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The Slaughter Rule (2002)

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A young man finds solace with a young woman, his mother, and a high-school football coach who recruits him to quarterback a six-man team.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Gosling ... Roy Chutney
David Morse ... Gideon Ferguson
Clea DuVall ... Skyla Sisco
David Cale ... Studebaker
Eddie Spears ... Tracy Two Dogs
Kelly Lynch ... Evangeline Chutney
Amy Adams ... Doreen
Ken White Ken White ... Russ Colfax
Noah Watts ... Waylon Walks Along
Kim DeLong Kim DeLong ... Lem Axelrod
Geraldine Keams ... Gretchen Two Dogs
Douglas Sebern ... Uncle Peyton
Cody Harvey Cody Harvey ... Coach Motlow
Melkon Andonian Melkon Andonian ... Devo
J.P. Gabriel J.P. Gabriel ... Jute
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Storyline

In Blue Springs, Montana, high school student Roy Chutney is beginning to lose his way in life largely the result of two simultaneous events. The first is that his father, Nelson Chutney, dies. Roy hadn't seen his father much since his parents divorced and his father remarried. Nelson was run over by a train, but Roy's mother, Evangeline Chutney, with who Roy has a somewhat emotionally distant relationship, believes he committed suicide. The second is that because funding to the school has reduced the football program to just a varsity team with no junior varsity, Roy, along with half the other players, is cut from the football squad, as his coach doesn't believe he is mentally tough enough despite he being a skilled player. The two incidents combined make the situation even worse for Roy as football was his primary connection to his father. Into Roy's life enters Gideon Ferguson, the local newspaper seller, who asks Roy to be part of his newly formed football team, which will play in... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 2002 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Drive to Dream See more »

Filming Locations:

Centerville, Montana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,461, 12 January 2003

Gross USA:

$13,411

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,411
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Solaris See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Some of the songs referenced by Gid and/or Floyd throughout the movie include
  • "Ragged But Right" by Riley Puckett 1934
  • "Nothing But Trouble" by Lonnie Johnson 1929
  • "Cash On The Barrelhead" by The Louvin Brothers 1954
  • "Rank Stranger" by Albert E. Brumley 1954
  • "Will Jesus Wash The Bloodstains From Your Hands?" by Hazel Dickens 1964
  • "Straighten Up And Fly Right" by The Nat King Cole Trio 1949
  • "Wayfaring Pilgrim" by Almeda Riddle 1932
Gid also references "Drifting Too Far From The Shore" and "Going Back To Jericho" during the ice fishing scene but he doesn't state an artist or year. There is a deleted scene in which Floyd references "I Ain't Drunk, I Am Just Drinkng" by Jimmy Liggins but Gid interrupts him before he can state the year. See more »

Quotes

Roy Chutney: My father told me if I was hard enough, I wouldn't break. He lied. Everything breaks.
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Connections

Featured in The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Tonight I think I'm Gonna Go Downtown
Written by Jimmie Dale Gilmore and John Reed
Performed by Jimmie Dale Gilmore & The Flatlanders
Courtesy of Sun Entertainment Corporation
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Interesting but poorly executed
24 May 2003 | by JakersWildSee all my reviews

Sometimes technical flaws can get in the way of what otherwise could have been a good story. These movie's flaws prevented me from enjoying it much.

First, two key deleted scenes from the start of the film leave the entire premise feeling hollow. The scenes are offered as a special feature on the DVD. If I were to watch this movie again, I'd play these two deleted scenes where they should have been. First, the scene deleted after the conversation about the teen's father that opens the movie. Second, just minutes later the continuation of a scene talking with the coach in his office.

This has been a growing trend, for directors to cut key scenes that explain things at the start of the movie. In at least commentary tracks directors have said they 'just wanted to get on with the movie'. Well of course they might, since they know the story intimately. The viewer won't, and could use the background to make an emotional connection to the movie. Unless the movie is past the two hour mark, why consider cutting valuable scenes?

Gosling and some of the other performances were great. Of course Gosling does great even in rotten movies like Murder By Numbers.

The wide screen was an overly wide aspect, I guess meant to highlight those beautiful outdoor scenes over the actors. It leaves barely enough room for actors' heads in places, and it made the brief shower scene no fun at all. To echo another comment, the sound was very poor in places. More than accents, it was bad mixing where sound jumped from soft whisphers to loud music then back. My finger ended up fiddling with the volume throughout.

In hindsight, I might watch The Slaughter Rule once, but it won't be worth watching even a second time.


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