Three different soldiers - a woman and two men - return from war and facing the peaceful life's problems of each other.

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Neil Burger

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel McAdams ... Colee
Tim Robbins ... Cheaver
Michael Peña ... TK
Molly Hagan ... Pat Cheaver
Mark L. Young ... Scott Cheaver
Howard Platt ... Stan Tilson
Arden Myrin ... Barbara Tilson
Coburn Goss ... Peter Tilson
John Heard ... Bob
Jennifer Joan Taylor ... Bob's Wife
Katherine LaNasa ... Janet
Leo Ford Leo Ford ... Janet's Husband
Susan Yeagley ... Kendra
Emily Swallow ... Brandi
John Diehl ... Tom Klinger
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Storyline

The story revolves around three soldiers - Colee, TK and Cheever - who return from the war after suffering injuries and learn that life has moved on without them. They end up on an unexpected road trip across the U.S., with Colee on a mission to bring her boyfriend's guitar back to his family because he saved her life, TK seeking the confidence to face his wife after a shrapnel injury threatens his sexual function, and middle-aged Cheever planning to hit the casinos in a desperate effort to pay for his son's college tuition. Written by anonymous

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Three strangers with nothing to lose. And everything to find. See more »


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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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This is Tim Robbins's third time portraying a soldier. The first times were Top Gun (1986) and Jacob's Ladder (1990). In the latter film, he starred alongside Elizabeth Peña, who shares the same surname with Robbins' The Lucky Ones (2007) co-star 'Michael Pena' See more »

Goofs

When TK is at the airport bar in Las Vegas the bartender refills his old fashioned glass with a (generous) shot of tequila. She fills the glass almost halfway full. He takes a slug from the glass and puts it down but in the next shot it's more than half full. See more »

Quotes

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T.K. Poole: [T.K. talks to his platoon while in Iraq] The key is listening to the signals and hearing what they're saying. If she touches you soft, that's how she wants to be touched. You do that until you can hear her get wet. You gotta know women. I'm serious. Last time I went home, my girl was so grateful, she went right outside and started to wash my car. Detailed it, everything, just to thank me. Nah, we gotta stop talking about pussy, 'cause if we're not careful, pussy's gonna get us ...
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Honey wagon driver - Gary Suckahosee See more »

Connections

Features America's Got Talent (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Most Every Night
Written by Stephen Lang, Jamie Dunlap, Scott Nickoley, Marc Ferrari
Performed by Lewis LaMedica & Lori Mark
Published by Red Engine Music (ASCAP) / Revision West (BMI)
Courtesy of MasterSource Music Catalog, Inc.
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excellent and believable acting
6 August 2011 | by ledpennySee all my reviews

Here you have three people, no dramatic problems, stuck in an airport. They, strangers to each other, join in a trip across from the East to the Midwest. Ho hum. Oh, wait, Tim Robbins is in it, OK, give it 6 minutes. Then, this believable trio display the best part of human life...empathy. You fantasize, in somber spirit, that humans are like these three. The movie comes to a quiet, completed end, and you love each character and find yourself hoping they have a good life, because they are no longer Tim Robbins, Mike Pena, and Rachel McAdams, the actors. The "public" that they navigate around seem always insincere with their 'thank you for serving', although in real life, past returning veterans were treated with total disdain. The scene in jail and the phony confession to a robbery seemed...not quite honest or believable, but it was the only weak scene.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Return See more »

Filming Locations:

Alsip, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$183,088, 28 September 2008

Gross USA:

$266,967

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$287,567
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1.85 : 1
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