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At Any Price (2012)

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A farming family's business is threatened by an unexpected crisis, further testing the relationship between a father and his rebellious son.

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Ramin Bahrani
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Quaid ... Henry Whipple
Kim Dickens ... Irene Whipple
Aaron B. Oduber Aaron B. Oduber ... Young Dean Whipple
Jacob R. Oduber Jacob R. Oduber ... Young Grant Whipple
Zac Efron ... Dean Whipple
Patrick W. Stevens Patrick W. Stevens ... Grant Whipple (as Patrick Stevens)
Guy Massey Guy Massey ... Funeral Pastor
John Hoogenakker ... Mr. Pritchard
Laura Atwood Laura Atwood ... Mrs. Pritchard
Dan Waller ... Larry Brown
Maika Monroe ... Cadence Farrow
Phil Ridarelli Phil Ridarelli ... Salesman
Clancy Brown ... Jim Johnson
Ben Marten ... Brad Johnson
Matthew Petersen Matthew Petersen ... Brett Johnson
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Storyline

In the competitive world of modern agriculture, ambitious Henry Whipple wants his rebellious son Dean to help expand his family's farming empire. However, Dean has his sights set on becoming a professional race car driver. When a high-stakes investigation into their business is exposed, father and son are pushed into an unexpected crisis that threatens the family's entire livelihood. Written by Sony Pictures Classics

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

How far would you go to chase a dream?

Genres:

Drama | Sport | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content including a strong graphic image, and for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 2013 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

A Qualquer Preço See more »

Filming Locations:

DeKalb, Illinois, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,095, 28 April 2013

Gross USA:

$380,594

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$487,965
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The last movie that Roger Ebert rated 4/4. See more »

Goofs

When Brad is down in the field, although his eyes are closed and is supposed to be dead, his eyes are still moving. See more »

Quotes

Henry Whipple: Am I a happy man? How can I not be?
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Hooker Money
Written by Mark Ephraim and Joe Jurewicz
Performed by Neckbeard Telecaster
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A small character study that doesn't lead to anything as interesting as it should
18 November 2013 | by napierslogsSee all my reviews

"At Any Price" is a small Midwestern film about a small Midwestern family in a small Midwestern town. It translates well for any farming community. It also translates well for any character study fans, but it's the thrilling elements that should have been heightened to make it a better movie overall.

Dennis Quaid stars as Henry Whipple a determined business man failing in the farming business and Zac Efron as Dean Whipple who wants to be doing anything other than following in his father's footsteps. He's also the son who stayed who gets to watch his parents dote after the possible arrival of his older brother who went to find himself on a whirlwind adventure around the world. Dean is stuck in Iowa trying to find himself while being groomed for the family farm but wanting to race a car around a track in circles.

As a character study, it had the perfect set-up with both Quaid and Efron playing the troubled Whipple men with half-assed smiles on their faces and fear in their eyes. But "At Any Price" isn't a character study; it's a thriller. The mysterious score starts early on and keeps you guessing when something dark or sinister is going to occur. Sub- plots are introduced with Dean's attention-starving girlfriend and Henry's illegal activities. And while they do eventually lead to something interesting, they're hardly interesting themselves and could have been tightened up significantly.

And then comes the thriller climax and the character study climax when father and son finally have something to connect with. But as the thriller climax, it just kind of happened with no additional build-up or intrigue and it made everything that came before it a little less interesting then it was before. A decent movie about the flailing Whipple men just went out with a whimper. "At Any Price" is decent as a small indie film but it needed to be tightened up with more significance to the on-going events to be a good movie.


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