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Kodachrome (2017)

TV-MA | | Drama | 20 April 2018 (USA)
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Set during the final days of the admired photo development system known as Kodachrome, a father and son hit the road in order to reach the Kansas photo lab before it closes its doors for good.


Mark Raso
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Harris ... Ben
Jason Sudeikis ... Matt Ryder
Elizabeth Olsen ... Zoe Kern
Bruce Greenwood ... Uncle Dean
Wendy Crewson ... Aunt Sarah
Dennis Haysbert ... Larry
Gethin Anthony ... Jasper
Rob Stewart ... Lepselter
Vladimir Jon Cubrt ... Zeke
Al Mukadam ... Leo
Sebastian Pigott ... Elijah
Sebastian MacLean ... Guard
Paolo Mancini ... Clark
Elena Juatco ... Kim
Humberly González ... Eve


The film is based on A.G. Sulzberger's 2010 New York Times article "For Kodachrome Fans, Road Ends at Photo Lab in Kansas" about a father and son who take a road trip to Kansas in order to develop photographs at Kodak's last Kodachrome lab before it closes its doors forever. Written by variety

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Release Date:

20 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene shot outside the Chicago hotel is actually the Novotel on The Esplanade in Toronto. You can see the sign for the popular restaurant The Olde Spaghetti Factory in the background. See more »


The drum kit Ben plays is too new to have belonged to Matt like Ben says. Those two haven't even seen each other for at least ten years, but the Sonor Vintage Series drum kit came on the market in 2015. See more »


Matt Ryder: This was the last chance I'd have to see, uh... and how you measure up against the colossal bastard I've hated all those years?
Ben: How am I doing?
Matt Ryder: You're holding your own.
Ben: [whispers to himself] I know.
[to Matt]
Ben: You wanna know the sad part? I've actually been trying.
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References Rocky III (1982) See more »


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Famous photographer, whose "great" pictures we never get to see
22 July 2018 | by dierregiSee all my reviews

Matt is a record executive about to lose his job. He receives the visit of smart*ss Zooey, his estranged father PA. Turns out, dad Benjamin is a world famous photographer and also about to die of cancer.

Benjamin is your standard cantankerous old man, not even cancer can redeem. Matt is resentful because dad wasted too much time travelling and taking photos, rather then being a good dad at home

Obviously, Matt proclaims he is not interested in meeting dad, but we know the two will eventually meet ... and what better that throwing in a road trip for the occasion?

The road trip involves delivering rolls of unprocessed Kodachrome film before they stop developing them for good. Seeing which photos are so precious for Benjamin is supposed to be the big surprise at the end of the movie, although anybody with minimal experience can see the "surprise' coming from a mile away.

And there lies the biggest weakness of the movie: we never get to see the photographic masterpieces Benjamin was famous for (Was he a war photographer? Travel landscape? Social commentary? Fashion?) but we're supposed to get very emotional when we discover what his most precious photos were about...

PS and expect the usual nasty repartees between characters, only to end predictably with love and affection

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