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A road trip through Louisiana transforms three strangers who were originally brought together by their respective feelings of loneliness.

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Udayan Prasad

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Pete Hamill (story), Erin Dignam (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Hurt ... Brett
Maria Bello ... May
Kristen Stewart ... Martine
Eddie Redmayne ... Gordy
Kaori Momoi ... Motel Owner
Emanuel Cohn ... Male Doctor (as Emanuel K. Cohn)
Nurith Cohn Nurith Cohn ... Female Nurse
Veronica Russell Veronica Russell ... Pregnant Warden
Grover Coulson ... Farnsworth
Lisha Brock ... Waitress
Lucy Faust ... Snotty Girl (as Lucy Adair Faust)
John Gregory Willard ... Blonde
Rebecca Newman Rebecca Newman ... Ilene
Ross Britz ... Friend
Marshall Cain Marshall Cain ... Ferry Driver
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Storyline

One lazy afternoon in a backwater Louisiana town, Martine takes a leap into an unfamiliar convertible. The driver, Gordy, an awkward young itinerant who eyed her in the diner earlier, isn't displeased to find this pretty sylph in his front seat. Soon they meet Brett, a laconic, humble man just released from prison. Martine isn't keen on going solo with Gordy, and now it's raining cats and dogs, so she invites Brett along, and the unlikely trio sets out, each person unsure of the destination. What ensues is a journey through the lush green byways of rural Louisiana and into the depths of these characters' souls. Written by Marisa_Gabriella

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, some violence, language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 2009 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Das gelbe Segel See more »

Filming Locations:

Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,296, 28 February 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$317,040, 16 May 2010
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Trivia

William Hurt & Kristen Stewart both previously starred in "Into The Wild", but they didn't share any scenes. See more »

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Brett hands Martine a cookie at the bus station. In the next shot, cookie is gone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Background voice: Hey, Brett!
Female warden: All right, close seven!
[background chatter]
Prisoner in cell: Don'tcha come back now. Don't wanna see you back here again.
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Remake of Shiawase no kiiroi hankachi (1977) See more »

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Not just another road movie
3 February 2010 | by richard-1967See all my reviews

We saw this as part of a preview cinema club we belong to. And we're happy we did.

The Road Movie is one of Hollywood's long-standing (some would say overused) idioms. From It Happened One Night through Butch Cassidy, Bonnie & Clyde, and Thelma & Louise, to Little Miss Sunshine, good road movies can be a joy. Bad ones, though, are a major drag.

This is a GOOD road movie. Three things make it special. First, it's about three losers, or -- let's just say it -- weird people. None of these characters start out with much appeal (except Kristen Stewart's great looks), but each grows right in front of our eyes throughout the movie. By the end, we like and find ourselves rooting for each, for different reasons. (In this way, the film reminds me most of the wonderful Hackman/Pacino 1970s vehicle Scarecrow, a much under-appreciated film.)

Second, there is splendid acting throughout. Kristen Stewart is headed for stardom, William Hurt does justice to a role only Jeff Bridges could play as well (have we forgotten what a great actor he is?), and the most surprising piece, young British actor Eddie Redmayne, does a terrific turn as a strange kid with a car.

Third, there's the film's perspective, about tolerance, acceptance of things as they are, and forgiveness -- for loved ones and above all for ones self.

Watch it!


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