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Walking Out (2017)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 6 October 2017 (USA)
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An urban teenager journeys to Montana to hunt big game with his estranged father. Father and son struggle to connect, until a brutal encounter in the heart of the wilderness changes everything.

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Alex Smith, Andrew J. Smith (as Andrew Smith)

Writers:

Alex Smith (written for the screen by), Andrew J. Smith (adaptation) (as Andrew Smith) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Matt Bomer ... Cal
Josh Wiggins ... David
Bill Pullman ... Clyde
Alex Neustaedter ... Young Cal
Lily Gladstone ... Lila
Ken White Ken White ... Richard
Scott McMillion Scott McMillion ... Doctor
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Storyline

David (Josh Wiggins), an urban teenager, journeys to rural Montana to hunt big game with his estranged, "off the grid" father, Cal (Matt Bomer). As they ascend deep into the wilderness, father and son struggle to connect on any level, until a brutal encounter leaves them both with serious injuries, forcing them into a struggle to survive. Based on the American short story "Walking Out."

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Taglines:

Survival Runs In Their Blood

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for bloody injury images, some thematic elements and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Walking Out See more »

Filming Locations:

Montana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,462, 8 October 2017

Gross USA:

$101,947

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$162,445
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to the directors Christian Bale was almost cast in the role of Cal. Ultimately Bale decided against playing the part because he didn't want to spend time away from his family in a remote location so soon after the birth of his second child. See more »

Goofs

Cal (Matt Bomer) tells David (Josh Wiggins) not to eat snow, as it takes more water to process snow into water, than the snow gives you, calling it a sure way to dehydration. This is incorrect. All one needs to process snow into virtually pure water, is heat, and very little of that, which the body readily provides. Eating frozen snow could, however, contribute to, or hasten hypothermia, especially in a state of compromised health, extreme cold, and diminished caloric intake.

Cal (or the screenwriter) may have confused eating snow with drinking seawater, which does take more water to process than it provides, to remove the salts, and will dehydrate a human body. See more »

Quotes

David: Carried him out?
Lila: On his back. I saw it.
David: How could he?
Lila: I don't know, I suppose he couldn't... But he did.
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Connections

Featured in Conan: Minnie Driver/Matt Bomer/James Veitch (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Incoming Clouds
Written by Ernst Reijseger
Performed by Forma Antiqva
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A-Hunting We Will Go
6 October 2017 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Elmer Fudd sings this song in several cartoons, and he is referenced by the grandfather in this grim story of survival in the unforgiving Alaskan wilderness. That may be the only hint of humor to be found, as a father and son track down moose until tragedy strikes. The second half of the picture is as gritty and harrowing as any you will ever see this side of a National Geographic special.

Cal evidently gets custody of his son David every summer, but in the mountain country where he lives it's always winter. David is not happy with the arrangement and finds out right away he can't get a signal on his iphone. He is a city kid and his dad is a hunter; they mix like oil and water. They begin as polar opposites but in the end they are bonded, in as gripping and unexpected a finale as you can find in a slow starting movie.

I disagree with a reviewer who felt the music background was inappropriate. I felt it was just right - unobtrusive and complementary. Never saw either of these actors before but they were effective and had chemistry between them. "Walking Out" is an underrated indie and deserves a bigger market. It starts like a travelogue but is a very affecting film; amazing what the human spirit can do when faced with severe adversity.

N.B. The setting is similar to "Wind River", which has a more intricate plot.


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