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Green Room (2015)

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A punk rock band is forced to fight for survival after witnessing a murder at a neo-Nazi skinhead bar.

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Jeremy Saulnier

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Jeremy Saulnier
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anton Yelchin ... Pat
Joe Cole ... Reece
Alia Shawkat ... Sam
Callum Turner ... Tiger
David Thompson ... Tad (as David W. Thompson)
Mark Webber ... Daniel
Macon Blair ... Gabe
Eric Edelstein ... Big Justin
Michael Draper ... Stagehand
Andy Copeland Andy Copeland ... Stage Manager
Brent Werzner ... Werm
Lj Klink ... Guitarist (as LJ Klink)
Kasey Brown ... Drummer
Taylor Tunes ... Emily
Imogen Poots ... Amber
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Storyline

A band straying into a secluded part of the Pacific Northwest stumbles onto a horrific act of violence. Because they are the only witnesses, they become the targets of a terrifying gang of skinheads who want to make sure all the evidence is eliminated. Written by Aymanati

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Now. Whatever you saw or did. Is no longer my concern. But let's be clear. It won't end well.

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Horror | Music | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal graphic violence, gory images, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Green Room See more »

Filming Locations:

Portland, Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$87,984, 17 April 2016

Gross USA:

$3,220,371

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,769,214
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The venue in the film belongs to a man whose day job is building log homes. "He let us infest his property for several weeks building up the set and we found a home." See more »

Goofs

When Tiger plays a vinyl LP on a phonograph in Tad's apartment, he cues the record to the beginning, but the song that plays first is Track 7 of Side 1 of that album. Later, in a shot of the vinyl disc spinning silently with the needle all the way over to the disc's label, you can see that the disc has 5 medium length tracks, but the album supposedly played has 8 short songs on both sides. Though to be honest, we have no way of knowing how many records they played after the first one. See more »

Quotes

Pat: I am Odin himself!
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Crazy Credits

One of the song credits has has a misspelling and says 'pulbished' instead of 'published'. See more »

Alternate Versions

French theatrical version was cut to secure a "Not under 12" (!) rating. That version was also released on DVD. The Blu-ray features the uncut version and is rated "Not under 16". See more »

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Referenced in Half in the Bag: 2017 Movie Catch-up: Part 1 (2018) See more »

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Taken by Surprise
Written by Jerry Lang (as Jerry A.)
Performed by Poison Idea
Published by Richie Dagger Music LLC (BMI)
Courtesy of TKO records
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White Knuckle filmmaking at its best
12 July 2016 | by Deimos-remusSee all my reviews

First off, want to say R.I.P Anton Yelchin. Such a tragedy for someone so young and promising to pass. He was incredible in this, I felt he was really coming into his own as an actor. --- After watching Saulnier's excellent and understated Blue Ruin, the director immediately became one to watch out for. A director that knows how to direct characters with subtlety and nuance, but with intensity and brutality as well.

Green Room is perhaps the most stressed out I've ever been watching a film, and if I'm not clear, that's actually a good thing. Few films ever get such a visceral reaction out of me, but Green Room managed to do that, and then some, delivering on many fronts as a contender for my favorite film of the year. Since the beginning of the year, A24 has been unstoppable, putting out some of the most unique and incredible genre movies to be released in quite some time.

Green Room is certainly violent and grim. Its sense of dread and brutality is unending and relentless, yet never overstays its welcome or becomes cartoonish or fetishistic. It could've very easily gone into Saw, Hostel or Martyrs territory, letting the bloodshed become the most memorable aspect of the experience, but it did something much more. Not only does the brutality feel real and impactful, unlike the aforementioned films, the characters feel totally believable and genuine, completely immersed in their roles. The protagonists are naive and brash, yet fresh and relatable delinquents. The antagonists are subdued, quiet and strategic, yet animalistic and complex. From a character standpoint, it is such a welcome and ultimately more human change of pace.

For a movie so steeped in violence, it's a very humanistic movie, filled with rich and complex characters that feel like they're apart of something completely real and also very intimate and small-scale. The story is not a black and white 'good vs evil' kind of thing, all characters have their own shortcomings and sympathetic sides, making for an incredibly dynamic cast. It's a debilitatingly horrifying film, yet done with the same amount of care and understatement as Blue Ruin. It's a white knuckle thrillfest, and one that pits a lump in your stomach from the intensity witnessed on screen.


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