At Any Price

2012, Drama, 1h 45m

104 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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At Any Price features a terrific performance from Dennis Quaid, and it offers further evidence of Ramin Bahrani's unique eye for detail, but film is weighted down by an overly melodramatic story. Read critic reviews

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An ambitious Iowa seed farmer (Dennis Quaid) tries to get his resentful son (Zac Efron) interested in the family business, but the young man would rather pursue a career in auto racing.

Cast & Crew

Dennis Quaid
Henry Whipple
Zac Efron
Dean Whipple
Kim Dickens
Irene Whipple
Heather Graham
Meredith Crown
Clancy Brown
Jim Johnson
Red West
Cliff Whipple
Ben Marten
Jim's Son
Ramin Bahrani
Screenwriter
Ron Curtis
Executive Producer
Mohammed Al Turki
Executive Producer
Eric Nyari
Executive Producer
Brian Young
Executive Producer
Michael Simmonds
Cinematographer
Dickon Hinchcliffe
Original Music
Chad Keith
Production Design
Adam Willis
Set Decoration
Tere Duncan
Costume Designer
Sandy Lazar
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  • Aug 17, 2015
    Some people take their sons to a ballgame or fishing. Henry Whipple(Dennis Quaid), a farmer and seed salesman, takes his son Dean(Zac Efron) to a funeral. His intention is not to pay his respects so much as to buy the deceased's land for his other son who is currently touring Argentina and according to Henry should be back any time now. At first, it goes over as badly as you'd expect, until it turns out that the family does really want to sell. In any case, Dean does not care about being passed over, as he has other things on his mind. Even though his budgets are increasing and he moves further geographically away from his filmmaking origins, director Ramin Bahrani cannot escape the fact that he might be repeating himself with his obsession with dreamers. In the case of "At Any Price," it involves Dean's dreams of big time auto racing which Bahrani tries to place in a sort of American pastoral. But with a minimal story, he does not display the requisite skill here or get the performances to fully realize it.(Like most movies, there is not enough Clancy Brown to go around.) And maybe genetically modified seeds are a real issue. I'll wait until John Oliver tackles the subject before deciding for sure.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 09, 2014
    I had a mixed reaction to the film. It needed a major rewrite. They had a great idea for a movie here, but they didn't execute it correctly. It feels like 2 stories are going on here, the Dennis Quaid one and the racing one with Zac Efron and they don't successfully come together here, in my opinion. Dennis's story was more interesting and fascinating than Zac's. One big problem here is that a lot of character were not developed well. One major theme here is the relationship between fathers and sons. That is seen a lot in Dennis Quaid films (example: Frequency, The Rookie). He also did the father and daughter theme with movies like In Good Company and Soul Surfer. This film reminded me of movies like Promised Land, Mosquito Coast, Days of Thunder, In the Bedroom, A History of Violence to name a few. Dennis Quaid is excellent here. I haven't seen him play a character like this before. Zac's character, in my opinion, wasn't developed well. He does have a great on screen chemistry with Dennis. I thought Zac was better in other films. Heather Graham, Kim Dickens, and Clancy Brown also do a good job in their supporting roles. Despite the flaws, I say, see it for Dennis Quaid's performance in it.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 14, 2013
    I don't think this movie knew what it wanted to be. I'm almost sure that half of it was on the cutting room floor, and what was left was a movie confused. Dennis Quaid overacted his way through this film, which didn't help. Not a terrible movie (I did watch it in its entirety), but not a good one, either. Plus, it left a VERY questionable message that didn't sit well with me...
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 17, 2013
    How far would you go to chase a dream? Good Movie! The opening credits suggest that this film will be a romantic tribute to the fading world of the rural family farm. But At Any Price is really about how rural America has become just as ruthless capitalist and competitive as the rest of American life. The film is about the corruption of the American Dream and how the family farm is becoming increasingly ruthless competitive system. At Any Price is a film about the cost of family and the high cost of the family farm. The farm appears to be just another exemplar of the troubling nature of American capitalism. While the film may prove to be too dark for the ordinary audience of these actors, it is very powerful film about dysfunctional family life and economic life in modern America that should be widely viewed. Highly recommended for those interested in serious film drama. 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.
    Manu G Super Reviewer

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