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    Billy Crudup plays Sam, a former high-profile advertising executive whose life is torn apart by the sudden death of his son. Living off the grid on a docked sailboat, he wastes away his days while drowning his pain in alcohol. When Sam discovers a box filled with his son's demo tapes and lyrics, his own child's musical talent is a revelation for him, a grieving father who felt he'd been absent from his son's life. Communing with his deceased son's dashed dreams, Sam learns each song and eventually musters the will to perform one at a local bar. When Quentin (Yelchin), a young musician in the audience, is captivated by the song, the unlikely duo forms a rock band that becomes surprisingly popular and revitalizes both of their lives.
    Duration: 90 min
    Quality: HD
    Release: 2014
    IMDb: 7.5
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  • Actors of "Rudderless"

  • Characters of "Rudderless"

  • Directors of "Rudderless"

    William H. Macy. Director of Rudderless

    William H. Macy

    Birthdate: 13 March 1950, Miami, Florida, USA
  • Creators of "Rudderless"

    Casey Twenter. Director of Rudderless

    Casey Twenter

    Jeff Robison. Director of Rudderless

    Jeff Robison

  • Critic Reviews of "Rudderless"


    October 17, 2014

    Contrived or not, the story is put across with pleasing, unpretentious conviction and skill by Macy.

    Globe and Mail

    October 17, 2014

    Rudderless is humane and almost entertaining.

    Toronto Star

    October 16, 2014

    The film is a roller-coaster of emotions and the jolt, when it comes, will send you reeling.

    Los Angeles Times

    October 16, 2014

    For all its noble intentions and loaded emotions, "Rudderless" proves a largely hollow, uninvolving affair.

    Chicago Reader

    October 16, 2014

    The story takes an even sharper left turn in the last half hour, raising emotional issues it can't adequately address.

    Seattle Times

    October 16, 2014

    "Rudderless" isn't always smoothly paced, and features a plot twist that's awkwardly handled, but at its heart is a performance that resonates - and a director that, I hope, has more stories to tell.

    Cinema em Cena

    December 19, 2016

    It contains the seed of a much better film that is left unexplored. [Full review in Portuguese.]

    Independent Online (South Africa)

    March 02, 2016

    A lot of the emotional communication comes through in the music, especially when Sam cannot confront his own feelings, reminding us why we make music in the first place.

    Consequence of Sound

    January 09, 2015

    Shock can lead to awe, but in the case of Rudderless, shock leads to "ahhh, they blew it."


    December 08, 2014

    Skillfully directed by William H. Macy, "Rudderless" is one of those small independent films that it's a privilege to discover


    November 10, 2014

    The picture is performance-driven, without a wandering eye, to the extent that you can't help but feel moved every time Billy Crudup's Sam busts out his guitar.

    Common Sense Media

    October 31, 2014

    Touching drama about father remembering lost son with music.

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