Gone Baby Gone (2007) Poster


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Amy Ryan looked and sounded so convincing as a low class Dorchester mom, that a security guard mistook her for a fan on the first day of location filming, and wouldn't let her on the set. One of the producers finally noticed her on the other side of one of the barricades, and said she should be let through. The incident made Ryan twenty minutes late, but convinced her the Boston accent she'd prepared was realistic.
Those are real local Boston actors, and members of the local populace, in all the backgrounds. Ben Affleck made a deliberate choice not to cast professional extras for authenticity.
Jill Quigg was discovered when the production's barricades in the streets of Boston prevented her from picking up her son from school. Ben Affleck was so impressed by her loud rants against the film crew, that he asked her to read for the movie.
Amy Ryan was so convincing with her Boston accent in her audition, that Writer and Director Ben Affleck asked her what part of Boston she was from.
The film's UK release, scheduled for December 28, 2007, was postponed for almost six months, because of the film's similarity to the real-life case of four-year-old Madeleine McCann, who disappeared from the holiday apartment, where she and her family were staying in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3, 2007.
Titus Welliver had to keep his large mustache as he was still involved in the filming of Deadwood (2004) at the time.
Ed Harris and Amy Madigan are husband and wife in real-life.
On the DVD commentary, Ben Affleck says that he and Jill Quigg improvised the scene early in the movie in which Quigg (as Dottie) talks to the press about the flyers they had posted and the vigils they had planned. Affleck says that he would feed her some lines and then she would perform them. Her mispronunciation of the word "vigil" as "visual" came from her mishearing what Affleck had said from behind the camera, but he later decided to keep it the way she had said it.
Although much of the dialogue is verbatim from the book, Ben Affleck reckoned that if he hadn't severely trimmed the novel, the film would have lasted seven hours.
Ben Affleck's first screenwriting credit since his Oscar win for Good Will Hunting (1997).
"Gone Baby Gone" is Ben Affleck's favorite novel.
Ben Affleck's directorial debut, although he did direct two other movies that never made it to the big screen.
This shares many connections with Baltimore-set drama, HBO's The Wire (2002). Author Dennis Lehane has scripted several episodes in the series, and Amy Ryan and Michael Kenneth Williams have had recurring roles.
The character of Jerome Miller (a.k.a. Bubba, Patrick's drug-lord friend) is played by Boston hip-hop performer Slaine. In the scene where Bubba and Patrick are driving up to Everett to meet Leon and Roberta Trett, the song playing on the stereo in their SUV is by Slaine.
Dennis Lehane's novel is the fourth of his to feature the private investigator partners Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro.
The character of Angie is based on novelist Dennis Lehane's own wife.
According to the DVD commentary, the flyover shot of the quarry is a visual effects shot, since the quarry actually had no water.
Ben Affleck initially considered starring in the film.
During the middle of filming, Michelle Monaghan also started work on The Heartbreak Kid (2007), for the Farrelly brothers, which required her having her bangs cut. These had to be added as a visual effect to maintain continuity.
DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (Ben Affleck): (Red Sox): The Red Sox logo can be seen in the movie. Special thanks is given, in the credits, to Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz.
In the novel, "Cheese" is Sven "Cheese" Olamon, an imprisoned gang leader of Scandinavian descent, who went to high school with Patrick and Angie. In the film, "Cheese" is Cheese Jean-Baptiste, a Haitian criminal.
Ben Affleck's high school chemistry teacher (Ed McGillicuddy) makes a cameo appearance, in the scene when they are leaving the funeral.
The brothers Affleck had previously worked together as actors on Good Will Hunting (1997), Chasing Amy (1997), and 200 Cigarettes (1999).
Chris Evans auditioned for the role of Patrick Kenzie.
The film includes three Oscar winners: Morgan Freeman, Ben Affleck, and Casey Affleck; and three Oscar nominees: Ed Harris, Amy Ryan, and Amy Madigan.
Helene (Amy Ryan) says she did a drug run to Nashua while being interrogated by Remy Bressant (Ed Harris) in her apartment. Amy Ryan's character, Holly, in The Office (2005), is transferred to the Nashua office after her relationship to Michael Scott is discovered.
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Ben Affleck cast his younger brother, Casey, in his directorial debut.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The cartoon playing in the background at the end of the film is in the public domain, as no cartoon creators would let the production use their footage in such a controversial scene. Likewise, the "RoboDudes" brand, and children's t-shirt worn by Corwin Earle, had to be created by the film crew, since no toy or cartoon company would allow a representation of their product to be worn by a pedophile child murderer character.
When Patrick & Angie arrive at Helene's place to make initial enquiry then the TV flashes a scene with Uncle Pimp & Cupid. A subtle hint towards Lionel. Also the Restaurant where the Lionel confesses is called Murphy's law and things do go wrong for all concerned.
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