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After their friend dies, three men decide to fulfill their childhood promise by going on a camping expedition for the lost D.B. Cooper bounty, with calamitous results.

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Three friends, whose lives have been drifting apart, reunite for the funeral of a fourth childhood friend. When looking through their childhood belongings, they discover a trunk which contained details on a quest their friend was attempting. It revealed that he was hot on the trail of the $200,000 that went missing with airplane hijacker D.B. Cooper in 1971. They decide to continue his journey, but do not understand the dangers they will soon encounter. Written by Film_Fan

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friend | river | death | hijacker | funeral | See more »

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The call of the wild, the thrill of adventure. The mistake of a lifetime. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for drug content, sexual material, language, crude humor and some violence | See all certifications »

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20 August 2004 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$51,480 (South Africa) (14 January 2005)

Gross:

£2,408,438 (UK) (21 January 2005)
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Trivia

D.B. Cooper was the name that reporters gave to a man who, in 1971, hijacked an airliner, extorted $200,000 from its owner (Northwest Orient), and parachuted off the airborne plane with 21 pounds of $20 bills strapped to his body. He was never caught, and it is generally assumed that he did not survive his parachute landing. See more »

Goofs

Around the camp fire, Jerry's coat is alternately half open, fully zipped and then half open again. See more »

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Tom Marshall: This never leaves the cave.
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References Blow (2001) See more »

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Deliverance
by Bubba Sparxxx (as Warren Anderson Mathis), Tim Mosley (as Timothy Z. Mosley) & Jimmy Douglass
Performed by Bubba Sparxxx
Published by Virginia Beach Music (ASCAP) admin. by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) / EMI Blackwood Music,
Inc. (BMI) o/b/o itself and Two Hundred Miles From Civilization / Major Toms Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Better and More Clever Than I Expected
8 September 2004 | by (SC, USA) – See all my reviews

The whole rating system is kind of skewed. Some people rated this film low because it wasn't Larwrence of Arabia but then it wasn't meant to be. It's like comparing actors when they play different roles. You can only really compare them playing the same role.

Anyway I went to the film expecting a goofy stoner type of mindless entertainment. Just a laugh. But I was pleasantly surprised that not only was it funny but some deeper thought had gone into it. The plot was more substantial than I expected, there were bits of philosophy sprinkled throughout which accentuated the positive side of life, and the cast was pretty good too. I'm not sure what inspired Burt Reynolds to play his character but he did it well as did all of the players.

But mainly the movie was funnier than hell. I almost embarrassed myself I laughed so hard during the first bear sequence. The image of Mott saying 'help' as he looked back while being carried off had me laughing way too high way too long but it and some other scenes were hilarious and I couldn't help it then either.

All in all a good film for the genre. And surprisingly while I think it appeals to the stoner crowd it's cool in that it incorporates it without promoting it though it doesn't avoid it either. In fact I was struck by the fact that the bad guys were red neck smokers and the good guys were dopey beer drinkers but apparently nothing more.

Lastly the film cleverly pays homage to other films throughout. Deliverance, The Matrix, and others are covered and probably a few I missed.


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