$9.99 (2008)

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  • IMDb page: $9.99 (2008)
  • Rate: 6.6/10 total 1,632 votes 
  • Genre: Animation | Drama
  • Release Date: 29 April 2009 (France)
  • Runtime: 78 min
  • Filming Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Gross: $52,107(USA)(17 January 2010)
  • Director: Tatia Rosenthal
  • Stars: Josef Ber, Roy Billing and Tom Budge
  • Original Music By: Christopher Bowen   
  • Soundtrack: Head Swerve
  • Plot Keyword: Stop Motion | Money In Title | Advertisement | Adult Animation | Meaning Of Life

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Etgar Keret  screenplay
  • Etgar Keret  short stories
  • Tatia Rosenthal  screenplay

Known Trivia

    Plot: A stop-motion animated story about people living in a Syndey apartment complex looking for meaning in their lives.  »

    Story: A stop-motion animated story about people living in a Syndey apartment complex looking for meaning in their lives.


    Synopsis: $9.99 is an animated feature film which offers slightly less than a $10 worth about the meaning of life.

    Have you ever wondered What is the meaning of life? Why do we exist? The answer to this vexing question is now within your reach! Youll find it in a small yet amazing booklet, which will explain; in easy to follow; simple terms your reason for being! The booklet, printed on the finest paper, contains illuminating, exquisite colour pictures, and could be yours for a mere $9.99.

    This is the ad that alters the life of the unemployed, 28 year old who still lives at home, Dave Peck. In his struggle to share his find with the world, Daves surreal path crosses with those of his unusual neighbours: an old man and his disgruntled guardian angel, a magician in debt, a bewitching woman who likes her men extra smooth, a broken hearted man who befriends a group of hard partying two inch tall students, and a little boy who sets his piggy bank free. Their stories are woven together, examining the post-modern meaning of hope.

    $9.99 is a stop motion puppet animation film, based on the short stories of Etgar Keret, one of the leading voices in Israeli contemporary literature. It is written by writer Etgar Keret and director Tatia Rosenthal, who also collaborated on Tatia Rosenthals two award winning short puppet animation films "Crazy Glue" and "A Buck’s Worth"

    This comical stop motion animation explores the meaning of life, offering slightly less than $10 worth of explanation. Through playful puppetry Israeli author Etgar Kerets surreal short stories are brought to life, featuring the voices of Geoffrey Rush and Anthony LaPaglia.

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    Produced By:

    • Mechele Axford known as associate producer
    • Richard Clendinnen known as line producer
    • Amir Harel known as producer
    • Emile Sherman known as producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Josef Ber
    • Roy Billing known as Marcus Portman / Policeman A
    • Tom Budge known as Bisley
    • Joel Edgerton known as Ron
    • David Field known as Sammy
    • Leon Ford known as Stanton
    • Samuel Johnson known as Dave Peck
    • Claudia Karvan known as Michelle
    • Jamie Katsamatsas known as Zack
    • Anthony LaPaglia known as Jim Peck
    • Ben Mendelsohn known as Lenny Peck
    • Henry Nixon known as Drazen / beanbag / radio announcer (voice)
    • Barry Otto known as Albert
    • Geoffrey Rush known as Angel
    • Leeanna Walsman known as Tanita

    ..{tab=Supporting Department}Art Department:

    • Phillip Beadsmoore known as puppetmaster
    • Shira Derman known as concept illustrator
    • Tony Drew known as senior model maker
    • Pia Dulu known as art department buyer attachment
    • Adam Grace known as set and props
    • Andrew Hardingham known as senior model maker
    • Simon S. Ingerson known as model maker
    • David Jolliffe known as senior model maker
    • Antony McMullen known as puppet props
    • Mac Nordling known as model maker
    • Thomas Perry known as model maker
    • Jane Shadbolt known as graphic designer


    Production Companies:

    • Lama Films
    • Australian Film Finance Corporation (AFFC)

    Other Companies:

    • Murphy PR  publicity
    • Reeltime Creative  advertising agency (Trailers, Posters, Websites)


    • Regent Releasing (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
    • E1 Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)
    • Maximum Film Distribution (2009) (Canada) (theatrical)
    • Maximum Films (2009) (Canada) (theatrical)
    • Memento Films (2009) (France) (theatrical)
    • Zon Lusomundo Audiovisuais (2009) (Portugal) (theatrical)
    • Koch Vision (2010) (USA) (DVD)

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    Special Effects:

    • 10Fingers Design&Animation (post-production)

    Visual Effects by:

    • Yair Alony known as CG artist
    • Brent Armfield known as data wrangler
    • Sara Barak known as digital compositor
    • Hava Cohen known as digital compositor
    • Sam Cole known as vfx pipeline r&d: FUEL International
    • Bruno DaDog known as runner: visual effects
    • Ram Efron known as digital compositor
    • Alon Feuerstein known as digital compositor
    • Eddie Gavriely known as head of digital post-production
    • Meny Hilsenrad known as CG artist
    • Liran Kaminer known as digital compositor
    • Tal Korjak known as visual effect supervisor
    • Vladimir Loginov known as CG artist
    • Andrey Lutsker known as CG artist
    • An Nguyen known as scan pipeline engineer: FUEL VFX
    • Avri Olschwang known as digital compositor
    • Dror Revach known as CG artist
    • Merav Shacham known as title designer
    • Simon Shor known as digital compositing and animation
    • Ben Stern known as CG artist
    • Libby Tishler known as post production producer
    • Libby Tishler known as post-production coordinator
    • Shimy Viskovsky known as studio manager

    Release Date:

    • Canada 4 September 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival)
    • Italy 23 October 2008 (Rome Film Festival)
    • Germany 7 February 2009 (European Film Market)
    • Hong Kong 23 March 2009 (Hong Kong International Film Festival)
    • Turkey 15 April 2009 (Istanbul Film Festival)
    • Denmark 18 April 2009 (CPHPIX Festival)
    • France 29 April 2009
    • USA 19 June 2009 (limited)
    • Poland 24 July 2009 (ERA New Horizons Film Festival)
    • Russia 13 August 2009
    • Australia 17 September 2009
    • Hungary 26 November 2009 (Anilogue)
    • Portugal 7 January 2010
    • Canada 23 February 2010 (DVD premiere)
    • USA 23 February 2010 (DVD premiere)

    MPAA: Rated R for language and brief sexuality and nudity


    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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