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Title: Nebraska

Production Company: Bona Fide Productions  
  FilmNation Entertainment  
  Echo Lake Entertainment  
  Blue Lake Media Fund  
Production Text:
Paramount Vantage presents
In association with Filmnation Entertainment, Blue Lake Media Fund, Echo Lake Entertainment
A Bona Fide Production
Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures  

Release Date: 15 Nov 2013
Premiere Information: Cannes Film Festival premiere: 23 May 2013; Los Angeles and New York openings: 15 Nov 2013
Duration (in mins): 115
PCA NO: 48481
MPAA Rating: R
Country: United States
Language: English

Physical Properties: Sd: Dolby Digital in selected theaters; Datasat Digital Sound in selected theaters
  b&w:
  Lenses: Filmed with Panavision cameras and lenses; Filmed with ARRI

Producer: Albert Berger (Prod)
  Ron Yerxa (Prod)
  Doug Mankoff (Exec prod)
  Neil Tabatznik (Exec prod)
  George Parra (Exec prod)
  Julie M. Thompson (Exec prod)
Director: Alexander Payne (Dir)
  Mads Hansen (Unit prod mgr)
  George Parra (1st asst dir)
  Scott August (2d asst dir)
  Gregory S. Carr (2d 2d asst dir)
Writer: Bob Nelson (Wrt)
Photography: Phedon Papamichael (Dir of photog)
  Merie Weismiller Wallace (Still photog)
  Jeff Porter (1st asst photog)
  Steve Wolpa (2d asst photog)
  Martin Moody (2d asst photog)
  Harry Zimmerman ("B" 1st asst photog)
  David Luckenbach (Steadicam op)
  Tari Segal ("B" cam op)
  Rafael E. Sanchez (Chief lighting tech)
  Scott Sprague (Asst chief lighting tech)
  A. Spike Simms (Chief rigging elec)
  Kevin Cowan (Elec)
  Geoffrey Ernst (Elec)
  Jake Hossfeld (Elec)
  Chris Weigand (Elec)
  Ray Garcia (1st company grip)
  Roderick G. Farley (2d company grip)
  Charles Ehrlinger (1st company rigging grip)
  David Pearlberg (Dolly grip)
  Dennis Buffum (Grip)
  Nate Buffam (Grip)
  Hilton C. Garrett III (Grip)
  Erik F. Hill (Grip)
  Radan Popovic (2d unit cine)
Art Direction: Dennis Washington (Prod des)
  Sandy Veneziano (Art dir)
  Jessica Ripka (Art dept coord)
  Nathan Carlson (Graphic artist)
Film Editor: Kevin Tent (Ed)
  Rick Reynolds (Post prod supv)
  Mindy Elliott (Asst ed)
  Brian Bautista (Apprentice ed/FX artist)
  Josh Land (Post prod asst)
Set Decoration: Beauchamp Fontaine (Set dec)
  Jon Bush (Lead person)
  Elle Lien (Buyer)
  Anna Packard (Set des)
  Mark Hanks (Set dresser)
  Christopher L. Williamson (Set dresser)
  Lora D. Davis (Set dresser)
  Joey Lynch (Set dresser)
  Gregory S. Rohde (Set dresser)
  Carole Marie Zacek (Set dresser)
  Chad R. Davis (On-set dresser)
  Hope M. Parrish (Prop master)
  Thomas Miller (Asst prop master)
  Wes Clowers (Const coord)
  Greg Berger (Const foreperson)
  Billy Jones (Scenic artist)
  P. Gail Briant (On-set scenic)
  Ember Soberman (On-set painter)
Costumes: Wendy Chuck (Cost des)
  Jeannine Bourdaghs (Cost supv)
  Margaret Robbs (Key set costumer)
  Andy Anderson (Costumer)
  Megan Klimkos (Costumer)
  Ruth Ciemnoczolowski (Seamstress)
Music: Mark Orton (Mus)
  Richard Ford ( Exec mus prod)
  Mike Moore (Mus score rec by)
  Tom Hardisty (Music score rec by)
  Mark Orton (Mus score mixed by)
  Jesse Emerson (Assisted by)
  Dead Aunt Thelma's Studio (Mus score rec at)
  Eastwood Scoring Stage Warner Bros. Studio (Mus score rec at)
  Camp Watertown Studios (Mus score mixed at)
  Peter Rotter (Mus contractor)
  Megan Orton Violin (Musician)
  Carla Kihlstedt Violin, Stroh Violin (Musician)
  Rob Burger Accordian (Musician)
  Ben Goldberg Clarinets (Musician)
  Ara Anderson Trumpet (Musician)
  Bryan Pezzone Piano (Musician)
  Mark Orton Plucked strings, antiques (Musician)
  iTunes (Soundtrack album on)
Sound: Frank Gaeta (Sd des supv and re-rec mixer)
  Patrick Cyccone, Jr. (Re-rec mixer)
  Jose Antonio Garcia (Sd mixer)
  Jonathan Fuh (Boom op)
  Jay Collins (Cable person)
  David Bach (Dial and ADR supv)
  Joe Iemola (Sd ed)
  Scott Curtis (Foley mixer)
  Alicia Stevenson (Foley artist)
  Dawn Lunsford (Foley artist)
  Sound For Film (Sd editorial)
  Jared Marshack (Sd mix tech)
  Audio Head (Re-rec at)
  Bryan Arenas (Dolby sd consultant)
Special Effects: Eric Ladd (Titles)
  Barnstorm VFX (Visual eff by)
  Lawson Deming (Visual eff supv)
  Cory Jamieson (Visual eff prod)
  Jennifer Van Horn (Coord)
  Bill Parker (Compositor)
  Paula Schmitt (Compositor)
  John Ross (Compositor)
  Furious FX (Visual eff by)
  David Lingenfelser (Exec visual eff supv)
  Scott Dougherty (Exec prod)
  Sean O`Connor (Compositor)
Make Up: Robin Fredriksz (Makeup dept head)
  Jay Wejebe (Makeup artist)
  Waldo Sanchez (Hair dept head)
  Melanie Smith (Hairstylist)
Production Misc: John Jackson (Casting)
  Rebecca Robertson-Szwaja (Scr supv)
  Stephen Abariotes (Prod consultant)
  John Latenser V (Loc mgr)
  Janie Vesay (Asst loc mgr)
  Todd Feaser (Asst loc mgr)
  Anne Ryan Gauer (Asst loc mgr)
  Kendra Liedle (Asst loc mgr)
  Louise Decordoba (Prod accountant)
  Sandra L. Yeary (1st asst accountant)
  Jody Beaudin (2d asst accountant)
  Debra M. Burgess (Payroll accountant)
  Kimberly K. Bilstein (Accounting clerk)
  Jason Zorigian (Prod coord)
  Philip Joncas (Asst prod coord)
  Tessa V. Wedberg (Prod secy)
  Wes Ford (Prod secy)
  Deidre Backs (Factotum)
  Anna Musso (Asst to Mr. Payne)
  Boon Fox (Asst to Messrs. Berger & Yerxa)
  Chelsea Krant (Asst to Mr. Parra)
  Wendy Guerrero (Asst to Mr. Dern)
  Lindsay Trapnell (Casting asst)
  Emily Bensinger (Prod asst)
  Alexis Dvorak (Prod asst)
  Shannon Gauer (Prod asst)
  Elias Heartnet (Prod asst)
  Jacob Heger (Prod asst)
  Jimmy Helm (Prod asst)
  Rudy Jansen (Prod asst)
  Mason Kenton (Prod asst)
  Greta Methot (Prod asst)
  Benito Sanchez (Prod asst)
  Sonia V. Torres (Prod asst)
  Eric Williamson (Prod asst)
  Gary Edelman (Transportation coord)
  Don Poole (Transportation capt)
  Billy Scoles (Transportation capt)
  Phil Helman (Transportation capt)
  Thomas W. Rebber (Picture car coord)
  Kevin O`Leary (Medic)
  Jason Mahoney (Medic)
  Tony's Catering (Catering)
  Jeff Winn (Craft service)
  Nikola Rudela (Craft service)
  Anton Muetz (Craft service)
  Alejandro Cordero (Craft service)
  Mario Aguirre (Craft service)
  Anthony Davis (Preview projection supv)
  Jude Jansen (Clip researcher and clearances)
  Stone Management, Inc. (Product placement)
Stand In: Erik Rondell (Stunt coord)
  Dan Epper (Stunts)
  Chuck Hosack (Stunts)
  Carrick O`Quinn (Stunts)
  James Palmer (Stunts)
  Craig Rondell (Stunts)
  Anthony Schmidt (Stunts)
  Tom Sitarz (Stunts)
Color Personnel: Technicolor Hollywood (Digital intermediate and set dailies by)
  Skip Kimball (Senior digital film colorist)
  Nicholas Hasson (Additional digital film colorist)
  Mark Shagun (Digital intermediate ed)
  Marisa Clayton (Digital intermediate prod)
  Jeremy Voissom (Dailies colorist)
  Denise Woodgerd (Dailies supv)
  Lonny Danler (Digital imaging tech)
  Ladd Lanford (Project mgr)
  Mato Der Avanessian (Film timer)
  Jim Passon (Film timer)
  Deluxe ([Laboratory services])
  FotoKem ([Laboratory services])

Music Text:
Song Text: "Their Pie," (originally from the motion picture Sweet Land ), written by Mark Orton, performed by Mark Orton and Megan Orton, courtesy of Ali Selim; "Immigration," written and performed by Mark Orton, courtesy of Camp Watertown Music; "Fool For The City," written by David Peverett, performed by Foghat, courtesy of Bearsville Records-Rhino Entertainment Group by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing; "To The Levee," written and performed by Mark Orton, courtesy of Camp Watertown Music; "Impact V. 4," written and performed by Tom Snider & Randy Wachtler, performed by Tom Snider, courtesy of Warner-Chappell Production Music; "Home And Hearth," written and performed by Mark Governor, courtesy of Citysound Music; "Night of the Skeptic," written by Mark Orton, performed by Tin Hat Trio, courtesy of Camp Watertown Music; "If You Lose An Angel," written by Buck Quigley, performed by Cathy Carfagna, courtesy of Zuma Caterna Records; "New West," written by Mark Orton, performed by Tin Hat, courtesy of Bag Productions Records; "Tomb of Death," written by Adam Drake & Terry Devine-King, courtesy of Audio Network; "The Gauntlet," written and performed by Jesse Friedman, courtesy of Jungle Punks Music; "Murder On The Hill," written and performed by Kerry Muzzey, courtesy of Jungle Punks Music; "Drums For Victory," written by Marcello De Francisci, courtesy of Music Box Division of OLE; "Doctor," written by George Tipton, courtesy of ABC Studios; "Herbert's Story," written and performed by Mark Orton, courtesy of Camp Watertown Music; "El Santo Cachon," written by Luis Brito Lopez, performed by Los Embajadores Vallentos, courtesy of Discos Fuentes/Miami Records/Sunflower Entertainment; "We Can Last Forever," written by John Dexter & Jason Schieff, performed by Chicago, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc. by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing; "Check Yes Or No," written by Dana Hunt & Danny Wells, performed by George Strait, courtesy of MCA Nashville under license from Universal Music Enterprises; "Kiss That Memory Goodbye," written by Dave Eric Smith & Larry Wayne Penny, performed by Larry Wayne Penny, courtesy of Crucial Music Corporaton; "Magna Carta," (originally from the motion picture Sweet Land ), written by Mark Orton, performed by Mark Orton and Carla Kihlstedt, courtesy of Ali Selim; "Browne's Pie," (originally from the motion picture Sweet Land ), written by Mark Orton, performed by Mark Orton and Megan Orton, courtesy of Ali Selim; "Time After Time," written by Robert Hyman & Cyndi Lauper, performed by Sherry Ristow, courtesy of Stingray Music; "In The Ghetto," written by Mac Davis, performed by Stacy Keach, courtesy of Pocket Songs; "Green Green Grass of Home," written by Claude Putnam, Jr., performed by Roger Stuckwisch, courtesy of Robert Berry; "I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name," written by Lee Emerson, performed by Porter Wagoner, courtesy of RCA Nashville by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing; "The Ambush," written by Mark Orton, performed by Mark Orton and Carla Kihlstedt, courtesy of Camp Watertown Music; "Bill," written by Mark Orton, performed by Tin Hat Trio, courtesy of Camp Watertown Music; "Diminished Capacity," written & performed by Robert Burger, courtesy of Tzadik.
Source Text:
Music Composer: Robert Burger
  Mac Davis
  Marcello De Francisci
  Terry Devine-King
  John Dexter
  Adam Drake
  Lee Emerson
  Jesse Friedman
  Mark Governor
  Dana Hunt
  Robert Hyman
  Cyndi Lauper
  Luis Brito Lopez
  Kerry Muzzey
  Mark Orton
  Megan Orton
  Larry Wayne Penny
  David Peverett
  Claude Putnam, Jr.
  Buck Quigley
  Jason Schieff
  Dave Eric Smith
  Tom Snider
  George Tipton
  Randy Wachtler
  Danny Wells
Sung By: Mark Orton
  Foghat
  Tom Snider
  Mark Governor
  Tin Hat Trio
  Cathy Carfagna
  Tin Hat
  Jesse Friedman
  Kerry Muzzey
  Los Embajadores Vallentos
  Chicago
  George Strait
  Larry Wayne Penny
  Carla Kihlstedt
  Stacy Keach [Jr.]
  Roger Stuckwisch
  Porter Wagoner
  Robert Burger

Cast:   Bruce Dern ([Woodrow T.] Woody Grant)  
    Will Forte (David Grant)  
    June Squibb (Kate Grant)  
    Stacy Keach Jr. (Ed Pegram)  
    Bob Odenkirk (Ross Grant)  
    Mary Louise Wilson (Aunt Martha)  
    Rance Howard (Uncle Ray)  
    Tim Driscoll (Bart)  
    Devin Ratray (Cole)  
    Angela McEwan (Peg Nagy)  
    Glendora Stitt (Aunt Betty)  
    Elizabeth Moore (Aunt Flo)  
    Kevin Kunkel (Cousin Randy)  
    Dennis McCoig (Uncle Verne)  
    Ronald Vosta (Uncle Albert)  
    Missy Doty (Nöel)  
    John Reynolds (Bernie Bowen)  
    Jeffrey Yosten (ER Doctor)  
    Neal Freudenburg (George Westendorf)  
    Eula Freudenburg (Jean Westendorf)  
    Ray Stevens (Dale Slaasted)  
    Lois Nemec (Kathy Slaasted)  
    Francisco Mendez (Mechanic)  
    Jose Muñoz (Mechanic)  
    Catherine Rae Schutz (Bartender)  
    Terry Kotrous (Sheriff)  
    Dennis McCave (Sheriff)  
    Rachel Lynn Leister (Waitress)  
    Melinda Simonson (Receptionist)  
    Noah Matteo (Cub photographer)  
    Scott Goodman (Mark)  
    Colleen O'Doherty (Janice)  
    Sherry Ristow (Karaoke singer)  
    Roger Stuckwisch (Karaoke singer)  
    Franklin Dennis Jones (Uncle Cecil)  
    Jason Speidel (Appliance store employee)  
    Bob Knollenberg (Used car salesman)  
    Robert Dach (Bar patron)  
    Sherry Ferris (Bar patron)  

Summary: At the city limit of Billings, Montana, an aged mechanic named Woodrow T. "Woody" Grant stumbles alongside a freeway, where he is stopped by a concerned police officer. Sometime later, Woody's adult son, David, picks him up at the police station, and Woody reports that he was walking to Lincoln, Nebraska, to collect the $1 million winnings promised by a sweepstakes company. Although David argues that the letter is a ruse to promote magazine sales, his father is convinced otherwise, and refuses to trust the U.S. postal service with his check. Returning home, Woody is scolded by his wife, Kate, but the old man explains he wants the money to buy a new truck and an air compressor, to replace the machine he lent his former partner, Ed Pegram, in 1974. Kate says that with $1 million, she would put Woody in a retirement home. Later, David is called back to his parents' house during his shift as a stereo salesman. Woody was caught wandering to Nebraska yet again, and Kate is at her wit's end. David's older brother, an aspiring television newscaster named Ross, agrees with Kate that Woody needs to be confined to a nursing home, but David argues that their father "just needs something to live for." Back at his apartment, David is visited by his recently estranged girl friend, Noël, but they are interrupted by Kate, who telephones to report Woody missing. David finds his father wandering and agrees to drive him to Lincoln, despite Kate's objections. Calling in sick to work, David escorts his father south in his Subaru station wagon and stops at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, but Woody complains the monument looks incomplete. That night, Woody stumbles into their Rapid City motel room drunk and wounded in the forehead. At a hospital, Woody gets stitches and the doctor recommends that he remain under observation through the weekend. However, Kate arranges by telephone for the men to stay with family in their hometown of Hawthorne, Nebraska, and David promises to take his father to Lincoln on Monday. In Hawthorne, the men are greeted by Aunt Martha, who is married to Woody's brother, Ray. David's delinquent cousins, Cole and Bart, sit with their father, transfixed by the television, as Martha explains the poor economy has made it difficult for her sons to secure work. Ray adds that Cole served time in prison. The next day, Woody takes David to the garage he once owned with his former partner, Ed Pegram, the man who took his air compressor, but Ed is not at the shop. At the town bar, Woody recalls that his father gave him sips of beer as a boy, and David remarks that Woody passed along the family tradition of alcoholism. Although David is now sober, Woody presses him to drink. Many beers later, David confesses his romantic troubles with Noël and inquires about his parents' courtship. Woody claims his marriage served to satisfy Kate's demands, and adds that the boys came along because her Catholicism forbade abortion. When David complains about his father's alcoholism, Woody refers to his son with a profanity and leads him to another tavern, where he reunites with Ed. David secretly warns his father not to mention his perceived $1 million prize, but soon finds tavern customers applauding Woody's success. The news spreads quickly, and by morning, the Hawthorne contingency of Woody's family eagerly anticipates their share of the prize. When Kate arrives, David asks her to allow Woody to live his fantasy just a few days longer, but Kate is angry at her husband's alcoholism, and her sons' neglect. Sometime later, David goes to the office of the local newspaper, the Hawthorne Republican, which plans to print a story about Woody's winnings, and tells editor Peg Nagy that his father is not a millionaire, after all. Amused, Peg reveals that she dated Woody before he left her for Kate, and remembered him being generally "confused." David learns that Woody experienced combat during the Korean War, and that it took an emotional toll. When he returned home a veteran, Woody had difficulty communicating with others and sought refuge in alcohol. Peg shows David a wartime newspaper photograph of Woody, explaining that despite his introversion, Woody was very generous, and people took advantage of him. In honor of her former love, Peg plans to publish a story about Woody's homecoming that neither confirms nor denies his $1 million winnings. That evening, at a karaoke restaurant, Ed entertains customers with a song and asks Woody to bow before an applauding crowd. Ed then corners David in the bathroom, and insists that Woody use his riches to pay back an ongoing debt. On Sunday, the surviving Grant family members gather for a reunion. When Ross arrives and lunch is served, the family toasts Woody's success, despite protests from Kate. Afterward, Ross and David are confronted by family members who claim Woody owes them money. However, Kate argues that Woody unselfishly gave of himself to others, and they are the ones with a debt Woody. Angered by the family's betrayal, Kate guides her sons and husband to the former Grant farmhouse, which is now abandoned, and Woody revisits his past. Driving away, Kate points out Ed's residence, and, discovering the man gone, the boys retrieve their father's coveted air compressor from the barn. Back on the road, Woody and Kate deny they were at Ed's house, after all, and the family drives back to restore the compressor. When the home's real owners return unexpectedly, Kate covers for her sons and they escape without notice. Later, Ed approaches David and Woody at a bar, demanding $10,000 to keep quiet about Woody's past extra-marital affair. Outside, Woody is accosted by his nephews, Cole and Bart, disguised in ski masks, who steal the sweepstakes letter. When David attempts to retrieve the document, his cousins admit they threw it away upon realizing it was bogus. David consoles his father, suggesting they look for the letter back at the bar. There, Woody discovers Ed mocking the letter aloud to chuckling patrons. The old man collects his treasured document as David punches Ed in the face. Although the award is exposed as fraud, Woody insists on continuing to Lincoln, because he wants to leave his sons an inheritance. David reveals that he agreed to the trip to spend time with his father, and make the old man "shut up." Woody agrees to keep quiet, then passes out. At the hospital, David reports that Woody must stay several days. Kate bids her husband farewell with a kiss and a fondly uttered insult, then returns to Billings with Ross. David awakens to discover Woody missing, but finds the old man staggering down the street in search of his prize, and resumes their journey to Lincoln. There, David presents his father's letter to a sweepstakes office receptionist, who reports that Woody does not have a winning number but offers a consolation prize. When she inquires if Woody is suffering from dementia, David replies that his father simply believes what people tell him. On the way back to Billings, David trades his Subaru for a new truck, puts Woody's name on the title, and buys his father an air compressor. As they pull onto the main street of Hawthorne, David permits his father to take the wheel, even though he can no longer drive. Woody orders David to crouch down as he glides through town, astonishing Ed, Peg, and his former companions. Back in the countryside, David resumes the driver's seat, and they embark upon their journey home. 

 
Genre: Comedy-drama
 
Subject Major: Aged persons
  Alcoholics
  Family relationships
  Fathers and sons
  Nebraska
  Prizes and trophies
  Senility
 
Subject Minor: Aging
  Alcoholism
  Aunts
  Awards
  Billings (MT)
  Brothers
  Cousins
  Death and dying
  Debt
  Financial crisis
  Honor
  Hospitals
  Korean War, 1950-1953
  Lincoln (NE)
  Long-lost relatives
  Marriage
  Mechanics
  Millionaires
  Mothers and sons
  Reunions
  Television
  Traveling companions
  Trucks
  Veterans
  Voyages and travel

Note: End credits include the following acknowledgments: "Hillbilly Handfishin' courtesy of Discovery Access, Golden Girls courtesy of ABC Studios, Wheel of Fotune courtesy of Califon Productions Inc." and, "The producers thank: Laurie Richards – Nebraska Film Commission; Madison County Sheriff's Department; Faith Regional Health Services; Police Department of Hooper, Nebraska; John Ashley's Stardust Motel; Nebraska Dept. of Economic Development; Nebraska Central Railroad; Nebraska State Patrol; Montana Department of Revenue; Yellowstone County Sheriffs; National Park Service; The City of Billings, Montana; Mount Rushmore National Memorial; Montana, Nebraska and Wyoming Film Offices; Norfolk Area Film Commission; Norfolk Area Economic Development Council; Norfolk Area Visitors Bureau, Chamber of Commerce, and Economic Development Council; and the city and citizens of Plainview, Nebraska." Also included in the end credits is the statement: "Filmed on location in: Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana."
       On 9 Dec 2003, DV announced that director Alexander Payne contracted to make writer Bob Nelson's Nebraska his next project after the completion of Sideways (2004, see entry), which was nearing the end of production at that time. Named after Payne's home state, Nebraska was planned to be filmed in black-and-white with a $10 million budget, starting fall 2004. The picture marked the first time Payne directed a film without formally contributing to its script, and it reunited him with producers Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, who financed his second film, Election (1999, see entry), and had a "first-look deal" at Focus Features.
       According to various contemporary sources, including DV and production notes in AMPAS library files, Nelson wrote Nebraska, his first theatrically released feature film, while working as a writer and performer on a local Seattle, WA, television show. He was reportedly inspired by personal family experiences and true stories of senior citizens attempting to claim their bogus Publishers Clearing House winnings. The screenplay was initially championed by executive producer Julie M. Thompson, with whom Nelson had worked on a PBS television project, and she brought the script to the attention of Berger and Yerxa.
       Despite plans to follow Sideways with Nebraska, Payne directed The Descendants (2011, see entry) between the two. Payne explained in a 23 May 2013 LAT interview that production was delayed because Sideways was also a "road picture," and he was not interested in repeating the same themes and production conditions. In the nearly ten intervening years, Payne's interpretation of the narrative became enriched by personal experience, caring for his aging parents, and he contributed to the project as an uncredited writer.
       Although the 23 May 2013 Var review reported that Payne initially offered the role of "Woody Grant" to Gene Hackman, an 8 Nov 2013 WSJ article stated that Bruce Dern was the director's first choice. The 25 May 2013 LAT pointed out that after Dern's 1978 Academy Award nomination for Coming Home (1978, see entry), he spent years "toiling in character-actor obscurity," but Nebraska put him back in the public eye, giving him, in his words, "an opportunity to revive a career." The actor's daughter, Laura Dern, who starred in Payne's directorial debut, Citizen Ruth (1996, see entry), introduced the two men, and Dern reportedly read the script for Nebraska not long after Payne agreed to make the picture.
       Production notes stated that the town of Plainview, NE, was used to portray the fictional town of Hawthorne. A 29 Sep 2013 Var news item reported that of the film's eighty crewmembers, forty-one had previously worked on Payne films. Many character roles were performed by NE locals.
       Nebraska premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on 23 May 2013 to a standing ovation and critical acclaim. Dern was singled out for his performance, and was honored with the festival's Best Actor prize.
       A 20 Nov 2013 Var article noted that distributor Paramount Vantage pressured Payne into making a color version of the film, contending that some foreign markets and television deals would be limited if the picture was only available in black and white. However, Payne declared his hope that the color print would never be seen.
       Nebraska was named one of AFI's Movies of the Year in 2013. It was also nominated for five Golden Globe awards in the following motion picture categories: Best Performance by an Actor -- Comedy or Musical, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (June Squibb), Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Picture.
 

Note Credits: General (mod): Gene Hackman
  Corporate note credit: Focus Features
  Geographic location: Plainview Nebraska United States
  Geographic location: Billings Montana United States
  Geographic location: South Dakota United States
  Geographic location: Wyoming United States

Source   Date   Page
Daily Variety   9 Dec 2003   p. 1, 31.
Hollywood Reporter   23 May 2013.   
Los Angeles Times   23 May 2013.   Section D, p. 1.
Los Angeles Times   25 May 2013   Section D, p. 1.
Los Angeles Times   15 Nov 2013   p. 1.
New York Times   15 Nov 2013   p. 1.
Variety   15 Dec 2003.   
Variety   23 May 2013.   
Variety   29 Sep 2013.   
Variety   20 Nov 2013. ---->  
WSJ   8 Nov 2013   Section D, p. 4.

 
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