After their friend dies, three men decide to fulfill their childhood dream by going on a camping expedition for the lost D. B. Cooper bounty, with calamitous results.

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Steven Brill

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Fred Wolf (story), Harris Goldberg (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Price Matthew Price ... Young Tom
Andrew Hampton Andrew Hampton ... Young Jerry
Jarred Rumbold Jarred Rumbold ... Young Dan
Carl Snell ... Young Billy
Antony Starr ... Billy Newwood (as Anthony Starr)
Dax Shepard ... Tom Marshall
Matthew Lillard ... Jerry Conlaine
Seth Green ... Dan Mott
Nadine Bernecker ... Angie
Danielle Cormack ... Tony
David Stott David Stott ... Dick Stark
Bonnie Somerville ... Denise
Scott Adsit ... Greasy Man
Morgan Reese Fairhead Morgan Reese Fairhead ... Sandi
Liddy Holloway Liddy Holloway ... Bonnie Newwood
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Three friends, whose lives have been drifting apart, reunite for the funeral of a fourth childhood friend. When looking through their childhood belongings, they discover a trunk which contained details on a quest their friend was attempting. It revealed that he was hot on the trail of the $200,000 that went missing with airplane hijacker D.B. Cooper in 1971. They decide to continue his journey, but do not understand the dangers they will soon encounter. Written by Film_Fan

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Three lifelong friends... One lost treasure... What could go wrong? See more »


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Rated PG-13 for drug content, sexual material, language, crude humor and some violence | See all certifications »

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After the boys ride their canoe over the waterfall, Jerry and Dan ask Tom where he was a river guide. After he tells them where, he also says he was Employee of the Month. Which was also a lie. Dax Shepard goes on to play Vince in the film Employee of the Month in 2006. See more »

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When the 3 guys are in the tree house, they say the toys won't be taken out of the box until they find the treasure. When they have just gotten off the rapids, Dan has his little metal man, and then Jerry has the Indi-Compass. See more »

Quotes

Young Billy: Hey, is it cool to be a grown up?
Jerry Conlaine: Not really my man
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References Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

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The Corn Rocket
by Rick Miller
Performed by Southern Culture on the Skids
Published by Monkey Dog Music (BMI)
Courtesy of TVT Records
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Rolling with laughter
27 April 2005 | by mik-19See all my reviews

"Where are we?", Seth Green asks, clueless, as the guys are standing in a street in a nondescript little Oregon village. "Corner of Bumfuck and You Got a Purty Mouth", Matthew Lillard snarls in way of answer.

Now, you need to know and appreciate John Boorman's thriller classic 'Deliverance' in order to get the full implications of this scene and countless others in 'Without a Paddle'. The film can be enjoyed by all & sundry, but those in the know will be rolling with laughter more often.

'Without a Paddle' establishes itself in a niche of its own among goofy modern comedies. It is really well written, not just the one-liners, but also the situations as such and the exposition and development of material. The actors all shine, especially young Dax Shepard as the loser type of the three buddies in their late 20s that go camping and looking for a buried treasure in a canoe up Spirit River. There they meet up with wild man Burt Reynolds, who was acclaimed for his performance in the original 'Deliverance', actually the character that Shepard inherited in this 'remake'.

There are no actual thrills in 'Without a Paddle' (unlike 'Deliverance'!!!), it sets its sight on glorious comedy. The huge surprise is that the gags are relatively 'tasteful', for want of a better word. It is not ALL about tits, dicks and feces.

Recommended. Absolutely.


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USA | New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 2004 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,528,946, 22 August 2004

Gross USA:

$58,169,327

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$73,029,190
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