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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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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Emma Roberts and Nat Wolff previously starred together in the film Palo Alto (2013). 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 »


Ed Wallis: Wait, you're going to teach me how to fight?
Ashby Holt: [chuckles] I ain't got that much time left.
Ed Wallis: What then?
Ashby Holt: If you're gonna be a pacifist and a irritating personality type, then you can atleast learn how to take a punch, as you'll no doubt have to be taking many.
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Be Ok
Performed by Too Far Moon
Written by Robert Lee Hester & Rick Seibold
Courtesy of YeahOkayMusic Records
By Arrangement with WAMA Inc.
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A terrific story
5 October 2015 | by mansdriveSee all my reviews

For those out there who seek out to destroy every piece of art. This is a movie about friendship, respect and love. This is a story about facing yourself in the mirror. A movie which will leave you thinking. Watch it, and enjoy it. The older Mikey gets the better his performances become. Although the depth of the characters is left shallow, the storyline is well done. If you are going to watch a movie anyway, then watch this one. Because this movie will teach you a thing or two; about life and everything that comes with it.

We liked it personally because of the message is tries to convey while courage, love, friendship and family are at the front of this epic movie.

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