The Motel Life

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $0Details
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $5,018 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $1,695 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $6,713
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Synopsis

Frank and Jerry Lee Flannigan work odd jobs in the Sierra Nevadan frontier, drink hard, and drift from motel to motel. Their only escape is through Frank’s fantastic stories and Jerry Lee’s rich illustrations. Everything changes when Jerry Lee is involved in a hit-and-run accident, which forces the brothers across the state to the home of Frank’s old flame, Annie. While the two seem safe from the law, Jerry Lee’s insatiability and all-consuming guilt render their future increasingly uncertain.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics
71% - Fresh
Audience
49% - Spilled

Movie Details

Theatrical Release: November 8th, 2013 (Limited)
Video Release: June 3rd, 2014 by Gaiam
MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, language, some nudity, brief violent images, and drug references.
(Rating bulletin 2289, 9/11/2013)
Keywords: Video-on-Demand Premiere, Animated Sequences, Voiceover/Narration, Paralysis / Loss of a Limb, Relationships Gone Wrong, Accidental Death, Non-Chronological, Fugitive / On the Run, Young Child Dealing with the Death of a Parent, Suicide Attempt, Addiction, Dysfunctional Family, Child Abuse, Boxing, Gambling, Prostitution, Screenplay Written By the Star
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Genre:Drama
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction

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Cast

Emile Hirsch    Frank
Stephen Dorff    Jerry Lee
Dakota Fanning    Annie James
Kris Kristofferson    Earl Hurley
Joshua Leonard   
Noah Harpster   
Garrett Backstrom   
Andrew Lee   
Nancy Youngblut   
Jenica Bergere   
Oren Skoog   

Production and Technical Credits

Director    Alan Polsky
Director    Gabe Polsky
Screenwriter    Noah Harpster
Screenwriter    Micah Fitzerman-Blue
Story Creator    Willy Vlautin
Producer    Alan Polsky
Producer    Gabriel Polsky
Producer    Ann Ruark
Cinematographer    Roman Vasyanov
Editor    Hughes Winborne
Editor    Fabienne Rawley
Composer    David Holmes
Composer    Keefus Green
Production Designer    Ryan Warren

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