Julie & Julia (2009)

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Julia Child and Julie Powell - both of whom wrote memoirs - find their lives intertwined. Though separated by time and space, both women are at loose ends... until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible.

Cast: Amy Adams, Chris Messina, Meryl Streep

Crew: Nora Ephron (Director), Stephen Goldblatt (Director of Photography), Alexandre Desplat (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Drama, Romance

Release Dates: 07 Aug 2009 (India)

Tagline: Based on Two True Stories

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Did you know? Eric Powell's quote ("I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by") was originally made by Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Eric explains this himself, immediately after delivering the line. Read More
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as Julie Powell
as Eric Powell
as Julia Child
as John O'Brien
as Garth
as Regina
as Ernestine
as Avis De Voto
as Phila McWilliams
as Judith Jones
as Irma Rombauer
as George Bartenieff
as Louisette Bertholle
as Dorothy McWilliams
as Interrogator
as Annabelle
as Madame Brassart
as Annette
as Houghton Mifflin Executive
as Simone Beck
as Madame Bernheim
as Woman at the Party
as Ivan Cousins
as Instructor at Le Cordon Bleu
as John McWilliams
as Houghton Mifflin Executive
as Bill Koshland
as Gl
Supporting Actor
as Cobb Salad Waiter
as Cassie


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Film Type:
Feature Film
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Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Panavision Panaflex
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 (Flat)
Based on Two True Stories
Passion. Ambition. Butter. Do You Have What It Takes?
The scene involving Paul Child's photographing a food display in their kitchen, he uses a Rolleiflex camera. While shooting he winds the crank approximately one-and-a-half turns, when loaded with film the transport only requires 2/3 of a turn and stops automatic. So actually he was using an empty camera.

In most scenes Julia Child is shown to be a couple of inches taller than Paul Child. However, when they are getting up to dance following a fight with her father about Joseph McCarthy, they are side by side for a moment and Julia's shoulder is several inches below Paul's (because Meryl Streep is actually much shorter than the real Julia). However, when the movie was shown on TV, this goof had been hidden by two people dancing in the foreground.

When Julia Child is with the other 2 women in the kitchen while being lectured on how to boil an egg, she is clearly standing on a platform to make her taller than the other women, as evidenced by her ankles. However, when the movie was shown on TV, this goof had been hidden by the top rail of a chair in the foreground.

(at around 1 min) Julie Powell is talking to her mom about blogging. All the sudden you hear the noise of the phone shutting off from the battery going dead. But when Julie looks at the phone and says "stupid battery", she pushes the off button (presumably) and you hear the noise as if it was just shut off. How can that happen if the battery already died?

In the scene where Julia Child (Meryl Streep) is checking out their new bed we see her kick off her shoes and lay down, the shoes in that scene are clearly not the ones she had on when she got out of the car, upon their arrival but the specially made lifts that Streep had to wear in order to appear taller. You'll notice that in many scenes the view of her legs/feet are obscured to hide the lifts, but not in this scene.

When Julia Child is teaching basic tasks with the other ladies at their cooking school, during the shot one can see the checkered platform under Julia's feet to make her appear taller. However, when the movie was shown on TV, this goof had been hidden by a bowl of fruit in the foreground.

In the scene where Julie Powell is writing in her blog about being stood up by Judith Jones, she is typing on her laptop. In the close-up when she decides to press the delete key, the key appears to be that of a full-size keyboard, not a laptop.

In the movie, Julie Powell wears her engagement ring before her wedding ring. While some consider this reversed, there is no set tradition for American women, and many wear their rings in this order.

When Julia receives the special delivery letter from Knopf in Cambridge, it is addressed to 130 Irving Street, but the Childs lived at 103 Irving Street.

Factual Mistake
While it is true that Julia Child and Paul Child were early critics of Joseph McCarthy, the spat between Julia and her father over McCarthy at Dorothy's wedding reception is fiction. Although elected to the Senate in 1946, McCarthy was not a household name in 1951, when Dorothy got married, and simply did not have the kind of pull that would have forced Paul to go to Washington for questioning. Mr. McWilliams was, in fact, a supporter of Richard Nixon.

Factual Mistake
While it is true that Mr. McWilliams did not approve of Julia Child marrying Paul Child, there is no evidence that he did not approve of Dorothy's choice of husband, as implied in the movie.

Factual Mistake
The film has Judith Jones stand Julie Powell up due to bad weather. Jones told the Boston Globe in August 2009 that, in fact, she had wanted to meet Julie "because I wasn't sure how you put a blog together and I also wanted to talk about recipe rights", but canceled because "Julia Child looked at her blog and didn't think Julie was a serious cook. There were all these four-letter words - that isn't how you describe food if you care and if you're a good writer. Julia thought we shouldn't have anything to do with it."

Factual Mistake
The Childs moved to Paris in 1948, not 1949 as shown.

Factual Mistake
When making the famous boeuf bourguignon recipe, there are carrots in the stew, but these are not in the original recipe.

Factual Mistake
In the last scene of the movie when Julia receives the published book in the mail, it is supposed to be her first book, but the book that she unwraps is the second volume.

Errors in Geography
In the opening scenes Julia Child and Paul Child pull up to their Paris apartment. Their Parisian apartment was at 81 Rue de L'Université aka Roo de Loo. The apartment building the Childs pull up to in the film is number 10.

Crew/Equipment Visible
(at around 20 mins) When Julie Powell and her husband are driving in their jeep to the new apartment, you can see the camera that is secured to the car in the lower right hand corner. Its a visible shadow and you are able to see the camera lens reflection.

When Julie opens the package from a reader containing hot sauce, she takes out the accompanying letter twice.

Character Error
When cooking Julia Child's classic boeuf bourguignon, Julie Powell uses a Bordeaux or Bordeaux style wine rather than the burgundy or burgundy style wine (Pinot Noir) called for in all beef bourguignon recipes (including Child's).

Character Error
Julie Powell adds a whole bay leaf when cooking Julia Child's classic boeuf bourguignon when the recipe calls for a crumbled bay leaf.

Character Error
When making the famous boeuf bourguignon recipe, both Julie Powell and Judith Jones use cloth towels to dry the beef, when the recipe specifically calls for paper towels. This is a minor change - and the recipe would not suffer as a result - but both women were taking care to follow Julia Child's instructions to the letter (although for very different reasons). Neither would have made the choice to change even the smallest detail of the recipe.

Character Error
In the movie, Paul Child references his work with "General Mountbatten." There was no such person in the British Army during WWII; there was however, Admiral Louis Mountbatten of the Navy.

Character Error
Eric quotes Douglas Adams on the subject of deadlines - then attributes the quote to "The Hitch-hiker's Guide". The line was spoken by Adams in an interview it is not in "The Hitch-hiker's Guide."

When Julia Child and Simca enter Louisette's apartment to meet Erma Rombauer, there is a bowl of strawberries on a side-table. In the next shot, Louisette is shown carrying the bowl of strawberries in from the other room.

When Julie Powell is reading "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" in bed, she is only turning the first few pages of the book. In the next shot she is almost finished.

When Julie (Amy Adams) is talking to Sarah (Mary Lynn Rajskub) in a bar. In the first shot we see, through the window, Julie leaning her left elbow on the counter, holding a drink in her left hand. In the next shot, Julie leans with her right elbow on the counter, holding that drink in her right hand. The dialogue is continuous between these shots, so there's no question of time elapsed and for these two women to have swapped places at the bar.

In the final scene, Julia Child opens a large envelope from her publisher with a copy of her first cookbook inside (published by Knopf, 1961). The envelope is of the Bubble-Wrap variety. Bubble-Wrap itself didn't receive the US Patent (Number 3,142,599) until July 28, 1964. Envelopes of that type started appearing in the late 70's.

Throughout the film, Paul Child's glasses can be seen to have a modern anti-reflective coating on them, years before such coatings became available. The tell-tale green sheen on the lenses is particularly visible during the outdoor wedding party.

The postal vehicle appearing in front of the Cambridge house, a DJ5, was not used until 1965. The scene in the movie is 1961 or earlier.

When Paul Child is being questioned in Washington there is a pack of Lucky Strike in a green pack. Famously "Lucky Strike green went to war" because the ink contained chromium, a strategic material. Lucky Strike green never came back and the replacement design by Raymond Lowey in white which was introduced early in the war is still in use today and was in the 50s.

In the scene where Julia Child receives a letter about publishing her first book in 1961 (or earlier). The letter carrier bears a blue and red patch with a horse and rider facing left. These patches did not come into service until 1965. The appropriate patch should be a maroon patch with the horse and rider facing the right (backwards) when worn on the left shoulder.

The movie opens in 1949 in Paris. In several establishing shots, including the Ile de la Cite and Notre Dame Cathedral, all the buildings appear to be a light tan sandstone color. Until the cleaning projects by culture minister Andre Malreaux in the late 1960s, all the famous buildings in Paris were quite black from centuries of pollution.

In the scene when Julia Child is speaking to her French teacher in the library, she is using the word "salesperson". But this is a "gender-neutral" neologism created in the late 20th century. In 1950, an American would have used the word "saleslady" for "vendeuse".

The opening scenes of the movie clearly state that we are in Paris in 1949. The Buick station wagon is a 1950 model (identifiable by the squared portholes in the hood - not round portholes in the fenders - and the "malocclusion" chrome grille). Even allowing that the model year began in September then, it's highly unlikely the Childs would have had a brand-new 1950 Buick available to be shipped to France.

At the beginning of the film, Julie Powell sits in her office cubicle speaking on the phone. At the background, Microsoft Word 2003 is opened on her computer (notice the bluish-rounded style with an amber highlight on the format task-bar). The scene is dated 2002, while Microsoft Office 2003 was released only on November 17, 2003, succeeding the grayish-rectangular styled Office XP.

The scene in which Julia and the other students are making omelets at Le Codon Bleu presumably takes place in 1949. They appear to be using non-sick pans. While PTFE (Teflon) was accidentally invented in 1938, the first company, Tfal, to manufacture non-stick pots and pans was not established until 1956. The students would have probably been using "early status pans" which were made of heavy cast aluminum with riveted handles, high outwardly-curving sides and NOT highly polished as were the later status pans (Boston/shallow sided/cast handles) that Julia Child dissed on her omelet show.

When at the ritual cobb salad scene, the girl that is sitting directly across from Julie, the one with the sunglasses on her head, you can see the boom mic in the reflection of the sunglasses.
ecause of Meryl Streep's height (5'6") several camera/set/costume tricks had to be employed to mimic Julia Child's height (6'2"). Countertops were lowered, Streep wore extra high heels, and forced perspective camera angles were used.

Eric Powell's quote ("I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by") was originally made by Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Eric explains this himself, immediately after delivering the line.

Both the Paris and Boston train terminal shots were done in the beautifully restored New Jersey Transit Hoboken Train Terminal waiting room.

This is the second film that Meryl Streep has appeared in that has the name "Julia" in the title. The first was her film debut, Julia, in 1977.

Scenes featuring Dave Annable of Brothers & Sisters as a friend of Julie's were cut from the final film.

Julia Prud'homme, who plays the bridge teacher in the film, is Julia Child's grand-niece.

'Stop The Train' by 'Henry Wolfe' is included in the soundtrack. Henry (Real name Henry Gummer) is Meryl Streep's son.

Meryl Streep gained as much as 15 pounds while filming the movie.

Paul Child was 10 years older than Julia Child, however in reality Meryl Streep is 11 years older than 'Stanley Tucci'.

The Publishers at Houghton Mifflin show Julia Child a cookbook entitled 'Real Home Cooking' by an author named Della Simmons. Both the book and author are strictly fictional as there was no such book by an author with that name.

The suitcase in the beginning of the movie is Paul Child's own personal case.

Nora Ephron's last film.

Louisette Bertholle is depicted here as a lazy shirker who doesn't carry her weight on the cookbook project. After the film was released, people who knew her came forward to declare that she was dedicated to the project and tested a huge number of recipes in her home. Eventually, she did have to scale back her participation in the project, but for personal reasons, as she was dealing with a bankruptcy (resulting from a failed investment) and a painful and ugly divorce. She eventually remarried happily and became a successful cookbook author on her own.

Julia Child and Simone Beck would collaborate on a second volume of "Mastering" in 1970; by that time Louisette Bertholle had remarried and was working on her own cookbooks. There was some discussion of a third volume of "Mastering" but Child and Beck would part ways professionally; Beck insisted on sticking to traditional techniques and equipment, and Child was enthusiastically embracing new techniques and finding ways of applying modern equipment to traditional recipes. While Child became an American TV personality, Beck continued to teach in France and published some of her own cookbooks. They were never to collaborate again but did remain friends for the rest of their lives.