Nobel Son

When Barkley's (Bryan Greenberg) haughty father Eli (Alan Rickman) wins the Nobel Prize, a bitter man kidnaps Barkley to try to use the prize money for ransom and to vindicate his father, whose theories Eli allegedly stole. But twists and turns abound.

  • Starring: Alan Rickman, Bryan Greenberg and Mary Steenburgen
  • Director(s): Randall Miller
  • Producer(s): Jody Savin
  • Screenwriter(s): Jody Savin, Randall Miller
  • Distributor: Freestyle Releasing
  • Animal Coordinator: A2Z Animals
  • Release Date: Friday, December 05, 2008

Featured Animal Action


City's (Eliza Dushku) cat jumps onto the vent box on the roof of her apartment and walks off. For this brief and mild action, an off-camera trainer held the cat and gently dropped it a couple of feet onto the box. A second trainer then used a buzzer to cue the cat to walk from point A to point B, where the cat was retrieved. The cat was kept a safe distance from the candles and from the edge of the building. Later, City's cat jumps onto the bed, meows and walks off. This scene was achieved in the same way — an off-screen trainer gently dropped the cat a couple of feet onto its mark on the bed while another trainer used a buzzer to get the cat to walk out of camera frame.

Nobel Son does not carry the American Humane disclaimer at the end of the film because the production did not give American Humane a pre-release screening of the film, which is one of the requirements for issuing the disclaimer.