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Rebel in the Rye (2017)

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The life of celebrated but reclusive author, J.D. Salinger, who gained worldwide fame with the publication of his novel, "The Catcher in the Rye".

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Danny Strong

Writers:

Danny Strong, Kenneth Slawenski (based on "J.D. Salinger: A Life Raised High" by)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Hoult ... Jerry Salinger
Kevin Spacey ... Whit Burnett
Victor Garber ... Sol
Hope Davis ... Miriam
Zoey Deutch ... Oona O'Neill
Lucy Boynton ... Claire Douglas
Brian d'Arcy James ... Giroux
Eric Bogosian ... Harold Ross
Bernard White ... Swami Nikhilananda
Jefferson Mays ... William Maxwell
Will Rogers ... Herb Kaufman
Sarah Paulson ... Dorothy Olding
James Urbaniak ... Gus Lobrano
Keenan Jolliff ... Clay Miller
Caitlin Mehner ... Blythe Chaucer
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The life of celebrated but reclusive author, J.D. Salinger, who gained worldwide fame with the publication of his novel, "The Catcher in the Rye".

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Based on the untold true story about the birth of an American classic. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language including sexual references, some violence, and smoking throughout | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida de Um Génio See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Gross USA:

$378,294
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1.85 : 1
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The directorial debut of Danny Strong. See more »

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Whit Burnett: I got an eye. I can spot talent coming a mile away. Saroyan, Cheever, Caldwell, I discovered them all. Of course, it would be nice if somebody discovered me.
Jerry Salinger: Hey, come on, you've been published.
Whit Burnett: I not only discovered them, I shaped them, I challenged them.
[Pointing at his flat]
Whit Burnett: This is me.
[On the stairs]
Whit Burnett: You should continue to write about Holden, but not as a short story.
Jerry Salinger: Well, hang on, wait, wait, wait, wait. What do you mean?
Whit Burnett: I think Holden Caulfield is a novel.
Jerry Salinger: No, no, I couldn't write a ...
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Nicholas Hoult gets to show some acting chops
6 October 2017 | by kaptenvideo-89875See all my reviews

The glamored-up remix of the life of J.D. Salinger, famously reclusive American author who gave the world „Catcher in the Rye" and, er, other writings. Salinger is played by Nicholas Hoult, one of my favorite young-ish actors who can't quite reach stardom. He's a fine actor, and has lots of screen charm but hasn't found his real breakthrough yet. At least in my opinion. Usually he's used as window dressing in trivial roles, even in serious movies. If you haven't seen Hoult's star making turn in BBC's „Skins" first season – this was ten years ago, mind you –, you probably won't even recognize or care about him. But yes, he's appeared in a string of blockbusters too, such as the three last „X-Men" (as Hank / Beast) and „Jack the Giant Slayer", or „Mad Max: Fury Road". He is often heavily disguised tho. You may also remember him from „About a Boy" (2002) but back then he was only just a boy. „Rebel's" main strength is not its historical accuracy, nor well- balanced story about the great man's life, nor going deep as its hero aspired to, but a fact that the writer-director Danny Strong bets on one strength and goes happily all in on it. The strength is this being a true actors' movie, and they truly deliver. The performances are wonderful and everything else is there to support them. I would argue they have reached drama series quality storytelling, only in shorter form, in 106 minutes. Hoult appears appropriately soulful but mentally fragile, and Kevin Spacey as the only other major character (his mentor / friend) is just as solid as you'd expect from screen veteran of his standing. Every scene Spacey's in is like a masterclass of great movie acting. If this was a project of much higher calibre – instead of premiering in Sundance this January and then disappearing quickly – we would talk about serious Oscar chances. You know how deliciously the man can be. Critics are true that the movie is ultimately pretty shallow and petty, just what Salinger himself would have tried to avoid, but it's pretty and well-acted, and makes some points about being creative and/or famous that every modern person would still benefit from considering. Such as doing something doesn't mean you're all that creative or deserve much praise. Or: true creativity emerges after working through your fears and vanity. Or also: being famous is not for everybody. In 2010's, there's been a new trend to create fictional movies about real people and/or situations. Most are mainstream (i.e, shallow), as is „Rebel in the Rye", but this doesn't reduce its power to entertain in a cheesy way. The result is likable indeed. Writing is a lonely job and "Rebel" has the power to remind us the glamorous side of it too, if only for a second.


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