Nebraska


Nebraska

Overview:

An aging, booze-addled father takes a trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim what he believes to be a million-dollar sweepstakes prize.

Votes 635 (7.4/10)

Runtime: 115 minutes

Release Date 2013-09-21

Budget: $12,000,000.00

Revenue: $17,654,912.00

Tagline: Life's not about winning or losing. It's about how you get there in the end.

Production company:

  • Paramount Vantage
  • Bona Fide Productions

Production country:

  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Drama
  • Adventure

Trailer

Further Information

Woody Grant
Bruce Dern
Bruce Dern
David Grant
Will Forte
Will Forte
Ross Grant
Bob Odenkirk
Bob Odenkirk
Kate Grant
June Squibb
June Squibb
Ed Pegram
Stacy Keach
Stacy Keach
Noel
Missy Doty
Missy Doty
Uncle Ray
Rance Howard
Rance Howard
Cousin Randy
Kevin Kunkel
Kevin Kunkel
Peg Nagy
Angela McEwan
Angela McEwan
Cole
Devin Ratray
Devin Ratray
Aunt Martha
Mary Louise Wilson
Mary Louise Wilson
Uncle Cecil
Franklin Dennis Jones
Franklin Dennis Jones
Biker (uncredited)
Anthony G. Schmidt
Anthony G. Schmidt
Applauding Karaoke Patron (uncredited)
Bob Nelson
Bob Nelson
Director
Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
Producer
Albert Berger
Albert Berger
Producer
Ron Yerxa
Ron Yerxa
Executive Producer
George Parra
George Parra
Executive Producer
Julie M. Thompson
Julie M. Thompson
Director of Photography
Phedon Papamichael
Phedon Papamichael
Editor
Kevin Tent
Kevin Tent
Executive Producer
Doug Mankoff
Doug Mankoff
Original Music Composer
Mark Orton
Mark Orton
Casting
John Jackson
John Jackson
Production Design
J. Dennis Washington
J. Dennis Washington
Art Direction
Sandy Veneziano
Sandy Veneziano
Set Decoration
Fontaine Beauchamp Hebb
Fontaine Beauchamp Hebb
Hair Department Head
Waldo Sanchez
Waldo Sanchez
Makeup Department Head
Robin Fredriksz
Robin Fredriksz
Makeup Artist
Jay Wejebe
Jay Wejebe
Executive Producer
Neil Tabatznik
Neil Tabatznik
Writer
Bob Nelson
Bob Nelson
Costume Design
Wendy Chuck
Wendy Chuck
Unit Production Manager
Mads Hansen
Mads Hansen
Post Production Supervisor
Rick Reynolds
Rick Reynolds
Post Production Supervisor
Valerie Flueger Veras
Valerie Flueger Veras
Assistant Director
George Parra
George Parra
Construction Coordinator
Wes Clowers
Wes Clowers
Scenic Artist
Billy 'Jilly Bones' Jones
Billy 'Jilly Bones' Jones
Property Master
Hope M. Parrish
Hope M. Parrish
Art Department Coordinator
Jessica Ripka
Jessica Ripka
ADR & Dubbing
David Bach
David Bach
Foley
Scott Curtis
Scott Curtis
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Patrick Cyccone Jr.
Patrick Cyccone Jr.
Boom Operator
Jonathan Fuh
Jonathan Fuh
Sound Designer
Frank Gaeta
Frank Gaeta
Sound Editor
Joe Iemola
Joe Iemola
Foley
Alicia Stevenson
Alicia Stevenson
Dialogue Editor
Timothy D. McKeown
Timothy D. McKeown
Visual Effects Supervisor
Lawson Deming
Lawson Deming
Executive Visual Effects Producer
Erika Abrams
Erika Abrams
Stunt Coordinator
Erik Rondell
Erik Rondell
Stunts
Danny Epper
Danny Epper
Stunts
Chuck Hosack
Chuck Hosack
Stunts
Carrick O'Quinn
Carrick O'Quinn
Stunts
Jim Palmer
Jim Palmer
Stunts
Anthony G. Schmidt
Anthony G. Schmidt
Stunts
Tim Sitarz
Tim Sitarz
Electrician
Geoff Ernst
Geoff Ernst
Grip
Hilton Garrett
Hilton Garrett
Grip
Erik F. Hill
Erik F. Hill
Steadicam Operator
David Luckenbach
David Luckenbach
Dolby Consultant
Bryan Arenas
Bryan Arenas
Electrician
Chris Weigand
Chris Weigand
Camera Operator
Tari Segal
Tari Segal
Still Photographer
Merie Weismiller Wallace
Merie Weismiller Wallace
Grip
Nate Selee
Nate Selee
Costume Supervisor
Jeannine Bourdaghs
Jeannine Bourdaghs
Digital Intermediate
Marisa Clayton
Marisa Clayton
Post Production Assistant
Josh Land
Josh Land
Digital Intermediate
Mark Sahagun
Mark Sahagun
Executive Music Producer
Richard Ford
Richard Ford
Music Editor
Richard Ford
Richard Ford
Transportation Coordinator
Gary Edelman
Gary Edelman
Transportation Captain
Don Poole
Don Poole
Picture Car Coordinator
Tom Rebber
Tom Rebber
Transportation Captain
Billy Scoles
Billy Scoles
Driver
Gracie Klein
Gracie Klein
Location Manager
John Latenser V
John Latenser V
Script Supervisor
Rebecca Robertson
Rebecca Robertson
Craft Service
Jeff Winn
Jeff Winn
Foley
Dawn Lunsford
Dawn Lunsford
Sound Mixer
José Antonio García
José Antonio García

Vincent

**Payne Relief** The black and white photography is a nice touch. It gives a kind of Karsh look to the weathered faces of the aging, reflective, yet still yearning cast of characters, and suits the rapidly fading memories of a bygone era in recent American history. The acting was pretty good. Bruce Dern gives an effortless performance as a cranky old coot with one attention-seeking foot in the spotlight and the other half-buried in the shadows of utter dementia. The interpersonal conflicts among family and community, past and present are presented in a simple, linear uncomplicated way. The story seems to want to explore the sad truths of a regressive, bankrupt nation and the ridiculous dreams and delusions people cling to. Life is limited and unfinished. Like the heads carved out of Mount Rushmore. Like the forlorn characters wandering on and off the screen. For even after a lifetime of honest hard work aligned with various fixed Christian principles, a restless, quiet desperation lingers. Lies and illusions are necessary to prevent a lonely, inconsolable reality from setting in. And while Alexander Payne manages to keeps things relatively upbeat to prevent dragging us down into a pit of futile despair, he also fails to fully develop and realize the themes he puts forward. Every time Payne rustles up a movie (Sideways, The Descendants) he gets high praise, and this time he almost deserves it. He's a fairly astute cinematician who wants to make meaningful pictures without getting in too deep. Specifically, road movies on half a tank. Thankfully, he doesn't tread into murky Bergman territory, or puff his stuff up with Goddard-like self-importance, but he doesn't do himself much justice by avoiding or brushing off the potential worth and urgency of the matters he introduces. His concepts are cut short. While I'm watching Nebraska, I can't help but wonder how adept filmmakers like Kieslowski or Cassavettes would have treated and serviced the material. What's almost more disappointing than getting old, losing a presence of mind and attempting to reconcile broken memories, is not being able to fully grasp, much less handle and nurture, your own brainchild.

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