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Nebraska (2013)

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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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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 27 wins & 158 nominations. See more awards »

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Glendora Stitt ...
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Cousin Randy
Dennis McCoig ...
Uncle Verne
Ronald Vosta ...
Uncle Albert
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"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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24 January 2014 (USA)  »

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Небраска  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$17,613,460 (USA) (14 March 2014)
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A gravestone in the cemetery has the name "Payne", a reference to Alexander Payne. See more »

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Driving I-90 from Billings, Montana to Nebraska, they should be traveling east. After they pass the sign for South Dakota, and the bikers pass them while passing large white satellite dishes on the left side, the view is to the west. Seconds later, with the sign for the turnoff to Mt. Rushmore, they are going east again. See more »

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David Grant: Dad, why didn't you tell us that wasn't Ed's house?
Woody Grant: I didn't know what the hell you were doing.
Ross Grant: Have you ever seen us steal machinery before?
Woody Grant: I never know what you boys are up to.
Ross Grant: Why didn't you say it wasn't yours?
Woody Grant: I thought you wanted it.
Ross Grant: What would we want an old compressor for?
Woody Grant: That's what I couldn't figure out.
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All "coordinator" positions are listed as "coördinator" (with the dieresis over the second "o"). See more »

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Featured in The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2014) See more »

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El Santo Cachon
Written by Luis Brito Lopez
Performed by Los Embajadores Vallenatos
Courtesy of Discos Fuentes/Miami Records/Sunflower Entertainment
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Slow and low-key but describes its characters with wit
22 September 2013 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

I saw the movie at the Helsinki International Film Festival. It tells a story about an old man who is certain that he has won a million dollars and wants to get to Nebraska to collect it. His family is sure that it is a hoax but his son chooses to drive him there so that the thing wouldn't bother his dad anymore.

Everything about the movie is very low key and the pacing is quite slow. This comes from the choice of shooting it in black and white, style of acting, and the locations and events depicted in the film. For long periods, I found it a little hard to get immersed into the events on the screen and empathize with the characters. I kept thinking that the movie repeats what I did not like about Alexander Payne's earlier work About Schmidt. But then somehow the movie started to grow on me. I still feel there is almost weird resemblance to the road trip and family reunion Jack Nicholson's character goes through in About Schmidt but Nebraska has merits of its own. For one, the characters are quite well written. Even the supporting roles provide witty observations of different ways we might react to other person's fortune. Also, the acting is very good throughout the film. The main characters' lives have become unsatisfying and they are trying to deal with it in different ways. Even though it is a little frustrating to watch people who struggle to find anything meaningful to do or say, the script and the actors are able to draw a very accurate picture of everyday life as it sometimes can be. Here and there, they are able to provide a few laughs and even some satisfaction when the characters are developing, albeit slowly.

Overall, I'd end up recommending the film if you have enjoyed Alexander Payne's previous work.


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