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Without a Paddle (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Mystery  |  20 August 2004 (USA)
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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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The call of the wild, the thrill of adventure. The mistake of a lifetime. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

20 August 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jusqu'au cou  »

Box Office


$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,528,946 (USA) (20 August 2004)


£2,408,438 (UK) (21 January 2005)

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Did You Know?


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 »


When the sheriff finally finds the boys near the end of the movie, he pauses to light a cigarette. A second later, the cigarette has disappeared. See more »


Tom Marshall: I'm not an astronaut, I'm an American.
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Ooh La La
by Ron Wood (as Ronald David Wood) & Ronnie Lane (as Ron Lane)
Performed by Faces
Published by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
by arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Rolling with laughter
27 April 2005 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

"Where are we?", Seth Green asks, clueless, as the guys are standing in a street in a nondescript little Oregon village. "Corner of Bumfuck and You Got a Purty Mouth", Matthew Lillard snarls in way of answer.

Now, you need to know and appreciate John Boorman's thriller classic 'Deliverance' in order to get the full implications of this scene and countless others in 'Without a Paddle'. The film can be enjoyed by all & sundry, but those in the know will be rolling with laughter more often.

'Without a Paddle' establishes itself in a niche of its own among goofy modern comedies. It is really well written, not just the one-liners, but also the situations as such and the exposition and development of material. The actors all shine, especially young Dax Shepard as the loser type of the three buddies in their late 20s that go camping and looking for a buried treasure in a canoe up Spirit River. There they meet up with wild man Burt Reynolds, who was acclaimed for his performance in the original 'Deliverance', actually the character that Shepard inherited in this 'remake'.

There are no actual thrills in 'Without a Paddle' (unlike 'Deliverance'!!!), it sets its sight on glorious comedy. The huge surprise is that the gags are relatively 'tasteful', for want of a better word. It is not ALL about tits, dicks and feces.

Recommended. Absolutely.

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