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Roadie -- After 20 years on the road with Blue Oyster Cult, Jimmy Testagros returns to his hometown to life with his ailing mother. Complications arise when he falls for an old friend, who is now married to his longtime nemesis.


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After 20 years on the road with Blue Oyster Cult, Jimmy Testagros returns to his hometown to life with his ailing mother. Complications arise when he falls for an old friend, who is now married to his longtime nemesis. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Ron Eldard ... Jimmy

Jill Hennessy ... Nikki

Bobby Cannavale ... Randy Stevens

Lois Smith ... Mom

David Margulies ... Don Muller
Catherine Wolf ... Marilyn Muller

Suzette Gunn ... Lizette (as Suzette 'Azariah' Gunn)
Gary Cruz ... Hispanic Store Owner

Anthony Mangano ... Male Cop
Lourdes Martin ... Female Cop
Jarlath Conroy ... Wes, Motel Clerk
Lynne Lipton ... Waitress

Arian Moayed ... Irfan
Diana Ravelo ... Yopi
Darrell Vanterpool ... Teen
Sammy Rhee ... Korean Man in Liquor Store
Obaid Kadwani ... Taxi Driver
Brandon Reilly ... Young Jimmy

Katherine C. Hughes ... Young Nikki (as K.C. Hughes)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edwin Torres ... Pool Player

Directed by
Michael Cuesta 
Writing credits
Gerald Cuesta (written by) and
Michael Cuesta (written by)

Produced by
Sirad Balducci .... producer
Mike Downey .... producer
Louis Guerra .... associate producer
Christen Lewis .... executive producer
James Quinlan .... executive producer
Ian M. Stratford .... executive producer
Ezra Xenos .... line producer
Original Music by
Chris Seefried 
Cinematography by
Andrew Lilien 
Film Editing by
Kane Platt 
Casting by
Judy Henderson 
Production Design by
John El Manahi 
Art Direction by
Candice Cardasis 
Evan Seide 
Costume Design by
Manuela Harding 
Makeup Department
David Kalahiki .... hair department head
David Kalahiki .... makeup department head
Jessica Toth .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Peggy Connolly .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kevin Breslin .... second unit director
Louis Guerra .... first assistant director
Robert Tierney .... second second assistant director
Jane Chase Wells .... second assistant director
Art Department
Roger Brooker .... assistant property master
Aaron Erickson .... set dresser
Niquan Riley .... property master
Danielle Seide .... scenic artist
Sound Department
Micah Bloomberg .... sound mixer
Rich Bologna .... sound designer
Shaun Brennan .... foley artist
Timothy Cleary .... boom operator
Tim Crossley .... sound effects editor
Tom Efinger .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Efinger .... sound supervisor
Eric Gitelson .... foley engineer
Jeff Seelye .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Ben Perez .... digital intermediate colourist
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
John Frisbie .... gaffer
Pat Gillen .... balloon light operator
Holly Hosman .... best boy grip
Sam Lino .... camera intern
Charlie Mysak .... electrician (as Charles A. Mysak)
Roy Nowlin .... electrician
Carolyn Pender .... second assistant camera
Caitlin Strom .... director of photography: second unit
Caitlin Strom .... first assistant camera
Brandon Taylor .... additional key grip
Matt Tomko .... best boy electric
Daniel Zimmer .... key grip
Casting Department
Kimberly Graham .... casting associate
Stephanie R. Hunter .... extras casting director
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Zairi Malcolm .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Shane Deblasio .... assistant editor
Cristina Esteras-Ortiz .... digital intermediate producer
Music Department
Chris Seefried .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Lindsay Brayton .... assistant to producer
Betty Chin .... production office supervisor
Nathaniel S. Clouden .... production office assistant
James Davis .... production assistant
Javier Figueroa .... production counsel
Shellie Gillespie .... production accountant
Richard Hagerty .... product placement coordinator
Stephen 'Lucky' Luckingham .... production assistant
Carolyn Eileen Lynch .... production coordinator
Ryan Morgan .... production assistant
Ivan Paric .... additional production assistant
Stacy Rowe .... script supervisor
Jennifer Sonnenfeld .... assistant location manager
Ian M. Stratford .... production counsel
Chris Tomeo .... location manager
Mara Webster .... assistant to director
Jaytyler Ferretti .... production assistant (uncredited)
Louis J. Ambrosio .... thanks

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Additional Details

Rated R for pervasive language and some drug content
USA:95 min
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Fantastic Lead Performance, Bland Overall Product, 22 January 2012
Author: bdgill12 from United States

After 20 years of lugging gear and setting up equipment for the Blue Oyster Cult, Jimmy (Ron Eldard) is unceremoniously fired and abandoned by the band members he considered to be friends. With no identity outside of his status as a roadie and no life plans, Jimmy ends up heading back home for the first time in a decade. After crashing in his old bedroom, Jimmy comes into contact with Randy (Bobby Cannavale), his high-school nemesis who happens to be married to Nikki (Jill Hennessey), an old flame he never really got over. With nothing to show for his time away from home, Jimmy begins making up stories and eventually draws Randy's ire, creating an uncomfortable situation that further messes with Jimmy's already fragile mental state.

Roadie is like a conflict between two mountain goats (I know that "bighorn sheep" would be a more scientifically correct title but "mountain goat" just sounds better): one goat represents the acting in this film, chiefly that of Eldard, and the other represents the storyline and general exposition of said storyline. The Acting Goat is an outstanding specimen. Eldard is one of my very favorite character actors, a guy who always draws my attention no matter how big or small his role in a given movie may be. (This makes him a member of the "Barry Pepper All-Stars", a list of actors I really need to write a piece about one of these days.) This is a rare leading role for Eldard and he shines brilliantly. Jimmy is easy to root for despite not really showing many qualities that usually make one likable and that is due to Eldard's ability to convey a measure of truthfulness, or perhaps relevance, to his character. The lack of purpose and the search for meaning in his life work make Jimmy an appealing protagonist in this sort of slow- paced, character-driven drama. There is also an edge of genuine desperation to Jimmy and through this trait Eldard gives real weight to a character which otherwise might have been pointless. The supporting players around Eldard are all solid as well, though none quite measure up to the work of the leading man.

The Story Goat, however, is an equally impressive beast but one that works for evil instead of good. Simply put, the events of Roadie are about as bland as you can get. It isn't what I would call "boring" necessarily and yet nothing much happens. Jimmy comes into town, Jimmy pals around with some old friends, and then Jimmy threatens to leave town once more. That's about it. The settings that Roadie inhabits are uninteresting and the dialogue within is unimpressive. As a result, the story undermines Eldard's work and leaves him virtually trapped in a dull and somewhat meaningless world that serves as a stark contrast to the appealing lead character. In the end, neither the Acting Goat nor the Story Goat really win; instead, the two tire out and settle in for a nice nap, a genuine shame considering all that this film had going for it.

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