The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (2008)

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  • IMDb page: The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (2008)
  • Rate: 5.3/10 total 1,913 votes 
  • Genre: Adventure | Comedy | Drama
  • Runtime: 95 min
  • Filming Location: Mount Washington, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Gross: $80,283(USA)(10 May 2009)
  • Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
  • Stars: Jon Foster, Peter Sarsgaard and Sienna Miller
  • Original Music By: Theodore Shapiro   
  • Soundtrack: God Damn Job
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Summer | Gangster | Blue Dress | Coitus | Rear Entry Sex

Writing Credits By:

  • Rawson Marshall Thurber (screenplay)
  • Michael Chabon (novel)

Known Trivia

  • Max Minghella was originally attached to play Art but dropped out due to school commitments.

Plot: Based on Michael Chabon's novel, the film chronicles the defining summer of a recent college graduate who crosses his gangster father and explores love, sexuality, and the enigmas surrounding his life and his city. Full summary » |  »

Story: Pittsburgh, coming of age in the 1980s. At the beginning of June, Art Beckstein calls this the last summer of his life – after which he'll work as a stock broker. Art's father is the city's mob boss, steering Art's life, judging his choices. At a party, Art sees Jane, smart, blond, lovely. They meet; she has a boyfriend. The next day, Cleveland, the boyfriend, pulls Art from work and the summer of adventures begins. Cleveland lives close to the edge; he's explosive, with hints of problems with local thugs. The triangle of friendship gets complicated when Cleveland disappears for a couple weeks. Can Art sort out his feelings as well as help Cleveland? Where does his father fit in this?Written by <>  

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Produced By:

  • Omar Amanat known as executive producer
  • Steffen Aumueller known as co-producer
  • Thor Benander known as producer
  • Pete Chiarelli known as executive producer
  • Claus Clausen known as executive producer
  • Marina Grasic known as executive producer
  • Gary Hamilton known as producer
  • Jan Korbelin known as executive producer
  • Khristina Kravas known as co-producer
  • Michael London known as producer
  • Jason Christopher Mercer known as producer (as Jason Ajax Mercer)
  • Bruna Papandrea known as executive producer
  • Vicki Dee Rock known as executive producer
  • Glenn M. Stewart known as co-producer
  • Rawson Marshall Thurber known as producer
  • John Woldenberg known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Jon Foster known as Art Bechstein
  • Peter Sarsgaard known as Cleveland Arning
  • Sienna Miller known as Jane Bellwether
  • Nick Nolte known as Joe Bechstein
  • Mena Suvari known as Phlox Lombardi
  • Omid Abtahi known as Mohammed
  • Keith Michael Gregory known as Keith
  • Ali Reed known as Female Book Barn Employee
  • Don Wadsworth known as Class Instructor
  • Christian Hand known as Punk Rock Bathroom Patron
  • Jarid Faubel known as Mohawk Man (as Jarid C. Faubel)
  • Tim Hartman known as Restaurant Manager
  • Shannon Williams known as Lurch
  • Seth Adams known as Feldman
  • Jocelyn Wrzosek known as Townie
  • Patrick Jordan known as Phlox's New Boyfriend
  • Stephen Liska known as Jimmy Breezy
  • Marc Macaulay known as Lenny Burns
  • Jack Baun known as Officer #1
  • Jeff Hochendoner known as Officer #2
  • Tommy Lafitte known as Precinct Officer
  • Tony Amen known as Mobster (uncredited)
  • Aaron Bernard known as Club Punk (uncredited)
  • Natalie Bloomer known as Club Punk / Student (uncredited)
  • Nicholas Brady known as Motorcycle Kid (uncredited)
  • Jeremy Gladen known as Student (uncredited)
  • John W. Iwanonkiw known as Guy at Police Station (uncredited)
  • Katie Jensen known as Club Punk (uncredited)
  • Katie Jensen known as Club Punk (uncredited)
  • William Kania known as Elevator Attendant (uncredited)
  • Shaz Khan known as Lebanese Guy (uncredited)
  • Frederick E. Kowalo known as Biker Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
  • Meritt Latimore known as Woman / Couple Seated at Restaurant (uncredited)
  • David Macerelli known as Cemetery Worker (uncredited)
  • Andrew McCune known as Hotel Bellhop (uncredited)
  • Buzz McEntire known as Club Punk (uncredited)
  • Dominic Mecchia known as Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
  • Jeremy Moon known as Businessman (uncredited)
  • David Morse known as Sous Chef (uncredited)
  • Walter E. Myal known as Elevator Attendant / Student (uncredited)
  • Phil Nardozzi known as Diner Patron (uncredited)
  • Jackson Nunn known as Jail Inmate (uncredited)
  • Joe Pawlenko known as Bartender (uncredited)
  • Peacoe Reilly known as Club Punk Rocker (uncredited)
  • Kyle Shepard known as Curly Blonde Club Punk (uncredited)
  • Mark Tierno known as Priest (uncredited)
  • Matt Veltri known as Bell Hop (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Kate Biscoe known as makeup department head

Art Department:

  • Timothy Barnhill known as set dresser
  • Paul Bucciarelli known as on-set dresser
  • Robert Buncher known as key greensman
  • Francine Byrne known as art department coordinator
  • Darien N. D'Alfonso known as scenic artist
  • Bill Dalzell known as set dresser
  • Eileen Garrigan known as charge scenic
  • Thomas J. Garrigan known as assistant property master
  • Jim Heastings known as carpenter
  • Smith Harper Hutchings known as buyer
  • Kenneth J. Kellers known as leadman
  • Lara Lampenfield known as painter
  • Lauri Mancuso known as scenic artist
  • Tyler Morgan known as art department assistant
  • Mary O'Brien known as stand-by scenic
  • Buster Pile known as construction coordinator
  • Gregory Puchalski known as painter
  • Andrew M. Siegel known as property master


Production Companies:

  • Groundswell Productions
  • Scheherazade
  • Sherazade Film Development
  • Visitor Pictures

Other Companies:

  • 424 Post  sound post-production
  • Behind the Scenes Freight  shipping by
  • Creative Artists Agency (CAA)  U.S. sales
  • Entertainment Clearances  rights and clearances
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Lightnin' Production Rentals  transportation equipment
  • NPI Production Services  payroll services – sound editors
  • Pivotal Post  Avid editing equipment provided by


  • Peace Arch Entertainment Group (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Vitagraph Films (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Imagem Filmes (2009) (Brazil) (DVD)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

  • Joseph Francis known as visual effects supervisor

Release Date:

  • USA 20 January 2008 (Sundance Film Festival)
  • Germany 7 February 2008 (European Film Market)
  • USA 13 June 2008 (Seattle International Film Festival)
  • USA 23 November 2008 (Three Rivers Film Festival)
  • Canada 10 April 2009 (limited)
  • USA 10 April 2009 (limited)
  • Canada 4 August 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • USA 4 August 2009 (DVD premiere)


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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