kaip

Other

Brian Kalata

Assistant Location Manager

Rosa Yang Kato

Assistant Location Manager

Kenn Kaye

Accountant

Sarah Kayser

Location Assistant

John P Kenny

Construction

Kathleen Kenny

Other

Kevin Kenny

Carpenter

Kevin M Kenny

Carpenter

Will Kenny

Carpenter

Film Details

Also Known As
L' incroyable destin de Harold Crick, incroyable destin de Harold Crick
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2006
Production Company
Ronald L Wright
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Releasing
Location
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 53m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 2006 award for Best Original Screenplay by the National Board of Review (NBR).

Released in United States Fall November 10, 2006

Released in United States on Video February 27, 2007

Released in United States 2006

Shown at London Film Festival (Sky Movies Gala) October 18-November 2, 2006.

Zach Helm previously attached to direct.

Released in United States Fall November 10, 2006

Released in United States on Video February 27, 2007

Released in United States 2006 (Shown at London Film Festival (Sky Movies Gala) October 18-November 2, 2006.)