Killer Diller (2004)





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Arrested for violating his parole, guitar playing car thief Wesley Benfield (William Lee Scott, The Butterfly Effect, Identity) is sentenced to a halfway house in the middle of the Bible belt. Ned Sears (Fred Willard), who runs the house, is an eccentric zealot currently forming his own hymn playing band and recruits young felons based on their musical talents. Wesley and the motley assembly of lawbreakers are confined and condemned to playing "church music" to retirees and grade schoolers. Then Wesley meets Vernon (Lucas Black, Sling Blade, All the Pretty Horses, Cold Mountain), an autistic savant whose rocking blues piano playing electrifies them all. Vernon provides the band with the spark it needs, and together, with singer Shanita Scott (Niki Crawford), they form the red hot Killer Diller Blues Band. Now all they have to do is break the law one more time. Killer Diller writer-director Tricia Brock returns to the Missouri riverbanks of her youth with this fierce and funny adaptation of Clyde Edgerton's highly praised novel of the same name. Blues legend Taj Mahal opens the film and the score features Grammy winner Keb Mo'. The film also stars Mary Kay Place, John Michael Higgins and W. Earl Brown.--© Official Site
PG-13 (for some language.)
Comedy , Drama
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Lucas Black
as Vernon
W. Earl Brown
as Holister
Taj Mahal
as J.R. Cox
Mary Kay Place
as Dr. Gwen Bradley
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Critic Reviews for Killer Diller

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

I loved the music. It's a good film.

May 8, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

How rockin' can a band be when their leader is Fred Willard?

Full Review… | February 13, 2008

This story of a vaguely Elvis-esque troublemaker who transforms the misfit gospel choir at a Baptist halfway house into a rockin' blues band could probably be screened at a real Baptist halfway house without controversy.

May 3, 2006
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Folks looking for unchallenging, uninspired easy-to-swallow 90 minutes of entertainment may find it here. Personally, I'd rather put on the soundtrack to Blues Brothers 2000.

Full Review… | April 6, 2004

Audience Reviews for Killer Diller

Predictable, but heart warming and makes you feel good inside. Stunning performance from both Scott and Black.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer


Very good movie!! Yet another one of those "quirky" movies that I got a kick out of. I like alot of movies that are based around music, but this one also had a very good cast and storyline.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

The music is amazing. Funny and uplifting. Great cast who really played out their characters well. Lucas Black deserves something for his radiant performance. Loved the Plymouth!

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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