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You Can Count on Me (2000)

R | | Drama | 22 December 2000 (USA)
A single mother's life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely seen younger brother returns to town.

Director:

Kenneth Lonergan
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 30 wins & 41 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Ryan ... Mrs. Prescott
Michael Countryman ... Mr. Prescott
Adam LeFevre ... Sheriff Darryl
Halley Feiffer ... Amy
Whitney Vance Whitney Vance ... Young Sammy
Peter Kerwin Peter Kerwin ... Young Terry
Betsy Aidem ... Minister
Laura Linney ... Sammy
Rory Culkin ... Rudy
J. Smith-Cameron ... Mabel
Matthew Broderick ... Brian
Jon Tenney ... Bob
Gaby Hoffmann ... Sheila
Mark Ruffalo ... Terry
Lisa Altomare Lisa Altomare ... Waitress
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Storyline

Adult siblings Sammy Prescott and Terry Prescott have had a special bond with each other since they were kids when their parents were tragically killed in a car accident. That bond is why single mom Sammy, who still lives in the family home in Scottsville, upstate New York with her eight year old son Rudy, is excited to hear that Terry, who she has not seen or heard from in a while, is coming home for a visit. That excitement is dampened slightly upon Terry's arrival, when she learns that he, broke, is only there to borrow money. As adults, Sammy, who works as a lending officer in the local bank, is seen as the responsible sibling, while unfocused Terry is seen as the irresponsible drifter. Regardless, Sammy welcomes what ends up being Terry's longer than planned visit if only so that he can help take care of Rudy, who has no adult male figure in his life. Rudy has never known his deadbeat biological father, with whom Sammy wants nothing to do. As Terry - acting as the supposed adult ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some drug use and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

You Can Count on Me See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$118,170, 12 November 2000

Gross USA:

$9,416,804

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,242,521
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The pool scene with Terry and Rudy was shot at a local bar where the crew often hung out after shooting. The real exterior of the bar is shown as Terry's truck turns into the parking lot. See more »

Goofs

When Samantha is talking on the phone, the handset is not connected to the base and the base is not connected to the phone jack. See more »

Quotes

Terry: Yeah, this is the haute cuisine of garments.
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Crazy Credits

Jeffrey Sharp would like to dedicate his work on this film to his mother, Virginia Sharp Albright, with love and admiration. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.15 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Still In Love With You
Written by Steve Earle
Performed by Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band with Iris DeMent
Courtesy of South Nashville Music / WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
And E-Squared, LLC.
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you can definitely count on this movie
12 September 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

In one of the many manifestations of the power of the indie flicks during the past ten years, rebellious young Terry Prescott (Mark Ruffalo) comes to visit his sister Samantha (Laura Linney) and her son Rudy (Rory Culkin), upsetting their normal lives. "You Can Count on Me" is very much a script- and character-driven movie, a far cry from a Hollywood cliché movie. As for the characters themselves, Samantha and Rudy are quite respectable; Terry is hard to classify, as he almost seems to be wasting his life but is the sort of rebel who we all wish to be; Matthew Broderick - as Samantha's boss - made my skin crawl, and I suspect that you'll feel the same.

All in all, this is certainly a movie that I recommend, and I'm eager to see Kenneth Lonergan's next movie.


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