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Igby Goes Down (2002)

A young man's peculiar upbringing renders him unable to competently cope with the struggle of growing up.

Director:

Burr Steers

Writer:

Burr Steers
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kieran Culkin ... Igby
Claire Danes ... Sookie
Jeff Goldblum ... D.H.
Jared Harris ... Russel
Amanda Peet ... Rachel
Ryan Phillippe ... Oliver
Bill Pullman ... Jason
Susan Sarandon ... Mimi Slocumb
Rory Culkin ... 10-Year-Old Igby
Peter Anthony Tambakis ... 13-Year-Old Oliver (as Peter Tambakis)
Bill Irwin ... Lt. Smith
Kathleen Gati ... Ida
Gannon Forrester ... Little Cadet
Celia Weston ... Bunny
Elizabeth Jagger Elizabeth Jagger ... Lisa Fiedler
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Storyline

Seventeen year old Jason Slocumb, Jr. - Igby to most that know him - comes from east coast old money, the second son of self-absorbed and controlling Mimi Slocumb and medically-diagnosed schizophrenic Jason Slocum, Sr., the latter who has for several years been institutionalized in a Maryland psychiatric facility. While Igby's economics-studying Columbia-attending older brother Ollie Slocum has embraced and aspires to continue their wealthy life, Igby has rebelled against it, considering his brother a fascist (although he could soften that label to Republican). Because of Jason's situation, Mimi has largely left the role of male role model for Ollie and Igby to their godfather, D.H. Banes. Igby's rebellion has led to him being kicked out of one prep school after another, the latest, a military academy, from which Igby escapes before he can graduate. As such, Mimi and D.H. arrange for Igby to live in New York with Ollie for the summer while working for D.H. renovating some of his ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Insanity is relative

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Igby See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$306,705, 15 September 2002

Gross USA:

$4,777,465

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,919,198
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film is loosely based on J.D. Salinger's novel "The Catcher in the Rye". See more »

Goofs

Despite talk throughout the film of a passage of time, the coming of summer, the advent of fall, and the approach of Christmas, the entire film was clearly shot over a very short time in the fall. In the scene outside the campus where DH tells Igby his mother is having a mastectomy, for example, DH talks about staying with him "this summer," yet there are dead leaves on the ground and bare trees. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Igby: Why couldn't she have been a fucking smoker.
Oliver: This has nothing to do with her being in such wonderful shape. The cause of our trouble was our inability to come up with a drug short of paint thinner, that would be at least somewhat novel to her system. She's built up a tolerance to everything.
Igby: A tolerance? She's taking her fucking afternoon nap.
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Connections

Referenced in American Fame Pt. 1: Drowning River Phoenix (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Murray
(2001)
Written by Pete Yorn (as P. Yorn)
Performed by Pete Yorn
Courtesy of Columbia Records
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Surprisingly good
11 October 2003 | by janv-3See all my reviews

I was very impressed by the movie and all the actors taking part in it. The story is very rich and allows the spectator to get emotionally involved in multiple ways. There is a good thing about a movie that finishes and leaves you with the feeling of wanting to know more about many of the characters in the movie. I particularly love all the unexpected moments, lines and situations in the movie without being exagerated or out of place. Excellent, for people who wants to see something different and still mainstream.


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