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Rudderless (2014)

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A grieving father in a downward spiral stumbles across a box of his recently deceased son's demo tapes and lyrics. Shocked by the discovery of this unknown talent, he forms a band in the hope of finding some catharsis.

Director:

William H. Macy
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miles Heizer ... Josh
Aly Lovelace ... Mary Beth (as Alexandra Lovelace)
Billy Crudup ... Sam
Casey Twenter ... Casey
David A. Flannery ... Jacob Taylor (aka Dorm Dude) (as David Adam Flannery)
Eric Starkey ... Brent
Kenneisha Thompson ... Keri
Ali Meyer Ali Meyer ... Female Newscaster #2
Lance West Lance West ... Male Newscaster #2
Kevin Ogle Kevin Ogle ... Male Newscaster
Linda Cavanaugh Linda Cavanaugh ... Female Newscaster
Jennifer Savidge ... Brent's Wife
Jamie Chung ... Lisa Martin
Felicity Huffman ... Emily
Phil Deberry Phil Deberry ... Favorite Uncle
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Storyline

A grieving father in a downward spiral stumbles across a box of his recently deceased son's demo tapes and lyrics. Shocked by the discovery of this unknown talent, he forms a band in the hope of finding some catharsis.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The way back begins with a single chord.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 2015 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Bez kormila See more »

Filming Locations:

Oklahoma, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,440, 17 October 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$37,440, 17 October 2014
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

When Josh stands up his father, Sam, they were to meet at "the Belle." Sam is waiting at the Belle Isle Brewery in Oklahoma City. Later, Sam orders a double whiskey in the Blue Belle in Guthrie Oklahoma. Tom Mix once bartended at the Blue Belle. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning, there are many banners for the university as well as a gate clearly showing the university is UCO, the University of Central Oklahoma. Moments later during the news scenes, the university is called Central Plains State University. See more »

Quotes

Alaird: I had to file another complaint about you relieving yourself in the lake. The rules are quite clear.
Sam: Alard, do you realize how many of our conversations are about my penis?
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Soundtracks

Don't You Worry
Written by Ben Kweller
Performed by Willie and Friends
Twelve Sides Die (ASCAP)
Courtesy of The Noise Company
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Great movie, great music, forgettable title
5 October 2014 | by richard-1967See all my reviews

We saw this film today at our movie preview club. Wow! Best film I've seen so far this year (although the big guns have yet to come out). The only problem with it is I can't for the life of me remember the film's name in order to tell my friends to go see it.

It's not easy writing and directing an original movie that has a new slant on a familiar topic - a tragic mass murder at a school in which the main character's son dies. To do it poignantly and lovingly, and add in some really terrific music, is to accomplish a great deal indeed.

There's a lot to like here. Billy Crudup, in virtually every scene, shows his depth as an actor as he tries to come to terms with his cataclysmic loss. The music that Crudup's character discovers is well beyond good, and it's used effectively to move the story along and just plain listen to. The band members who help play the music add exuberance, the anxiety of youth, and humor. One great moment: When the band plays the children's song "The Wheels on the Bus."

Macy proves to be an excellent story-teller. Not much back story about any character, but none is needed, because this film takes place in an ever-evolving present. And - without saying a word about what it is - Macy does the most difficult thing to do in a film: he nails the ending. I'm ready to go see it again.


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