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$5 a Day (2008)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 11 January 2009 (USA)
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The son of a thrifty conman begrudgingly joins his father on the road.

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Nigel Cole
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Walken ... Nat Parker
Alessandro Nivola ... Ritchie Flynn Parker
Sharon Stone ... Dolores Jones
Dean Cain ... Rick Carlson
Peter Coyote ... Burt Kruger
Amanda Peet ... Maggie
Luis Avalos ... Martinez
Beth Bailey ... Real Estate Lady
Marya Beauvais ... Realtor
Frank Bond ... Bar Manager
Vic Browder ... Salesman
Gregory Chase Gregory Chase ... Reporter (as Greg Chase)
Christopher Dempsey ... Tim Webber
Judith Greentree Judith Greentree ... IHOP Waitress
Christopher Hagen ... Marty
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In L.A., Flynn Parker loses his job as a health inspector when his time in prison comes to light, his girlfriend Maggie moves out because of his prevarications, and his ne'er-do-well father, Nat, summons him to Atlantic City with a tale of a malignant cancer. Flynn doesn't like Nat, a small-time hustler and the cause of Flynn's jail time, but Nat cajoles his son into a cross-country trip through family memories toward New Mexico where an experimental treatment awaits. The trip is not just about the past, but whether either can tell the truth - and then what to do with those truths. From time to time, Flynn calls Maggie to leave messages. And what about Flynn's mother? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Relationships don't come cheap! See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, brief nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Five Dollars a Day See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Luis Avalos's last film. See more »

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While the characters were stopped in Altoona, PA, they stopped to eat at an Ihop . There is not an Ihop in Altoona, there never has been. See more »

Quotes

Nat Parker: Yeah, shake your head. These are memories. You'll see what it's like when things stop happening on command. Half mast, and I'm not even dead yet.
Ritchie Flynn Parker: What are you saying, you're impotent?
Nat Parker: I'm saying I can't get it up most of the time.
Ritchie Flynn Parker: Since when?
Nat Parker: Since - it's hard to say. A couple of years, maybe five.
Ritchie Flynn Parker: Well, have you tried taking those pills?
Nat Parker: They're junk. They don't work.
Ritchie Flynn Parker: Where did you buy them off, a fruit truck?
Nat Parker: What difference does it make? They don't work. I don't work. The clock is ticking. ...
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Features Old Yeller (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Driving Somewhere
Written by Stephen Duffy
Performed by Stephen Duffy and The Lilac Time
Immaculate Bob Music
Licensed courtesy of Bogus Frontage Records
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Father&Son grifters hit the road ............
30 November 2010 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

Christopher Walken and Alessandro Nivola are Father and Son scheming and scamming their way from New Jersey to New Mexico. Much like "House of Games" and "The Grifters", this road odyssey plays like a house of mirrors. In other words, very little is exactly as it seems. Walken is estranged from his son because his irresponsibility landed Nivola in jail. Together they mend fences, while still working the angles along the road. Rarely have two characters been so unsympathetic, and yet somewhat sympathetic at the same time. If you enjoy road movies about rebuilding relationships, "$5 a Day" just might work for you. I know I enjoyed the ride. - MERK


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