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Leave No Trace (2018)

PG | | Drama | 29 June 2018 (UK)
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A father and his thirteen year-old daughter are living an ideal existence in a vast urban park in Portland, Oregon, when a small mistake derails their lives forever.

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Debra Granik

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Debra Granik (screenplay by), Anne Rosellini (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomasin McKenzie ... Tom (as Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie)
Ben Foster ... Will
Jeffery Rifflard Jeffery Rifflard ... Vet at VA (as Jeff Rifflard)
Derek John Drescher Derek John Drescher ... Larry (as Derek Drescher)
Michael Draper ... Runner
Peter Simpson ... Police Officer
Erik McGlothlin Erik McGlothlin ... K-9 Officer
Dana Millican ... Jean
Alyssa McKay Alyssa McKay ... Valerie (as Alyssa Lynn)
Ryan Joiner Ryan Joiner ... Tiffany (as Ryan E. Joiner)
Michael J. Prosser Michael J. Prosser ... James (as Mike Prosser)
Jeff Kober ... Mr. Walters
Spencer S. Hanley ... Pastor
Tamera Westlake Tamera Westlake ... Devotional Dancer
Bob Werfelman Bob Werfelman ... Bob
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Storyline

Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland. The film is directed by Debra Granik from a script adapted by Granik and Anne Rosellini. Written by Bleecker Street

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material throughout | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 2018 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Leave No Trace See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$219,140, 1 July 2018

Gross USA:

$6,046,104

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,682,928
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The newspaper clipping that Tom finds in her father's "important papers" bag was not created as a prop for this movie; it was a real news article titled "A Unit Stalked by Suicide, Trying to Save Itself" by Dave Phillips, which was one of the above-the-fold front-page articles in the New York Times on Sunday, September 20, 2015. The article was about a single Marine unit (the Second Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment, aka the 2/7) that after returning from deployment in Afghanistan experienced a very high rate of suicide among its veterans. It is never explained in the movie whether the glimpse of this article is meant to imply that Will actually was a member of the 2/7, or if he just kept the article because it related to his PSTD and related medical situation. See more »

Goofs

Will places the analog TV set in his closet, and there is a dish antenna on the house's roof, showing it worked, putting the time at before 2009. While Will and Tom are getting a ride, the truck driver states that marijuana is legal, which was not true in Oregon until 2015. See more »

Quotes

Will: I'm so sorry.
Tom: I know.
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The Weight of Your Glory
Written & Performed by Jim Weaver
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An excellent naturalistic drama, with outstanding dialogue and some great performances to boot.
7 July 2018 | by domtaylorSee all my reviews

Although it feels generally slow-moving and takes a while to really get going, 'Leave No Trace' is a thoroughly compelling, realistic drama that expertly explores the father-daughter dynamic. The exposition-less script is refreshing, allowing the audience to actually think for themselves about the lives of the characters and how they got to where they are at the beginning of the film. All of the dialogue feels entirely natural (a testament to both the screenwriters and the actors) and this, combined with the subtle, yet nuanced direction, gives the film an almost documentary type feel, which fully compels the viewers to engage with the lives and central relationship of the protagonists. 7/10.


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