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King of California (2007)

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An unstable dad who after getting out of a mental institution tries to convince his daughter that there's Spanish gold buried somewhere under suburbia.

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Mike Cahill

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Mike Cahill

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Douglas ... Charlie
Evan Rachel Wood ... Miranda
Willis Burks II ... Pepper
Laura Kachergus ... Rita
Paul Lieber ... Doug
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Kelly
Anne L. Nathan ... Applebee's Manager (as Anne Nathan)
Arthur Santiago ... McDonald's Manager
Ashley Greene ... McDonald's Customer
Ian Hopps Ian Hopps ... Boy
Anna Khaja ... Officer Contreras
Will Rothhaar ... Security Guard
Annie O'Donnell ... Greeter
Greg Davis Jr. ... Joseph
Jeanie Hackett Jeanie Hackett ... Teacher
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Storyline

A fresh-out-of-the-mental institution father and his emancipated teenage daughter venture together on a quest for an ancient Spanish treasure buried beneath their local Costco in this take on the modern family and the American dream. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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We're All Searching for Something ... See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some strong language, mature thematic elements and brief drug references | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

12 September 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El rey de California See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,814, 16 September 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$263,674, 26 October 2007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The screenplay written by Michael Cahill was entered into the 2004 American Zoetrope Screenwriting contest and though didn't win, was a finalist. See more »

Goofs

In the flashback scene of Charlie playing the bass, his fingering is completely wrong for the bass notes in the musical cue. See more »

Quotes

Miranda: You don't take anything seriously do you? You think the world is just here for your amusement!
Charlie: But look at the world...
Miranda: I do. But unlike you I have to live in it!
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Crazy Credits

Carroll Kales Cahill 1925-2006 See more »


Soundtracks

Flood Of Dreams
Words by Jolie Holland
Music by David Robbins
(based on the theme "Charlie's Lament")
Performed by Jolie Holland
Published by Box Tree Music (ASCAP) / Brevity Music Inc. (BMI)
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Too silly to be serious,too wistful to be dismissed
1 April 2008 | by KUAlum26See all my reviews

Fifteen-year old Miranda(Evan Rachel Wood,luminescent!!) has had to grow up fast,since her mother left her and her father and said father,Charlie(Michael Douglass,in a word:WOW!) was institutionalized for reasons not entirely made clear but discernible through observation. When Charlie is de-institutionalized,he returns to his daughter with a grand plan to find gold in the hills along the Pacific Coast Highway. She is,in a word,skeptical.

Director and writer Mike Cahill makes a movie that is both at once full of quirk and melancholy,with the daughter as somewhat of a de facto narrator. The quest for finding the treasure,while ridiculous and unquestionably irresponsible,is still almost noble and pure. Wood and Douglass shine very nicely as the estranged,mentally delicate father and daughter duo who haven't stopped loving each other,even if they get each other even less than they did before. A simple story,framed by quirky music(jazz?folk?) and a nearly poetic filming of contemporary California coastline as it contrasts the 16th century maps that Charlie references. Lost in the sea of fall releases from last year,this film is a very pleasant find on the rental shelves.


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