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Grand Theft Parsons (2003)

There are times when it's right and proper to simply bury the dead. This is not one of those times... Gram Parsons was one of the most influential musicians of his time; a bitter, brilliant... See full summary »

Director:

David Caffrey

Writers:

Jeremy Drysdale (story), David Caffrey (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie McShane ... Radio Announcer
Johnny Knoxville ... Phil Kaufman
Danielle Sapia ... Girl at Joshua Tree Inn
Gabriel Macht ... Gram Parsons
Robert Alan Beuth ... Reporter
Sara Arrington ... Crying Girl
Scott Adsit ... Music Expert
Mary Pat Gleason ... Nurse
David Caffrey ... TV Interviewer
Alexa Sheehan ... Nurse 2 (as Alexa Motley)
Wesley Mann ... Doctor
Marley Shelton ... Susie
Christina Applegate ... Barbara
Jim Cody Williams ... Truck Driver
Kay E. Kuter ... Undertaker
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Storyline

There are times when it's right and proper to simply bury the dead. This is not one of those times... Gram Parsons was one of the most influential musicians of his time; a bitter, brilliant, genius who knew Elvis, tripped with the Stones and fatally overdosed on morphine and tequila in 1973. And from his dying came a story. A story from deep within folklore; a story of friendship, honour and adventure; a story so extraordinary that if it didn't really happen, no one would believe it. Two men, a hearse, a dead rock star, five gallons of petrol, and a promise. And the most extraordinary chase of modern times. Written by Anonymous

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It's better to burn out than to fade away. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug references and some language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A nagy hullarablás See more »

Filming Locations:

Cabazon, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At the end of the film outside the police station: the sequence showing one civilian and a cop going into the station and one civilian coming out was filmed twice, once in close-up and then again from across the street with Kaufman and The Hippy discussing turning themselves in. See more »

Goofs

When they turn themselves in at the end, an extra is seen walking out of the building twice. See more »

Quotes

Larry Oster-Berg: Tell me we have not stolen a real person.
Phil Kaufman: Look, the place I get the coffins from probably hasn't filed a report yet. It will be sorted out within the hour. Trust me.
Larry Oster-Berg: Hoo! I'm overflowing with trust for you, man. I feel this overwhelming feeling of trust every time I look at you!
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Crazy Credits

Cannes Promo Reel Screened on Apple iBooks See more »

Soundtracks

Joshua Tree Inn
Written by Richard G Mitchell
Performed by Ricard G Mitchell
Published by Bucks Music Group Ltd
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Not for Jackass fans
17 February 2004 | by BuffaloVicSee all my reviews

I had the pleasure to see this film at the Dublin International Film Festival and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This film is NOT a story about Gram Parsons life. It begins as Gram Parsons is found dead and follows his friend Phil Kaufman's attempts to steal the body with the intention of burning it in the desert as per Gram's wishes. Sure this film takes liberties with certain facts and characters but the film makers are trying to tell a story and it certainly is a witty, whimsical and entertaining film that deserves to be seen by a wide audience.

The performances are almost all excellent with Johnny Knoxville giving an understated, almost subdued performance (not at all like his Jackass persona) as a man carrying out his friends final wishes.

At a Q & A after the film the director and producer revealed that Gram Parsons family were shown the film and loved it and so allowed his music to be used on the soundtrack. I can think of no greater compliment of the film to be said than that.


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