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The Motel Life (2012)

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A pair of working-class brothers flee their Reno Motel after getting involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident.

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Alan Polsky, Gabe Polsky (as Gabriel Polsky)
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emile Hirsch ... Frank
Stephen Dorff ... Jerry Lee
Doc Divecchio ... Boss Man
Nancy Youngblut ... Mom
Jenica Bergere ... Polly Flynn
Dakota Fanning ... Annie James
Joshua Leonard ... Tommy
Garrett Backstrom ... Young Jerry Lee
Kris Kristofferson ... Earl Hurley
Noah Harpster ... Al Casey
Andrew Lee Andrew Lee ... Young Frank
Oren Skoog ... Barry Hurley
Hayes MacArthur ... Officer Cook
Scott MacArthur ... Officer Mori
Jim Gray Jim Gray ... Boxing Sportscaster
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Storyline

Two brothers who are forced to leave Reno after being involved in a hit-and-run accident. Based on the novel by Willy Vlautin, this moody thriller is a searing and profound examination of brotherhood set in the timeless Sierra Nevadan frontier. Written by Polsky Films

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They will do anything to find the truth


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language, some nudity, brief violent images, and drug references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida em Motéis See more »

Filming Locations:

Virginia City, Nevada, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Polsky Films See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kris Kristofferson claimed that this is one of the best films he has ever appeared in. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jerry Lee 16 years: Can you tell me a story, Frankie? Tell me something good. Make me the hero. Maybe I can get the girl.
Frank - 14: I got one. A long time ago, you and me were fighter pilots in the war. The Flannigan brothers. We were famous. One morning we were heading over to Germany when we got ambushed. You and me versus 20 German fighters. It was a mess. Real dog fight. It was touch-and-go, but we were winning until a Nazi came out of the fog and started firing away at you. Luckily I came down and blew the...
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Connections

References Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

The Boyfriends
Written by Willy Vlautin
Performed by Richmond Fontaine
Courtesy of El Cortez Records
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Should be called the dark, cold, wet life.
14 November 2013 | by demetriocoffmanSee all my reviews

I became a fan of Stephen Dorff after his role in Sophia Coppola's Somewhere and Emile Hirsch in the great Alpha Dog. Even the smaller roles with Kris Kristofferson and Dakota Fanning are remarkable in this movie. But all the good acting still keeps the flick just a notch above average. Its not so much about life in a motel or all that, but the lives and decisions of two brothers and all the drama that goes with it. Dorff plays an immature amputee who is dependent on Hirsch and does a great job. Man, just watching Dorff complain and cry is almost nerve-racking. The dark, cold, snowy, gloomy scenes make you feel the weather, but I wish there was more to the story line than just good acting and the scenery.


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