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Goats (2012)

R | | Comedy | 10 August 2012 (USA)
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As Ellis prepares to leave Tucson for his freshman year at an East Coast prep school, he also faces separating from his flaky, new age mother and the only real father he has ever known: Goat Man.

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Christopher Neil

Writers:

Mark Poirier (novel), Mark Poirier (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Goat Man
Vera Farmiga ... Wendy
Graham Phillips ... Ellis Whitman
Justin Kirk ... Bennet
Keri Russell ... Judy
Anthony Anderson ... Coach
Dakota Johnson ... Minnie
Adelaide Kane ... Aubrey
Ty Burrell ... Frank Whitman
Nicholas Lobue ... Barney
Ronnie Rubalcaba Ronnie Rubalcaba ... Rosenberg
Alan Ruck ... Dr. Eldridge
Tommee May ... Fiona
Musashi Alexander Musashi Alexander ... Mr. Lin
Ana Auther ... Lilly
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Storyline

Fifteen-year-old Ellis is getting ready to leave his luxurious home in the foothills of Tucson for his freshman year at Gates Academy, an East Coast prep school. This means leaving behind Wendy, his flaky, new age mother and the only real father he has ever known, Goat Man. Written by Anonymous

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You can't choose your family...or can you?

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug content including teen drug and alcohol use, language, sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Capre See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In Mark Poirier's original screenplay of Goats (2012), the lead character played by Graham Phillips searches for a special Christmas gift for his friend "The Goat Man" played by David Duchovny. In a scene at Smash Records in Washington DC. he finds the gift , and it's a cd of The Squids "4 Floors Of Whores - The Squids Collection" In the original script Graham Phillips line is something like "Oh wow, The Squids 4 Floors Of Whores cd, I can't find it anywhere on the internet." He holds it up and buys it and later in the movie gives it to The Goat Man. See more »

Goofs

Where's the 'tofurkey'? There is a big build up for the appearance of 'tofurkey' on Wendy's Thanksgiving dinner table out on the terrace but it never makes it on camera. What an odd omission? I know 'Oz' the asst. property master who prepared the Thanksgiving meal baked half a dozen 'tofurkey' rolls in the craft service trailer and at least 4 were carved for the scene and delivered to the table as part of the action. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ellis Whitman: Goat Man took me on my first trek when I was eleven. Not long after that he taught me how to do bong hits. It doesn't matter where we go on these treks, we just wander. Goat Man says it's the journey that counts, which I know is cliche. In a few days I leave for the prep school my father went to. Goat Man's calling this my farewell trek. He says I should suck up as much of the Sonoran sun as I can, but he's the one doing most of the soaking.
Goat Man: Whew! You won't have all this at Gates ...
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Amazing film
28 January 2012 | by saffron77See all my reviews

This film was so sweet and surprising. The story unfolded in the midst of gorgeously shot Arizona desert. The characters pulled me in immediately with their depth of emotion and experience. I laughed, I cried, and I felt a lot move within me when seeing this film. Even the story itself I felt a connection to, as if anyone could understand the straddling of divergent worlds as a teenager. I appreciated a film about adolescence and coming of age that was real enough to identify with, even if I'm not close to being a teen anymore. A remarkable story and well crafted into a film. Truly a gifted filmmaker, this story had strong performances. Bravo bravo! Can't wait to see it again in my city at the Sundance theater!


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