Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.

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Jason Reitman

Writers:

Jason Reitman (screenplay), Joyce Maynard (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Winslet ... Adele
Josh Brolin ... Frank
Gattlin Griffith ... Henry
Tobey Maguire ... Adult Henry
Tom Lipinski ... Young Frank
Maika Monroe ... Mandy
Clark Gregg ... Gerald
James Van Der Beek ... Officer Treadwell
J.K. Simmons ... Mr. Jervis
Brooke Smith ... Evelyn
Brighid Fleming ... Eleanor
Alexie Gilmore ... Marjorie
Lucas Hedges ... Richard
Micah Fowler ... Barry
Chandra Thomas ... Bank Teller
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Storyline

A depressed mother's husband has left her for she could not bear a second child. Living alone with her only son, she has an unlikely meeting with an injured escaped convict, and reluctantly takes him into her own care. The man proves to be better than his criminal image as the three bond over Labor Day weekend. The only problem? Everyone in town is looking for him.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material, brief violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Jason Reitman prepared his cast and crew by screening them films he considered relevant to the project. These included Stand by Me (1986), Running on Empty (1988), The Tree of Life (2011), The Night of the Hunter (1955) and Body Heat (1981). See more »

Goofs

The Panasonic VHS VCR on the top of the TV did not exist in 1987 - it has a center deck style that was common in the late 1990s (e.g. it looks similar to Panasonic's PV-V4020 model that was made in 1999). VCRs of the time had a deck on the left-hand side and display on the right. See more »

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Adult Henry: It was just the two of us after my father left. She said I should count the baby he had with his new wife Marjorie as part of my family too. Plus Richard, Marjorie's son. For the most part my mother never mentioned my father, or the woman he was married to now.
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Connections

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Written by Galen Shostac
Performed by Galen Shostac
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a very human movie
14 May 2014 | by r-hehlSee all my reviews

Today I gave my rating for this movie that I really liked. I did not want to write a review but I was a little disappointed by the summary for the movie written on IMDb. It says: "Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride." Adele and her son do not offer the man a ride which is very important for the story. Having said this, let me say a little about this movie. The movie plays very nicely with fear and tension. Any moment we expect something very terrible to happen. Murder, betrayal, rape, you name it. In contrast, an interesting and amicable relationship between the three main characters develops. The movie even has a happy end that is kind of unexpected. Seeing this movie I felt like being in an earthquake only to learn afterwards that no damage was done.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Labor Day See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,175,282, 2 February 2014

Gross USA:

$13,371,528

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,275,812
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2.35 : 1
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