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Don Verdean (2015)

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A self-professed biblical archaeologist who has fallen on hard times starts to bend the truth in order to continue inspiring the faithful.

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Jared Hess

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Rockwell ... Don Verdean
Amy Ryan ... Carol Jensen
Will Forte ... Pastor Fontaine
Danny McBride ... Tony Lazarus
Jemaine Clement ... Boaz
Steve Park ... Poon-Yen (as Stephen Park)
Leslie Bibb ... Joylinda Lazarus
Sky Elobar ... Dr. Stanley
P.J. Boudousqué ... Gary (as P J Boudousque)
Yaniv Moyal ... Israeli Police Officer
Jared Shipley ... Lab Tech
Logan Rogan Logan Rogan ... Tourist
Michael Flynn ... Church Elder
Pete Rockwell ... Antique Store Owner
Harry Bonner Harry Bonner ... Security Guard
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Hired by an ambitious small-town pastor to find sacred relics in the Holy Land, a self-proclaimed Biblical archaeologist comes up short and his attempt to cover up his failure fuels a comic conspiracy from the filmmaking team behind Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre. DON VERDEAN stars Sam Rockwell, Amy Ryan, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Bibb, with Will Forte, and Danny McBride. Written by Lionsgate Premiere

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Fraud works in mysterious ways.


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Rated PG-13 for crude and suggestive content, some language and brief violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don Verdean: O Que o Passado Nos Reserva See more »

Filming Locations:

Utah, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,907, 13 December 2015

Gross USA:

$31,309

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,309
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Popular YouTube celebrities "Rhett and Link" met Sam Rockwell on a plane, while he was learning his lines for this film. Link mentioned in a podcast that Rockwell was listening to a monotone voice listing his lines to help him learn them. See more »

Quotes

Boaz: [in prison exercise room] I made you something. Check it out.
[opens The Torah]
Boaz: It's a toothbrush/shiv. This part can brush your teeth, this part is a knife. Brush, stab. Brush, stab. Take it, Don, I made this one for you. It's okay, I've got another one in my butt crack.
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Not Being Like Other Movies is a Strength, Not a Weakness
8 March 2016 | by mallred87See all my reviews

Most of the negative reviews you see for "Don Verdean" are the same as the negative reviews for "Gentleman Broncos." It all boils down to one basic idea: "This movie isn't enough like other movies I like." Professional reviewers and users alike miss the boat on these movies because they want them to fit in a neat little package. You'll hear a lot about how they didn't feel the movie worked as a straight comedy, or straight drama, or that mixing biblical jokes with more adolescent jokes doesn't work. They are missing the point. This is not meant to be a single genre, or even really a mix of genres, instead it is an examination of characters, ideas, and themes.

Unlike many other movies, "Don Verdean" (and "Gentleman Broncos," for that matter) is not looking to work as a whole, indeed these movies reject the idea of balance and chemistry as proscribed by mainstream films. Instead, DV is about about the details. Each moment of the movie has been engineered, largely without a thought for the other moments. In the Hess world, if something is interesting that's reason enough to include it, regardless of how it fits together with other pieces.

It's not inherently worse than other films (in fact, you'll see tremendous talent in the film-making, the acting, and the script); it's just a completely different approach. So see "Don Verdean," not because it's more of what you already like (and have) but because it isn't.


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