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The Best Bar in America (2009)

An existential ride into the heart of the culture of drink.

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Credited cast:
David Ackroyd David Ackroyd ... Northway
John Ansotegui John Ansotegui ... Sip-N-Dip Bartender
Gregory T. Collett Gregory T. Collett ... Tex
Roger Hedden Roger Hedden ... Cowboy Barfly
Walt Hefner Walt Hefner ... Sheriff Bushmak
Monique Lanier Monique Lanier ... Dahria
Andrew Rizzo Andrew Rizzo ... Sanders
Lee Rizzo Lee Rizzo ... Eden


A whiskey-fueled writing assignment takes one man on an epic motorcycle road trip through the bars and taverns across the American West. Riding a 1960 BMW R60/2, the journey leads Sanders from the red rock deserts of Arizona and Utah north to the mountains of Montana. With help of fellow traveler and sage, Northway and a variety of other colorful characters along the way, Sanders gets learns the way of the road and the zen of the bar. Written by Damon Ristau

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Adventure | Western



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Release Date:

2013 (USA) See more »

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Montana, USA See more »

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16:9 HD
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Fun ride of self discovery and finding your place in the world.
2 March 2016 | by deckyonSee all my reviews

I am no film expert. Watching lots of movies and shows does not make one an expert. The only way to do that is to study and make films. All that being said, this was a great movie. I found the trailer on Vimeo while searching for some motorcycle trip shorts and it had punch. I bought the film at that point. No shaky-cam or weird filters to take away from the story. The photography was brilliant, especially when it came to the "on the road" shots. They captured the expanse and beautiful desolation of the rural west. The writing and narrative was fun to listen to and made sense to the overall movie, not just that moment in the film. It was nice to see a film both have a message that is revealed finally, but to do so without blazing special effects or filters. The actors were genuine, and while some of them were rough or not well played, they did not detract from the main cast.

I enjoyed this movie, it was entertaining and really allowed me to put myself into the film. That is what I want from a movie - a 2 hour reprieve from normalcy. This is a movie I have recommended, and will continue to recommend.

Having participated in some film festivals (48 Hour Film Project 2010-2015) I have seen the back end and participated in making some films. Nothing to this quality.

Besides, it has motorcycles, bars, whiskey, women and the beautiful American west.

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