A pair of working-class brothers flee their Reno Motel after getting involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident.


Alan Polsky, Gabe Polsky (as Gabriel Polsky)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emile Hirsch ... Frank
Stephen Dorff ... Jerry Lee
Doc Divecchio ... Boss Man
Nancy Youngblut ... Mom
Jenica Bergere ... Polly Flynn
Dakota Fanning ... Annie James
Joshua Leonard ... Tommy
Garrett Backstrom ... Young Jerry Lee
Kris Kristofferson ... Earl Hurley
Noah Harpster ... Al Casey
Andrew Lee Andrew Lee ... Young Frank
Oren Skoog ... Barry Hurley
Hayes MacArthur ... Officer Cook
Scott MacArthur ... Officer Mori
Jim Gray Jim Gray ... Boxing Sportscaster


Two brothers who are forced to leave Reno after being involved in a hit-and-run accident. Based on the novel by Willy Vlautin, this moody thriller is a searing and profound examination of brotherhood set in the timeless Sierra Nevadan frontier. Written by Polsky Films

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They will do anything to find the truth

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language, some nudity, brief violent images, and drug references | See all certifications »

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Dakota Fanning's sister, Elle Fanning has also starred with the film's star, Stephen Dorff in Somewhere. See more »


[first lines]
Jerry Lee 16 years: Can you tell me a story, Frankie? Tell me something good. Make me the hero. Maybe I can get the girl.
Frank - 14: I got one. A long time ago, you and me were fighter pilots in the war. The Flannigan brothers. We were famous. One morning we were heading over to Germany when we got ambushed. You and me versus 20 German fighters. It was a mess. Real dog fight. It was touch-and-go, but we were winning until a Nazi came out of the fog and started firing away at you. Luckily I came down and blew the ...
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References Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) See more »


Oil Can (excerpt)
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6 July 2014 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

Dire, Depressing, and a Bit Boring, this Indie Slice-of-Life Definitely has Talented Filmmakers at Work, but this is so Downbeat that it Never Raises True Concern or Empathy from the Viewer. Mostly Because it just Tries Too Hard.

Virtually Humorless, Except in the Violent, Sketchy Animation that has its Charm. But that is about the Only Thing Charming in this Desperate Tale of Brotherhood. Emile Hirsch is Stoic and Noble in His Devotion to the Handicapped Stephen Dorff Playing Against Type as a Half-Wit Artist that is Hobbled by More than just One Leg.

It is a Good Try, but the Film is Lifeless in its Showing of a Life with Less than Nothing to Live for. It Needs Some Upbeat Tweak to Contrast and Balance the Bleak and the Bummer that this so Strongly Embraces.

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Release Date:

8 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Motel Life See more »

Filming Locations:

Virginia City, Nevada, USA See more »

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Polsky Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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