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The Motel Life (2013)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $0Details
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $42,191 Details
Est. Domestic Blu-ray Sales $3,170 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $45,361
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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.


Movie Details

Domestic Releases: 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)
Running Time: 85 minutes
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Keywords: Early / Simultaneous Video on Demand release, 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
Production Method:Animation/Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Polksy Films
Production Countries: United States

Leading Cast

   Jerry Lee
   Annie James

Supporting Cast

Kris Kristofferson    Earl Hurley
Joshua Leonard   
Noah Harpster   
Garrett Backstrom   
Andrew Lee   
Nancy Youngblut   
Jenica Bergere   
Oren Skoog   

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Production and Technical Credits

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

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