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Digging for Fire (2015)

R | | Drama | 21 August 2015 (USA)
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The discovery of a bone and a gun send a husband and wife on separate adventures over the course of a weekend.

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Joe Swanberg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Johnson ... Tim
Rosemarie DeWitt ... Lee
Jude Swanberg Jude Swanberg ... Jude
Alicia Van Couvering Alicia Van Couvering ... Cashier
Timothy Simons ... Yoga Couple
Jenny Slate ... Yoga Couple
Jeff Baena ... BB Gun Friend
Mike Birbiglia ... Phil
Steve Berg ... Paul
Kent Osborne ... Adam
Sam Rockwell ... Ray
Chris Messina ... Tango
Anna Kendrick ... Alicia
Brie Larson ... Max
Judith Light ... Grandma
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Married couple Lee and Tim, a part-time yoga instructor and a public school physical education teacher respectively, jump at the opportunity to sit at the secluded Los Angeles Hills house of an actress acquaintance for two weeks as a mini-vacation for them and their three-year-old son, Jude. The house sit starts with an unusual event: Tim finds on the property in the wooded hills just beyond the swimming pool a gun and a bone. He believes the bone could be a human one, and that there could be a murdered dead body buried in the hills in the vicinity of where he found these items. Tim telephones the police, who tell him they can do nothing unless an actual body is found. As such, Lee convinces Tim to drop the subject. On their first weekend at the house, Lee decides to leave Tim on his own for the weekend to complete their income tax return, which he has long put off, while she and Jude go to visit among others her mother and stepfather, and her sister Squiggy and her family, neither ... Written by Huggo

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including some sexual references, drug use and brief graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az eltűnt tűz nyomában See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,000, 23 August 2015

Gross USA:

$119,364

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$119,364
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Like Joe Swanberg's previous directed projects, most of the dialogue was improvised. See more »

Goofs

About 12:44 into the movie, Lee drives off in a gray Toyota Corolla. The model year is in the 2009-2013 range. But at 13:09 when she is pulling into a driveway, she is now driving a 2014-2016 gray Toyota Corolla. See more »

Quotes

Pop Pop: Am I a couple or am I still... a person. You know, you know, it's really... it's key to remain a person to brought something to a relationship We've been in love, man, we've been in love. What is, what is that even? Getting what you want or is it giving somebody what they want? Sacrificing, if you wanna call it that.
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References Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

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I Am A Pilgrim
Written by Traditional
Arranged & Performed by Fern Jones
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improvisational indie
1 January 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Tim (Jake Johnson), his wife Lee (Rosemarie DeWitt) and son spend some time in her client's hillside home. Tim finds a gun in the yard but the cops are uninterested. Lee and her son visit her parents while Tim is suppose to finish his work. Instead of work, his friends Phil (Mike Birbiglia), Ray (Sam Rockwell) and others come to hang out. The guys start digging up where Tim found the gun and they find a bone. They are joined by others to do drugs. Tim and Max (Brie Larson) find a shoe and they continue the dig the next day finding even more bones. Ben (Orlando Bloom) rescues Lee from a drunk at a bar.

Director Joe Swanberg continues to make his improvisational indies. The idea of digging and discovery does infuse the movie with an obsessive quality. It works well to keep the intensity up. It does mean that Lee has the lesser half of the movie. In fact, the movie would work better pointing the focus at Tim. There are lots of ways the dig could go. The cops could actually come. The owner could come home early. However Swanberg seems more interested in the couple's relationship.


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