The Yellow Handkerchief (2008)

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  • IMDb page: The Yellow Handkerchief (2008)
  • Rate: 6.8/10 total 2,931 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 19 November 2009 (Germany)
  • Runtime: USA:102 min
  • Filming Location: Morgan City, Louisiana, USA
  • Budget: $15,500,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $317,040(USA)(16 May 2010)
  • Director: Udayan Prasad
  • Stars: William Hurt, Maria Bello and Kristen Stewart
  • Original Music By: Eef Barzelay  Jack Livesey   
  • Soundtrack: Bottle Up And Go
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Three Word Title | Roadtrip | Color In Title

Writing Credits By:

  • Pete Hamill (story)
  • Erin Dignam  screenplay

Known Trivia

  • To prepare for the role, William Hurt spent a night in Louisiana State Penitentiary – better known as Angola.

Plot: A road trip through Louisiana transforms three strangers who were originally brought together by their respective feelings of loneliness. Full summary » |  »

Story: One lazy afternoon in a backwater Louisiana town, Martine takes a leap into an unfamiliar convertible. The driver, Gordy, an awkward young itinerant who eyed her in the diner earlier, isn't displeased to find this pretty sylph in his front seat. Soon they meet Brett, a laconic, humble man just released from prison. Martine isn't keen on going solo with Gordy, and now it's raining cats and dogs, so she invites Brett along, and the unlikely trio sets out, each person unsure of the destination. What ensues is a journey through the lush green byways of rural Louisiana and into the depths of these characters' souls.Written by Marisa_Gabriella  

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Produced By:

  • Lillian Birnbaum known as executive producer
  • Arthur Cohn known as producer
  • Jeannette Eckenstein known as associate producer (as Jeannine Eckenstein)
  • Samuel Falk known as associate producer
  • Esther Grether known as associate producer
  • Annetta Grisard known as associate producer
  • Beau Marks known as co-producer
  • Robert Ortiz known as line producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • William Hurt known as Brett Hanson
  • Maria Bello known as May
  • Kristen Stewart known as Martine
  • Eddie Redmayne known as Gordy
  • Kaori Momoi known as Motel Owner
  • Emmanuel Cohn known as Male Doctor
  • Nurith Cohn known as Female Nurse
  • Veronica Russell known as Pregnant Warden
  • Grover Coulson known as Farnsworth
  • Lisha Brock known as Waitress
  • Lucy Faust known as Snotty Girl (as Lucy Adair Faust)
  • John Gregory Willard known as Blonde
  • Rebecca Newman known as Ilene
  • Ross Britz known as Friend
  • Marshall Cain known as Ferry Driver
  • Aimee Spring Fortier known as Teenage Mother (as Aimee Fortier)
  • Ross Francis known as Boyfriend
  • Douglas M. Griffin known as Policeman
  • Jeff Galpin known as Policeman #2
  • Ashlynn Ross known as Delivery Girl
  • Tanner Gill known as Man in the Rain
  • Eric F. Adams known as Bank Assesor (as Eric Adams)
  • Shayne Tingle known as Ferry Driver #2 (as Shane Tingle)
  • Michael D. Kennedy known as Tony Freckles (as Michael Kennedy)
  • Paige Pareti known as Girl in Video
  • Barbara Balentine known as Grocery Store Customer (uncredited)
  • Victor Brunette known as Chippy White (uncredited)
  • Joshua Davis known as Boy Walking (uncredited)
  • Chris J. Fanguy known as Wildlife Enforcement Officer (uncredited)
  • Cynthia LeBlanc known as Bus Patron (uncredited)
  • Elton LeBlanc known as Bus Patron (uncredited)
  • R.O. Mackey known as Oil Rig Worker on Helicopter (uncredited)
  • Holly O'Quin known as Female Nurse (uncredited)
  • Lawanda Smith known as Driver / Pedestian (uncredited)
  • Dawna Williams known as Waitress (uncredited)

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  • Sterfon Demings known as department head hair
  • Theresa A. Fleming known as key hair stylist
  • Bonni Flowers known as makeup department head
  • Darryl Lucas known as additional makeup artist
  • Ann Pala known as makeup artist: Ms. Bello (as Ann Pala Taylor)
  • Paige Reeves known as key makeup artist
  • Kent Richard known as hair stylist (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • David Adams known as lead greens
  • Monique Champagne known as set decorator buyer
  • Mark Coble known as utility
  • Michael Dares known as set dresser (as Mike Dares)
  • Franco Georgianna known as construction coordinator
  • T. Austen Grehan known as utility
  • Robert Guillot known as prop maker
  • Lauren Hemard known as art department production assistant
  • Mara LePere-Schloop known as set designer
  • Austin T. LeValley known as utility
  • Michael S. Martin known as property master (as Michael Martin)
  • Tim McCulloch known as painter (as Tim McCullough)
  • Danny Nick known as lead person
  • Joseph Nicolosi III known as utility
  • Jorin Ostroska known as assistant property master
  • Pavel Pesta known as paint gangboss
  • Pavel Pesta known as utility
  • Alixandra Petrovich known as set dresser
  • Ryan Reinike known as utility
  • Regis Scott known as painter
  • Robin Simmerly known as art department coordinator
  • Marcus Turchi known as construction foreman (as Marcus N. Turchi)
  • Randy Vinet known as prop maker
  • Steve Walters known as lead scenic artist
  • David Warburton known as on-set dresser
  • Bill Waters known as set dresser
  • Durel Yates known as set dresser (as Durel Yates Jr.)


Production Companies:

  • Arthur Cohn Productions

Other Companies:

  • Nina Saxon Film Design  title design (as Nina Saxon Design)
  • Alex Gourmet Catering  catering (as Alex's Gourmet Catering)
  • Block-Korenbrot Public Relations  publicity
  • C5  post-production facilities
  • Cavalry Technology Partners  internet services
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera car
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  dollies
  • Clems Swine  chicken wrangler
  • Coulon Casting  casting
  • Event Rental  locations equipment rentals
  • Event Rental  portable power systems and cables
  • Fairfield Studios  sound post-production (additional adr recording)
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Global Tactical Services  security services
  • Instagator Ranch  alligator wrangler
  • Lightnin' Production Rentals  transportation equipment
  • New Orleans Film Commission, The  film commission
  • Orbit Digital  post-production facilities
  • Rice Gorton Pictures Ltd.  post-production accountants (as Rice Gorton Pictures)
  • Rockbottom Rentals  cell phone rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  nextel cell phone rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  walkie rentals
  • Sound One  post-production facilities
  • Technicolor  digital intermediate


  • Samuel Goldwyn Films (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Shochiku Company (2010) (Japan) (theatrical)

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Special Effects:

  • Pixel Magic (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Michael Curtis known as digital compositor: Pixel Magic (as Micheal Curtis)
  • Victor DiMichina known as visual effects technical production supervisor: Pixel Magic
  • Kevin Fisher known as rotoscope and paint artist: Pixel Magic
  • Patrick Flanagan known as digital compositor: Pixel Magic
  • Jim Gorman known as digital compositor: Pixel Magic
  • Bonnie Kanner known as visual effects executive producer: Pixel Magic
  • Kevin Kipper known as cg artist: Pixel Magic
  • George Macri known as visual effects producer: Pixel Magic
  • Ray McIntyre Jr. known as visual effects supervisor (as Raymond McIntyre Jr.)
  • Leslie McMinn known as visual effects producer: Pixel Magic
  • Reid Paul known as digital compositor: Pixel Magic
  • Ray Scalice known as visual effects general manager: Pixel Magic
  • Charlotte Gray known as digital restoration (uncredited)
  • Erin L. Nelson known as digital restoration (uncredited)
  • Wilson Tang known as digital restoration (uncredited)
  • Mike Uguccioni known as digital compositor (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 18 January 2008 (Sundance Film Festival)
  • USA 2 May 2008 (San Francisco International Film Festival)
  • France 11 September 2008 (Deauville American Film Festival)
  • United Arab Emirates 19 October 2008 (Middle East International Film Festival)
  • USA 17 December 2008 (Los Angeles, California)
  • Hong Kong 23 March 2009 (Hong Kong International Film Festival)
  • Hungary 27 March 2009 (Titanic International Filmpresence Festival)
  • USA 29 April 2009 (USA Film Festival)
  • USA 18 October 2009 (Chicago International Film Festival)
  • Germany 19 November 2009
  • USA 26 February 2010 (limited)
  • Japan 28 February 2010 (Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival)
  • Japan 26 June 2010

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sexual content, some violence, language and thematic elements


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