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Off the Black (2006)

R | | Drama | 8 December 2006 (USA)
An aging, disillusioned alcoholic (Nolte) gets a younger friend (Morgan) and wants him to pose as his son at a school reunion.

Director:

James Ponsoldt

Writer:

James Ponsoldt

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Trevor Morgan ... Dave Tibbel
Nick Nolte ... Ray Cook
Rosemarie DeWitt ... Debra
Thomas Schall Thomas Schall ... Male Parent #1
Paul Urcioli ... Male Parent #2
Johnathan Tchaikovsky ... Paul Michaels
Noah Fleiss ... Todd Hunter
Sonia Feigelson Sonia Feigelson ... Ashley Tibbel
Timothy Hutton ... Mr. Tibbel
James Ponsoldt ... Robby
Darrell Larson ... Doctor
Richard Petrocelli ... Man in Doctor's Office
Richard Terwilliger Richard Terwilliger ... Teacher
Marlyne Barrett ... Nancy (as Marlyne Afflack)
Michael Higgins ... Al Cook
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Storyline

An aging, disillusioned alcoholic (Nolte) gets a younger friend (Morgan) and wants him to pose as his son at a school reunion.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Would you let this man be your father?

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a crude sexual remark | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asignatura pendiente See more »

Filming Locations:

Suffern, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,763, 10 December 2006

Gross USA:

$24,425

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,425
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Forensic Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Goofs

When Ray comes to pick up Dave for the reunion, Dave comes downstairs carrying a corsage in a plastic box. When Dave asks Ray if he's going to call him "son" all day, the box and flower disappear. See more »

Connections

References Doctor Zhivago (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Love You
Written and Performed by Syd Barrett
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under License from EMI Film & Television Music
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Things don't always go the way you want
4 November 2007 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

The third time is the charm for James Ponsoldt, writer, director and actor in a really touching indie film that everyone can relate to. Maybe that is why it died at the box office after a few weeks without really making it big. It's a story that we can all find a piece of ourselves in.

Ray's life is in the crapper. he runs a junkyard by day and comes home to a house where he lives with an ugly dog and they both drown their sorrows in beer. He umps the local games and know that is just asking for trouble.

After the local team loses their chance at the State playoff, he catches one teen who papers his house. This teen's mom has run off and his day is pretty much dead to the world. The two- Ray and Dave - hit it off and Ray becomes a surrogate dad, while Dave becomes a surrogate son.

It's funny, tender, and sad. It will make you think about your own life and count your friends - or make some if you don't have enough.


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