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99 Homes (2014)

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A recently unemployed single father struggles to get back his foreclosed home by working for the real estate broker who is the source of his frustration.

Director:

Ramin Bahrani

Writers:

Ramin Bahrani (story by), Bahareh Azimi (story by) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 12 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Shannon ... Rick Carver
Douglas M. Griffin ... Officer Dudura
Randy Austin ... Sheriff Anderon
Carl Palmer ... Sheriff Carl
Andrew Garfield ... Dennis Nash
James Brown ... Elliot
Luke Sexton ... Crew Leader
Noah Lomax ... Connor Nash
Alex Aristidis Alex Aristidis ... Alex Greene (as Alex Aristidis Perdikis)
Tim Guinee ... Frank Greene
Tabler ... Lawyer Bailey (as John Tabler)
Garrett Kruithof ... Court Clerk
Richard Holden Richard Holden ... Judge
Deneen Tyler ... Bailiff
Albert C. Bates ... Derek (as Albert Bates)
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Storyline

Around the world everyone knows that honest hard work gets you nowhere. In sunny Orlando, Florida, construction worker Dennis Nash learns this the hard way when he is evicted from his home by a charismatic, gun-toting real-estate broker, Rick Carver. Humiliated and homeless, Nash has no choice but to move his mom and nine-year old son into a shabby, dangerous motel. All is lost. Until an unexpected opportunity arises for Nash to strike a deal with the devil - he begins working for Carver in a desperate attempt to get his home back. Carver seduces Nash into a risky world of scamming and stealing from the banks and the government; he teaches Nash how the rich get richer. Living a double life, Nash hides his new boss and job from his family. He rises fast and makes real money; he dreams bigger. But there is a cost. On Carver's orders, Nash must evict honest families from their homes - just as it happened to him. Nash's conscience starts tearing him apart... but his son needs a home. In a...

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Inspired by true events. See more »

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Drama

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Rated R for language including some sexual references, and a brief violent image | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

9 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

99 Casas See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,253, 27 September 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,410,915, 22 November 2015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the beginning of the film Dennis and Frank's little boys comment on how Australia looks like the USA upside down. A large theme of the film is reverse. The reversal of Dennis's role from evicted to evictee, and also on how the American moral system is completely upside down. See more »

Goofs

Simple admissions of guilt someone in a stressful situation is not going to cause the police to immediately arrest you. Nash was facing an armed man who clearly wasn't bent upon self injury or perhaps harming others. Even if he "admitted" his alleged guilt in a criminal matter, the police would have required more evidence (such as the event had actual occurred) before they could arrest him. See more »

Quotes

Rick Carver: I didn't kick you out, I'm just a representer.
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References The Flintstones (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Las Quiero Igual
Written by Gustavo Thompson, Danny Osuna (as Danny Richard Osuna) and Jonathan Merkel
Performed by Todo Cien
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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A scathing, ex post facto indictment of Trump's America
1 May 2016 | by brchthethirdSee all my reviews

This film is infuriating and heartbreaking all at the same time, and it should be. Very naturalistic acting and a "ripped from the headlines" story coalesce to give one of the most scathing indictments of what the "American Dream" has become that I've seen a long while. Granted, a few liberties were taken with certain elements (possibly Michael Shannon's characterization), but on the whole, 99 HOMES feels like a fairly accurate representation of what went down when the housing bubble burst 8-10 years ago. And, to a certain extent, things haven't really changed all that much. The story revolves around Andrew Garfield's character, a single father who is evicted from his home. Through circumstance, he comes to work for the man who evicted him (Michael Shannon), and he gets an opportunity to see how the other half lives. But, will he able to live with himself now that he's doing to others what was so callously done to him? While there is an immediacy and current relevancy to the story being told here, at its heart is a rather strong moral argument against what the "American Dream" has become (or at least our perception of it). I was reminded of Oppenheimer's famous quote about the atomic bomb, except with a few words changed. "War" becomes "greed" and instead of destroying "worlds," it destroys lives, reputations, relationships, i.e., all of the intangible things that make the world go 'round. All that separates greed from ambition is motivation and insensitivity to the needs of all others but your own. Other people become a means to your own end. It was fascinating to watch Michael Shannon and Andrew Garfield (who I've never seen better) go to work with such a riveting story on a subject that may have more than a few people second-guessing themselves. The only things which worked against the film, in my opinion, were the initial coincidence that leads Andrew Garfield to work for Michael Shannon, and a final act twist which, although not bowing in deference to cynicism, still felt a little unrealistic given all that came before it. All things considered, 99 HOMES is a powerful film which should be seen by all, if only to raise one's awareness.


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