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After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father thinks he's struck it rich, and wrangles his estranged son into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Getting waylaid in the father's hometown in Nebraska, the son tries to reconnect with his impenetrable father
ISBN: 9781415777091
Branch Call Number: DVD Nebraska
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (115 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in


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LPL_BeckyB Mar 29, 2019

I rarely, make that never, watch a black and white film. Wouldn't have watched this if I'd been paying attention when selecting it. But, WOW! So glad I stuck it out past the first 10 minutes when I ceased to be aware of the no color issue. Bruce Dern, Will Forte, and Jane Squibb give masterful performances. Besides the intriguing plot and the fraught family relationships, if you are a longtime Midwesterner, like me, you will recognize the landscape, the small town ethos, and know some people very like the characters in this thought-provoking movie.

Dec 07, 2018

Great movie, with heartfelt and low-key humor.

Oct 10, 2018

Boring, uninsightful. I didn't care about the characters and didn't even like any of them.

Apr 03, 2018

A few bright moments, but for the most part it was quite boring. FF button used frequently.

Dec 29, 2017

I thought it had promise and there might be some humorous bits, but the people got depressing, the scenery was definitely depressing. not for us.

Jul 16, 2017

Wonderful movie. The characters are so real and the plot completely believable. A must see! 4 & 1/2 stars

Oct 19, 2016

Beautifully rendered in soft shades of black and white with a spare musical score and widescreen panoramas of fields and farms, Alexander Payne’s picaresque journey into the heart of American Gothic country is essentially a three-hander with Dern’s grizzled character coming to terms with his life’s many failures, Squibb’s truculent harridan all regrets and wistful memories, and Forte’s soft-spoken, forbearing son beginning to understand them both. Perhaps the country corn idiosyncrasies are laid on a little heavy at times—America’s heartland seems to be little more than vacant smiles, vacuous conversations, and inertia beneath huge open skies—and the glaringly uneven acting ranges from Dern and Squibb’s Oscar-nominated performances to bad community theatre, but there is no mistaking the fact that Payne is wearing his heart on his sleeve throughout. A tender, unhurried little film about fathers and sons whose harsher truths are softened by occasional bursts of humour.

Apr 15, 2016

Good move and funny. I love the son who takes care his father, no matter what. A good sample for family.

Feb 24, 2016

I loved this movie. So nice to see Bruce Dern again and he is excellent in this low key but hypnotizing film. Alexander Payne is one of my favourite directors. Highly recommended.

Feb 22, 2016

Might have been a great movie but we couldn't get past the cursing.....

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aaa5756 Jun 16, 2014

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

May 12, 2014

Woody: But it says I won.

Receptionist: It says you won if your number
is one of the winning numbers.
I'm sorry, sir.

Receptionist: I hope you guys didn't
have to come too far.
David: Montana.
Receptionist: Oh, my.
… I can give you a free gift,
like a hat or a seat cushion.

… David: He'll take the hat.
Does this happen a lot?

Receptionist: Yeah. Every once in a while.
Usually older people
like your father.
Does he have Alzheimer's?

David: He just believes stuff
that people tell him.

Receptionist: Oh. That's too bad.

May 12, 2014

David: You didn't win!
Okay? Can't you get
that through your head?
And we're not driving down to Lincoln
over a stupid fantasy!

Woody: It's my own damn fault
for taking you this far.
David: You've got enough money to get by.
You can't drive.
What's the point?
Woody: I want a new truck.

David: Why do you need a truck so bad?
Woody: Just to have it.

Woody: I always wanted a brand-new truck.
Well, what about the
rest of the money?
David: You don't need a million dollars
for a damn pickup truck.
Woody: It's for you boys.
I wanted to leave you something.
David: We're fine, Dad.
We don't need it.

Woody: I just wanted to leave you something.

Mar 30, 2014

Kate Grant (at the cemetery with her husband Woody and son David): "There's Woody's mother, Sarah. ...She hated me! She wanted him to marry someone who would milk the cows. I said, 'I ain't fiddlin' with no cow titties; I'm a city girl!' ...The Good Lord did not do Sarah any favors in the looks department... More a man's face than a woman's, really..." David Grant: "...How'd she die?" Kate Grant: "Saw herself in the mirror one day..."


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Apr 02, 2015

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Apr 29, 2014

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A man, who has summarily ignored his wife and two sons but not drink, receives a notice that he has won a million dollars. He inadvertently cons one of his sons into helping him claim the money. There is no winnings, but the son does buy the dad a truck.


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