This Is Martin Bonner (2013)

R  |   |  Drama  |  20 January 2013 (USA)
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Martin Bonner has just moved to Nevada from the East Coast, leaving behind his two adult children and a life he spent more than two decades building.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Bonner
Christy Lighthouse ...
Optometrist Assistant
Andrew Scott Duncan ...
Jeff Pilliod ...
Connie Pilliod ...
Floor Auctioneer
Travis Holloway
Melanie Payne ...
Breakfast Waitress
Steve Helms
Tom Baughman ...
Presbyterian Pastor (as Rev. Tom Baughman)
Angela Helms
Moira Price ...


Martin Bonner has just moved to Nevada from the East Coast, leaving behind his two adult children and a life he spent more than two decades building. He's there working a new job as the volunteer coordinator for a non-profit organization that helps prisoners make the transition from incarceration to freedom. It's Martin's first job in two years and he's recently declared bankruptcy. At the same time, Travis Holloway, a prisoner in the program, is being released after serving twelve years. Sent back into the world with nothing, Travis also finds life in Reno difficult to adjust to, despite the help from his program sponsor, Steve Helms. The stories of Martin and Travis slowly converge, as the two men meet and find that they have much in common, not the least of which is an unspoken need for encouragement and support. Their unlikely friendship blossoms but is put to the test when Travis betrays Martin's trust in order to reunite with his estranged daughter. Written by 600 West Productions

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Rated R for some language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »


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$42,000 (estimated)

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Written by Paul Eenhoorn
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Life is uncertain
14 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This fine little flick is a quick drive-by look at or into a brief moment in another persons life.

We never get a full background on any of the characters because the story just starts and then ends. What happens in between is one man, Bonner, driven to help others and never fully knowing if his efforts have actually helped.

And another man,Travis, needing help and not fully knowing if he is capable of meeting its' challenges. He needs help due to his past! His daughter has a brief visit which only accentuates Travis's insecurity.

I'm only giving seven stars because I don't feel enough character was given to Bonner to have just that name in the title. Travis actually plays the major role.

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