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Few Options (2011)

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When a convicted drug courier leaves prison after 22 years for one youthful mistake, he just wants to start over and obey the law. But, unable to find work, he's forced to take a supposedly... See full summary »

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George A. Pappy Jr. (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenny Johnson ... Frank Connor
Erin Daniels ... Helen
David Marciano ... Russ
Brad Dourif ... Chris Pendler
Christian Stokes ... Mike Colton
Rainn Wilson ... Cousin Don
Cindy Baer ... Jillian
Michael Sheen ... Florist
Laura San Giacomo ... Bus Ticket Agent
Dayton Callie ... Warden Winslow
Mary Lou Secor Mary Lou Secor ... Martha Connor
Matt Mercer ... Cell Phone Guy
Ron E. Dickinson ... Cook
Pete Lockwood Pete Lockwood ... Man in Office
Mandy Amano ... Chrissie
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When a convicted drug courier leaves prison after 22 years for one youthful mistake, he just wants to start over and obey the law. But, unable to find work, he's forced to take a supposedly legitimate job with his old crime partners. And they have big plans for their newest employee. Written by George A. Pappy Jr.

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Meet Frank Connor: After 22 years in prison and 2 days out, he's got few options...

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Few Options, All Bad See more »

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Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the Q&A session for a 2016 festival screening of the film in New York City, when asked if he had any advice for aspiring young filmmakers in the crowd, writer/director George A. Pappy Jr. replied: "Given my experience over the past ten or twelve years, I'd say this: Making a good film (or two) is certainly possible despite all the odds stacked against you. However, even if you do succeed on that front, it doesn't guarantee that you'll be able to make a viable (and consistent) living as an independent filmmaker, especially someplace like New York or LA, where the cost of living is very high. It's a funny business, especially nowadays, and the financial rewards are not always as merit-based (or inevitable) as you'd expect from virtually any other line of work. It's important to know this going in as it may eventually inform your decision to stay or to leave the industry. Whatever you decide, I wish you good luck.". See more »

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Chris tells Frank that the .22-caliber revolver Frank will use for an assassination doesn't require a silencer, apparently in the belief that such a pistol is inherently quiet. But a .22 revolver emits a noticeable report; if noise suppression was a concern, the gun should have been equipped with a silencer. See more »

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The Fast & The Curious
Performed by Sy Smith and Mark De Clive Lowe
Written by Sy Smith and Mark De Clive Lowe
Produced by Mark De Clive Lowe
Published by Sybersong Publishing / Copyright Control
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A Strong Debut for Writer/Director George Pappy
29 May 2012 | by Charlie SteffensSee all my reviews

Few Options is a drama of moody temperament with solid acting, particularly from the star, Kenny Johnson. It is a fish-out-of-water redemption story set in present-day Los Angeles.

After serving a 22-year sentence, Frank Connor, played by Kenny Johnson, exits the gates of Terminal Island and steps out to navigate a new world of uncertainty exhibiting a strong case of culture shock. Having no exit plan upon his release and less than two-hundred dollars, no car, phone, or comforts characteristic of the modern day, Frank asks his cousin (Rainn Wilson) for a place to stay until he gets back on his feet. Cousin Don agrees to let Frank stay in his garage for a short time, despite his wife's thinly-veiled disapproval. Having spent half his life in prison, Frank confronts immediate challenges that make finding honest work difficult.

Aptly titled Few Options, this story culminates into an unpredictable twist after Frank gets reacquainted with his once friend/partner in crime, Russ (David Marciano), who offers him a doorman job at the seedy strip club he manages, which leads to distraction from the alluring (and somewhat strung out) exotic dancer Helen, played by Erin Daniels. Chris Pendler, the owner of the "gentleman's club," is a ruthless criminal, but one who never seems to get his hands dirty. Pendler's role is played by veteran actor Brad Dourif, a true standout in the movie.

Few Options gets a four-star rating from its well-written script and photography. The movie is George Pappy's debut as both writer and director, and the acting throughout the majority of the story is top notch.


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