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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 ... 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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Genres:

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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Details

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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Runtime:

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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Over-direct much?
20 June 2015 | by wewatchedamovie1See all my reviews

A character piece about the life of one grumpy old, senile man. His issues are laid-out in grandiose & overly sentimental melodramatics. We as an audience are slowly dragged from sad set piece to sad set piece where the conclusions are obvious if only the film would spare us the "drama" and arrive at them already.

Manglehorn is an Indie that knows its an Indie and is closer to "Prince Avalanche" than any of the Directors other works. Al Pacino kills it here but instead of focusing on the solid dramatic acting, Green decided to over-direct this right into "trying to hard to be pretentious" territory.

Manglehorn is trying to re-connect with a long lost love while slowly driving away the things he does have in his life. He's struggling to be happy. Where in that the Director feels the need to have "LSD flashback" type sequences is lost on me.

It's not original nor refreshing to slowly plod an audience around in drab and everyday circumstances, throw some folk music or a harp in the background and call it "subdued" and "special". I don't need Jurassic Park Dinosaurs or anything but I don't need to see him feed his cat 37 times to realize he loves it. I don't need to see him get his mail 32 times before you get to the point of why. I just need Pacino, with something to chew on. I just need his character to fight these demons already. I just need his struggles, his journey and his resolution.

Instead you meandered for 90% of the film and slapped it together at the end with some attempt at an thoughtful ending that landed with about as much intrigue as a happy meal toy. What a wasted Pacino performance. 3/10


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