The Promotion (2008)

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  • IMDb page: The Promotion (2008)
  • Rate: 5.8/10 total 11,357 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 28 August 2008 (Singapore)
  • Runtime: 86 min
  • Filming Location: S. Greenwood Avenue between 54th & 55th Streets, Hyde Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Budget: $8,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $406,252(USA)(13 July 2008)
  • Director: Steve Conrad
  • Stars: Seann William Scott, John C. Reilly and Chris Conrad
  • Original Music By: Alex Wurman   
  • Soundtrack: Maneater
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Motivational Tape | Canada | Supermarket | Barbecue | Satire

Writing Credits By:

  • Steve Conrad (written by) (as Steven Conrad)

Known Trivia

  • Though Donnie Wahls (Nathan Geist) is referred to as a bit too “junior” in the film, in actuality Geist had to pluck gray hairs before each day of filming during production.
  • The film was originally scheduled to be released on May 2007, but was pushed back to June 2008 to add new scenes featuring Masi Oka’s cameo appearance.

Goofs: Factual errors: Richard Welhner is from Québec, and his car has Québec plates, but vehicles from this province only have license plates on the rear of the vehicle, not on the front.

Plot: Two assistant managers of a corporate grocery store vie for a coveted promotion. Full summary »  »

Story: At 33, Doug Stauber is ready for a promotion. He's married, wants to buy a house, and is assistant manager at a Chicago supermarket that's building a new store in his neighborhood. His boss tells him he's a shoo-in to manage the new store, then, a rival appears – Richard Wehlner, transferred from Canada. Richard has a deeper resume than Doug, is really nice, has a wife and daughter, and wants the promotion to manager too. How should Doug behave toward Richard – as a friend, a colleague, a competitor, or an enemy? Richard, it seems, has demons and a past, but with the help of motivational tapes, he's resolved to succeed. Corporate and personal tests await the two men.Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>  

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Synopsis: A war of wills takes place between two men who want to run the same grocery store in this offbeat comedy from writer and director Steven Conrad. Doug (Seann William Scott) is a seemingly ordinary guy who works as the assistant manager of a supermarket near Chicago. When the owners of the market announce they’re opening a new branch near Doug’s neighborhood, he applies to become manager of the new store, and both he and his wife (Jenna Fischer) assume he’s a shoo-in to get the job. But Richard (John C. Reilly), a gregarious recent hire at the store who has relocated to Illinois from Canada, announces he’s also applying for the management position, and a keen rivalry develops between Doug and Richard even as they strive to act like friends on the surface. As the competition grows between the two, their personality flaws become increasingly evident — Doug’s short temper, Richard’s history of drug abuse — and when Richard’s wife (Lili Taylor) leaves him, the contest starts taking an uncomfortable turn. The Promotion also stars Fred Armisen, Gil Bellows, and Bobby Cannavale. [D-Man2010]

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Produced By:

  • Jessika Borsiczky known as producer (as Jessika Borsiczky Goyer)
  • Steven A. Jones known as producer
  • Ben Ormand known as line producer: Los Angeles
  • Christina Varotsis known as line producer
  • Bob Weinstein known as executive producer
  • Harvey Weinstein known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Seann William Scott known as Doug Stauber
  • Chris Conrad known as Teddy Grahams
  • Rick Gonzalez known as Ernesto
  • Adrian Martinez known as Octavio
  • Maestro Harrell known as First Kid in Parking Lot
  • Kristopher Lofton known as Second Kid in Parking Lot
  • Jarreau Brown known as Third Kid in Parking Lot
  • Edwin Walker known as Fourth Kid in Parking Lot (as Edwin M. Walker)
  • Jamaal C. Adams known as Fifth Kid in Parking Lot
  • Mario Larraza known as Edgar
  • Geremy Webster known as Breden
  • Tory O. Davis known as Keith
  • Fred Armisen known as Scott Fargas
  • Bobby Cannavale known as Dr. Timms
  • Jenna Fischer known as Jen Stauber
  • Richard Henzel known as Motivational Speaker (voice)
  • Brian Gallivan known as Banjo Player #1 (voice)
  • Christian Stolte known as Banjo Player #2 (voice)
  • John C. Reilly known as Richard Wehlner
  • Lili Taylor known as Lori Wehlner
  • Peter Grosz known as Guy in Windbreaker
  • Joe Farina known as Kevin – the Pepsi Rep
  • Gil Bellows known as Mitch
  • Denny Anderson known as Board Member #1
  • Kevin Pitcairn known as Board Member #2 (as Kevin Patrick Smith)
  • Paul Thomas known as Board Member #3
  • Ithamar Enriquez known as Rogelio
  • Abby Allen known as Christine
  • William Dick known as Canadian #1
  • Guy Massey known as Canadian #2
  • Rich Tanis known as Board Member #4
  • Masi Oka known as Realtor
  • Jason Bateman known as Retreat Leader
  • Javier Lopez known as Little Javier
  • Steve Park known as David Kim
  • Anastasia Esper known as Sylvia
  • Tony Fitzpatrick known as Police Officer
  • Angel Guzman known as Javier
  • David Moscow known as Teddy Graham's Friend
  • Bruce Jarchow known as Party Guest
  • Ernest Perry Jr. known as Man in Audience (as Ernst Perry Jr.)
  • Chris Gardner known as First Community Leader
  • Shaun Gayle known as Second Community Leader
  • Stephanie G. Conti known as Toll Booth Lady
  • Rebecca Fox known as Dance Studio Employee
  • Joshua Eber known as Hardy
  • Nathan Geist known as Donnie Wahls
  • Nathan Adloff known as Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Michael Armon known as Grocery Store Patron (uncredited)
  • Holly Barrett known as Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Darlene Benigno known as Grocery Store Shopper (uncredited)
  • Debbi Burns known as Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Brent Allen Caputo known as Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Jack Claussen known as Shopper (uncredited)
  • Katie Claussen known as Featured Shopper (uncredited)
  • Melissa Claussen known as Shopper (uncredited)
  • Kelli Clevenger known as Daycare Worker (uncredited)
  • Angela Cobb known as Community Member (uncredited)
  • Charley Cross known as Grocery Store Shopper (uncredited)
  • Sebastien Cuk known as French Tourist (uncredited)
  • Kathleen Dagis known as Doctor / Intern (uncredited)
  • Vicky Deckard known as El Passenger (uncredited)
  • Fred Dial known as Party Guest / Physician (uncredited)
  • Matt Dinerstein known as Grocery Store Shopper (uncredited)
  • Tony Domino known as Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • David Charles DuBois known as Doctor / Intern (uncredited)
  • Matt Dworzanczyk known as Drug Addict (uncredited)
  • Ellen Fliesler known as Cashier (uncredited)
  • Andrea Frisby known as Community Member (uncredited)
  • Dennis Frymire known as El Passenger (uncredited)
  • Emerald Gunther known as Craft Maker at Party (uncredited)
  • Jaide Gunther known as Comical Boy at Party (uncredited)
  • Krystyl Gunther known as Partygoer (uncredited)
  • John R. Haley known as El Passenger (uncredited)
  • Steven H. Hansen known as El Commuter (uncredited)
  • Bryanna Hartung known as Grocery Store Shopper (uncredited)
  • David Hernandez known as Rafael Velazquez (uncredited)
  • Safia Jalila known as Town Hall Member (uncredited)
  • Carlyn Janus known as Customer (uncredited)
  • Randall Jones known as Doctor (uncredited)
  • Kevin R. Kelly known as (uncredited)
  • Sharon Kluge known as Pedestrian at Acrobatic Scene (uncredited)
  • Bob Kolbey known as Supermarket Manager (uncredited)
  • Tim Krueger known as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Michael Kuster known as Doctor Reid (uncredited)
  • Debra Langland known as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • Joseph Lazicki known as Joe the Beer Guy (uncredited)
  • Blair Lewin known as Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Jamie Louachai known as El Passenger (uncredited)
  • Alexandra Mann known as Grocery Shopper (uncredited)
  • Jon Marshall known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Eddie Martinez known as Sylvia's Husband (uncredited)
  • Betsy McIntyre known as Cute Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Robert McLean known as Jeff (uncredited)
  • Nikki Taylor Melton known as Lizzie (uncredited)
  • Lori Miller known as Shopper (uncredited)
  • Haley Nero known as Store Patron (uncredited)
  • Lindsey Nero known as Store Patron (uncredited)
  • James Pusztay known as El Passenger (uncredited)
  • Phil Ridarelli known as Man in Therapy (uncredited)
  • Yve Rojas known as Business Woman (uncredited)
  • Janelle Rominski known as El Passenger / Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Mikki Raphael Rosenberg known as Bus Rider (uncredited)
  • Adam Schoenle known as Grocery Store Shopper (uncredited)
  • Ashley Schoenle known as Grocery Store Shopper (uncredited)
  • Paris Scott known as Shopper (uncredited)
  • Gary Sedlock known as Businessman (uncredited)
  • Anita Showalter known as Cashier (uncredited)
  • Toni-Marie Spera known as El Passenger (uncredited)
  • January Stern known as French Tourist (uncredited)
  • Tristan Layne Tapscott known as Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Rahul Thakkar known as Student on El (uncredited)
  • Giota Trakas known as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • David Dino Wells Jr. known as Dodgy Guy (uncredited)
  • Michael White known as Passenger (uncredited)
  • Erik A. Williams known as Grocery Store Shopper (uncredited)
  • Joy Yascone known as Second Nurse (uncredited)

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  • RaMona Fleetwood known as hair stylist: Los Angeles (as Ramona Fleetwood)
  • Voni Hinkle known as department head hair stylist: Los Angeles
  • Aimee Lippert-Bastian known as makeup artist (as Aimee Lippert)
  • Annette Lorant known as makeup artist: Los Angeles
  • Tony Mirante known as department head hair stylist (as Anthony Mirante)
  • Michael Mosher known as department head makeup: Los Angeles
  • Suzi Ostos known as department head makeup
  • Shari Perry known as additional hair stylist: Los Angeles (as Sharon Perry)
  • Cheryl Pickenback known as hair stylist (as Cheryl Pickenpack)
  • Kentaro Yano known as tattoo makeup artist: Los Angeles

Art Department:

  • Anthony Barracca known as leadman (as Tony Barracca)
  • Scott Bauer known as property master: Los Angeles
  • Raymond L. Bernadin known as construction foreman (as Raymond Bernardin)
  • Caity Birmingham known as art department intern
  • Alan Broadbent known as paint foreman
  • John Bullard known as construction foreman: Los Angeles
  • Genelle Ciccarelli known as art department production assistant: Los Angeles
  • Kimberly Clancy known as set dressing buyer (as Kimberly Miller Clancy)
  • Frank Coronado known as storyboard artist
  • Ronald Coy known as painter
  • Charles W. DelGreco known as swing gang
  • Jeff Dieter known as swing gang
  • Tom Gagnon known as swing gang
  • Amber Haley known as set dressing buyer: Los Angeles
  • Kristin Hanson known as art department coordinator
  • Aaron C. Holden Jr. known as on-set dresser
  • Kyle Holden known as swing gang
  • Lester Johnson known as painter
  • Robert Kelter known as painter
  • Tuyet van thi Mach known as art department intern (as Tuyet Mach)
  • Brian McKinley known as painter
  • Doug J. Meerdink known as art director: Los Angeles (as Doug Meerdink)
  • Jim Meyer known as propmaker gang boss: Los Angeles
  • Justin Miller known as set dresser: Los Angeles
  • Bruce Mink known as property assistant: Los Angeles
  • Benjamin Nowicki known as assistant art director
  • Denise Ogawa-Jacinto known as property assistant: Los Angeles (as Denise Jacinto)
  • Mike Piccirillo known as art department coordinator: Los Angeles
  • Walter J. Piers known as swing gang
  • Marquee Reno known as art department production assistant
  • John Rigden known as swing gang
  • Tom Rigden known as swing gang (as Thomas J. Rigden)
  • Mike Rust known as paint supervisor: Los Angeles
  • David Schulz known as painter
  • John H. Schulz known as head painter
  • Derek Scouler known as set dresser: Los Angeles
  • Scott Sener known as property assistant: Los Angeles
  • John J. Slove Jr. known as construction coordinator (as John J. Slove)
  • Julie Smith known as set decorator: Los Angeles
  • Brad Soper known as set dresser: Los Angeles
  • Oscar Thompson known as leadman: Los Angeles
  • Timothy W. Tiedje known as property master
  • Juan Vela known as set dresser (as Juan Vella)
  • Joe Wick known as painter: Los Angeles
  • Kho Wong known as art department production assistant
  • Rob Yale known as property assistant
  • Daryl Ziemke known as swing gang
  • Matthew J. Norskog known as set dresser (uncredited)

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Production Companies:

  • Dimension Films (presents)

Other Companies:

  • AFTR7  negative cutter (as Aftr-7, Inc.)
  • AON/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services  insurance provided by (as Aon, Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services)
  • Airside  title design by
  • Allied Advertising  epk
  • American Roadshow Motion Picture And Television Catering  caterer (as American Roadshow Catering)
  • Angel City Grips  grip equipment provided by: Los Angeles
  • Ann & Mario Catering  caterer: Los Angeles
  • Belden Stratford Apartments, The  accommodations provided by
  • Belden Stratford Apartments, The  special thanks (as Belden Stratford)
  • Browder's Security  security services provided by (as Browder's)
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  dolly provided by: Los Angeles (as Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment, Inc.)
  • Chicago Audio Works  sound services (as Chicago Audio Works, Inc.)
  • Chicago Film Office, The  special thanks
  • Cinema Security Services  security services provided by: Los Angeles
  • Clearance Domain  script clearance
  • Creative Extras Casting (CEC)  extras casting: Los Angeles
  • D'Absolute Caterers  extras catering (as D'Absolute Catering)
  • Essanay Studio & Lighting  grip and electric equipment provided by (as Essanay Studios)
  • Film I/O  special thanks (as I/O Film)
  • Filmworkers Club/Astro  dailies & telecine (as Filmworkers Astro Lab)
  • Fujifilm  released on
  • Illinois Film Office, The  special thanks
  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)  this picture made under the jurisdiction of (as I.A.T.S.E.)
  • KatLei Productions  special thanks
  • Kodak  film provided by
  • Kodak  motion picture film: filmed on
  • Kodak  special thanks
  • Lakeshore Records  soundtrack (uncredited)
  • Leonetti Company  electric equipment provided by: Los Angeles
  • Lighting Support Services  lighting provided by (as Lighting Support Services, Ltd.)
  • Manilow Suites  accommodations provided by
  • NT Audio Visual  optical soundtrack negative (as NT Audio)
  • Northwest Sinfonia  orchestra
  • Orbit Digital  Avid services and support
  • Pacific Title and Art Studio  opticals by
  • Panavision  camera equipment provided by
  • Post Logic Studios  post production services provided by
  • Premiere Props  special thanks
  • Pro-Travel  travel by
  • Skywalker Sound  post production sound services provided by (as Skywalker Sound, A Lucasfilm Ltd. Company, Marin County, California)
  • Solid State Authentics, London, England  courtesy of: Adam & The Ants t-shirt
  • Sonart Productions  score mixed at
  • Soundtrack  ADR Facility (uncredited)
  • Studio X  score recorded at
  • Trevanna Post  post production accountant
  • What the Hale Music  additional sound recording provided by

Distributors:

  • Third Rail Releasing (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • A-Film Home Entertainment (2009) (Belgium) (DVD) (retail)
  • A-Film Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (retail)
  • Comedy Central (2011) (USA) (TV)
  • Genius Products (2008) (USA) (DVD)
  • Golden Village Entertainment (2008) (Singapore) (all media)
  • Maple Pictures (2009) (Canada) (all media)
  • Movie Bank (2009) (Belgium) (DVD) (rental)
  • Movie Bank (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (rental)
  • Nordisk Film International Sales (2009) (Denmark) (all media)
  • Nordisk Film Theatrical Distribution (2009) (Finland) (all media)
  • Nordisk Film (2009) (Norway) (all media)
  • Nordisk Film (2009) (Sweden) (all media)
  • Prorom Media-Trade (2007) (Romania) (all media)

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Special Effects:

  • Pacific Title and Art Studio (additional visual effects by)

Visual Effects by:

  • Gilbert Alvarado known as visual effects artist
  • John Campuzano known as visual effects coordinator
  • Alan De Castro known as visual effects artist
  • Emily Fenster known as visual effects associate producer
  • Cristian A. Kong known as visual effects artist
  • Ladd Lanford known as visual effects producer
  • Miles Lauridsen known as visual effects artist
  • Peter Luong known as visual effects coordinator
  • Jenna Mateo known as visual effects artist
  • Abe Saleh known as visual effects artist
  • Chris Gelles known as visual effects executive producer: & Company (uncredited)
  • David Isyomin known as visual effects supervisor: & Company (uncredited)
  • Bob Wiatr known as digital compositor (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 9 March 2008 (South by Southwest Film Festival)
  • USA 1 May 2008 (Newport Beach International Film Festival)
  • USA 10 May 2008 (SIFF Supporter Preview)
  • USA 6 June 2008 (limited)
  • Singapore 28 August 2008
  • Finland 11 February 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Belgium 31 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Netherlands 31 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Iceland 29 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Germany 4 June 2009
  • Portugal 8 October 2009
  • Hungary 9 March 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Australia 18 July 2010 (TV premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for language including sexual references, and some drug use

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