Casting By
Casting By (2013)

"Outstanding" - Leonard Maltin; Combining over 240 interviews, extensive archival footage, animated stills & documents with a moving original score, Director Tom Donahue has meticulously crafted the untold tale of the Hollywood… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 1, 2013
DVD Release Date: September 16, 2014
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

A look into one of the most invisible, and crucial, of cinematic disciplines.

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Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail

Something of an elegy for a lost era, when talent, even at its rawest, stood far above prettiness as the primary reason for getting the part.

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Zach Hollwedel
Under the Radar

Casting By is perhaps an esoteric film, made by a film buff for film buffs, but that's no slight against it

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Daphne Howland
Village Voice

While Dougherty clearly had an almost eerie sense of how a particular actor might inhabit a part, this film also shows that she may have single-handedly created a filmmaking craft and then made it indispensable.

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Katie Walsh
The Playlist

This film seeks to highlight the publicly under-appreciated casting directors and to pay tribute to the one woman who evolved the position of the casting director...

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Nathalie Atkinson
National Post

Donahue makes a compelling case that publicly unsung hero Dougherty (and L.A. counterpart Lynn Stalmaster) had a profound influence on the industry.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Proves a vivid reminder of the hand-in-glove importance of right actor/right role - and the indispensability of those casting mavens who helped make movie history. Good stuff.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

An entertaining, informative documentary...

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Delicious insider tales of the making of some of your favorite films enrich this wonderfully informative and entertaining doc about casting directors.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
A fascinating look at an approach to casting by looking at some of the giants of the field, one that does not get its due nor is properly appreciated as a vital… More
Byron Brubaker
I saw this at the 2013 Cleveland International Film Festival. If you are a film buff like me, you will probably get a thrill just from hearing the anecdotes and… More
John Ballantine
A film that finally highlights the importance of casting directors to the process of landing the right actors in the right films. What would actually be more… More