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Cold Weather (2010)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 15 April 2011 (UK)
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A guy who moves back to Portland, Oregon becomes involved in the mystery of his ex-girlfriend's disappearance.


Aaron Katz


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2 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cris Lankenau ... Doug
Trieste Kelly Dunn ... Gail
Raúl Castillo ... Carlos
Robyn Rikoon ... Rachel
Jeb Pearson Jeb Pearson ... Jim Warden
Brendan McFadden ... Swen
Ben Stambler Ben Stambler ... Motel Clerk
Katy Rothert Katy Rothert ... Mom
Paul Rothert Paul Rothert ... Stepfather
Jerry Moyer Jerry Moyer ... Ice Factory Boss
Virgil L. Howell Virgil L. Howell ... Tobacconist
Barry Seltzer Barry Seltzer ... Spencer
Orianna Milne ... Bartender (as Orianna Herrman)
Elliott Glick Elliott Glick ... Mike
Josh Locy ... Jose (as Joshua Locy)


Doug (Lankenau) returns home to Portland, Oregon after dropping out of college in Chicago. When his ex-girlfriend, Rachel (Rikoon), materializes and subsequently disappears, Doug sets on an investigation with his co-worker, Carlos (Castillo), as the two men put their love of old detective novels to use. Written by IMDb Editors

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Comedy | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

15 April 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Clima Frio See more »

Filming Locations:

Cannon Beach, Oregon, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,513, 6 February 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$141,358, 17 April 2011
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Doug: Do you know who Marina Sirtis is?
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References Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) See more »


Written by Danny Edge, Ben Stambler, Sam Burton, and Paul Solet
Performed by Deathrace
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A "real life" detective story.
15 August 2011 | by lewiskendellSee all my reviews

I won't address the story of Cold Weather in detail, because I think the less you know of it, the better. But if you do need story details in advance, I'm sure they're easily found in the movie synopsis or other reviews.  I'd just like to cover a few points about why I liked it. 

First of all, it's pretty awesome how Cold Weather mixes the everyday, mostly uneventful, almost boring lives of their characters with surprising levels of mystery and tension. It's not often the word "realistic" fits a film as aptly as it does this movie. 

Second, I thought it ended much too quickly and abruptly, which is actually a partial compliment. For one, I wasn't ready for it to be over, and it ended in an unexpected and non-formulaic way. 

Third, this was simply one of the freshest movie experiences I've had this  year, and I expect that it will be even better upon subsequent viewings. The closest thing I can think of to compare it to is Winter's Bone. Not because the stories are similar, but because they center around realistic, un-stylized characters that make small, personal events seem more urgent and engrossing than the world-ending, massively bombastic plots of some much bigger films. 

With that said, I definitely think the audience for Cold Weather is more narrow than broad. It's by no means a perfect movie. The plot relies on coincidence after coincidence, and that may be hard for some to swallow. It's also a slow-burner throughout, and that may bore some people. Slow-paced doesn't necessarily mean boring or bad in my opinion, though, so I don't hesitate in giving Cold Weather my approval. 

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