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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

Writer:

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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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

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You've got to believe in treasure to find it. 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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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

According to Michael Douglas, the film was shot in 31 days. 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: When Charlie was in the mental hospital, social services thought I was with my mother. And child welfare thought I was with my father. My father thought I was with my mother. My mother thought I was with a foster family. Somewhere some foster family thought I was with my father, and so on.
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Carroll Kales Cahill 1925-2006 See more »

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References JAG (1995) See more »

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In A Sentimental Mood (inst)
Written by Duke Ellington
Performed by John Coltrane
Used by permission of EMI Mills Music, Inc. (ASCAP) and Famous Music LLC (ASCAP)
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under licence from Universal Music Enterprises
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A Tired Script but a Platform for the Skillful Acting of Douglas and Wood
1 February 2008 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

KING OF California may not break any records for innovation of thought or script but it is a tightly made little film that allows veteran actor Michael Douglas a lollipop of a wacky role to remind us that he does have comedic talent! It also gives 20-year old Evan Rachel Wood the opportunity to compete with a Pro and come out an equal - quite a feat for such a young actress. Written and directed by Mike Cahill the story does have appeal, especially since it is set in Santa Clarita, California, a rapidly developing 'hinterland' that is suffering from the effects of too rapid industrialization, changing from a picturesque remnant of California raw beauty into yet another perky little town.

Charlie (Michael Douglas) has been in and out of mental institutions for his wacky behavior. His life as a jazz bassist and entrepreneur has always veered off the map, leaving him alone with his only daughter Miranda who has survived her father's irresponsible life by keeping the old family home (in the midst of a huge housing development) with the money she makes double shifting at the local MacDonalds. When Charlie is released his focus is on discovering the gold left behind by Catholic priests in the mid 1600s, a fact he has researched while hospitalized, on the Internet, and from the journal of one of the priests. Miranda slowly buys into Charlie's madcap scheme and adventure as a gold hunter and the caper results in a bonding between father and daughter that has been teetering on the brink of disaster for years. The manner in which Charlie, Miranda, and an old ex-con friend Pepper (Willis Burks II) go after the treasure provides most of the energy of the film.

Yes, there are bits and pieces of this project that have been done many times before (and often better), but the pleasure of KING OF California lies in the bravura and touching performances by Douglas and Wood. This is a pleasant excursion of a movie, worth an evening's gander. Grady Harp


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