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The Garage (2006)

PG-13 | | Drama | 4 February 2006 (USA)
A mechanic at his father's garage during the late 1970s, Matt dreams about leaving his small town existence and pursuing grander ambitions. But strong feelings for a new girlfriend and deep... See full summary »


Carl Thibault


Carl Thibault

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gabriel Marantz Gabriel Marantz ... Matt / Matthew Ruppert
Corby Griesenbeck ... Schultz / Mark Johnson
Tania Raymonde ... Bonnie Jean / B.J.
Xander Berkeley ... Doc Ruppert
Martin Donovan ... Adult Matt
Robert Knott ... Mr. Johnson
Marilyn Dodds Frank Marilyn Dodds Frank ... Mrs. Ruppert
Bill McKinney ... Bernie
Travis Howard ... The Hippie
James Intveld ... Mike Binelli
Rusty Kelley Rusty Kelley ... John Ruppert
Devin Brochu ... Boy / Adult Matts son
Derek Alvarado ... Kevin / the jock
Jeff Gibbs Jeff Gibbs ... Hanatow
Evan Miller ... Dan


A mechanic at his father's garage during the late 1970s, Matt dreams about leaving his small town existence and pursuing grander ambitions. But strong feelings for a new girlfriend and deep family ties may prevent Matt's ultimate escape, despite pressure from best friend Schultz to take off immediately. Coming-of-age story in a small town. Written by Carl Thibault

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Some things in life you just can't fix.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content






Release Date:

4 February 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Lockhart, Texas, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Urban Wolf Productions See more »
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This movie was inspired and created by Writer and Director Carl Thibault's own experience of working at his dad's garage (B&B Transmisions) while growing up in Massachusetts during the late 1970s. See more »

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Very creative, well done, and realistic.Worthy of a major release.
7 February 2008 | by markhammond55See all my reviews

"The Garage" shows life as it as. The cast talked to each other rather than at each other. The viewer felt that the cast was just as interested in what the other characters in this film had to say as the audience was. This movie wasn't like many of todays' movies are, where the cast just recites lines. The writing resembled Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller, it depicted real people in real situations.It showed life as it is, not as many want life to be. Carl Thibault, as the writer and director has raised the bar for future low budget and independent movies. The directing couldn't have been better. There wasn't an unbelievable scene in this movie.The movie flowed just as real life flows,with good and bad times. I personally thought Mr. Thibault was an older gentleman, with more years of personal life experience to draw upon, as he was able to depict in his writing and directing, more realism then most big name writers and directors with "Major credits" show in their movies. The cinematography was also very good, watching the movie one didn't feel that they were in a movie theater, but in the scene with the characters; which is where the cinematography in a movie should take its' audience, but often doesn't. "The Garage" is worthy of a major release, and Mr. Carl Thibault has proved to be deserving of attention by the film industry powers that be, as both a writer and director. I'd give this movie a higher rating but one should always feel that there is room for improvement.

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