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Rudderless (2014)

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A grieving father in a downward spiral stumbles across a box of his recently deceased son's demo tapes and lyrics. Shocked by the discovery of this unknown talent, he forms a band in the hope of finding some catharsis.

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Josh
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Mary Beth
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Sam
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Casey
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Jacob Taylor (aka Dorm Dude) (as David Adam Flannery)
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Brent
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Keri
Ali Meyer ...
Female Newscaster #2
Lance West ...
Male Newscaster #2
Kevin Ogle ...
Male Newscaster
Linda Cavanaugh ...
Female Newscaster
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Brent's Wife
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Lisa Martin
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Emily
Phil Deberry ...
Favorite Uncle
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Storyline

A grieving father in a downward spiral stumbles across a box of his recently deceased son's demo tapes and lyrics. Shocked by the discovery of this unknown talent, he forms a band in the hope of finding some catharsis.

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The way back begins with a single chord.

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 February 2015 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Bez kormila  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$37,440 (USA) (17 October 2014)

Gross:

$37,440 (USA) (17 October 2014)
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Directorial debut of William H. Macy. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the film, there are many banners for the university as well as a gate clearly showing the university is UCO, the University of Central Oklahoma. Moments later during the news scenes, the university is called Central Plains State University. See more »

Quotes

Sam: You know, lemme ask you a question first. You're a heartless bottom feeding motherfucker. Well, I guess it's not really a question. Is it?
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Soundtracks

Sing Along
Written by Simon Steadman & Charlton Pettus
Performed by Billy Crudup
Performed by Ben Limpic
Produced by SolidState
Courtesy of Nakatomi Plaza Publishing/Margerine Music (ASCAP)
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Great movie, great music, forgettable title
5 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We saw this film today at our movie preview club. Wow! Best film I've seen so far this year (although the big guns have yet to come out). The only problem with it is I can't for the life of me remember the film's name in order to tell my friends to go see it.

It's not easy writing and directing an original movie that has a new slant on a familiar topic - a tragic mass murder at a school in which the main character's son dies. To do it poignantly and lovingly, and add in some really terrific music, is to accomplish a great deal indeed.

There's a lot to like here. Billy Crudup, in virtually every scene, shows his depth as an actor as he tries to come to terms with his cataclysmic loss. The music that Crudup's character discovers is well beyond good, and it's used effectively to move the story along and just plain listen to. The band members who help play the music add exuberance, the anxiety of youth, and humor. One great moment: When the band plays the children's song "The Wheels on the Bus."

Macy proves to be an excellent story-teller. Not much back story about any character, but none is needed, because this film takes place in an ever-evolving present. And - without saying a word about what it is - Macy does the most difficult thing to do in a film: he nails the ending. I'm ready to go see it again.


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