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The Weather Man (2005)

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A Chicago weather man, separated from his wife and children, debates whether professional and personal success are mutually exclusive.

Director:

Gore Verbinski

Writer:

Steve Conrad (as Steven Conrad)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... David Spritz
Michael Caine ... Robert Spritzel
Hope Davis ... Noreen
Gemmenne de la Peña ... Shelly (as Gemmenne De La Peña)
Nicholas Hoult ... Mike
Michael Rispoli ... Russ
Gil Bellows ... Don
Judith McConnell ... Lauren
Chris Marrs ... DMV Guy
Dina Facklis Dina Facklis ... Andrea
J. Nicole Brooks J. Nicole Brooks ... Clerk (as Deanna NJ Brooks)
Sia A. Moody ... Nurse (as Sia Moody)
Guy Van Swearingen Guy Van Swearingen ... Nipper Guy
Alexander Pine ... Fast Food Employee (as Alejandro Pina)
Jackson Bubala Jackson Bubala ... Fast Food Child
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Storyline

Dave Spritz is a local weatherman in his home town of Chicago, where his career is going well, while his personal life, his relationship with his perfectionist writer father, his neurotic ex-wife, and his now-separated children, is spiralling downward. Despite being loathed and loved by the local masses, Dave is a guy who doesn't seem to have it all together, and in this movie, he begins to feel it. An attractive job offer presents Dave with a major question: to pursue his career in New York City, or to remain at home with his family. Written by mystic80

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Dave Spritz is about to take his best shot . . . at life. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monsieur Météo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,248,465, 30 October 2005

Gross USA:

$12,482,775

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,039,770
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Runtime:

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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

While shooting this movie in February, Director Gore Verbinski was surprised to find that the weather in Chicago was warm, as it didn't produce any snow. The Production Designers had to re-create snow from scratch, as this movie takes place during the winter. See more »

Goofs

When Dave buys the coffee in the Arby's, the total goes from $.72 to $.80. That would place the sales tax somewhere between 10.4% & 11.7%. No state, including Illinois where this movie takes place, has a sales tax that high on food. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dave Spritz: That was refreshing. I'm refreshed. I'm refreshing.
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Soundtracks

Windy Day
Written & Performed by Robin L. Klein & Scott Schreer (as Scott P. Schreer)
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Austin Movie Show review (dark, unconventional, but great)
30 October 2005 | by leilapostgradSee all my reviews

I can already tell that people are going to have very strong reactions to The Weather Man. People are either going to love it or hate it. They're going to find it shockingly hilarious or just plain shocking. I loved it and found it hilarious, but I'm not easily offended (I do a show with Jegar, how can anything offend me?). There were many instances where I was the only person laughing in the theater. For instance, Michael Caine, who plays Robert Spritz, tells his son David Spritz (played by Nicolas Cage) that David's daughter is getting teased at school and called "Camel Toe". Just to hear Sir Michael Caine use the expression "camel toe" is pretty unexpected. But then various shots of camel toes pop up on the screen to illustrate this phenomenon to anyone in the audience who's unfamiliar with the concept. I found it all absurdly hilarious, but I don't think many of the grey-haired audience shared my sentiments.

This movie was not at all like I was expecting. The Weather Man is crass and silly, but it's also extremely dark and sad. David Spritz is a sad, lonely man who's trying to reconcile with this ex-wife and get his family back together, but despite his best intentions, things just never work out the way he wants. More than anything, he wants to prove to his dying father that he can be a great man too, but time is running out. This is not your typical comedy. It's not easy to watch sometimes, but according to Robert Spritz, "Easy doesn't enter into grown-up life."


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