Whatever Works


1h 32m 2009

Brief Synopsis

After the failure of his career, his marriage, and his suicide attempt, world-class grouch Boris Yellnikoff, spends his days insulting the small children unfortunate enough to study chess with him and irritating his still-loyal friends with his never-ending tirades about the worthlessness of absolut

Film Details

Also Known As
Untitled (Woody Allen Romantic Comedy Project)
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Romantic Comedy
Release Date
2009
Production Company
Laura Comerford
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics
Location
Queens, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m

Synopsis

After the failure of his career, his marriage, and his suicide attempt, world-class grouch Boris Yellnikoff, spends his days insulting the small children unfortunate enough to study chess with him and irritating his still-loyal friends with his never-ending tirades about the worthlessness of absolutely everything. A former Columbia Professor and self-proclaimed genius who came close to winning a Nobel Prize for Quantum Mechanics, Boris fancies himself the only one who fully comprehends the meaningless of all human aspirations, and the pitch-black chaos of the universe. As he readily admits, Boris is not a "feel-good person."

Crew

Deborah Alexander

Assistant

Woody Allen

Screenplay

Gary Alper

Sound Mixer

Letty Aronson

Producer

Abby Bailey

Assistant Production Accountant

Randall Balsmeyer

Visual Effects Supervisor

Matt Balzarini

Assistant Camera

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Song

Suzy Benzinger

Costume Designer

Dana Bloder

Film Lab

Luiz Bonfa

Song

Joshua Book

Production Assistant

Adriano Brunatto

Loader

Kenneth Brzozowksi

Carpenter

Kent Buchanaon

Song Performer

Kent Buchanaon

Song

Pete Bucossi

Stunt Coordinator

Charlie Byrd

Song Performer

Giorgio Calabrese

Song

John Canavan

Transportation Co-Captain

Greg Canicio

Best Boy Grip

Joel Carucci

Key Rigging Grip

Brahim Chioua

Executive Producer

Ellen Christiansen

Set Decorator

Danajean Cicerchi

Costume Supervisor

Terry Claborn

Color Timer

Ryan Collison

Sound Engineer

Laura Comerford

Production Insurance

J. John Corbett

Compositing Supervisor

Henry Creamer

Song

Douglas Dalisera

Rigging Electrician

Linda Melo Danzo

Makeup Artist

Larry David

Song Performer

Lee Dichter

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Kathleen Dolan

Assistant Property Master

Leo Driver

Coordinator

Angela Maria Engelman

Song

Angela Maria Engelman

Song Performer

Russ Engels

Gaffer

Karen E. Etcoff

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Robert Fama

Hair Stylist

Alice Farrell

Casting Director

Jeff Fender

Costumes

Jimmy Finnerty

Key Grip

Peter Fonda

Boom Operator

Maribeth Fox

Casting Associate

Red Garland

Song Performer

Stan Getz

Song Performer

Virginia Gifford

Scenic Artist

Jackie Gleason

Song Performer

Eric Goodwin

Production Assistant

James Granger

Art Department

Matt Haasch

Foley Editor

Robert Hein

Supervising Sound Editor

Mo Henry

Negative Cutter

Don Hewitt

Stunt Double

Mildred Hill

Song

Patty Hill

Song

Dick Hyman

Song Performer

Kate Rose Itzkowitz

Assistant Editor

Antonio Carlos Jobim

Song

Charles H. Joffe

Co-Executive Producer

James P Johnson

Song

Adrianne Jorge

Projectionist

Bert Kalmar

Song

Richard Kerekes

Dolly Grip

Heinz Kiessling

Song Performer

Heinz Kiessling

Song

Elizabeth Klenk

Assistant Location Manager

Thomas Kodros

Consultant

Scott Kordish

Production Coordinator

Beth Kuhn

Assistant Art Director

Alisa Lepselter

Editor

James Lesage

Set Production Assistant

Jessica Lichtner

Script Supervisor

Glenn Lloyd

Art Department Coordinator

Frank Loesser

Song

Santo Loquasto

Production Designer

Pietro Lorino

Post-Production Accountant

Gine Lui

Location Scout

James Mah

Best Boy Electric

Dan Majkut

Dga Trainee

Vincent Maraval

Executive Producer

Groucho Marx

Song Performer

Richard Mccune

Finance Manager

Gail Mcguire

Hair Stylist

Nick Mcmanus

Production Assistant

Felix Mendelssohn

Song

Newton Mendonca

Song

Sylvia Menno

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Jill Meyers

Music

Jessica Miglio

Photography

Ann Miller

Property Master

Soren Miltich

Set Production Assistant

Nick Mongelli

Grip

Jesse Morrow

Titles And Opticals

Christie Mullen

Location Manager

Morgan A Neville

Assistant Editor

Tim Norman

Assistant Camera

Thomas Nousias

Scenic Artist

Gene O'neill

Transportation Captain

Murphy Occhino

Assistant Director

Brian Papworth

Set Production Assistant

Richard Patrick

Assistant Director

Glenfield Payne

Sound Effects Editor

Jay Peck

Foley Artist

Erik Piecuch

Finance Manager

Marco Piemontese

Costumes

David Vincent Piombino

Digital Effects

Lynn Powers

Assistant Location Manager

Chris Purificato

Best Boy Grip

Jon Ringbom

Scenic Artist

Helen Robin

Unit Production Manager

Helen Robin

Coproducer

Jack Rollins

Co-Executive Producer

Ray Ronnei

Song

Laura Rosenthal

Casting Director

Harry Ruby

Song

Kyle Rudolph

Camera Operator

Harris Savides

Director Of Photography

Elizabeth Schlitten

Assistant Property Master

Cliff Schorr

Scenic Artist

Colby Shrefler

Location Assistant

Joshua Shull

Location Assistant

Nathan Shull

Location Assistant

Susan Silas

Location Scout

Lora Sorrentino

Set Production Assistant

John Spady

Assistant Location Manager

Jennifer Starke

Assistant Set Decorator

Jason Stasium

Sound

Tim Stipan

Colorist

Laura Streicher

Assistant

Werner Tautz

Song

Werner Tautz

Song Performer

Peter Tavis Jr.

Office Production Assistant

Juliet Taylor

Casting Director

Paul Taylor

Song

Stephen Tenenbaum

Producer

Richard Tenewitz

Construction Coordinator

Maria Toledo

Song

Melissa Tomjanovich

Assistant

Amy R Trachtman

Assistant Production Coordinator

Bill Tripician

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Kelly Trivigno

Accountant

Brian Umana

Dailies

Joe Violante

Dailies

David Wahnon

Sound Editor

James Walsh

Swing

Kevin P Walsh

Best Boy Electric

Tom Warren

Art Director

Scott Westervelt

Costume Supervisor

Patrick Wiley

Assistant Costume Designer

Sawyer Williams

Production Secretary

Adrienne Winterhalter

Visual Effects Producer

Joseph Ziegler

Carpenter

Rosemarie Zurlo

Makeup Artist

Film Details

Also Known As
Untitled (Woody Allen Romantic Comedy Project)
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Romantic Comedy
Release Date
2009
Production Company
Laura Comerford
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics
Location
Queens, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Summer June 19, 2009

Released in United States on Video October 27, 2009

Released in United States 2009

Released in United States September 2009

Shown at Tribeca Film Festival (Opening Night/Gala) April 22-May 3, 2009.

Released in United States Summer June 19, 2009 (NY, LA)

Released in United States on Video October 27, 2009

Released in United States 2009 (Shown at Tribeca Film Festival (Opening Night/Gala) April 22-May 3, 2009.)

Shown at San Sebastian International Film Festival (Zabaltegi-Pearls) September 18-26, 2009.

Released in United States September 2009 (Shown at San Sebastian International Film Festival (Zabaltegi-Pearls) September 18-26, 2009.)