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The Cobbler (2014)

  • Rate: 5.8/10 total 28,454 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
  • Release Date: 13 March 2015 (USA)
  • Runtime: 99 min
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  • IMDb page: The Cobbler (2014)
  • Rate: 5.8/10 total 28,454 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
  • Release Date: 13 March 2015 (USA)
  • Runtime: 99 min
  • Filming Location: New York City, New York, USA
  • Director: Tom McCarthy
  • Stars: Adam Sandler, Melonie Diaz, Steve Buscemi | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: John Debney  Nick Urata   
  • Soundtrack: So Near and Yet So Far
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Actor Shares Last Name With Character | New York City New York | Cobbler The Shoemaker | Senility | Alzheimer's Disease

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Tom McCarthy 
  • Paul Sado 

Known Trivia

  • This is Adam Sandler’s and Steve Buscemi’s tenth film together, after Grown Ups 2 (2013), Hotel Transylvania (2012), Grown Ups (2010), I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007), Mr. Deeds (2002), Big Daddy (1999), The Wedding Singer (1998), Billy Madison (1995) and Airheads (1994). In 2015, they will be co-staring for the eleventh time together in Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015). 83 of 86 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Sandler means cobbler in Hebrew. 97 of 104 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • When Max first looks into the mirror and sees Leon’s reflection, he says “oh boy” – a nod to the line said by Sam Beckett in the series Quantum Leap (1989), a program where the main character also changes into someone else. 45 of 49 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • When Max gets home from work and opens his fridge to pick a beverage, he has two options: a beer or a Yoohoo. The Yoohoo is a nod to Adam Sandler’s film Big Daddy (1999) when he explains to the kids on the playground “Ya know what’s good? Yoohoo with a bit of rum.” 13 of 13 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Dustin Hoffman and Fritz Weaver last both appeared in the same film in Marathon Man (1976). 10 of 12 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Sandler is derived from the word “shoemaker” which is a cobbler’s profession. Is this interesting? Interesting? Yes No |

Goofs: Continuity: When Max, as the overweight teen, sees Leon go up in the elevator, it stops on the third floor, but when Max goes upstairs, he (as Leon) exits the staircase on the 4th floor and finds Leon's apartment.

Plot: A cobbler, bored of his everyday life, stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to become other people and see the world in a different way. Full summary »  »

Story: Max Simkin repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. Sometimes walking in another man’s shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are. Written byAnonymous


Synopsis: The film opens in the Lower East Side of New York City in 1903. A group of Hasidic Jewish men are gathered in the shop of a cobbler to discuss a problem that has been plaguing them. A crook named Gergerman has been running their businesses out and harassing the men and their families. The men hand over a pair of Gergerman’s shoes to the cobbler, Pinchas Simkin (Donnie Keshawarz). Pinchas takes the shoes to the basement of his shop and uses a special stitching machine to work on the shoes. His young son Herschel (Ethan Khusidman) enters, and Pinchas explains to him the importance of the machine.

In the present day, Max Simkin (Adam Sandler) works as the cobbler in the shop. His work neighbor is Jimmy (Steve Buscemi), who operates the barber shop next door. A young woman named Carmen Herrera (Melonie Diaz) comes in to tell Max that she is working with the community of the Lower East Side to prevent big time developers from tearing down parts of the neighborhood to build huge complex buildings. Max doesn’t seem to care at all what happens to the shop.

Max lives at home with his ailing mother Sarah (Lynn Cohen). The two of them wish they could see Max’s father one more time.

A local thug named Leon Ludlow (Method Man) goes into the shop for Max to replace the soles in his shoes. Max’s current stitching machine fails, so he uses the one that his ancestors used. Out of curiosity, he checks Ludlow’s shoe size to see that he wears a size 10 1/2 like Max. Max tries the shoes on, and to his surprise, he literally becomes Ludlow. He grabs other shoes and uses the machine on it, realizing what he can do with this.

Max uses this newfound ability to take people’s shoes and live as someone else. He goes to Chinatown as a Chinese man to enjoy the day. He then goes to a restaurant as another man and leaves without paying for his meal. He also takes the shoes of a British man named Emiliano (Dan Stevens) after his girlfriend Taryn (Kim Cloutier) brought them in. As Emiliano, Max goes to a bar and is noticed by beautiful women. One woman approaches him and notes that she saw him (Emiliano) somewhere leaving with a man. Max then finds out where Emiliano lives and sees Taryn taking a shower. She invites him to join her. He eagerly starts to take off his clothes until he realizes that once he takes off even one shoe, he will no longer be Emiliano, so he leaves.

Max decides to make his mother happy by using the shoes that belonged to his father Abraham (Dustin Hoffman). He has dinner with Sarah as Abraham and gives her one more night of happiness.

The next morning, Max finds that Sarah has passed away. He and his family sit Shiva for the week. When he returns to work, Ludlow demands that he get his shoes back or he’ll kill Max. Max gets multiple shoes and follows Ludlow in disguise back to his apartment. Using Ludlow’s shoes, he meets Ludlow’s girlfriend Macy (Dascha Polanco), who has apparently been abused by Ludlow. Max goes into Ludlow’s room to find his watches, and ends up uncovering a cache of guns and other weapons. The real Ludlow returns and starts to choke out Max (still wearing Ludlow’s shoes) until Max zaps him with a taser.

Max joins two thugs that think he is Ludlow to an area where they are holding a man captive for stealing from them. They are about to kill him on Ludlow’s orders until Ludlow-Max tells them to let the guy go. Furthermore, Max is taken to the home of a slum lord named Elaine Greenawalt (Ellen Barkin). She gives Ludlow-Max a large amount of money to buy out a man from his building.

Max goes back to Ludlow’s home wearing the stilettos of a cross-dressing man. Ludlow attacks him again until Max removes a shoe, startling Ludlow when he sees Max. He tries to attack Max again until Max sticks the other stiletto in Ludlow’s neck, killing him. Max turns himself into the police, but when they return to the apartment, Ludlow’s body is gone, and the blood is cleaned up. The police leave Max alone and confused.

Jimmy confronts Max about his recent odd behavior. He tells Max that his father did the same thing before he disappeared, and that he kept this a secret from Max to protect him.

Max joins with Carmen to the apartment of Mr. Solomon (Fritz Weaver), the man that Greenawalt is trying to buy out. He refuses to leave, as he has lived there for decades and even raised his daughter there. Max comes up with a plan to trick Greenawalt into giving him a large amount of money while still letting Solomon keep his home. When Greenawalt realizes she’s been played, she goes to Solomon’s home and threatens him with murder. She is caught on camera by a local news reporter, and she is later here

Max’s life starts to go back to normal. Carmen goes into the shop and invites him out to dinner, which Max accepts. He later goes to Ludlow’s home as Ludlow to return the watches to Macy, and he tells her that he’s sorry and that she deserves better. As he leaves, he is abducted by a group of men led by the same man that stole from Ludlow’s gang. They are about to drive off when their car is struck killing all the gangs and only Max survives.

Max wakes up in Jimmy’s barber shop. Jimmy offers him some water and a pickle, stating that pickles help with the transition from one body to another. Max asks how he knew about that. Jimmy takes off his shoes to reveal that he was Abraham the whole time. Both elated and angry, Max hugs his dad. Abraham brings him to the basement to show him a huge collection of shoes that he’s gathered over the years. Abraham then takes Max to his limo and rides with him through the city as he starts to tell him the story of how the stitching machine came into their family’s possession.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Michael Bederman known as executive producer
  • Nicolas Chartier known as executive producer
  • Kate Churchill known as co-producer
  • Zev Foreman known as executive producer
  • Dominic Rustam known as co-producer
  • Mary Jane Skalski known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Elli known as Goldman (as Elli Meyer)
  • Adam B. Shapiro known as Schneider (as Adam Shapiro)
  • Evan Neumann known as Neumann
  • Allen Lewis Rickman known as Kessler
  • Donnie Keshawarz known as Pinchas Simkin
  • Ethan Khusidman known as Herschel Simkin
  • Adam Sandler known as Max Simkin
  • Sondra James known as Anna O'Hara
  • Kim Cloutier known as Taryn
  • Dan Stevens known as Emiliano
  • Steve Buscemi known as Jimmy
  • Melonie Diaz known as Carmen Herrara
  • Lynn Cohen known as Sarah Simkin
  • Method Man known as Leon Ludlow (as Cliff 'Method Man' Smith)
  • Stuart Rudin known as Old Bearded Man
  • Wayne Wilderson known as Young Preppy Man
  • Mike Versandi known as Biker Guy
  • Adrian Black known as Albert
  • Yul Vazquez known as Marsha
  • Craig Walker known as Danny Donald
  • Cliff Samara known as Indian Man
  • Stephen Lin known as Chinese Guy
  • Miles J. Harvey known as Big Boned Kid
  • Joey Slotnick known as Mr. Slick
  • Paul Sado known as Bartender
  • Greta Lee known as Kara
  • Fritz Weaver known as Mr. Solomon
  • Dustin Hoffman known as Abraham Simkin
  • Judy Rosenblatt known as Shiva Woman
  • John DeBlasio known as Akram
  • Neimah Djourabchi known as Jamil
  • Dascha Polanco known as Macy
  • Grizz Chapman known as Tino
  • Kevin Breznahan known as Patrick
  • Earl Baker Jr. known as Dickie
  • Glenn Fleshler known as Jeffrey
  • Danny Mastrogiorgio known as Brian
  • Elena Kampouris known as Alexia
  • Ellen Barkin known as Elaine Greenawalt
  • James Shanahan known as Old Cop
  • Albert Christmas known as Detective Washington
  • Salvatore Rossi known as Skate Punk
  • Chris Titone known as Chicago Detective
  • Douglas Taurel known as Thug
  • Charles Borland known as Driver
  • Fabrizio Brienza known as Webb
  • Frank Bal known as Detective (uncredited)
  • Maria Breyman known as Bar Girl (uncredited)
  • Ray Daniels known as Thug (uncredited)
  • Natia Dune known as Waitress (uncredited)
  • Marcia M Francis known as LES Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Carlos Franco known as Thug (uncredited)
  • Shawn Gonzalez known as Bus Station Passanger (uncredited)
  • Mark Green known as Basketball Player (uncredited)
  • Efraiem Hanna known as Store Customer (uncredited)
  • Luis Castro De Leon known as Street Basketball Player (uncredited)
  • Doris McCarthy known as Wealthy Luncheon Guest (uncredited)
  • Bryant Pearson known as Ludlow Crew Member (uncredited)
  • C.L. Robbins known as Street Bum #2 (uncredited)
  • Jared Sandler known as Cool Bar Guy (uncredited)
  • Stephen W. Tenner known as Detective (uncredited)
  • James T. Warbington known as Street Bum (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Leo Corey Castellano known as special makeup effects designer
  • Erin Hicks known as hair department head
  • Sanja Milic known as makeup artist
  • Ashley Ryan known as key makeup artist
  • Taurance F. Williams known as key hair stylist

Art Department:

  • Patrick Campbell known as storyboard artist
  • Dominick Cocuzzo known as key construction grip
  • Tom Conway known as leadman
  • Michael Curry Jr. known as key carpenter
  • Sean Doyle known as on set dresser
  • Robert S. Dressel known as set dresser
  • Christina Dunham known as set dresser
  • Yolan Fisher known as assistant property master
  • Alison Froling known as assistant set decorator
  • Eric Helmin known as graphic designer
  • Lisa Ramos known as contruction production assistant
  • Malcolm Reid known as construction coordinator
  • Bradley Rubenstein known as camera scenic
  • Michael Saari known as on-set dresser
  • Ioannis Sochorakis known as art department production assistant
  • Kelly Solomon known as art department coordinator
  • Paul Stein known as shop electric




Production Companies:

  • Voltage Pictures (presents)
  • Next Wednesday Productions (as Next Wednesday)
  • Golden Spike (II)
  • Voltage Pictures (as Voltage)
  • Happy Madison Productions

Other Companies:

  • ARRI / Camera Service Center  camera equipment provided by
  • Big Film Design  title design
  • Brauer & Co.  film tax credits
  • Company 3  digital intermediate
  • Digital Post Services  quality assurance and digital asset servicing
  • Film Finances  film completion guarantor
  • Lakeshore Records  soundtrack
  • Stepping Stone Foley Studio  foley studio
  • Trevanna Post  post production accounting
  • Tribe Road Catering  catering
  • Visual Icon  exclusive clip and still licensing (uncredited)

Additional Details


  • Alfa Films (2015) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Image Entertainment (2015) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Longride (2015) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Remain In Light (2015) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Shaw Organisation (2015) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Tanweer Alliances (2015) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • bf Distribution (2015) (Chile) (theatrical)
  • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2015) (Germany) (all media)
  • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (2015) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (2015) (Germany) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Aurum Producciones (2015) (Spain) (all media)
  • Barter Films (2015) (Italy) (all media)
  • Bir Film (2015) (Turkey) (all media)
  • Image Entertainment (2015) (USA) (DVD)
  • Image Entertainment (2015) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • NOS Audiovisuais (2015) (Portugal) (all media)
  • Remain In Light (2015) (Belgium) (all media)
  • Remain In Light (2015) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Shoval Film Production (2015) (Israel) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Direct Dimensions (DDI) (3D scanning)
  • Encore (visual effects)
  • Phosphene (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • John Bair known as visual effects supervisor
  • Denise Ballantyne known as visual effects consultant
  • Jake Braver known as visual effects supervisor
  • Tara Marie Jacobson known as digital compositor: Phosphene
  • Kevin Michael Jones known as digital compositor
  • Eddie Porter known as lead digital artist: Phosphene
  • Lea Prainsack known as visual effects producer: Phosphene
  • Tonya Smay known as digital compositor
  • Tim Van Horn known as digital compositor
  • Scott Winston known as digital compositor
  • Glenn Woodburn known as lidar/cyber/prop scanning: Direct Dimensions (uncredited)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for some violence, language and brief partial nudity



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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