Cheyenne, a retired rock star living off his royalties in Dublin, returns to New York City to find the man responsible for a humiliation suffered by his recently deceased father during W.W.II.

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Paolo Sorrentino

Writers:

Paolo Sorrentino (screenplay), Umberto Contarello (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Penn ... Cheyenne
Olwen Fouéré ... Mary's Mother
Eve Hewson ... Mary
Johnny Ward ... Steven
Sam Keeley ... Desmond
Danielle O'Brien Danielle O'Brien ... Supermarket Girl #1
Margaret O'Reilly Margaret O'Reilly ... Supermarket Girl #2
Frances McDormand ... Jane
Mairin O'Donovan Mairin O'Donovan ... Old Lady in Bank
Simon Delaney ... Jeffrey
Jer O'Leary ... Old Man in Cemetary
Master Deng Master Deng ... Chinese Tai Chi Teacher
Jane Myers Jane Myers ... Jeffrey's Girlfriend
Heather Fedyk Heather Fedyk ... Elevator Woman #1
Iris Frank Iris Frank ... Elevator Woman #2
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Storyline

Cheyenne, a wealthy former rock star (Penn), now bored and jaded in his retirement embarks on a quest to find his father's persecutor, an ex-Nazi war criminal now hiding out in the U.S. Learning his father is close to death, he travels to New York in the hope of being reconciled with him during his final hours, only to arrive too late. Having been estranged for over 30 years, it is only now in death that he learns the true extent of his father's humiliation in Auschwitz at the hands of former SS Officer Aloise Lange - an event he is determined to avenge. So begins a life-altering journey across the heartland of America to track down and confront his father's nemesis. As his quest unfolds, Cheyenne is reawakened by the people he encounters and his journey is transformed into one of reconciliation and self discovery. As his date with destiny arrives and he tracks down Lange, Cheyenne must finally decide if it is redemption he seeks ....or revenge. Starring two time Academy Award winner ... Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The red truck in the snow scene has a State of Texas inspection sticker on the windshield. See more »

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Cheyenne refers to the band as "The Talking Heads". David Byrne and group went so far as to name an album "The Name of This Band is Talking Heads" to help people drop the "the". See more »

Quotes

Ernie Ray: What's happened here is something enormous, old-fashioned, something you don't see too often anymore and this something has a very precise name: trust. So let me say one more time: do not betray my trust. I had a pretty severe upbringing, Cheyenne, I can have a very severe reaction.
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Alternate Versions

The international version is approximately 7-minute shorter than the version screened at the Cannes Film Festival and released in Italy. See more »

Connections

Features Jamie at Home (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Charmaine
Written by Lew Pollack (as L. Pollack) and Erno Rapee (as E. Rapee)
Performed by Mantovani Orchestra and Chorus (as Mantovani & His Orchestra)
(c) 1926 EMI Miller Catalogue Inc. / Keith Prowse Music Ltd / Lew Pollack Music / Rapee Music
Published in Italy by EMI Music Publishing Italia S.r.l. / Sugarmusic S.p.A.
(p) 1957 Decca Music Group Limited
Courtesy of Universal Music Italia S.r.l.
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2011 Best!
25 October 2011 | by creolalbeSee all my reviews

I can't lie, i was expecting a "normal" movie by an Italian director, like Muccino's movies- not great, a little weak here and there and kinda boring-! "This Must Be the Place" instead is a great flick, probably the best movie of 2011, great story, amazing acting, a photography that leave you speechless. It's a must see. Plus it make you smile, it's ironic, Sean Penn has fun with his character, he plays with it, his moves and his voice are always perfect, it good to see an actor in such a great shape. This is one of those pictures that remind you why going to the movie is such an amazing thing to do!

Ciao ciao, Alberto


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Italy | France | Ireland

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

24 August 2011 (France) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,754, 4 November 2012

Gross USA:

$143,979

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,928,909
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2.35 : 1
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