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Road to Nowhere (2010)

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A young filmmaker gets wrapped up in a crime while shooting his new project on location.

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Monte Hellman

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Steven Gaydos
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tygh Runyan ... Mitchell Haven
Dominique Swain ... Nathalie Post
Shannyn Sossamon ... Laurel Graham / Velma Duran
John Diehl ... Bobby Billings
Cliff De Young ... Cary Stewart / Rafe Taschen
Waylon Payne ... Bruno Brotherton
Rob Kolar Rob Kolar ... Steve Gales (as Robert Kolar)
Nic Paul Nic Paul ... Johnny Laidlaw
Fabio Testi ... Nestor Duran
Fabio Tricamo Fabio Tricamo ... Desk Clerk
Moxie Moxie ... Herself
Peter Bart ... Himself
Pete Manos Pete Manos ... El Cholo Bartender
Mallory Culbert ... Mallory
Beck Latimore Beck Latimore ... Doc Holliday Bartender
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Storyline

There's a murky tenuous balance between reality and fiction; particularly when it involves a beautiful young woman, murder, a powerful politico, a missing fortune and suicide. A passionate filmmaker creating a film based upon a true crime casts an unknown mysterious young woman bearing a disturbing resemblance to the femme fatale in the story. Unsuspectingly, he finds himself drawn into a complex web of haunting intrigue, obsessed with the woman, the crime, her possibly notorious past and the disturbing complexity between art and truth. From the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina to Verona, Rome and London, new truths are revealed and clues to other crimes and passions, darker and even more complex are uncovered. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Illusion is the first of all pleasures

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Romance | Thriller

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Rated R for some language and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 2011 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Caminho para o Nada See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,418, 12 June 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$40,294, 18 September 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$150,237, 17 July 2011
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Tigers Den Studios See more »
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Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Road to Nowhere
Written and performed by Tom Russell (As Thomas George Russell)
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Great movie, but I didn't really enjoy it
20 March 2013 | by rooprectSee all my reviews

Ever see a movie that is full of art, depth and meaning, but you just don't like it?

David Lynch movies strike me the same way. "Road to Nowhere" seems like a very Lynchian film. It carries a dark, brooding sense of imminent tragedy, characters are mysterious (some may say deliberately 2-dimensional), and the story disorients the viewer by leaping through different planes of existence. It's the kind of movie you're probably expected to view several times before you truly get it.

The story takes us to a small town where we piece together a crime based on small fragments. The whole time, a movie is being filmed about the crime, and that's the real plot. It's actually pretty clever of the director to hit us with 2 simultaneous stories unfolding in cryptic bits, and if I had more patience, I could have absorbed it all. But for the first hour I was just struggling to figure out what's going on, and the long, slow pacing seemed to mock my struggle. Do not watch this movie unless you're prepared to sit for nearly 2 hours like a deer in the headlights.

When the big picture finally materializes, it's almost too late. The abrupt ending may leave you feeling unsatisfied as it did me. But I guess that's where you're supposed to watch it again.

There was one part I'm very glad I saw: a scene where one character recites the poem "Sonnet XXV" by George Santayana. I'd never heard that poem before and immediately paused the movie to look it up.

Another scene, a short one of a plane crashing into a lake, struck me as beautiful. Make no mistake, even though I'm not a big fan of this movie, I enjoyed parts of it and would recommend it to fans of David Lynch ("Mulholland Drive"), Peter Greenaway ("Zed and two Naughts") or maybe--this is a stretch--Wim Wenders ("Paris, Texas"). It's also vaguely reminiscent of Jim Jarmusch ("Limits of Control") but it doesn't have Jarmusch's humorous moments, or any humor really. This is a very serious movie, made by serious people, intended for serious cinephiles. Do not watch this if you're in the mood for "Peewee's Big Adventure" or you'll be likely to crash your own airplane into a lake.


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