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Crazy Like a Fox (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama, Comedy | 25 October 2004 (USA)
This is the story of Nat Banks, an 8th generation Virginian gentleman farmer living in the past, who loses his family farm, Greenwood, to a pair of land speculators from Washington, D.C. ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Squires

Writer:

Richard Squires

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Rees ... Nat Banks
Mary McDonnell ... Amy Banks
Chloe Squires Chloe Squires ... Claudia Banks
Cody Wisker Cody Wisker ... Turner Banks
Mark Joy ... John Randolph
Eddy Kariti Eddy Kariti ... Malcolm Jinks
Paul Fitzgerald ... Will Sherman
Christina Rouner ... Ellie Sherman
Myrrh Cauthen Myrrh Cauthen ... Mary Johnson
Howard Coon Howard Coon ... Tick Bean
Robert Wisdom ... Roy Fowler
Tom Bloom ... Alden Chase
Sarah Marshall Sarah Marshall ... Mabel
William L. Thomas ... Tom Johnson
Al Jirlkowic Al Jirlkowic ... Bartender
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This is the story of Nat Banks, an 8th generation Virginian gentleman farmer living in the past, who loses his family farm, Greenwood, to a pair of land speculators from Washington, D.C. When the predatory couple manipulates a "legal" real estate transaction that turns into a hostile possession of the manor house, he temporarily loses his mind, leaving his family but not the farm. Instead he hides out in a cave on Goose Creek, waging guerilla warfare against expansionism and the destruction of historic property with the help of his family, friends, and neighbors... Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Goose Creek Story See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,667, 7 May 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,376, 14 May 2006
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Delphi Film Foundation See more »
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Color
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Claudia Banks: Why didn't dad come with us, mom?
Amy Banks: He's staying on at Greenwood for a while
Claudia Banks: I thought we just left Greenwood...?
Amy Banks: I know sweetie, but he's staying on.
Claudia Banks: Till when?
Amy Banks: We're stil working that out.
Turner Banks: How com dad gets to stay at Greenwood and we don't?
Claudia Banks: Are you and dad...?
Amy Banks: Eat your pizza, Claudia.
Turner Banks: Are you and dad getting divorced?
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meh
4 May 2006 | by critic-73See all my reviews

Crazy Like a Fox is a deeply flawed film that nonetheless has its merits. Well acted (mostly) and beautifully filmed, the movie suffers from a ham handed script and dubious direction. The plot when analyzed simply doesn't make much sense. The occasional voiceovers do more to muddle the story than to clarify:

Nate (Rees) sells his historically rich but dilapidated house, finds out the new owners want to tear it down and decides to live for months in a cave on the edge of the property (in Civil War military garb). When the owners go out of town he moves back in as a squatter. He elicits the sympathy and help of the locals, the sheriff and the local judge who back him up despite the fact he is clearly in violation of the law and collectively and somewhat inexplicably they eventually drive the new owners away.

OK, sure we're sympathetic to ruthless developers raping the land, but what exactly did Nate living in a cave accomplish other than cast doubt on his sanity? And are we to be sympathetic to people who take the law into their own hands, and use nepotism and small town politics to usurp the rule of law simply because they don't like outsiders? Who exactly then are the bad guys?

Shakespearean actor Roger Rees in his first film role is generally good, problems with his accent aside and Mary McDonnel gives a very nice performance. One feels that both would have done better with more coherent direction. The cinematography and the score (by Washington composer David Kane) are both first rate.

All in all, CLAF represents opportunities lost.


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