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There are times when it's right and proper to simply bury the dead. This is not one of those times... Gram Parsons was one of the most influential musicians of his time; a bitter, brilliant... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Radio Announcer
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Phil Kaufman
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Girl at Joshua Tree Inn
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Gram Parsons
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Reporter
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Crying Girl
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Music Expert
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Nurse 2 (as Alexa Motley)
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Doctor
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Truck Driver
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There are times when it's right and proper to simply bury the dead. This is not one of those times... Gram Parsons was one of the most influential musicians of his time; a bitter, brilliant, genius who knew Elvis, tripped with the Stones and fatally overdosed on morphine and tequila in 1973. And from his dying came a story. A story from deep within folklore; a story of friendship, honour and adventure; a story so extraordinary that if it didn't really happen, no one would believe it. Two men, a hearse, a dead rock star, five gallons of petrol, and a promise. And the most extraordinary chase of modern times. Written by Anonymous

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A cracking movie featuring a rocker, a hippie, a corpse and a hearse. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for drug references and some language | See all certifications »
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The tattoos that Johnny Knoxville has in the film are a mixture of real ones and ones made for the movie. For instance, the tattoo of the word "Madison" (the name of Knoxville's real-life daughter) over his heart is real but the bigger ones on his arm are not. See more »

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Larry Oster-Berg: Tell me we have not stolen a real person.
Phil Kaufman: Look, the place I get the coffins from probably hasn't filed a report yet. It will be sorted out within the hour. Trust me.
Larry Oster-Berg: Hoo! I'm overflowing with trust for you, man. I feel this overwhelming feeling of trust every time I look at you!
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Flying High
Words and Music by Country Joe McDonald (as Joe McDonald)
Performed by Country Joe and the Fish (as Country Joe & The Fish)
Licensed from and used by permission of Vanguard Records, A Welk Music Group Company
(P) Vanguard Records, a Welk Music Group Company
© 1967 Joyful Wisdom Music, BMI
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The Angel's Last Ride
17 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Grand Theft Parsons" is the story of the kidnapping of Gram Parsons' body by Phil Kaufman, his friend and road manager, to fulfill the country music legend's wish to be cremated in the California desert. Thanks in large part to terrific performances by Johnny Knoxville (as Kaufman), Christina Applegate, and Michael Shannon, and side splitting cameos by Mary Pat Gleason, Jonathan Slavin, and Clint Culp, writer Jeremy Drysdale and director David Caffrey manage to pull off the rarest of feats – a factually based black comedy that not only succeeds, but triumphs, hilariously yet tastefully.

The tale begins with Parsons' drug overdose in the cheap motel in Joshua Tree, California. Kaufman dupes the reluctant Larry Osterberg (Shannon), a drug addled, yoga practicing hippie, to drive the latter's psychedelic hearse to the LA airport to pick up what Osterberg thinks is an empty coffin. The comedic chemistry between these two, as they encounter crisis after crisis trying to snatch the body and bring it back to Joshua Tree, is perfect - reminiscent of Laurel and Hardy. Among the obstacles they have to contend with are Parsons' gold digging ex-girlfriend (Applegate), who needs a death certificate to cash in on an informal will leaving her everything, and Parsons' father (Robert Forster), who has flown from New Orleans to pick up the body.

The movie is not without flaws. The Applegate role is purely fictional, and Parsons' real father died when he was a boy. But these characters add humor to the plot and depth to the characterization of Parsons (like all 70s rock stars, he was considered something of a womanizer), so they can easily be overlooked in the name of artistic license. And, there are some parts of the story that are not credible at all. I doubt that a body could be loaded for transport without a valid death certificate, and I've never seen a hotel bathroom that could be locked from the outside. But these are minor cavils.

Whether you're a Parsons devotee (like me), or have never heard of him (like my father, with whom I watched the film), I can just about guarantee that you'll enjoy "Grand Theft Parsons".


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