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The Golden Boys (2008)

A romantic comedy, set on Cape Cod in 1905, about three 70-year-old retired sea captains who try to lure an attractive middle-aged woman into marriage.

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Capt. Zebulon Hedge
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Capt. Jeremiah Burgess
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Capt. Perez Ryder
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Martha Snow
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John Bartlett
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Ralph Hazeltine
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Elisabeth Preston
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Melissa Busteed (as Angelica Torn)
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Web Saunders
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Melodeon Player
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Luther Norris
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Squealer Wixon
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Bluey Bachelder
Miles Herter ...
Dr. Palmer
Jonathan Edwards ...
Rev. Perley
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A romantic comedy, set on Cape Cod in 1905, about three 70-year-old retired sea captains who try to lure an attractive middle-aged woman into marriage.

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Three Salty Dogs Seek One Spicy Kitten

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG for mild language and smoking | See all certifications »
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16 November 2008 (USA)  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,366, 19 April 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$184,149, 9 August 2009
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Peter Boyle was originally cast, but he died before shooting began. See more »

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Modern crossing signal and related equipment appear in long shot when three main characters are running down the tracks. See more »

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Definitive of a professional job
16 June 2011 | by See all my reviews

I didn't expect to either like or dislike this film. I thought it would be a rut gut parody full type of comedy, which I like better if it is well done. Instead, it was the "safe" situation comedy, which is also hard to do, but doesn't make you feel like a failure if an audience doesn't burst out in laughter.

It's the story of three retired seamen in the early twentieth century, on the Massachussetts coast, who realize they live in a sty, and put an ad out for a woman to marry one of them.

Of course you know the woman will fall for one of the other two, and it's very obvious who it will be. However, it is the small things that make a movie like this a "professional" job. And the attention to detail is incredible. One gets the feeling that some of the people involved spent a decade to get this sort of polish.

The little things mean all the subplots and minor characters outside of the "triangle", which isn't a love "triangle", but a very real looking situation. Dern pretty well steals the show as the third man, the one outside of the triangle, partly from writing and partly from Dern. That's what I mean by a "professional" job. Everyone involved just did a perfect job.

This makes the film flow. I am on the cusp of "attention deficit disorder" and I didn't lose a beat. It just flowed along like the waves of the shore. Good scenery helped. Also, the feeling that you've met some of these people in old age later on. Worth the rental or library check out. Thumbs up.


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