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Around the Bend (2004)

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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 ... See full summary »



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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 January 2005 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

A kanyaron túl  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,879, 10 October 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$193,571, 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 »


The graveyard scene at the beginning of the film was supposed to be set somewhere in southern California, as this was before they began their road trip to New Mexico. However, in the background you can catch a few glimpses of the Albuquerque skyline. See more »


[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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References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »


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Beautifully told story
28 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

Extremely touching road movie around four generations of males whose relationships have become fractured in the past.

It's not made completely clear at the start, but Michael Caine is the great grandfather, Christopher Walken is the grandfather, Josh Lucas the father and the charming Jonah Bobo as the grandson. The family are reunited and Caine's character tasks them with a request in his will that his ashes be scattered near his favourite fast food restaurants throughout picturesque New Mexico (bizarre product placement).

Walken had disappeared from the family unit, with some resentment from all, and returns to the family and finds himself agreeing to fulfil his father's wishes. Throughout the journey, the family bonds are re-established and a gradual understanding of the characters grows and their past revealed.

This is a beautiful story, told at a gentle but entrancing pace, is truly moving and I recommend it highly. It's not very long, but within Walken is given great time and space to truly demonstrate his talents.

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