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My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009)

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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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Soundtracks

Corrido de Valente Quintero
Performed by Chavela Vargas (as Chalela Vargas)
Written by Antonio Cantoral Garcia
Courtesy of Pham & Orfeon Videovox, S.A.
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Where is the question mark?
29 November 2010 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

And where is the answer, you might ask too. But then again, if you have seen at least one Herzog movie, you might know, that it isn't that easy with him. Michael Shannon gets a deserved major role (he was great in The Runaways for example). Other great actors fill in the rest of the cast. It's a great cast overall, even in the smallest parts. Which goes to show you, that Herzog indeed has something fascinating to offer for an actor or actress.

And the movie is very complicated with rich characters and strange events and turns. The narrative being either it's stronghold or weak spot (depending on your own feelings towards this movie). It is difficult to describe what I felt watching this. On one hand I was amazed, by what he did, on the other hand I was wondering if I really wanted to watch all that ... But again, that's Herzog for you.


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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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