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Manglehorn (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama | 3 June 2015 (France)
Left heartbroken by the woman he loved and lost many years ago, Manglehorn, an eccentric small-town locksmith, tries to start his life over again with the help of a new friend.

Director:

David Gordon Green

Writer:

Paul Brad Logan (as Paul Logan)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Manglehorn
Holly Hunter ... Dawn
Harmony Korine ... Gary
Chris Messina ... Jacob
Skylar Gasper ... Kylie
Brian Mays Brian Mays ... Carl (as Brian D. Mays)
Herc Trevino Herc Trevino ... Robbie (as Herculano Trevino)
Angela Woods Angela Woods ... Steve
Marisa Varela ... Patricia
Sandy Avila ... Mother with Kid in Car
Jazzmin Delgado Jazzmin Delgado ... Jasmine
June Weber June Weber ... Cafeteria Cook
Carolyn Wickwire ... Checkout Lady
Tim Curry Tim Curry ... Singing Man
Lamonica Lewis Lamonica Lewis ... Singing Woman
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Storyline

A.J. Manglehorn is a reclusive Texas key-maker who spends his days caring for his cat, finding comfort in his work and lamenting a long lost love. Enter kind-hearted bank teller Dawn whose interest in the eccentric Manglehorn may just be able to draw him out of his shell. Written by IFC Films

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 on appeal for some sexual content and language, and for accident and surgery images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El señor Manglehorn See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,000, 21 June 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$132,075, 19 July 2015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the original script Manglehorn was a criminal who had gone straight. He met with his old partner who was hiding out in a senior citizen's home and his mysterious back story was explained. There was also a massacre at Dawn's bank and a massive earthquake that brought forth Clara. This was all edited out of the final film. See more »

Goofs

When Manglehorn has a conversation with the little girl in a park, the girl holds a yellow toy and eats ice cream. The amount of ice cream changes too quickly between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
A.J. Manglehorn: Manglehorn, who are we locking?
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Soundtracks

Turntable 14
Written by Manuel Gaines and Curtis Cornwell
Pwerformed by DJ Manny and DJ Curtis
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A Mangled Opportunity
18 September 2014 | by anthonycolangeSee all my reviews

I had the chance to see this at the Toronto International Film Festival in early September and came away disappointed.

The movie is founded on a great premise and I was eager to see where it went. Playing a brooding, lonely old man obsessed with a past relationship seems like a good fit for the veteran Pacino. A sole proprietor key cutter was the perfect choice of profession for such a character. Giving Pacino full screen time was a good choice, as I can't recall a scene that didn't feature Pacino.

However, inconsistency in the Manglehorn character seems to overwhelm a good acting performance. Manglehorn seems at times senile or rude, and at other times the clever, likable character with good advice. It doesn't help that a good explanation for his obsession with a past relationship is lacking.

There are some solid random scenes and conversations, including Manglehorn's discussion with a child or the entertaining Korine telling stories of little league. These worthwhile scenes are surrounded by just as many scenes that fall flat and make you lose interest. Too often scenes are present as filler or make you feel like a better climax is due. Manglehorn's interactions with his son, played well by Chris Messina, feel like they belong in a different story arc.

I believe that Green has the ability to make a great, subtle film if it all comes together. In Manglehorn, the script Pacino is given and the characters he is surrounded with take him no where in particular, which is fine if you are entertained or enlightened throughout the film's duration. That's not the case here. Though the foundation was there, the payoff isn't worth the attention paid.


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