Around the Bend (2004)
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Four generations of an American family are brought together by difficult circumstances while facing some unpleasant truths in this drama. Henry (Michael Caine) is an elderly man in failing health living in a small town in the Southwest, where he's cared for by his live-in nurse (Glenne Headly). As Henry's condition grows worse, he's joined by his son Turner (Christopher Walken), his grandson Jason (Josh Lucas), and his great-grandson Zach (Jonah Bobo). As the four men deal with Henry's illness, they also try to come to terms with a lifetime's worth of differences between them. Around the Bend is the first feature film from writer and director Jordan Roberts. … More
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Critic Reviews for Around the Bend
In the end Around the Bend isn't an awful movie. It's merely forgettable.
When traveling the American Southwest, there are bound to be many KFC locations around the bend to feed you along the way.
Michael Caine and Christopher Walken breath spirited life into debut writer/director Jordan Roberts' road trip of family bonding in this independent movie with a big heart.
...in many ways the softer scenes have more punch to them than any of the emotional confrontations or dramatic revelations
Audience Reviews for Around the Bend
An experienced cast lifts this "quirky" family drama about redemption just above been there done that, but only just. Walken and Caine, of course, are the standouts.
Never Judge A Film By Its Cover, I have seen this film on the shelves 100 times and passed it up. I'm not a big Christopher Walken Fan, but I do enjoy Michael Caine. So I finally decided to watch this one and what I saw was a very enjoyable movie with a great sound track. About a father (Michael Caine) who only last wish is to see his son (Christopher Walken). Soon after he appears dies and before he dies he leaves his son, grandson and great grandson instructions for a road trip, which makes the movie most enjoyable. The purpose is to get these three back together. All died a fabulous job, 4 1/2 stars 4-21-12
Cast: Christopher Walken, Michael Caine, Josh Lucas, Glenne Headly, Jonah Bobo, David Eigenberg, Robert Douglas, Carlos Cabarcas, Gerry Bamman, Jean Effron, Lily Knight, Rick Negron
Director: Jordan Roberts
Summary: Four generations of men are suddenly brought together by the chance to uncover the truth about their family's past. When their eldest member passes away, the remaining trio embarks on a journey that takes them out on the road and into a world full of surprises -- some comic, some dramatic, and all of them personal.
My Thoughts: "Really loved this movie. It was a mans movie with some male bonding going on, but definitely sentimental for the gal's. Such a great cast of men in this movie. I am a sucker for road trip movies, and this was a great one.The story is good, the acting is great, and the concept of Henry's will is funny and original. I enjoyed the entirety of this film. It had a great mix of humor, sadness, and drama. It's a road trip to forgiveness. See it if you haven't yet."
Around the Bend Quotes
|Turner Lair:||Goin' to the rock.. It's where you come from. The woman I made love with on that rock... was your mother.|
|Jason Lair:||Why did Henry send us here, Turner?|
|Jason Lair:||No, he sent us here so I could forgive you. That's all my post-it said was, "Forgive him." What am I forgiving you for, Turner? Huh? What am I forgiving you for?|
|Turner Lair:||What happened here... there's no forgiveness. ...I'm, i'm not even that person anymore.|
|Jason Lair:||What happened on the stairway, Turner? Just tell me, what happened on the stairway?|
|Turner Lair:||You were not in the car.|
|Turner Lair:||With your mother. You were never in a car accident.|
|Jason Lair:||What'd you do? Did you drop me? Is that it? You get fucked up? You get fucked up and you dropped me?|
|Turner Lair:||Fucked up? I WAS GONE!|
|Jason Lair:||Just... say it! Say it! Say it! You dropped me! Say it.|
|Turner Lair:||No... no. No! NO! Nobody dropped you! ..GET IT? ....I threw you, kid. I threw my boy.. I threw my boy.|
|Jason Lair:||You called me TENSE!|
|Turner Lair:||You called me a THIEF!|
|Jason Lair:||You WERE a thief!|
|Turner Lair:||You were tense. You still are.|
|Turner Lair:||She was.. My breath. When she died, I had no.. Breath, anymore. You understand?|
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