Nebraska

Nebraska

DVD - 2014
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After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father thinks he's struck it rich, and wrangles his estranged son into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Getting waylaid in the father's hometown in Nebraska, the son tries to reconnect with his impenetrable father.

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LindNor11
Jul 16, 2017

Wonderful movie. The characters are so real and the plot completely believable. A must see! 4 & 1/2 stars

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Nursebob
Oct 19, 2016

Beautifully rendered in soft shades of black and white with a spare musical score and widescreen panoramas of fields and farms, Alexander Payne’s picaresque journey into the heart of American Gothic country is essentially a three-hander with Dern’s grizzled character coming to terms with his life’s many failures, Squibb’s truculent harridan all regrets and wistful memories, and Forte’s soft-spoken, forbearing son beginning to understand them both. Perhaps the country corn idiosyncrasies are laid on a little heavy at times—America’s heartland seems to be little more than vacant smiles, vacuous conversations, and inertia beneath huge open skies—and the glaringly uneven acting ranges from Dern and Squibb’s Oscar-nominated performances to bad community theatre, but there is no mistaking the fact that Payne is wearing his heart on his sleeve throughout. A tender, unhurried little film about fathers and sons whose harsher truths are softened by occasional bursts of humour.

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taviwan
Apr 15, 2016

Good move and funny. I love the son who takes care his father, no matter what. A good sample for family.

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strider643
Feb 24, 2016

I loved this movie. So nice to see Bruce Dern again and he is excellent in this low key but hypnotizing film. Alexander Payne is one of my favourite directors. Highly recommended.

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bobbles1
Feb 22, 2016

Might have been a great movie but we couldn't get past the cursing.....

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forgeman
Feb 11, 2016

A superb movie all the way around mostly thanks to the way the characters were portrayed. Filmed in black and white because I can only assume it was not about the scenery, but about what goes on around it. I found it to be more than one story. Sure it was about the supposed lottery but it was also a son and father road trip, a study in family values, love, greed and about how you can't go home again. Sad and funny, its almost the Coen brothers had their hands on it. I'd watch it again any time.

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howiecat
Jan 11, 2016

Second time I watched this movie. I think I enjoyed it more this time. Let's get past it was nominated for the academy award and for good reason. It just reminded me so much of my relatives in Minnesota. Fargo did a great job but this was slower and really showed you what the Midwest was really like in many families. Not always the Midwest "nice". But, it had humor and multi generational sadness but also the kindness many people give to their parents. Regardless of where they live.

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marx_bro
Sep 26, 2015

Sappy story of a guy (Forte) trying to prevent his dad (Dern) from going on a fool's errand to Nebraska to collect $1 million from a magazine publisher. Dern tries to impress all his home-town buddies but winds-up ridiculed. A few moments with their in-laws and their mid-West sensibilities are somewhat humorous but this is mostly a sad story of a washed-up & bewildered old man.

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mds9
Apr 02, 2015

Deep going and yet charming at the same time. Black & White film which suited the feel of the prairies it was after resonating with. Of family relations, friendship, aging and aging in relationships. Unique in its class. European quality and depth in an American film, now that is pretty good!

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JackamoJames
Mar 16, 2015

Could Bruce Dern have been any better?..no..in fact after seeing this film, in my opinion, he should have won the oscar not only based on his performance but also because how many more roles will this treasured actor receive as good as this one?.
Put an oscar worthy actor with a believable, and true life type of story, throw in some humour and what you have is a gem. I dont do it often anymore, but this is a movie I will surely purchase.

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aaa5756 Jun 16, 2014

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

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jimg2000
May 12, 2014

Woody: But it says I won.

Receptionist: It says you won if your number
is one of the winning numbers.
I'm sorry, sir.

Receptionist: I hope you guys didn't
have to come too far.
David: Montana.
Receptionist: Oh, my.
… I can give you a free gift,
like a hat or a seat cushion.

… David: He'll take the hat.
Does this happen a lot?

Receptionist: Yeah. Every once in a while.
Usually older people
like your father.
Does he have Alzheimer's?

David: He just believes stuff
that people tell him.

Receptionist: Oh. That's too bad.

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jimg2000
May 12, 2014

David: You didn't win!
Okay? Can't you get
that through your head?
And we're not driving down to Lincoln
over a stupid fantasy!

Woody: It's my own damn fault
for taking you this far.
David: You've got enough money to get by.
You can't drive.
What's the point?
Woody: I want a new truck.

David: Why do you need a truck so bad?
Woody: Just to have it.

Woody: I always wanted a brand-new truck.
Well, what about the
rest of the money?
David: You don't need a million dollars
for a damn pickup truck.
Woody: It's for you boys.
I wanted to leave you something.
David: We're fine, Dad.
We don't need it.

Woody: I just wanted to leave you something.

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Monolith
Mar 30, 2014

Kate Grant (at the cemetery with her husband Woody and son David): "There's Woody's mother, Sarah. ...She hated me! She wanted him to marry someone who would milk the cows. I said, 'I ain't fiddlin' with no cow titties; I'm a city girl!' ...The Good Lord did not do Sarah any favors in the looks department... More a man's face than a woman's, really..." David Grant: "...How'd she die?" Kate Grant: "Saw herself in the mirror one day..."

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mds9
Apr 02, 2015

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Jan 03, 2015

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rem85
Apr 29, 2014

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eliberg
Jan 03, 2015

A man, who has summarily ignored his wife and two sons but not drink, receives a notice that he has won a million dollars. He inadvertently cons one of his sons into helping him claim the money. There is no winnings, but the son does buy the dad a truck.

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