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A Serious Man (12-Sep-2009)

Directors: Joel Coen; Ethan Coen

Writers: Joel Coen; Ethan Coen

Music by: Carter Burwell

Producers: Joel Coen; Ethan Coen

Keywords: Dark Comedy, Jewish, Divorce

A middle American teacher struggles to stem a tide of unfortunate events negatively impacting his standing in the world.

ABSTRACT
Larry Gopnik, teacher and family man living in late-1960s suburban Minneapolis, Minnesota, struggles with a host of issues in his world, his dysfunctional home life paramount among them. Things turn from bad to worse when Larry's wife demands a divorce, forcing him and hapless brother Arthur into a motel and placing our poor protagonist at the mercy of an evidently-uncaring God and his tendency to work in "mysterious ways" as the rabbis he constantly turns to for guidance seem helpless to impart any actual wisdom upon his put-upon soul.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Adam Arkin
Actor
19-Aug-1956   Dr. Aaron Shutt on Chicago Hope
Fyvush Finkel
Actor
9-Oct-1923   Picket Fences
Simon Helberg
Actor
9-Dec-1980   Howard Wolowitz on The Big Bang Theory
Richard Kind
Actor
22-Nov-1956   Paul Lassiter on Spin City
Michael Lerner
Actor
22-Jun-1941   Barton Fink
George Wyner
Actor
20-Oct-1945   ADA Irwin Bernstein on Hill Street Blues

CAST

Michael Stuhlbarg   ...   Larry Gopnik
Richard Kind   ...   Uncle Arthur
Fred Melamed   ...   Sy Ableman
Sari Lennick   ...   Judith Gopnik
Aaron Wolff   ...   Danny Gopnik
Jessica McManus   ...   Sarah Gopnik
Peter Breitmayer   ...   Mr. Brandt
Brent Braunschweig   ...   Mitch Brandt
David Kang   ...   Clive Park
Benjamin Portnoe   ...   Danny's Reefer Buddy
Jack Swiler   ...   Boy on Bus
Andrew S. Lentz   ...   Cursing Boy on Bus
Jon Kaminski, Jr.   ...   Mike Fagle
Ari Hoptman   ...   Arlen Finkle
Alan Mandell   ...   Rabbi Marshak
Amy Landecker   ...   Mrs. Samsky
George Wyner   ...   Rabbi Nachtner
Michael Tezla   ...   Dr. Sussman
Katherine Borowitz   ...   Friend at the Picnic
Stephen Park   ...   Clive's Father
Allen Lewis Rickman   ...   Shtetl Husband
Yelena Shmulenson   ...   Shtetl Wife
Fyvush Finkel   ...   Dybbuk
Ronald Schultz   ...   Hebrew School Teacher
Raye Birk   ...   Dr. Shapiro
Jane Hammill   ...   Larry's Secretary
Claudia Wilkens   ...   Marshak's Secretary
Simon Helberg   ...   Rabbi Scott
Adam Arkin   ...   Divorce Lawyer
Jim Cada   ...   Cop #1
Michael Lerner   ...   Solomon Schlutz
Charles Brin   ...   Hebrew School Principal
Michael Engel   ...   Torah Blesser
Tyson Bidner   ...   Magbiah
Phyllis Harris   ...   Hebrew School Tea Lady
Piper Sigel Bruse   ...   D'vorah
Hannah Nemer   ...   Sarah's Friend
Rita Vassallo   ...   Law Firm Secretary
Warren David Keith   ...   Dick Dutton
Neil Newman   ...   Cantor
Tim Russell   ...   Detective #1
Jim Lichtscheidl   ...   Detective #2
Wayne Evenson   ...   Russell Krauss
Scott Baker   ...   Sci-Fi Movie Hero

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