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The Open Road -- Minor leaguer Carlton Garrett (Justin Timberlake) takes an unexpected road trip to track down his estranged father, legendary baseball player Kyle Garrett (Jeff Bridges) when Carlton’s mother (Mary Steenburgen) becomes sick.


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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Justin Timberlake ... Carlton

Ted Danson ... Coach

Harry Dean Stanton ... Amon

Mary Steenburgen ... Katherine

Kate Mara ... Lucy

Jeff Bridges ... Kyle
Bret Saberhagen ... Himself
Robert Casserly ... Moderator
Tony Sanford ... Fan #1
Kevin Lee Foxx ... Fan #2 (as Kevin Foxx)
Paxton Brown ... 10-Year Old Kid

Douglas M. Griffin ... 10-Year Old's Father

Wayne Douglas Morgan ... Organizer

Clay Chamberlin ... Impatient Fan (as Clay Chamberlain)

Yohance Myles ... Convention Assistant

J. Omar Castro ... Fan #3

E. Roger Mitchell ... TSA Manager
Ann Marie Guidry ... Waitress (Kentucky)

Lawrence Turner ... Store Clerk (Kentucky)
Michael P. Cahill ... Pharmacist

James Harlon Palmer ... Memphis Ticket Taker (as James Palmer)

Donna Duplantier ... Flight Attendant
Karson Kendall ... Airline Employee

Yvonne Landry ... Waitress (Memphis Airport)

Billy Slaughter ... Rental Car Employee

Allen O. Battle III ... Peabody Clerk (as Allen Battle III)

Lyle Lovett ... Peabody Bartender

Ryan Rottman ... Peabody Bellhop

Laurie Foxx ... Louisiana Waitress

Katrell Dixon ... Orderly
Lenore Banks ... Virge

Louis Herthum ... Surgeon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Monica Rene'e Anderson ... Airplane Passenger (uncredited)
Dewayne Bateman ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Burton Bridges ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
LaVita Brooks ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Dane Brown ... Traveler (uncredited)
Lindsay Caldwell ... Front Desk Agent (uncredited)

Loyd Catlett ... Johnny (uncredited)

James DuMont ... Clerk (uncredited)

Geoff Falk ... Peabody Porter (uncredited)

Jan Falk ... Peabody Tourist (uncredited)

Gino Galento ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)

Geraldine Glenn ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)

Nick Gomez ... Bartender (uncredited)
Russell M. Haeuser ... Airport Passenger (uncredited)
Emily D. Haley ... Bar Goer (uncredited)
Destin M. Hebert ... Autograph Fan at Convention (uncredited)

Marguerite Hibbets ... Tourist Outside Peabody (uncredited)
Felecia Kirkland ... Airplane Passenger (uncredited)
Cynthia LeBlanc ... Airline Passenger (uncredited)
Elton LeBlanc ... Airline Passenger (uncredited)
Don Lincoln ... Baseball Convention Ticket Taker (uncredited)
Don Mac ... Airplane Passenger Row #7 (uncredited)
Donald Meyers ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)

Jay Oliver ... Airport Security Officer (uncredited)
Robert E. Pecunia ... Autograph Fan at LA Bar (uncredited)
Charles Pineda ... Valet (uncredited)

Chris Plumlee ... Peabody Guest (uncredited)
Lyssa Prine ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Yalonda Lisa Reeves ... Waitress Sammy (uncredited)
Lawanda Smith ... Baseball Convention Audience / Airplane Passenger (uncredited)
Daniel Vincent ... Airline Clerk - Memphis (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Meredith 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Meredith  writer

Produced by
Deborah Del Prete .... executive producer
Jordan Foley .... producer
Kevin Lee Foxx .... executive producer (as Kevin Foxx)
Laurie Foxx .... producer
Jonathan Gray .... executive producer
Jason Hewitt .... executive producer
Heidi Levitt .... executive producer
Roy Scott MacFarland .... executive producer
Charlie Mason .... producer
Michael Meredith .... producer
Justin Moore-Lewy .... producer
Brigitte Mueller .... co-producer
Gigi Pritzker .... executive producer
David Schiff .... producer
Suzanne Unrein .... associate producer
Wim Wenders .... executive producer
Original Music by
Christopher Lennertz 
Cinematography by
Yaron Orbach 
Film Editing by
Suzy Elmiger 
Casting by
Heidi Levitt 
Kim Petrosky 
Production Design by
Paki Smith 
Art Direction by
Frank Zito 
Set Decoration by
Julie Ochipinti 
Costume Design by
Molly Grundman 
Makeup Department
Carla Brenholtz .... key makeup artist
Thomas Nellen .... makeup department head
Thomas Nellen .... personal hair stylist: Jeff Bridges
Thomas Nellen .... personal makeup artist: Jeff Bridges
Susan 'Star' Orr .... assistant hair stylist
Scott H. Reeder .... department head hair
Amy Wood .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Luca Borghese .... post-production supervisor
Brion Hambel .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Aaron Barsky .... first assistant director
Sean O'Regan .... second second assistant director
Katey Wheelhouse .... second assistant director
Art Department
Cecile Aymami .... scenic
Paul Blanchard .... leadman
Beau Harrison .... assistant property master
Elizabeth Herberg .... art coordinator
Juliana Hoffpauir .... set decoration buyer
Ty Landry .... on-set dresser
Leonard Marchand .... property master (as Leonard Lavigueur)
Scotty Morris .... set dresser
Michael O'Sullivan .... construction utility
Christopher Ryan Paul .... art department production assistant
Markus Wittman .... swing gang
Sound Department
Wade Barnett .... adr recordist
Kelly Cabral .... supervising sound editor
Melissa A. Corns .... sound effects editor
Chris David .... sound re-recording mixer
Dan Izen .... sound mixer
Betsy Lindell .... boom operator
Aynee Osborn .... dialogue editor
Chris Reynolds .... additional re-recording mixer
Gabriel J. Serrano .... sound recordist
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Visual Effects by
Jon Greenhalgh .... digital compositing lead: Michael Kaelin & Associates, Inc.
Alex Jacobs .... technical assistant: Michael Kaelin & Associats, Inc.
Michael Kaelin .... compositing supervisor: Michael Kaelin & Associates, Inc.
Chris Kirkpatrick .... iq assistant
Dan Brown .... stunt double: Justin Timberlake
Loyd Catlett .... stunt double
Chad Guerrero .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Craig Carter .... grip
Oswald Colunga .... grip
Christopher Crowther .... electrician
Rusty Davis .... grip
Tracy Facelli .... additional second assistant camera: Tennessee Unit
Anne Marie Fox .... still photographer
Gerard Martin .... additional second assistant camera: "b" camera
Chris Quackenbush .... camera production assistant (as Christopher J. Quackenbush)
Kennith G. Smith .... a dolly grip
Robert A. Sutton .... chapman crane operator
Newton TerMeer .... gaffer
Theodore Thyssen .... grip
Gary Tolbert .... aerial photographer
Brett Walters .... first assistant camera
Louis Zlotowicz .... film loader
Casting Department
Brent Caballero .... extras casting
Lauren Fernandes .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Christy Hebert Crouch .... key costumer
Olivia Hill .... costume assistant
Pamela Lee Incardona .... costume supervisor
Gia Jimenez .... wardrobe assistant
Diana Savone .... set costumer
Carmen Thompson .... wardrobe assistant
Lesley D. Wickham .... seamstress
Editorial Department
Justine Halliday .... additional editor
Gordon Holmes .... post-production intern
Nick Houy .... first assistant editor
Ian Kezsbom .... assistant editor
Mathieu Reid .... color timer
Amber Taylor .... digital intermediate producer
Kathy Thomson .... digital intermediate colorist
Music Department
Christian Dwiggins .... music editor
Dan Evans Farkas .... music editor
Nick Fevola .... score coordinator
Daniel Hubbert .... music supervisor (as Dan Hubbert)
Gary Liu .... assistant to composer
Michael Lloyd .... music supervisor
Jeff Vaughn .... scoring mixer
Jay Weigel .... music contractor
Philip White .... music programmer
Transportation Department
Doug Dovichi .... transportation coordinator
Vinny Dovichi .... picture car coordinator
Mitch Masoner .... transportation captain
Willie D. Partin .... transportation captain
Other crew
Jamie Abramowitz .... assistant: Mr. Lischak
Clay Achee .... key set production assistant
Les Arceneaux .... assistant location manager
Brenda Arson .... assistant to producer
Eric Burrows .... security: Mr. Timberlake
Jared Callan .... production assistant (as Jared B. Callan)
Abigail Carpenter .... assistant: Mr. Meredith
Gregory Cassin .... production assistant
Brianne Castillo-Huang .... assistant: Mr. Schiff (as Brianna Castillo-Huang)
Loyd Catlett .... assistant: Mr. Bridges (as Lloyd Catlett)
Carmen Chan .... assistant production coordinator
Nicole Compas .... production counsel
Todd Crockett .... accounting clerk
André Des Rochers .... production counsel
Brandon Sonny DeSorbo .... location scout
Earl Gabbidon .... security: Mr. Timberlake
Emily Gannett .... product placement
Jonathan Gray .... production counsel
Micah Haley .... assistant to unit production manager
Robin Hardy .... production secretary
Rachael Harrell .... director of development
Jeffrey J. Hartwick .... set production assistant
Mandi Hicks .... assistant: Ms. Del Prete
Ronnie Joseph Higgins .... production assistant
Rachel Jacob .... key set production assistant
Brandon Kerr .... production assistant
Martin Lane .... location manager: Memphis
Amy Law .... set medic
Kevin Lorio .... set production assistant
Nat McCormick .... assistant: Mr. Kauffman
Richard McDonough .... assistant: Mr. Mason & Mr. Moore-Lewy
Aaron Michiel .... business affairs executive
Jasmine Mohamed .... assistant: Ms. Del Prete
Susan Neal .... set production assistant
Ryan W. Nichols .... production assistant
Brian O'Shea .... world sales executive: Odd Lot International
Erika Pahk .... assistant: Ms. Pritzker
Sandy Parker .... script supervisor
Nick Reasons .... stand-in
Brandon Rohwer .... unit publicist
Robert Saba .... assistant locations manager: Memphis
Weiman Seid .... unit publicist
Phil Seifert .... location manager
Jenna Spesard .... post production assistant
Barbara-Ann Stein .... production accountant
Ian M. Stratford .... financial counsel
Craig Thompson .... assistant: Ms. McDonough
Heather Tyler .... post-production accountant
Sharyn Umaña .... assistant production coordinator
Nancy Valle .... post consultant
Alice Wang .... post production assistant
Christopher H. Warner .... production coordinator
Jessy Cale Williamson .... production assistant
Rachel Yarbrough .... assistant: Mr. Timberlake (as Rachel Yarborough)
Wei-Ning Yu .... assistant: Mr. O'Shea
Steve Buscemi .... the director wishes to thank
Jeremy Davidson .... thanks
Daniel Duro .... very special thanks
Atom Egoyan .... the director wishes to thank
Steven Garcia .... special thanks
Carlin Glynn .... special thanks
John Hadity .... special thanks
Avram 'Butch' Kaplan .... special thanks
Neil LaBute .... the director wishes to thank
Marco Londoner .... special thanks
Alexandra Masterson .... special thanks
Mary Stuart Masterson .... special thanks
Peter Masterson .... special thanks
James McMurtry .... the director wishes to thank
Robert Rodriguez .... the director wishes to thank
Thom Zadra .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated PG-13 for some language
USA:90 min | Germany:91 min (European Film Market) | Argentina:90 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 (DVD rating) | UK:15 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #44679)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Some scenes for the movie were filmed following an exhibition baseball game between the Corpus Christi Hooks (AA Affiliate of the Houston Astros) and the Round Rock Express (AAA Affiliate of the Houston Astros). The scenes were filmed at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, Texas, including a shot flying over the Harbor Bridge down to the baseball field.See more »
Continuity: When they are stopped in front of the train you can see a car pulls up behind them. In certain shots the car is there and in others it's not, but the guy gets out later and they are stopped because of a passing train so it's clear it should have never moved.See more »
Kyle:I'd kill a man to be twenty-five again.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)See more »
I Want You to Be My LoverSee more »


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Baseball is not the whole of life, 3 February 2013
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Open Road stars Jeff Bridges and Justin Timberlake as a pair of baseball players, father and son, at different stages of their careers. They've been estranged for many years, but a health crisis in the life of Mary Steenburgen, wife to Bridges and mother to Timberlake, forces a reconciliation of sorts. But it's not an easy one.

Bridges is a former star who may have just missed the era of free agency and all he knows is baseball. So he now makes a comfortable living at various card shows, telling stories and signing autographs all of which he's well paid. When the crisis comes he's at a show and leaving abruptly would cost him some bucks. Still there is family to consider, something he's not very good at.

Timberlake is a minor league prospect who shows that he might not reach the same heights as Bridges. In fact he's in danger of being cut from the Houston Astros farm club where he's playing. He's got troubles with former girlfriend Kate Mara whom he broke it off with and now realizes that might have been a big mistake and worries now about the failed relationship with Mara and Steenburgen's health may have compromised his abilities. In short he's just not got his head in the game.

In fact Timberlake leaves the team in Texas and goes north to Columbus, Ohio where Bridges is doing a show and he and Mara take him back albeit reluctantly to Texas because Steenburgen wants to see him for the very last time possibly before open heart surgery. You ask why Mara is along with her ex when she has a current boyfriend whom she plans to marry. Bridges gets it, but Timberlake is a bit dense.

Not much of a story line, but some great characterizations by all involved. Bridges is his usual good reliable self and Timberlake shows some ability which blossoms later on in another baseball story Trouble With A Curve. Timberlake plays a similar role there in a film with a similar story. Of course Clint Eastwood's film got a much wider audience.

Basically there's a lot of growing up to do for both Bridges and Timberlake. Baseball is great, but it's not the whole of life for both of them. Timberlake keeps a journal because writing is a sideline for him. I can see him being a future Jim Brosnan or Jim Bouton.

This is not a baseball story as such, it's a story about life and the growth of people. You should really see this very unsung film.

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