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Year: 2009
USA: Sony Pictures Classics
UK: Sony Pictures Releasing
Cast: Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray, Lucas Black, Gerald McRaney, Bill Cobbs, Scott Cooper, Lori Beth Edgeman, Linds Edwards, Andrea Powell, Chandler Riggs, Danny Vinson, Blerim Destani, Tomasz Karolak, Andrew Stahl, Marc Gowan, Gracie
Director: Aaron Schneider
Countries: USA / Germany / Poland
USA: 100 mins
UK: 103 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for some thematic material and brief violent content
UK Certificate: PG contains mild language and violence
USA Release Date: 30 July 2010 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 21 January 2011

Official UK website


1938 in Roane County, Tennessee

For years, townsfolk have been terrified of the backwoods recluse known as Felix Bush (Robert Duvall). Rumours abound that he‘s killed in cold blood; that he‘s in league with the Devil; that he has strange powers - and they avoid him like the plague.

Then, one day, Felix rides to town with a shotgun and a wad of cash, saying he wants to buy a funeral. It‘s not your usual funeral for the dead Felix wants. On the contrary, he wants a living funeral, in which anyone who ever had heard a story about him will come to tell it, while he takes it all in.

Fast-talking funeral director Frank Quinn (Bill Murray) sees a lucrative opportunity here and sets his young apprentice, Buddy Robinson (Lucas Black), the task of winning over Felix‘s business. Buddy is no stranger to Felix‘s dark reputation, but what he discovers is that behind Felix‘s surreal plan lies a very real and closely guarded secret that must get out.

As the funeral approaches, the mystery" which involves the widow Mattie Darrow (Sissy Spacek), the only person in town who ever got close to Felix, and the Illinois preacher Charlie Jackson (Bill Cobbs), who refuses to speak at his former friend‘s funeral " only deepens.
As the big day dawns, Felix is in no mood to listen to other people spinning made-up anecdotes about him. This time, he‘s the one who is going to do the telling about why he has been hiding out in the woods.

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