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The Road (2009)

R | | Drama | 25 November 2009 (USA)
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In a dangerous post-apocalyptic world, an ailing father defends his son as they slowly travel to the sea.

Director:

John Hillcoat

Writers:

Joe Penhall (screenplay by), Cormac McCarthy (based on the book by)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins & 33 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Viggo Mortensen ... Man
Kodi Smit-McPhee ... Boy
Robert Duvall ... Old Man
Guy Pearce ... Veteran
Molly Parker ... Motherly Woman
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Thief
Garret Dillahunt ... Gang Member
Charlize Theron ... Woman
Bob Jennings ... Bearded Man
Agnes Herrmann Agnes Herrmann ... Archer's Woman
Buddy Sosthand Buddy Sosthand ... Archer
Kirk Brown Kirk Brown ... Bearded Face
Jack Erdie ... Bearded Man #2
David August Lindauer David August Lindauer ... Man On Mattress
Gina Preciado ... Well Fed Woman
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It's a post-apocalyptic world, several years after whatever the cataclysmic event, which has in turn caused frequent quakes as further potential hazards. The world is gray and getting quickly grayer as more and more things die off. A man and his pre-teen son, who was born after the apocalypse, are currently on the road, their plan to walk to the coast and head south where the man hopes there will be a more hospitable environment in which to live. The man has taught his son that they are the "good people" who have fire in their hearts, which in combination largely means that they will not resort to cannibalism to survive. The man owns a pistol with two bullets remaining, which he will use for murder/suicide of him and his son if he feels that that is a better fate for them than life in the alternative. Food and fuel are for what everyone is looking. The man has taught his son to be suspect of everyone that they may meet, these strangers who, out of desperation, may not only try to ... Written by Huggo

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In a moment the world changed forever.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence, disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Devon Gearhart, Chandler Canterbury, and Dakota Goyo screentested for the role of "Boy". See more »

Goofs

When the Man was at the gas station he tried pulling the trigger on one of the gas pump nozzles to see if it had any fuel left. However as the power grid is not functioning the pump would not work either, so using the nozzle would not be a accurate way to see if there was any fuel left. The only way to see if there was any fuel left would be to check the underground holding tanks. See more »

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[first lines]
Wife: What's happening? Why are you taking a bath?
The Man: I'm not.
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Crazy Credits

Over the end credits, we hear the sounds of children playing. What the world must have been like in happier times. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Happy Endings: Barefoot Pedaler (2011) See more »

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Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No. 3 in E Major: Adagio Ma Non Tanto
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Arranged by Ryan Franks
Performed by Ryan Franks & Harry Scorzo
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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Carry the Fire
28 November 2009 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. The most recent adaptation of a Cormac McCarthy novel brought us the fantastic No Country for Old Men (Coen Bros.). McCarthy's post-apocalyptic The Road did not seem to set up well as filmed entertainment. Director John Hillcoat proves otherwise.

Make no mistake. This film is as bleak and filled with despair as any you have ever seen. This is not the SFX of fluff like 2012. This is the humanistic side of desperation and survival in a world where what little has survived seems grotesque and evil.

It is a phenomenal movie from a technical aspect, yet a higher rating seems off the mark, as so very few movie goers will find the entertainment value of such an achievement. While viewing, one can't help but weigh the ever-present option of suicide. What would we do in this situation? Do you continue to carry the fire or do you ask, what's the point, and hit the eject trigger? If you thought Charlize Theron was unappealing in Monster, you will find her absolutely intolerable here. Her beauty is overridden by her angst and unwillingness to continue the fight for her survival. Is she the rational one or totally selfish? Really good question.

The vast majority of the film is Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee on their quest for the coast ... their ultimate goal for survival. The gray and lifeless landscape would (and does)suck the hope and soul right out of most. Viggo keeps trudging while teaching his young, more sensitive son, who by the way, is a dead ringer for Charlize (were she a 12 year old boy). The grayness of the film is so intense, that the dream/flashback sequences couldn't help but make me wonder if life were black and white, would dreams be vivid and colorful? Fans of No Country for Old Men will catch a glimpse of Garret Dillahunt as the hillbilly gang member who stumbles upon the Father and Son - Dillahunt was Tommy Lee Jones' entertaining deputy. Robert Duvall and Guy Pearce also have brief, but welcome, supporting roles. Duvall actually does quite a bit with his limited lines.

While it seems odd to release this one at Thanksgiving - it's not in the tradition of mass-appeal holiday fare, it is a must see for any true film lover or literature addict. To see the gray and stillness become as overwhelming as what is usually limited to one's imagination is worth the effort.


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Language:

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Release Date:

25 November 2009 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,502,231, 29 November 2009

Gross USA:

$8,117,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,639,579
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