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Death of Dick Long (The)

Country: USA, Language: English, 100 mins

  • Director: Daniel Scheinert
  • Writer: Billy Chew
  • Producer: Jonathan Wang; Ted Speaker; Melodie Sisk; Daniel Scheinert

CGiii Comment

From the man who brought us the bamboozling Swiss Army Man...we expected the unexpected! And, the unexpected was duly served.

Where to start with this one...without giving anything away. It's actually impossible. Three [redneck] friends have a night of drug and drink fueled debauchery...one dies. We're not quite sure the cause of his death...but, the other two dump his body outside a hospital and use the next 50 or so minutes to cover his death up...throw in a couple of bumbling, bungling policewomen...and yes, it does sound all rather Fargo-esque. Then, bang, crash, wallop...the cause of death is revealed...and, the film - quite literally - collapses into a quagmire of distaste.

As you would imagine, with a name like Dick Long...there are many 'dick' jokes...but, please, do not be misled into thinking that this is a comedy - although [strangely] billed as one! This is dark. This really does enter into the realm of the unimaginable...but, if you can get your head around this...this actually happened, it really is one of those WTF revelations!

Daniel Scheinert manages to do the nigh on impossible...helped by an incredible soundtrack, especially using The Avett Brothers' The Weight of Lies - he generates an uncomfortable [and self-questioning] emotion, compassion even. It really is an absolute mindf**k of a film.


Trailer...

The(ir) Blurb...

Dick died last night, and Zeke and Earl don't want anybody finding out how. That*s too bad though, cause news travels fast in small-town Alabama.

Cast & Characters

Michael Abbott Jr. as Zeke Olsen;
Virginia Newcomb as Lydia Olsen;
Andre Hyland as Earl Wyeth;
Sarah Baker as Officer Dudley;
Jess Weixler as Jane Long;
Poppy Cunningham as Cynthia Olsen;
Roy Wood Jr. as Dr. Richter;
Sunita Mani as Lake Travis;
Janelle Cochrane as Sheriff Spenser;
Daniel Scheinert as Dick Long;
Christopher Campbell as Officer Mailer;
Randy Tumbleweed Smith as Troy;
Nancy McLemore as Mrs. Bennett;
Alyssa Jewell as Waitress;
Talia Lin as Receptionist;
Eugene Henry as Cashier;
Ian J. Cunningham as Other Doctor;
Jamie O Bell as Police Officer;
Wes Frazer as Drummer;
Jennifer Freehling as Pool Player