A pig farmer's wife dies and he's having problems with the oldest of 2 sons. There is more trouble when his recently released from prison brother arrives.

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David Gordon Green

Writers:

Lingard Jervey (story), Joe Conway (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Bell ... Chris Munn
Kristen Stewart ... Lila
Robert Longstreet ... Bern
Terry Loughlin ... Officer Clayton
Dermot Mulroney ... John Munn
Devon Alan ... Tim Munn
Josh Lucas ... Deel Munn
Eddie Rouse ... Wadsworth Pela
Patrice Johnson ... Amica Pela
Charles 'Jester' Poston Charles 'Jester' Poston ... Hard Hat Dandy
Mark Darby Robinson Mark Darby Robinson ... Conway
Pat Healy ... Grant the Mechanic
Leigh Higginbotham ... Muriel the Cashier (as Leigh Hill)
Alfred M. Jackson Alfred M. Jackson ... Dock Worker
William D. Turner William D. Turner ... Dock Worker
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Storyline

Following the death of his wife Audrey, John Munn moves with his two sons, mid-teen Chris Munn and adolescent Tim Munn, to a pig farm in rural Drees County, Georgia, where they lead a reclusive life. The boys' maternal grandparents no longer visit due to being out of sorts with John. Chris is rebelling against this life in ways where he is regularly picked up by the police. Because of Tim's young age and health issues, Chris is routinely asked by their father to do more than his fair share of work around the farm. Into their lives returns Deel Munn, John's brother who the two boys did not even know existed. John emotionally distanced himself from Deel following Audrey's death and Deel's incarceration, Deel who has just been released from prison. John, however, welcomes his brother in a effort to mend old wounds, and for the boys to get to know one of their few relations. They will all soon learn that Deel has ulterior motives for his visit, those motives emerging largely from those ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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During their fight scene, Josh Lucas actually blacked out while being choked by Dermot Mulroney. See more »

Goofs

Chris and Tim start down the staircase to escape the house, Tim has a backpack slung over his left shoulder. The backpack is gone when they reach the bottom of the steps. Later, when they run up to their room, Chris packs some items in the backpack that is lying on the bed. See more »

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[first lines]
Grandfather: I never dreamed that the life of my grandsons, which began with such love and comfort, would turn to see so much violence and bloodshed. This is their story as it was told to me.
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Crazy Credits

[at the start of the film] The following film was made with the assistance of the Drees County law enforcement agencies and the surviving family of John W. Munn. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Under the Undertow (2005) See more »

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A Bubble Saved from Boiling
(2004)
Written by David Gordon Green
Performed by Josh Lucas
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Greed, Death and Murder
14 January 2007 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the country of Drees County, the widow hard worker John Munn (Dermot Mulroney) lives in a simple rural isolated property with his rebel and troubled son Chris (Jamie Bell) and his sick son Tin (Devon Alan) and no friends. When his brother Deel Munn (Josh Lucas) unexpectedly arrives in his house on probation, John welcomes him. However, the real intentions of Deel lead the family to a tragedy, forcing the boys to leave home.

"Undertow" is a low paced movie, with a short story, great development of characters and excellent performances. There are no big surprises along the story and in spite of the introduction of the film inducing that it is based on a true event, I have not found any reference in Internet about this murder. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Contra Corrente" ("Undertow")


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 2004 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

The Undertow See more »

Filming Locations:

Savannah, Georgia, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,354, 24 October 2004

Gross USA:

$143,597

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$156,767
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Color | Black and White (one scene)

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1.85 : 1
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