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Director [[Performer~P105871~Alexander Payne~alexanderpayne]] ([[Feature~V575396~Sideways~saidoweizu]], [[Feature~V536812~The Descendants~thedescendants]]) takes the helm for this black-and-white road-trip drama starring [[Performer~P18703~Bruce Dern~brucedern]] as a tempestuous Montana father who is convinced he's won a million-dollar magazine sweepstakes, and [[Performer~P347645~Will Forte~willforte]] as the son who begrudgingly agrees to drive him to Nebraska to claim his winnings. The first time we meet taciturn Woody Grant ([[Performer~P18703~Dern~brucedern]]), he's walking down the shoulder of a busy road in Billings, MT -- so determined to reach his unknown destination that he fails to acknowledge the kindly police officer who's struggling to get his attention. When Woody's dutiful son David ([[Performer~P347645~Forte~willforte]]) arrives at the local police station to pick him up shortly thereafter, we learn exactly why the old man was so singularly focused on his stride: Having recently received a sweepstakes letter stating that he has won one million dollars, Woody is determined to claim his prize in person at the company's head office in Nebraska. Although David discerns right away that the letter is little more than a scam to sell magazine subscriptions, stubborn Woody already has tunnel vision -- nothing will stop him from obtaining his jackpot, even if he has to walk 800 miles on his own two feet to do so. Of course, this doesn't sit well with Woody's outspoken wife Kate ([[Performer~P67332~June Squibb~junesquibb]]) or career-driven son Ross ([[Performer~P266630~Bob Odenkirk~bobodenkirk]]), but David is determined to humor his befuddled father nonetheless, eventually agreeing to drive him to the sweepstakes office personally despite having to call in sick to work to get the time off. Shortly after the two set out, however, the road trip threatens to get sidetracked when longtime alcoholic Woody winds up in the hospital following a drunken fall. Pushing their schedule back to make time for his recovery, the pair plan to take a detour to David's Aunt Peg's house in his father's hometown of Hawthorne, where Kate and Ross will soon arrive for an impromptu family reunion. When Woody runs into his old pal Ed Pegram ([[Performer~P37233~Stacy Keach~stacykeach]]) at a local tavern and shoots his mouth off about his recent "windfall," he becomes something of a local celebrity, and familiar faces come out of the woodwork to claim their fair share of the prize. Meanwhile, David learns more about his family during this one eventful weekend than he did during his entire childhood, prompting some deeply personal reflection that offers him a whole new perspective on the father who was always something of a mystery. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:November 15, 2013

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Screen Actors Guild June Squibb Best Supporting Actress 2013 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association June Squibb Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2013 Nominee
Detroit Film Critics Society June Squibb Best Supporting Actress 2013 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences June Squibb Best Supporting Actress 2013 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards June Squibb Best Supporting Female 2013 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Phedon Papamichael Best Cinematography 2013 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Phedon Papamichael Best Cinematography 2013 Nominee
National Board of Review Will Forte Best Supporting Actor 2013 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Will Forte Best Supporting Male 2013 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Alexander Payne Best Director 2013 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alexander Payne Best Director 2013 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Alexander Payne Best Director 2013 Nominee
National Board of Review Bruce Dern Best Actor 2013 Winner
L.A. Film Critics Association Bruce Dern Best Actor 2013 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Bruce Dern Best Actor 2013 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Bruce Dern Best Actor 2013 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Bruce Dern Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 2013 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bruce Dern Best Actor 2013 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Bruce Dern Best Male Lead 2013 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Bob Nelson Best First Screenplay 2013 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Bob Nelson Best Original Screenplay 2013 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Bob Nelson Best Screenplay 2013 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bob Nelson Best Adapted Screenplay 2013 Nominee

Cast

Bruce Dern
as Woody Grant
Will Forte
as David Grant
Bob Odenkirk
as Ross Grant
Stacy Keach
as Ed Pegram
Devin Ratray
as Cole
June Squibb
as Kate Grant
Missy Doty
as Noel
Rance Howard
as Uncle Ray
Anthony Schmidt
as Biker
Mary Louise Wilson
as Mrs. Grant

Crew

Alexander Payne
Director
Ron Yerxa
Producer
Albert Berger
Producer
Bob Nelson
Screenwriter
Phedon Papamichael
Cinematographer
Kevin Tent
Editor
Dennis Washington
Production Designer
Sandy Veneziano
Art Director
George Parra
Executive Producer
Neil Tabatznik
Executive Producer
Wendy Chuck
Costume Designer
John Jackson
Casting
Jose Antonio Garcia
Sound Mixer
Scott August
Second Assistant Director
Jeannine Bourdaghs
Costumes Supervisor
Scott Dougherty
Visual Effects Executive Producer
David Lingenfelser
Visual Effects Supervisor
Jason Zorigian
Production Coordinator
Waldo Sanchez
Department Head Hair
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