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The Road (2009)

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In a dangerous post-apocalyptic world, an ailing father defends his son as they slowly travel to the sea.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Man
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Boy
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Bearded Man
Agnes Herrmann ...
Archer's Woman
Buddy Sosthand ...
Archer
Kirk Brown ...
Bearded Face
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Bearded Man #2
David August Lindauer ...
Man On Mattress
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Well Fed Woman
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Storyline

It's a post-apocalyptic world, several years after whatever the cataclysmic event, which has in turn caused frequent quakes as further potential hazards. The world is gray and getting quickly grayer as more and more things die off. A man and his pre-teen son, who was born after the apocalypse, are currently on the road, their plan to walk to the coast and head south where the man hopes there will be a more hospitable environment in which to live. The man has taught his son that they are the "good people" who have fire in their hearts, which in combination largely means that they will not resort to cannibalism to survive. The man owns a pistol with two bullets remaining, which he will use for murder/suicide of him and his son if he feels that that is a better fate for them than life in the alternative. Food and fuel are for what everyone is looking. The man has taught his son to be suspect of everyone that they may meet, these strangers who, out of desperation, may not only try to ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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In a moment the world changed forever.

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Adventure | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence, disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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18 December 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La carretera  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,502,231, 29 November 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$56,692, 13 May 2012
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the cannibals on the back of the truck was played by Kodi Smit-McPhee's real-life father. See more »

Goofs

Midway through the movie the Man finds an unopened Coca-Cola can in a machine. When it falls out it has a dented top. When they drink from the can, there is no dent. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Wife: What's happening? Why are you taking a bath?
The Man: I'm not.
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Crazy Credits

Over the end credits, we hear the sounds of children playing. What the world must have been like in happier times. See more »

Connections

Featured in Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #17.49 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No. 3 in E Major: Adagio Ma Non Tanto
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Arranged by Ryan Franks
Performed by Ryan Franks & Harry Scorzo
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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To me, he is a god.
27 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

"To me, he is a god" says the father about his boy, to a stranger. The Road is possibly one of the most disturbing movies I have ever watched, probably at the top of the list, thinking about my child. In fact, I have not read the book, and I am not a great fan of the author, may he rest in peace. How ever, this is a great, great movie. The father is so well that you wont be forgetting him long after you watch this movie. I do not want to talk about the cinematograpyh and the scenes, and the sounds, and the lighting all of which are great. Just watch the lead actors, both the boy and the father, and wait till Robert Duvall appears.

A great, great movie.


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