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Traveller (1997)

A young man, Pat, visits the clan of gypsy-like grifters (Irish Travellers) in rural North Carolina from whom he is descended. He is at first rejected, but cousin Bokky takes him on as an ... See full summary »

Director:

Jack N. Green (as Jack Green)

Writer:

Jim McGlynn

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Paxton ... Bokky
Mark Wahlberg ... Pat
Julianna Margulies ... Jean
James Gammon ... Double D
Luke Askew ... Boss Jack
Nikki Deloach ... Kate (as Nikki DeLoach)
Danielle Keaton ... Shane (as Danielle Wiener)
Michael Shaner Michael Shaner ... Lip
Vincent Chase Vincent Chase ... Bimbo
Andrew Porter ... Pincher
Jean Speegle Howard ... Bokky's Grandmother (as Jean Howard)
Rance Howard ... Farmer
Robert Peters ... Farmer's Son
Jo Ann Pflug ... Boss Jack's Wife
Scott Schultz Scott Schultz ... Snipe
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Storyline

A young man, Pat, visits the clan of gypsy-like grifters (Irish Travellers) in rural North Carolina from whom he is descended. He is at first rejected, but cousin Bokky takes him on as an apprentice. Pat learns the game while Bokky falls in love and desires a different life. Written by Jeff Hole <jeffhole@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Swindlers. Scammers. Con-men. As American as apple-pie.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az átverés mesterei See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,855, 20 April 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$500,649, 30 May 1997
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Filmmaker Rick King held an option on the screenplay for this film by Jim McGlynn. However, Bill Paxton paid King handsomely to walk away from the project, so that he could produce the film himself, with Jack N. Green as director. See more »

Goofs

At the convenience store, where Pat attempts his first con, the camera and a few crewmembers are reflected in the van that drives in front of the camera. See more »

Quotes

Pat: She sure is beautiful.
Bokky: So's a sunset, but you're not going to fuck that, either.
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Soundtracks

Delta Swelter
Courtesy of Music House Intl. Ltd./Zomba Music Service
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Sometimes wonder if I saw the same film
4 April 2006 | by NoLeoNoSee all my reviews

After reviewing the comments found here, I find myself wondering if the film I've seen four or five times could possibly be the same one described in several of the reviews here. "Thinly disguised agendas, unrealistic plot lines, uncertain performances." I don't understand the issues here.

Traveller is a fine movie, worthy of much wider exposure than it ever received. The performances by Paxton, Marguiles and Wahlberg are all top notch, and rate among the finest work I've seen any of the three produce. James Gammon's performance is a tremendous character piece and even those who don't like "Traveller" should watch that with spellbound interest. (Ebert's Stanton-Walsh rule should apply here.) The script could use a little tightening in places it's true. And I will agree that I would have liked to see more of the back woods life, but that's a selfish interest and not something that was integral to the success of the film. We see that old home life in every shade of Paxton's performance. He carries it with him constantly, only letting go of it in brief moments with Marguiles.

Wahlberg's performance is described elsewhere as "uncertain." In my mind, that's the point. Pat is uncertain. That's the performance. That's the character. That's acting. He never knows where he stands. He rarely if ever knows what he wants, let alone what he'll be able to possess.

This movie tries to be a lot of things. And it succeeds in most. It is a road movie, a romance, a con, a story of failed redemption and more. It's a North Carolinian mafia movie. Sure it's not "The Godfather." But it ain't "Mobsters" either.


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