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The Garage (2006)

PG-13 | | Drama | 4 February 2006 (USA)
A mechanic at his father's garage during the late 1970s, Matt dreams about leaving his small town existence and pursuing grander ambitions. But strong feelings for a new girlfriend and deep... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gabriel Marantz ...
Matt / Matthew Ruppert
Schultz / Mark Johnson
Bonnie Jean / B.J.
Doc Ruppert
Adult Matt
Mr. Johnson
Marilyn Dodds Frank ...
Mrs. Ruppert
The Hippie
Mike Binelli
Rusty Kelley ...
John Ruppert
Boy / Adult Matts son
Kevin / the jock
Jeff Gibbs ...


A mechanic at his father's garage during the late 1970s, Matt dreams about leaving his small town existence and pursuing grander ambitions. But strong feelings for a new girlfriend and deep family ties may prevent Matt's ultimate escape, despite pressure from best friend Schultz to take off immediately. Coming-of-age story in a small town. Written by Carl Thibault

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Some things in life you just can't fix.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content




Release Date:

4 February 2006 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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"The Garage" was inspired and created by writer/director Carl Thibault's own experience of working at his dad's garage (B&B Transmisions) while growing up in Massachusetts during the late 1970's. See more »

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Solid coming-of-age drama, moving and well-acted.
28 March 2006 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Just caught this movie at the San Fernando Valley Film Festival and was really taken aback by its quiet power. Very much in the "Stand By Me"/"Last Picture Show"/"Summer of '42" mode, it will hopefully find a wider audience outside the fest circuit. Very well-acted by a mix of newcomers and veteran talent, "The Garage" has a great, evocative look, and subtly brings back its late 1970s, pre-MTV time period. It's one of those universal stories about small town life that anyone who's ever left home--or thought about it, will definitely be moved by. The music and cinematography were impressive, too. Check it out if it lands at a festival or theatre near you.

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