Traveller (1997)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  18 April 1997 (USA)
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A young man, Pat, visits the clan of gypsy-like grifters (Irish Travellers) in rural North Carolina from whom he is descended. He is at first rejected, but cousin Bokky takes him on as an ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate (as Nikki DeLoach)
Michael Shaner ...
Vincent Chase ...
Shane (as Danielle Wiener)
Bokky's Grandmother (as Jean Howard)
Andrew Porter ...
Boss Jack's Wife
John Bennes ...


A young man, Pat, visits the clan of gypsy-like grifters (Irish Travellers) in rural North Carolina from whom he is descended. He is at first rejected, but cousin Bokky takes him on as an apprentice. Pat learns the game while Bokky falls in love and desires a different life. Written by Jeff Hole <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Swindlers. Scammers. Con-men. As American as apple-pie.


Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 April 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Az átverés mesterei  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$30,855 (USA) (18 April 1997)


$500,649 (USA) (30 May 1997)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Josh Hartnett tried out for the role of Pat, but Mark Wahlberg was given the part instead. See more »


Pat calls Kate while on the road with Bokky. She picks up the phone at her parents living room. She wears a wrist watch with a shiny bracelet. Cut. Then the watch is gone, cut, then the watch is back again. See more »


Pat: She sure is beautiful.
Bokky: So's a sunset, but you're not going to fuck that, either.
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Written by J. Moore
Performed by Lou Ann Barton
Courtesy of Antones Records and Discovery Records
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Sometimes wonder if I saw the same film
4 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

After reviewing the comments found here, I find myself wondering if the film I've seen four or five times could possibly be the same one described in several of the reviews here. "Thinly disguised agendas, unrealistic plot lines, uncertain performances." I don't understand the issues here.

Traveller is a fine movie, worthy of much wider exposure than it ever received. The performances by Paxton, Marguiles and Wahlberg are all top notch, and rate among the finest work I've seen any of the three produce. James Gammon's performance is a tremendous character piece and even those who don't like "Traveller" should watch that with spellbound interest. (Ebert's Stanton-Walsh rule should apply here.) The script could use a little tightening in places it's true. And I will agree that I would have liked to see more of the back woods life, but that's a selfish interest and not something that was integral to the success of the film. We see that old home life in every shade of Paxton's performance. He carries it with him constantly, only letting go of it in brief moments with Marguiles.

Wahlberg's performance is described elsewhere as "uncertain." In my mind, that's the point. Pat is uncertain. That's the performance. That's the character. That's acting. He never knows where he stands. He rarely if ever knows what he wants, let alone what he'll be able to possess.

This movie tries to be a lot of things. And it succeeds in most. It is a road movie, a romance, a con, a story of failed redemption and more. It's a North Carolinian mafia movie. Sure it's not "The Godfather." But it ain't "Mobsters" either.

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