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Rudderless (2014)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $56,001Details
International Box Office $511,218Details
Worldwide Box Office $567,219
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $299,086 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $299,086
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Sam is a former high-profile advertising executive whose life is torn apart by the sudden death of his son. Living off the grid on a docked sailboat, he wastes away his days while drowning his pain in alcohol. When Sam discovers a box filled with his son's demo tapes and lyrics, his own child's musical talent is a revelation for him, a grieving father who felt he'd been absent from his son's life. Communing with his deceased son's dashed dreams, Sam learns each song and eventually musters the will to perform one at a local bar. When Quentin, a young musician in the audience, is captivated by the song, the unlikely duo forms a rock band that becomes surprisingly popular and revitalizes both of their lives.


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Movie Details

Production Budget:$5,000,000
Domestic Releases: October 17th, 2014 (Limited) by Samuel Goldwyn Films
International Releases: December 21st, 2016 (Wide) (South Korea)
Video Release: January 20th, 2015 by Paramount Home Video
MPAA Rating: R for language.
(Rating bulletin 2331, 7/16/2014)
Running Time: 105 minutes
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Keywords: Death of a Son or Daughter, Singers, Musicians, Songwriter, Addiction, Directing Yourself, Advertising and Marketing, Early / Simultaneous Video on Demand release, Actors Making Their Directorial Debut
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Unified Pictures, Dog Pond
Production Countries: United States

Leading Cast


Supporting Cast

Felicity Huffman    Emily
Jamie Chung    Lisa Martin
Selena Gomez    Kate
Laurence Fishburne    Del
Miles Heizer    Josh
Ben Kweller    Willie
Ryan Dean    Aiken
Peter Spruyt    Alaird

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Production and Technical Credits

Casey Twenter    Screenwriter
Jeff Robinson    Screenwriter
William H. Macy    Screenwriter
Keith Kjarval    Producer
Brad Greiner    Producer
Tyler Jackson    Co-Producer
Gary Michael Schultz    Co-Producer
Jeff Johnson    Executive Producer
Patricia Cox    Executive Producer
Nathan Kelly    Executive Producer
William H. Macy    Executive Producer
Aaron L. Gilbert    Executive Producer
John Raymonds    Executive Producer
Ali Jazayeri    Executive Producer
Jacob Pechenik    Executive Producer
Eric Lin    Director of Photography
Chris Stull    Production Designer
John Axelrad    Editor
Liz Gallacher    Music Supervisor
Eef Barzelay    Composer
Simon Steadman    Song Writer
Charlton Pettus    Song Writer
Fink Fink    Song Writer
Mary Vernieu    Casting Director
Michelle Wade Byrd    Casting Director

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October 21st, 2014

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October 17th, 2014

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2014/10/17 49 $37,440   18 $2,080   $37,440 1
2014/10/24 83 $6,598 -82% 8 $825   $56,001 2

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2014/10/17 55 $49,403   18 $2,745   $49,403 1

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
South Korea 12/21/2016 $0 0 0 0 $511,218 12/30/2016
International Total$511,218 12/30/2016

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

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