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Nebraska (2013)

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An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.

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Alexander Payne

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Bob Nelson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Dern ... Woody Grant
Will Forte ... David Grant
June Squibb ... Kate Grant
Bob Odenkirk ... Ross Grant
Stacy Keach ... Ed Pegram
Mary Louise Wilson ... Aunt Martha
Rance Howard ... Uncle Ray
Tim Driscoll ... Bart
Devin Ratray ... Cole
Angela McEwan ... Peg Nagy
Glendora Stitt Glendora Stitt ... Aunt Betty
Elizabeth Moore Elizabeth Moore ... Aunt Flo
Kevin Kunkel ... Cousin Randy
Dennis McCoig Dennis McCoig ... Uncle Verne
Ronald Vosta Ronald Vosta ... Uncle Albert
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"NEBRASKA" is a father and son road trip, from Billings, Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska that gets waylaid at a small town in central Nebraska, where the father grew up and has scores to settle. Told with deadpan humor and a unique visual style, it's ultimately the story of a son trying to get through to a father he doesn't understand. Written by Anonymous

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Life's not about winning or losing. It's about how you get there in the end.


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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Небраска See more »

Filming Locations:

Plainview, Nebraska, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$140,401, 15 November 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$17,654,912

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,773,560
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Datasat (LCR Sound)| Dolby Digital (LCR Sound)

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2.35 : 1
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Bruce Dern claimed that he and Will Forte were stuck in the car for hours while filming the driving scenes because cameras were mounted on both doors. Since they were unable to take bathroom breaks between takes, Dern remarked "We found out what bottles are for." See more »

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David's Subaru Outback has its gas tank on the passenger side. When his father disappears to get a beer, David fills up the tank on the driver side. See more »

Quotes

Kate Grant: Why do you want meatloaf if it isn't even on the dinner menu?
Woody Grant: 'cause I like it.
Waitress: What can I get you?
Woody Grant: Do you have any meatloaf?
Waitress: No, that's only part of our lunch specials.
Kate Grant: He'll have the chicken.
Waitress: Fried or grilled?
Woody Grant: ...fried.
Kate Grant: He'll have it grilled. I think I'd like the roast beef, but I'm not entirely sure. What do you recommend?
Waitress: Everything's all good ma'am, but I especially like the tilapia.
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The film opens with the 1960s Paramount widescreen logo. See more »

Alternate Versions

Alexander Payne claimed a color version was created in an effort to appease Paramount Vantage studio executives over releasing a black and white film. Although he had no plans or intentions of ever releasing it to the public, it was shown on premium movie channel Epix as a "World Color Premiere" at 10:00 pm on August 10, 2014, immediately following the 8:00 pm premiere of the black and white version. See more »

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Beautiful, hilarious, poignant film
18 November 2013 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Alexander Payne is one director who marches to the beat of his own drummer - films in Nebraska, uses black and white, and casts some parts locally to get the correct flavor. He doesn't miss a note.

Nebraska is the story of a family of usual dysfunctionals living where else but Nebraska - a quiet, distant father with a little dementia, Woody (Bruce Dern), his two sons, David and Ross (Will Forte and Bob Odenkirk), and their perpetually complaining mother Kate (June Squibb). David sells home electronics and just broke up with his girlfriend; Ross works for a news station and recently replaced the "talent" up front.

The current major problem is that Woody has received something akin to a Publisher's Clearing House certificate telling him he's won a million dollars. All he has to do is buy these magazines and check if the numbers are his. All Woody sees is that he won a million dollars. No one will take him to Lincoln to claim his prize so he starts walking - more than once - until David says he will take him.

On the way, they stop by his parents' home town and drop in on Woody's brother and his family - a scary bunch. Kate takes a bus in and shows David around the cemetery in a scene you'll never forget, trust me. Woody runs into his old partner, Ed (Stacy Keach), and as word spreads that Woody is going to be a millionaire, everybody wants a piece of him, including Ed, who says Woody owes him quite a bit.

This is really a character-driven film, with some of the most vibrant, fleshed-out characters ever on screen and some of the starkest landscapes, filmed in black and white, and giving the viewer the feeling of what it's like to live among miles and miles of farmland interspersed with small towns.

Bruce Dern gives an Oscar-worthy performance as a lifelong alcoholic who has escaped inside himself, a man out of touch and seemingly untouched by any events around him. As the outspoken Kate, June Squibb is absolutely hilarious - always yelling at Woody, threatening to put him in a home, complaining about him, but just don't let anybody take advantage of him, or you'll have to deal with her.

The sons mirror their parents, with David quiet and thoughtful but trying to bond with his father, and Ross, more confident and less sympathetic.

In learning about his father's background, in talking with his old girlfriend (Angela McEwan) David begins to see the man that his father once was and what shaped him. And he finds out that love is sometimes an unspoken thing, but it's there all the same.

A wonderful film, powerful in its simplicity. Don't miss it.


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