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The Slaughter Rule (2002)

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A young man finds solace with a young woman, his mother, and a high-school football coach who recruits him to quarterback a six-man team.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Gosling ... Roy Chutney
David Morse ... Gideon Ferguson
Clea DuVall ... Skyla Sisco
David Cale ... Studebaker
Eddie Spears ... Tracy Two Dogs
Kelly Lynch ... Evangeline Chutney
Amy Adams ... Doreen
Ken White Ken White ... Russ Colfax
Noah Watts ... Waylon Walks Along
Kim DeLong Kim DeLong ... Lem Axelrod
Geraldine Keams ... Gretchen Two Dogs
Douglas Sebern ... Uncle Peyton
Cody Harvey Cody Harvey ... Coach Motlow
Melkon Andonian Melkon Andonian ... Devo
J.P. Gabriel J.P. Gabriel ... Jute
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Storyline

In Blue Springs, Montana, high school student Roy Chutney is beginning to lose his way in life largely the result of two simultaneous events. The first is that his father, Nelson Chutney, dies. Roy hadn't seen his father much since his parents divorced and his father remarried. Nelson was run over by a train, but Roy's mother, Evangeline Chutney, with who Roy has a somewhat emotionally distant relationship, believes he committed suicide. The second is that because funding to the school has reduced the football program to just a varsity team with no junior varsity, Roy, along with half the other players, is cut from the football squad, as his coach doesn't believe he is mentally tough enough despite he being a skilled player. The two incidents combined make the situation even worse for Roy as football was his primary connection to his father. Into Roy's life enters Gideon Ferguson, the local newspaper seller, who asks Roy to be part of his newly formed football team, which will play in... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 2002 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Drive to Dream See more »

Filming Locations:

Centerville, Montana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,461, 12 January 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,134, 30 March 2003
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Solaris See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Screenplay was developed in the Sundance Lab. See more »

Quotes

Roy Chutney: My father told me if I was hard enough, I wouldn't break. He lied. Everything breaks.
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Connections

Featured in The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

"Killing The Blues
Written by Roland Salley
Performed by Malcolm Holcombe
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Extremely Uncomfortable...in a good way...
25 April 2003 | by IndieKingSee all my reviews

This is a prime example of a flick that breaks all the rules and is still damn good. You always hear filmmakers blather on about how they work their own way, and then you see their junk and think that maybe they should have read a book. This is not one of those times. it's an intense look into sports and rural life and how they interplay with one another in the Midwest.

I was drawn to it by the title, and although it is about football, i could totally relate because when i played Youth baseball, I was on a team so bad one year that literally half of our games were called off early.

Not that this has to do totally with sports, it is more about male relationships, as Roy, the lead character deals with the death of his father through his participation in six-man football. As the story unfolds, he is cut from his own team and hooks up with a new team coached by a strange outsider played by David Morse. he starts off just being intense, but then becomes creepy (there is a homoerotic undertone between coach and player). Ryan Gosling, who plays Roy is solid and Morse is terrific. This ain't "Remember The Titans" but still very much worth checking out. It got good press at this past year's Sundance Film Festival.


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