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Turn the River (2007)

R | | Drama | 17 October 2007 (USA)
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A pool shark takes the ultimate gamble when she kidnaps her own son and flees her ex-husband.

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Chris Eigeman

Writer:

Chris Eigeman
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Famke Janssen ... Kailey
Jaymie Dornan ... Gulley
Rip Torn ... Quinette
Matt Ross ... David
Lois Smith ... Abby
Marin Hinkle ... Ellen
Terry Kinney ... Markus
John Juback ... Duncan
Tony Robles Tony Robles ... Ralph
Jordan Bridges ... Brad
Ari Graynor ... Charlotte
Santo D'Asaro Santo D'Asaro ... Scott
Zoe Lister-Jones ... Kat (as Zoe Lister Jones)
Elizabeth Atkeson Elizabeth Atkeson ... Sally
Joseph Siravo ... Warren
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Storyline

In New York City, Gulley, who's in middle school, lives with his father and step-mother; his paternal grandmother dominates the family's life. In secret, he's recently been in touch with his mother, Kailey, a pool hustler, who wants to win big and take Gulley to Canada. With the help of Teddy Quinette, who runs Quinn's Pool Hall, Kailey may get her shot at big money. Can she win the match, keep her son's confidence, and, using fake documents she gets from Markus, a friend of hers, make it to Canada to start a new life? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Sometimes Your Last Shot is Your First Break

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Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Brennan Brown replaced another actor at the last minute. See more »

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In the scene where Kailey and Gulley first meet in the park, the same two women pass in the same direction three times within 30 seconds on the walking path in the background. See more »

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strong performances and atmosphere overcome underwhelming drama
12 February 2010 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

Hardscrabble single moms appear to be all the rage in indie dramas these days. That may account for why, after "Frozen River," "Sleepwalking" and the like, "Turn the River" doesn't feel quite as original and fresh as it otherwise might.

Kailey Sullivan is a down-on-her-luck pool hustler who doesn't even have visitation rights with her 11-year-old son who lives with his abusive dad and stepmother. Kailey's plan is to make just enough money at the tables to enable her to grab the kid and head north of the border.

Written and directed by Chris Eigeman, "Turn the River" has a nice feel for the rhythms and tones of everyday life, with the drama as understated as the performances. The scenes between mother and son are particularly well conceived and executed. There is sensitive, thoughtful, subtle work by Famke Janssen as Kailey; Jaymie Dornana as her son, Gulley; Matt Ross as Gulley's dad; Lois Smith as the boy's paternal grandmother; and Rip Torn as the pool hall owner who sets up matches for the cash-strapped Kailey and serves as go-between for her and her son.

Even the melodrama at the end is nicely underplayed, so much so that we can forgive the air of déjà vu that hangs over much of the work.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

T.T.R. See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,722, 11 May 2008

Gross USA:

$5,149

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,149
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Bandora, Mr. Nice See more »
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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