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Without a Paddle (2004)

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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.

Director:

Steven Brill

Writers:

Fred Wolf (story), Harris Goldberg (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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The call of the wild, the thrill of adventure. The mistake of a lifetime. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Paramount [United States]

Country:

USA | New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jusqu'au cou See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,528,946, 22 August 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$58,169,327

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,274,967
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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D.B. Cooper was the name that reporters gave to a man who, in 1971, hijacked an airliner, extorted $200,000 from its owner (Northwest Orient), and parachuted off the airborne plane with 21 pounds of $20 bills strapped to his body. He was never caught, and it is generally assumed that he did not survive his parachute landing. See more »

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Flower and Butterfly have hairy legs because they are "all natural", but when one of them hands Jerry the radio, their legs and armpits are shaved. See more »

Quotes

Dan Mott: Mmm, bacon.
Del Knox: Squirrel.
Dan Mott: Mmm... squirrel.
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Connections

References First Blood (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

When I Grow Up (To be a Man)
by Brian Wilson & Mike Love
Performed by The Beach Boys
Published by Irving Music, Inc. (BMI)
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Not quite sh!t creek!
1 October 2006 | by CuriosityKilledShawnSee all my reviews

Tom, Jerry (!), Billy and Dan are four young kids who fantasise about going on a treasure hunting adventure in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. A legendary rascal called D B Cooper has botched a million dollar heist and left the money in the mountains. The kids make a pact that some day, somehow, they will find that money. Years later, Billy is killed in an accident and the rest reunite for his funeral.

Tom (Dax Shepard) is now a sleaze, who cannot hold a steady job to save himself. Jerry (Matthew Lillard) is bored to death in a dull office and by a nagging girlfriend and Dan (Seth Green) has become a very wimpy doctor. Their childhood sense of curiosity and adventure has been extinguished. That is until they happen upon D B Cooper's treasure map in their old tree house gang hut.

Desperate for one last act of stupidity before acknowledging their thirties, the trio sets off on a rafting/camping trip, with D B's treasure as their ultimate goal. Of course, many obstacles and disasters prevent them from getting there so easily. Sounds like a grown-up Goonies? It is. And it's loads of fun.

Without A Paddle is funny and exciting, with non-stop action and set pieces. Great widescreen photography, pretty scenery and a particularly gentle score make for perfect escapism. There is not one second of boredom. Shepard, Green and Lillard (as always) are brilliant together. Chemistry is difficult to conjure up with three main characters, but they pull it off perfectly.

As an Indiana Jones-lite coming-of-age comedy, with the tiniest bit of character drama, Without A Paddle succeeds in every area. But not really a film you would want to watch again.


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