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In a dangerous post-apocalyptic world, an ailing father defends his son as they slowly travel to the sea.

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Bearded Man
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Archer's Woman
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Archer
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Jack Erdie ...
Bearded Man #2
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Man On Mattress
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Well Fed Woman
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A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind and water. It is cold enough to crack stones, and, when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the warmer south, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing: just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless cannibalistic bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a rusting shopping cart of scavenged food--and each other. Written by Sean Pollock

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In a moment the world changed forever.

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Rated R for some violence, disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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18 December 2009 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,502,231 (USA) (27 November 2009)

Gross:

$56,692 (USA) (11 May 2012)
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Trivia

Director John Hillcoat did shoot the controversial scene from the book involving a baby on a spit being roasted over a campfire, but ultimately decided to cut said scene from the final finished film because he felt it was simply too much. See more »

Goofs

A disposable Bic-type lighter cannot be used as a candle the way the Man does on multiple occasions. Within about 30 seconds, the metal would heat up enough to melt the plastic and possibly cause a painful accident. See more »

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[first lines]
Wife: What's happening? Why are you taking a bath?
The Man: I'm not.
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Over the end credits, we hear the sounds of children playing. What the world must have been like in happier times. See more »

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Referenced in Flat Earth & Other Hot Potatoes: Episode #1.3 (2015) See more »

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Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No. 3 in E Major: Adagio Ma Non Tanto
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Arranged by Ryan Franks
Performed by Ryan Franks & Harry Scorzo
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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Faithful adaptation that still offers something new
19 October 2009 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Just got back from seeing THE ROAD.

I had been very impressed by the novel and was concerned about how it would be adapted. The tone of the novel is almost unremittingly bleak and a 100% faithful adaptation would be very difficult to watch.

I'm happy to report that the film is very good indeed. It solves the problem of being unendurably depressing by concentrating on the emotional impact of the unspecified Armageddon, rather than the day to day fight for food, shelter and so on. So while at times it remains very upsetting it is shot through with hope rather than despair. I always felt the end of the novel was somewhat out of kilter with the rest of it but in the film it seems quite appropriate.

I think the film is more about the collapse of civility rather than civilization: for a film that shows the last remnants of mankind struggling to eke out an existence it is remarkably concerned with relationships. That's probably why the exact cause of the catastrophe is left blank: the film isn't really about the end of the world so much as the end of society. It's an interesting companion piece to NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN in which an ageing man sees nothing but horror in the modern world. In THE ROAD a man convinces himself, for the sake of his son, that humanity will abide even in the face of appalling conditions.


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