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Shame (2011)

  • Rate: 7.3/10 total 64,769 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 7 December 2011 (France)
  • Runtime: 101 min
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  • IMDb page: Shame (2011)
  • Rate: 7.3/10 total 64,769 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 7 December 2011 (France)
  • Runtime: 101 min
  • Filming Location: 28th Street Subway Station, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
  • Budget: $6,500,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $4,000,304(USA)(22 April 2012)
  • Director: Steve McQueen
  • Stars: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan and James Badge Dale|See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Harry Escott   
  • Soundtrack: Prelude & Fugue No. 10 E Minor, BWV 855
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: New York | Thirty Something | Addiction | Porn | Office

Writing Credits By:

  • Steve McQueen (written by) and
  • Abi Morgan (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Despite the movie’s $6.5 million budget, Fox Searchlight Pictures only paid around $400,000 to acquire its United States distribution rights.
  • Shot in 25 days.
  • The scene where Brandon hears his sister sing in the restaurant was shot in real time. James Badge Dale and Michael Fassbender had never heard Carey Mulligan sing before so their reactions were real. The scene was shot at 3 a.m with cameras focused on all 3 performers at the same time.
  • During the 2012 Newsweek Magazine Oscar roundtable, Michael Fassbender said that he really urinated on camera during a scene in which his character was seen urinating (usually these sorts of bodily function scenes are simulated during the filming of a movie, if only because of the difficulty of replicating them over multiple takes). George Clooney, who was also participating in the roundtable, asked Fassbender how many takes he had to do of the urination, and Fassbender said three.
  • During the jogging scene, Brandon is seen waiting at a stop light and in the background is an advertisement for the TV series Army Wives. Lucy Walters, who plays the woman on the subway train, also appears in Army Wives as Amy Sandberg.
  • Steve McQueen changed the location to New York because he couldn’t get the money to make the movie in the UK.

Goofs: Continuity: When Brandon is on the subway looking at the woman we see Fulton behind him on the wall of the subway tunnel. The train moves and a few minutes have passed. Next, when the woman exists the train and he follows her, we see that they are again at Fulton station.

Plot: In New York City, Brandon's carefully cultivated private life — which allows him to indulge his sexual addiction — is disrupted when his sister Sissy arrives unannounced for an indefinite stay. Full summary »  »

Story: Brandon is a 30-something man living in New York who is unable to manage his sex life. After his wayward younger sister moves into his apartment, Brandon's world spirals out of control. Shame examines the nature of need, how we live our lives and the experiences that shape us.Written by Momentum Pictures  


Synopsis: Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a successful, handsome thirty-something businessman living and working in New York City. Unknown to those who know him, he’s struggling with a sexual addiction. On a subway train he flirts with a young woman (Lucy Walters) and she flirts back with him. She has a wedding and engagement ring on, and when they exit the train, she disappears into the crowd.

After work, Brandon and his boss David (James Badge Dale) go out and meet three women at a club. Later Brandon has sex with the woman David was trying to pursue.

When Brandon arrives home, he assumes a burglar is in his house but finds a naked woman taking a shower: it is in fact his sister Sissy (Carey Mulligan), a troubled young woman who has been left as damaged as Brandon by their troubled childhood, which is never completely revealed. Sissy tells Brandon that she has been living in Los Angeles for the past year and performing as a singer in local clubs. Having fallen on hard times, Sissy claims that she has no place to live and asks if she could stay with him for a while. Brandon reluntantly agrees

The next evening, Brandon and David watch Sissy singing a very sad jazz version of New York, New York at a club. Afterwords, Sissy sits with Brandon and David on the table where she talks a little more about herself and her singing career before. After a casual talk over drinks, they all go back to Brandon’s apartment. While Brandon checks his mail in the lobby, Sissy and David go up to his apartment. When Brandon arrives, he hears Sissy having sex with David through the bedroom door, in his bed.

Brandon leaves his apartment and runs on the streets while listening to Bach’s piano music on his earphones. Brandon comes back home and sees that Sissy and David are gone. He changes the bedsheats and quickly goes to bed. A little later that night, he is annoyed by Sissy’s presence who climbs into bed and wants to cuddle next to him. Brandon yells at her to go back to sleep on the couch and she leaves him alone.

At work, Brandon then tries to pursue a relationship with his co-worker Marianne (Nicole Beharie), by flirting with her and asking if she would like to have dinner with him, and Marianne accepts. After having casual and pleasant dinner at a local restaurant, in spite of the ackward waiter (Robert Montano) interrupting them several times, Brandon resists with himself to make a move on Marianne. They part ways at the end of the dinner, and he goes home alone.

Later that night, Sissy arrives at Brandon’s apartment and accidentally walks in on him masturbating in the bathroom. She then finds his laptop open full of pornography. Through the laptop camera, a woman (Charisse Merman) is half-undressed, touching herself while waiting for Brandon. She says that he would love the two woment to get at it together. Brandon violently appears and accuses Sissy of spying on him and she storms out. Brandon then takes all of his pornography in his apartment, including his laptop, and throws everything out out.

The next day at work, he approaches Marianne and takes her to a lavish hotel room. In the bathroom hidden from Marianne’s view, he snorts a line of cocaine. They attempt to have sex but Brandon cannot maintain an erection. Marianne leaves, while he stays at the hotel room, feeling lonely and humiliated. Some time later, Brandon is seen having sex with another woman (Amy Hargreaves) in the same hotel room.

When Brandon gets home, he watches animated cartoons on his TV set, and Sissy arrives and talks to him. He asks her where she was, and she tells him that she was with David. Brandon tells Sissy that David happens to be married, and Sissy says that she already knows, for David told her during their first night together. Brandon angrily tells Sissy that she must move out at the end of the week to look for her own place to live. She says that they are family and are supposed to help each other, but Brandon wants nothing to do with her because he says all she does is drag him down. Brandon then heads out and tries to pick up a woman at a bar (Anna Rose Hopkins), but ends up getting beaten up by her boyfriend (Chazz Menendez) after he insults him by telling him how he would pleasure her. Bruised and beaten, he tries to enter a nightclub, but he is denied entrance, as the party-goers look much younger than its usual crowd; in fact, they are probably underage, so the bouncer (Carl Low) insists that he can’t get in that night. Brandon sees a gay bar across the street and enters it. As he walks through it, a man approaches and kisses him, then performs fellatio on him in one of the back rooms. Next, Brandon is shown entering a cheap hotel room occupied by two women (Calamity Chang and DeeDee Luxe). He ends up having sex with both of them at the same time.

When he leaves, he sees that Sissy left a voicemail on his cell phone. He gets off the train he is on due to its being delayed by an implied suicide further up the tracks. He frantically calls Sissy but she doesn’t answer, so he rushes home. When he gets there, Sissy is lying on the bathroom floor after having cut her wrists. She survives and he visits her in the hospital. When he leaves, he collapses and cries in the rain.

Some time later Brandon is seen sitting on the train, going to work as usual. The same woman from the beginning sits across from him, only wearing her engagement ring. He tries to look away but she keeps staring at him and smiling… clearly flirting with him. She stands up to leave the train, expecting him to follow her like the last time. Brandon keeps looking at her, and before viewers can know if he is going to follow her or not, the screen cuts to black.


[written by KrystelClaire]


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Iain Canning known as producer
  • Peter Hampden known as executive producer
  • Tim Haslam known as executive producer
  • Lisa Jordan known as senior post producer
  • Tessa Ross known as executive producer
  • Emile Sherman known as producer
  • Bergen Swanson known as co-producer
  • Robert Walak known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Michael Fassbender known as Brandon
  • Lucy Walters known as Woman on Subway Train
  • Mari-Ange Ramirez known as Alexa
  • James Badge Dale known as David
  • Nicole Beharie known as Marianne
  • Alex Manette known as Steven
  • Hannah Ware known as Samantha
  • Elizabeth Masucci known as Elizabeth
  • Rachel Farrar known as Rachel
  • Loren Omer known as Loren
  • Carey Mulligan known as Sissy
  • Lauren Tyrrell known as Hostess
  • Marta Milans known as Cocktail Waitress
  • Jake Richard Siciliano known as Skype Son (as Jake Siciliano)
  • Robert Montano known as Waiter
  • Charisse Bellante known as Live Chat Woman (as Charisse Merman)
  • Amy Hargreaves known as Hotel Lover
  • Anna Rose Hopkins known as Carly
  • Chazz Menendez known as Muscular Boyfriend
  • Carl Low known as Bouncer
  • Calamity Chang known as Late Night Lover #1
  • DeeDee Luxe known as Late Night Lover #2
  • Stanley Mathis known as Conductor
  • Wenne Alton Davis known as Police Officer
  • Jennifer Butler known as Subway Rider (uncredited)
  • Briana Marin known as Waitress (uncredited)
  • Stephane Nicoli known as New Yorker (uncredited)
  • Barbara Vincent known as The Standard Hotel Guest (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Ma Kalaadevi Ananda known as makeup department head
  • Ma Kalaadevi Ananda known as special makeup effects artist
  • Erin Hicks known as hair department head
  • Craig Lindberg known as special makeup effects artist
  • Nick London known as key makeup artist
  • Juanita Townsend known as key hair stylist

Art Department:

  • Matthew Amenta known as property master
  • Kimberly Asa known as art department coordinator (as Kim Asa)
  • Sarah Berney known as scenic: additional photography
  • Mary Blanchard known as journeyman scenic: additional photography
  • David Brenner known as on-set dresser
  • Ryan Bundrick known as key carpenter: additional photography
  • Nicole De Luca known as art intern
  • Kate Falzarano known as set dresser
  • Fern Gnesin known as set decorator: additional photography
  • Richard Hebrank known as construction coordinator: additional photography (as Richie Hebrank)
  • James Holroyd known as leadman: additional photography (as James H. Holroyd)
  • James Holroyd known as set dresser (as James H. Holroyd)
  • Millree Hughes known as camera scenic artist
  • Warren Jorgensen known as journeyman scenic: additional photography (as Warren Jorgenson)
  • Alicia Leatherbury-Lamberti known as charge scenic: additional photography (as Alicia Leatherbury)
  • Meredith Lippincott known as art department production assistant
  • Andrew Lupo known as construction grip: additional photography
  • Brian O'Neill known as construction grip: additional photography
  • Lee Shevett known as key construction grip: additional photography
  • Jim Sten known as leadman
  • Walker Tate known as art intern
  • Josh Vogel known as assistant property master
  • Josh Vogel known as on-set dresser: additional photography
  • Matt Wunsch known as set decoration production assistant
  • George Daratany known as set decorator production assistant (uncredited)
  • Michael Lee Nirenberg known as scenic artist (uncredited)
  • Bobby Roelofs known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Graham Wichman known as set dresser (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • See-Saw Films
  • Film4 (presents)
  • UK Film Council (presents)
  • Lipsync Productions (in association with)
  • Alliance Films (in association with)
  • HanWay Films (in association with)
  • Momentum Pictures (uncredited)

Other Companies:

  • Tribe Road Catering  catering
  • Eat Catering NYC  craft service
  • Fat Dot  unit publicist
  • Lipsync Post  sound
  • Sound 24  sound design
  • Anvil Studios  foley recorded at
  • Soundtrack New York  adr recording: New York (as Soundtrack NY)
  • Lipsync Post  adr recording: London
  • Lipsync Post  titles
  • Movieland Caterers  catering: additional photography (as Movieland Catering)
  • Eat Catering NYC  craft service: additional photography
  • Fatts  combined continuity script
  • Arri CSC  lighting equipment provided by
  • Arri CSC  camera equipment provided by
  • Hertz Entertainment Services  lifts and cranes provided by
  • Indiepay  payroll services provided by
  • Rockbottom Rentals  walkie talkies provided by (as Rock Bottom Rentals)
  • Film Finances  completion bond provided by
  • D.R. Reiff & Associates  insurance provided by
  • B.A. Department, The  legal services provided by: U.S.
  • Lee & Thompson  legal services provided by: U.K.
  • Deluxe New York  film laboratory
  • Mega Playground  dailies provided by
  • Eastman Kodak  film stock provided by
  • Fujifilm  film stock provided by
  • Deluxe  color
  • Clearing House, The  script clearance
  • Haddad's  trucks provided by (as Haddads)
  • Schedule 2  international delivery (as Schedule 2 Ltd)
  • Film4  developed with the assistance of
  • Buckland Productions  developed in association with
  • Abbey Road Studios  original music recorded and mixed at (as Abbey Road Studios, London)
  • Locomotive  filming assistance: New York
  • New York State Governor's Office for Motion Picture & Television Development  filmed with the support of
  • Bonded Services  film storage (uncredited)
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix (uncredited)
  • HireWorks  HD Avid equipment rental (uncredited)


  • Bir Film (2012) (Turkey) (all media)
  • Alliance Films (2011) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Cinéart (2012) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Diamond Films (2012) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures (2011) (USA) (theatrical)
  • GAGA (2012) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • MK2 Diffusion (2011) (France) (theatrical)
  • Momentum Pictures (2011) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Odeon (2012) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Prokino Filmverleih (2012) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Transmission Films (2011) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Videocine S.A. de C.V. (2012) (Mexico) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2012) (USA) (DVD)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2012) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Alta Films (2012) (Spain) (all media)
  • EuroVideo (2012) (Germany) (DVD)
  • EuroVideo (2012) (Germany) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Front Row Filmed Entertainment (2011) (United Arab Emirates) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Golden Scene (2012) (Hong Kong) (DVD)
  • Golden Scene (2012) (Hong Kong) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Happinet (2012) (Japan) (DVD)
  • MK2 (2012) (France) (DVD)
  • MK2 (2012) (France) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Momentum Pictures Home Entertainment (2012) (UK) (DVD)
  • Momentum Pictures Home Entertainment (2012) (UK) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Twin Pics (2012) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Twin Pics (2012) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Zon Lusomundo Audiovisuais (2012) (Portugal) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Lipsync Post (digital grading)
  • Lipsync Post (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Adrian Banton known as digital compositor: LipSync Post
  • Alberto Buron known as digital restoration technician: Lipsync Post
  • Luke Butler known as digital effects supervisor: Lipsync Post
  • Naomi Butler known as digital compositor: LipSync Post
  • Tom Collier known as digital effects supervisor: Lipsync Post
  • Peter Collins known as digital lab operator: Lipsync Post
  • Stefan Drury known as head of visual effects: LipSync Post
  • James Elster known as digital compositor: LipSync Post
  • Sean Farrow known as executive visual effects supervisor: Lipsync Post
  • David Lloyd known as senior systems administrator: Lipsync Post
  • Abigail McKenzie known as digital lab operator: Lipsync Post
  • Emelie Nilsson known as digital compositor: LipSync Post
  • Glen Pratt known as on-set supervisor: Lipsync Post
  • Antonio Rodríguez Díaz known as digital compositor: LipSync Post
  • Katie Roehrick known as visual effects coordinator: Lipsync Post
  • Daniel Spain known as systems administrator: Lipsync Post
  • Lucy Tanner known as visual effects coordinator: Lipsync Post
  • Daniel Tomlinson known as senior digital lab operator: Lipsync Post
  • Diana Vasquez known as digital lab operator: Lipsync Post

Release Date:

  • Italy 4 September 2011 (Venice Film Festival)
  • Canada 11 September 2011 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Spain 17 September 2011 (Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival)
  • Switzerland 2 October 2011 (Zurich Film Festival)
  • USA 7 October 2011 (New York Film Festival)
  • UK 14 October 2011 (BFI London Film Festival)
  • USA 22 October 2011 (Austin Film Festival)
  • Spain 9 November 2011 (Seville European Film Festival)
  • Sweden 15 November 2011 (Stockholm International Film Festival)
  • Slovenia 17 November 2011 (Ljubljana International Film Festival)
  • Canada 2 December 2011 (Toronto)
  • USA 2 December 2011 (limited)
  • France 7 December 2011
  • Serbia 9 December 2011 (Belgrade) (premiere)
  • Sweden 6 January 2012
  • Belgium 11 January 2012
  • Finland 13 January 2012
  • Ireland 13 January 2012
  • Italy 13 January 2012
  • Norway 13 January 2012
  • UK 13 January 2012
  • Netherlands 31 January 2012 (International Film Festival Rotterdam)
  • Turkey 3 February 2012
  • Australia 9 February 2012
  • Greece 9 February 2012
  • Netherlands 9 February 2012
  • Spain 17 February 2012
  • Hungary 23 February 2012
  • New Zealand 23 February 2012
  • Russia 23 February 2012
  • Poland 24 February 2012
  • Portugal 24 February 2012 (Fantasporto Film Festival)
  • Germany 1 March 2012
  • Portugal 1 March 2012
  • Thailand 1 March 2012 (limited)
  • Denmark 8 March 2012
  • Slovenia 8 March 2012
  • Estonia 9 March 2012
  • Japan 10 March 2012
  • Malta 14 March 2012
  • Israel 15 March 2012
  • Brazil 16 March 2012
  • Mexico 16 March 2012
  • Bulgaria 23 March 2012
  • Hong Kong 4 April 2012 (Hong Kong International Film Festival)
  • Hong Kong 12 April 2012
  • Argentina 26 April 2012
  • Chile 3 May 2012
  • Peru 10 May 2012
  • Ukraine 10 May 2012
  • Venezuela 18 May 2012
  • El Salvador 31 August 2012

MPAA: Rated NC-17 for some explicit sexual content



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