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Sword of Trust (2019)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 19 July 2019 (USA)
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Cynthia and Mary show up to collect Cynthia's inheritance from her deceased grandfather, but the only item she receives is an antique sword that was believed by her grandfather to be proof that the South won the Civil War.

Director:

Lynn Shelton

Writers:

Lynn Shelton, Michael Patrick O'Brien (as Mike O'Brien)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Marc Maron ... Mel
Jon Bass ... Nathaniel
Michaela Watkins ... Mary
Jillian Bell ... Cynthia
Toby Huss ... Hog Jaws
Dan Bakkedahl ... Kingpin
Lynn Shelton ... Deirdre
Timothy Paul Timothy Paul ... Zeke
Whitmer Thomas ... Jake
Al Elliott ... Jimmy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tilcia Furman Tilcia Furman ... Gabby
Benjamin Keepers ... Ben
Robert Longstreet ... Truther
Elise Mayfield ... Phyllis
T'Darius Murphy T'Darius Murphy ... Mechanic
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Cynthia and Mary show up to collect Cynthia's inheritance from her deceased grandfather, but the only item she receives is an antique sword that was believed by her grandfather to be proof that the South won the Civil War.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language throughout.
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 2019 (USA) See more »

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USA

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Opening Weekend USA:

$19,332, 14 July 2019, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,332, 14 July 2019
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funny, sincere indie film
13 July 2019 | by bryanmatthewfoxSee all my reviews

A small town Alabama pawn shop dealer (Maron) is presented with an intriguing item one day by an incredulous couple (Bell and Watkins) - an antique sword with paperwork attesting to the "fact" that the South won the Civil War.

A strange and entertaining adventure ensues as the 3 join forces with a kid who works at the pawn shop (Bass) to try and find a high-end buyer for the unique relic from a time that didn't really even exist.

Quirky without being contrived, funny and tight (88 minutes - I saw it with a post-film Q&A where director Shelton said "a comedy should be 90 minutes"), the film serves as a tailor-made vehicle for the strengths of its main protagonist (Maron) and a small, solid supporting cast. Much of the dialogue was improvised, yet none of it feels forced, and it also manages to poke fun at the culture of "alternative facts" which is slowly seeping into all corners of society without being malicious (making one of the GOOD guys an unapologetic flat-earther helps to spread the sympathy/blame around).

Worth a watch on screens big or small. Watkins and Bell have a nice chemistry, Bass plays a simpleton a bit TOO convincingly, and, despite the fact that he regularly self-deprecates to the contrary on his podcast, Maron is really coming into his own as an actor.


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