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A struggling musician takes an overnight long-distance drive in order to fight his estranged wife for custody of their young daughter.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Joby Taylor
Peter Roberts ...
Tow-Truck Guy
William Roberts ...
Tow-Truck Guy
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Fred Butler
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Claire Taylor
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Mr. Hamilton
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Cindy
Ronald Walter Mandigo ...
Claire Taylor's Fiancé / Bowling Alley Extra
Mara Pelifian ...
Mrs. Butler
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Ellen Taylor
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Mike Almond ...
Bar Extra (as Michael Almond)
Gabrielle Bergeron ...
Bar Extra
Bonnie Lucia ...
Bar Extra
Robert Jordan ...
Bar Extra
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Joby Taylor, having risked home and family in pursuit of the roll-and-roll dream, finds himself being asked to surrender all rights of paternity to his six-year-old daughter Ellen in a divorce settlement. With much at stake at this late stage, is it too late for him to start being a father? That's the question as he approaches a deadline decision to either surrender or fight. Written by statmanjeff

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19 September 2012 (France)  »

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$6,000 (USA) (7 September 2012)

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$7,282 (USA) (7 September 2012)
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Premiered at the Sundance Film Festival January 2012. See more »

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Joby Taylor: Listen, I swear to God I didn't want to go down this route, but here it goes: Remember when you didn't want Ellen but I did, and it was me who stopped you from aborting her? Did you forget that? Well, if you need a reminder, I still have the paperwork from the clinic in Chicago, and I'm not afraid to use it.
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References Five Easy Pieces (1970) See more »

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Hell or High Water
Written by Jason Merris Bell
Performed by Jason Merris Bell, Jeff Klien, Lance Miller and Kai Eric
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Paul Dano -istic
24 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

This is a small indie about Joby Taylor (Paul Dano). He is a failed musician who just got divorced. He is estranged from his ex and his daughter. Essentially he is a complete mess. He needs to work out custody of his girl Ellen (Shaylena Mandigo) and in the process hopefully reconnect with her.

Paul Dano is able to play this part well. However I think it took too long to get to the girl. It felt repetitive to see him as a loser for that long. It stagnated the film. For the film to work, it needed to work with the girl.

I hate to complain about a little girl's performance. But she added very little to the emotional feel. She was stone-faced thru most of her screen time. Although it could be argued that it was called for, it's hard to act back and forth without 1 side participating.


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