About Schmidt (2002)
Schmidt Happens
IMDb Rating 7.3 (46,085 votes)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Kathy Bates Roberta Hertzel
Jack Nicholson Warren R. Schmidt
Dermot Mulroney Randall Hertzel
Hope Davis Jeannie Schmidt
Len Cariou Ray Nichols
Harry Groener John Rusk
Howard Hesseman Larry Hertzel
Connie Ray Vicki Rusk
June Squibb Helen Schmidt
Mark Venhuizen Duncan Hertzel
Dermont Mulroney
"Blisteringly funny and equally moving." -Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter

Warren Schmidt is about to experience a bittersweet slice of life. Newly retired, he and his wife Helen have big plans to see America-but an unexpected twist changes everything. Now Schmidt is determined to stop his daughter's wedding to an underachieving waterbed salesman. From meeting the groom's eccentric parents to sponsoring a Tanzanian foster child, Schmidt sets off on his mission...and gets lost along the road to self-discovery.
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Drama
New Line Home Entertainment
Movie Release Date 2002
Country   USA
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
User Text 1 Some language and brief nudity.
Running Time 120 mins
Color Color
Features Closed Captioned Deleted/Extended Scenes DVD-Rom Content Scene Access Theatrical Trailer(s) Woodmen Tower Sequences
Director Alexander Payne
Writer Louis Begley; Alexander Payne; Jim Taylor
Cinematography James Glennon
User Credit 2 Wendy Chuck
Producer Harry Gittes; Michael Besman; Bill Badalato
User Credit 1 Kevin Tent
Musician Rolfe Kent
Edition Details
Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen (16:9, Anamorphic)
Format DVD
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
Barcode 794043631924
Chapters 26
Release Date 6/3/2003
Subtitles English; Spanish; English (Closed Captioned)
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]
DTS [English]
Dolby Digital Surround [English]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 463
Collection Status In Collection
Tags Seduction, Mobile Home, Injury, Orphan, Infidelity
Filming Locations:
Boulder, Colorado, USA (more)

The word "Ndugu" means "brother" literally in Kiswahili (same as Swahili). It is also used as slang for "friend" as in the US. (more)

Audio/visual unsynchronized: After Warren returns to find his wife sprawled on the floor, the vacuum is seen to be unplugged. Despite this, a vacuum is still heard running loudly. (more)

Warren Schmidt: You're not gonna believe this. We had a tire swing over there. (more)

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 19 wins & 28 nominations (more)

Movie Connections:
Referenced in Film Geek (2005) (more)

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