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Goats (2012)

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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.

Director:

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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Interestingly the brand of beer being served in the Mexican strip club is 'Chupacabra' named for a mythical creature believed to inhabit the deserts of Mexico and the U.S. southwest. The literal translation of Chupacabra is 'goat sucker'. Duchovny investigated it as Agent Mulder in The X Files. 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 »

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[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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A unique and touching coming of age story about a boy who is trying to find who he is while dealing with his new age mother while is only mentor is a man called "Goat man".
28 January 2012 | by iclaireSee all my reviews

Goats, a film directed by Christopher Neil, is a fantastic, unique coming of age story, that spins the common story of personal discovery into something new and previously unseen. I was lucky enough to see the premier of Goats at the Sundance Film Festival. It was a major hit with the audience. Its touching, funny, and original story had the audience watching with bated breath. The cast of Goats was amazing. Graham Phillips played the main character of Ellis, a boy who trying to cope with his difficult parents as well as other problems. His mentor and stand in father, "Goat Man" is played by David Duchovny, a pot growing, goat herder. Both actors hit their roles out of the park making this film a huge success. I would definitely recommend this wonderful film!


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