Gigantic (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Gigantic (2008)
  • Rate: 6.1/10 total 5,268 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 19 June 2009 (UK)
  • Runtime: Argentina:98 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente) | USA:98 min
  • Filming Location: Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
  • Gross: $102,079(USA)(28 June 2009)
  • Director: Matt Aselton
  • Stars: Paul Dano, Zooey Deschanel and John Goodman
  • Original Music By: Roddy Bottum   
  • Soundtrack: Did You See the Words?
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Baby | Adoption | Salesman | Bed | Chinese Baby

Writing Credits By:

  • Adam Nagata (written by) &
  • Matt Aselton (written by)

Known Trivia

    Plot: A mattress salesman finds his plan to adopt a Chinese baby augmented by the arrival of a young woman, who comes into his workplace, falls asleep on one of the beds, and starts to affect his life upon waking up. Full summary »  »

    Story: Do we ever get what we want? Brian sells mattresses in a warehouse store. His father and older brothers have material success; he wants a child. He's applied to adopt a baby from China. A man who appears homeless seems to be stalking Brian with violent intent. He meets Happy, the daughter of a rich, quirky customer. She doesn't stick to anything, but she and Brian hit it off, except for her vomiting when she learns about his adoption idea. He wants her to meet his family, and there's a call about the adoption. What will Happy do?Written by <>  


    Synopsis: Not so typical boy meets girl story, that is delusional and twisted. Quite a bit like this media driven life since the main characters all act like they are at the top of their game (Like they are on some sort of metaphysical stage.). Intermixed with the controversy of brutal and crazy honesty, there lies a hair of truth. Its the hair of truth you have to see to feel. Side-lining the story the male main character has a recurrent assailant which breaks up the stream of events, in a mysterious way. The modern delusions held by the main character are complex and hard to understand, even as the movie comes to a close. However the delusions are made real leaving you really pondering something outside the box (brain). As the story progresses and you learn more about the main character, his life gets entangles with those you are introduced to. One is an old school friend, the other is a beautiful girl with an equally odd family. At times the drama appears as if it will turn depressing dwelling on the repressed emotions the characters are a part of. However Gigantic manages to string you along until all is well and you are pondering whether such a story is possible in real life.

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    Produced By:

    • Paul Dano known as executive producer
    • John Duffin known as line producer: Los Angeles
    • Scott Ferguson known as executive producer
    • Mindy Goldberg known as producer
    • Jeff Preiss known as executive producer
    • Charles Pugliese known as co-producer
    • Jerry Soloman known as executive producer (as Jerry Solomon)
    • Christine Vachon known as producer
    • John Wells known as executive producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Paul Dano known as Brian Weathersby
    • Zooey Deschanel known as Happy Lolly
    • John Goodman known as Al Lolly
    • Edward Asner known as Kirby Weathersby (as Ed Asner)
    • Jane Alexander known as Barbara Weathersby
    • Ian Roberts known as John Weathersby
    • Robert Stanton known as James Weathersby
    • Clarke Peters known as Roger Stovall
    • Daniel Stewart Sherman known as Kevin Blue
    • Mary Page Keller known as Marguerite Lolly
    • Zach Galifianakis known as Homeless Man
    • Brian Avers known as Larry Arbogast
    • Leven Rambin known as Missy Thaxton
    • Susan Misner known as Melanie Lolly
    • Matt Walton known as Conner Williams
    • Ilana Levine known as Ducky Saltinstall
    • Louis Ozawa Changchien known as Matsubara
    • Kenji known as Kanagae
    • Tatsuo Ichikawa known as Nagata
    • Sean Dugan known as Gary Wynkoop
    • Frank Harts known as Kenyatta Folds
    • Rob Munk known as Dr. Sarazine
    • Sharon Wilkins known as Linda
    • Pierre Epstein known as Jacques
    • Sara Lamm known as Natasha Klukowski
    • Tara Greenway known as Lucy (Mattress Customer)
    • Zachary Knower known as Ted (Mattress Customer)
    • Mylinda Hull known as Woman (Mattress Customer)
    • Jerry Richardson known as Man (Mattress Customer)
    • Will McLaughlin known as Receptionist
    • Adam Nagata known as Attendant
    • Nekia Daste known as Make Up Artist
    • Aryn Cole known as John's Masseuse (uncredited)
    • Gina Gabrielli known as Eastern European Masseuse (uncredited)
    • Cassidy Gard known as Girl in Couple (uncredited)
    • RJ Konner known as Commuter (uncredited)
    • Anna Kuchma known as Eastern European Masseuse (uncredited)

    ..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

    • Jorjee Douglas known as assistant makeup artist (as Jorjee Douglass)
    • Thom Gonzales known as head hair stylist
    • Sherri Berman Laurence known as head makeup artist
    • Claus Lulla known as head makeup artist
    • Claudia Orozco known as makeup artist: Los Angeles (as Claudia Britt)
    • Anita Roganovic known as assistant hair stylist (as Anita Lausevic)
    • Valerie Gladstone-Appel known as assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
    • Michelle Kearns known as makeup artist (uncredited)
    • Sarit Klein known as makeup artist (uncredited)

    Art Department:

    • John T. Bobick known as key construction grip
    • Chris Cannon known as gang boss: Los Angeles
    • Henry Cespedes known as set dresser
    • Pete Dancy known as property master (as Peter Dancy)
    • Barbara A. Kastner known as set dresser (as Barbara Kastner)
    • John Knoop known as set dresser
    • Jen Lee known as art department coordinator: Los Angeles
    • A.R. Brook Lynn known as art department coordinator (as Alex Brook Lynn)
    • Noel McCarthy known as visual consultant: Los Angeles
    • Melissa B. Miller known as art department coordinator
    • Wayne Scott Miller known as on-set dresser (as Wayne Miller)
    • Lyvan A. Munlyn known as camera scenic artist (as Lyvan Munlyn)
    • Lyvan A. Munlyn known as charge scenic artist (as Lyvan Munlyn)
    • Francis Panuccio known as key construction grip
    • Kathi Prate known as set dresser
    • Neolysa Ramos known as industrial scenic artist (as Neolysia Ramos)
    • Kevin Roach known as construction coordinator
    • Jeffrey Rollins known as assistant property master (as Jeff Rollins)
    • Jim Sten known as leadman
    • Susan Tatom known as assistant property master
    • Gary Wattson known as leadman
    • Williamina Ellis known as art department production assistant (uncredited)


    Production Companies:

    • First Independent Pictures (presents)
    • Epoch Films
    • Killer Films (in association with)
    • John Wells Productions
    • Gigantic Movie
    • Networxx – Film Management (in association with)

    Other Companies:

    • ARRI  cameras and lenses
    • Central Casting  extras casting
    • Cinetic Media  producers rep
    • David Haddad  transportation equipment
    • David Kramer's Looping Group  loop group
    • Deborah Ross Film Design  title design
    • Deluxe New York  digital intermediate
    • DitlevFilms  end crawl
    • Eat Catering  craft service
    • Haddad's  transportation equipment
    • Los Angeles Rag House  grip and lighting equipment
    • Premiere Caterers  catering
    • Sloss Eckhouse Brennan Law  legal services (as Sloss Eckhouse Brennan Lawco)
    • Sound One  sound services
    • Surpin, Mayersohn & Edelstone  legal
    • Svenski Beds  mattresses provided by
    • Taylor & Taylor Associates  insurance services


    • European Film Partners (EFP) (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
    • First Independent Pictures (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
    • La Fabrique de Films (2010) (France) (theatrical)
    • Maximum Film Distribution (2008) (Canada) (theatrical)
    • Cinemax (2010) (Hungary) (TV)
    • Cinetic Rights Management (2008) (USA) (all media) (digital)
    • Donau-Film (2011) (Germany) (DVD)
    • Falcon Films (2009) (Lebanon) (all media) (Middle East)
    • Film1 (2010) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
    • Indies Home Entertainment (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD)

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    Special Effects:

    • Ring of Fire Studios (visual effects)

    Visual Effects by:

    • Greg Anderson known as compositing supervisor: Ring of Fire
    • Marvin Chua known as digital artist: Ring of Fire
    • John Ciampa known as compositor: Ring of Fire
    • Casey Conroy known as visual effects producer: Ring of Fire
    • Shelly Dutcher known as compositor: Ring of Fire
    • Brandy Handelman known as junior compositor
    • Randy Little known as compositor: Ring of Fire
    • John Myers known as visual effects executive producer: Ring of Fire
    • Brian Shneider known as compositor: Ring of Fire
    • Jerry Spivack known as visual effects supervisor: Ring of Fire
    • Steve Tiseo known as visual effects coordinator: Ring of Fire

    Release Date:

    • Canada 8 September 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival)
    • Italy 25 November 2008 (Turin Film Festival)
    • Germany 7 February 2009 (European Film Market)
    • Argentina 28 March 2009 (Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema)
    • USA 3 April 2009 (limited)
    • Denmark 21 April 2009 (CPHPIX Festival)
    • UK 19 June 2009
    • Poland October 2009 (Warsaw Film Festival)
    • Portugal 22 October 2009
    • Netherlands 27 October 2009 (Leids Film Festival)
    • France 6 January 2010
    • Netherlands 25 March 2010
    • Russia 17 June 2010 (DVD premiere)
    • Hungary 19 June 2010 (TV premiere)

    MPAA: Rated R for language, some sexual content and violence


    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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