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Without a Paddle (2004)

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After their friend dies, three men decide to fulfill their childhood dream by going on a camping expedition for the lost D. B. Cooper bounty, with calamitous results.

Director:

Steven Brill

Writers:

Fred Wolf (story), Harris Goldberg (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Price Matthew Price ... Young Tom
Andrew Hampton Andrew Hampton ... Young Jerry
Jarred Rumbold Jarred Rumbold ... Young Dan
Carl Snell ... Young Billy
Antony Starr ... Billy Newwood (as Anthony Starr)
Dax Shepard ... Tom Marshall
Matthew Lillard ... Jerry Conlaine
Seth Green ... Dan Mott
Nadine Bernecker ... Angie
Danielle Cormack ... Tony
David Stott David Stott ... Dick Stark
Bonnie Somerville ... Denise
Scott Adsit ... Greasy Man
Morgan Reese Fairhead Morgan Reese Fairhead ... Sandi
Liddy Holloway Liddy Holloway ... Bonnie Newwood
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Storyline

Three friends, whose lives have been drifting apart, reunite for the funeral of a fourth childhood friend. When looking through their childhood belongings, they discover a trunk which contained details on a quest their friend was attempting. It revealed that he was hot on the trail of the $200,000 that went missing with airplane hijacker D.B. Cooper in 1971. They decide to continue his journey, but do not understand the dangers they will soon encounter. Written by Film_Fan

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Three lifelong friends... One lost treasure... What could go wrong? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug content, sexual material, language, crude humor and some violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Paramount [United States]

Country:

USA | New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jusqu'au cou See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,528,946, 22 August 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$58,169,327

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,274,967
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After the boys ride their canoe over the waterfall, Jerry and Dan ask Tom where he was a river guide. After he tells them where, he also says he was Employee of the Month. Which was also a lie. Dax Shepard goes on to play Vince, in the film Employee of the Month in 2006. See more »

Goofs

When Dan, Tom, and Jerry are found in the barn of the pot-farmers, Tom puts the weed he was trying to steal behind his back three times, then in the next shot the weed is gone. See more »

Quotes

Butterfly: [excited] We've been up here for 287 beautiful days!
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Connections

References Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Do You Really Want to Hurt Me
by Boy George (as George O'Dowd), Jon Moss, Mikey Craig (as Michael Craig) & Roy Hay
Performed & Produced by Richard Ziegler (as Rick Ziegler)
Published by EMI Virgin Music Inc. (ASCAP)
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Better and More Clever Than I Expected
8 September 2004 | by ejohnson2See all my reviews

The whole rating system is kind of skewed. Some people rated this film low because it wasn't Larwrence of Arabia but then it wasn't meant to be. It's like comparing actors when they play different roles. You can only really compare them playing the same role.

Anyway I went to the film expecting a goofy stoner type of mindless entertainment. Just a laugh. But I was pleasantly surprised that not only was it funny but some deeper thought had gone into it. The plot was more substantial than I expected, there were bits of philosophy sprinkled throughout which accentuated the positive side of life, and the cast was pretty good too. I'm not sure what inspired Burt Reynolds to play his character but he did it well as did all of the players.

But mainly the movie was funnier than hell. I almost embarrassed myself I laughed so hard during the first bear sequence. The image of Mott saying 'help' as he looked back while being carried off had me laughing way too high way too long but it and some other scenes were hilarious and I couldn't help it then either.

All in all a good film for the genre. And surprisingly while I think it appeals to the stoner crowd it's cool in that it incorporates it without promoting it though it doesn't avoid it either. In fact I was struck by the fact that the bad guys were red neck smokers and the good guys were dopey beer drinkers but apparently nothing more.

Lastly the film cleverly pays homage to other films throughout. Deliverance, The Matrix, and others are covered and probably a few I missed.


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