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This Must Be the Place (2011)

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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.


Paolo Sorrentino


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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A former rock star is hunting down a Nazi criminal...This could be his greatest hit. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


The organ-like instrument that David Byrne plays for Cheyenne is a variation of Byrne's "house organ." Byrne created the organ in 2008 as part of an art installation project in New York City. Instead of playing musical notes, each key on the organ transmits a signal through a wire, which in turn "plays" the building: for example, motors vibrating a set of metal girders, hoses blowing air through the building's water pipes, or metal rods striking the radiator. See more »


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 »


Cheyenne: I have some materials that maybe of service in capturing a Nazi war criminal named Aloise Lange.
Mordecai Midler: Teeth! I am interested in teeth, my dear boy!
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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 »


References Stop Making Sense (1984) See more »


Written by Jon Thor Birgisson (as Birgisson) and Alex Somers (as Somers)
Performed by Jonsi & Alex
(c) Universal Music Publishing Ltd. / Copyright Control
Published in Italy by Universal Music Italia S.r.l.
(p) 2009 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Sigur Rós under exclusive license to EMI Records Ltd
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Great acting, not that great a movie
1 January 2013 | by rlaineSee all my reviews

I thought this would be a better movie. The premise is quite interesting and I usually like these artsy dramedies. This one on the other hand tries to be more artsy than it really is.

At first I didn't like how Sean Penn portrayed Cheyenne, but later on in the movie I completely forgot that I was watching Mr. Penn. So I guess the performance is good, and maybe I just didn't find the character to be a very interesting or likable.

This movie is slow, and I don't even mind slow movies. Hell I usually think the slower the better, but this just drags forever. The plot doesn't take off until half way thru and even then it feels like you've already watched this movie for hours.

There's an insane amount of camera trickery, almost every scene uses some camera dolly or crane thing, even if it serves no purpose other than moving the camera around in an "imaginative way". It was really distracting and I didn't find the camera work that fun to look at.

The script leaves a lot of stuff untold. There is talk about people who are seemingly important, but they are never explained who they are and while you have ideas, it's not something you'd like to spend any energy guessing. Some movies make these mind games fun, but here they're just annoying. I noticed myself thinking all the time if I had missed something, but reading at the forums here, I don't think I missed anything. This movie just doesn't inspire you to figure out those loose endings at all.

In the end I gather I just don't like the directors way of making movies. The story is quite interesting, but the way it's told just wasn't my cup of tea.

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Release Date:

24 August 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

This Must Be the Place See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office


EUR25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,754, 4 November 2012

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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