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Primer -- Two small time engineers trip upon an invention that far surpasses their aspirations.
Primer -- Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention.

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Release Date:
27 May 2005 (Spain) See more »
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If you always want what you can't have, what do you want when you can have anything? See more »
Plot:
Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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3 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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No Maps for These Territories See more (371 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Shane Carruth ... Aaron

David Sullivan ... Abe

Casey Gooden ... Robert

Anand Upadhyaya ... Phillip
Carrie Crawford ... Kara
Jay Butler ... Metalshop Worker
John Carruth ... Man On Couch #1
Juan Tapia ... Man On Couch #2
Ashley Warren ... Hostess

Samantha Thomson ... Rachel Granger
Chip Carruth ... Thomas Granger
Delaney Price ... Laney
Jack Pyland ... Aaron's Co-worker
Keith Bradshaw ... Clean Room Technician
Ashok Upadhyaya ... Laboratory Technician
Brandon Blagg ... Will
Jon Cook ... Will's Cousin
David Joyner ... Rachel's Date
Eric De Soualhat ... Translator

Directed by
Shane Carruth 
 
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Shane Carruth 

Produced by
Shane Carruth .... producer
 
Original Music by
Shane Carruth 
 
Cinematography by
Troy Dick (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Shane Carruth 
 
Casting by
Shane Carruth 
 
Production Design by
Shane Carruth 
 
Sound Department
Shane Carruth .... sound designer
Reggie Evans .... location sound
David Ho .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Daniel Bueche .... camera operator
James Russell .... assistant camera
Anand Upadhyaya .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Omar Godinez .... telecine colorist (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Chip Carruth .... caterer
Kathy Carruth .... caterer
David Sullivan .... production assistant
 
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Scott Douglass .... thanks
 
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Rated PG-13 for brief language
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77 min
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The budget for the entire film was around $7000. Most of the money was spent on film stock.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During numerous takes the director, Shane Carruth, mutters "cut" under his breath. According to the DVD commentary, this is due to their extremely low budget which did not allow them to "waste" film. Carruth notes that a total of 80 minutes of footage was shot; the final film is 78 minutes.See more »
Quotes:
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Aaron:[Sound of a phone ringing. Aaron, voiceover:] Here's what's going to happen. I'm gonna read this, and you're gonna listen, and you're gonna stay on the line. And you're not gonna interrupt, and you're not gonna speak for any reason. Some of this you know. I'm gonna start at the top of the page.
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Aaron:Meticulous, yes. Methodical, educated; they were these things. Nothing extreme. Like anyone, they varied. There were days of mistakes and laziness and in-fighting, and there were days, good days, when by anyone's judgment they would have to be considered clever. No one would say that what they were doing was complicated. It wouldn't even be considered new, except for maybe in the geological sense. They took from their surroundings what was needed and made of it something more.
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341 out of 425 people found the following review useful.
No Maps for These Territories, 9 October 2004
Author: Quicksand from United States

It's not easy to follow. The production values aren't perfect. There's not an obvious 'good guy' or 'bad guy.' But was this movie any good? Oh hell yes.

This movie has been compared to "2001" because of the sci-fi angle. But while the movie has one sci-fi element in it (the device), the movie isn't even about that. It's about these two guys, and how it affects them individually, and their relationship with one another.

I found this movie to be fairly challenging, but worth the ride. I was up for hours discussing this movie with friends, and if that's not what you like to do with your movies, then this one probably isn't for you. But if you like something that tweaks your brain, that you can watch repeated times, that you can really chew on... then here comes "Primer," like a ghost in the night.

It's too early to tell where this movie will reside in cinematic history-- revered, forgotten, or somewhere in between-- but it's already won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance (where it beat out 'Garden State'), and just won't go away. It moves along, it's clever, it held my attention. Even "Pi" didn't do that, and if you're a film nerd, that's saying something.

If you're not a film nerd, approach this one with more caution. Remember, Shane Carruth had no idea even how to make a movie when he started making this one, but the end result is something far more fascinating than your typical film-school snob could ever put together. This is wholly original, and took me someplace I have never been. And that alone makes the "2001" comparison start to look more and more accurate.....

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How many duplicates via "fix the party" loop? Is this a plot hole? jmcteer-35663
Fans of Primer NEED to check out Steins;Gate TwiZone
Doesn't make sense. lunga
It's a soap opera nataliachiacchiari
Nahh, Terrible. Needs Remake... elsucre99
Think the problem was not its premise but the way it was filmed. blazetariq
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