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World Traveler (2001)

R | | Drama | 17 January 2002 (USA)
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After hitting the road a man encounters characters that make him realize the importance of family.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Suresky ...
Richie Dye ...
Local Bar Bartender
Andrea's Friend
Jack (as James LeGros)
John Forman ...
Dakota Customer
Bert Miller ...
Dakota Bartender
Dakota Waitress


On the day of his son's third birthday, without discussion with his wife or even leaving a note, Manhattan architect Cal gets in the family Volvo and starts driving. Marriage is suffocating him. His traveling seems aimless: stopping to work construction, drinking heavily, picking up women, thinking about his wife and son but not calling them. He sometimes goes across the borderline into fantasy as he imagines resolutions to his travels. It turns out that his travel West is not altogether aimless: he has a destination and some questions to ask. Once they're answered, will he remain the mythic restless American male or re-cross the borderline to return home? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 January 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cidadão do Mundo  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,072 (USA) (19 April 2002)


$97,000 (USA) (7 June 2002)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the first bar scene, where Cal loudly complains about his song not being played on the jukebox, the song he has selected is "Hard to Handle" by the Black Crowes. See more »


When Cal and the hitchhiker girl drove towards the Minneapolis airport, the weather was cold, somber and gray, and there was a light dusting of snow on the ground. Yet once in the airport, when Cal was talking to his old schoolmate Jack, the camera view out the window of the airport showed a sunny sky and lots of greenery, with absolutely no snow anywhere. See more »


[first lines]
Cal: I'm sorry.
Joanie: No, *I'm* sorry.
Cal: No, it's not your... fault, it's mine.
Joanie: I should have listened to you. You said you didn't want to have people over. I just thought it might be fun.
Cal: Yeah, but I shouldn't have said what I said. You know that I didn't mean it.
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a good road movie about a non-dumb theme.
2 January 2004 | by (los angeles) – See all my reviews

I'm not sure why this movie scores so low. Without knowing anything about it, I took a risk and rented it based on the cast of Billy Crudup and Julianne Moore. Both of them are very good, there are many supporting cast performances which are also very good. Simply put, the movie doesn't insult the intelligence of the viewer.

On the DVD commentary track the director mentions the resistance he got from many studio execs while trying to fund the movie, and he got lots of criticism that his main character (Crudup) was unlikeable. Seeing this movie while knowing that "hollywood" resisted mightily might lead to some insight as to the mindset of the power players. The main character has more of a human range of behaviors than seems comfortable to those who crave cartoon superheros.

I don't think the title is great. I don't have a better one, see if you do after you see it. "Father" should be in the title somewhere.

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