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Grand Theft Parsons (2003)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 18 June 2004 (USA)
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:
Radio Announcer
Girl at Joshua Tree Inn
Gram Parsons
Crying Girl
Music Expert
TV Interviewer
Nurse 2 (as Alexa Motley)
Truck Driver


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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It's better to burn out than to fade away. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for drug references and some language | See all certifications »


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18 June 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A nagy hullarablás  »

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Did You Know?


The trike that Johnny Knoxville uses in the film is the original bike that Phil Kaufman used in 1973. See more »


When Kaufman and the Hippy drive to the airport, there is a modern model pick-up truck in the background parked off the road in the upper right hand part of the screen. See more »


Uniform Cop: Wherever there's a hippie, there's a crime, even if that crime hasn't happened yet. That's what I always say.
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Cannes Promo Reel Screened on Apple iBooks See more »


Rhinestones In The Ashes
Written by Roger Alan Wade & Dennis Knutson
Performed by Roger Alan Wade
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Like Gram...Mostly Myth....
6 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

Parsons was mythical in his own right. Sure, he was the father of country-rock and hung around the stones....etc...etc...

The movie is mythical in it's own right. Being as Phil Kaufman was the only one to really know who/what/why/when/how...I think it does alright by his accounts of the events. Heck, he was one of the producers of the movie! Knoxville and Shannon play off each other well. Applegate is always a pleasure to watch!Macht really does look like Parsons! The soundtrack and score are awesome. The filming locations seem accurate...the point is this....if you are looking for a reverent account of the death and last wishes of an icon, forget it! If you want good Saturday afternoon escapism that has a rock-n-roll lineage, this movie more than fits the role Sit back and enjoy...I have more than once!

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