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Nobel Son (2007)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  5 December 2008 (USA)
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Barkley Michaelson is in a deep life rut. He's struggling to finish his PhD thesis when his father, the learned Eli Michaelson, wins the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Barkley and his mother, ... See full summary »

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Barkley Michaelson is in a deep life rut. He's struggling to finish his PhD thesis when his father, the learned Eli Michaelson, wins the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Barkley and his mother, Sarah, a renowned forensic psychiatrist, now have the ill-fortune of living with a man-eating monster whose philandering ways have gotten less and less discrete. As if Barkley's world is not bad enough, on the eve of his father receiving the Nobel, Barkley is kidnapped and the requested ransom is the $2,000,000 in Nobel prize money. Needless to say, Eli refuses to pay it and so starts a venomous tale of familial dysfunction, lust, betrayal and ultimately revenge. In the words of Michel De Montaigne, the 16th century philosopher: "There is more barbarity in eating a man alive than in eating him dead." Written by Randall Miller & Jody Savin

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nobel prize | thesis | ransom | phd | revenge | See more »

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Lust, betrayal, kidnapping... and you thought your family had problems! See more »


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Rated R for some violent gruesome images, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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5 December 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le prix de la rançon  »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$333,912 (USA) (5 December 2008)

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$333,912 (USA) (5 December 2008)
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Trivia

The first American Nobel Prize winner in sciences was Michelson (without a) his first name was Albert. See more »

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Near the end of the Mini in the Mall sequence, a stunt driver can be seen in the driver's seat of the car. He first appears when the vehicle is stationary, about 20 seconds before the end of the scene, then immediately after, when the car is headed for one of the walls. See more »

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Barkley Michaelson: The French essayist, Michel de Montaigne, once said, "I think there is more barbarity in eating a man alive than in eating him dead." The wisdom of it. When you were a kid with an open soul, they told the world consists of good guys and bad guys. I always liked the bad guys. Scar Face over Superman.
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References Scarface (1932) See more »

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Just One of Those Things (Brazilian Girls Remix)
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Blossom Dearie
Remixed by Brazilian Girls
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A roller coaster thriller that keeps you guessing
4 May 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I somehow managed to get a ticket to the premiere at Tribeca and it was worth the struggle. The film is a freight train that picks up speed and never stops going. Great performances from Alan Rickman, Mary Steenburgen, Bill Pullman, Danny DeVito, Shawn Hatosy, Bryan Greenberg and Eliza Dushku (so hot!). Writers Miller and Savin have us constantly off balance and Miller's direction is reminiscent of early Guy Ritchie (Lock Stock, Snatch). It's amazing that the same team that did the sweet and sensitive Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School managed to pull off this wild breathless ride of a movie.

Can't wait to see it in theaters again when it comes out.


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