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The Motel Life (2012)

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

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Alan Polsky, Gabe Polsky (as Gabriel Polsky)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida em Motéis See more »

Filming Locations:

Virginia City, Nevada, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Polsky Films See more »
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Werner Herzog was a big fan of the film, hosting a screening of it. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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Written by Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart
Performed by The Kills
Courtesy of Domino Recording Company, Inc.
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Acting is very good & its worth seeing for that but don't expect anything amazing & be prepared for a very long hour and a half.
20 April 2014 | by cosmo_tigerSee all my reviews

"Don't make decisions thinking your a low life, make decisions thinking your a great man." When Jerry Lee (Dorff) tells his brother Frank (Hirsch) that he has just killed someone and drove away the decide the best thing to do is leave town. Frank tries to juggle finding a job, keeping a girlfriend and keeping his brother hidden and safe. This may be one of the hardest movies I've had to review. This movie isn't terrible and the acting is good, Kris Kristofferson is really great in this, but honestly nothing happens. It's a lot of repetition between the three aspects of Franks life. The best and easiest way to describe this is that the movie really has the feel of Out Of The Furnace. One brother watching out and trying to protect another but very slow moving and really waiting around for something to happen. It seems like I'm being hard on this, the acting is very good and its worth seeing for that but do not expect anything amazing and be prepared for a very long feeling hour and a half. Overall, if you like movies like Out Of The Furnace you will like this. I give this a C+.


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