In his third feature, director Noah Baumbach scores a triumph with an autobiographical coming-of-age story about a teenager whose writer-parents are divorcing. The father (Jeff Daniels) and mother (Laura Linney) duke it out in half-civilized, half-savage fashion, while their two sons adapt in different ways, shifting allegiances between parents. The film is squirmy-funny and nakedly honest about the rationalizations and compensatory snobbisms of artistic failure as well as the conflicted desires of adolescents for sex and status. In detailing bohemian-bourgeois life in brownstone Brooklyn, Baumbach is spot on. Everyone proceeds from good intentions and acts rather badly, in spite or because of their manifest intelligence. Fulfilling the best traditions of the American independent film, this quirky, wisely written feature explores the gulf between sexes, generations, art and commerce, Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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The Squid and the Whale (Prime) (2005)

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Drama/Comedy · 1h 21m · 1/24/2005

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In his third feature, director Noah Baumbach scores a triumph with an autobiographical coming-of-age story about a teenager whose writer-parents are divorcing. The father (Jeff Daniels) and mother (Laura Linney) duke it out in half-civilized, half-savage fashion, while their two sons adapt in different ways, shifting allegiances between parents. The film is squirmy-funny and nakedly honest about the rationalizations and compensatory snobbisms of artistic failure as well as the conflicted desires of adolescents for sex and status. In detailing bohemian-bourgeois life in brownstone Brooklyn, Baumbach is spot on. Everyone proceeds from good intentions and acts rather badly, in spite or because of their manifest intelligence. Fulfilling the best traditions of the American independent film, this quirky, wisely written feature explores the gulf between sexes, generations, art and commerce, Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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Status

Released

Language

English

Country

United States

Production Company

Samuel Goldwyn Films

Budget

$1,500,000

Revenue

$11,098,131
Part Of
Cast
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Owen Kline

Frank Berkman
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Jeff Daniels

Bernard Berkman
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Laura Linney

Joan Berkman
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Jesse Eisenberg

Walt Berkman
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William Baldwin

Ivan
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David Benger

Carl
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Anna Paquin

Lili
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Molly Barton

Graduate Student
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Bo Berkman

Graduate Student
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Matthew Kaplan

Graduate Student
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Simon Kaplan

Graduate Student
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Matthew Kirsch

Graduate Student
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Daniella Markowicz

Graduate Student
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Elizabeth Meriwether

Graduate Student
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Ben Schrank

Graduate Student
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Amy Srebnick

Graduate Student
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Josh Srebnick

Graduate Student
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Emma Straub

Graduate Student
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Alan Wilkis

Graduate Student (as Alan Wilks)
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James Hamilton

Man with Joan
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Adam Rose

Otto
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Henry Glovinsky

Lance
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Eli Gelb

Jeffrey
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Halley Feiffer

Sophie Greenberg
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Wayne Lawson

Talent Show Judge
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Michael Santiago

Talent Show Judge
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Juan Torriente

Talent Show Judge
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Patricia Towers

Talent Show Judge
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Peggy Gormley

Mrs. Greenberg
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Peter Newman

Mr. Greenberg
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Greta Kline

Greta Greenberg
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Melissa Meyer

Professor
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Benjamin Smolen

Student with Puppets
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Michael Countryman

Mr. Simic
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Alexandra Daddario

Pretty Girl
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Nico Baumbach

Jeb Gelber
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Maryann Plunkett

Ms. Lemon
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Hector Otero

Hector
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Ken Leung

School Therapist
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Jo Yang

Nurse
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Joyce DeWitt

Janet Wood (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Andrew Kaempfer

Valet (uncredited)
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Bobby Shue

Student (uncredited)
Crew
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Robert D. Yeoman

Cinematograpy
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Tim Streeto

Editor
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Britta Phillips

Music
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Dean Wareham

Music
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Lewis Goldstein

Sound
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Anne Ross

Art
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Jennifer Dehghan

Art
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Noah Baumbach

Director
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Noah Baumbach

Writer
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Wes Anderson

Producer
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Peter Newman

Producer
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Charlie Corwin

Producer
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Clara Markowicz

Producer
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

The Squid and the Whale

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

3/21/2006

$5.99 -$1.00 (14%)

Disc Title Front Cover

The Squid and the Whale

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

3/14/2006

Disc Title Front Cover

The Squid and the Whale

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD Slim, Low))

3/26/2013

Disc Title Front Cover

The Squid and the Whale

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD, Low))

11/22/2016

Disc Title Front Cover

The Squid and the Whale

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

11/22/2016

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