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Leaves of Grass (2009)

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An Ivy League professor is lured back to his Oklahoma hometown, where his twin brother, a small-time pot grower, has concocted a scheme to take down a local drug lord.

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Tim Blake Nelson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Norton ... Bill Kincaid / Brady Kincaid
Lucy DeVito ... Anne Greenstein
Kent Jude Bernard Kent Jude Bernard ... Philosophy Student
Amelia Campbell ... Maggie Harmon
Tim Blake Nelson ... Bolger
Randal Reeder ... Shaver
Leo Fabian Leo Fabian ... Waddell
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Big Joe Sharpe
Tina Parker ... Sharon
Susan Sarandon ... Daisy
Ty Burrell ... Professor Sorenson
Lee Wilkof ... Professor Levy
Melanie Lynskey ... Colleen
Josh Pais ... Ken Feinman
Lisa Benavides-Nelson Lisa Benavides-Nelson ... Suzie Feinman
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The lives of a set of identical twins, one an Ivy League philosophy professor, the other a small-time and brilliant marijuana grower, intertwine when the professor is lured back to his Oklahoma hometown for a doomed scheme against a local drug lord. Written by Anonymous

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Drugs, Murder, and Brotherly Love.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, pervasive language, and drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

17 September 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Escroc(s) en herbe See more »

Filming Locations:

Plain Dealing, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,987, 19 September 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$68,009, 10 October 2010
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At the end of the movie, Bill and Janet are holding hands in the rain over a supposed copy of Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass, Selected Poems 1855- 1892, A New Edition, Edited by David Koplan". There's also a rough pencil portrait on the slip cover based on a similar steel engraving of Whitman. David Koplan is an executive producer for the movie, and this appears to have been printed for the film for a non-existent edition. See more »

Goofs

When Brady gets shot, he is first seen to be shot in the stomach but when he is lying on the ground the wound has moved to his chest area. See more »

Quotes

Brady Kincaid: Hey buddy. How you feelin'?
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Soundtracks

Rex's Blues
Written by Townes van Zandt
Performed by Townes van Zandt
Published by Wixen Music Publishing, Inc. as agent for JTVZ Music (ASCASP) / EMI U Catalog, Inc (ASCAP) / Katie Belle Music (ASCAP) / Will Van Zandt Publishing (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Fat Possum Records
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Funny, dark, well-played
8 March 2010 | by pivicSee all my reviews

I liked this film about two twin brothers, played by Edward Norton. They're very different: one grows pot in his Oklahoma home and the other wants to attain more and more academic prowess. The first concocts hare-brained get rich schemes while the other drinks tea with scholars and speaks - when he has to - about his "eccentric" family. That is, until their paths meet again.

Bill Kincaid (scholar) suddenly gets word that his brother Brady has died, and hence he returns to Oklahoma for what comes next. He's mentally not prepared to meet the rest of his estranged family, including his mother, played by Susan Sarandon. And what about his brother, anyway? All in all, a nice film with a bunch of dark twists to it. It's one of the better I've seen where one person plays several parts without it all becoming "Pink Panther" - kudos to Peter Sellers' brilliant acting included - and hence leaving the audience with the sense of showmanship, but it's also neatly directed by Tim Blake Nelson, who plays Brady's best friend and is probably most well-known for his part in "O Brother, Where Art Thou?".


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