Duane Hopwood (2005)

Duane Hopwood



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A sad sack has to come to term with his own demons after a long run of bad luck in this downbeat comedy drama from writer and director Matt Mulhern. Duane Hopwood (David Schwimmer) lives and works in Atlantic City, where he's a pit boss on the night shift at one of the city's resort hotels, and has a wife, Linda (Janeane Garofalo), and two young daughters, Mary (Ramya Pratt) and Kate (Rachel Covey). Duane also has a drinking problem, and while Linda loves him very much, she's begin to wonder if … More

Rating: R (for language.)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Matt Mulhern
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 25, 2006



as Duane Hopwood

as Wally

as Bob Flynn

as Mr. Alonso

as Mrs. Fillipi

as Male Judge

as Female Judge

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as Kate's Teacher

as Beefy Bartender

as Jogger No. 1

as Jogger No. 2

as Frank

as Mrs. Wakely
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Critic Reviews for Duane Hopwood

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (9)

[A] remarkably accomplished indie movie ...

Full Review… | September 19, 2006
Denver Post
Top Critic

Visually dreary and not especially illuminating, Duane Hopwood can't quite get where it must have wanted to go.

August 31, 2006
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

... this downbeat indie drama gives the leads a few excellent scenes together, and they acquit themselves credibly. But there's also a fair amount of wilted comedy from the stock supporting characters ...

Full Review… | August 31, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

[The film is] suffused with hangdog dreariness, equivalent to a unsoled shoe treading rainwater.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

It's just very authentic, very real. Everything that happens here you believe it.

Full Review… | November 29, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
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It's a mixed but basically likable little indie picture.

Full Review… | November 17, 2005
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Duane Hopwood



David Schwimmer stars as Duane Hopwood, a down-on-his-luck divorced father who works the night shift as a pit boss at Caesars Palace in Atlantic City. Heartsick about the demise of his marriage to Linda (Janeane Garofolo), Duane does nothing much in his daily life but work and drink. When his visitation rights are threatened after he's caught driving while intoxicated with his daughter in the backseat, Duane confronts the realization that the time has come to get his life back on track before he loses everything.
There are a lot of mixed reviews on this movie. I happened to like it. I wouldn't say enjoy, cause the movie is depressing and sad. But David Schwimmer is really, really, really good in this movie. He blew me away with his performance. First movie I have ever seen him in, and I will admit I was afraid I couldn't separate him from his character 'Ross' from the t.v. show 'Friends'. But there was no "Ross" in his performance. He was great. It's a very real, raw, and honest movie. Definitely not your feel good type movie. But one that will have you sympathizing with the characters, or even relating to them. The ending is bitter sweet. This story might touch home for a lot of people. It's a well done movie and I hope more people see it.


Super Reviewer


A good movie.

Leo L

Super Reviewer

It's an indie flick that If I were an actor, would wish every other independent movie would turn out like and would be so worth my time filming in between big money motion picture deals.

Such a real performance by David Schwimmer along with an authentic plot that could only be written by someone who has been there and done that. This indie picture is worth it and was a solid effort by everyone involved.

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