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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


W. Peter Iliff (screenplay), W. Peter Iliff (story) | 1 more credit »





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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Briana Evigan and Travis Van Winkle were both in horror movie remakes. Briana in Mother's Day and Sorority Row. Travis in the 2009 remake of Friday The 13th. See more »


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racist? who cares?! it's Hollywood and i know my rights
8 November 2012 | by keepitsimple89See all my reviews

the notion that people would have issues "unrelated" to the themes portrayed in this movie is invalid. the very fact that this movie chose to capitalize and exploit native culture for a mere thrill factor is reason enough for some people to find it offensive and a poor representation of the native community. just because you got a couple of native people to get on board with the project in no means makes it OK nor does that small group represent first nations community of this country. and in this day and age when native Americans are being misrepresented and portrayed stereotypically left and right it's no surprise that this movie would once again portray native people in a stereotypical misrepresented manner. the problem is this American society that we live in doesn't find it necessary to really educate themselves about our culture or way of life unless it serves them in some way, i.e learning enough to make a believable thrasher film. because if this society did truly educate themselves they would acquire enough respect and dignity that they wouldn't exploit an already damaged culture that has been almost completely eradicated in the name of the American dream. but of course this film represents America, Hollywood, where nothing is sacred. everything is exploited for a buck and entertainment. so while you go ahead and exercise your rights at the expense of others, just remember why you chose to do it. not to educate people about a culture and a people, it was to entertain with blood murder, drugs and Indians.

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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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1.85 : 1
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