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Miles from Home (1988)

Two brothers who are forced off their farm in the debt stricken mid-west become folk heroes when they begin robbing the banks that have been foreclosing on farmers.


Gary Sinise


Chris Gerolmo
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Dennehy ... Frank Roberts Sr.
Jason Campbell Jason Campbell ... Young Frank (as Jason Campbill)
Austin Bamgarner Austin Bamgarner ... Young Terry
Larry Poling Larry Poling ... Nikita Khrushchev
Richard Gere ... Frank Roberts
Kevin Anderson ... Terry Roberts
Terry Kinney ... Mark
Penelope Ann Miller ... Sally
Helen Hunt ... Jennifer
Francis Guinan ... Tommy Malin
Mary Pat Hennagir Mary Pat Hennagir ... Check-out Girl
Judith Ivey ... Frances
Robert Otis Robert Otis ... Trailer Park Neighbor
Dennis Blome Dennis Blome ... Sheriff
Laurie Metcalf ... Exotic Dancer


Two brothers who are forced off their farm in the debt stricken mid-west become folk heroes when they begin robbing the banks that have been foreclosing on farmers. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Action | Crime | Drama


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Laura San Giacomo's first film. See more »


When Frank is chatting with the cop inside the car, leaning on Terry's side of the car, the window is open. But on the next shot when the car moves and the camera pans back to Terry the window is closed. See more »


Frank Roberts: I don't have to make no excuses to you. People built this country.
Barry Maxwell: That's probably true, Frank. That was a long time and that country that they build just doesn't exist anymore.
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Referenced in Robot Ninja (1989) See more »


The Promise of Living
Performed by Aaron Copland and Boston Symphony Orchestra
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Snoringly Bad for what could have been a good story line
3 February 2017 | by justbusinessthebookSee all my reviews

A friend borrowed this DVD from a library in farming country Saskatchewan. Now, I was raised on a farm in Southern Ontario, lost to the same Farm Creditor shenanigans portrayed in this movie, so I have great sympathy for the story line. BUT, if these two idiots drank as much as is portrayed throughout this movie, when they should have been working the farm, then no wonder they lost it.

But after too many minutes of gnawing my knuckles, hoping that the hokey acting would end, I know why I never heard of this movie Miles From Home before…. And I hope I never hear of it again…

Okay, this movie killed time but I nearly died watching it… (I am certain some rich movie reviewer has already copyrighted that line)...

God, I hope your evening was more entertaining… take me out and shoot me… a bunch of drunk farmers burning down farms because of Farm Creditors…? Could have been a good movie,should have been a good movie because it did start out right... burning a farm down because some fat creditor might get it? Every citizen who wants justice in our real lives sure could use this premise in real life... but… hooo boy…

Probably got its 5.7 out of 10 rating from the drunken cowboy-farmer population who would buy this thing and then donate ten to the local library and give it a 9 because they could get the sympathy vote after blowing their tellie apart when the evil bank manager shows up on screen???

Gere as a cowboy? Just did not work! Maybe it was the Buddhist Angst just starting to build in him. And Helen Hunt appearing on screen for five minutes to suck tongue with Gere… Gee whiz, the earlier session with Gere in a trailer bedroom doing a trailer lady who was once a farmer and lost her farm for the same reasons? Sexual titillation for minutes and minutes (audio only, damn!) made Hunt's part with Gere totally ludicrous and irrelevant to the theme of the movie…

Wheehaaaa, ride her cowboy! I was sayin'… I mean, with the actress who appeared earlier in the movie and seemed to be one of the rare persons in this film who knew what the term 'acting' meant… hard to say why Hunt was even in the movie, except maybe as a crowd draw via the billboard titles at the theatres… No droolin', only dumb drawlin' in this thing…

These actors obviously NEVER had to deal with the realities of this stuff farmers do face or they would have applied some real emotion to their acting situations...

For the moments that Gere did swing a gun around on screen, I was hoping it would turn into a real one, swing my way and put me out of my misery. Happened more than a couple of places in this movie...

Oh, watch it for some of the scenery and for that moaning and shrieking scene near the start but DO NOT go out and buy this movie, unless you are one of those kinda people who collects everything about Robert, oooopppps, Richard Gere.... seeeeee. Just proving how fast I wanted to forget who acted in this thing...

The first movie I have ever rated below 5 because I try to see the good in every movie.... hmmmmm, so why did I give it 3??? Oh, yeah! For the trailer park sex segment that should prove to guys that anything over three minutes might actually interest a real woman... So, it does have some sex education merit, I suppose...

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Release Date:

16 September 1988 (USA) See more »

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Miles from Home See more »

Filming Locations:

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$72,872, 18 September 1988

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1.85 : 1
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