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Around the Bend (2005)

Michael Caine , Christopher Walken , Jordan Roberts  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Caine, Christopher Walken, Josh Lucas, Jonah Bobo, Glenne Headly
  • Directors: Jordan Roberts
  • Writers: Jordan Roberts
  • Producers: Bob Yari, Elliott Lewitt, Florina Massbaum, Julie Kirkham, Mark Gill
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006Q94A0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,278 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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  • It's a Good Day: The Making of Around the Bend
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Around the Bend concerns four generations of Lair men. There's eccentric patriarch Henry (Michael Caine), prodigal son Turner (Christopher Walken), bitter grandson Jason (Josh Lucas), and great-grandson Zach (Jonah Bobo). Shortly after Turner arrives in L.A. for a surprise visit, the ailing Henry dies. The remaining three take off on the road trip he had insisted on before his untimely passing. Jason is none too pleased--after all, his father ran out on him 30 years ago--but it was his Henry's dying wish. So there they are on the way to New Mexico, where long-buried secrets will finally be revealed. Heartwarming, if predictable, Around the Bend represents the softer side of its three leads and Walken is particularly effective in an uncharacteristic role (i.e., miles away from The Deer Hunter). His Turner is a bit odd, to be sure, but mostly he's just a regular guy who's made a few--rather substantial--mistakes. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of us lead extraordinary lives... August 4, 2005
I've read most of the other reviews of this movie and many of the viewers didn't get the point. If you grew up as I did, in a family that was atypical and dysfunctional in the extreme, if you've ever been abandoned at an early age by a parent (as I was) and have held a grudge against that parent for cutting out (as I still do, although this movie has caused me to question my attitude as nothing has before), if you've lived a life where you saw and were subjected to great violence at the hands of intelligent yet disturbed human beings who were your family members, people with addictions and PTSD, this movie will resonate for you in a very special way. I found all the characters engaging and intensely *real*. I am one of the last people to get hung up on sentimentality. For someone to call this movie 'syrupy' or 'cheesy' indicates to me that this person has never experienced great depth of emotion, has never seen someone they loved lash out in pain and insanity and has not done anything in their lives they've regretted and wished with all their heart and soul they could go back in time and have another chance to do over again. This is a movie for survivors, for people who need to learn forgiveness for others in their lives and forgiveness toward themselves. Christopher Walken is a magnificent being and he seems to shine in everything he does. But Michael Caine is also very engaging in this film, as are the other performers. There is not one bad performance in this movie. Yes, it is difficult to watch. Yes, the emotions are strong. No, it is not syrup or formula. This is an amazing movie. For some of us, this is not fiction -- it is a powerful portrayal of less-than-perfect and far from ordinary humanity. I believe this is one movie that will, over the years, become perceived as absolutely legendary. Read more ›
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sentimental journey . . . August 16, 2005
Fans of Christopher Walken, Michael Caine, and road movies will enjoy this indie film and overlook its sentimentality and trials of credibility. Walken, as a long-absent father returning unexpectedly at the doorstep of his grown son (Lucas), grandson (Bobo), and dying father (Caine), brings a time-ravaged, gritty presence to a film that keeps threatening to turn into a feature-length KFC commercial. Between Walken and Caine (who departs the film much too early), the film has an emotional grounding that makes it compelling even when the script will make dry-eyed viewers want to grimace.

Meanwhile, the New Mexico photography casts a glorious glow over the characters' journey across the desert Southwest and underscores a theme having to do with tribes, family loyalties, fathers and sons, and the importance of rituals. The music track is fine, the credits sequence reveals a spirit of warm generosity, and the DVD documentary of the film's production realistically reveals the tedium of working on a movie set. Altogether, there's more than enough to like. Give it a go.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
This 2004 film wasn't nominated for any Oscars. I can see why. It's a bit maudlin, the pace is slow and it is too introspective for its own good. But Christopher Walken did win a Golden Satellite Award (whatever that is) for best actor and another Best Actor Award at the Montreal Film Festival. I'm glad, because it certain deserves some praise although it is far from a perfect film.

The film opens with Michael Caine. a cantankerous old man who lives with is adult grandson and young great grandson, planning his own demise. As he's been an archeologist all his life, he gets quite creative as he talks about tribal rituals. Within the first few minutes of the film, the small family gets a visitor. It is Christopher Walken, his son, who has been out of touch with the family for many years. Michel Caine is elated, although the grandson, Josh Lucas, is a bit put off. After all, Christopher Walken, his father, had deserted him when he was only 2-years old and he still bears resentment. The young grandson, played by Jonah Bobo is delighted, however. He's only six year old and to him, and, to him, the world is a wonder.

Soon the four men are having dinner in Michael Caine's favorite restaurant, the local Kentucky Fried Chicken. Later, Christopher Walken say is he is leaving the next day. And this sets Michael Caine in motion. He commits suicide in a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant and leaves his family instructions for a complicated ritual which not only involves mixing his ashes with that of his dog, but also traveling around and scattering ashes in a wide variety of places that mean a lot to him. Also included in this ritual are many meals together in various Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants.

Some of what follows is quite comical.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching, Funny, Sad Film September 13, 2005
I love this movie. I cryed when it was over. Christopher Walken is amazing as a father who left his son a long time ago to be brought together by the wishes of his late father. Josh Lucas is really good as the son and Michael Caine is great in his short role as the grandfather who wants his family to be normal and happy. The little boy played by Jonah Bobo is also great. Walken dances his heart out in this film and its a memorable scene. If you want to see a true gripping family drama with some funny moments thrown in, this is your movie. Highly Highly Recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
Love almost anything with Christopher Walken in it... this didn't disappoint.
Published 2 months ago by keith barnard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Made a great gift.
Published 2 months ago by Catherine Warrren
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun road movie
Great fan of Christopher Walken. A road movie with a good story. The four generations of men are all cast well. The musical score works well.
Published 2 months ago by Arthur N. Mayers
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Film, especially for Walken Fans
Good characters, great actors and performances. The pace is slow and easy. The plot has a lot of heart. Read more
Published 3 months ago by E. Magno
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just what I wanted!
Published 3 months ago by James D Mehl
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC, EXCELLENT
Published 3 months ago by RENNEA BURGESS
5.0 out of 5 stars Christopher Walken!
What an amazing heart-felt story. I added it to my collection because I want to be able to see it again and again!
Published 3 months ago by Dierk Sr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved that movie
This is a very sweet movie. Great actors, good sense of humor and depth as well. Definitely a family movie that I recommend.
Published 5 months ago by Marie Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally--A Fitting Homage to the Serially Unsung Leading Man,...
Christopher Walken, the awesome, rarely gets marquee-billing in his films. He has said he pays this price to be in more films he just wants to be in or to exchange a lower billing... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jenny Peleoni
5.0 out of 5 stars An undiscovered gem
I originally had seen this film at a special screening prior to its release, loved it, and couldn't understand why it didn't have an impact in theaters. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dianne Causley
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