The Weather Man (2005)

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  • IMDb page: The Weather Man (2005)
  • Rate: 6.7/10 total 52,154 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Release Date: 28 October 2005 (USA)
  • Runtime: 102 min
  • Filming Location: 333. N Canal St Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Budget: $22,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $19,039,770(Worldwide)
  • Director: Gore Verbinski
  • Stars: Nicolas Cage, Hope Davis and Nicholas Hoult|See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: James S. Levine (co-composer) (as James Levine) Hans Zimmer   
  • Soundtrack: Like a Rock
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Weatherman | New York City | Couples Therapy | Terminal Illness | Camel Toe

Writing Credits By:

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

Known Trivia

  • Nicolas Cage recorded all of the inner monologue at a local recording studio before shooting began. He was fed the audio on set.
  • The “plastic” spoon stuck to Nicolas Cage’s lapel was actually a metal spoon that had been painted to appear plastic and which was held in place with a magnet.
  • The Naperville Central High School marching band was asked to be in that parade, and the song they are playing is their school’s fight song.
  • Despite Paramount Pictures suggesting that the production be shot in Canada, to substitute for Chicago, Gore Verbinski and Nicolas Cage both insisted that the film be shot in Chicago for authenticity.
  • The food that hits Nicolas Cage throughout the film is thrown by director Gore Verbinski.
  • Gore Verbinski plays guitar on Hans Zimmer’s score.
  • While shooting the film in February, director Gore Verbinski was surprised to find that the weather in Chicago was warm, as it didn’t produce any snow. The production designers had to recreate snow from scratch, as the film takes place during the winter season.
  • To complement the fast food theme, the McDonald’s logo appears prominently on screen no less than nine times.

Goofs: Continuity: When Dave puts the new tag on his license plate, the first set of three numbers is separated from the second set of three numbers. But a moment later, a front shot of his car shows all six numbers in a row with no separation.

Plot: A Chicago weather man, separated from his wife and children, debates whether professional and personal success are mutually exclusive. Full summary »  »

Story: Dave Spritz is a local weatherman in his home town of Chicago, where his career is going well while his personal life — his relationship with his perfectionist writer father, his neurotic ex-wife, and his now-separated children — is spiraling downward. Despite being both loathed and loved by the local masses, Dave is a guy who doesn't seem to have it all together, and in this film, he begins to feel it. An attractive job offer presents Dave with a major question: to pursue his career in New York City, or to remain at home with his family.Written by mystic80  


Synopsis: A successful weatherman at a Chicago news program, David Spritz is well paid but garners little respect from people in the area who throw fast food at him, David suspects, because are resentful of how easy his high-paying job is. Dave also feels overshadowed by his father, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Spritzel, who is disappointed in Dave’s apparent inability to grow up and deal with his two children. The situation worsens when Robert is diagnosed with lymphoma and given only a few months to live. As he becomes more and more depressed, Dave takes up archery, finding the activity a way to build his focus and calm his nerves.

To prove himself to his father and possibly reconcile with Noreen, his estranged wife, Dave pursues a weatherman position with a national talk show called Hello America. The job would nearly quadruple his salary, but means relocating to New York City. When Hello America invites him to New York, he takes his daughter with him and bonds with her by helping her shop for a more suitable wardrobe. While away, Dave learns that his son attacked his counselor, claiming that the man wanted to perform oral sex on him. Despite this stress and an all-night drinking binge, Dave impresses the Hello America interviewers and is eventually offered the job.

When he returns, Dave slaps Russ, Noreen’s boyfriend, when he finds him dealing with his son’s predicament. Dave later confronts the counselor at his home, beating him up and warning him that he is in store for worse.

The family holds a living funeral for Robert, in which Dave asks Noreen to reconcile and move to New York, but she has decided to marry Russ. Dave and Robert have one final talk, in which Dave breaks down in tears, unsure of his life’s choices. Robert consoles him, telling him that he has time to "chuck" the garbage of his life. Robert dies soon after.

The film ends several months later, after Dave has accepted the job and moved to New York. People have ceased throwing things at him though, he muses, this may be a pleasant side-effect of his archery hobby, for which he carries a bow.

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Produced By:

  • David Alper known as executive producer
  • William S. Beasley known as executive producer
  • Todd Black known as producer
  • Jason Blumenthal known as producer
  • Steve Conrad known as co-producer (as Steven Conrad)
  • Norman Golightly known as executive producer (as Norm Golightly)
  • Steve Tisch known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Nicolas Cage known as David Spritz
  • Michael Caine known as Robert Spritzel
  • Hope Davis known as Noreen
  • Gemmenne de la Peña known as Shelly (as Gemmenne De La Peña)
  • Nicholas Hoult known as Mike
  • Michael Rispoli known as Russ
  • Gil Bellows known as Don
  • Judith McConnell known as Lauren
  • Chris Marrs known as DMV Guy
  • Dina Facklis known as Andrea
  • J. Nicole Brooks known as Clerk (as Deanna NJ Brooks)
  • Sia A. Moody known as Nurse (as Sia Moody)
  • Guy Van Swearingen known as Nipper Guy
  • Alejandro Pina known as Fast Food Employee
  • Jackson Bubala known as Fast Food Child
  • Jennifer Bills known as Fast Food Mom
  • Peter Grosz known as Shelly's Archery Instructor
  • Joe Bianchi known as Paul
  • Nick Kuehneman known as Passenger with Frosty
  • Bruce Jarchow known as Viewer
  • Joanne Sylvestrak known as Viewer's Wife
  • Robyn Moler known as Beer Girl
  • John D. Milinac known as Beer Patron
  • Melanie Decelles Castro known as Shelly's Companion
  • Jason Wells known as Tim
  • Scott Benjaminson known as Race Organizer
  • Ora Jones known as Trust Counselor
  • Mike Bacarella known as Takeout Clerk
  • Jennifer Joan Taylor known as Register Worker
  • Chuck Stubbings known as Mark Dersen
  • Shanesia Davis-Williams known as Hello America Producer (as Shane Williams)
  • Dan Flannery known as Hello America Producer
  • Sandy Whiteley known as Hello America Director
  • Antoine McKay known as Passing Pedestrian
  • Eduardo N. Martinez known as Pie Thrower (as Eddie Martinez)
  • David Darlow known as Robert's Friend
  • Will Zahrn known as Priest
  • Poorna Jagannathan known as NY Pedestrian
  • Bryant Gumbel known as Himself
  • Anne Marie Howard known as Co-Anchor
  • Ed McMahon known as Himself
  • Cristina Ferrare known as Herself
  • Stephen Hilger known as Dave's Archery Instructor
  • Ron McClary known as Guy in Park
  • Eric Ambriz known as Elevator Kid
  • Leah Rose Orleans known as Elevator Kid
  • Juhong Xue known as Co-Anchor
  • Tom Skilling known as WGN Assistant Director
  • Wolfgang Puck known as Himself
  • Monica Weaver known as Living Funeral Guest
  • John Francis Mountain known as Living Funeral Guest
  • Peter Nikkos known as New York Businessman (as Peter Nicholas)
  • Nathan Adloff known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Charla Agers known as Ice Skating Competitor (uncredited)
  • Dan Ahn known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Joshua Brail known as (uncredited)
  • Ryan Burk known as Tim's Son (uncredited)
  • Kristen Duerdoth known as Tim's Wife (uncredited)
  • Terrence Edwards known as Doorman (uncredited)
  • David Michael Fordham known as Guy in Food Court (uncredited)
  • Clifford M. Freeney known as Newsroom Executive (uncredited)
  • Todd Goodman known as Bag Man (uncredited)
  • John R. Haley known as DMV Customer (uncredited)
  • Michelle Shelton Huff known as Nurse (uncredited)
  • Bob Kolbey known as Mr. Bratwurst (uncredited)
  • Kathryn Lyn known as Funeral Guest (uncredited)
  • Nikki Taylor Melton known as Girl in Food Court (uncredited)
  • Sergio Mojica known as Business Man (uncredited)
  • Levin O'Connor known as Office Worker (uncredited)
  • Nikkole Palmatier known as Attractive Girl (uncredited)
  • Daniel Riggs known as Traveling Man (uncredited)
  • Christian Rose known as Businessman (uncredited)
  • Ryan Salzwedel known as Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Megan Schaiper known as Funeral Extra (uncredited)
  • Gary Sedlock known as Guest – Ice Rink Party (uncredited)
  • Oral Sledge known as Driver (uncredited)
  • Dwight Sora known as Extra (uncredited)
  • January Stern known as Featured Skater (uncredited)
  • Joey Strobel known as Newsroom Executive (uncredited)
  • Richard Strobel known as Newsroom Executive (uncredited)
  • Amber Sutherland known as Dog Walker (uncredited)
  • Tristan Layne Tapscott known as Extra (uncredited)

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  • Candace Neal known as hair department head
  • Ve Neill known as makeup department head
  • Suzi Ostos known as makeup artist
  • Linda Rizzuto known as hair stylist (as Linda R. Rizzuto)
  • Larry Waggoner known as hair stylist: Mr. Cage
  • Allen Weisinger known as makeup artist: Mr. Cage
  • André Dubois known as personal hairdresser (uncredited)
  • Erwin H. Kupitz known as wig maker (uncredited)
  • Vicki Vacca known as additional makeup artist (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Daniel B. Clancy known as lead person
  • Frank D. Dambra known as chief painter
  • Jeff Dieter known as set dresser
  • Heather Elwell known as art department coordinator
  • Tom Gagnon known as set dresser
  • Michael D. Gianneschi known as assistant property master
  • Harry N. Haase known as paint foreperson
  • Gary Happ known as construction foreperson
  • Craig Jackson known as set designer
  • Tony Leonardi known as on-set painter (as A.J. Leonardi Jr.)
  • Quentin Matthys known as set dresser
  • Jon Nicholson known as on-set dresser
  • Benjamin Nowicki known as graphic designer
  • Tom Osman known as labor foreperson
  • Troy Osman known as construction foreperson (as Troy O. Osman)
  • Tyler Osman known as construction coordinator
  • Kris Peck known as property master (as Christopher E. Peck)
  • Joel Prihoda known as lead person
  • Timothy W. Tiedje known as assistant property master
  • Scott Troha known as set dresser
  • Phillip Ellman known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Shannon Fortune known as art department assistant (uncredited)
  • Thomas J. Glynn known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Veloz Gomez known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Kristin Hanson known as art department assistant (uncredited)
  • Mike Monckton known as painter (uncredited)
  • Paul Wambach known as art department production assistant (uncredited)


Production Companies:

  • Paramount Pictures (presents)
  • Escape Artists (presents)
  • Kumar Mobiliengesellschaft mbH & Co. Projekt Nr. 2 KG (produced in association with)
  • The Weather Man (uncredited)

Other Companies:

  • Atlantic Cine Equipment  cranes and remote heads (uncredited)
  • Canali  selected wardrobe: Mr. Cage, provided by
  • Central Casting  extras casting
  • Chicago Film Office, The  the producers wish to thank
  • Company 3  digital intermediate
  • Hat Trick Catering  caterer
  • Illinois Film Office, The  the producers wish to thank (as Illinois Film Board)
  • Kodak  motion picture film
  • Mary Nelson-Fraser & Associates  negative cutting (as Mary Nelson-Fraser and Associates)
  • Movie Movers  production trailers (uncredited)
  • Movie Movers  star trailers (uncredited)
  • Movie Movers  transportation (uncredited)
  • Nickelodeon Network  acknowledgement: "SpongeBob SquarePants" provided by (as Nickelodeon)
  • Pacific Title  titles
  • Panavision  cameras and lenses
  • Paramount Studios  digital sound editing (as Paramount Pictures)
  • Reed Rigging  rigging crew and equipment supplied by
  • Scribner  publisher: "On Death and Dying" by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross courtesy of
  • Sonoton Musik-Verlag  music (uncredited)


  • Paramount Pictures (2005) (USA) (theatrical) (a Viacom company)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2006) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2006) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2005) (France) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2006) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2006) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2006) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Argentina Video Home (2006) (Argentina) (VHS)
  • Momentum Pictures (2005) (UK) (all media)
  • Nordisk Film (2006) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2006) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2006) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2006) (USA) (DVD)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2006) (Argentina) (all media)

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Special Effects:

  • Method Studios (visual effects) (as Method)
  • Pacific Title and Art Studio (visual effects)
  • Howard Anderson Company, The (visual effects) (as Howard Anderson Company)
  • WSI Corporation (weather graphics animation)
  • Full Scale Effects (special effects support)

Visual Effects by:

  • Gil Baron known as cg technical supervisor: Method
  • Hatem Benabdallah known as cg artist: Method (as Hatem Ben Abdallah)
  • Jeremy F. Butler known as cg artist: Method (as Jeremy Butler)
  • Chris Flynn known as digital compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Alex Frisch known as lead 2d visual effects artist: Method
  • Joe Gareri known as executive producer: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Charles Gibson known as visual effects supervisor
  • Paul Perez Hahn known as visual effects producer: Method (as Paul Hahn)
  • Brian Hanable known as inferno compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Maureen Healy known as digital compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Alexandre Kolasinski known as 2d artist: Method
  • Tom Lamb known as digital compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Jennifer Law-Stump known as digital compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • James LeBloch known as cg artist: Method
  • Laurent Ledru known as cg creative supervisor: Method
  • Cedric Nicolas-Troyan known as lead 2d visual effects artist: Method (as Cedric Nicolas)
  • Patrick Phillips known as inferno compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Liz Radley known as video & computer graphics supervisor
  • Katrina Salicrup known as 2d artist: Method
  • David Sosalla known as visual effects supervisor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Scott Taylor known as technical lead: Method
  • James D. Tittle known as visual effects coordinator: Pacific Title
  • Andreas Wacker known as technology supervisor: Method
  • Brian Corpus known as technical operations manager: Pacific Title and Art Studio (uncredited)
  • Todd Hemsley known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Chia-Chi Hu known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Gerald Ragland known as digital intermediate assistant (uncredited)
  • John Scheer known as digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
  • John Zachary known as video technical assistant (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 20 October 2005 (Chicago International Film Festival)
  • USA 28 October 2005
  • Belgium 23 November 2005
  • France 30 November 2005
  • Greece 1 December 2005
  • Spain 13 January 2006
  • Brazil 20 January 2006
  • Switzerland 8 February 2006 (French speaking region)
  • Switzerland 9 February 2006 (German speaking region)
  • Sweden 10 February 2006
  • Panama 24 February 2006
  • Germany 2 March 2006
  • Hungary 2 March 2006
  • Finland 3 March 2006
  • Ireland 3 March 2006
  • Italy 3 March 2006
  • UK 3 March 2006
  • Mexico 10 March 2006
  • Poland 10 March 2006
  • Turkey 10 March 2006
  • Denmark 17 March 2006
  • Australia 23 March 2006
  • Netherlands 11 May 2006
  • Iceland 15 June 2006 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 23 June 2006 (DVD premiere)
  • Argentina 5 July 2006 (DVD premiere)
  • Egypt 30 November 2006 (Cairo International Film Festival)

MPAA: Rated R for strong language and sexual content


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