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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Frank
... Jerry Lee
... Boss Man
... Mom
... Polly Flynn
... Annie James
... Tommy
... Young Jerry Lee
... Earl Hurley
... Al Casey
Andrew Lee ... Young Frank
... Barry Hurley
... Officer Cook
... Officer Mori
Jim Gray ... Boxing Sportscaster
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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


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

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8 November 2013 (USA)  »

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A Vida em Motéis  »

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Alan Polsky and Gabe Polsky were initially unsure about casting Stephen Dorff as Emile Hirsch's brother until Dorff asked to do a test alongside Hirsch. Dorff was always convinced that he would be perfect for the part, having met Hirsch at a party a few years before and telling him that they would play brothers one day. See more »

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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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Dark Horse
Written by Brandy st. John
Performed by The long wives
Courtesy of Renee Marie records
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like an old Dodge Dart
12 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

snow. animation. common acting. dark story. a mixture between Of mice and men , blue song and usual scenes from a gloomy America. it is not great or good or impressive. only decent. each actor does a good work and the presence of Krist Kristoffen remains the profound note of movie. a film like an old Dodge Dart. too common for many, not brilliant for the others. but interesting and almost touching. an adaptation. a testimony. realistic and full of ash taste. a film who can remember few basic things of ordinary life or be boring. but not bad. sure, it is not a revelation, Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff makes theirs character in well known manner but that is one of film virtues.


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