Bruce Dern (Woody) and Will Fort (David)
NEBRASKA, directed by Alexander Payne and written by Bob
Nelson. Starring Bruce Dern, Will Fort,
June Squibb, Stacy Keach, and more.
The first thing you will notice is that the movie is in
black and white. My first thought was
"Why?" But after watching it I
think color would have taken something out of the movie.
It is a trip movie. Woody Grant ( Bruce Dern) gets one of those
bulk rate notice from something like Publishers' Clearing House insinuating
there is a good chance he has won a $1,000,000.
He insists on driving to Lincoln,
Nebraska, to claim his million dollars.
Woody is apparently half senile and seems to be in another world during most the movie. His son, David (Will Fort), risks his job to go along with his father to watch
out for him.
Also his Will's brother Ross (Bob Odenkirk), a local anchorman, is good supporting part.
They dropped by Woody's hometown Hawthorne, Nebraska, that he was
born in and grew up in and still have plenty of relatives nearby.
In Hawthorne one of the middle age unemployed cousin/nephew
is facing a crime charge. It was
casually mentioned, like asking how is the RAPE charge coming and the man's
parents quickly jumped in and said it
was not RAPE, nothing like it. It is
SEXUALLY ASSAULT charge they said. Big difference
they felt. The word meant everything to their reputation.
Up until this point his relatives and old partner could take him or leave him
but somehow word got out that he WON $1,000,000 and suddenly everybody becomes
gushy friendly and reminds the Bruce
character of all the favors they have helped him out with.... first it was nice
then they got vicious. All in the name
Bruce's wife Kate is played by June Squibb. She is a blunt speaking tell-it-like it is motherly type that uses
four-letter words almost as often as she used sentences, or it seemed that way.
I thought it was a good movie that was a good study of
mankind, and not without humor.
Bruce Dern received the Best Actor Award for it at the
Cannes Film Festival. And it has been
nominated for 6 Academy Awards.
June Squibb (Kate)