The Dead Girl

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Karen Moncrieff, the Independent Spirit Award-nominated director of Blue Car, assembles a stellar cast comprised of Toni Collette, James Franco, Giovanni Ribisi, and Mary Beth Hurt to tell the tale of one girl's mysterious death, and how the tragic actions of the people who surround her eventually led to her savage murder. When the brutalized and lifeless body of a once-vital young girl Brittany Murphy is discovered, a community is scarred by the unspeakable horror of seeing one of their own so viciously ...
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Karen Moncrieff, the Independent Spirit Award-nominated director of Blue Car, assembles a stellar cast comprised of Toni Collette, James Franco, Giovanni Ribisi, and Mary Beth Hurt to tell the tale of one girl's mysterious death, and how the tragic actions of the people who surround her eventually led to her savage murder. When the brutalized and lifeless body of a once-vital young girl Brittany Murphy is discovered, a community is scarred by the unspeakable horror of seeing one of their own so viciously desecrated. But the discovery of the body is just the beginning of the story, and now as a wife uncovers her husband's dark secret, a mother searches frantically for her missing daughter, and a series of other, seemingly unrelated occurrences slowly begin to converge, the heartbreaking truth behind a tragic act of violence will shake the very foundation of a once close-knit community.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Director's commentary; Interviews; Previews
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/3/2009
  • UPC: 687797160942
  • Original Release: 2006
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  • Source: Millennium
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Toni Collette Arden,
Rose Byrne , Leah
Mary Beth Hurt Ruth,
James Franco , Derek
Marcia Gay Harden Melora,
Brittany Murphy Krista,
Piper Laurie , Arden's Mother
Giovanni Ribisi , Rudy
Mary Steenburgen , Beverly
Kerry Washington , Rosetta
Bruce Davison , Bill
Nick Searcy , Carl
Josh Brolin , Tarlow
Christopher Allen Nelson , Murray
Dennis Keifer , Tom
Elizabeth Pernoll , Ashley
Gillian Pernoll , Ashley
Technical Credits
Karen Moncrieff Director, Screenwriter
Anthony B. Adler Asst. Director
Kristan Andrews Production Designer
Deborah Aquila Casting
Lynn Barber Makeup
Eric Craig Musical Direction/Supervision
Susie de Santo Costumes/Costume Designer
Adam Gorgoni Score Composer
Michael Grady Cinematographer
Eric Karten Producer
Gary Lucchesi Producer
Terry McKay Executive Producer
Jonathan Miller Sound/Sound Designer
Steven A. Morrow Sound/Sound Designer
Eric Reid Executive Producer
Tom Rosenberg Producer
David Scott Rubin Executive Producer
Kevin Turen Producer
Temple Williams Executive Producer
Henry Winterstern Producer
Tricia Wood Casting
Richard S. Wright Producer
Toby Yates Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dead Girl
1. The Stranger [8:57]
2. Feeling Pretty [6:02]
3. Strange Romance [8:06]
4. The Sister [10:19]
5. Morning After [5:50]
6. The Wife [10:48]
7. Suspicion [5:31]
8. The Mother [8:11]
9. An Informer [7:37]
10. The Dead Girl [9:36]
11. Revenge [5:02]
12. End Credits [7:38]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Dead Girl
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
      Audio: English 2.0 Stereo
      Subtitles: English Closed Captions
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      Director's Commentary
      Interviews
         Toni Collette
         Brittany Murphy
         Mary Steenburgen
         James Franco
         Marcia Gay Harden
         Rose Byrne
         Mary Beth Hurt
         Kerry Washington
         Karen Monicrieff
         Play All
      Previews
         The Dead Girl
         The Breed
         Hard Cash
         Strays
         A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Search for Ways to Fill Holes in the Soul

    Karen Moncrief has written and directed this terrifying, searching, agonizing, and exceptionally fine story of the responses of five different people to the discovery of a dead girl. By dividing her story into chapters named after The Stranger, The Daughter, The Mother, The Wife, The Sister, and The Dead Girl she offers us fully realized characters, each of whom is affected by the opening discovery of a mutilated young dead girl's body. The technique of non-linear film is not new, but Moncrief raises it to a new, powerful level, a fact that makes this film one of the more sophisticated and successful of the past few years. Arden (Toni Collette) is a homely frail girl who accidentally discovers the dead girl, taking a necklace from the corpse before reporting the discovery to the police. She is a caretaker for an invalid, foul-mouthed cruel mother (Piper Laurie) who berates Arden for being so ugly and for involving them in a murder case. Arden flees, meets The Stranger Rudy (Giovanni Ribisi), a tattooed, scary appearing guy who is attracted to Arden because she appears so innocent. He courts her with tales of serial killer manners and yet eventually gains Arden's fractured self-perception trust with physical contact. The next chapter introduces Leah (Rose Byrne) who works with Derek (James Franco) in the mortuary where the dead girl's body has been deposited for autopsy. Leah discovers markings on the dead girl that convince her this is the sister who has been missing for 15 years, a fact that her parents (Mary Steenburgen and Bruce Davison) refuse to accept. Leah's tenuous hold on reality is altered by Derek's consolation and physical attention. The Wife episode offers a view of Mary (Mary Beth Hurt) and Carl (Nick Searcy), a married couple with mutual distrust: Mary knows Carl has flings with prostitutes while Carl feels Mary is too controlling. Mary discovers a chest of torn bloody underwear in one of their business Storage Containers, connects the items with Carl in a suspicion that Carl may be related to the death of the dead girl, and burns them. In The Mother we finally meet the true mother Melora (Marcia Gay Harden) of the dead girl Kritsta (Britanny Murphy) as she traces the clues from the body to a seedy motel where she meets Rosetta (Kerry Washington), Krista's roommate and lover, only to discover that the dead Krista ran away from home to become a prostitute and drug addict in response to a childhood abuse problem with her father. Melora is informed that Krista has an illegitimate three-year-old daughter Ashley whom Krista loved and Melora seeks to care for the only remains of the dead girl - her granddaughter and her lover. This film beams with brilliant performances: Collette, Harden, Byrne, Laurie, Hurt, Searcy, Washington, Steenburgen, Franco and Ribisi are poignant in their depiction of damaged people whose lives are altered by the Dead Girl. This is ensemble acting of the finest category. The production values are strong and the director's control of what could have been a meandering saga is firm and keeps the story from becoming sensationalized. This is yet another brilliant little film that deserves a very wide audience. Grady Harp

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