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Pieces of April

80 min
Comedy | Drama
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Peter Hedges
Nominated for Oscar. Another 17 wins & 18 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 2004-02-19
Filming Locations: Bear Mountain, New York, USA
Budget: $300,000
Opening Weekend: $48,422 (USA) (19 October 2003)
Gross: $2,360,184 (USA) (28 December 2003)
Oliver Platt
Oliver Platt
Pieces of April
Katie Holmes
Katie Holmes
Pieces of April
Derek Luke
Derek Luke
Pieces of April
Alison Pill
Beth Burns
John Gallagher Jr.
Timmy Burns
Patricia Clarkson
Joy Burns
Alice Drummond
Grandma Dottie
Vitali Baganov
Half Asleep Man
Lillias White
Isiah Whitlock Jr.
Adrian Martinez
Man in Mohair Sweater
Susan Bruce
Jamari Richardson
Boy on Bicycle
Leila Danette
Woman in Stairwell
Stephen Chen
Lee Loung Tan
Sally Leung Bayer
Lee Quong Tan
Sean Hayes
Marcus Lovett
Parade Announcer
Jack Chen
Lee Quong
Jacqueline Dai
Lee Lang
Rosa Luo
Lee Wai Yam
Birdie M. Hale
Woman outside Bodega
Armando Riesco
Christine Todino
Anney Giobbe
Young Mother
Elizabeth Douglass
Young Girl
Rusty De Wees
Joy's Biker Guy (as Rusty DeWees)
Vincent Roselli
Timmy's Biker Guy
Bernadette the Dog
Did you know?
Although the film is dedicated to Peter Hedges' mother, who died of cancer, the only true aspect he incorporated is the line where Joy talks about the fictional singer "Smack Daddy". The line is almost word for word what Peter's mother told him while in the hospital, the only exception being that she was talking about Barry White.
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When April is crying on the bed after her family has abandoned her she originally said, "I knew this would happen," before she asks what they are going to do with all the food. It was decided to remove this line as the director felt that it made her look like she was thinking of herself rather than others, going against everything shown of her up until that point. They dubbed over the line with additional crying sounds.
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The title "Pieces of April" comes from a Three Dog Night song.
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At the end of the film, when the snapshots are shown of April and her mother hugging, April is wearing a pink sweater. In the very next shot of Joy's face April is not wearing the sweater.
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When Bobby goes out, April is shown with a bandage on her finger long before she actually cuts it.
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The camera Timmy is using is a modern Nikon autofocus SLR which has an electrically controlled self-timer that doesn't make any noise during operation. When April's mother, dad, grandmother and sister stop at the Christmas shop and at the very end of the movie the sound of an old manual self-timer is inserted in the sound track.
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Joy Burns: I keep waiting for a good time to tell you, but there's really no good time. I need everyone to listen.
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Joy Burns: This way, instead of April showing up with some new piercing or some ugly new tattoo and, God forbid, staying overnight, this way, we get to show up, experience the disaster that is her life, smile through it, and before you know it, we're on our way back home.
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April Burns: Once, there was this day... this one day when... everyone realized they needed each other.
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Photos from cast
Oliver Platt Katie Holmes Derek Luke