A movie spun out of equal parts folk tale, fable and real-life legend about the mysterious, 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party... while he was still alive.

Director:

Aaron Schneider

Writers:

Chris Provenzano (screenplay), C. Gaby Mitchell (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
4 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Duvall ... Felix Bush
Sissy Spacek ... Mattie Darrow
Bill Murray ... Frank Quinn
Lucas Black ... Buddy
Gerald McRaney ... Rev. Gus Horton
Bill Cobbs ... Rev. Charlie Jackson
Scott Cooper ... Carl
Lori Beth Sikes ... Kathryn (as Lori Beth Edgeman)
Linds Edwards ... WKNG Announcer
Andrea Powell ... Bonnie
Chandler Riggs ... Tom
Danny Vinson ... Grier
Blerim Destani ... Gary
Tomasz Karolak ... Orville
Andy Stahl ... Photographer (as Andrew Stahl)
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Storyline

Felix Bush (Robert Duvall) is a hermit who has no regard for anybody in the town or anyone who wants to get to know him. But one day, after a fellow old hermit has died and he hears people in the town telling stories about him, he decides that he needs to get these stories out in the public. He recruits Frank (Bill Murray), the local funeral home director, to host his own funeral. This way he can hear what everyone is saying about him, and get the truth to his past out in the open. But will he be able to get anybody to come? And will he be able to reveal his secrets? Written by napierslogs

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Every secret dies somewhere. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some thematic material and brief violent content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Shipped to theaters under the code name "Burly Beard". See more »

Goofs

When Frank and Buddy are getting a photograph made of Felix, right before the camera shutter is tripped, the photographer bumps the view camera and it becomes aimed in a slightly different direction. The photographer fails to re-frame the shot which would never happen while using a view camera. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rev. Gus Horton: Good morning, sir.
Felix Bush: It's a hard life if you can't read.
Rev. Gus Horton: Pardon?
Felix Bush: [gestures toward NO DAMN TRESPASSING sign]
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Soundtracks

My Blue Heaven
(1924)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by George Whiting
Performed by Gene Austin
Courtesy of RCA Records and the RCA/Jive Label Group
A Unit of Sony Music Entertainment
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Go see it!
11 August 2010 | by OroloroSee all my reviews

This is what movies are about:

It's a compelling story, flawless acting with spot-on casting choices, deftly directed, and with camera work supports the story with warm tones. I don't know of one person who has seen this and doesn't rave. The Oscar race begins here. It's wonderful to be rapt in a film that doesn't need explosions, chases or CGI to make the film work.

Every person involved in the making of this film is an artisan. If your a budding filmmaker, class is in session - a must see.

Duval and Spacek are in their prime - there's also a lesson here that youth and beauty are only skin deep... and talent grows with age.


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USA | Germany | Poland

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$88,182, 1 August 2010

Gross USA:

$9,176,933

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,522,511
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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