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Undertow (2004)

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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
Wadsworth Pela
Amica Pela
Charles 'Jester' Poston ...
Hard Hat Dandy
Mark Darby Robinson ...
Grant the Mechanic
Muriel the Cashier (as Leigh Hill)
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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 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,354, 24 October 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$24,947, 24 October 2010
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Did You Know?


Devon Alan's (Tim) monologue about "Chiggars" was not in the script and was totally improvised by the 11 year old. See more »


When the black woman they take refuge with is in the bedroom, she finds the contact details of the boys written on the inside flap of the backpack. Later when the boys run away because they find out their uncle is coming, they just run straight from where they were outside, with no detours to pick up the backpack. However, later, Tim is shown with the backpack. 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

The producers wish to thank the faculty, staff and students of the Savannah College of Art and Design ... Matt, Mike and Michelle and The Savannah Theater ... Carol and Guy of Pinkie Masters. See more »


Referenced in Under the Undertow (2005) See more »


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Not Worth It
10 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

IMDb suggested this movie to me, and so I figured, why not, it looks pretty decent. According to this site, this movie is a drama thriller about a father, his two sons, and their uncle when things go awry. In the most basic sense, that is true.

The problem? A thriller should thrill. It's not enough that something bad occurs, you should be on the edge of your seat, panicked about that bad thing. Throughout this entire film, I could barely muster interest, never mind panic. The characters rarely show any strong emotion. Even in scenes where you would expect great anger or sorrow, they seem relatively apathetic and rarely change facial expressions. There is no twist, no mystery, just 100 minutes of talking calmly, a few minutes of running, and a few minutes of fighting.

This movie is by far the greatest let down I've had for a film in a very long time. If you are extremely patient and are able to connect with the most unbelievable characters, then by all means, go ahead and watch it. If not, don't waste your time. I certainly wish I hadn't. 3/10

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