5.5/10
2,401
21 user 30 critic

Live Free or Die (2006)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 11 March 2006 (USA)
Trailer
1:53 | Trailer
Lackluster criminals look to pull a job in the Granite State.

Directors:

Gregg Kavet, Andy Robin
Reviews
2 wins. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Stanford ... John 'Rugged' Rudgate
Peter Anthony Tambakis ... Marcus (as Peter Tambakis)
Frank Pando ... Trucker
Paul Schneider ... Jeff Lagrand
Jeffrey Maroun Jeffrey Maroun ... Cashier (as Jeffrey J. Maroun)
Judah Friedlander ... Hesh
Clark Middleton ... Larry
Carlo Alban ... Todd Thomas
Kevin Dunn ... Chief Monson
Michael Rapaport ... Lt. Putney
Zooey Deschanel ... Cheryl
Tracy M. Smith Tracy M. Smith ... Sharon (as Tracy Smith)
R.E. Rodgers ... Oldfield
Adam LaFramboise Adam LaFramboise ... Ted
Kim Director ... Donna
Learn more

More Like This 

The Go-Getter (2007)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When his mother dies, a teenager takes a road-trip in a stolen car to find his long-lost brother. Along the way he discovers a profound connection with the car-owner and with himself as well.

Director: Martin Hynes
Stars: Lou Taylor Pucci, Zooey Deschanel, M. Ward
Flakes (2007)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A cereal bar manager with dreams of making it big as a rock star, is admired by the locals in town until a greedy capitalist steals his entrepreneurial business.

Director: Michael Lehmann
Stars: Aaron Stanford, Zooey Deschanel, Christopher Lloyd
The Good Life (2007)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young man (Webber) is encouraged by a new friend (Deschanel) to cope with living in a town where he doesn't necessarily fit in.

Director: Stephen Berra
Stars: Mark Webber, Zooey Deschanel, Harry Dean Stanton
Gigantic (2008)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A mattress salesman finds his plan to adopt a Chinese baby augmented by the arrival of a young woman, who comes into his workplace, falls asleep on one of the beds, and starts to affect his life upon waking up.

Director: Matt Aselton
Stars: Paul Dano, Zooey Deschanel, John Goodman
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An editor offers Reese (actress/bartender) $100,000 for her recently dead mom's letters from her novelist dad. She heads home from NYC to get them. Her dad lives in the garage while two strangers live in the house.

Director: Adam Rapp
Stars: Ed Harris, Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell
Eulogy (2004)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A black comedy that follows three generations of a family, who come together for the funeral of the patriarch - unveiling a litany of family secrets and covert relationships.

Director: Michael Clancy
Stars: Ray Romano, Jesse Bradford, Hank Azaria
Raving (2007)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In New York City, a young woman forms a curious bond with a lonely older man after they encounter one another on a street corner.

Director: Julia Stiles
Stars: Zooey Deschanel, Bill Irwin, Michael Wright
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A bartender comes back to his hometown after his parents die, and finds himself in a dangerous situation involving a mysterious woman and a violent criminal.

Director: Zachary Sluser
Stars: Anton Yelchin, Zooey Deschanel, John Hawkes
House Hunting (2003)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A newlywed couple looking for their first home with the assistance of an oddball real estate agent.

Director: Amy Lippman
Stars: Zooey Deschanel, Felicity Huffman, Terry Kinney
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Small-town love story of a young man with a reputation for womanizing and his best friend's sister.

Director: David Gordon Green
Stars: Zooey Deschanel, Paul Schneider, Patricia Clarkson
Manic (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After attacking another player with a bat during baseball at school, Lyle's sent to the psych ward. He meets other teenagers with problems. Will group therapy help?

Director: Jordan Melamed
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Bacall, Zooey Deschanel
Big Trouble (2002)
Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The lives of several Miami denizens, from ad agents to gunrunners to street thugs to law enforcement to school-children, intersect with humorous and dangerous results.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Stars: Tim Allen, Rene Russo, Stanley Tucci
Edit

Storyline

It's not the crime, it's the cover-up. In small-town, hard-scrabble New Hampshire, foul-mouthed all-talk slacker John "Rugged" Rudgate fancies himself a criminal. When a local plumber stares him down at a pub, Rugged vows revenge, pouring brake fluid in the man's water supply. When the man dies from unrelated causes, Rugged and his side-kick, the even dimmer Jeff, try to cover up what they think is murder. One bad decision begets another. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

From 2 of the writers of Seinfeld See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language including sex references | See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

"Live Free Or Die" is New Hampshire's (the granite state) motto. See more »

Goofs

When "Rugged" arrives at the ServiStar Lambert Supply Co. Inc., a person gets into the drivers seat as "Rugged" exits the van. The van is supposed to be unoccupied and rolling backward due to faulty brakes. See more »

Quotes

Lagrand: Ooo... Ice.
See more »

Connections

References UFC 1: The Beginning (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Summer's Gonna Be My Girl
Written by Bobby Harlow, John Krautner, Christopher Fachini
Performed by The Go
Courtesy of Peacock Angel Publishing, Rhythm King Music, North Star Media
See more »

User Reviews

 
a novel setting and a sweet tone make for a fun offbeat comedy
22 September 2007 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

Scenic New Hampshire serves as the novel setting for "Live Free or Die" (not to be confused with the later Bruce Willis film, "Live Free or Die HARD"), an entertaining indie comedy that takes its title from the state's time-honored motto of in-your-face defiance.

John Rudgate - who goes by the nickname "Rugged" - is an inept wannabe tough guy who fancies himself a notorious outlaw. He spends most of his days riding around in a dilapidated van trying to convince others - as well as himself - that he is, indeed, the most feared lawbreaker in the county. In reality, the "stolen" merchandise he is moving is actually his own stuff, and the gun he keeps in a drawer in the kitchen is nothing more than a water pistol. The folks in town shrug him off as little more than an irritating pest with delusions of criminal grandeur. Like any villain worth his salt, Rudgate needs to find himself a sycophantic henchman who will do a substantial amount of his dirty work for him. He alights on Lagrand, a simpleminded, but sweet-natured acquaintance who co-owns a storage facility with his sister, a clear-eyed pragmatist who, unlike her brother, knows a BS-ing con artist when she sees one.

Although the movie can't entirely shake free of the "oddball quirkiness" factor that seems to afflict so much of regional film-making these days, movie makers Gregg Kavet and Andy Robin evince a genuine affection for their characters and a sly way with storytelling that go a long way towards mitigating that weakness. They are aided immeasurably by wonderfully self-effacing performances by Paul Schneider, Michael Rapaport, Zooey Deschanel, and, above all, Aaron Stanford, who, as Rudgate, turns a potentially one-note caricature into an endearingly original and surprisingly memorable comic figure. And, besides, the colorful New England setting is alone worth the price of a rental.


7 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 21 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

MySpace | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zeis eleftheros i pethaineis... See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,875, 1 April 2007

Gross USA:

$13,836

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,836
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Your Next Binge Watch Awaits

Looking for something to watch? Check out IMDb's "What to Watch" series to find out what's really worth watching.



Recently Viewed