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Raising Buchanan (2019)

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A desperate woman steals the corpse of former US president James Buchanan, hoping to net a large ransom. Complications arise when it seems no one is particularly interested in getting him back.


Bruce Dellis


Bruce Dellis
12 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Rene Auberjonois ... President James Buchanan
Amanda Melby ... Ruth Kiesling
Cathy Shim ... Meg
Terence Bernie Hines ... Phillip Crosby
M. Emmet Walsh ... Larry Kiesling
Robert Ben Garant ... Lancaster Guy
Jennifer Pfalzgraff ... Holly
Steve Briscoe ... Errol
Lynnette 'L.A.' Brown ... Gretchen
Max Bullis ... Dante
Shelly Boucher Shelly Boucher ... Trina
Shannon Whirry ... Parnella Monroe
Zoe Yeoman ... Captain Jarvis
Laura Durant ... Mrs. Laura Warren
Saylor Billings ... Biker Chick Vent


In suburban Phoenix, 40-year-old Ruth Kiesling is not exactly "living the dream." She's a donut shop employee with anger issues. She's got no mother, a dead brother, and a father in hospice. Her few friends include her roommates: Meg, her game-for-anything confidante since junior high; Holly, a somewhat level-headed janitor and amateur ventriloquist; and her probation officer, Philip Crosby. Ruth's only creative outlet is playing her cello in the background of a series of popular YouTube videos featuring Errol, an egotistical ventriloquist. Errol lords over a community of loyal ventriloquists who proudly (and literally) wear their allegiance to their "art"; their dummies are strapped across their torsos like badass bandoleros. Ever the opportunist and desperate for money, Ruth finds herself in a position to "steal" the body of President James Buchanan. She does so, hoping to ransom him for a nice windfall -- but she's surprised to discover that no one seems particularly interested in ...

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Aimless Woman. Reckless Plan. Worthless President.



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Funny and heartwarming!
22 January 2020 | by tmcdaniel4See all my reviews

This movie title makes you think a lot of things - but what it actually is - is so much more. Funny, heartwarming and it makes you think. A film about forgiveness and redemption that keeps you laughing and not always knowing what to expect. I highly recommend this film! Disregard what you may have heard about it's political bend....it's really not about politics oddly enough...it's about remembering the best in yourself and others. Check it out - you won't be sorry.

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12 April 2019 (USA) See more »

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