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Following the death of his wife Audrey, John Munn moves with his two sons, mid-teen Chris Munn and adolescent Tim Munn, to a pig farm in rural Drees County, Georgia, where they lead a ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Officer Clayton
John Munn
Tim Munn
Deel Munn
Wadsworth Pela
Amica Pela
Charles 'Jester' Poston ...
Hard Hat Dandy
Mark Darby Robinson ...
Grant the Mechanic
Muriel the Cashier (as Leigh Hill)
Alfred M. Jackson ...
Dock Worker
William D. Turner ...
Dock Worker


Following the death of his wife Audrey, John Munn moves with his two sons, mid-teen Chris Munn and adolescent Tim Munn, to a pig farm in rural Drees County, Georgia, where they lead a reclusive life. The boys' maternal grandparents no longer visit due to being out of sorts with John. Chris is rebelling against this life in ways where he is regularly picked up by the police. Because of Tim's young age and health issues, Chris is routinely asked by their father to do more than his fair share of work around the farm. Into their lives returns Deel Munn, John's brother who the two boys did not even know existed. John emotionally distanced himself from Deel following Audrey's death and Deel's incarceration, Deel who has just been released from prison. John, however, welcomes his brother in a effort to mend old wounds, and for the boys to get to know one of their few relations. They will all soon learn that Deel has ulterior motives for his visit, those motives emerging largely from those ... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 December 2004 (Greece)  »

Also Known As:

The Undertow  »

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$24,354 (USA) (22 October 2004)


$24,947 (USA) (22 October 2010)

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Shot in 30 days. See more »


When Chris and Deel go for a drive, the lock button on Deel's door alternates between up and down. See more »


[first lines]
Grandfather: I never dreamed that the life of my grandsons, which began with such love and comfort, would turn to see so much violence and bloodshed. This is their story as it was told to me.
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Crazy Credits

[at the start of the film] The following film was made with the assistance of the Drees County law enforcement agencies and the surviving family of John W. Munn. See more »


Referenced in Under the Undertow (2005) See more »


Loving Spoonful Blues
Written by Sôichirô Suzuki (as Sohichiro Suzuki)
Administered by Miracle Master, Inc.
Performed by World Standard
Courtesy of daisyworld discs/ Medium, Inc.
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"All The Lost Boys"
16 November 2005 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

David Gordon Green's third film is more conventionally plotted than his previous "All the Pretty Girls" but it has his very distinctive earthy and poetic style that makes the film dreamy and beautiful without being "pretty-pretty". Based on the real story, "Undertow" tells about a father and his two sons who live in a rural backwoods Georgia. The father is a lonely man; the older son is a rebel, and the young one has some health problems. One day, a long lost Uncle Deel shows up, and the lives of four of them are changed forever. This film is a successful combination of the family drama and "South Gothic Thriller". It brings to mind such classics of the cinema as "Night Hunter" and the writings of Mark Twain and Brothers Grimm as well as the ancient legends and myths. The best about the film are its stunning cinematography and performances by Jamie Bell as Chris Munn, the older boy and Josh Lucas as Deel Munn, the boys' uncle whom they never knew.

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