A Serious Man


1h 45m 2009

Brief Synopsis

The story of an ordinary man's search for clarity in a universe where Jefferson Airplane is on the radio and F-Troop is on TV. It is 1967, and Larry Gopnik, a physics professor at a quiet Midwestern university, has just been informed by his wife Judith that she is leaving him. She has fallen in love

Film Details

Also Known As
Serious Man, The
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2009
Distribution Company
Focus Features
Location
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m

Synopsis

The story of an ordinary man's search for clarity in a universe where Jefferson Airplane is on the radio and F-Troop is on TV. It is 1967, and Larry Gopnik, a physics professor at a quiet Midwestern university, has just been informed by his wife Judith that she is leaving him. She has fallen in love with one of his more pompous acquaintances, Sy Ableman, who seems to her a more substantial person than the feckless Larry. Larry's unemployable brother Arthur is sleeping on the couch, his son Danny is a discipline problem and a shirker at Hebrew school, and his daughter Sarah is filching money from his wallet in order to save up for a nose job. While his wife and Sy Ableman blithely make new domestic arrangements, and his brother becomes more and more of a burden, an anonymous hostile letter-writer is trying to sabotage Larry's chances for tenure at the university. Also, a graduate student seems to be trying to bribe him for a passing grade while at the same time threatening to sue him for defamation. Plus, the beautiful woman next door torments him by sunbathing nude. Struggling for equilibrium, Larry seeks advice from three different rabbis. Can anyone help him cope with his afflictions and become a righteous person--a mensch--a serious man?

Crew

Jan E Adams

Tailor

Tristan Allen

Rigging Grip

Carolyn J Anderson

Driver

Curtis W Anderson

Driver

J. Todd Anderson

Illustrator

Larz Anderson

Special Effects Coordinator

Richard Anderson

Transportation Co-Captain

Steve Anderson

Construction Coordinator

Paul Applebaum

Song

Frida Aradottir

Hair

Michael Arnold

Coordinator

Oliver Arnold

Cg Supervisor

Maria Baker

Set Designer

Jessica Bakke

Rotoscope Animator

Michael Bakri

Driver

Marty Balin

Song

Randall Balsmeyer

Titles

Kris Barberg

Assistant Production Coordinator

Cassandra Barbour

Rights & Clearances

Phil Barrie

Assistant Sound Editor

Shannon Bart

Production Secretary

Kati Batchelder

Extras Casting Assistant

Benjamin Bayne

Gang Boss

Colleen Beach

Office Production Assistant

Sidor Belarsky

Song Performer

Chris Benson

Sound

Craig Berkey

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Craig Berkey

Sound Designer

Tim Bevan

Executive Producer

Andrea Bias

Office Production Assistant

Tyson Bidner

Location Manager

Jon Kjartan Bjornson

Driver

Jean Black

Makeup

Zana Bochar

Apprentice Editor

Dennis J. Braun

Driver

Jill Broadfoot

Props Buyer

Megan Brown

Accounting Assistant

Andy Burmeister

Digital Effects Artist

Virginia Burton

Costume Supervisor

Carter Burwell

Music

Carter Burwell

Original Music

Carrie Bush

Set Production Assistant

John C Cameron

Assistant Property Master

Alexandre Cancado

Digital Effects Artist

Paul Candrilli

Best Boy Grip

Michael Cashore

Digital Effects Artist

John Cassella Jr.

Digital Effects Artist

John A Champion

Props

Ellen Chenoweth

Casting Director

Johnna Chism

Assistant Sound Editor

Vincent Cirelli

Visual Effects Supervisor

Stephen Clarke

Set Production Assistant

Peter Clemence

Rigging Grip

Chris Cloud

Location Assistant

Buster Jacob Coen

Editorial Production Assistant

Ethan Coen

Editor

Ethan Coen

Producer

Ethan Coen

Screenplay

Joel Coen

Producer

Joel Coen

Editor

Joel Coen

Screenplay

Edward Cohen

Electrician

J. John Corbett

Digital Effects Artist

Marko Costanzo

Foley Artist

Roger Deakins

Dp/Cinematographer

Roger Deakins

Director Of Photography

Paul Deely

Special Effects Foreman

Lori Delapp

Costume Supervisor

Adam Delisi

Stand-In

Debbie Delisi

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Bac Delorme

Assistant Director

Kat Donahue

Assistant Location Manager

Chloe Dorigan

Assistant

Joel Dougherty

Foley Editor

Danny Downey

Stunts

David Dustin

Medic

Jenny Eagan

Assistant Costume Designer

Guy Eckert

Driver

Mark Edmo

Props

Matt Erkel

Props

Nikki Fallenstein

Set Costumer

Catherine Farrell

Post-Production Supervisor

Faith Farrell

Scenic Artist

James E Farrell

Rigging Grip

Michael Farrow

Music Scoring Mixer

Eric Fellner

Executive Producer

Tony Finno

Music

Mary K Flaa

Makeup

Windy Fleischaker

Scenic Artist

Tom Franchett

Rigging Gaffer

David Franicola

Props

Garrett Fulton

Props

Emma Gaffney

Assistant Editor

Rachael Gallaghan

Production Coordinator

Joseph Gallup

Grip

Andrew Garski

Driver

Kristopher W Gensmer

Medic

Kurt W Gensmer

Medic

Karen Ruth Getchell

Production Supervisor

William Gillespie

Driver

Jess Gonchor

Production Designer

Katie Goodwin

Visual Effects

Robert Graf

Unit Production Manager

Robert Graf

Executive Producer

Anthony Grant

Matte Painter

Bradley G Grasser

Props

Aaron Greenwood

Extras Casting Assistant

Steve Griffith

Visual Effects Producer

Joseph Grimaldi

Best Boy Electric

Wayne Grimsrud

Scenic Artist

Andrew Gustafson

Painter

Jennifer Gutierrez

Digital Effects Artist

Cate Hahneman

Art Department

Nancy Haigh

Set Decorator

Donavan M Hake

Construction

Bruce Hamme

Dolly Grip

Patrick Hammer

Other

Craig Hanson

Electrician

Mark Har

Location Scout

Andy Harris

Assistant Camera

Jacob Harris

Rotoscope Animator

Kemper Harris

Greensman

David K Hartman

Props

Michael Hatzer

Colorist

Eric Helmin

Art Department

Kelly Rae Hemenway

Construction

Jimi Hendrix

Song

Jimi Hendrix

Song Performer

Jery Hewitt

Stunt Coordinator

David Hickey

Accountant

Gregory L Hill

Graphic Designer

Luther Hill

Painter

Steven Hintz

Props

Travis Hottinger

Electrician

Drew P Houpt

Office Production Assistant

Eric Howell

Stunts

Anne Hyvarinen

Scenic Artist

Steven Jacobson

Rigging Electrician

Kenton Jakub

Adr Editor

Sondra James

Voice Casting

Roderick Jaynes

Editor

Roderick Jaynes

Screenplay

Roderick Jaynes

Producer

Jefferson Airplane

Song Performer

Deborah Jensen

Art Director

Deanna L Johnson

Hair Stylist

Justin Johnson

Visual Effects Supervisor

Randy Johnson

Boom Operator

Thomas R Johnston

Script Supervisor

Scott Jolstad

Grip

Matt Joyer

Swing Gang

Maria Juranic

Camera

Paul Kantner

Song

Kevin Karpinski

Electrician

Todd Kasow

Music Editor

Timothy S Kennedy

Driver

Paul Kenney

Accounting Assistant

Stephen Kenney

Driver

Ivan Kerum

Caterer

Mara Kerum

Caterer

Frank Ketchum

Driver

Anthony P Kettner

Driver

Jim Kindt

Greensman

Eugene Kisch

Driver

Cole Koehler

Loader

Brian Koehn

Props

Sarah Kruchowski

Swing Gang

Ben Krueger

Set Production Assistant

Cheryl Kurk

Production Accountant

Lisa Kurk

Accountant

Cynthia Kurkowski

Tailor

Peter Kurland

Sound Mixer

George Lara

Foley Mixer

Corrine Larson

Key Costumer

William Lava

Song

Ken Lebre

Dailies

Scott Lecy

Driver

Joan Lee

Costumes

Skip Lievsay

Supervising Sound Editor

Skip Lievsay

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Mitch Lillian

Key Grip

Michael Lindquist

Assistant Camera

Janet Lobberecht

Gang Boss

Troy Lochner

Office Production Assistant

Jason Locke

Digital Effects Artist

George Lundquist

Driver

Jennifer Luther

Accounting Assistant

Betsy Magruder

Assistant Director

James A. Mahathey

Transportation

Chris Malone

Rigging Electrician

Nikki Martin

Craft Service

David Mathiason

Craft Service

Quentin Matthys

Swing Gang

Sahm Mcglynn

Production Assistant

Kelly Mcmahon

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Katharine Mcquerrey

Associate Editor

Carrie Messina

Makeup Artist

Kai Miller

Assistant

Jarrette Moats

Art Department Coordinator

Jean-pierre Molina

Driver

Film Details

Also Known As
Serious Man, The
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2009
Distribution Company
Focus Features
Location
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 2009 award for Best Cinematography by the San Francisco Film Critics Circle (SFFCC).

Winner of the 2009 award for Best Original Screenplay by the National Board of Review (NBR).

Winner of the 2009 award for Best Screenplay by the Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC).

Winner of the 2009 Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical (Michael Stuhlbarg) by the International Press Academy (IPA).

Winner of two 2009 Spirit Awards including the Robert Altman Award and Best Cinematography; also nominated for Best Director by Film Independent (FIND).

Limited Release in United States October 2, 2009

Released in United States Fall October 2, 2009

Released in United States on Video February 9, 2010

Released in United States October 2009

Shown at London Film Festival (Galas & Special Screenings) October 14-29, 2009.

Shown at Rome International Film Festival (Official Selection Out of Competition - Preview) October 15-23, 2009.

Limited Release in United States October 2, 2009 (Minneapolis, NY, LA)

Released in United States Fall October 2, 2009

Released in United States on Video February 9, 2010

Released in United States October 2009 (Shown at London Film Festival (Galas & Special Screenings) October 14-29, 2009.)

Released in United States October 2009 (Shown at Rome International Film Festival (Official Selection Out of Competition - Preview) October 15-23, 2009.)

Voted one of the 10 best films of 2009 by the American Film Institute (AFI).