The Road

November 25th 2009
  • Drama/Thriller,
  • R,
  • 119 min,
  • The Weinstein Company
  • Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce, Molly Parker, Michael K. Williams, Garret Dillahunt, Charlize Theron, Bob Jennings, Agnes Herrmann, Buddy Sosthand, Kirk Brown, Jack Erdie, David August Lindauer, Gina Preciado, Mary Rawson, Mark Tierno
  • Director: John Hillcoat
  • Writers: Joe Penhall, Nick Wechsler
  • Producers: Paula Mae Schwartz, Steve Schwartz, Nick Wechsler
  • Co Producer: Erik Hodge
  • Executive Producers: Marc Butan, Mark Cuban, Rudd Simmons, Todd Wagner
  • Art Direction: Gershon Ginsburg
  • Casting: Francine Maisler
  • Costume Design: Margot Wilson
  • D.O.P.: Javier Aguirresarobe
  • Editor: Jon Gregory
  • Makeup: Toni G
  • Musics: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis
  • Production Design: Chris Kennedy
  • Set Decoration: Robert Greenfield


Based on Cormac McCarthy's beloved, best-selling and Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Academy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen leads an all star cast in the big screen adaptation of "The Road" – the epic post apocalyptic tale of a journey taken by a father (Viggo Mortensen) and his young son (newcomer Kodi Smit-McPhee) across a barren landscape that was blasted by an unnamed cataclysm that destroyed civilization and most life on earth.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Los Angeles, USA; Mount St. Helens, USA; New Orleans, USA; Oregon, USA; Pennsylvania, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Some violence, disturbing images and language
  • Production Budget: $20 million
  • Production Companies: 2929 Productions, Chockstone Pictures, Nick Wechsler Productions, Road Rebel
  • Production Schedule: 27 February 2008 - 29 April 2008

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Producer Nick Wechsler used independent financing to acquire film rights to the book in November 2006. He then pursued director John Hillcoat after seeing his 2005 Australian western "The Proposition".

Filming began in southwestern Pennsylvania in late February 2008 for eight weeks and moved on to Louisiana and Oregon.

Pennsylvania, where most of the filming took place, was chosen for its tax breaks and its abundance of locations that looked post-apocalyptic: coalfields, dunes, and run-down parts of Pittsburgh.

Filmmakers also shot scenes in parts of New Orleans that had been ravaged by Hurricane Katrina and on Mount St. Helens in Washington.

Filming was also done at the 1892 Amusement park (Conneaut Lake Park) after one of the parks buildings (the Dreamland Ballroom) was destroyed in a fire in February 2008.

The Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike was used for much of production with evidence shown at the eastern portal of the Sideling Hill Tunnel.

Hillcoat made sure never to explain the circumstances of the apocalyptic event to keep the story realistic and about everyday survival rather than fixating on 'what happened'.

The Road was originally scheduled to be released in November 2008 before being pushed back to sometime in 2009 due to the requirements of a longer post-production process and a less crowded release calendar.

Set for October 16th 2009, the film was pushed back again to November 25th 2009 in the hopes of making the film an Oscar contender.

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 2 December 2009: France
  • 10 December 2009: Greece, Russia
  • 25 December 2009: Finland
  • 7 January 2010: South Korea
  • 8 January 2010: UK
  • 21 January 2010: Argentina
  • 22 January 2010: Estonia, Sweden
  • 28 January 2010: Australia
  • 4 February 2010: Netherlands
  • 5 February 2010: Brazil
  • 18 March 2010: New Zealand