Alexander Payne

Constantine Alexander Payne (born February 10, 1961) is an American film director and screenwriter. His films are noted for their dark humor and satirical depictions of contemporary American society.

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Nebraska (2013)

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An aging, booze-addled father takes a trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim what he believes to be a million-dollar sweepstakes prize.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Payne
CAST:  Will Forte  •  Bruce Dern  •  Bob Odenkirk  •  June Squibb

An aging, booze-addled father takes a trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim what he believes to be a million-dollar sweepstakes prize.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Payne
CAST:  Will Forte  •  Bruce Dern  •  Bob Odenkirk  •  June Squibb

Trespassing Bergman (2013)

In the sixties, Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) built a house on the remote island of Fårö, located in the Baltic Sea, left Stockholm and went to live there. When he died, the house was preserved. A group of very special cinephiles, came from all over ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jane Magnusson  •  Hynek Pallas
CAST:  Tomas Alfredson  •  Woody Allen  •  Wes Anderson  •  Harriet Andersson

In the sixties, Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) built a house on the remote island of Fårö, located in the Baltic Sea, left Stockholm and went to live there. When he died, the house was preserved. A group of very special cinephiles, came from all over ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jane Magnusson  •  Hynek Pallas
CAST:  Tomas Alfredson  •  Woody Allen  •  Wes Anderson  •  Harriet Andersson

About Schmidt (2002)

A recently retired man embarks on a journey to his estranged daughter's wedding, only to discover more about himself and life than he ever expected.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Payne
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Kathy Bates  •  Hope Davis  •  Dermot Mulroney

A recently retired man embarks on a journey to his estranged daughter's wedding, only to discover more about himself and life than he ever expected.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Payne
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Kathy Bates  •  Hope Davis  •  Dermot Mulroney

Election (1999)

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Jim McAllister, a well-liked high school government teacher, can't help but notice that successful student Tracy Flick uses less than ethical tactics to get what she wants. When Tracy runs for school president, Jim feels that she will be a poor influence on the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Payne
CAST:  Matthew Broderick  •  Reese Witherspoon  •  Chris Klein  •  Jessica Campbell

Jim McAllister, a well-liked high school government teacher, can't help but notice that successful student Tracy Flick uses less than ethical tactics to get what she wants. When Tracy runs for school president, Jim feels that she will be a poor influence on the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Payne
CAST:  Matthew Broderick  •  Reese Witherspoon  •  Chris Klein  •  Jessica Campbell

Paris, Je T'Aime (2006)

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Olivier Assayas, Gus Van Sant, Wes Craven and Alfonso Cuaron are among the 20 distinguished directors who contribute to this collection of 18 stories, each exploring a different aspect of Parisian life. The colourful characters in this drama include a pair of mimes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Depardieu  •  Joel Coen  •  Ethan Coen  •  Wes Craven  •  Alfonso Cuarón  •  Alexander Payne  •  Tom Tykwer  •  Sylvain Chomet  •  Gus Van Sant  •  Vincenzo Natali  •  Richard LaGravenese  •  Isabel Coixet  •  Olivier Assayas  •  Walter Salles  •  Bruno Podalydès  •  Oliver Schmitz  •  Gurinder Chadha  •  Nobuhiro Suwa  •  Daniela Thomas  •  Frédéric Auburtin  •  Christopher Doyle
CAST:  Steve Buscemi  •  Axel Kiener  •  Julie Bataille  •  Bruno Podalydès

Olivier Assayas, Gus Van Sant, Wes Craven and Alfonso Cuaron are among the 20 distinguished directors who contribute to this collection of 18 stories, each exploring a different aspect of Parisian life. The colourful characters in this drama include a pair of mimes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Depardieu  •  Joel Coen  •  Ethan Coen  •  Wes Craven  •  Alfonso Cuarón  •  Alexander Payne  •  Tom Tykwer  •  Sylvain Chomet  •  Gus Van Sant  •  Vincenzo Natali  •  Richard LaGravenese  •  Isabel Coixet  •  Olivier Assayas  •  Walter Salles  •  Bruno Podalydès  •  Oliver Schmitz  •  Gurinder Chadha  •  Nobuhiro Suwa  •  Daniela Thomas  •  Frédéric Auburtin  •  Christopher Doyle
CAST:  Steve Buscemi  •  Axel Kiener  •  Julie Bataille  •  Bruno Podalydès

Sideways (2004)

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Two middle-aged men embark on a spiritual journey through Californian wine country. One is an unpublished novelist suffering from depression, and the other is only days away from walking down the aisle.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Payne
CAST:  Paul Giamatti  •  Thomas Haden Church  •  Virginia Madsen  •  Sandra Oh

Two middle-aged men embark on a spiritual journey through Californian wine country. One is an unpublished novelist suffering from depression, and the other is only days away from walking down the aisle.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Payne
CAST:  Paul Giamatti  •  Thomas Haden Church  •  Virginia Madsen  •  Sandra Oh

Citizen Ruth (1996)

"Citizen Ruth" is the story of Ruth Stoops, a woman who nobody even noticed -- until she got pregnant. Now, everyone wants a piece of her. The film is a comedy about one woman caught in the ultimate tug-of-war: a clash of wild, noisy, ridiculous people that rapidly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Payne
CAST:  Laura Dern  •  Swoosie Kurtz  •  Kurtwood Smith  •  Mary Kay Place

"Citizen Ruth" is the story of Ruth Stoops, a woman who nobody even noticed -- until she got pregnant. Now, everyone wants a piece of her. The film is a comedy about one woman caught in the ultimate tug-of-war: a clash of wild, noisy, ridiculous people that rapidly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Payne
CAST:  Laura Dern  •  Swoosie Kurtz  •  Kurtwood Smith  •  Mary Kay Place

Inside Out (1991)

Softcore anthology film containing stories: "Brush Strokes"; "Shrink Rap"; "Doubletalk"; "The Leda"; "My Secret Moments"; "Life Is For The Taking"; "The Diaries"; "Love The One You're With"; and "My Better Half".  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Payne  •  Richard Shepard  •  Jeffrey Reiner  •  Adam Friedman  •  Tony Randel  •  Linda Hassani  •  Lizzie Borden
CAST:  Parley Baer  •  William Bumiller  •  Craig Calman  •  Marie Chambers

Softcore anthology film containing stories: "Brush Strokes"; "Shrink Rap"; "Doubletalk"; "The Leda"; "My Secret Moments"; "Life Is For The Taking"; "The Diaries"; "Love The One You're With"; and "My Better Half".  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Payne  •  Richard Shepard  •  Jeffrey Reiner  •  Adam Friedman  •  Tony Randel  •  Linda Hassani  •  Lizzie Borden
CAST:  Parley Baer  •  William Bumiller  •  Craig Calman  •  Marie Chambers

Inside Out 3 (1992)

Playboy does to softcore sex films what HBO's Tales from the Crypt did for horror. Contains the stories: "Dogs Playing Poker"; "The Branding"; "The Portal"; "The Perfect Woman"; "Within Ten Minutes"; "Tango"; "The Houseguest"; "Cafe L'Amour"; and "The Wet Dream".  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Payne  •  Paul Rachman  •  Bernard Rose  •  Charles McDougall  •  Nigel Dick  •  Yuri Sivo  •  Martin Donovan  •  John Wentworth  •  David Bernath  •  Stuart Cave
CAST:  Deke Anderson  •  Linden Ashby  •  Collin Bernsen  •  Allison Brooks

Playboy does to softcore sex films what HBO's Tales from the Crypt did for horror. Contains the stories: "Dogs Playing Poker"; "The Branding"; "The Portal"; "The Perfect Woman"; "Within Ten Minutes"; "Tango"; "The Houseguest"; "Cafe L'Amour"; and "The Wet Dream".  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Payne  •  Paul Rachman  •  Bernard Rose  •  Charles McDougall  •  Nigel Dick  •  Yuri Sivo  •  Martin Donovan  •  John Wentworth  •  David Bernath  •  Stuart Cave
CAST:  Deke Anderson  •  Linden Ashby  •  Collin Bernsen  •  Allison Brooks

The Descendants (2011)

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With his wife Elizabeth on life support after a boating accident, Hawaiian land baron Matt King takes his daughters on a trip from Oahu to Kauai to confront a young real estate broker, who was having an affair with Elizabeth before her misfortune.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Payne
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Judy Greer  •  Matthew Lillard  •  Shailene Woodley

With his wife Elizabeth on life support after a boating accident, Hawaiian land baron Matt King takes his daughters on a trip from Oahu to Kauai to confront a young real estate broker, who was having an affair with Elizabeth before her misfortune.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Payne
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Judy Greer  •  Matthew Lillard  •  Shailene Woodley

Cinema16: American Short Films (2006)

CINEMA16 celebrates the short film by showcasing some of the best classic and award-winning shorts on DVD. With over three hours of films CINEMA16: AMERICAN SHORT FILMS is essential viewing for anyone with an interest in the moving image. Films include Gus Van ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Lucas  •  Alexander Payne  •  Tim Burton  •  Joe Nussbaum  •  Maya Deren  •  Rawson Marshall Thurber  •  Gus Van Sant  •  Andy Warhol  •  Todd Solondz  •  Mike Mills  •  Adam Davidson  •  D. A. Pennebaker  •  Peter Sollett  •  Adam Parrish King  •  Stefan Nadelman  •  Standish Lawder
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CINEMA16 celebrates the short film by showcasing some of the best classic and award-winning shorts on DVD. With over three hours of films CINEMA16: AMERICAN SHORT FILMS is essential viewing for anyone with an interest in the moving image. Films include Gus Van ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Lucas  •  Alexander Payne  •  Tim Burton  •  Joe Nussbaum  •  Maya Deren  •  Rawson Marshall Thurber  •  Gus Van Sant  •  Andy Warhol  •  Todd Solondz  •  Mike Mills  •  Adam Davidson  •  D. A. Pennebaker  •  Peter Sollett  •  Adam Parrish King  •  Stefan Nadelman  •  Standish Lawder
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Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004)

A documentary on the Z Channel, one of the first pay cable stations in the US, and its programming chief, Jerry Harvey. Debuting in 1974, the LA-based channel's eclectic slate of movies became a prime example of the untapped power of cable television.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Xan Cassavetes
CAST:  Quentin Tarantino  •  Robert Altman  •  Jim Jarmusch  •  Paul Verhoeven

A documentary on the Z Channel, one of the first pay cable stations in the US, and its programming chief, Jerry Harvey. Debuting in 1974, the LA-based channel's eclectic slate of movies became a prime example of the untapped power of cable television.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Xan Cassavetes
CAST:  Quentin Tarantino  •  Robert Altman  •  Jim Jarmusch  •  Paul Verhoeven

Downsizing (2017)

A kindly occupational therapist undergoes a new procedure to be shrunken to four inches tall so that he and his wife can help save the planet and afford a nice lifestyle at the same time.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Payne
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  Neil Patrick Harris  •  Jason Sudeikis  •  Kristen Wiig

A kindly occupational therapist undergoes a new procedure to be shrunken to four inches tall so that he and his wife can help save the planet and afford a nice lifestyle at the same time.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Payne
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  Neil Patrick Harris  •  Jason Sudeikis  •  Kristen Wiig

Hal (2019)

Hal Ashby's obsessive genius led to an unprecedented string of Oscar®-winning classics, including Harold and Maude, Shampoo and Being There. But as contemporaries Coppola, Scorsese and Spielberg rose to blockbuster stardom in the 1980s, Ashby's uncompromising ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Amy Scott
CAST:  Hal Ashby  •  Jane Fonda  •  Jon Voight  •  Lee Grant

Hal Ashby's obsessive genius led to an unprecedented string of Oscar®-winning classics, including Harold and Maude, Shampoo and Being There. But as contemporaries Coppola, Scorsese and Spielberg rose to blockbuster stardom in the 1980s, Ashby's uncompromising ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Amy Scott
CAST:  Hal Ashby  •  Jane Fonda  •  Jon Voight  •  Lee Grant

Carmen (1985)

Carmen was Alexander Payne’s first short film, made while he was studying at UCLA Film School. It is a silent comedy, derived from the opera of the same name. In the film a mentally challenged gas station attendant is put in charge of the store, which leads to love ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Payne
CAST:  Steve Freedman  •  Khorshield MacHalle  •  Joe Marinelli  •  Margo Newman

Carmen was Alexander Payne’s first short film, made while he was studying at UCLA Film School. It is a silent comedy, derived from the opera of the same name. In the film a mentally challenged gas station attendant is put in charge of the store, which leads to love ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Payne
CAST:  Steve Freedman  •  Khorshield MacHalle  •  Joe Marinelli  •  Margo Newman

The Passion of Martin (1991)

Martin is a 30-something photographer who has made it his life quest to find his soulmate. After seeing a girl admiring his work in a gallery, he runs into her again at a photo shoot for a wedding. The two hit it off, but Martin becomes puzzled when she leaves ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Payne
CAST:  Holgie Forrester  •  Charley Hayward  •  Lauren Tuerk  •  Lisa Zane

Martin is a 30-something photographer who has made it his life quest to find his soulmate. After seeing a girl admiring his work in a gallery, he runs into her again at a photo shoot for a wedding. The two hit it off, but Martin becomes puzzled when she leaves ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Payne
CAST:  Holgie Forrester  •  Charley Hayward  •  Lauren Tuerk  •  Lisa Zane

Election - "The Passion of Martin" Introduction (2017)

Introductory piece to Alexander Payne's student film "The Passion of Martin" included on the Criterion Collection release of Election (1999).  (more)

DIRECTION:  Angie Bucknell
CAST:  Alexander Payne

Introductory piece to Alexander Payne's student film "The Passion of Martin" included on the Criterion Collection release of Election (1999).  (more)

DIRECTION:  Angie Bucknell
CAST:  Alexander Payne

Bergmans video (2012)

In the sixties, Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) built a house on the remote island of Fårö, located in the Baltic Sea, left Stockholm and went to live there. When he died, the house was preserved. A group of very special cinephiles, came from all over ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jane Magnusson  •  Hynek Pallas
CAST:  Tomas Alfredson  •  Martin Scorsese  •  Woody Allen  •  Wes Anderson

In the sixties, Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) built a house on the remote island of Fårö, located in the Baltic Sea, left Stockholm and went to live there. When he died, the house was preserved. A group of very special cinephiles, came from all over ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jane Magnusson  •  Hynek Pallas
CAST:  Tomas Alfredson  •  Martin Scorsese  •  Woody Allen  •  Wes Anderson

The Holdovers

The disliked Deerfield Academy teacher Paul Hunham is put in charge of supervising Angus, a smart and rebellious student unable to journey home for Christmas. Joining them is Mary, the school's head cook.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Payne
CAST:  Paul Giamatti  •  Da'Vine Joy Randolph  •  Carrie Preston  •  Gillian Vigman

The disliked Deerfield Academy teacher Paul Hunham is put in charge of supervising Angus, a smart and rebellious student unable to journey home for Christmas. Joining them is Mary, the school's head cook.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Payne
CAST:  Paul Giamatti  •  Da'Vine Joy Randolph  •  Carrie Preston  •  Gillian Vigman

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DIRECTION:  Kurt Mayer
CAST:  Christoph Waltz  •  Robert Dornhelm  •  Erni Mangold  •  Alexander Payne
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