While She Was Out (2008)

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  • IMDb page: While She Was Out (2008)
  • Rate: 4.8/10 total 3,444 votes 
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 26 March 2009 (Spain)
  • Runtime: Argentina:108 min (DVD version) | Greece:88 min
  • Filming Location: Glenlyon Parkway, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
  • Budget: $6,000,000(estimated)
  • Director: Susan Montford
  • Stars: Kim Basinger, Lukas Haas and Craig Sheffer
  • Original Music By: Paul Haslinger   
  • Soundtrack: Twelve Days of Christmas
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Mall | Twin | Gang | Christmas | Housewife

Writing Credits By:

  • Edward Bryant (short story)
  • Susan Montford (written by)

Known Trivia

    Plot: Della Myers is an overwhelmed upper-middle-class housewife who lives in a large house in the suburbs with her twin children and her abusive husband… See more »  »

    Story: Della Myers is an overwhelmed upper-middle-class housewife who lives in a large house in the suburbs with her twin children and her abusive husband, Kenneth. Kenneth lets Della know that he thinks she gives all her attention to the twins and neglects her house and her appearance. Late on Christmas Eve, Della drives to the local mall to buy gift-wrap. While searching for a parking space in the jam-packed lot, Della notices an old car taking up two spaces. Frustrated and annoyed, she decides to leave a paper message on the windshield of the old car, writing, "Hey, 'Jack'. How selfish can you be?" After the mall closes, Della's car is held by the driver of the old car and she is threatened by four punks — Chuckie, Huey, Vingh, and Tomás. When the security guard of the mall attempts to protect Della, he is shot and killed by Chuckie. Della tries to escape from the criminals in her truck…Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Edited and revised for clarity by JKS, United States  

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    Produced By:

    • Mary Aloe known as producer
    • Christian Arnold-Beutel known as executive producer
    • Kim Basinger known as executive producer
    • Edward Bass known as co-executive producer (as Ed Bass)
    • Robert Crippen known as co-producer
    • Michael A. DiManno known as executive producer (as Michael Dimanno)
    • Samuel H. Frankel known as executive producer (as Sam Frankel)
    • Christian Halsey Solomon known as executive producer
    • Lindsay MacAdam known as co-producer (as Lindsay Macadam)
    • Tim McGrath known as executive producer
    • Susan Montford known as producer
    • Don Murphy known as producer
    • Eddie Perez known as co-producer
    • R. Scott Reid known as executive producer (as Scott Reid)
    • Jeff Rice known as co-executive producer
    • David Roessell known as executive producer
    • Kirk Shaw known as producer
    • Don Starr known as executive producer
    • Daniel J.B. Taylor known as executive producer (as Dan Taylor)
    • Guillermo del Toro known as executive producer (as Guillermo Del Toro)

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Kim Basinger known as Della
    • Lukas Haas known as Chuckie
    • Craig Sheffer known as Kenneth
    • Jamie Starr known as Huey
    • Leonard Wu known as Vingh
    • Luis Chávez known as Tomas (as Luis Chavez)
    • Luke Gair known as Terry
    • Erika-Shaye Gair known as Tammi
    • Wayne Bernard known as Angry Driver
    • Ari Solomon known as Rent A Cop
    • Sadie Lawrence known as Perfume Sales Lady
    • Alana Husband known as Lingerie Sales Assistant
    • Katie Messina known as Coffee Sales Person
    • Rachel Hayward known as Lynn
    • Lossen Chambers known as Pharmacy Sales Assistant
    • Steve Archer known as Tired Man
    • Michael Strusievici known as Kid
    • Roshawn Franklin known as James (uncredited)
    • Jennifer Kitchen known as Parking Lot Mother (uncredited)

    ..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

    • Ken Culver known as makeup effects artist: Masters FX
    • Calla Syna Dreyer known as swing hair/makeup (as Calla Dreyer)
    • Jane English known as body makeup: Ms. Basinger
    • Rachel Griffin known as makeup effects artist: Masters FX
    • Kandace Loewen known as key hair stylist
    • Todd Masters known as makeup effects designer: Masters FX
    • Todd Masters known as makeup effects supervisor: Masters FX
    • Amanda McGowan known as key makeup artist
    • Tana Lynn Moldovanos known as swing hair/makeup (as Tana Moldovands)
    • Sarah Pickersgill known as makeup effects artist: Masters FX
    • Nicholas Podbrey known as makeup effects coordinator: Masters FX
    • Sam Polin known as makeup effects artist: Masters FX
    • Brad Proctor known as makeup effects artist: Masters FX
    • Dan Rebert known as makeup effects artist: Masters FX
    • Shawn Ronzio known as makeup effects artist: Masters FX
    • Jamie Salmon known as makeup effects artist: Masters FX
    • Ronnie Specter known as makeup artist: Ms. Basinger
    • Mitchell Stone known as hair stylist: Ms. Basinger (as Mitch Stone)
    • Nicholas Podbrey known as special effects makeup artist (uncredited)

    Art Department:

    • Chris Andreas known as assistant set decorator
    • Nils Blomberg known as carpenter
    • Brian Cunningham known as graphics artist
    • Robin Driscoll known as key scenic
    • Jilly Geer known as lead dresser
    • Peter Grace known as construction coordinator
    • Erich Hepnar known as greensman (as Eric Hepnar)
    • David Inkster known as dresser
    • Jennifer Kom-Tong known as props buyer (as Jenn Kom-Tong)
    • Duncan Lalonde known as carpenter
    • David Midgen known as illustrator: main titles
    • Susan Montford known as illustrator: main titles
    • Elliot Neck known as props assistant
    • Valentine Pavuls known as props master
    • Mike Sorochuk known as head carpenter
    • Michael Stitt known as carpenter (as Mike Stitt)
    • Emma Van Der Slagt known as illustrator
    • Adrien Van Viersen known as storyboard artist
    • Sonia Zimmerman known as on-set dresser
    • Sonia Zimmerman known as prop buyer (uncredited)


    Production Companies:

    • Insight Film Studios (producer)
    • Angry Films (producer) (as Don Murphy)
    • Victoria Filmproduktion (producer) (as Victoria KG)
    • Proud Mary Entertainment (in association with)
    • Redwood Palms Pictures (in association with)
    • Grosvenor Park Media (in association with)
    • Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC) (with the participation of)
    • Province of British Columbia Film Incentive BC (with the participation of)
    • Aloe Entertainment

    Other Companies:

    • Bastyr University  orchestra recorded at (as Bastyr University, Kenmore WA)
    • Burberry  the filmmakers would like to thank
    • DGC  acknowledgment (as DGC Directors Guild of Canada – British Columbia District Council)
    • DitlevFilms  end crawl design
    • Feel Good T-Shirts  the filmmakers would like to thank
    • Focus Entertainment Insurance Brokers  the filmmakers would like to thank (as Focus Entertainment Insurance)
    • Heenan Blaikie Lawyers  legal services by: Insight Film Studios (as Heenan Blaikie)
    • Hollywood Camera  additional camera equipment
    • Hunter Boot Company  the filmmakers would like to thank
    • I.A.T.S.E. Local 669  acknowledgment (as I.A.T.S.E.® 669)
    • I.A.T.S.E. Local 891  acknowledgment (as I.A.T.S.E. 891 Motion Picture Technicians iatse.com)
    • Lakeshore Records  soundtrack
    • Levis  the filmmakers would like to thank
    • Line 21 Media Services Ltd.  close captioning
    • Line 21 Media Services Ltd.  combined dialogue, continuity & spotting list
    • Original Penguin  the filmmakers would like to thank
    • Paladin Show Services  equipment provided by
    • Panavision  cameras & lenses (as Panavision®)
    • Picture Mill, The  main titles by (as Picture Mill)
    • Roberts & Stahl Entertainment Law  legal services by: Insight Film Studios (as Roberts & Stahl)
    • SMI Recording  orchestra recorded by
    • Soundelux  sound editorial by
    • Steele's Travel World  the filmmakers would like to thank
    • Studio 27  score mixed at (as Studio 27, North Hollywood, CA)
    • Sweet Garnett  craft services
    • Technicolor Digital Intermediates  digital intermediate
    • Todd-AO Studios  sound re-recorded at
    • Truffles Catering Group  catering by (as Truffles Fine Foods)
    • Union of B.C. Performers  production made possible with the generous support of the membership of (also as U.B.C.P.)


    • Anchor Bay Films (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
    • Hollywood Entertainment (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
    • Optimum Releasing (2008) (UK) (theatrical)
    • Anchor Bay Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
    • Anchor Bay Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
    • E1 Entertainment (2009) (Canada) (DVD)
    • Filmax Home Video (2008) (Spain) (DVD)
    • Gativideo (2008) (Argentina) (DVD)
    • Happinet (2009) (Japan) (DVD)
    • Koch Media (2009) (Germany) (DVD)
    • Koch Media (2009) (Germany) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
    • Nordisk Film Theatrical Distribution (2009) (Finland) (DVD)
    • Optimum Home Entertainment (2008) (UK) (DVD)
    • P.F.A. Films (2006) (Italy) (all media)
    • Warner Home Video (2009) (Belgium) (DVD)
    • Warner Home Video (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)

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    Special Effects:

    • MastersFX (makeup effects by) (as Masters FX)
    • Artifex Studios (visual effects by)
    • HimAnI Productions (additional visual effects by)

    Visual Effects by:

    • Chris Abbas known as compositor: Artifex Studios
    • Trevor Adams known as lead 3D artist: Artifex Studios
    • Bradford Berling known as art director: main titles, Picture Mill
    • Rachelle Bisson-Montpetit known as digital compositor
    • Phil Carbonaro known as composite supervisor: HimAnI Productions, Inc. (as Philip Carbonaro)
    • Keegan Douglas known as lead compositor: Artifex Studios
    • Elaine Fung known as 3D artist: Artifex Studios
    • Sean Gilhooly known as visual effects coordinator: Artifex Studios
    • Sheila Giroux known as visual effects coordinator
    • Jeremy Hampton known as 3D artist: Artifex Studios
    • Edward Irastorza known as visual effects supervisor (as Edward J. Irastorza)
    • Kevin Kutchaver known as visual effects supervisor: HimAnI Productions, Inc.
    • Roula Lainas known as visual effects producer: Artifex Studios
    • David Midgen known as producer: main titles, Picture Mill
    • Lyle Moore known as 3D artist: Artifex Studios
    • Milton Muller known as compositor: Artifex Studios
    • Erin L. Nelson known as digital restoration
    • Grant Okita known as animator: main titles, Picture Mill
    • Gordon Oscar known as 3D artist: Artifex Studios
    • Scott Paquin known as 3D artist: Artifex Studios
    • Vasho Pekar known as compositor: Artifex Studios
    • Kenton Rannie known as compositor: Artifex Studios
    • Adam Stern known as visual effects supervisor: Artifex Studios
    • Kevin Struckman known as CG supervisor: Artifex Studios
    • Wilson Tang known as digital restoration
    • Vonetta Taylor known as designer: main titles, Picture Mill
    • Jon Terada known as 3D tracking: HimAnI Productions, Inc.

    Release Date:

    • Greece 18 September 2008 (Athens)
    • Brazil 10 October 2008 (DVD premiere)
    • Argentina 15 October 2008 (DVD premiere)
    • UK 27 October 2008 (DVD premiere)
    • Czech Republic 3 November 2008 (DVD premiere)
    • USA 12 December 2008 (limited)
    • Germany 13 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Spain 26 March 2009
    • Kazakhstan 14 April 2009
    • Italy 22 April 2009 (video premiere)
    • Japan 24 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Canada 28 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • USA 28 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Russia 7 May 2009
    • Finland 3 June 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Mexico 12 June 2009
    • Netherlands 10 November 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Hungary 26 April 2010 (DVD premiere)
    • Peru 27 May 2010
    • Panama 17 September 2010

    MPAA: Rated R for strong violence and language


    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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