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An All-American college star and his beauty queen wife watch their seemingly perfect life fall apart, as their daughter joins the turmoil of '60s America.

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Rita Cohen
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Merry (8 Years Old) (as Ocean Nalu James)
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Bill Orcutt
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Seymour Levov, going by the nickname of 'Swede' in the Jewish community he was born into, was even more of an all-American than Douglas Fairbanks himself. He had just everything an American idol can dream of: not only was the tall muscular young man a high school star athlete but he married a beauty queen named Dawn in the bargain. And as if all this were not enough, Swede later became the successful manager of the glove factory his father had founded, which allowed him to live with his wife in a beautiful house in the New Jersey countryside. Well-mannered, always bright, smiling and positive, conservative but with a liberal edge, what bad could ever happen to him? And yet...this was reckoning without fate and its obnoxious irony, Swede and Dawn's nemesis manifesting itself in the person of Merry, their beloved daughter who in her teens unexpectedly turned into a violent activist. Written by Guy Bellinger

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A radically ordinary family. See more »

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Rated R for some strong sexual material, language and brief violent images | See all certifications »

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21 October 2016 (USA)  »

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El fin del sueño americano  »

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Opening Weekend:

$149,038 (USA) (21 October 2016)

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$541,457 (USA) (25 November 2016)
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2.35 : 1
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Ewan McGregor's feature directorial debut. See more »

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A 1947 newspaper article shows the surname of Newark's mayor as Cole. The surname of Newark's mayor in 1947 was Murphy. See more »

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[first lines]
Nathan Zuckerman: [narrating as WWII era dance music plays] Let's remember the energy. America had won the war. The depression was over. Sacrifice was over. The upsurge of life was contagious. We celebrated a moment of collective inebriation that we would never know again. Nothing like it in all the years that followed from our childhood until tonight, the 45th reunion of our high school class.
Nathan Zuckerman: [now walking down a school hallway] At 30 or 40, a gathering of my old classmates would have been exactly ...
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Four Seasons: Allegro
Composed by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by Takako Nishizaki, Capella Istropolitana, Stephen Gunzenhauser
Courtesy of Naxos Of America
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The movie is dark, very allegorical and deserves a bigger audience than it will get.
7 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Why does everyone say she did it when she couldn't have done it? She's been tricked and abducted." Seymour (McGregor) was an All-American sports star that was the most popular kid in college. He married a beauty queen and has the perfect life. They are ecstatic when their daughter Merry (Fanning) is born. Little by little Merry becomes more and more radical and passionate about the polarizing politics of the 60's. After the local post office is blown up and someone winds up dead Merry is the lone suspect. Now, Seymour puts his life on hold to find Merry and discover the truth. This is a very very good move, but it is not for everyone. The pacing is just in that awkward spot where if you are interested in the movie you will stick with it and enjoy the events. If you are on the fence the pacing will be just slow enough that many may bail on this. As for the movie itself, its very artsy and deep and important. This is a great character study and features the best acting of McGregor's career. The movie is dark, very allegorical and deserves a bigger audience than it will get. Overall, a very deep and thought provoking movie that will either be liked or shut off before its finished, depending on the person. I give this a high B.


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