Labor Day

Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.
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Film Cast:

  • Adele: Kate Winslet
  • Frank: Josh Brolin
  • Henry: Gattlin Griffith
  • Adult Henry: Tobey Maguire
  • Young Frank: Tom Lipinski
  • Mandy: Maika Monroe
  • Gerald: Clark Gregg
  • Officer Treadwell: James Van Der Beek
  • Mr. Jervis: J.K. Simmons
  • Evelyn: Brooke Smith
  • Eleanor: Brighid Fleming
  • Marjorie: Alexie Gilmore
  • Richard: Lucas Hedges
  • Barry: Micah Fowler
  • Bank Teller: Chandra Thomas
  • Bank Manager: Matthew Rauch
  • Grocer: Doug Trapp
  • Shopper: Kate Geller
  • Prosecutor: Ed Moran
  • Bowling Manager: Sam Rush
  • Paramedic: James Chen
  • Special Service Officer: John Kooi
  • High School Henry: Dylan Minnette
  • Anchor Woman #1: Eileen Faxas
  • Anchor Woman #2: Lynn Jolicoeur
  • Highway Patrolman: John Rue
  • Prison Nurse: Ashley Ingram
  • Delivery Doctor: Thomas McGowan
  • Pricemart Cashier: Kate Hettesheimer
  • Young Rachel McCann: Elena Kampouris
  • Teenage Rachel McCann: Lauren Kelly
  • Grandmother: Cass Morgan
  • Wife of Older Henry: Dakota Shepard
  • Delivery Nurse: Tara Franklin
  • Pregnant Woman: Grace Thorsen
  • Red-Headed Man: Micah Shepard
  • Mrs. Farnsworth: Marceline Hugot
  • Morning Anchor: Marva Hicks
  • Waitress: Linda Marie Larson
  • Bar Guy: Matthew Christian
  • Local Cop: Jeff Witzke

Film Crew:

  • Casting: Suzanne Smith
  • Costume Design: Danny Glicker
  • Novel: Joyce Maynard
  • Music: Rolfe Kent
  • Production Design: Steve Saklad
  • Set Decoration: Tracey A. Doyle
  • Producer: Jason Reitman
  • Producer: Lianne Halfon
  • Director of Photography: Eric Steelberg
  • Editor: Dana E. Glauberman
  • Producer: Russell Smith
  • Makeup Department Head: Christien Tinsley
  • Dialect Coach: Susan Hegarty
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Dean A. Zupancic
  • Property Master: Chris Ubick
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Scott M. Davids
  • Casting: Jessica Kelly
  • Foley: Noel Vought
  • Producer: Helen Estabrook
  • Costume Supervisor: Charlene Amateau
  • Set Designer: Cosmas A. Demetriou
  • Construction Coordinator: Joseph Kearney
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Michael Barry
  • Visual Effects Producer: Seth Kleinberg
  • Art Direction: Mark Robert Taylor
  • Producer: Nicole C. Taylor
  • Set Designer: Audra Avery
  • Leadman: James V. Kent
  • Boom Operator: Craig Dollinger
  • Dialogue Editor: Aynee Osborn
  • Supervising Sound Editor: Perry Robertson
  • Foley: Arno Stephanian
  • Special Effects Coordinator: Judson Bell
  • Stunt Coordinator: G. Peter King
  • Gaffer: Bob E. Krattiger
  • Set Costumer: Wayne Allen
  • Set Costumer: Alyson MacInnis
  • Set Costumer: Tina Ulee
  • Music Editor: Nick South
  • Transportation Coordinator: Jim Donahue
  • Associate Choreographer: Harrison Beal
  • Script Supervisor: Kelly Cronin
  • Choreographer: Cynthia Onrubia
  • Location Manager: John Latenser V
  • Production Coordinator: Charlie Dibe

Movie Reviews:

  • Wuchak: ***Menaced by a fugitive or relishing a Godsend in New Hampshire?***

    A depressed single woman (Kate Winslet) from New Hampshire is compelled to give a questionable man a ride (Josh Brolin) and allows him to briefly recuperate at her verging-on-rundown house where she lives with her son who’s almost 13 (Gattlin Griffith). How will their Labor Day weekend go? James Van Der Beek has a small role as a cop.

    “Labor Day” (2013) is a superb adult-oriented drama with an understated sense of possible menace mixed with a little romance. There are elements of “A Perfect World” (1993), “The Bridges of Madison County” (1995), “Macho Callahan” (1970) and “The Place Beyond the Pines” (2012).

    This is a spiritual movie about the tragedies and blisses of the human experience. Masculinity is portrayed in a positive way for a change while not neglecting to illustrate its potential drawbacks. Winslet is excellent in her role; she gets more beautiful as she ages. Meanwhile the stunning Maika Monroe has a peripheral role.

    The film runs 1 hour, 51 minutes, and was shot mostly in Massachusetts (e.g. Shelburne Falls), as well as Salem, New Hampshire.

    GRADE: A-

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