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Set in the present-day San Fernando Valley, the project revolves around a delusional man who believes he's a cowboy and the relationship that he starts with a rebellious young woman.

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Tobe is about 16, living with her dad and younger brother in LA's San Fernando Valley. She invites a gas station attendant named Harlan to come to the beach with her and her friends. He's from South Dakota, wears a cowboy hat, talks country, and has been a ranch hand. They have a great time, his simple expressions seem like wisdom, he's attentive and polite, and even though he's more than twice her age, she wants to spend time with him. When her father objects, she rebels. Harlan, meanwhile, thinks she's his soul mate, and he starts making plans to get her away from her father. Worlds are set to collide, but which ones? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for violence, sexual content, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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£39,803 (UK) (26 May 2006)

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$568,695 (USA) (4 August 2006)
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The $8 million budget was financed by a wealthy producer-financier, Sam Nazarian of Element Films. See more »

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One of the revolvers in Wade's wall collection is actually a non-firing display model of the Colt Peacemaker. This is evidenced by the horizontal slots in the rear of the cylinder, between the cylinder's flutes. Real Peacemakers do not have such slots. See more »

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Harlan: I've tried living down in the valley again, really tried this time. Walked up and down it looking for one open face, but most people I've meet hardly seem like human beings to me anymore.
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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

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I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
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Excellent story, excellent acting
21 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For those favoring character-driven films, this is a must-see. The performances are all top-notch: Norton is excellent as always, and Wood's character Tobe is perhaps the best realization of a teen ever committed to film. Also, Rory Culkin is a revelation--his lost moppet is the sympathetic center of the film, and he imbues it with genuine soul.

Much of the film's success is owed to the director, David Jacobson. Judging from this film, he is a more poetic version of a 1970s Scorsese. That may sound like hyperbole, but his take on the human condition and its longing for connection is graceful, daring, and incisive.


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