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American Fork (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | January 2007 (USA)
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At nearly 400 pounds, Tracy Orbison is a wide target. When he sets out to pursue his dream of acting, the grocery clerk finds an assortment of people waiting to dash his dreams: his acting ... See full summary »

Director:

Chris Bowman

Writers:

Hubbel Palmer (screenplay), Hubbel Palmer (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hubbel Palmer ... Tracy Orbison
Kathleen Quinlan ... Agnes Orbison
Geoff Hansen Geoff Hansen ... Driving Instructor
Scott Lincoln ... Lyle
Rae Ritke ... Helen
Bruce McGill ... Mr. Grigoratus
Mary Lynn Rajskub ... Peggy Orbison
William Baldwin ... Truman Hope
Megan Ferguson ... Young and Plain
Vincent Caso ... Kendis Cooley
Miki Eto Miki Eto ... Hsao-Wei
Micaela Nelligan Micaela Nelligan ... Laverne
Janet Varney ... Joleen
Rob Steiner Rob Steiner ... Benji
Guangze Zhu Guangze Zhu ... Mr. Wong
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Storyline

At nearly 400 pounds, Tracy Orbison is a wide target. When he sets out to pursue his dream of acting, the grocery clerk finds an assortment of people waiting to dash his dreams: his acting coach, who has designs on his sister Peggy; his juvenile-delinquent friends, who suck him into their petty crimes; and his God-fearing, self-loathing mother. Through it all, Tracy remains irrepressibly upbeat, convinced he's destined for something big. Written by Framework Pictures

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The life and times of Tracy Orbison, a grocery clerk with the mind of a dreamer, the soul of a poet and the body of a really fat man. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Humble Pie See more »

Filming Locations:

Utah, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,083, 8 November 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,223, 6 December 2009
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Goofs

When Tracy and Kendis go to get pizza, the pizza is cheese and pineapple when the waitress brings it out, in the next shot the pizza has pepperoni and pineapple. See more »

Quotes

Tracy Orbison: [impersonating Kendis' dad] Don't get me wrong, I'm as potent as picante sauce - it's my wife who had the troubled womb. She was as impregnable as Hitler's bunker.
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References The Hitcher (1986) See more »

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Dance of Spring and Snow
Written and Performed by Corey Wallace
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Funny, original story with some great scenes
11 June 2007 | by Jeff BeachnauSee all my reviews

I saw this at the Waterfront Film Festival in Saugatuck, Michigan.

Tracy Orbinson (Hubbel Palmer) is an overweight grocery store worker who has dreams of becoming an actor. He takes acting classes and is greatly impressed by his acting teacher Truman Hope (William Baldwin). Along the way he befriends a group of teenagers and tries to reform them from their rowdy ways. The film is filled with a lot of entertaining scenes and funny moments, it's a good and fun movie.

I loved the first half of the movie, it was very funny ad great to watch. But I felt it lost some of its wit and comedy when the teenagers and Hubbel concocted a plan regarding the grocery store, and the film never really recovered after it. It still had some charm in the second half, but it started to become a comedy/drama, and I would have preferred the film to be a consistent comedy.

Directed by Chris Bowman and written and starring Hubble Palmer, it's a worthy effort. The first half is great, and the ending also has the same flare as the beginning of the film. Chris Bowman, Hubbel Palmer, actress Mary Lynn Rajskub, and producer Jeremy Coon were at the film festival and had some funny stories to tell about the making of the film. They were a nice group of people and obviously had a great time making the film.


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