Alex & Emma


1h 36m 2003

Brief Synopsis

Alex Sheldon is an author whose writer's block is the least of his problems--he also happens to be flat broke and owes Cuban loan sharks $100,000. The thugs give Alex an ultimatum: pay up in 30 days or wind up dead. The only way Alex is going to get that kind of money is by finishing his novel, whic

Film Details

Also Known As
Alex and Emma, Loosely Based on a True Love Story
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Adaptation
Comedy
Drama
Romance
Romantic Comedy
Release Date
2003
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD)
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 36m

Synopsis

Alex Sheldon is an author whose writer's block is the least of his problems--he also happens to be flat broke and owes Cuban loan sharks $100,000. The thugs give Alex an ultimatum: pay up in 30 days or wind up dead. The only way Alex is going to get that kind of money is by finishing his novel, which is currently less than one sentence long. He's got some idea of what he wants the story to be, but he just can't seem to get it out onto paper. Now lacking both inspiration and a laptop, Alex secures the services of opinionated stenographer, Emma Dinsmore, to help him complete the novel and get paid by his publisher in time to save his skin. The story of Adam Shipley soon begins to emerge. The fictional Adam is a romantic young writer who has been hired to tutor the children of Polina Delacroix, a chic, gorgeous French woman in dire financial straits. The story that reveals itself is of the obsessive love that Adam develops for Polina, while ignoring the potential for true love with Polina's au pair, known in successive incarnations as the stern Swede Ylva, Elsa the bawdy German, Eldora the Spanish beauty, and down-to-earth American Anna. Meanwhile, Alex and Emma spend their days and nights working together on the novel. Emma challenges his ideas at every turn, and her initially irritating but undeniably intriguing input begins to influence Alex and his story. Soon, real life begins to imitate art--and art, to imitate life.

Crew

M Gwinn Alderson

Painter

Lee Alexander

Song

H. Leah Amir

Craft Service

Neal Anderson

Dialogue Editor

Pete Anthony

Music Conductor

Norman Ash

Electrician

Jeff Atmajian

Original Music

Roger Baer

Foreman

Melissa V Barnes

Assistant Director

James Basile

Props

Bostic Beard

Assistant

David Bedusa

Props

Alan Edward Bell

Editor

Jennifer M Bell

Hair

Lon Bender

Supervising Sound Editor

Frank Bennett

Original Music

Paul Birk

Electrician

Todd Black

Producer

Jason Blumenthal

Executive Producer

Kathy Bondell

Hair Stylist

Steve Borgese

Greensman

Mark Boucher

Painter

Bob Bowman

Assistant Sound Editor

Tim Boyle

Music Scoring Mixer

Tim Boyle

Score Recording

Philip Braham

Song

Richard M. Brasic

Driver

Andi Brittan

Set Decorator

Les Brown

Song

Scott Buckwald

Property Master

Gary Burritt

Negative Cutter

Erik Butters

Rigging Electrician

Robert C Campion

Production Accountant

Adrian Cannon

Driver

Frank Capra

Assistant Director

Jerry Carr

Painter

Ken Carriveau

On-Set Dresser

Bridget Carroll

Production Assistant

Michael Cartwright

Driver

Jeffrey Caruso

Production Secretary

Jeff Case

Key Grip

Melvin G Cavett

Driver

Martin Charles

Graphic Designer

John Ciampa

Animator

Vincent Cirilli

Music Engineer

Gary Claridge

Driver

David W Clark

Assistant Property Master

Angie Lee Cobbs

Assistant

John T Connor

Assistant Camera

Lisa Corbin

Props Assistant

Brandon Cox

Loader

Camilla Cox

Art Assistant

Tom Cozza

Driver

Ron Crabbe

Matte Painter

Scott Crabbe

Video

Jimmy Crawford

Chief Lighting Technician

Michael A Cruz

Foreman

Shay Cunliffe

Costume Designer

Olivia D'albis

Main Title Design

Michael Damski

Production Assistant

Sandy De Crescent

Music Contractor

Veronica Demartini

Transportation

David Depalo

Music

Bart Dion

Special Effects Foreman

Dennis Dion

Special Effects Coordinator

Brian Dixon

Music Engineer

Mark Dobkousky

Assistant Production Coordinator

Perry Dodgson

Boom Operator

Antonin Dvorak

Music

Robert Eber

Sound Mixer

Don Estes

Grip

Donna Evans Merlo

Stunts

Kristrun Eyjolfsdottir

Art Department

David Falicki

Medic

Diamond Farnsworth

Stunt Coordinator

Gavin Finney

Director Of Photography

Jeremy Fitzgerald

Stunts

Paul Flinchbaugh

Audio

Bill Foley

Driver

Michael Frayeh

Accounting Assistant

Michael Frayeh

Post-Production Accountant

Douglas Furber

Song

Carlos M Gallardo

Dolly Grip

Anthony Gaudioz

Camera Operator

Mark Gebaur

Music Engineer

Nerses Gezalyan

Foley Mixer

Mike Gillis

Assistant

Robert J Goldstein

Location Manager

Bob Gorelick

Steadicam Operator

Shari D. Gray

Costumer

Tom Greene

Grip

Alan Greisman

Producer

Peter Guber

Executive Producer

Tom Hardisty

Music Engineer

Bill Hardy

Production Assistant

Jess Harnell

Song Performer

Helen Harwell

Art Director

Robert Hatfield

Projectionist

Paul Hazard

Best Boy

Eric Heavens

Animator

Susan Hegarty

Dialect Coach

Dan Hegeman

Sound Effects Editor

Renata Helfman

Makeup Artist

Fletcher Henderson

Song Performer

James Henderson

Stand-In

Ray Henderson

Song

Rudy Herrera

Driver

Chip Herwegh

Props

Ryce Hetherington

Office Assistant

Janet Hirshenson

Casting

Travis Hjorth

Scenic Artist

Melissa Hofmann

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Chris Hogan

Adr Editor

James A Holt

Coproducer

Robert Hunter

Transportation Coordinator

Scott Jackson

Best Boy Grip

Jane Jenkins

Casting

James P Johnson

Song

J. Stanley Johnston

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Christopher Jones

Construction Coordinator

Norah Jones

Song Performer

Pam Jones

Assistant

Richard Julian

Song

Richard Kamins

Rigging Electrician

Gary Kelly

Construction

Jim Keys

Rigging Gaffer

Margaret Kibe

Production Assistant

Scott Kidner

Best Boy Electric

Alice S. Kim

Post-Production Supervisor

Alice S. Kim

Assistant

Kelsey Kimes

Driver

Kevin Knoeferl

Dresser

David Kudell

Audio

Jon Kull

Original Music

John Larena

Production Designer

Clifford Lecuyer

Painter

Robert Leighton

Editor

Hans Lengsfelder

Music

Keith Lesser

Assistant

Jeremy Leven

Producer

Jeremy Leven

Story By

Jeremy Leven

Screenplay

Michelle Lewitt

Casting Associate

Amanda Blythe Linder

Wardrobe Assistant

Stephen Lynd

Art Assistant

Cecil Mack

Song

Anna Mackenzie

Adr Editor

Megan Malley

Art Department

Mark L. Mangino

Sound Effects Editor

Maeve Mannion

Accounting Assistant

David Marquette

Music Engineer

Aaron Marshall

Assistant Editor

Kimberly R Mccord

Dialogue Editor

Kathy Mccullen

Stand-In

Tim Mchenry

Driver

Kerry Lyn Mckissick

Script Supervisor

Patrick A Mclaughlin

Driver

Ted Mehous

Driver

Joseph Merhi

Coproducer

Mike Miliotti

Driver

David Millen

Caterer

Andy Molina

Construction

Annette Montalvan

Production Assistant

James Moriana

Foley Artist

Todd Murata

Assistant Director

Joe Murton

Painter

John Myers

Visual Effects Producer

Ron Newburn

Electrician

Maria Nieves

Caterer

Serge Nolfield

Assistant Camera

David Orr

Color Timer

Nancy Patterson

Consultant

Greg Peregon

Props

David Perez

Props

John Pollard

Dresser

Bill Pollock

Best Boy Grip

Robert Poto

Driver

Ira I Proctor

Props

Michael S Pryor

Visual Effects Producer

David Raymond

Sound

Richard Read

Assistant

Rob Reiner

Producer

Rob Reiner

Other

Andre Rieu

Music

Robin A Roberts

Costume Supervisor

Marci Rosenberg

Production Coordinator

Chris Roundtree

Rigging Grip

Bret Rubin

Key Rigging Grip

Mark A Rubin

Rigging Grip

Juan Murillo Ruiz

Caterer

Patrick Russ

Original Music

Claudia Ryan

Driver

Rick Ryan

Driver

Carl Rydlund

Original Music

Candice Sabbah

Costumer

Charles Saldana

Office Assistant

Elie Samaha

Producer

David Sanfield

Caterer

Adam Scheinman

Other

Adam Scheinman

Coproducer

Film Details

Also Known As
Alex and Emma, Loosely Based on a True Love Story
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Adaptation
Comedy
Drama
Romance
Romantic Comedy
Release Date
2003
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD)
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 36m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Summer June 20, 2003

Released in United States on Video December 23, 2003

Project is loosely based on the story behind the creation of Fyodor Dostoevsky's short novel "The Gambler."

Dostoevsky's story was previously filmed as "The Great Sinner" (USA/1949), directed by Robert Siodmak and starring Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner.

Eastman Kodak Film

Released in United States Summer June 20, 2003

Released in United States on Video December 23, 2003