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The Fabelmans

November 11, 2022
2h 31m
Status: released

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The Fabelmans Movie Details:

Country United States
Language English
Release dateSeptember 10, 2022 (TIFF)
November 11, 2022 (United States)
Running time2h 31m
Age ratingPG-13
StarringMichelle Williams
Paul Dano
Seth Rogen
Gabriel LaBelle
Judd Hirsch
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Written bySteven Spielberg
Tony Kushner
Produced byKristie Macosko Krieger
Steven Spielberg
Tony Kushner
Cinematography by Janusz Kamiński
Edited by Michael Kahn
Sarah Broshar
Music byJohn Williams
Production CompanyAmblin Entertainment
Reliance Entertainment
Distributor Universal Pictures

The Fabelmans Movie Cast & Characters:

  • The Fabelman family, from left to right: Sammy Fabelman, Mitzi Fabelman, Burt Fabelman, Natalie Fabelman, Reggie Fabelman and Lisa Fabelman
  • Michelle Williams as Mitzi Fabelman, Sammy’s encouraging but tempestuous mother and a skilled pianist
  • Paul Dano as Burt Fabelman, Sammy’s down-to-earth father and a computer engineer
  • Seth Rogen as Bennie Loewy, Burt’s co-worker and best friend who becomes a surrogate uncle to Sammy
  • Gabriel LaBelle as Sammy Fabelman, the sixteen-year-old son of the family who aspires to become a filmmaker. He is based on Spielberg.
    • Mateo Zoryan Francis-DeFord as young Sammy
  • Keeley Karsten as Natalie Fabelman, Sammy’s second younger sister
    • Alina Brace as young Natalie
  • Julia Butters as Regina “Reggie” Fabelman, the first younger sister of Sammy who has a strained relationship with him
    • Birdie Borria as young Reggie
  • Judd Hirsch as Boris Podgorny, Sammy’s eccentric granduncle and a former film worker and circus performer
  • Sophia Kopera as Lisa Fabelman, Sammy’s third younger sister
  • Jeannie Berlin as Hadassah Fabelman, Burt’s mother
  • Robin Bartlett as Tina Schildkraut, Mitzi’s mother
  • Sam Rechner as Logan Hall, a high school bully
  • Oakes Fegley as Chad Thomas, another high school bully
  • Chloe East as Monica Sherwood, a religious, boy-crazy high school student, and Sammy’s love interest
  • Isabelle Kusman as Claudia Denning, a classmate and love interest of Logan’s
  • Chandler Lovelle as Renee, a girl whom Logan cheated on Claudia with
  • Gustavo Escobar as Sal, a member of Sammy’s Boy Scout troop who helps him make films
  • Nicolas Cantu as Hark, another member of Sammy’s Boy Scout troop who helps him make films
  • Cooper Dodson as Turkey, another member of Sammy’s Boy Scout troop who helps him make films
  • Gabriel Bateman as Roger, another member of Sammy’s Boy Scout troop who appears alongside his family in his first films
  • Stephen Smith as Angelo, another member of Sammy’s Boy Scout troop who helps him make films
  • James Urbaniak as Grand View High School Principal
  • Connor Trinneer as Phil Newhart
  • Lane Factor as Dean, another member of Sammy’s Boy Scout troop who helps him make films
  • Greg Grunberg as Bernie Fein, the co-creator of Hogan’s Heroes, who offers Sammy a chance to work on the show at CBS
  • David Lynch as John Ford, the famous film director whose work influences Sammy’s filmmaking
  • Jan Hoag as Nona, a secretary who works at CBS
  • Crystal the Monkey as Bennie, the Fabelmans’ pet monkey


Growing up in post-World War II era Arizona, young Sammy Fabelman aspires to become a filmmaker but soon discovers a family secret that threatens to splinter the Fabelmans beyond repair. To cope, Sammy explores how film can help him see the truth. .

The Fabelmans Movie Budget & Box Office Collection:

Budget$40 million
Worldwide Collection$45.6 million

About The Fabelmans Movie:

The film is a semi-autobiographical story loosely based on Steven Spielberg’s adolescence and first years as a filmmaker.

In March 2021, Steven Spielberg was announced to direct the film, with his involvement as co-screenwriter marking his first writing venture on a film since A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001); it was also reported that Kristie Macosko Krieger would produce the film with Tony Kushner and Steven Spielberg.

Seth Rogen told reporters that Steven Spielberg often became emotional on the set during production. “It was a very emotional experience. He was crying a lot on set,” he said. “It’s very directly based on his life and pretty much everything that happens in the movie is something that happened to him. As we were shooting, I’d be like, ‘Did this happen in real life?’ and the answer was ‘yes’ a hundred percent of the time.”

The film is dedicated to the memories of Steven Spielberg’s real-life parents, Leah Adler and Arnold Spielberg, who died in 2017 and 2020, respectively.

Principal photography of the film began in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in Los Angeles on July 17, 2021, lasting for 59 days and ending on September 27, 2021. Additional filming took place at Zuma Beach in Malibu, California for the “Ditch Day” scenes, at Susan Miller Dorsey High School for the high school scenes, and on soundstages in Santa Clarita, California.

This may likely be one of the last collaborations between Steven Spielberg and John Williams. According to reports, Williams (who will turn 91 in February 2023) is planning to retire (from composing for films, he said he will still write concert music) after composing Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023). He also added that saying “no” to Steven Spielberg wasn’t an easy thing to do.

This is the fourth collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner, and the first screenplay they’ve written together. Kushner had previously written Munich (2005), Lincoln (2012), and West Side Story (2021), which all were directed by Spielberg.

The Fabelmans premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2022, where it won the People’s Choice Award. Distributed by Universal Pictures, the film opened as a limited theatrical release in the United States on November 11, 2022, and then expanded to a wide release on November 23, grossing $45.6 million against a $40 million budget.

The Fabelmans received acclaim from critics and was named one of the top ten films of 2022 by the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute.

The film earned numerous awards and nominations including seven nominations at the 95th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Williams), and Best Supporting Actor (Hirsch). It also earned 11 nominations at the 28th Critics’ Choice Awards and five at the 80th Golden Globe Awards, winning Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director. Since its release, it has been widely assessed as Spielberg’s “most personal film” and one of the best films of the 2020s and the 21st century.

The Fabelmans was released on video on demand (VOD) on December 13, 2022, and on digital on January 17, 2023. The film was released on DVD, Blu-ray, and Ultra HD Blu-ray on February 14, 2023, by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.