• Me and Orson Welles (2009)

Me and Orson Welles

Release Date: November 25th, 2009

DVD Release Date: September 13th, 2011

PG-13 |1 hr 47 min

Plot Summary

After a chance encounter, theater-loving teen Richard Samuels (Zac Efron) gets the opportunity of a lifetime when famed director Orson Welles (Christian McKay) gives him a small role in his 1937 production of "Julius Caesar." Unexpectedly thrust into the heady world of the stage, Richard finds himself surrounded by ambition, clashing egos and sheer brilliance.

Cast: Zac Efron, Claire Danes, Christian McKay, Zoe Kazan, James Tupper, Leo Bill, Eddie Marsan, Ben Chaplin

Director: Richard Linklater

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Detour Filmproduction, CinemaNX

Keywords: New York City, Quest, Emotional, Inspiring, Rise, 1930s, Lighthearted, Love

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Linklater's film adaptation succeeds in bringing the flamboyant Welles to life. show more

  • 70
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    Christian McKay's impersonation of young Orson Welles is sensational in this enjoyable, though slight, historical fiction about a teen who spends a memorable week with the legendary wonder. show more

  • 60
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Mr. McKay is in his mid-30s, and doesn't conceal it, so what's the point? By taking the KIND out of WUNERKIND, the movie also removes the WUNDER. show more

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Nominated Supporting Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2010)