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Rites of Passage (2012)

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An anthropology student invites his classmates and professor to his family's abandoned ranch, once a sacred Chumash burial ground, to recreate an ancient ceremony.


W. Peter Iliff


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wes Bentley ... Benny
Kate Maberly ... Dani
Ryan Donowho ... Nathan
Travis Van Winkle ... Hart
Briana Evigan ... Penelope
Christian Slater ... Delgado
Stephen Dorff ... Professor Nash
Carly Schroeder ... Carly
Ashley Hinshaw ... Sandee
Guy Burnet ... Mojo
Daniel Cudmore ... Moose
Angelic Zambrana ... Squirrel
Sharon Hinnendael ... Roxanne
Mercedes Leggett ... Jaci
Nicholas Leiting Nicholas Leiting ... Jaci's Boyfriend


A group of anthropology students take a road trip to the family ranch of one of them for a weekend of drinking and taking drugs, the latter under the pretense of researching ancient rituals. They run in trouble, however, because the brother that lives on the seemingly abandoned premises displays disturbing behavior in his search for a "bride" and a stranger named Delgado turns up to enact revenge for a misdeed in the past by one of the students. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for drug and alcohol abuse, violence, some strong sexual content and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 October 2012 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Santa Barbara, California, USA


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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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thought provoking
23 October 2012 | by Christina McCauleySee all my reviews

I'm sorry to say I agree with the "Concerned Chumash Citizen"about their plot summary. Being Native myself I can say that many of our cultural beliefs,and spiritual ceremonies are STRICTLY FORBIDDEN to be shown,or talked about publicly.There are good reasons.Many of these traditions,and ceremonial practise's are ancient,and secret,and handed down through generations. Above all they should not be taken lightly,or practised by people who are not experienced. It's not that we are "selfishly keeping them to ourselves"!It's a matter of deep respect for all things spiritual.I have seen with my own eyes the result of doing these kind of things the wrong way,and it's SCARY to say the least. Only certain people trained,and taught in the "Old Ways" are allowed to do ceremonial,and spiritual things.And there's usually something gifted,and special about those who do them. I find it to be disrespectful,and insulting if just anyone does it,and it's embarrassing for our people as well.We respect other people's beliefs,so it's only fair to respect ours.

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