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The Overnighters (2014)

PG-13 | | Documentary, Drama | 31 October 2014 (UK)
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Broken, desperate men chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields. A local Pastor risks everything to help them.

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Jesse Moss

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Jesse Moss
10 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview:
Jay Reinke Jay Reinke ... Himself
Andrea Reinke Andrea Reinke ... Herself
Alan Mezo Alan Mezo ... Himself
Shelly Schultz Shelly Schultz ... Herself
Keegan Edwards Keegan Edwards ... Himself
Michael Batten Michael Batten ... Himself
Paul Engel Paul Engel ... Himself
Keith Graves Keith Graves ... Himself
Glen Granrud Glen Granrud ... Himself
Terry Forke Terry Forke ... Himself
John Rupkalvis John Rupkalvis ... Himself
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Broken, desperate men chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields. A local Pastor risks everything to help them.

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Documentary | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material and brief strong language | See all certifications »
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31 October 2014 (UK) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$4,324, 10 October 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$108,814, 25 January 2015
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Mile End Films West See more »
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A tough moral dilemma.
4 March 2015 | by Sergeant_TibbsSee all my reviews

There's little intriguing about The Overnighters' premise. It's director Jesse Moss' execution that makes it much more compelling than it ought to be. Conflict is around every turn, both external and internal, and the documentary is constantly batting back and forth the balance in its moral dilemma. Both sides to its argument are equally strong - the good in helping those in need and the anxiety about the trouble some may bring, and few have already. Either way, it doesn't sit comfortably. Moss has a brilliant energy to the film and although it feels slightly orchestrated, in the way that he captures confrontations at the right time and ferocity without missing any key examples, he has a great taste for cinematic conflict. They really work, and they must feed into some kind of reality at least. What makes it such a rich film is that amongst the chaos, it centres around a character study of Jay Reinke. He's selfless, but narcissistic. While many may find him repelling, he's the dark heart of the film. It's a fascinating piece that's deeply flawed and human, never holding back the ugly side or shoving it in your face. One of the best documentaries of the year.

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