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Around the Bend (2004)

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In Los Angeles, Jason Lair is recently separated, living with his grandfather and his son. He's a banker, tense, with a limp. Grandfather Henry, an archaeologist, wants to take the family ... See full summary »

Director:

Jordan Roberts

Writer:

Jordan Roberts
4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Henry Lair
Jonah Bobo ... Zach Lair
Josh Lucas ... Jason Lair
Glenne Headly ... Katrina
Christopher Walken ... Turner Lair
David Eigenberg ... John
Robert Douglas Washington Robert Douglas Washington ... College Student (as Robert Douglas)
Carlos A. Cabarcas Carlos A. Cabarcas ... KFC Counterman (as Carlos Cabarcas)
Gerry Bamman ... Albert
Jean Effron ... Albert's Mother
Lily Knight ... Tiffany's Saleswoman
Rick Negron ... KFC Manager
David Marciano ... Detective
Norbert Weisser ... Walter
Laurie O'Brien ... Ruth
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Storyline

In Los Angeles, Jason Lair is recently separated, living with his grandfather and his son. He's a banker, tense, with a limp. Grandfather Henry, an archaeologist, wants to take the family van on a trip to Albuquerque. His plans are interrupted when Turner, Jason's father and Henry's son, appears after years of absence. Henry wants to celebrate family, as does Zach, Jason's son; Jason is angry and distant, Turner seems detached and says he's got a bus to catch in the morning. This prompts Henry to put in place an elaborate plan that will send his "tribe" on that Volkswagen bus trip to New Mexico sorting out relationships and digging up a crippled family history. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The skeletons in the family closet just came out to play

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2005 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

A kanyaron túl See more »

Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,879, 10 October 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$193,571, 21 November 2004
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Katrina is watching Ghost Ship (2002), there is a picture above her head. It is a picture of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. See more »

Goofs

The words "My boy" appear written on different parts on the back of the old photograph depending on if it's a wide shot or a close-up. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Henry Lair: [banging on the furniture]
Jason Lair: Henry, it's 1 o'clock.
Henry Lair: I was... drumming for an idea.
Jason Lair: I heard.
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Connections

Features Ghost Ship (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Chelsamica
Written by Jeff Lorber & Paul Pesco
Performed by Frankly Calabasas
Produced by Bobby Colomby
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Perfect gem of a film...
21 September 2004 | by scotforeverSee all my reviews

I absolutely loved this film, it is everything that a film can be. the only minor flaw, which was un-noticeable to the friend that i saw it with, was Michael Caine's accent drifting across the Atlantic. But you didn't really care.

It is perfectly cast, brilliantly acted, and you believed in and cared for the characters, they are so human with their natural flaws, you are rooting for them all.

The story is fascinating, and it will strike a chord with anyone with a father, particularly anyone estranged from their father. It is funny, witty, charming, touching and delightful.

See it with a loved one...you shouldn't regret it.


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