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Ashby (2015)

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High-school student Ed Wallis enters into a friendship with his neighbor, Ashby, a retired CIA assassin who only has a few months left to live.


Tony McNamara


Tony McNamara
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mickey Rourke ... Ashby Holt
Nat Wolff ... Ed Wallis
Emma Roberts ... Eloise
Sarah Silverman ... June Wallis
Kevin Dunn ... Coach Bruton
Zachary Knighton ... Father Ted
Michael Lerner ... Entwistle
John Enos III ... Coach Wally
Steve Coulter ... Peter Black
Tom Nowicki ... Kenrick
Adam Aalderks ... Valchek
Seth Dousman ... Smits
Jason Davis ... Mr. Mark
Max Lesser ... Doctor
Jodonna Gaines Jodonna Gaines ... Nurse


ASHBY is a coming of age/approaching death comedy drama. A seventeen-year-old kid (Ed) trying to understand who he wants to be in the world, befriends a terminally ill ex-CIA contract killer (Ashby) who is trying to make peace with his life and God before he goes. 'Making peace' might just entail killing three old bosses who have tricked him into breaching his strange moral code.

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Life is about knowing how to take a hit


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual material and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ashby - Una Spia Per Amico See more »

Filming Locations:

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,631, 27 September 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,631, 27 September 2015
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


A restaurant scene early in the movie was filmed inside The Diamond. Later in the movie, they sat in vehicle outside The Diamond, but the restaurant scene that followed was not inside The Diamond, but rather appeared to be inside a Diner called Mattie's (which, unfortunately, is now gone). See more »


The MRI machine in Eloise's home would have pulled the bicycle and other nearby ferromagnetic metal items towards it's extremely powerful magnet in a dangerous fashion at the moment it was turned on. Even non-ferromagnetic metals can interact with an MRI ( such as her earrings) in such a way that the MRI image produced would likely be distorted. See more »


Ashby Holt: I guess, Eddy, I should say something profound, these being my last words more or less. I got nothin'. Well I guess; be careful of who and what you believe in. Find someone who you love fiercely and who loves you back the same way. And you treat them well and you know it's of value. Also, you shouldn't be scared of the world Ed Wallis. I kinda suspect the world should be scared of you.
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Haydn and Me
Written and Performed by Udi Harpaz
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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It's a fun movie.
3 October 2015 | by jevrioSee all my reviews

This one was interesting. It felt like a movie about a shy kid. But he isn't shy. He has no problems talking to people, just seem to not feel a need to, or something. Story wise he's gets an assignment in class to write about some old guy. Which is practically placed next door. Since the trailer shows a fair bit, I allow myself to reveal that the old guy, is a former assassin for CIA.

Back to the kid. He loves football. Has a rig in the backyard. Watches matches at school. Where he meets a girl that has a big part in the game.

I really like the relationship between the kid, and the assassin. Old guy tells what he thinks, and doesn't sugarcoat it. The movie is to a big degree about not lying to yourself, even if you don't like the truth.

His relationship with the girl Emma Roberts is playing is slightly weird, but works well.

The movie doesn't really leave you thinking for the next week, but it's a good movie. Not great, but good.

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