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Greendale (2003)

A musical look at the lives and struggles of people in the small fictional town called Greendale.

Director:

Neil Young (as Bernard Shakey)

Writer:

Neil Young

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Credited cast:
Sarah White Sarah White ... Sun Green
Eric Johnson Eric Johnson ... Jed Green / Devil
Ben Keith Ben Keith ... Grandpa Green
Erik Markegard ... Earth Brown
Elizabeth Keith Elizabeth Keith ... Grandma Green
Pegi Young ... Edith Green
James Mazzeo James Mazzeo ... Earl Green
Paul Supplee Paul Supplee ... Officer Carmichael
Sydney Stephan Sydney Stephan ... Widow
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adam Donkin Adam Donkin ... Imitator (as Echobrain)
Dylan Donkin Dylan Donkin ... Imitator (as Echobrain)
Brian Sagrafena Brian Sagrafena ... Imitator (as Echobrain)
Neil Young ... Wayne Newton (as Bernard Shakey)
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Exploring the lives and struggles of a varied group of people in a small, rural California town, Greendale focuses in on the Green family. From Grandpa sitting on the front porch commenting on the state of the world, to his struggling artist son Earl Green, to Sun Green, Earl's vibrant, free-spirited daughter, daily existence in Greendale seems idealistically perfect and trouble-free, at first. This uneventful lifestyle is proven to be more intricate than first glaces would indicate, when Cousin Jed shoots and kills a police officer, sparking a chain of events that change the lives of those around him in both simple and profound ways. Written by Anonymous

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A complex, subversive message
27 July 2004 | by HaflingerSee all my reviews

It's a strange movie, but I would heartily recommend it to people who either like or love Neil Young and are interested in experimental cinema. The story is thin (but there is one), yes, but it's definitely a mind-affecting experience.

The thing I took away from it most (apart from the obvious ecological message, but that's always been a theme of Young's) was the stylistic choice to film most of the scenes in extra-grainy Super 8, but to insert these highly-produced segments from (fictional) TV news stations and the like. It's a simple message, but a good one: Young's trying to tell us that the world we see on TV, even the allegedly real world of news, isn't real, and that we trust it at our peril. The real world is shaky, and blurry, and hard to make out sometimes. Anything that looks slick, and easy to understand, is probably fake.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Greendale: A Film by Neil Young See more »

Filming Locations:

Pescadero, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,163, 29 February 2004

Gross USA:

$255,947

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$255,947
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1.85 : 1
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