Igby Goes Down

Directed by Burr Steers
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Igby Goes Down is a 2002 film that follows the life of Igby Slocumb.

Igby Slocumb, a rebellious and sarcastic seventeen year-old boy, is at war with the oppressive world of his East Coast "old money" family. With a schizophrenic father, a self-absorbed, distant mother, and a shark-like young Republican big brother, Igby figures there must be a better life out there, and he sets out to find it. After happily flunking out of several Prep Schools, Igby escapes into the bohemian underworld of Manhattan. His darkly comic trip--shared by a deviant cast of characters, including his terminally bored, part-time lover Sookie, his Godfather's trophy mistress Rachel, and smack-dealing performance artists Russel--veers from bizarre to tragic in Igby's ultimately noble attempt to keep himself from "going down."


Burr Steers


Burr Steers


Kieran Culkin … Jason "Igby" Slocumb, Jr.

Claire Danes … Sookie Sapperstein

Jeff Goldblum … D.H. Banes

Jared Harris … Russel

Amanda Peet … Rachel

Ryan Phillippe … Oliver "Ollie" Slocumb

Bill Pullman … Jason Slocumb, Sr.

Susan Sarandon … Mimi Slocumb

Rory Culkin … 10-year-old Jason "Igby" Slocumb, Jr.

Peter Anthony Tambakis … 13-year-old Oliver "Ollie" Slocumb

Bill Irwin … Lt. Ernest Smith, Pershing Academy

Eric Bogosian … Mr. Nice Guy

Cynthia Nixon … Mrs. Piggee

Danny Tamberelli … Turtle

Gregory Itzin … Eulogist #2

Gore Vidal … First School Headmaster


  • Writer/director Burr Steers originally intended to make this a novel, not a movie.
  • Kieran Culkin was actually drinking white grape juice at the Hampton's party