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Deadfall (2012)

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A thriller that follows two siblings who decide to fend for themselves in the wake of a botched casino heist, and their unlikely reunion during another family's Thanksgiving celebration.

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After a heist of a casino, the criminal Addison and his sister Liza are on the run to Canada. Addison tells his sister to get a ride to the border while he will cross the woods. Meanwhile, the former boxer Jay, released from prison on probation, calls his mother June who invites her son for Thanksgiving dinner. While driving on the road, he sees Liza and gives her a ride. But Sheriff Marshall T. Becker is hunting Addison with his men but excludes his daughter, Deputy Hanna, from the hunting party. An unlikely gathering of characters for a Thanksgiving celebration. Written by Jim Rude, KCMOUSA

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Don't try to escape from your past

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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rated R for strong violence, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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9 November 2012 (Bulgaria)  »

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Blackbird  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,391 (USA) (9 December 2012)

Gross:

$65,804 (USA) (18 January 2013)
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Released ten months after the death of Catherine Colvey, who plays Vicky Wienrick. See more »

Goofs

With the understanding that movie is set near the near the Detroit area. The early in the film the sheriffs established a search area from the lake shore (Lake Huron) to I-75. In the next scene Jay is driving down the road and sees a road block, which happens to be US-131. US-131 is very distant and runs up the west side of the state where I-75 runs up the east side. The I-75 and US-131 do not converge or cross. See more »

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Addison: What would home look like? I don't know. A farmhouse in the valley, I guess, like the one we grew up in, Liza and I. I remember hiding in the Orchard at night, looking down at the lighted windows, and waiting for our daddy to fall asleep just so we could go back inside. Do you remember that, Liza? Hmm, do you remember that?
Liza: [nodding smile]
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Referenced in Talking with Chris Hardwick: Charlie Hunnam (2017) See more »

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Lonelyville
Written by Thomas Richard Smith Sr.
Performed by Thomas Richard Smith Sr.
Courtesy of Firstcom Music/Mastersource
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What a winner
1 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Haven't seen a crime thriller this good in ages, with such fast moving pace but excellent character development at the same time.

The screenplay is exciting and observant of human psychology. The acting is superb, and I guess the directing had a lot going for it too. Like the perfect storm,this just all came together and did a job of stirring me up good.

The tension built up from the start with Addison and what we learn about him and his coach. The relationship between the sheriff and his daughter, and the how the men treated her, and her stoic dealing with it...wow, I could not have handled it.

The relationship between the siblings was ambiguous but inspiring at the same time. The relationship in the family between the spouses and the son was written with such deft strokes which said so much.

The actors were fabulous. Especially at the dinner table at the climax of the story. The mother, Sissy Spacek, had such easy going wisdom about her but exploded with outraged indignation when pushed beyond the limit.

Loved the way the brother got the "L" word out of the protagonist in the climactic denouement. And it left you in the end wondering how the story would go on with our antiheroes.

One of those screenplays where you just fall in love with the bad guy and it just kills you to know he is fated, and that he has written his own tragedy as well as having been written by it.

Look forward to more of Zach Dean's screenplays.


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