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Around the Bend (2004)

In Los Angeles, Jason Lair is recently separated, living with his grandfather and his son; he's a banker, tense, with a limp. Grandfather Henry, an archaeologist, wants to take the family ... See full summary »

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Henry Lair
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Katrina
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John
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College Student (as Robert Douglas)
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KFC Counterman (as Carlos Cabarcas)
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Walter
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Ruth
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In Los Angeles, Jason Lair is recently separated, living with his grandfather and his son; he's a banker, tense, with a limp. Grandfather Henry, an archaeologist, wants to take the family van on a trip to Albuquerque. His plans are interrupted when Turner, Jason's father and Henry's son, appears after years of absence. Henry wants to celebrate family, as does Zach, Jason's son; Jason is angry and distant, Turner seems detached and says he's got a bus to catch in the morning. This prompts Henry to put in place an elaborate plan that will send his "tribe" on that VW bus trip to New Mexico sorting out relationships and digging up a crippled family history. Dust and dogs figure prominently. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The skeletons in the family closet just came out to play

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20 January 2005 (Argentina)  »

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$17,879 (USA) (10 October 2004)

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$193,571 (USA) (21 November 2004)
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Sir Michael Caine, who plays Christopher Walken's father, is only ten years older than him. See more »

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The way the ashes lie on the spoon between shots, near the end of the movie. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Henry Lair: [banging on the furniture]
Jason Lair: Henry, it's 1 o'clock.
Henry Lair: I was... drumming for an idea.
Jason Lair: I heard.
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Old Shoes
Written by Tom Waits
Performed by David Baerwald and The New Velvet Pillow Orchestra
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One of the best movies ever
10 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful movie, beautifully acted by Christopher Walken, Michael Caine and Josh Lucas...it's funny, droll, touching....a great character study. I don't know why it didn't get more notice. I've always thought Christopher Walken was a fine actor...this movie made me see him as brilliant. I truly loved it. The story is based on the relationships of 4 generations of men in one family; from the grandfather - Michael Caine - to the six-year-old son of Josh Lucas.This is the story of so many families and my favorite line is Michael Caine's to his grandson, Josh Lucas, about Josh's 'broken' father, Christopher Walken: "I carried you, you carried me, we need to carry him." It's what families do. I loved that.


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