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At Any Price (2012)

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A farming family's business is threatened by an unexpected crisis, further testing the relationship between a father and his rebellious son.

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Ramin Bahrani
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Quaid ... Henry Whipple
Kim Dickens ... Irene Whipple
Aaron B. Oduber Aaron B. Oduber ... Young Dean Whipple
Jacob R. Oduber Jacob R. Oduber ... Young Grant Whipple
Zac Efron ... Dean Whipple
Patrick W. Stevens Patrick W. Stevens ... Grant Whipple
Guy Massey Guy Massey ... Funeral Pastor
John Hoogenakker ... Mr. Pritchard
Laura Atwood ... Mrs. Pritchard
Dan Waller ... Larry Brown
Maika Monroe ... Cadence Farrow
Phil Ridarelli Phil Ridarelli ... Salesman
Clancy Brown ... Jim Johnson
Ben Marten ... Brad Johnson
Matthew Petersen Matthew Petersen ... Brett Johnson
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Storyline

In the competitive world of modern agriculture, ambitious Henry Whipple wants his rebellious son Dean to help expand his family's farming empire. However, Dean has his sights set on becoming a professional race car driver. When a high-stakes investigation into their business is exposed, father and son are pushed into an unexpected crisis that threatens the family's entire livelihood. Written by Sony Pictures Classics

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Taglines:

How far would you go to chase a dream?

Genres:

Drama | Sport | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content including a strong graphic image, and for language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 2013 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

A Qualquer Preço See more »

Filming Locations:

DeKalb, Illinois, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,095, 28 April 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$379,791, 28 July 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The last movie that Roger Ebert rated 4/4. See more »

Goofs

Zac Efron's tattoo on his right arm is covered with makeup throughout the film but is visible in the sequence with Irene and Dean at the dinner table. See more »

Quotes

Henry Whipple: Am I a happy man? How can I not be?
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Soundtracks

The National Anthem
(uncredited)
Music by John Stafford Smith (uncredited
Lyrics by Francis Scott Key
Performed by Cast
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better than IMDb rating indicates imo
3 September 2013 | by mdixonSee all my reviews

after watching I was surprised by its low IMDb rating (5.6 currently). I liked it, it held my attention, felt on its own it was entertaining and was one of those I think to myself "I'm glad I watched that". I'm not a film critic or film-making buff so don't know mechanically what makes a movie good, it's more a thing of you know it when you see it.

to be fair before writing this I read some of the less favorable reviews and can see they have their points. but in imd-land the mid-5s kinds of movies are getting into the range where a movie is clearly not well-thought of and it's hard to see how that can be true of this one. also I don't watch previews/trailers or really read much besides the brief IMDb synopsis at the top so maybe my lack of expectation helps.

I watched this because I like dennis quaid, he's one of those actors that on the screen I find easy to like and his performances are usually good. this isn't the kind of role I'm used to seeing from him (the clever/charming/gregarious kind of guy) but I thought he played it quite well.

the overarching theme seems to be there's no overarching theme. it was more or less an hour and a half of stuff involving people that happened to be in iowa, some of which happened to be farmers. it didn't seem to me it was pushing any kind of viewpoint, we just get to witness some unusual things that can make one think "what would I have done in that spot?" it almost had the dryness of a documentary in that there's no crescendos (musically or otherwise) trying to tell the audience what to feel where. to me the movie was more about what's inside the characters rather than what happens externally when they interact. from that standpoint I wasn't put off by some of the disjointedness other reviewers rightfully point out.

I did notice in hindsight once the movie was over that much of it seemed formulaic and had many of the kinds of twists every other movie has, but what struck me was being engrossed enough that as it unfolded I didn't really notice until it was over with.

bottom line for me is it was entertaining and worth the time spent watching it.


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