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The Stanton Family Grave Robbery (2008)

After their father's death, the two oldest Stanton sons decide the best thing to do for their father, and the worst thing to do to their stepmother, is to kidnap their younger brother and dig up their father to take him home to Oklahoma.

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Mark Potts
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brand Rackley ... Charles Stanton
Chelsea Masters Chelsea Masters ... Study Partner
Kevin Costello Kevin Costello ... Brian Stanton
Cole Selix Cole Selix ... Mark Stanton
Lisa Selix Lisa Selix ... Lori Stanton
Mark Potts Mark Potts ... Jim
James Blackmon James Blackmon ... Police Officer
Sara Rae Foster ... Camilla
Amy Selix Amy Selix ... Becky
Avery Cannon Avery Cannon ... Bar Fighter
Jarrel Wade Jarrel Wade ... Guy who gets slapped
Jerry Wofford Jerry Wofford ... Guy who gets punched
James Nghiem James Nghiem ... Bar Patron #3
Don Bowers Don Bowers ... Luke
Amanda Blalock Amanda Blalock ... Drunk Girl #2
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After their father's death, the two oldest Stanton sons decide the best thing to do for their father, and the worst thing to do to their stepmother, is to kidnap their younger brother and dig up their father to take him home to Oklahoma.

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Everyone mourns differently.

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Enid, Oklahoma, USA See more »

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Budget:

$5,500 (estimated)
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Singletree Productions See more »
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(original)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The van cost $1100 to purchase, $750 to fix so it could drive home and then break again, then sold to a salvage yard for $100. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cinema Six (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

For the Widows in Paradise, For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti
by Sufjan Stevens
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Delightfully Crude
21 June 2008 | by Patrick_KirkSee all my reviews

I got the opportunity to see this film at the deadCenter Film Festival in Oklahoma City a couple weeks ago and talk to the filmmakers afterward. If you get the chance to see it at a local film festival or screening, do your self a favor and go.

After their step-mother buries their father in Texas (against his wishes), the Stanton brothers decide to dig him up and bury him in his native Enid, Oklahoma. Mark and Brian, the two older brothers, all-around screw-ups, and neredowells, forcibly recruit their academically obsessed little brother, exhume the coffin, and hit the road. Along the way, they run in to a rather tense cop, a few attractive girls, deal with their strained relationships with each other, and ultimately stand firm against the consequences of their decisions.

This is not a big Hollywood movie. The sound isn't well mixed. The acting could have used a few more takes here and there. And the camera and lighting work, while competent, won't be winning any awards anytime soon...

BUT

...the story is there, delightful, and is rich-fully satisfying in the end. The humor in this movie is a mix of crass one-liners and well-juxtaposed situations. Big-budget Hollywood films spend $100 million and fall flat on their faces trying to get the emotional response these filmmakers got with a small bank loan, a couple credit cards, and a daring attempt to make a feature length film with only four crew members. They should be praised for even thinking of taking that risk. Far too many filmmakers and Hollywood executives and independent investors set out to make movies for the sake and prestige of making movies. Mark Potts and his cohorts set out to tell a story as best they could and I'll take their freshman attempt at film-making over a very long list of studio projects.

Your opportunity to see this film will probably very limited, but if you by chance see a flier for a screening or it appears at your local film festival, see it. And with any luck, someone will get smart and give these guys a real budget-they can't do any worse than what Hollywood is putting out right now anyway...


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