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R| 1 hr. 45 min.

Plot Summary

In William H. Macy's moving directorial debut RUDDERLESS, Billy Crudup plays Sam, a former high-profile advertising executive whose life is torn apart by the sudden death of his son. Living off the grid on a docked sailboat, he wastes away his days while drowning his pain in alcohol. When Sam discovers a box filled with his son's demo tapes and lyrics, his own child's musical talent is a revelation for him, a grieving father who felt he'd been absent from his son's life. Communing with his deceased son's dashed dreams, Sam learns each song and eventually musters the will to perform one at a local bar. When Quentin, a young musician in the audience, is captivated by the song, the unlikely duo forms a rock band that becomes surprisingly popular and revitalizes both of their lives.

Cast: Billy Crudup , Anton Yelchin , Felicity Huffman , Jamie Chung , Selena Gomez , Laurence Fishburne , William H. Macy , Kate Micucci

Director: William H. Macy

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Company

Rudderless (2014)

Release Date: October 17th, 2014|1 hr. 45 min.

critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • Though some plot elements are pushily therapeutic, they're offset by others whose novelty distinguishes Rudderless from movies of its sort. show more

  • 83

    [Crudup] responds with a performance that's funny, heartbreaking and confidently musical, anchoring a film with a challenging and sometimes shaky premise that very much requires his steadying presence. show more

  • It’s an ambitious and strong first start for Macy’s filmmaking career as he’s clearly taken a note or two from some of the great filmmakers he’s worked for. Don’t let the title of this film fool you—Rudderless is solid. show more

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