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Inherent Vice (2014)

  • Rate: 8.6/10 total 645 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery | Romance
  • Release Date: 9 January 2015 (USA)
  • Runtime: 148 min (New York Film Festival)
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Inherent Vice (2014)

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  • IMDb page: Inherent Vice (2014)
  • Rate: 8.6/10 total 645 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery | Romance
  • Release Date: 9 January 2015 (USA)
  • Runtime: 148 min (New York Film Festival)
  • Filming Location: Arrowhead Springs Resort, 24918 Arrowhead Springs Rd, San Bernardino, California, USA
  • Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Stars: Jena Malone, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Jonny Greenwood   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Detective | Spanking | Full Frontal Female Nudity | Bare Breasts | Sex Scene

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Paul Thomas Anderson  screenplay
  • Thomas Pynchon  novel

Known Trivia

  • According to director Paul Thomas Anderson, Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon “have their own language and short hand” with each other. While their natural rapport helped to show the chemistry between their characters, this led to Anderson having to constantly remind them to stop chatting so that they could film. 40 of 40 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Robert Downey Jr. was originally attached in the lead role but Joaquin Phoenix ended up taking the role due to Paul Thomas Anderson decided he wanted to work with Joaquin again. Downey Jr. reported that Anderson thought he was “too old” for the role, essentially – not because of scheduling conflicts. 62 of 64 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • This film is the first adaptation of any of Thomas Pynchon’s novels to be produced for the screen. Paul Thomas Anderson’s script for the film reportedly has the blessing of Pynchon himself. 59 of 61 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Reese Witherspoon filmed all of her scenes in four days. Director Paul Thomas Anderson loved working with her so much, that he and Joaquin Phoenix (who famously worked with her in Walk the Line) began talking with Witherspoon about possibly changing the story so that her character would be around more. However, ultimately Witherspoon convinced the two that it wouldn’t be a good idea, something that in retrospect Anderson agrees with. 27 of 27 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Inherent Vice (2014) marks the first time that Paul Thomas Anderson has made a feature film distributed by a major Hollywood film studio – Warner Bros. Pictures – since when Columbia Pictures distributed his film, Punch-Drunk Love (2002). 32 of 35 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Charlize Theron was considered to play Shasta before Katherine Waterston was cast. 17 of 20 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • According to Josh Brolin, Thomas Pynchon, the author of Inherent Vice, makes a cameo appearance in the film. 1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |

Plot: In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles detective Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend. |  »

Story: In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles detective Larry “Doc” Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Paul Thomas Anderson known as producer
  • Daniel Lupi known as producer
  • JoAnne Sellar known as producer
  • Adam Somner known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Jena Malone known as Hope Harlingen
  • Reese Witherspoon known as Penny
  • Josh Brolin known as Bigfoot Bjornsen
  • Joaquin Phoenix known as Doc Sportello
  • Owen Wilson known as Coy Harlingen
  • Sasha Pieterse known as Japonica Fenway
  • Eric Roberts known as Mickey Wolfmann
  • Benicio Del Toro known as Sauncho Smilax
  • Martin Short known as Dr. Blatnoyd
  • Maya Rudolph known as Petunia Leeway
  • Michael Kenneth Williams known as Tariq Khalil (as Michael K. Williams)
  • Wilson Bethel
  • Jillian Bell known as Chlorinda
  • Sam Jaeger known as Agent Flatweed
  • Diana Elizabeth Torres known as Lourdes
  • Anders Holm
  • Katherine Waterston known as Shasta Fay Hepworth
  • Belladonna known as Clancy Charlock
  • Martin Donovan known as Crocker Fenway
  • Keith Jardine known as Puck Beaverton
  • Joanna Newsom known as Sortilège
  • Jeannie Berlin known as Aunt Reet
  • Yvette Yates known as Luz
  • Catherine Haena Kim known as TV Reporter
  • Emma Dumont
  • Serena Scott Thomas known as Sloane Wolfmann
  • Hong Chau known as Jade
  • Elaine Tan known as Xandra
  • Madison Leisle known as Goldfang
  • Timothy Simons known as Agent Borderline
  • Chelsea O'Toole known as Patient
  • Erin Michelle Conroy known as Flowerchild
  • Ellen Ho known as Chinese Waitress
  • Christopher Allen Nelson known as Glenn Charlock
  • Chantal Thuy known as Groupie
  • Laura Colquhoun known as Groupie
  • Peter McRobbie known as Adrian Prussia
  • Kirstin Masters known as Dental Assistant
  • Toyia Brown known as Harmony
  • Delaina Mitchell known as Mrs. Bjornsen
  • Samantha Lemole known as Gold Fang Mom
  • Amanda Maddox known as Flight Attendant
  • Marianne Bourg known as Beach Girl
  • Steven Wiig known as Portola Barkeep
  • Jefferson Mays known as Dr. Threeply
  • Raiden Integra known as Patient
  • Adeana Lane known as Beach Girl
  • Eric Womack known as FBI Agent
  • Eric Newnham known as Crime Scene Photographer
  • Jordan David
  • Shannon Collis known as Bambi
  • Stu Brumbaugh known as Groupie
  • Joel Shock known as Police officer
  • Katie Schwartz known as Kimberly
  • Will C. known as Commando
  • JC Tremblay known as Chanter (as Jean-Christophe Tremblay)
  • Sophia Markov known as Amethyst Harlingen
  • Christopher Karl Johnson known as Mr. Robinson
  • Jordan Christian Hearn known as Denis
  • Charley Morgan known as Dr. Igor
  • Gregoer Boru known as Recording Tech
  • Michael Cotter known as Rhus Frothingham
  • Erica Sullivan known as Staff Psychiatrist
  • Jackie Michele Johnson known as Girl in Rehab
  • Ashleigh Biller known as Patient
  • Eva Fisher known as Nurse
  • Brandy Futch known as Flight Attendant
  • Martin Dew known as Dr. Tubeside
  • Victoria Markov known as Amethyst Harlingen
  • Laura Kranz known as Chryskylodon Patient
  • Matthew Skomo known as Detective
  • Andrew Simpson known as Riggs Warbling
  • Seth Cash known as Detective
  • Shaun Parker known as Commando
  • Jessica Huss known as Speed Freak
  • Dakota Lupo known as Chief Chanter
  • Stacy Aspen known as District Attorney
  • Adam Dorsey known as Jesus Guard
  • Taylor Bonin known as Ensenada Slim
  • Christian Williams known as Smedley
  • Kira Legg known as Groupie
  • Dallas James known as Auto Mechanic
  • Ken Edling known as Judge
  • David Prak known as Buddhist Exorcist
  • Jenna Emery known as Groupie
  • Randall Shea known as Super Special Coroner
  • Emma Cooper known as Groupie
  • Rodney J. Richards known as Adrian Prussia Friend
  • Lauren Goncher known as Dental Assistant
  • Randall Schowe known as Groupie
  • Jacqueline Ash known as Chryskolodon Nurse
  • Zachary Santos known as Officer #2
  • Al Function known as Biker
  • Scott Aschenbrenner known as Jesus Guard
  • Richard Rekow known as Groupie
  • Elizabeth Colunga known as Patient (uncredited)
  • Nick de Graffenreid known as Patient (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • David Beneke known as dental prosthetics
  • Kymber Blake known as makeup artist
  • Crystal M. Cook known as additional hair
  • Patricia DeHaney known as key hair stylist (as Patricia Dehaney-Le May)
  • Anthony Gordon known as makeup artist
  • Roxane Griffin known as hair stylist
  • Miia Kovero known as hair department head
  • Nikki Smith known as additional hair stylist
  • Susan Stepanian known as key makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Matthew Cavaliero known as property master
  • Chad R. Davis known as on-set dresser
  • Penelope Franco Gilmore known as set dresser: day player (as Penelope Franco)
  • Sean Lyons known as charge scenic
  • Conner McKinley known as art department coordinator
  • John Micheletos known as leadman
  • Lars Petersen known as construction coordinator
  • Kim Richey known as assistant property master
  • Jill Rolie-December known as head buyer
  • Leslie Ross known as stand by painter
  • Dorothy Street known as additional graphic designer
  • Nandor Szilagy known as set dresser
  • Karen Teneyck known as graphic designer
  • Steven C. Voll known as set construction foreman




Production Companies:

  • Ghoulardi Film Company
  • Warner Bros.

Other Companies:

  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • FotoKem  production dailies
  • Movie Movers  hair and makeup trailer (uncredited)
  • Panavision  camera equipment provided by (as Panavision Woodland Hills)
  • Pivotal Post  Avid HD Editing Equipment
  • Sigloch Military / Tactical  military personnel

Additional Details


  • Warner Bros. Entertainment Polska (2015) (Poland) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment (2014) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment (2015) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment (2015) (Italy) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2015) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2015) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2015) (France) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2015) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2015) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2014) (USA) (theatrical)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Crazy Horse Effects (Visual Effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Rachel Berry known as visual effects producer: Crazy Horse Effects
  • Kyle Dutton known as visual effects coordinator: Crazy Horse Effects
  • Christina Graff known as visual effects producer: Crazy Horse Effects
  • Paul Graff known as visual effects supervisor: Crazy Horse Effects
  • Aryel Melek-Shalom known as CG artist: crazy horse effects
  • Sharon Perl-Collins known as visual effects accountant
  • Tessa Roehl known as visual effects coordinator: Crazy Horse Effects
  • Brian Sales known as compositing supervisor: Crazy Horse Effects
  • Christian Zeiler known as digital compositor: Crazy Horse Effects
  • Tristan M. Child known as visual effects production assistant (uncredited)
  • Whitman Lindstrom known as matte painter (uncredited)

MPAA: Rated R for drug use throughout, sexual content, graphic nudity, language and some violence



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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