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Finders Keepers (2015)

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A story about fame, addiction and a custody battle over a man's leg.

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Bryan Carberry, Clay Tweel (as J. Clay Tweel)
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Credited cast:
Shannon Whisnant Shannon Whisnant ... Himself
John Wood John Wood ... Himself
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A man loses his leg in an accident. Another man accidentally buys it at a North Carolina auction. The story only gets stranger from there. This is a rare, truly laugh-out-loud doc. An expertly crafted narrative gets under the skin of lives that are forever changed when a crazy small-town feud becomes a national media circus. The result is both hilarious and tragic. An astonishing, stranger-than-fiction tale of greed, ego and redemption.

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One man's leg is another man's treasure

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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USA

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English

Release Date:

25 September 2015 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,740, 27 September 2015

Gross USA:

$35,555

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,555
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Shannon Whisnant: I'm pretty smart. I'm sure y'all figured that out by now. I've heard from many a folk, kin to me, and close to me, and the ones that know me. They tell me that I have the best business mind that they've ever seen.
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A Very Peculiar Story told with Grace and Humor
15 March 2015 | by JustCuriositySee all my reviews

Finders Keepers was warmly received at the SXSW Film Festival. It is one of those stories which prove that truth is almost always much stranger than fiction. There are many true stories – like this one – which no one would believe if you wrote them as fiction.

In this bizarre tale of how John Wood's amputated leg is accidentally sold at auction to Shannon Whisnant who has the screwball idea of making money by displaying it as some sort of macabre tourist attraction. The film actually uses this strange incident as an opportunity to explore the severely dysfunctional lives of both men and their families. Wood is a drug addict still dealing with the grief of losing his father in the same plane crash that cost him his leg. Whisnant appears to be some sort of unhappy narcissist who sees the purchase of an amputated leg as his ticket to the fame and fortune that has long eluded him thus far in his rather mundane life

The film makers take this material and while gently mocking the men's eccentricities also allows them to share their complicated stories. The film may even serve as a partial catharsis for them. Finders Keepers is hilarious. The filmmakers keep the story moving in a highly entertaining manner. Despite the entertainment component the emotions of the protagonists and their families are very real and their pain about the problems in their lives is also very real. Really the leg they are battling for becomes a strange metaphor for the aspects of themselves that are missing in both their lives. Finders Keepers walks the line between comedy and tragedy and does so delightfully. I had no idea what to expect when I walked into this film and I think I got a lot more than I expected.


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