Inspired by a true crime, a man begins to experience mystifying events that lead him to slay his mother with a sword.

Director:

Werner Herzog
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Shannon ... Brad Macallam
Willem Dafoe ... Detective Havenhurst
Chloë Sevigny ... Ingrid Gudmundson
Udo Kier ... Lee Meyers
Michael Peña ... Detective Vargas
Grace Zabriskie ... Mrs Macallam
Brad Dourif ... Uncle Ted
Irma P. Hall ... Mrs Roberts (as Irma Hall)
Loretta Devine ... Ms Roberts
Candice Coke ... Officer Slocum
Gabriel Pimentel ... Little Man
Braden Lynch ... Gary
James C. Burns ... Brown
Noel Arthur ... Naval Guard
Julius Morck Julius Morck ... Phil (as Julius Mørck)
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Storyline

The police are called to a murder scene and quickly discover that the murderer, the victim's son, is holed up in his house with two hostages. Through a series of interviews with both the murderer's fiancée and his theatre director the police piece together a picture of a man losing touch with reality. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

The Mystery Isn't Who. But Why.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Many of the cast and crew on Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) reunited with director Werner Herzog to produce this film. Major examples include actors Michael Shannon, Brad Dourif and Irma P. Hall, cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger, and editor Joe Bini. See more »

Goofs

When the detectives first receive the call, they speed off with their lights flashing. They are, however, in Coronado and driving away from the bridge they would need to take them over to San Diego. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Detective Vargas: Do you want me to take the wheel Hank?
Detective Hank Havenhurst: No, no - it's no problem. I've driven halfway across the country with one hand.
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Connections

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Cucurrucucu Paloma
Performed by Caetano Veloso (as Caetono Veloso)
Written by Tomás Méndez
Courtesy of Universal International Music, B.V.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Interesting look at a man's decent to madness
22 April 2010 | by beckerifficSee all my reviews

A compelling look into one man's slow decent into madness. Brilliantly directed and featuring a stellar cast, - including Willem Dafoe and Micheal Shannon - this film is both horrible and fascinating. It concerns a man whom, after acting in and becoming obsessed with a Greek play, chooses to do that which his character does; kill his mother with a sword used as a prop in the production. Although it cites David Lynch as producer, it's unclear what the director's actual involvement was with the film. The viewer gets the idea that Herzog is more paying homage to Lynch then anything. Watching this film is like watching a train wreck; it feels awkward and odd, but for some reason, you can't look away. I'd recommend this film for any Herzog or Lynch buff (the reference to 'Blue Velvet' is worth it) and anyone who likes bizarre, horror films. Otherwise, the average movie-goer might find this film pretentious and boring.


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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 2010 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$76,739
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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