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The Book of Caleb (2008)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 2008 (USA)
A comfortable underachiever and serial prankster, in the midst of their quarter life crisis, reunite against childhood enemies in a contemporary suburban epic.


Matthew von Manahan (as Matthew Von Manahan)


Matthew von Manahan (as Matthew Von Manahan), Michael English | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Luno Jeremy Luno ... Caleb
Mackenzie Firgens ... Cole
Michael Hampton Michael Hampton ... Montag
Nikitas Manikatos Nikitas Manikatos ... Swank
Jeff Berg ... Scar
Paul Gleason ... James Paddington
Billy Tanner Billy Tanner ... Tanner
Joseph A. Fluehr IV Joseph A. Fluehr IV ... General Green
Patrick Reynolds Patrick Reynolds ... Old Man (as Patrick M. Reynolds)
Thomas Bryan Thomas Bryan ... Bus Boy #1
Bill Gartner Bill Gartner ... Bus Boy #2 (as Billy Gartner)
Cary Barker Cary Barker ... Joyce
Brett Jacobsen ... Simon
Bill McLaughlin Bill McLaughlin ... Principal
Von Wilson Von Wilson ... Barkeep


Twenty-something Caleb Callahan, a crusader without a cause, ventures back to his homeland of suburbia to live with his parents after unexpectedly dropping out of college in his final year. Once there he quickly reunites with his childhood companions Montag, the mastermind serial prankster, and Swank, his trusty sidekick. After one of their pranks reaps unexpected consequences, Caleb is forced to be the hero Montag always knew he could be, ultimately saving his friends and giving his life direction and meaning. Written by Anonymous

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Is it better to out-monster the monster, or to be quietly devoured?




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Release Date:

2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


James Rolfe, best known as the Angry Video Game Nerd, made a video titled "Top 10 Baddest Bad Guys". His seventh favorite is Officer Scar from this film. Although an obscure choice, Rolfe is friends with the filmmaker Matthew von Manahan. See more »


Caleb: I don't mean to be hypocritical, I'm just confused.
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Featured in Top 10 Baddest Bad Guys (2007) See more »

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This is not your typical low-budget indie.
23 January 2009 | by dkfourcSee all my reviews

I was really impressed by The Book of Caleb - the first low-budget indie for the young director, Matt Manahan. The scale is HUGE - lots of locations, costumes, and characters. And it looked Amazing - how many first features shoot in 35mm these days? I had just gotten together with my friends from high school a few days before watching the film and so the themes hit me and resonated. I have so many old friends who i keep in touch with and miss, yet when we're together it's obvious how different we all are now. One friend said - I feel just like I did when i was 21 and I had to say back - why would you want to do that, you're 32! I think that's something we all go through and continue to. Caleb captured it well. I also loved seeing Bucks County, my home town, on the big screen.

For the most part, I thought the balance of humor and pathos worked really well - there was one scene that I thought stuck out but I can't remember what it was...it may have been the transition into the speech in the school yard or when the guy is dancing on the roof.

The film struck me as a great mix between a parable and 80's coming of age films. The voice-over sets that tone well, although i did wonder if it could be shorter - i have no idea.

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