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Grand Theft Parsons (2004)

Johnny Knoxville , Christina Applegate , David Caffrey  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Johnny Knoxville, Christina Applegate, Marley Shelton, Jamie McShane, Danielle Sapia
  • Directors: David Caffrey
  • Writers: David Caffrey, Jeremy Drysdale
  • Producers: Barbara Zipper, Betsy Rosenfeld, Brad Zipper, Cathy Rosen, Danielle Ganek
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2004
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002V7SO8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,687 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Grand Theft Parsons" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Johnny Knoxville (Jackass: The Movie, Walking Tall) shows off star power in his firstleading role as the hard-drinking, motorcycle-riding rock 'n' roll manager Phil Kaufman. When legendary singer Gram Parsons dies, Kaufman steals the body to keep his promise to make Joshua Tree Gram's final resting place. Chased by the cops, Gram's father and Gram's psycho ex-girlfriend, Betty (Christina Applegate), Kaufman embarks on a darkly comic adventure deep into the desert. Based on a truestory, this reckless road movie exceeds all limits.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Relax January 13, 2005
Format:DVD
I'm a Grampire as well but folks have to realize that this is a movie - meant for entertainment. If folks are fans of Gram they should be happy that he even made it to the big screen outside short cameos in Gimme Shelter and The Trip. As for complaints that the movie lacked character development of Gram and Phil's relationship, well during the period of time the movie covered, Gram was dead and still is. Of course there were some licenses taken with the facts, but again, it's a movie. While I'm a Gram fan, I also realize that he is not so sacrosanct that there cannot be entertaining value to his legacy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little confusion about a couple of the reviews here! December 17, 2004
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Um, this ISN'T a film about Gram Parsons, and doesn't pretend to be. It seems to me that people who like the music of Gram Parsons wanted to see a biopic, and they don't like the fact that this is a comedy about what happened to Gram's body.

In fact, I'm not sure if some of the reviewers have actually seem the film. FYI, the guy with the beard is Phil Kaufman - Gram (seen in a dream sequence) actually doesn't have a beard in 'Grand Theft Parsons'.

If you're a 'Grampire', I suggest you give this movie a miss. If you like great fun road movies, pick up a copy and make your own mind up.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I never write reviews on Amazon, but was shocked that everyone but the spotlight reviewer panned this film. Though I can imagine skepticism would stem from Johnny Knoxville being in a movie were he had to act (since he is most famous for the Jacka** movie and TV Show) Knoxville turned in a great performance. He seemed at ease with the character and was able to subtly convey his lines. His understated approach to the part serves to contrast the absurd situation his character is in and lends realism to the film that would be lacking if Knoxville had tried to ham it up for more laughs. The scene where he tries to rent the hearse and can barely mask his anger at the hearse's drug addled owner's incompetence had me on the floor rolling with laughter. I wasn't familiar with actor Michael Shannon before this film but he does a great job as the owner of the hearse. His cartoonish over the top hippie was the perfect Ying to Knoxville's character's reserved Yang. (a point which Shannon's character cleverly brings up.)

As if great dialogue, suburb acting, and a yellow hearse with flowers painted on the side weren't enough to make you want to see this film immediately if not sooner; the sound track alone makes the movie worth watching, it uses a lot of Parson's songs but also other great songs from the era.

In the end this film goes beyond being a great comedy to become a great film. Having Gram Parson's father as a character added a lot of weight to the last half hour of the film, with Robert Forester conveying all the resignation, sadness, and guilt felt by his character his downtrodden facial expressions. This is a movie I would recommend to anyone.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's class September 3, 2004
By sam
Format:DVD
Within this slightly amateurish movie is a cult classic screaming to get out. I was surprised it was made so recently as it already has the feel of a 1970's drug fuelled indulgent escapade.

The story is the journey, and yet despite this there is a sufficient denouement for it to not just fizzle out at the end; it's climax is touching rather than moving.

I imagine this film will be rediscovered one day, and I hope that time will be kind to it. There are some genuinely original and funny moments - quite Coen brothersesque at times. In fact, this film reminded me of The Big Lebowski in many ways, and this takes me back to my original point of it feeling like a better movie wanting to get out. See what you think...
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Buddy Movie October 25, 2004
Format:DVD
I loved this movie!

It was not what I would have expected with Johnny Knoxville as the star. He plays Kaufman, best friend to and road manager for Gram Parson. Johnny doesn't shoot himself, or let alligators attack his nipples, or do any crazy stunts for that matter- he's just a very cool actor who gets into character and does a stellar job.

Grand Theft Parsons a rough and tumble road movie with some very meaningful sweet moments, as well as some very funny ones- many of which were courtesy of Christina Applegate. Also a guy named Michael Shannon plays the hippie along for the ride with Knoxville. Shannon totally steals the show.

I would highly recommend Grand Theft Parsons both to Gram fans and those unfamiliar with his work.

Oh btw- to the first reviewer. It's always very impressive to review a movie you haven't seen!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a VERY funny movie August 31, 2004
Format:DVD
I saw this movie in London earlier this year and didn't know anything about the Gram Parsons story beforehand - the BBC biopic might go on to offer some straight facts - I don't care, this version delivered the coolest of lines and some very, very funny scenes.

Great performances, great script and the kind of 'feel good' that makes you laugh like you do with your best friends. This is a gem.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great story, well told. November 1, 2004
Format:DVD
I wonder whether some of the other reviewers are missing the point?

I have no great interest in Gram Parsons, and I bought this DVD because it looked like it might be a lot of fun and I'd read some great reviews in the press. I'm happy with my choice, and thoroughly enjoyed the film, which I found amusing, touching and really well told.

I'm not particularly interested in whether Gram's father is 'like the real thing' or if Val Kilmer should play Gram Parsons in a film about Gram Parsons (which this is not.) I'm looking for insight into whether the film is any good and whether it's worth my twenty bucks, and for what it's worth, I'd say 'yes' to both.

There are some nice documentaries out there about mister Parsons, whilst this is a film which is clearly signed as being 'based on a true story'. If you're into the man and his music, I'd suggest you get one of those. If you'd like to see a movie which - although it won't rock your world - will put a grin on your face and make you feel just a little better about life, then I can recommend 'Grand Theft Parsons'.

I hope this helps...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious smart excellent black humor!
Great movie! I avoided this for years because of so many negative reviews -- lots of people HATE this film. Then I saw a few moments of it on TV.... and was mesmerized. Read more
Published 9 months ago by James W. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars A little gem of an independent film.
This; was a surpisingly enjoyable movie. I had seen bits and pieces of it on tv and that was enough to perk my interest in seeing the entire movie. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Pa
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good
Singer/songwriter Gram Parsons died in 1973 and this is the story of a rather strange episode of body snatching carried out by friends and associates of Parsons, ( well, sort of... Read more
Published on March 1, 2011 by P. Johnston
3.0 out of 5 stars hard to grade this unique movie
I remember seeing the ad for this movie a few years ago after I had just discoverd who Gram was and was intrigued by the story, of course. Read more
Published on January 4, 2011 by Bob the Cob
4.0 out of 5 stars A Quirky, Funny, Movie
I really like this movie and have seen it several times. Yes, it takes a LOT of license with the facts and the characters, but Phil Kaufman was involved in the making of this... Read more
Published on January 3, 2011 by tookum
1.0 out of 5 stars Not here....still.
I ordered Grand Theft Parsons over a month ago and it still isn't here. I'm not at all pleased.
Published on September 20, 2010 by scarlett90
4.0 out of 5 stars He's Not There
I don't know about Robert Forster, but when he's on, he's on, and when he's overworked, he acts like he's been hit over the heat with an anvil. Read more
Published on December 5, 2008 by Kevin Killian
1.0 out of 5 stars GRAND THEFT PARSONS
THIS MOVIE WAS AN OK COMEDY; NOT REALLY BUYING THIS DVD FOR YOUR COLLECTION. THE STORY LINE IS WEAK AND SOME PARTS I FOUND MYSELF LOST.
Published on February 13, 2008 by Robert Robertson
1.0 out of 5 stars Hot Flying Flop #1
The truth at the center of this story is far more compelling than the shallow retelling here. Artistic license should yield a more substantial script at the very least. Read more
Published on January 6, 2008 by Evangeline
3.0 out of 5 stars Grand Theft Parsons
This movie surprisingly had great cinematography, screenplay and was well carried-through by all cast members. Read more
Published on September 12, 2007 by Mark Murray
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