Animal Pragmatism is an Academy Award Winning 1996 American Drama film written and

Animal Pragmatism
Directed by Mike Leigh
Produced by Simon Channing-Williams
Written by Mike Leigh

Shirley Maclaine

Sidney Poitier

Chad Michael Murray

Hiroyuki Sanada

Alyson Hannigan

Kelly Hu

Pat Carrol

Gena Rowlands

Danny DeVitto

Music by Rachel Portman
Cinematography Dick Pope
Editing by Jon Gregory
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) September 17, 1996
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

directed by Mike Leigh starring Shirley Maclaine (whom garnered an Oscar nomination for her role in the film), Sidney Poitier, Chad Michael Murray, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kelly Hu, Alyson Hannigan, Pat Carrol, Gena Rowlands and Danny DeVitto.

It is a story which covers centrally interlinking love stories much like the following films: Love Actually and Valentine's Day.


The story takes in North Bay, San Francisco at North Bay University and the overall area as a flair of forbidden romances break out over the course of the Labour Day Weekend of 1996.

First there is the relationship between North Bay University's Drama Teacher Mr. Oakland whom is a 46 year old man having a passionate affair with a student Sarah Larper.

There is then a young North Bay University Student Huedon Turner striking up an affair with a prestigious 51 year old widow woman Patricia Cornwell.

Two Chinese North Bay students Yoko Gormoto-San and Matsi Takamoto-San whom's families despise each other yet they are engaged in a passionate love.

North Bay University's almost elderley principal Svetlana Gamble taking up with realtor Patricia Cornwell's older sister Rhianna.


  • Shirley Maclaine as Patricia Cornwell
  • Sidney Poitier as Mr. David Oakland
  • Chad Michael Murray as Huedon Turner
  • Hiroyuki Sanada as Matsi Takamoto-San
  • Kelly Hu as Yoko Gormoto-San
  • Alyson Hannigan as Sarah Larper
  • Pat Carrol as Rhianna Cornwell
  • Gena Rowlands as Principal Svetlana Gamble
  • Danny DeVitto as Larsson Turner
  • Stockard Channing as Canchita Turner
  • Evangeline Lilly as Lena Turner
  • Rider Strong as Lena's Abusive Boyfriend Corman Gumble
  • Diego Luna as Huedon's Bestfriend Musician Pete Yonders
  • Corey Hardrict as Huedon's Friend Lewis Ferrydale
  • Swoosie Kurtz as Danielle Larper
  • G.W Bailey as Finnley Larper
  • Jonathen Demme as Mr. Weating
  • Geraldine Chaplin as Miss Kendricks
  • Shelly Fabares as Mrs. Hutchinson
  • David Rasche as Mr. Hutchinson
  • Fairuza Balk as Sarah's Bestfriend Kelly Cold
  • Natasha Leggero as Sarah's friend Gina Tambloin Gracey
  • Rosemarie DeWitt as Sarah's friend Fenkle Justice
  • Eartha Kitt as Mrs. Regina Oakland


  1. Let It Snow- Dean Martin
  2. Secret Garden- Bruce Springsteen
  3. The Power Of Love- Celine Dion
  4. Take My Breath Away- Berlin
  5. L-O-V-E- Nat King Cole
  6. Unforgettable- Nat King Cole
  7. The World I Know- Collective Soul
  8. Big Me- Foo Fighters
  9. Name- Goo Goo Dolls
  10. No Diggity- Blackstreet feat. Dr. Dre and Queen Pen
  11. Shadowboxer- Fiona Apple
  12. Runaway- Janet Jackson
  13. Who Will Save Your Soul- Jewel
  14. Street Spirit (Fade Out)- Radiohead
  15. Walking Contradiction- Green Day
  16. What I Got- Sublime
  17. Salvation- The Cranberries
  18. Nobody Knows- The Tony Rich Project
  19. Give Me One Reason- Tracy Chapman
  20. Ready To Go- Republica
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