- Cast: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk, Stacy Keach, Missy Doty, Rance Howard, Kevin Kunkel, Angela McEwan, Devin Ratray, Anthony G. Schmidt, Melinda Simonsen
- Director: Alexander Payne
- Writer: Bob Nelson
- Producers: Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa
- Executive Producers: George Parra, Julie M. Thompson
- Art Direction: Sandy Veneziano
- Casting: John Jackson
- Costume Design: Wendy Chuck
- D.O.P.: Phedon Papamichael
- Editor: Kevin Tent
- Makeup: Robin Fredriksz
- Music: Mark Orton
- Production Design: J. Dennis Washington
- Set Decoration: Fontaine Beauchamp Hebb
"Nebraska" is a father and son road trip, from Billings, Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska that gets waylaid at a small town in central Nebraska, where the father grew up and has scores to settle. Told with deadpan humor and a unique visual style, it's ultimately the story of a son trying to penetrate his impenetrable father.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Montana, USA; Nebraska, USA
- MPAA Warning: Some language
- Production Budget: $13 million
- Production Companies: Bona Fide Productions
- Production Schedule: October 2012 - 7 December 2012
2013 Guide Analysis: "The filmographies of amiably eccentric filmmakers tend to go in two directions. Some retreat up their own increasingly stylised ass, doubling down on the traits that made them famous to the point of alienating all but their most loyal fans. Others challenge themselves a little, keeping their trademark style, but finding a groove that will open up their work to a wider audience.
Alexander Payne ("The Descendants," "Sideways," "About Schmidt") is one of the latter type. He's found his niche in awards-friendly dramedies about frustrated guys with family and/or romantic issues who ultimately forge their own path and some semblance of growth. Along the way there are flashes of refreshingly biting humor that doesn't pull punches. That trend looks to continue with his next effort.
The story follows an aging alcoholic dad (Bruce Dern) who is convinced he’s won a million dollar prize, though his family refuse to believe it. He sets out on a long trip from Montana to Nebraska to claim his alleged winnings with the help of his troubled, estranged twenty-something son (Will Forte). The pair confront their various issues and ultimately bond on the way.
Payne is at least stretching himself a bit here. The cast consists of quite a few respected actors with steady careers, but not obvious box-office pulls. The landscape plays a big part of the film, as is the decision to shoot the film quickly (in just five weeks) and in black and white - the latter a move that distributor Paramount Pictures protested. Boasting a script Payne co-wrote with Phil Johnston ("Cedar Rapids"), the right ingredients are here - can the magic happen again?"