Choke


1h 32m 2008

Brief Synopsis

Victor Mancini, in an effort to pay for his once radical, now demented mother's expensive care in a private hospital, engages in a brazen scam. While dining in upscale restaurants, he deliberately chokes on his food, allowing himself to be "saved" by good Samaritans who grow so close to him in the

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2008
Production Company
Ross Miller
Distribution Company
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Location
New Jersey, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m

Synopsis

Victor Mancini, in an effort to pay for his once radical, now demented mother's expensive care in a private hospital, engages in a brazen scam. While dining in upscale restaurants, he deliberately chokes on his food, allowing himself to be "saved" by good Samaritans who grow so close to him in the wake of their heroic Heimlich Maneuvers, they lavish him with checks. His day job is no more conventional: he portrays an indentured Irish servant in full 18th Century garb at a historical theme park. And when he isn't busy being a put upon Pilgrim, gagging violently or visiting the mother who doesn't recognize him, Victor is attending sexaholic recovery meetings (or having forbidden encounters in the meeting hall bathroom). It's no wonder Victor feels adrift. But when his declining mother hints that she might be ready to spill the secret identity of his long lost father, Victor hopes it can finally provide the answers he has been searching for. With the help of his fellow sex addict Denny, Victor befriends his mother's alluring young physician, who leads him to believe his origins may be far more shockingly divine that he ever could have imagined. So is Victor Mancini still the no-good loser he has always thought he would be for the rest of his life or could he possibly be some crazy kind of savior.

Crew

Terry Adams

Driver

Reza Amidi

Titles And Opticals

Michael Angelo

Stunts

Steve Baker

Best Boy Grip

Richard M Bartholomay

Location Assistant

Nicholas R Bell

Assistant Director

Justin Bennett

On-Set Dresser

John Benson

Foley Editor

Roshelle Berliner

Production Designer

Joey Bilger

Assistant Sound Editor

Maceo Bishop

Steadicam Operator

Cyndie Boehm

Makeup Artist

Naomi Bombardi-wilson

Art Assistant

David Brenner

On-Set Dresser

Michael Brettler

Location Assistant

Bob Broder

Medic

Chelsea E Bruce

Apprentice

Nicholas Bryan

Office Production Assistant

Christian Buenaventura

Adr Editor

Steve Calitri

Camera Operator

George Campbell

Driver

Robert Carnevale

Best Boy Grip

Danielle Carter

Apprentice

Sungmi Choi

Apprentice

Alex Church

Assistant

Eduardo Cisneros

Film Lab

Wendy Cohen

Product Placement

Diana J Collins

Wardrobe Supervisor

James Conaboy

Set Production Assistant

Brandon T Connelly

On-Set Dresser

Laura Cramer

Apprentice

Daniel Ishi Cruz

Film Lab

Neil Danziger

Boom Operator

Deliana Daskalova

Office Production Assistant

David Davenport

Audio Post-Production

Matteo De Cosmo

Art Director

Chris Defeo

Driver

Beth Dettmore

Location Assistant

Grace Doherty

Location Scout

Matthew Van Doren

Grip

Johnathan Dorfman

Producer

Elizabeth Dran

Costumes

Moosie Drier

Looping Coordinator

Greg Dulli

Song

Marie Durkan

Assistant

Kristen Emery

Scenic Artist

Karen E. Etcoff

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Christine Fennell

Hair Stylist

Temple Fennell

Producer

Shannon Finnerty

Assistant Property Master

Yolan Fisher

Property Master

James Fitzgerald

Set Production Assistant

John Flores

Film Lab

Beau Flynn

Producer

Kevin Flynn

Transportation Captain

Cameron Folan

Assistant Costume Designer

Zoe Ford

Apprentice

Kate Foster

Set Decorator

Will Frank

Assistant

Eleanor Friedberger

Song

Matthew Friedberger

Song

Eddie Frierson

Looping Coordinator

Fiery Furnaces

Song Performer

Corey Gagner

Grip

Eduardo Garabal

Dresser

John Gardiner

Assistant Camera

Albert Gasser

Sound Designer

Eric Gearity

Key Grip

Robert T Gearity

Grip

Christof Gebert

Sound Mixer

Catherine George

Costume Designer

Sarah Gibbins

Post-Production Assistant

Kyle Gilman

Assistant Editor

Lindsay Graham

Casting Associate

John F Green

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Shawn Greene

Gaffer

Colin Greenwood

Song

Jonathan Greenwood

Song

Clark Gregg

Screenplay

Paul Grunke

Grip

Melissa Guimaraes

Dolly Grip

Shannon Hall

Dailies

Dave Hancock

Sound Mixer

Abigail Hansen

Apprentice

Thalia Harithas

Assistant Production Coordinator

Heather Harper

Song Performer

William Harris

Song

Aiko Hasegawa

Song Performer

Aiko Hasegawa

Song

Richard Hebrank

Construction Coordinator

Alex Hernandez

Film Lab

Chris Hernandez

Grip

Tony Hernandez

Unit Production Manager

Tim Heugele

Software Engineer

Bridget Hoffman

Looping Coordinator

Michael L Holland

Visual Effects Producer

Smokey Hormel

Song

Smokey Hormel

Song Performer

Joshua Huffman

Production Coordinator

Lyle Hysen

Music Supervisor

Joe Ireland

Apprentice

John C Jackson

Construction

Maribina Jaimes

Looping Coordinator

Tamara Johnson

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Ms. Tyree Jones

Song Performer

Boryan Jovanovich

Assistant Director

Dr. Louis Katz

Medic

Kirsten Kearse

Script Supervisor

Christopher T Keenan

Grip

Jim Kelly

Transportation Co-Captain

Suzanne Kelly

Set Costumer

Meg Kettell

Assistant Camera

Joe Klotz

Editor

Benjamin Kweller

Song Performer

Benjamin Kweller

Song

Bob Lacivita

Adr Mixer

Nathan Larson

Music Composer

Dan Lasik

Caterer

Mia Lee

Associate Producer

Mia Lee

Associate Producer

Jojo Li

Graphics

Kevin Lomet

Software Engineer

Anne Lopez

Film Lab

Jenny Lovin

Assistant Production Accountant

Peter Madamba

Rights & Clearances

Joan Malloch

Post-Production Coordinator

Paul Michael Marini

Stunts

Luke Marion

Set Production Assistant

Keith Marlin

Set Production Assistant

Albino Marsetti

Camera Operator

Laura Martinez

Assistant

Laurie May

Associate Producer

Linette Mccoun

On-Set Dresser

Ed Mccoy

Song

Seane Mcfarland

Technical Advisor

James Mcfayden

Grip

Charles Mckenna

Hair Stylist

Matthew Mendelson

Swing

Jessica Miglio

Photography

Melissa B. Miller

Art Department Coordinator

Ross Miller

Production Insurance

Alap Momin

Song Performer

Alap Momin

Song

Wallace Mosley

Driver

Kimberly Shannon Murphy

Stunts

Paul Myers

Accounting Assistant

Robb Navrides

Adr Editor

Claire Newlands

Apprentice

Jeff Niggemeyer

Generator Operator

Jessye Norman

Song Performer

Edward O'brien

Song

Colin Oberschmidt

Swing

David Occhino

Assistant Location Manager

Tim Orr

Director Of Photography

Elizabeth Ostermann

Film Lab

Alec Ounsworth

Song

Chuck Palahniuk

Source Material

Stacey Panepinto

Makeup Artist

Darin Patterson

Art Assistant

Matthew Pebler

Loader

Bryan Pennington

Consultant

Fletcher Perry

Grip

David Phillip

Coordinator

Jorge Pina

Caterer

John Portnoy

Post-Production Supervisor

John Portnoy

Titles

Chris Potter

On-Set Dresser

Ian Pratt

Grip

Craig Pressgrove

Assistant Camera

Kevin Raper

Graphics

Griffin Richardson

Sound Mixer

Michelle Ruff

Looping Coordinator

Brendan Russell

On-Set Dresser

Mike S Ryan

Executive Producer

Benjamin Salley

Swing

Elliot Santiago

Stunts

Maher Sattar

Apprentice

Gandhar Savur

Rights & Clearances

Paul Schnee

Casting Associate

Leo Schott

Grip

Jonathan Schwartz

Apprentice

Ira Schweitzer

Colorist

Jay Scrimizzi

Location Assistant

Rene Sekula

Props Assistant

Philip James Selway

Song

Luke Sherman

Set Production Assistant

Max Sherwood

Dresser

Georgia Simon

Looping Coordinator

Georgia Simon

Adr Voice Casting

Manny Siverio

Stunt Coordinator

John Skidmore

Production Secretary

Duncan Skiles

Post-Production Assistant

Suzanne Smith

Casting Director

Mark Sonderskov

Construction Coordinator

Skip Stellrecht

Looping Coordinator

Steve Stuhr

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Richard Taylor

Supervising Sound Editor

Sean Taylor

Best Boy Electric

Anthony Torre

Caterer

Samantha Treiber

Set Production Assistant

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2008
Production Company
Ross Miller
Distribution Company
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Location
New Jersey, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Work by an Ensemble Cast at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

Limited Release in United States September 26, 2008

Released in United States 2008

Released in United States August 2008

Released in United States Fall September 26, 2008

Released in United States January 2008

Released in United States June 2008

Released in United States March 2008

Released in United States on Video February 17, 2009

Shown at CineVegas Film Festival (Sure Bets) June 12-21, 2008.

Shown at Locarno International Film Festival (Piazza Grande) August 6-16, 2008.

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) May 22-June 15, 2008.

Shown at South by Southwest Film Festival (Spotlight Premieres) March 7-15, 2008.

Based on the novel "Choke" by Chuck Palahniuk; published by Doubleday May 2001.

Previously in development at Bandeira Entertainment and Firm Films.

Feature directorial debut for Clark Gregg.

Fox Searchlight acquired North American and most worldwide territory rights at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival for a reported sum of $5 million.

Released in United States 2008 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) May 22-June 15, 2008.)

Released in United States January 2008 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Dramatic Competition) January 17-27, 2008.)

Released in United States on Video February 17, 2009

Released in United States March 2008 (Shown at South by Southwest Film Festival (Spotlight Premieres) March 7-15, 2008.)

Released in United States June 2008 (Shown at CineVegas Film Festival (Sure Bets) June 12-21, 2008.)

Released in United States August 2008 (Shown at Locarno International Film Festival (Piazza Grande) August 6-16, 2008.)

Limited Release in United States September 26, 2008

Released in United States Fall September 26, 2008