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Me and Orson Welles

Me and Orson Welles

Category: Drama
All Genres: Drama
Release Year: 2008
Country: UK, USA
Rating: (0)
Languages: English
Director: Richard Linklater

  • All's fair in love and theater

  • Writing by: Holly Gent Palmo – screenplay
    Robert Kaplow – novel
    Vincent Palmo Jr. – screenplay

    Produced by: Ann Carli – producer
    Steve Christian – executive producer
    Holly Gent Palmo – co-producer
    Richard Hewitt – line producer
    Sara Johnson – associate producer (as Sara Greene)
    Richard Linklater – producer
    Steve Norris – executive producer
    Vincent Palmo Jr. – co-producer
    Jessica Parker – associate producer
    Marc Samuelson – producer
    John Sloss – executive producer

    Cast: Zac Efron – Richard Samuels (Lucius)
    Claire Danes – Sonja Jones
    Christian McKay – Orson Welles (Brutus)
    Ben Chaplin – George Coulouris (Mark Antony)
    Zoe Kazan – Gretta Adler
    Eddie Marsan – John Houseman
    Kelly Reilly – Muriel Brassler (Portia)
    James Tupper – Joseph Cotten (Publius)
    Leo Bill – Norman Lloyd (Cinna the Poet)
    Al Weaver – Sam Leve
    Iain McKee – Vakhtangov

    Music: Michael J. McEvoy
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    Plot Outline: A teenager is cast in the Mercury Theatre production of “Julius Caesar” directed by a young Orson Welles in 1937.
    Plot: In November 1937, high school student and aspiring thespian Richard Samuels takes a day trip into New York City. There, he meets and begins a casual friendship with Gretta Adler, their friendship based on a shared love and goal of a profession in the creative arts. But also on this trip, Richard stumbles across the Mercury Theatre and meets Orson Welles, who, based on an impromptu audition, offers Richard an acting job as Lucius in his modern retelling of Julius Caesar, which includes such stalwart Mercury Theatre players as Joseph Cotten and George Coulouris. Despite others with official roles as producer John Houseman, this production belongs to Welles, the unofficial/official dictator. In other words, whatever Welles wants, the cast and crew better deliver. These requests include everything, even those of a sexual nature. Welles does not believe in conventions and will do whatever he wants, which includes not having a fixed opening date, although the unofficial opening date is in one week's time. In turn, Welles realizes that his name will either be strengthened or ruined in the theater community by this production. Richard is taken under the wing by the production's Jane-of-All-Trades, Sonja Jones. Known as the Ice Queen by the male cast, Sonja deflects much of the unwanted sexual attention by jokingly implying that she and Richard are having a fling, which Richard wants nothing more than to be the truth. As the end of the week and opening night approaches, Richard, having seen Welles' behavior, has to decide if acting in this production is worth it at any cost.

    Movie Quotes: Raizo:”>to Ozuno] The breath I take after I kill you will be the first breath of my life.

    Crazy Credits: We know about 2 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
    The Warner Brothers logo is in ink, black, which then dissipates into black sand.

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