Alexander Payne (2013)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Though shot in arty monochrome and featuring some starkly beautiful images of the US Midwest, Nebraska is not just a study of a specific place but an exquisitely observed drama about family life. It begins in Montana, where the elderly Woody (Bruce Dern) has received a letter telling him he has won a million dollars in a publishing sweepstake. His family are fully aware that this is some kind of mailing scam, but when Woody makes several attempts to make the journey by foot, his son Davey (Will Forte) agrees to drive him to the nearby state capital to collect his "winnings". After some colourful distractions, Davey and his father spend the night in Woody's old home town, which is where this lovely and, at times, poignant comedy finds its feet. Once Woody's hectoring wife Kate (June Squibb) rejoins the story, Nebraska reveals itself as a delicate examination of past lives and roots. And in Stacy Keach's horribly overbearing neighbour, of the people we quite deliberately leave behind.


An elderly alcoholic is mistakenly convinced he has won a sweepstakes prize, and keeps trying to travel from his Montana home to Nebraska to collect it. His son ultimately agrees to drive him there despite knowing it is pointless, but the journey ends abruptly when they become stranded in the town where the old man was born. Drama, starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte.

Cast & Crew

Woody Grant Bruce Dern
David Grant Will Forte
Ed Pegram Stacy Keach
Kate Grant June Squibb
Ross Grant Bob Odenkirk
Ray Rance Howard
Cole Devin Ratray
Noel Missy Doty
Cousin Randy Kevin Kunkel
Peg Nagy Angela McEwan
Director Alexander Payne
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: Some swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 6 Dec 2013