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Undertow (2004)

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Following the death of his wife Audrey, John Munn moves with his two sons, mid-teen Chris Munn and adolescent Tim Munn, to a pig farm in rural Drees County, Georgia, where they lead a ... See full summary »

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David Gordon Green

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Lingard Jervey (story), Joe Conway (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Bell ... Chris Munn
Kristen Stewart ... Lila
Robert Longstreet ... Bern
Terry Loughlin ... Officer Clayton
Dermot Mulroney ... John Munn
Devon Alan ... Tim Munn
Josh Lucas ... Deel Munn
Eddie Rouse ... Wadsworth Pela
Patrice Johnson Patrice Johnson ... Amica Pela
Charles 'Jester' Poston Charles 'Jester' Poston ... Hard Hat Dandy
Mark Darby Robinson Mark Darby Robinson ... Conway
Pat Healy ... Grant the Mechanic
Leigh Higginbotham ... Muriel the Cashier (as Leigh Hill)
Alfred M. Jackson Alfred M. Jackson ... Dock Worker
William D. Turner William D. Turner ... Dock Worker
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Storyline

Following the death of his wife Audrey, John Munn moves with his two sons, mid-teen Chris Munn and adolescent Tim Munn, to a pig farm in rural Drees County, Georgia, where they lead a reclusive life. The boys' maternal grandparents no longer visit due to being out of sorts with John. Chris is rebelling against this life in ways where he is regularly picked up by the police. Because of Tim's young age and health issues, Chris is routinely asked by their father to do more than his fair share of work around the farm. Into their lives returns Deel Munn, John's brother who the two boys did not even know existed. John emotionally distanced himself from Deel following Audrey's death and Deel's incarceration, Deel who has just been released from prison. John, however, welcomes his brother in a effort to mend old wounds, and for the boys to get to know one of their few relations. They will all soon learn that Deel has ulterior motives for his visit, those motives emerging largely from those ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 2004 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

The Undertow See more »

Filming Locations:

Savannah, Georgia, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,354, 24 October 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$24,947, 24 October 2010
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Color:

Black and White (one scene)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

David Gordon Green states that the notorious nail scene was a very complicated effect, despite the only two ingredients of it being lots of glue and putty. See more »

Goofs

When the black woman they take refuge with is in the bedroom, she finds the contact details of the boys written on the inside flap of the backpack. Later when the boys run away because they find out their uncle is coming, they just run straight from where they were outside, with no detours to pick up the backpack. However, later, Tim is shown with the backpack. See more »

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[first lines]
Grandfather: I never dreamed that the life of my grandsons, which began with such love and comfort, would turn to see so much violence and bloodshed. This is their story as it was told to me.
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Crazy Credits

[at the start of the film] The following film was made with the assistance of the Drees County law enforcement agencies and the surviving family of John W. Munn. See more »

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Featured in At the Movies: The Best Films of 2004 (2005) See more »

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Pistols of Gold
Written and Performed by Bill McKinney
Courtesy of Cut One Records
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Strange
28 November 2004 | by AntagonistenSee all my reviews

I watched Undertow at the Stockholm International Film Festival in November 2004. I had previously heard nothing about the film and it was more or less a coincidence that made med watch it. It was a pleasant experience though.

Undertow is about two brothers living with their father in rural America. They live inside the woods since their father wants to keep away from other people. The oldest son, Chris, is a troubled kid almost always in trouble with the law. The youngest son has health problems. One day the fathers brother comes to visit, recently out of prison. He stays for a while before starting a new job. Soon though, there is trouble. Things happen and before long the two brothers are running from their uncle.

The story here is perhaps nothing you haven't seen before at one time or another. But it's well executed and the strange, almost surreal, mood of the film is well maintained throughout. What stands out though in my opinion is the acting. All the main characters are acted very well. Especially Jamie Bell is excellent as the oldest brother. Also Josh Lucas does a terrific job playing the boys' unpleasant uncle.

I wouldn't call this a masterpiece but it's well worth the watch. If for nothing else, then at least for the acting. It was one of the better films i saw at this years film festival, and i feel it's worth recommending. I rate it 6/10.


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