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Return (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama | 10 February 2012 (USA)
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A soldier returns to her family, friends, and old job after a tour of duty, though she finds herself struggling to find her place in her everyday life.

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Liza Johnson

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Liza Johnson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Cardellini ... Kelli
Michael Shannon ... Mike
John Slattery ... Bud
Talia Balsam ... Julie
Paul Sparks ... Ed
Louisa Krause ... Shannon
Rosie Benton ... Brooke
James Murtaugh ... Mr. Miller
Bonnie Swencionis ... Cara Lee
Emma Rayne Lyle ... Jackie (as Emma Lyle)
Tabitha Depew Tabitha Depew ... Bree
Victoria Depew Victoria Depew ... Bree
Wayne Pyle ... Franklin
Cheyenne Ruggiero Cheyenne Ruggiero ... Girl #1
Dana Chaifetz Dana Chaifetz ... Avinelle (as Dannah Chaifetz)
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Back from a tour of duty, Kelli can't wait to rejoin her old life in the rust belt town she's always lived in. She's ready to experience the old feelings of everyday life- the carpet under her bare feet, a cold beer in front of the television, the smell of her baby's head. Slowly, though, she realizes that her everyday life doesn't resemble the one she left. Struggling to find her place in her family and the rust-belt town she no longer recognizes, what can she reclaim of her share of the way of life she's been fighting to protect? Written by NMH

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Beacon, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,717, 12 February 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,717, 12 February 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Color (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

One character mentions Superman flying around the Earth to go back in time, an event depicted in Superman (1978) which featured the villain General Zod. Two years after co-starring in this film, Michael Shannon would go on to play General Zod in Man of Steel (2013). See more »

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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.95 (2012) See more »

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Semi-Famous People
Written by Dan Melchior
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It's not easy to say this...
1 December 2012 | by nick-crawford1234See all my reviews

Let me start by saying that I love Linda Cardellini, after watching Freaks and Geeks recently I thought I would watch this to see what she was up to. As I expected, Linda did a fantastic job acting and stole the show, unfortunately, the character who Linda plays is about as inspirational as a dead horse.

This movie is painfully and relentlessly depressing, there's no feel good movie here, there's no optimism behind the horizon. Quite frankly, the only reason i would recommend this movie is for a parent to scare their child out of joining the military.

All the acting is quite good, in fact, it's chillingly realistic, but the slow pace, depressing theme with no reward, and them turning Linda Cardellini into a monster don't fly in my book.


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