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The Squid and the Whale

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Noah Baumbach
Produced by Wes Anderson
Written by Noah Baumbach
Starring Jeff Daniels
Laura Linney
Jesse Eisenberg
Owen Kline
Music by Britta Phillips
Dean Wareham
Cinematography Robert D. Yeoman
Editing by Tim Streeto
Distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films
Release date(s) January 23, 2005 (Sundance Film Festival)
October 5, 2005 (wide)
Running time 81 min.
Country Flag of the United States
Language English
Budget $1,500,000
Gross revenue $7,362,100
Official website
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

The Squid and the Whale is a 2005 drama film written and directed by Noah Baumbach. It tells the semi-autobiographical story of two boys in Brooklyn dealing with their parents' divorce in the 1980s. The film is named after a giant squid and sperm whale diorama found at the American Museum of Natural History. The film was shot on Super 16mm, mostly using a handheld camera. The MPAA rating system rated this film with an R for strong sexual content, graphic dialogue, and language. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (507x755, 87 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Noah Baumbach (born September 3, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American independent film writer and director. ... Wesley Wales Anderson (born May 1, 1969) is an American writer, producer, and director of films and commercials. ... For other persons of this name, see Jeff Daniels (disambiguation). ... Laura Linney (born February 5, 1964) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning American actress, active in movies, television, and theatre. ... Jesse Adam Eisenberg (born October 3, 1983 in New York City) is a Jewish-American actor. ... Owen Joseph Kline (born October 14, 1991) is an American actor. ... Britta Phillips (born June 11, 1963, Boyne City, Michigan) is an American musician. ... // Dean Wareham (born August 1, 1963, Wellington, New Zealand) is a musician who formed the band Galaxie 500 in 1987. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Samuel Goldwyn Company was an independent film company founded by Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. ... is the 23rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2005. ... The Sundance Film Festival is a film festival in the United States, and ranks alongside the Cannes, France, Venice, Italy, Berlin, Germany, and Toronto, Canada festivals as one of the most prestigious in the world. ... For other uses, see 5th October (Serbia). ... This is a list of film-related events in 2005. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2005. ... For other uses, see Drama (disambiguation). ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Noah Baumbach (born September 3, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American independent film writer and director. ... This article is about the borough of New York City. ... Divorce or dissolution of marriage is the ending of a marriage before the death of either spouse. ... Giant squid sculpture in Seattle, USA The Giant squids elusive nature and fearsome appearance have long made it a popular subject of legends and folk tales. ... A diorama is any of the two display devices mentioned below. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... 16 mm film was initially created in the 1920s as an inexpensive amateur alternative to the conventional 35 mm film format. ... The MPAA film rating system is a system used in the United States and instituted by the Motion Picture Association of America to rate a movie based on its content. ...


The Squid and the Whale was a success with critics. At the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, the film won awards for best dramatic direction and screenwriting and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. Baumbach later received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. The film received six Independent Spirit Award nominations and three Golden Globe nominations. The New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review voted its screenplay the year’s best. The Sundance Film Festival is a film festival in the United States, and ranks alongside the Cannes, France, Venice, Italy, Berlin, Germany, and Toronto, Canada festivals as one of the most prestigious in the world. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... The Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. ... Founded in 1984, the Independent Spirit Awards were originally known as the FINDIE (Friends of Independents) Awards and presented winners with Plexiglas pyramids containing suspended shoestrings representing the paltry budgets of independent films. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... New York Film Critics Circle Awards are given annually to honor excellence in cinema worldwide by an organization of film reviewers from New York City-based publications. ... The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) was founded in 1975. ... The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures was founded in 1909 in New York City, just 13 years after the birth of cinema, to protest New York City Mayor George McClennans revocation of moving-picture exhibition licenses on Christmas Eve 1908. ...

Contents

Plot

Bernard Berkman (Jeff Daniels) is a once great novelist whose career has gone into a slow decline as he spends more time teaching and less time writing. His wife, Joan (Laura Linney), meanwhile, has recently begun publishing her own work to widespread acclaim, which only increases the growing tension between them. One day, Bernard and Joan's two sons - 16-year-old Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) and 12-year-old Frank (Owen Kline) - are told that their parents are separating, with Bernard renting a house on the other side of Prospect Park from their home in Park Slope, Brooklyn. As the parents set up a schedule for spending time with their children, Walt and Frank can hardly imagine that things could get more combative between their folks, but they do, as Joan begins dating Ivan (William Baldwin), Frank's tennis instructor, and Bernard starts sharing the house with Lili (Anna Paquin), one of his students. Meanwhile, the two boys begin taking sides in the battle between their parents, with Walt taking after his father and Frank siding with his mother. For other persons of this name, see Jeff Daniels (disambiguation). ... Laura Linney (born February 5, 1964) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning American actress, active in movies, television, and theatre. ... Jesse Adam Eisenberg (born October 3, 1983 in New York City) is a Jewish-American actor. ... Owen Joseph Kline (born October 14, 1991) is an American actor. ... Prospect Park is a 585[1] acre (2. ... A typical Park Slope block in spring. ... William Billy Baldwin (born February 21, 1963 in Massapequa, New York) is an American actor best known for his early starring roles in such films as Backdraft (1991) and Flatliners (1990). ... Anna Helene Paquin (born July 24, 1982) is an Academy Award-winning and Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated Canadian actress. ...


Cast

For other persons of this name, see Jeff Daniels (disambiguation). ... Laura Linney (born February 5, 1964) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning American actress, active in movies, television, and theatre. ... Jesse Adam Eisenberg (born October 3, 1983 in New York City) is a Jewish-American actor. ... Owen Joseph Kline (born October 14, 1991) is an American actor. ... Anna Helene Paquin (born July 24, 1982) is an Academy Award-winning and Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated Canadian actress. ... William Billy Baldwin (born February 21, 1963 in Massapequa, New York) is an American actor best known for his early starring roles in such films as Backdraft (1991) and Flatliners (1990). ... Ken Leung (born January 21, 1970) is an American actor. ...

Reception

The Squid and the Whale was met with critical acclaim. It scored 82 out of 100 on Metacritic according to 37 critics and 94% on RottenTomatoes. On an episode of the television show Ebert & Roeper both critics praised the film and gave it a "two thumbs up" rating. In Roger Ebert's print review for the film he wrote "All I know is, it is better to be the whale than the squid. Whales inspire major novels." Metacritic is a website that collates reviews of music albums, games, movies, TV shows, DVDs and books. ... Rotten Tomatoes () is a website devoted to reviews and news of movies and video games. ... At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper is a movie review television program featuring film critic Roger Ebert and columnist Richard Roeper, both of the Chicago Sun-Times. ... Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ...


Premiere critic Glenn Kenny gave plenty of praise for the film as he wrote, "It's a rare film that can be convincingly tender, bitterly funny, and ruthlessly cutting over the course of fewer than 90 minutes. The Squid and the Whale not only manages this, it also contains moments that sock you with all three qualities at the same time." Premiere is an American and New York City-based film magazine published by Hachette Filipacchi Médias, beginning publication in 1987. ...


Dallas Observer film critic writes, "Treacherously funny and wrenchingly sad." While Time Magazine critic Richard Corliss writes "The Squid and the Whale is domestic tragedy recollected as comedy: a film whose catalog of deceits and embarrassments, and of love pratfalling over itself, makes it as (excruciatingly) painful as it is (exhilaratingly) funny." The Dallas Observer is a free weekly newspaper distributed around the Dallas, Texas area. ... (Clockwise from upper left) Time magazine covers from May 7, 1945; July 25, 1969; December 31, 1999; September 14, 2001; and April 21, 2003. ... Richard Corliss is a writer for Time magazine who focuses on movies, with the occasional article on music or sports, and has distinguished himself for his clever way with words. ...


It was on over 200 critics' top ten lists of 2005.


Awards

Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... The Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. ... Founded in 1984, the Independent Spirit Awards were originally known as the FINDIE (Friends of Independents) Awards and presented winners with Plexiglas pyramids containing suspended shoestrings representing the paltry budgets of independent films. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) was founded in 1975. ... The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures was founded in 1909 in New York City, just 13 years after the birth of cinema, to protest New York City Mayor George McClennans revocation of moving-picture exhibition licenses on Christmas Eve 1908. ... New York Film Critics Circle Awards are given annually to honor excellence in cinema worldwide by an organization of film reviewers from New York City-based publications. ... The Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA) is an organization of film reviewers from Toronto-based publications. ...

DVD release

The film was released on DVD on March 21, 2006 by Sony Pictures. The DVD includes a 45-minute commentary with director Noah Baumbach, another 40-minute commentary with Baumbach and Philip Lopate, a selection of brief cast interviews, and another selection of trailers. is the 80th day of the year (81st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is the television and film production unit of Japan-based corporate giant Sony. ... Noah Baumbach (born September 3, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American independent film writer and director. ...


Soundtrack

The soundtrack features two songs by Loudon Wainwright III and one by Kate and Anna McGarrigle. Wainwright and Kate McGarrigle were briefly married during the 1970s and had two children, Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright (both of whom are now also accomplished singer/songwriters). The two Loudon Wainwright III songs are from the 1973 album Attempted Mustache on which McGarrigle has a significant influence. "Lullaby" was influenced by the birth of Rufus Wainwright while "The Swimming Song" features both Loudon Wainwright and McGarrigle on the five-string banjo (an instrument McGarrigle taught Wainwright how to play). The film makes many references to the film Risky Business, including the original score from the film. Baumbach originally wanted to use the Who's "Behind Blue Eyes" instead of "Hey You," but he could not secure the rights to the Pete Townshend song. Loudon Snowden Wainwright III (born September 5, 1946) is an American songwriter, folk singer, humorist, and actor. ... Kate and Anna McGarrigle are a Canadian folk music duo from Quebec. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright (born July 22, 1973) is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter. ... Martha Wainwright (born May 8, 1976) is a Canadian-American folk-pop singer. ... Attempted Mustache is the fourth album from Loudon Wainwright III. It was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Bob Johnston and was released in 1973 on Columbia Records. ... Risky Business is a 1983 film written by Paul Brickman in his directorial debut; it is considered in retrospect to be the film that brought its male lead, Tom Cruise, to prominence. ... The Who are a British rock band that first formed in 1964, and grew to be considered one of the greatest[1] and most influential[2] bands in the world. ... Behind Blue Eyes is a song written by Pete Townshend of The Who for his Lifehouse project. ... Hey You is a song by the British progressive rock band Pink Floyd. ... Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend (born May 19, 1945 in Chiswick, London), is an award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, and composer. ...


Track listing

  1. "Park Slope" - Britta Phillips & Dean Wareham
  2. "Courting Blues" - Bert Jansch
  3. "Holland Tunnel" - John Phillips
  4. "Lullaby" - Loudon Wainwright III
  5. "Heart Like a Wheel" - Kate & Anna McGarrigle
  6. "The Bright New Year" - Bert Jansch
  7. "Drive" - The Cars
  8. "Let's Go" - The Feelies
  9. "Figure Eight" - Blossom Dearie
  10. "Come Sing Me a Happy Song to Prove We All Can Get Along the Lumpy, Bumpy, Long & Dusty Road" - Bert Jansch
  11. "Hey You " - Pink Floyd (Performed by Dean Wareham)
  12. "Family Conference" - Britta Phillips & Dean Wareham
  13. "Street Hassle" - Lou Reed
  14. "The Swimming Song" - Loudon Wainwright III

Britta Phillips (born June 11, 1963, Boyne City, Michigan) is an American musician. ... // Dean Wareham (born August 1, 1963, Wellington, New Zealand) is a musician who formed the band Galaxie 500 in 1987. ... Herbert Jansch (born 3 November 1943[1]), known as Bert Jansch, is a Scottish folk musician and founding member of the band Pentangle. ... Several notable people have been called John Phillips: John Phillips (1935-2001) was a musician and member of The Mamas & the Papas John Phillips (1631-1706) was an author and secretary to John Milton Sir John Phillips (1700-1764) was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1763. ... Loudon Snowden Wainwright III (born September 5, 1946) is an American songwriter, folk singer, humorist, and actor. ... Kate and Anna McGarrigle are a Canadian folk music duo from Quebec. ... Herbert Jansch (born 3 November 1943[1]), known as Bert Jansch, is a Scottish folk musician and founding member of the band Pentangle. ... The Cars were an American rock band, fronted by Ric Ocasek, that emerged from the early punk scene in the late 1970s. ... The Feelies were an alternative rock band from Haledon, New Jersey. ... Blossom Dearie (born April 28, 1926) is an American jazz singer and pianist, often performing in the bebop medium. ... Hey You is a song by the British progressive rock band Pink Floyd. ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their psychedelic rock music, and, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music. ... // Dean Wareham (born August 1, 1963, Wellington, New Zealand) is a musician who formed the band Galaxie 500 in 1987. ... Lou Reed, born Lewis Allen Reed[1] March 2, 1942, is an American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. ...

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