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The Slaughter Rule (2002)

R  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  11 January 2002 (USA)
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A young man finds solace with a young woman, his mother, and a high-school football coach who recruits him to quarterback a six-man team.

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Gideon Ferguson
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Skyla Sisco
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Studebaker
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Tracy Two Dogs
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Evangeline Chutney
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Russ Colfax
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Waylon Walks Along
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Lem Axelrod
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Gretchen Two Dogs
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Coach Motlow
Melkon Andonian ...
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J.P. Gabriel ...
Jute
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In Blue Springs, Montana, high school student Roy Chutney is beginning to lose his way in life largely the result of two simultaneous events. The first is that his father, Nelson Chutney, dies. Roy hadn't seen his father much since his parents divorced and his father remarried. Nelson was run over by a train, but Roy's mother, Evangeline Chutney, with who Roy has a somewhat emotionally distant relationship, believes he committed suicide. The second is that because funding to the school has reduced the football program to just a varsity team with no junior varsity, Roy, along with half the other players, is cut from the football squad, as his coach doesn't believe he is mentally tough enough despite he being a skilled player. The two incidents combined make the situation even worse for Roy as football was his primary connection to his father. Into Roy's life enters Gideon Ferguson, the local newspaper seller, who asks Roy to be part of his newly formed football team, which will play in... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »
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Drive to Dream  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

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$1,461 (USA) (10 January 2003)

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$13,134 (USA) (28 March 2003)
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Some of the songs referenced by Gid and/or Floyd throughout the movie include
  • "Ragged But Right" by Riley Puckett 1934


  • "Nothing But Trouble" by Lonnie Johnson 1929


  • "Cash On The Barrelhead" by The Louvin Brothers 1954


  • "Rank Stranger" by Albert E. Brumley 1954


  • "Will Jesus Wash The Bloodstains From Your Hands?" by Hazel Dickens 1964


  • "Straighten Up And Fly Right" by The Nat King Cole Trio 1949


  • "Wayfaring Pilgrim" by Almeda Riddle 1932


Gid also references "Drifting Too Far From The Shore" and "Going Back To Jericho" during the ice fishing scene but he doesn't state an artist or year. There is a deleted scene in which Floyd references "I Ain't Drunk, I Am Just Drinkng" by Jimmy Liggins but Gid interrupts him before he can state the year. See more »

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Roy Chutney: My father told me if I was hard enough, I wouldn't break. He lied. Everything breaks.
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Featured in The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2003) See more »

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Silver Wings
Written by Merle Haggard
Performed by David Morse and Wylie & The Wild West
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Extremely Uncomfortable...in a good way...
25 April 2003 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This is a prime example of a flick that breaks all the rules and is still damn good. You always hear filmmakers blather on about how they work their own way, and then you see their junk and think that maybe they should have read a book. This is not one of those times. it's an intense look into sports and rural life and how they interplay with one another in the Midwest.

I was drawn to it by the title, and although it is about football, i could totally relate because when i played Youth baseball, I was on a team so bad one year that literally half of our games were called off early.

Not that this has to do totally with sports, it is more about male relationships, as Roy, the lead character deals with the death of his father through his participation in six-man football. As the story unfolds, he is cut from his own team and hooks up with a new team coached by a strange outsider played by David Morse. he starts off just being intense, but then becomes creepy (there is a homoerotic undertone between coach and player). Ryan Gosling, who plays Roy is solid and Morse is terrific. This ain't "Remember The Titans" but still very much worth checking out. It got good press at this past year's Sundance Film Festival.


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