Grand Theft Parsons 2004

Grand Theft Parsons

Critics Consensus

Grand Theft Parsons pays tribute to a rock legend without following biopic formula -- and proves that a unique perspective doesn't always mean a worthwhile film.

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Country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons (Gabriel Macht) and his friend and road manager Phil Kaufman (Johnny Knoxville) have a pact: Whichever of them dies first will be cremated, and the ashes will be spread in Joshua Tree National Park by the other. When Parsons dies suddenly at 26, Kaufman feels guilty for not having done more to save his friend's life, but he intends to keep his end of the bargain, even if it means stealing Parsons' corpse and outrunning the cops to do it.

Cast & Crew

Gabriel Macht
Gram Parsons
Christina Applegate
Barbara Mansfield
Michael Shannon
Larry Oster-Berg
Robert Forster
Stanley Parsons
Jamie McShane
Radio Announcer
Matt Candel
Executive Producer
Brad Zipper
Executive Producer
Jesse Itzler
Executive Producer
Randi Hiller
Co-Producer
Pierre Livingston Lorillard
Line Producer
Sophie de Rakoff
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Critic Reviews for Grand Theft Parsons

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (15)

  • Shannon does a great turn as the archetypal failed hippy idealist... and while the rest of the cast are sterling rather than shining, the script and David Caffrey's tyro direction are tight enough to pull the whole vehicle along.

    January 9, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Inspired by a true story, pic travels down familiar genre highways, but quirky humor and an apt soundtrack make for a pleasant enough journey.

    June 29, 2004
  • What could have served as a colorful episode in a more expansive film about the famed singer has instead become the premise of a mildly entertaining but overextended road movie that doesn't succeed on either dramatic or comedic terms.

    June 29, 2004
  • The Phil-Larry dynamic makes up most of the movie and the strain of turning an anecdote into an demi-epic can be felt throughout the movie.

    June 19, 2004 | Rating: 2/4

    John Anderson

    Newsday
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  • Gram Parsons' last rites were among the most extraordinary in rock history. Too bad this retelling of the singer's final adventure is so tame.

    June 18, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A ho-hum, meandering road movie, albeit with an extremely cool soundtrack.

    June 18, 2004 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for Grand Theft Parsons

  • Nov 19, 2006
    This should've been a great movie but it turned out to be so boing.
    Michael G Super Reviewer

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