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After being exiled from Afghanistan, a former war journalist settles in a small town in Northern California and takes a job with a local newspaper. But when he attempts to cover local crime... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dominic Rains ... Osman
Melissa Leo ... Gloria
James Franco ... Lindsay
Rachel Brosnahan ... Sandra
Thomas Jay Ryan ... Dmitri Sokurov
Tim Kniffin Tim Kniffin ... Carl
James Oliver Wheatley ... Gabe
Jason Craig Jason Craig ... Gary
Wendy Vanden Heuvel ... Maddie
Christopher Kuckenbaker Christopher Kuckenbaker ... Beaux
John Craven John Craven ... Joseph
Michelle Maxson ... Karen
Ari Vozaitis ... Pyro Kid
Emile Rosewater Emile Rosewater ... Doug
Sharia Pierce Sharia Pierce ... Screaming Woman


After being exiled from Afghanistan, a former war journalist settles in a small town in Northern California and takes a job with a local newspaper. But when he attempts to cover local crime, he stumbles into local corruption that puts himself and others in danger. Written by Anonymous

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9 December 2016 (USA) See more »

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The Fixer See more »

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Bodega Bay, California, USA See more »

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2.39 : 1
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Written by David Kadden, Adam Apuzzo, Michael Herder, Jim McHugh
Performed by Drunken Foreigner Band
Published by Drones Against Drones Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Gold Bolus Recordings
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Lead Actor Keeps You There
16 September 2018 | by dansviewSee all my reviews

I loved the idea of a movie highlighting the weirdness of far Northern, Coastal California. I also loved the notion the fact that our lead escaped one crazy version of human nature (Afghanistan), only to find another crazy version in California of all places.

Not that much happens. But the lead guy was mesmerizingly good in his portrayal of an awkward, deeply sensitive, almost dorky newcomer to a country and town that he doesn't understand at all.

He's so earnest in wanting to fit in and be hip. But he's in way over his head. Small rural communities have long histories, and in the case of this place, exceedingly weird ones. He hasn't been there long enough to understand the complexity. Yet you really feel for his dilemma. He wants to get a life and a profession, and do something meaningful. He's itching for it.

Melissa Leo is great as the mother of an old friend of our lead. She's an unemotional deputy sheriff, but also a mother and woman. She comes off very natural.

The opening is extremely weird, yet quite effective, because a bizarre stage play leads our main character to view it as "very free and very American." by virtue of its' weirdness.

James Franco is overexposed. I couldn't buy him as the weird town slacker, because I just kept thinking, "Oh that's just James Franco." He was probably miscast anyways.

Nevertheless, I liked it for its originality, and I don't regret watching. But beware for some violence. I could have done without it.

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