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Nebraska (2013)

R  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Drama  |  24 January 2014 (USA)
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An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Louise Wilson ...
Glendora Stitt ...
Aunt Betty
Elizabeth Moore ...
Aunt Flo
Cousin Randy
Dennis McCoig ...
Uncle Verne
Ronald Vosta ...
Uncle Albert


"NEBRASKA" is a father and son road trip, from Billings, Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska that gets waylaid at a small town in central Nebraska, where the father grew up and has scores to settle. Told with deadpan humor and a unique visual style, it's ultimately the story of a son trying to get through to a father he doesn't understand. Written by Anonymous

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Life's not about winning or losing. It's about how you get there in the end.

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 January 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Небраска  »

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Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$140,401 (USA) (15 November 2013)


$17,613,460 (USA) (14 March 2014)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bruce Dern claimed that he and Will Forte were stuck in the car for hours while filming the driving scenes due to cameras being mounted on both doors. Consequently they were unable to take bathroom breaks between takes. Dern remarked "We found out what bottles are for." See more »


The TV remote on Woody's coffee table is one that is unique to Time Warner Cable. However, Billings, Montana is served by Charter. See more »


David Grant: How did you and mom end up getting married?
Woody Grant: She wanted to.
David Grant: And you didn't?
Woody Grant: I figured, what the hell.
David Grant: Were you ever sorry you married her?
Woody Grant: All the time.
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All "coordinator" positions are listed as "coördinator" (with the dieresis over the second "o"). See more »


Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2014) See more »


Fool for the City
Written by 'Lonesome' Dave Peverett (as Dave Peverett)
Performed by Foghat
Courtesy of Bearsville Records/Rhino Entertainment Group
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Very difficult and worthwhile
24 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Nebraska" offers viewers an unstinting view of some very unpleasant things: extreme decrepitude, boundless stupidity, greed and ignorance. There is also very deep, and very painful, love on display in this portrait of an embittered working class eking out a meaningless existence in a dysfunctional and remote place. "Nebraska" oscillates between cynicism and schmaltz, pulling off a wondrous kind of emotional alchemy that few films aspire to, let alone attain.

All of the acting is first rate, though the characterizations are rather broadly drawn. Will Forte plays a dutiful, sensitive, repressed son with seemingly unlimited patience for the eccentricities of those around him. He's the perfect foil for Bruce Dern's semi-catatonic, alcoholic ramblings (both verbal and spatial). June Squibb serves up hilarious venom to spice up the mix.

There were scenes in the movie that so perfectly captured the narrow, soulless, deadening ethos so prevalent in small-town America that I could hardly stand to watch them. It was almost as if the tire stores, bars, gas stations and motels of every desolate corner of America were rolled up into one set of visuals here, captured in stunning black and white cinematography.

I highly recommend "Nebraska."

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