Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is a 2004 American dark comedy film directed by Brad Silberling. It is a film adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, covering the first three novels The Bad Beginning, The Reptile... read more
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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is a 2004 American dark comedy film directed by Brad Silberling. It is a film adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, covering the first three novels The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, and The Wide Window. The film stars Jim Carrey as the villainous Count Olaf who adopts three wealthy orphan siblings in an attempts to steal their late parents' fortune. Nickelodeon Movies purchased the film rights to Daniel Handler's book series in 2000 and soon began development of a film with Barry Sonnenfeld attached to direct. Handler adapted the screenplay and courted Jim Carrey for Count Olaf. Sonnenfeld eventually left over budget concerns in January 2003 and Brad Silberling took over. Robert Gordon rewrote Handler's script, and principal photography started in November 2003. A Series of Unfortunate Events was entirely shot using sound stages and backlots at Paramount Pictures and Downey Studios. The film received generally favorable reviews from critics, grossed approximately $209 million worldwide, and won the Academy Award for Best Makeup.

Original Release

12/16/2004

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Cast

Meryl Streep Aunt Josephine
Jude Law Lemony Snicket
Jim Carrey Count Olaf
Emily Browning Violet
Liam Aiken Klaus
Kara Hoffman Sunny
Shelby Hoffman Sunny
Timothy Spall Mr. Poe
Billy Connolly Uncle Monty
Luis Guzman Bald Man (as Luis Guzman)
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Brad Silberling

Writers

Robert Gordon, Daniel Handler

Cast

Meryl Streep Aunt Josephine
Jude Law Lemony Snicket
Jim Carrey Count Olaf
Emily Browning Violet
Liam Aiken Klaus
Kara Hoffman Sunny
Shelby Hoffman Sunny
Timothy Spall Mr. Poe
Billy Connolly Uncle Monty
Luis Guzman Bald Man (as Luis Guzman)
Jennifer Coolidge White Faced Woman
Jane Adams White Faced Woman
Craig Ferguson Person of Indeterminate Gender
Jamie Harris Hook-Handed Man
Catherine O'Hara Justice Strauss
Cedric the Entertainer Constable
Dustin Hoffman The Critic
Bob Clendenin Grocery Clerk (as Robert Clendenin)
Lenny Clarke Gruff Grocer
Fred Gallo Judge

Producers

Albie Hecht Executive Producer
Julia Pistor Executive Producer
Scott Rudin Executive Producer
Barry Sonnenfeld Executive Producer
Laurie MacDonald Producer
Walter F. Parkes Producer
Jim Van Wyck Producer
Scott Aversano Producer
Minor Childers Producer
Linda Fields Producer
Michele Panelli-Venetis Producer
Alexander Westerman Producer

Editors

Michael Kahn

2005 Oscar Best Achievement in Art Direction Nominated
2005 Oscar Best Achievement in Costume Design Nominated
2005 Oscar Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score Nominated
2005 Oscar Best Achievement in Makeup Won
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