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Milwaukee, Minnesota (2003)

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A young man who's been labeled mentally ill is left on his own after his mother's murder. Confused and alone, he's targeted by two different con artists out to make off with his inheritance.



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Complete credited cast:
Albert Burroughs
Tuey Stites
Jerry James
Sean McNally
Stan Stites
Edna Burroughs
Suzanne Petri ...
John Judd ...
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Having lived his entire life under the watchful eye of his overbearing mother, Albert must fend for himself when an unidentified automobile suddenly kills her. Free for the first time, Albert quickly responds to the bait dangling in front of him, putting his aggressors against one another in a race for his trust. Using his skills that make him a gifted fisherman, Albert turns the tables on his seemingly doomed fate, capturing the heart of the woman most eager to deceive him, and fooling the man most intent on destroying him. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rated R for language, sexual content, some violence and brief drug use | See all certifications »




Release Date:

21 December 2005 (France)  »

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Milwaukee, Minnesota  »

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$7,517 (USA) (3 June 2005)


$17,350 (USA) (9 September 2005)

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Tuey arrives to pick up Albert for the second fishing trip. The long shot shows a passenger dressed in orange in the passenger seat. Albert is still standing on the sidewalk in his orange suit. The close up shows Stan in the passenger seat wearing his brown jacket. See more »


Albert Burroughs: Down under the ice where their house is. I can hear 'em. Mom says that's a gift. Mom says that those other people can't hear 'em. But I don't know why not. Mom says that's why I get all the money and they don't. It's because they don't listen when the fishes talk.
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Written by Paul Anka
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'Challenged' as a State of Mind and Heart
28 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

MILWAUKEE, MINNESOTA has everything you'd hope to find in an Indie film

  • good offbeat story, strong cast mixing established actors with new
talent that brings out the best in both, a director who lets the story unfold naturally, enough messages to cast away any doubts that the world is lacking in spirit and caring, and an impressive list of contributors that demonstrates that there are many people who appreciate and love fine film. Writer Richard Murphy and Director Allan Mindel have shaped a tale about a mentally challenged young man and his inner strengths that allow him to make his mark on the world through sheer courage: they have succeeded in creating a memorable, touching, warmly human film.

Albert Burroughs (Troy Garity) is a twenty-something sweet lad, mentally challenged but able to maintain a job as a copy clerk for old man McNally (Bruce Dern) while he is closely overprotected by his mother Edna (Debra Monk). Troy's one pastime is ice fishing and because he is sensitive to the language of the fishes he has become the champion ice fisher of Wisconsin, earning prizes that amount to considerable savings! Worried that the outside world (outside of Milwaukee!) might be abusive to her son, Edna has prevented his entering contests in such places as neighboring Minnesota, places where Albert could truly become a star.

Quite suddenly Edna is killed in by a hit and run driver and Albert is left to his own devices for survival. News of his inheritance and contest winnings seeps into the world and characters begin to appear to take advantage of 'the retard': the smarmy Jerry (Randy Quaid) tries to convince Albert he is his real father; Tuey (Allison Folland) and her cancerphobic younger brother Stan (Hank Harris) are cheap con artists who try to steal his money; a transvestite (Holly Woodlawn) and her bodyguard Gary (Josh Brolin) wiggle into the stew created by Tuey and Stan and further go after Albert's money; and McNally posts his own agenda for 'care' of Albert and his 'fortune'. How each of these attempts to take advantage of Albert play out forms the line of the story, with an ending that finds Albert leading his life as an ice fisherman who is a champion in more ways than one.

Though obviously shot on a low budget this film succeeds on the important levels of communication and goes beyond the ordinary with some stunning photography by Bernd Heinl and a wonderful musical score by Michael Convertino and Robert Muzingo. Troy Garity (son of Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden) holds his own in a role that could fall into parody and demonstrates that he is growing into a fine actor. And it helps to have the likes of Bruce Dern and Randy Quaid in the mix! This is the kind of film that is refreshing to see made. Would that Hollywood would invest in stories of this caliber! Recommended. Grady Harp

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