6.9/10
358
6 user 4 critic

Killer Diller (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | March 2004 (USA)
A guitar playing car thief meets an autistic savant piano player, and together they transform a group of reluctant halfway house convicts into The Killer Diller Blues Band.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
Reviews
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Deepwater (2005)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A drifter comes to the town of Deepwater and is seduced into a twisted game of deceit and murder.

Director: David S. Marfield
Stars: Lucas Black, Peter Coyote, Mía Maestro
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

After a disastrous debut on the pro circuit, a young golfer finds himself unexpectedly stranded in Utopia, Texas and welcomed by an eccentric rancher.

Director: Matt Russell
Stars: Lucas Black, Robert Duvall, Melissa Leo
Lap Dance (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An aspiring actress makes a pact with her fiancé to take a job as an exotic dancer to care for her cancer stricken father. Once the pact the couple made is broken, their lives are changed forever. Based on the true story of director Greg Carter and his girlfriend prior to their moving to Los Angeles in 2005.

Director: Greg Carter
Stars: Omari Hardwick, Briana Evigan, Carmen Electra
Legion (2010)
Action | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

When a group of strangers at a dusty roadside diner come under attack by demonic forces, their only chance for survival lies with an archangel named Michael, who informs a pregnant waitress that her unborn child is humanity's last hope.

Director: Scott Stewart
Stars: Paul Bettany, Dennis Quaid, Charles S. Dutton
Fear & Shame (Video 2017)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  

Actor Robert Pattinson takes us into a brief, desperate, hunger-filled moment in the life of Robert Pattinson.

Director: Vikram Gandhi
Stars: Robert Pattinson, Vikram Gandhi, Aleah Quinones
Get Low (2009)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A movie spun out of equal parts folk tale, fable and real-life legend about the mysterious, 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party... while he was still alive.

Director: Aaron Schneider
Stars: Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An abused wife heads to California to become a movie star while her nephew back in Alabama has to deal with a racially-motivated murder involving a corrupt sheriff.

Director: Antonio Banderas
Stars: Melanie Griffith, David Morse, Lucas Black
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Vernon
...
Ned
...
Deermont
...
Holister
...
J.R. Cox
...
Dr. Gwen Bradley
...
Moker
...
Angie
...
Shanita
...
Ben
Lawrence Lowe ...
Lonnie
Jared Tyler ...
Raymond
Davenia McFadden ...
Deputy Rhodell Larkin
...
Barge Captain
Edit

Storyline

A guitar playing car thief meets an autistic savant piano player, and together they transform a group of reluctant halfway house convicts into The Killer Diller Blues Band.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Trouble brought them together. The music set them free.

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

March 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bottleneck  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,346 (USA) (28 April 2006)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Most of the houses that were used in the film are in Fayette, Missouri. See more »

Connections

Remake of The Car Kid (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Judge Boushay's Blues
Written by Furry Lewis
Arranged by Tree Adams
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Killer Diller Rockin' Blues
16 March 2004 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

I almost didn't see the movie because of the title, then I read the description in the SXSW directory, and I'm glad I did; it's up there amongst my favorite films from the 2004 selections.

A real killer diller, can really play, according to Vernon (Lucas Black), an austic savant at piano, who crosses paths with Wesley (William Lee Scott), a car thief sent in a halfway house. Wesley has a way of getting into trouble, but this time, manages to get something right, by striking up a friendship with Vernon, and turning the halfway house gospel group into a rockin band. The music is real killer diller, the acting engaging, and the crisis is plotted out very realistically. Scott and Black both do outstanding jobs in their roles, and they have chemistry as unlikely friends; you believe the bond. W. Earl Brown is equally believable as the gruff, loving father who does what he can to love and protect his son. Fred Willard, as the director of the halfway house, provides comic relief by believing in his mission to help the kids and in joyfully spiting his brother, who doesn't think a bunch of criminals belong in their community.

The music is outstanding; director Tricia Brock got the blues, by bringing in real bluesmen like Keb Mo' and Tree Adams to work the soundtrack and to work with the Killer Diller Blues Band. And actress Niki Crawford does her own singing (and the SXSW audience heard live proof of it). I hope there is a soundtrack released; the music is hot, rocking blues. See this movie!


24 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?