Off the Black Poster

Release Date: December 8th, 2006

DVD Release Date: April 17th, 2007

R|1 hr 30 min

Plot Summary
After his baseball team loses a game due to a call by umpire Ray Cook (Nick Nolte), Dave Tibbel (Trevor Morgan) and some friends decide to vandalize Ray's house. Dave is caught and starts paying off his debt by cleaning up the mess. Then Ray unexpectedly offers to forgive the debt if the teen will accompany him to his 40th high-school reunion and pose as his son. A paternal bond forms between Ray, who is dying, and Dave, whose own father (Timothy Hutton) is emotionally distant.

Cast: Nick Nolte, Trevor Morgan, Sonia Feigelson, Rosemarie DeWitt, Sally Kirkland, Timothy Hutton, Michael Higgins, Noah Fleiss

Director: James Ponsoldt

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Forensic Films

Distributors: ThinkFilm

Keywords: Melodramatic, Father, Death, House, Endearing, Transformation, Friend, Emotional, 2000s

Ratings & Reviews

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  • As good as Nolte is, the relatively unknown Morgan matches him scene for scene. And he's not the only impressive newcomer. Remarkably, this confident indie is the first feature from writer-director Ponsoldt, who shuns any slickness to embrace the rough edges of his low-budget, bare-bones story. show more

  • Like a good pitcher, Trevor Morgan varies his emotions and perfectly grooves his role as the high-school star. Huffing and puffing, Nolte plops around with brilliant finesse, smartly exposing this frustrated old ballplayer's inside strength and fears. show more

  • There's something very right with Off the Black in terms of pure emotion and performance craft. show more

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