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The Comeback Trail (2020)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 2021 (USA)
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Two movie producers who owe money to the mob set up their aging movie star for an insurance scam to try and save themselves. But they wind up getting more than they ever imagined.


George Gallo


George Gallo (screenplay by), Josh Posner (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Max Barber
Tommy Lee Jones ... Duke Montana
Morgan Freeman ... Reggie Fontaine
Zach Braff ... Walter Creason
Emile Hirsch ... James Moore
Sheryl Lee Ralph ... Bess Jones
Kate Katzman ... Megan Albert
Eddie Griffin ... Devon
Chris Mullinax ... Bob Stillwater
Patrick Muldoon ... Frank Pierce
Julie Lott ... Sophie Renee
Blerim Destani ... Boris
Vincent Spano ... Joey Silva
Paul Witten ... Danny
Aighleann McKiernan ... Harriet


In debt to the mob and in need of a new money making scheme to save his skin, greedy grind-house film producer, Max Barber, (Robert Deniro) decides to produce a dangerous new film, all for the sake of killing his lead actor in a stunt so he can rake in the insurance money. But when he casts Duke Montana, (Tommy Lee Jones) an aging, washed up movie star as the lead, Max never expects the depressed old drunk to be revitalized by being in front of the camera again. Unable to kill Duke in a basic stunt, Max ups the stakes, putting Duke into ever more dangerous situations. And as Duke survives stunt after stunt, Max unwittingly starts making the best movie of his career. A cross between "Get Shorty" and "The Producers," THE COMEBACK TRAIL is a fun journey through the underbelly of Hollywood. Littered with a cast of unforgettable and outrageous characters, it will have you giggling.

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Hollywood has never pulled a stunt like this. See more »


Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout and some violence | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Although the film pokes broad fun at Hollywood movies and especially westerns from past eras, it specifically references The Searchers (1956): the character played by Duke Montana (Tommy Lee Jones) in 'The Oldest Gun In The West' is said to be "one-eight Cherokee", a reference to the character played by Jeffrey Hunter in The Searchers who was also one-eight Cherokee; German actors play the Native Americans, which is probably a jab at The Searchers where the Native American chief was infamously played by German-born Henry Brandon (who played many Native American characters in his career); and near the end, when the car drives past a church, the famous closing shot of The Searchers (a sun-lit door opening filmed from inside a dark area) is used. See more »


References Touch of Evil (1958) See more »

User Reviews

Kinda slept on.
14 November 2020 | by kezzanolanSee all my reviews

I'm genuinely confused as to how no one really knows about this film at all, considering it literally has Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones and Morgan Freeman! Like surely that would bring some exposure to it, but apparently not.

Oh yeah, about the movie itself: it's not bad. Could be better.

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Release Date:

2021 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Comeback Trail See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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