Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)
  • Rate: 6.6/10 total 64,405 votes 
  • Genre: Adventure | Comedy
  • Release Date: 25 April 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: USA:107 min (unrated version) | Argentina:114 min
  • Filming Location: Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
  • Budget: $12,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $38,087,366(USA)(13 July 2008)
  • Stars: John Cho, Kal Penn and Neil Patrick Harris
  • Original Music By: George S. Clinton   
  • Soundtrack: All That I Want
  • Sound Mix: SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS
  • Plot Keyword: Guantanamo Bay | Escape | Texas | Bong | Florida

Writing Credits By:

  • Jon Hurwitz (written by) &
  • Hayden Schlossberg (written by)
  • Jon Hurwitz (characters) &
  • Hayden Schlossberg (characters)

Known Trivia

  • Neil Patrick Harris worked 4 days on this movie.
  • In an April 24 2008 Newark Star Ledger interview, the writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg mention that Kumar’s poem “The Square Root of Three” (parody of Joyce Kilmer’s Trees) was written by a classmate of theirs, David Feinberg when all three went to Randolph High School in New Jersey. They were happy they could include in the film a poem they loved while growing up, and Feinberg was thrilled to make a contribution to the film.
  • Amnesty International USA was highly critical of the film’s satirical depiction of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp, commenting on their website that “Guantanamo is no joke.” The organization’s membership was encouraged to hand out fliers and fact sheets at theatrical screenings to bring attention to the alleged human rights abuses that have occurred at the camp.
  • According to Hollywood Reporter (27 April 2008 issue), Warner Bros’ distribution president Dan Fellman said this movie was originally produced as a straight-to-video movie until a decision was made to release it theatrically.
  • Production Assistant Carol Trevino was killed in an auto accident while working on the film.
  • The mask Harold pulls out of Neil Patrick Harris’ bag is the same as the one worn by Chris Fehn from the band Slipknot.
  • There is an after credits sequence.
  • Vanessa’s husband-to-be is named Colton Graham, and coincidentally, an actor named Colton Gramm plays one of the Groomsmen at the wedding.

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: Big Bob doesn't unlock Harold and Kumar's cell. He simply slides the door open.

Plot: Follows the cross-country adventures of the pot-smoking duo as they try to outrun authorities who suspect them of being terrorists when they try to sneak a bong on board their flight to Amsterdam. Full summary »  »

Story: The morning they return from their White Castle road trip, Harold and Kumar decide to go to Amsterdam because Harold doesn't want to wait ten days to see Maria again. On the plane, Kumar lights up his new bong, the air marshals think it's a bomb, and Harold and Kumar are arrested as terrorists and sent to Guantanamo Bay. Ordered to fellate a guard, they manage to escape, make their way to Florida, and head for Texas to find Kumar's ex-girlfriend's fiancé, the well-connected Colton, and get him to intercede with Washington on their behalf. Kumar still has a thing for Vanessa, the feds are in hot pursuit, and the legal weed of Amsterdam seems a long way away.Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>  


Synopsis: Following the events of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Harold Lee and Kumar Patel fly to Amsterdam so Harold can pursue a budding romance with his neighbor. The pair run into Vanessa, Kumar’s ex-girlfriend, and her fiancee, Colton in the airport. Harold and Kumar board the plane, and mid-flight, an old woman sees Kumar lighting his new invention, a smokeless bong, screams "terrorist!". Air marshals immediately detain both, and the plane returns to Washington, where Ron Fox, a neurotic undersecretary of Homeland Security, sends them to the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. They escape, and decide to travel to Texas in search of Colton, with hopes that he will be able to help them through his father, who is connected with several high political officials.

The film follows the same path as its predecessor, putting Harold and Kumar in a series of quirky ‘episodes’, usually centered around themes of drugs, sex, and racism. Neil Patrick Harris returns as his drug-addled, womanizing parody of himself.

After being betrayed by Colton and jumping out of a plane, the pair falls through the ceiling of President George W. Bush’s home in Texas, where the President is hiding from Dick Cheney. After bonding over marijuana, the President pardons the pair and sends the Secret Service to help them. Harold and Kumar arrive at the wedding just in time to stop it, revealing Colton’s true nature. Enraged, Colton attacks Kumar, but Harold levels him. Vanessa is angry at Kumar for embarrassing her at the wedding, but forgives him when he recites the poem that he had been writing on the day they met, but was too embarrassed to share with her until now. The three leave the wedding, heading to Amsterdam, where Harold finds Maria. The movie ends with everyone enjoying the city and its offerings.

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Produced By:

  • Richard Brener known as executive producer
  • Nicole Brown known as co-producer
  • Samuel J. Brown known as co-producer
  • Michael Disco known as co-producer
  • Joseph Drake known as executive producer (as Joe Drake)
  • Toby Emmerich known as executive producer
  • Iddo Lampton Enochs Jr. known as associate producer (as Lampton Enochs)
  • Jon Hurwitz known as co-producer
  • Nathan Kahane known as producer
  • Kelli Konop known as co-producer
  • Carsten H.W. Lorenz known as executive producer (as Carsten Lorenz)
  • Hayden Schlossberg known as co-producer
  • Greg Shapiro known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • John Cho known as Harold
  • Kal Penn known as Kumar
  • Rob Corddry known as Ron Fox
  • Jack Conley known as Deputy Frye
  • Roger Bart known as Dr. Beecher
  • Neil Patrick Harris known as Neil Patrick Harris
  • Danneel Ackles known as Vanessa (as Danneel Harris)
  • Eric Winter known as Colton
  • Paula Garcés known as Maria (as Paula Garces)
  • Jon Reep known as Raymus
  • Missi Pyle known as Raylene
  • Mark Munoz known as Cyrus
  • James Adomian known as George W. Bush
  • Beverly D'Angelo known as Sally
  • Echo Valley known as Tits Hemingway
  • Ava Santana known as Tammi
  • Chantel Silvain known as Trisha
  • Courtney Shay Young known as Sparkle
  • Crystal Mantecon known as Venus
  • Katheryn Rice known as Agnes
  • Christopher Meloni known as Grand Wizard (as Reverend Clyde Stanky)
  • Todd Voltz known as Travis
  • Richard Christy known as Kenny
  • Adam Herschman known as Archie
  • Jackson Beals known as Carter
  • Amir Talai known as Raza
  • Kristen de Nes known as Kim
  • Mark Turner known as Joe
  • Randal Reeder known as Big Bob
  • David Krumholtz known as Goldstein
  • Eddie Kaye Thomas known as Rosenberg
  • Ed Helms known as Interpreter
  • Errol Sitahal known as Dr. Patel
  • Clyde Kusatsu known as Mr. Lee
  • Mary Deese known as Mrs. Lee
  • Juli Erickson known as Old White Woman
  • Kelvin Payton known as Random Passenger
  • Ron Fagan known as Random Passenger
  • Frank Mondaruli known as Head of Security
  • D'Anthony Palms known as Light-Skinned Black Security
  • Lester Speight known as Dr. Jonavon White (as Lester 'Rasta' Speight)
  • Hugo Perez known as Ramon
  • Colton Gramm known as Groomsman
  • Patrick Michael Carney known as Goon
  • Jason Konopisos known as Goon
  • Chris Warner known as State Trooper
  • Carsten H.W. Lorenz known as Carsten (as Carsten Lorenz)
  • Angus Sutherland known as Anton
  • Marisa Belinda known as Jacuzzi Girl (as Marisa Rodriquez)
  • Claudia Pena known as Jacuzzi Girl
  • Rob Andrist Plourde known as Random Amsterdam Stoner (as Rob Andristplourde)
  • Jeremy Ambler known as Airplane Passenger (uncredited)
  • Eddie Armes known as Gang Member (uncredited)
  • Kristin Barnhart known as Airport Traveler (uncredited)
  • Michael Byrnes known as Lt. Riggs / Goon (uncredited)
  • Brooke Devenney known as Blonde Little Girl on Travel Bus (uncredited)
  • Trena Edwards known as Weedy (uncredited)
  • Ted Ferguson known as Wedding Greensman (uncredited)
  • Wilbur Fitzgerald known as Colton's Father (uncredited)
  • Josh Heald known as Terry Air Marshal #3 (uncredited)
  • Walt Hollis known as Airplane Passenger (uncredited)
  • Jon Hurwitz known as Dancing Devil in Costume Shop (uncredited)
  • Kenneth Lecompte known as Special Agent (uncredited)
  • Jimmy Lee Jr. known as Terrorist (uncredited)
  • Krystal Mayo known as Raza's Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Cindy McBride known as Airline Passenger (uncredited)
  • Steven Miramontz known as Carsten's Assistant Photographer (uncredited)
  • Fabian C. Moreno known as Cuban Refugee (uncredited)
  • Alec Rayme known as Terrorist (uncredited)
  • Chris Reid known as Airplane Passenger (uncredited)
  • Colvin Roberson known as Wedding Guest (uncredited)
  • Joey Robinson known as Raza's Party Goer 2 (uncredited)
  • Hayden Schlossberg known as Dancing Monkey in Costume Shop (uncredited)
  • Charity Schubert known as Flight Attendant (uncredited)
  • Greg Sproles known as Air Marshal #1 (uncredited)
  • Bill Stinchcomb known as Homeland Security Agent (uncredited)
  • Odessa Sykes known as Lady of the Evening (uncredited)
  • Anand Vadehra known as Terrorist #1 (uncredited)
  • Chuck Vail known as Wedding Groomsman (uncredited)

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  • J.D. Bowers known as prosthetics lab technician: W.M. Creations Inc.
  • J.D. Bowers known as prosthetics sculptor: W.M. Creations Inc.
  • Sallie Ciganovich known as key hair stylist
  • Sharisse Fine known as department head hair stylist
  • Hildie Ginsberg known as makeup department head
  • Stacey Herbert known as additional makeup artist (as Stacey Taniguchi)
  • Jamie Kelman known as special makeup effects artist
  • Ryan McDowell known as prosthetic sculptor
  • Rey Medrano known as additional hair stylist
  • Rita C. Moore known as additional hair stylist
  • Matthew W. Mungle known as special makeup designer (as Matthew Mungle)
  • Christopher Payne known as makeup effects lab technician: W.M. Creations
  • Kent Richard known as key hair stylist
  • Aimee Stuit known as key makeup artist

Art Department:

  • C. Alan Berry known as construction gangboss
  • John Blanchard known as construction general foreman
  • Eddie Burcham known as set dresser
  • George Cawood known as creative director: main title sequence
  • Gloria Hardison Clark known as art department coordinator
  • Ken Deubel III known as lead scenic
  • Terry Deubel known as paint foreman
  • Walter Dickerson known as swing set dresser
  • Justin Freeman known as carpenter
  • Michael Hendrick known as leadman
  • Juliana Hoffpauir known as on-set dresser
  • Troy A. Johnson known as construction buyer
  • Topher Kaminski known as greensman
  • Joey Kent known as carpenter
  • Joey Kent known as painter
  • Myron Meek known as carpenter (as Meek L. Myron)
  • Dave Merry known as lead greensman (as David Blair Merry)
  • Sonda L. Rowland known as painter
  • Chuck Stringer known as construction coordinator
  • Brandon Swindle known as construction utility technician
  • Gary Thomas known as storyboard artist
  • Joe Walsh known as set dresser
  • Andrew Wert known as property master
  • Penny Wesney known as painter


Production Companies:

  • New Line Cinema (presents)
  • Kingsgate Films
  • Mandate Pictures

Other Companies:

  • Betafish Music  additional music courtesy of
  • Betafish Music  additional music
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera car
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  dollies
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  hydrascope telescoping crane arm
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  remote camera systems
  • Deluxe  color and prints
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound post-production
  • Eastwood Scoring Stage  score mixed at
  • Entertainment Clearances  rights and clearances
  • Fairfield Studios  sound post-production (additional video editing)
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Final Word, The  loop group
  • Framework Studio  main title design (as Framework Studio LA)
  • Hollywood Trucks  entertainment transportation
  • Lakeshore Records  soundtrack
  • LaserPacific  digital intermediate services (as Laser Pacific Media Corporation)
  • Mansfield Studios  sound stages
  • Marshall/Plumb Research Associates  script research
  • Momentous Insurance Brokerage  insurance
  • Momentous Insurance Brokerage  production insurance services
  • Northwest Sinfonia  score performed by
  • NovaStar Digital  sound re-recording
  • Panavision  cameras and lenses
  • RPM Music Preparation  music preparation
  • Runway  Avids provided by
  • Runway  post-production
  • Scarlet Letters  end titles
  • Sony Pictures Stock Footage  stock footage
  • Todd-AO Studios  re-recorded at
  • Wildfire Studios  adr recording facility


  • New Line Cinema (2008) (worldwide) (theatrical)
  • Alliance Films (2008) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Distribution Company (2008) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Pioneer Films (2008) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • C More Entertainment Norge (2009) (Norway) (TV)
  • Continental Film (2008) (Croatia) (DVD)
  • FS Film Oy (2008) (Finland) (DVD)
  • PlayArte Home Vídeo (2009) (Brazil) (DVD)
  • RCV Home Entertainment (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD)

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Special Effects:

  • Reality Check Studios

Visual Effects by:

  • Dave Isaac Santos Abuel known as visual effects (as Dave Santos Abuel)
  • Mandy Arnold known as digital restoration artist
  • Hoon Bae known as visual effects artist
  • Craig Bilsky known as digital laboratory project manager
  • David Cole known as digital colourist
  • Donnie Creighton known as digital intermediate producer
  • Raymond Gieringer known as visual effects supervisor: on-set
  • Ryan Helsley known as digital intermediate producer
  • Heather Holty known as digital laboratory project manager
  • Jason Howey known as visual effects
  • Sadie D. Johnson known as digital intermediate assistant producer
  • Aaron Kaminar known as visual effects supervisor
  • Vincent Lavares known as data manager: Laser Pacific
  • Shira Mandel known as junior rotoscope artist
  • Bruce Mann known as digital compositor
  • Sean Nowlan known as visual effects producer
  • Mike Spring known as visual effects artist
  • Mai Suzuki known as digital restoration artist
  • Cameron Thomas known as visual effects
  • Vivian Wei known as visual effects: Reality Check Studios

Release Date:

  • Singapore 24 April 2008
  • Canada 25 April 2008
  • USA 25 April 2008
  • Iceland 14 May 2008
  • Philippines 14 May 2008
  • Ireland 30 May 2008
  • UK 30 May 2008
  • France 16 July 2008
  • Portugal 17 July 2008
  • Netherlands 5 August 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Mexico 22 August 2008
  • Australia 4 September 2008
  • Greece 3 October 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Hungary 7 October 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Russia 14 October 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Germany 17 October 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Argentina 23 October 2008
  • Finland 12 November 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Brazil 14 January 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Norway 10 May 2009 (TV premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, pervasive language and drug use


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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