A poor old man living in Montana escapes repeatedly from his house to go to Nebraska to collect a sweepstakes prize he thinks he has won. Frustrated by his increasing dementia, his family debates putting him into a nursing home -- until one of his two sons finally offers to take his father by car, even as he realizes the futility.

En route the father is injured, and the two must rest a few days in the small decaying Nebraska town where the father was born and where, closely observed by the son, he re-encounters his past. (Don’t worry -- it’s a comedy.)

Shot in black and white across four American states, the film blends professional actors with non-actors and aspires to mirror the mood and rhythms of its exotic locations.

Directed by: Alexander Payne (The Descendants '11, Sideways '04, About Schmidt '02, Election '99, Citizen Ruth '96), Screenwriter: Bob Nelson.

Tickets are $9.00. Carolina Theatre accepts cash, debit and credit cards.

Film website + trailer

Running time: 1 hr 55 mins.

Show time is 7:10 PM. Let's gather in the lobby 10-15 minutes beforehand. Afterwards, let's head over to Bull City Burger and Brewery.

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  • Joseph

    Saw this movie last night during the last screening at Carolina Theatre. There were only 3 people (including me) in attendance but we laughed/guffawed our way to some funny scenes -- particularly the ones involving June Squibb. The movie was helmed deftly and some of the choices in blocking and framing were well thought-out. Bruce Dern moves me with a minimum of words yet this economies-of-scale acting is what authenticates (for me at least) aging. Music is also well-chosen with that trumpet-guitar motif, and that piece that was borrowed from "Sweet Land". Love the cathartic ending -- and those b&w shots!

    2 · December 26, 2013

  • David

    I've seen it twice now and I think it's one of the best films I've seen in many years. Just the scene with the brothers, who haven't scene each other in years, sitting in front of the tv and the painfully slow conversation is worth the price of admission. What a look at a real family dynamic, I felt like I have been in that room.

    2 · December 17, 2013

    • Elaine F.

      I'm going to agree with a comment Michelle made about her favorite scene: in the car after they stole the air compressor. The comments back and forth were just hilarious -- mainly because they had built the air compressor story and the father-son relationships up to that point.

      December 18, 2013

    • Shawna

      The air compressor / car scene is great - it's my favorite one with the mom and I like the scene when the guys are watching football. :-) It probably would be fun to see again!

      1 · December 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I guess i am the only one who does not think much of this movie. It trivializes something that i consider perhaps a rare drawback in western society: the marginalization of the elderly.

    December 17, 2013

  • David

    Just saw Nebraska again last night. Amazing cinematography! Ill probable see it again !

    1 · December 17, 2013

  • David

    Thanks Shawna I'm taking someone to see it again tonight. Great movie !

    1 · December 16, 2013

  • Miri

    So good to see such a large turnout on this one; thanks again Shawna. Great film too.

    December 16, 2013

  • Jill

    Great film and a great group of people.

    December 16, 2013

  • Howard G.

    Shawna, thanks for organizing. A fun evening.

    December 15, 2013

  • Shawna

    Very enjoyable film and a great evening.

    1 · December 15, 2013

  • Elaine F.

    Good movie, good food, good fellowship. Thanks Shawna for organizing.

    1 · December 15, 2013

  • David Y

    Actually I saw the showing earlier this afternoon (because of conflicting event with the 7:00 timing) hoping to join our Indie group at 9:00 for snacks/drinks/talk. But my evening conflict is running longer than anticipated, so will have to pass on getting to the after-show discussion, which I will miss greatly. That's the best part of going to see the shows.

    December 14, 2013

  • Candela

    It doesn't seem I'll be able to make it either..

    December 14, 2013

  • June

    Car decided to clap out not traveling to Durham or Nebraska .....rats

    December 14, 2013

  • Sheelah

    Disappointed, but I have to cancel for this showing.
    Hope to see all at another great movie soon!

    December 14, 2013

  • David Y

    This is a maybe! I already have something else scheduled until 6:30 but would like to make it to see this one with the group.

    December 13, 2013

  • Susan

    seeing screening on the 10th in Raleigh

    November 19, 2013

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