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Ned Rifle serves as a satisfying conclusion to Hal Hartley's "Henry Fool" trilogy - and one of the strongest late-period works from a distinguished filmography. Read critic reviews

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The son (Liam Aiken) of Henry Fool and Fay Grim sets out to kill his father for ruining his mother's life, but a troublesome woman (Aubrey Plaza) distracts him from his mission.

Cast & Crew

Liam Aiken
Ned Rifle
Aubrey Plaza
Susan Weber
Martin Donovan
Rev. Daniel Gardner
Hal Hartley
Screenwriter
Jacqueline Bussie
Producer
Vladimir Subotic
Cinematographer
Kyle Gilman
Film Editor
Richard Sylvarnes
Production Design
Sandy Siu
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Hal Hartley
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Critic Reviews for Ned Rifle

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Audience Reviews for Ned Rifle

  • Nov 26, 2014
    Ned(Liam Aiken), having just turned 18, has decided to leave witness protection and head out into the world, seeking to find his mysterious father, Henry Fool(Thomas Jay Ryan), but not without a present from Clair(Melissa Bithorn) first. Ned's first stop is to visit his mother(Parker Posey) in jail, before paying a visit to Simon Grim(James Urbaniak), his uncle and Nobel laureate. And it is there that Ned encounters Susan(Aubrey Plaza), Simon's stalker, who is also looking for Henry. Look, I've been as tough on Hal Hartley recently as much as anyone, but I think with his latest film "Ned Rifle," he regains some of his past form, with his deadpan style working in fits and bursts. And of course, it helps that he exchanged Aubrey Plaza for Parker Posey, with Martin Donovan always a welcome presence, no matter how token the appearance.(And it has been a long time since Karen Sillas has been in anything.) At the same time, this concluding installment of Hartley's Woodside Trilogy could be considered little more than an extended epilogue, if not for bringing things full circle, as Ned faces all sorts of temptation in his journey to adulthood. Full disclosure: I did contribute to this film's Kickstarter campaign, for old time's sake, as much as any other reason.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2014
    Hartley is back with another unusual but unforgettable film. A great satire.
    John B Super Reviewer

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