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The Open Road (2009)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 28 August 2009 (USA)
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Movie centers on the adult son of a baseball legend who, together with his girlfriend, embarks on a road trip with his estranged father.

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Coach
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Bret Saberhagen ...
Himself
Robert Casserly ...
Moderator
Tony Sanford ...
Fan #1
Kevin Lee Foxx ...
Fan #2 (as Kevin Foxx)
Paxton Brown ...
10-Year Old Kid
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10-Year Old's Father
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Organizer
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Impatient Fan (as Clay Chamberlain)
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Convention Assistant
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Storyline

Carlton Garrett, son of Hall of Famer Kyle Garrett, plays minor league ball in Corpus Christi. He's in a slump when his grandfather calls to say that his mother, in Houston, is refusing a heart operation she needs to prolong her life. She says she won't have the operation until Kyle, her ex-husband, comes to see her. So Carlton, with his close friend Lucy, who used to be his girlfriend, goes to Columbus, Ohio, where Kyle is signing autographs. They haven't spoken in four years. Will Kyle go to Texas or will he find a way to duck out, as he's done for years? In addition to the father and son relationship, what about Lucy, and what about the slump? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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they've got a long way to go.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for some language | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,169 (USA) (4 September 2009)

Gross:

$19,348 (USA) (4 September 2009)
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Trivia

In several scenes in the movie, Jeff Bridges' character mentions "Walter Henry Hagan" at the Dallas airport. Walter Henry Hagan was in fact head of Special Services for American Airlines up until his retirement in 1995, and remained on as a consultant in same capacity until his death in February 2000. Hagan was "the" man to talk to if you needed assistance in your travels with American Airlines. He considered former Dallas Cowboy, Don Meredith (father of writer-director, Michael Meredith) and his wife, dear friends. See more »

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When Carlton is descending the escalator at the baseball signing convention at the beginning of the film, you can see a young boy wearing an orange & dark striped polo shirt sitting on the steps behind him. Then you see the boy in front of Carlton, walking away with his dad. When the shot changes back, the boy is, again, on the escalator. See more »

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[repeated line]
Kyle: #11 in ou program... #1 in your hearts.
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References The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) See more »

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Written by Stoll Vaughan
Performed by Stoll Vaughan
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Sorry It didn't get more attention
2 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

I have not actually gotten to see this movie yet, but I was a camera operator on this film. I was very sorry to see that it didn't get a wider release. I thought that with a cast including Justin Timberlake and Jeff Bridges that it would have gotten more attention. It just goes to show how messed up the movie distribution business is. When we were shooting this film I thought that it was going to be good. It was a good story and had a great cast. They all were a dream to work with. Now that I know it is out on DVD, I am going to see about getting a copy as soon as I can.

One interesting little anecdote from my point of view: We shot the bulk of the film in the vicinity of Hammond, Louisiana which is where we all stayed. But one sequence required that the whole cast and crew go to another small town that was just a little too far to drive to and from for each day's work, so we all stayed in some tiny old "tourist courts". One night several of us on the crew got together in one of the camera assistant's rooms to play poker. I wound up sitting next to writer/director Michael Meredith. I mentioned that I lived in Dallas and Michael said that he lived in Dallas up until he was five, then moved around a lot. So I asked him what his dad did, half expecting him to say either military or oil business. No, he said his dad played football. I immediately put two and two together and asked him "Your dad is Don Meredith?" he said yes. Turns out the movie we were shooting was very loosely based on Michael's own story, only the sport was changed from football to baseball.

As I said, they were all great to work with, cast crew and production. I hope that this film eventually gets the attention it deserves. Definitely worth a look.


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