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The Wendell Baker Story (2005)

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Luke Wilson plays a good-hearted ex-con who gets a job in a retirement hotel. Three elderly residents help him win back his girlfriend as he lends them a hand in fighting hotel corruption.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Wilson ... Wendell Baker
Eva Mendes ... Doreen
Jacob Vargas ... Reyes Morales
Owen Wilson ... Neil King
Harry Dean Stanton ... Skip Summers
Kris Kristofferson ... L.R. Nasher
Seymour Cassel ... Boyd Fullbright
Eddie Griffin ... McTeague
Will Ferrell ... Dave
Angela Alvarado ... Irma (as Angela Alvarado Rosa)
Jo Harvey Allen ... Wanda King
Buck Taylor ... Bob Draper
Billy Joe Shaver ... Reverend Shackelton
Azura Skye ... May
Nicole Swahn Nicole Swahn ... Lucy
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Storyline

Near the Texas-Mexico border, Wendell Baker has a few things going for him: his genial nature and optimism and the love of Doreen. His troubles? He dances around telling her that he loves her, and his idea of work is illegal. He's arrested, imprisoned, and she puts him behind her when she realizes that even prison is just a good excuse for him to play football with the guys. When he is paroled, it's to a job in the "hotel industry" at a board and care home for seniors, where the head nurse is running a scam. Three of the residents respond to Wendell's good heart. Can they expose the scam and help Wendell win back Doreen? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Why not call him a hero?

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some crude and sexual humor and language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 August 2005 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

A Wendell Baker balhé See more »

Filming Locations:

Lakeway, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,120, 20 May 2007

Gross USA:

$127,414

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$153,169
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Wendall Baker's (Luke Wilson's) dog, Junior, is played by Brother, Luke's dog. On the DVD commentary, Wilson claims that no one thought Brother was up to the part, but that he always believed Brother could do it. See more »

Quotes

Neil King: [Neil is spoofing Wendell Baker in front of McTeague] "Thank you very much for this job. It's my first job in the hotel buisness
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Connections

Features Jerry Springer (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Tres Delinquentes
Written by Sol Lake (as Sol Lachoff), Ivan Martin, Alex Martinez and David Thomas
Performed by Delinquent Habits
Courtesy of Loud Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Licensing
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Once Upon A Time
20 November 2007 | by petecline55See all my reviews

Once upon a time movies were for entertainment. They made you feel good about life. They were visual fairy tales that ended with the line ---"and they all lived happily ever after." That's what this movie is to me. Doesn't require a degree in psychology or a doctorate in human behavior. It just tells the story of a guy who messes up, then has an epiphony and decides to make it right. He helps others along the way without putting his personal agenda first. Anyone who goes along with his philosophy ends up getting rewarded in the end. And after all, isn't that what fairy tales are supposed to be about? There is enough heartache and sorrow in life without using it for entertainment purposes.


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