Rent

Rent

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Director: Chris Columbus

Cast: Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Rosario Dawson

     
 

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This film adaptation of the Broadway musical based loosely on Puccini's opera La Bohème features many members of the original cast. It follows a year in the lives of seven friends living the disappearing Bohemian lifestyle in New York's East Village. AIDS and both its physical and emotional complications pervade the lives of Roger (Adam Pascal), Mimi (RosarioSee more details below

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Overview

This film adaptation of the Broadway musical based loosely on Puccini's opera La Bohème features many members of the original cast. It follows a year in the lives of seven friends living the disappearing Bohemian lifestyle in New York's East Village. AIDS and both its physical and emotional complications pervade the lives of Roger (Adam Pascal), Mimi (Rosario Dawson), Tom (Jesse L. Martin), and Angel (Wilson Jermaine Heredia); Maureen (Idina Menzel) deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne (Tracie Thoms), wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble; Benjamin (Taye Diggs) has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends; and Mark (Anthony Rapp), an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general, always behind the camera recording the events but never playing a part.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
One-play glory: That’s what Rent is to the legacy of Jonathan Larson, who, after years of struggle, fulfilled his grandiose dream of changing the face of American musical theater with this Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning rock-ish opera inspired by Puccini’s La Bohème. Tragically, Larson died of an aneurysm before his zeitgeist masterwork opened on Broadway and established itself as the Hair of the 1990s, attracting the MTV/AZT generation to the theater. Like Phantom of the Opera, Rent enjoys a passionately devoted following, one that eagerly anticipated this film treatment. One significant difference from the Phantom film, though, is that Rent comes to the screen with much of its core ensemble intact. Set in 1989, the musical celebrates a year in the life of a circle of friends, struggling and starving artists living a bohemian existence in New York’s East Village. They include: Mark (Anthony Rapp), a filmmaker newly dedicated to vérité; musician Roger (Adam Pascal), his roommate, a recovering addict seeking that “one-song glory” to leave behind; and Benny (Taye Diggs), who marries the landlord's daughter and then breaks his promise of providing free residence to his former roommates. Also here are Tom (Jesse L. Martin), a philosophy professor who is nursed back to health after a mugging by sweet transvestite Angel (Wilson Jermaine Heredia); Mimi (cast newcomer Rosario Dawson), Roger’s downstairs neighbor, a drug-addicted dancer at the Cat Scratch Club; drama queen Maureen (Idina Menzel) and lawyer Joanne (another newcomer, Tracie Thoms), for whom Maureen left Mark. The depressing milieu and the shadow of AIDS cannot extinguish Larson’s message of optimism and hope. Rent-heads will definitely want to own this two-disc set. Among its special features is a moving, nearly hour-long documentary, “No Day but Today,” which chronicles Larson’s life and the creation of Rent, and tells how the play was nurtured for the screen under the direction of an initially curious choice, Chris Columbus, best known for Home Alone and the first two Harry Potter films.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/21/2006
UPC:
0043396111554
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:15:00
Sales rank:
23,749

Special Features

Closed Caption; Feature film; Commentary by director Chris Columbus and selected cast; Feature-length documentary "No Day But Today" ; Deleted scenes and musical performances; PSAs for Jonathan Larson's performing arts foundation and the National Marfan foundation

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Rapp Mark Cohen
Adam Pascal Roger Davis
Rosario Dawson Mimi Marquez
Jesse L. Martin Tom Collins
Wilson Jermaine Heredia Angel Dumont Schunard
Idina Menzel Maureen Johnson
Tracie Thoms Joanne Jefferson
Taye Diggs Benjamin Coffin III
Aaron Lohr Steve
Sarah Silverman Alexi Darling
Wayne Wilcox Gordon
Anna Deavere Smith Mrs. Jefferson
Darryl Edwards Mr. Jefferson
Daniel London Paul
Aisha de Haas Blanket Woman
Julia Roth Rent Tenant
Porscha Radcliffe Rent Tenant
Stephen Payne Homeless Squeegee Man
Darryl Chan Thug
Ken Clark Thug
R.C. Ormond Thug
David Fine Homeless Man on Range Rover
MacKenzie Firgens April
Eleanor Columbus April's Friend
Matthew McCollum Guy at Bar
Jason Foster The Man
Brendan Columbus Punk in Park
Austin Shea Punk in Park
Bianca Sams Ali
Heather Barberie Pam
Liisa Cohen Sue
Sharon Ferrol Cat Scratch Floor Dancer
Liz Ramos Cat Scratch Floor Dancer
Kristin Medwick Cat Scratch Floor Dancer
Katie Weber Cat Scratch Floor Dancer
Angela McConnell Cat Scratch Floor Dancer
Jamielyn Duggin Cat Scratch Floor Dancer
Feleciana Stevenson Cat Scratch Floor Dancer
Kim Williams Cat Scratch Floor Dancer
Damia Foti Cat Scratch Waitress
Laura Padierne Cat Scratch Waitress
Kevin Hagan Cop
Brian Delate Cop
Michael Rosales Subway Punk
Niyuk Hairell Subway Punk
Larissa Kierman Subway Punk
Marco De La Cruz Subway Passenger
Ericka Harden Subway Passenger
Truc Luong Subway Passenger
Megan Biolchini Subway Grad Student
Nick Scoggin Subway Man
John C. Champion Subway Stockbroker
Titus West Subway Stockbroker
Renda Pettis Slightly Older Subway Woman
Alison De Oliveira Subway Businesswoman
Debbie De Coudreaux Subway Mom
Chris Chalk Street Vendor Who Sells Coats
Cory Duval Riot Cop
Clarke P.Devereux Riot Cop
Coren Rosey Life Cafe Manager
Shaun Earl Life Cafe Waiter
Matthew Dickens Bohemian
Tara Nicole Hughes Bohemian
Troy Christian Bohemian
Gigi Hunter Bohemian
Kevin Stea Bohemian
Robert Prescott Lee Bohemian
Sebastien Poffet Bohemian
Linda Cevallos Bohemian
Roosevelt Fienoury Bohemian
Mike Garibaldi Mr Grey
Rod Arrants Mr Hansen
Jennifer Siebel Receptionist
Kevin Blackton Mr Johnson
Bettina Devin Mrs Johnson
Corinne Blum Female Bartender at Engagement Party
Annie Barnathan Candy Striper
David Stewart Mourner
Marcos Estebez Mourner
Emily Rahe Mourner
Vivis Colombetti Angel's Grandmother
Nicole Cherie Flores Angel's Sister
James Anthony Cotton Used Car Salesman
James Cranna Pawn Shop Dealer
Randy Graff Mrs Cohen
Joel Sweto Mr Cohen
David Richard Campbell Conductor

Technical Credits
Chris Columbus Director,Producer
Michael F. Anderson Camera Operator
William Shackleton Arnot Camera Operator
Michael Barnathan Producer
J.C. Brotherhood Special Effects Supervisor
Stephen H. Carter Art Director
Rob Cavallo Songwriter,Musical Arrangement
Stephen Chbosky Screenwriter
Howard Cummings Production Designer
Keith P. Cunningham Art Director
Robert De Niro Producer
Caroline Quinn Decker Set Decoration/Design
Ray Delamotte Camera Operator
Craig Edelblut Set Decoration/Design
Jann K. Engel Set Decoration/Design
Stephen Goldblatt Cinematographer
Allan S. Gordon Executive Producer
Halsted Craig Hannah Consultant/advisor
Geoffrey Hansen Associate Producer,Asst. Director
L. Dean Jones Production Manager
Jonathan Larson Score Composer
Julie Larson Co-producer
Matt Sullivan Musical Direction/Supervision
Kevin McCollum Executive Producer
Doug McKean Score Composer
John McLeod Special Effects Supervisor
Paul Measom Set Decoration/Design
Jamie Muhoberac Score Composer
Harry E. Otto Set Decoration/Design
Richard Pearson Editor
Paula DuPre Pesman Associate Producer
Tim Pierce Score Composer
Mark A. Radcliffe Producer
Aggie Guerard Rodgers Costumes/Costume Designer
Jane Rosenthal Producer
Lata Ryan Executive Producer
Jeffrey Seller Executive Producer
Nanci Noblett Starr Art Director
Bernie Telsey Casting
Kenny-King Turko Makeup
Tim Weil Musical Arrangement
Keith Young Choreography

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Rent
1. Seasons of Love [4:35]
2. Rent [4:59]
3. You'll See [4:12]
4. Guardian Angel [1:41]
5. One Song Glory [4:09]
6. Light My Candle [4:44]
7. Today 4 U [7:00]
8. Tango Maureen [6:44]
9. Life Support [3:41]
10. Out Tonight/Another Day [8:38]
11. Will I [3:47]
12. Santa Fe [4:23]
13. I'll Cover You [4:37]
14. Over the Moon [6:54]
15. La Vie Boheme [9:07]
16. I Should Tell You [2:56]
17. Viva la Vie Boheme! [2:12]
18. Happy New Year [2:45]
19. Locked Out & Cleaned Out [1:50]
20. Welcome to Corporate USA [3:34]
21. Take Me or Leave Me [6:36]
22. Without You [6:06]
23. I'll Cover You (Reprise) [5:28]
24. Goodbye Love [2:31]
25. What You Own [3:53]
26. Searching for Mimi [4:12]
27. Your Eyes [3:07]
28. Finale [10:19]

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