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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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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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Details

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

On the check written to Gates Academy, Tucson is misspelled "Tuscon". 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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Modern coming of age story with a completely original flare.
25 January 2012 | by libertyforallusaSee all my reviews

My wife and I screened this film at the Sundance Film Festival World Premier this evening and were proud to have given it a 9 out of 10 stars! This fantastically funny modern coming of age story is carried by a great cast that truly brings the audience into a world of starkly contrasting personalities. I never stopped laughing for the entire 90 minutes, not just at the overtly funny moments but at the subtle idiosyncrasies that each character brings to the screen. Put simply I loved this film. David Duchovny as the Goat Man alone is an act that could go on the road. In his directorial debut Christopher Neil has produced a film that I could easily see becoming a cult classic!


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