The Garden of Eden (2008)

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  • IMDb page: The Garden of Eden (2008)
  • Rate: 5.0/10 total 348 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 15 September 2011 (Chile)
  • Runtime: USA:97 min (DVD version) | 111 min (original cut)
  • Filming Location: Alcoy, Alicante, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain
  • Gross: $22,083(USA)(26 December 2010)
  • Director: John Irvin
  • Stars: Jack Huston, Mena Suvari and Caterina Murino
  • Original Music By: Roger Julià   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Writer | Novelist | Smoking | Bisexual | Sex

Writing Credits By:

  • James Scott Linville (screenplay)
  • Ernest Hemingway (novel)

Known Trivia

  • John Irvin along with the three leads, appeared in an episode of “Film ’72” on the 19th of February 2008.
  • This is the fiftieth adaptation of an Ernest Hemmingway story.

Plot: A young American writer completes his service in WWI and travels across Europe with his wife and her attractive Italian girlfriend. Based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway. Full summary »  »

Story: Set in the jazz age years, prior to the depression, the story follows a successful young American writer, David Bourne, and his beautiful new wife, Catherine, on their extended honeymoon in Europe. Catherine soon becomes restless and starts to tests her husband's devotion, pushing him to the limits of her imagination. Already unsure of the games his wife is playing, David is both uncomfortable and curious when she brings a sultry Italian girl, Marita, to spice things up. As the erotic game reaches new levels, the events that follow will change their lives forever.Written by Katherine McCormack  


Synopsis: Set on the Cote d’Azur in the 1920’s this is a story of a young American writer, David Bourne, and his sexy, wealthy and glamourous wife, Catherine, and the highly dangerous and erotic game they play when they fall in love with the same woman

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Produced By:

  • Tim Baish known as co-producer
  • Al Burgess known as line producer
  • Alice Guien known as associate producer
  • Geoff Jarrett known as co-producer
  • Tim Lewiston known as producer
  • Bob Mahoney known as producer
  • Wojtek Palys known as associate producer
  • Lorne Thyssen known as executive producer
  • Mario Zvan known as line producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Mena Suvari known as Catherine Hill Bourne
  • Jack Huston known as David Bourne
  • Caterina Murino known as Marita
  • Carmen Maura known as Madame Aurol
  • Matthew Modine known as David's Father
  • Richard E. Grant known as Colonel Philip Boyle
  • Mathias Koie Levi Palsvig known as Young David (as Mathias Palsvig)
  • Héctor Tomás known as Patrice (as Hector Tomas)
  • Dritan Biba known as Waiter
  • Luis Callejo known as Monsieur Jean Coiffeur
  • Álvaro Roig known as Vladimir (as Alvaro Roig)
  • Yaël Beliche known as Girl Onlooker (as Yael Belicha)
  • María Miguel known as Nina (as Maria Miguel)
  • Igacio Gijon Solis known as Ritz Waiter
  • Enrique Zaldua known as Waiter #2
  • Lola Peno known as Rotund Woman
  • Alejandro Arroyo known as Man in Crowd
  • Lucy Hunt known as Girl At Party
  • Moses Ivayo known as Juma
  • Melvin Alusa known as Head Porter
  • Serah Mwihaki known as African Woman #1 (as Sarah Mwihaki)
  • Helena Waithera known as African Woman #2 (as Helen Waithera)
  • Olivia Njambi known as African Woman #3
  • Isabella Orlowska known as Constanza
  • David M. Antón known as Gentleman (uncredited)
  • Michail Krasnoborov Redwood known as Manet the Painter (uncredited)
  • Alex Spijksma known as Robert Leenhoff – brother-in-law of Manet the painter (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Cecilia Escot known as additional makeup artist
  • Sylvie Imbert known as makeup artist
  • Leticia Ruiz known as temporary makeup artist
  • Miguel Sesé Guillot known as makeup artist
  • Natalia Sesé known as hair stylist
  • Amparo Sánchez known as key hair stylist
  • José Antonio Sánchez known as makeup designer

Art Department:

  • Rachel Arthur known as stand-by painter
  • Antonio Calvo-Dominguez known as assistant art director
  • Carolina Hernández known as assistant set decorator
  • Carolina Hernández known as set dresser
  • Georgina Hutchinson known as art department assistant
  • Daniel Izar de la Fuente known as props
  • Ian Murray known as stand-by Rigger/Carpenter
  • Aitana Ozaeta known as painter
  • Nigel Pollock known as stand-by art director
  • Óscar Romero known as stand by props


Production Companies:

  • Devonshire Productions (in association with)
  • Berwick Street Productions
  • Freeform Spain
  • Blue Sky Films

Other Companies:

  • Audiolink Radio Communications  walkie talkies
  • Ciudad de la Luz  sound stages
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Dream Cars  picture car transport
  • Freeform Spain  production services by
  • Fuji Photo Film  motion picture film supplied by
  • I'm E-Z  as E-Z up Hire
  • I'm Rigging  rigging services
  • Pecera Estudio  post-production sound services
  • Sapex Scripts  post-production script services
  • Sonic Magic  adr recording
  • Southern Sun  lighting
  • UK Computamatch  negative cutting


  • Lionsgate Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD)

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Special Effects:

  • Rushes Post Production (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Dan Alterman known as digital compositor: Rushes Post Production
  • Jocelin Capper known as digital executive producer: Rushes Post Production
  • Mark J. Flores Corpuz known as digital compositor (as Mark Corpuz)
  • Dani Devereux known as digital matte painter
  • Joseph Dymond known as compositor
  • Johan Gay known as digital matte painter
  • Sukh Gill known as visual effects coordinator: Rushes
  • Noel Harmes known as compositor
  • Warwick Hewett known as visual effects coordinator: Rushes Post Production
  • Christoffer Hulusjö known as digital compositor
  • Louise Hussey known as visual effects producer: Rushes Post Production
  • Timothy P. Jones known as digital film bureau
  • Anthony Laranjo known as compositor
  • John Palmer known as digital film bureau manager: Scanning and Laser record
  • Richard Payne known as online editor
  • Jonathan Privett known as visual effects supervisor: Rushes Post Production
  • Yolanda Rubio known as digital compositor
  • Richard Sällqvist known as digital compositor
  • Alan Williamson known as visual effects assistant: Rushes Post Production

Release Date:

  • USA 10 December 2010 (limited)
  • USA 15 March 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Chile 15 September 2011

MPAA: Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity and some language


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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