Nebraska (2013)

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Original title Nebraska
Country of production United States
original language English , Spanish
Publishing year 2013
length 115 minutes
Age rating FSK 6
Director Alexander Payne
script Bob Nelson
production Albert Berger
Ron Yerxa
music Mark Orton
camera Phedon Papamichael
cut Kevin Tent

Nebraska is an American film drama by Alexander Payne from the year 2013 with Bruce Dern in the lead role .


Woody Grant, an old and slightly senile alcoholic, falls for a sales letter and believes he has won a million dollars. In order to collect the supposed profit , he would like to travel from his current home in Billings in Montana to Lincoln in Nebraska . After walking several times, each time being brought back home, his son David finally agrees to drive him all the way to Nebraska. David, who had recently been abandoned by his girlfriend, would like to spend some time with his father - a willingness that should pay off for everyone in many narrative details.

On the way to Lincoln, they make a stopover in the small town of Hawthorne, where Woody, his wife and two children grew up and lived for a long time. There is a reunion with many old acquaintances for everyone involved, including Mrs. Woodys, who also traveled afterwards, as well as the brother David's who also traveled - the living in the city as well as the dead in the cemetery, which everyone visits. It didn't take long, however, before word got around that Woody would soon become a millionaire. For the largely humble residents of Hawthorne, it is the greatest event in a long time. But soon strangers and relatives try to get a part of Woody's supposed fortune by pointing out the financial support that they allegedly granted Woody at one point. There are even fights. When they finally see the sales letter, however, they only mock Woody for his gullibility.

After Woody found out in Lincoln that he had not won any money, David fulfills his father's greatest wish out of his own resources by buying him a pickup truck and a compressor that he, who has no license for alcoholic illness , has repeatedly mentioned . On the way back, they drive through Hawthorne again, Woody controls, and make the residents believe that Woody has become rich after all.


The film production companies Blue Lake Media Fund, Bona Fide Productions and Echo Lake Productions were involved in the realization of the film .

Nebraska was filmed from October 2012 to December 7, 2012 in Lincoln and Plainview , both located in Nebraska, USA. The film budget was estimated at 13 million US dollars .

In 2013 the film was presented to the public at several film festivals , including the first time on May 23, 2013 at the Cannes International Film Festival , on September 28, 2013 at the Hamburg Film Festival and on October 10, 2013 at the New York Film Festival . The US theatrical release was on November 15, 2013; in Germany it started on January 16, 2014, in Austria on February 4, 2014.


The film Nebraska received mostly positive reviews. On the Rotten Tomatoes website , the film received positive ratings from 92 percent of reviewers .

“'Nebraska' is mainly about disappointed hopes, the consequences of decisions and the lack of prospects in the Midwest. The film doesn't match the viciousness of ' About Schmidt ' or the originality of ' The Descendants ', but whoever liked Alexander Payne's films so far will be satisfied with 'Nebraska' as well. "

- Sonja Hartl,

“Bruce Dern plays Woody Grant almost lost in a dream and completely fused into the role. In doing so, he creates a figure that remains a bit puzzling, inside alone and without us, as is appropriate to the loss of memory. "

- Verena Lueken , (features section)

“The washed-out black and white pictures and the extremely calm narration arouse nostalgic feelings. But the look that Alexander Payne ("About Schmidt") casts on the desolate life of his protagonists has nothing glorifying about it. When Woody searches for his teeth between railroad tracks, the bizarre comedy of this scene also reflects the forlornness of a confused old man. And the bilious humor of David's mother can hardly hide her disappointment over a life full of privation at the side of a drunkard. The laconic casualness with which Payne makes the tragedy of his ambivalent characters visible gives this touching father-son story something deeply melancholy. ... A botched life finds a conciliatory end "



Cannes International Film Festival 2013

  • Award winner in the Best Actor category for Bruce Dern

Golden Globe Awards 2014

Academy Awards 2014

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Certificate of Release to Nebraska . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , February 2014 (PDF; test number: 142 534 V).
  2. ^ IMDb Company Credits Nebraska (2013). Retrieved December 17, 2013 .
  3. a b IMDb Box office / business for Nebraska (2013). Retrieved December 17, 2013 .
  4. ^ IMDb Filming Locations Nebraska (2013). Retrieved December 17, 2013 .
  5. ^ IMDb Release Info Nebraska (2013). Retrieved December 17, 2013 .
  6. ^ Nebraska (2013). Rotten Tomatoes , accessed March 11, 2015 .
  7. ^ Film review for 'Nebraska'. Retrieved December 20, 2013 .
  8. Papa, you are my favorite monster. Retrieved May 30, 2015 .
  9. ^ Nebraska (2013). Retrieved May 30, 2015 .
  10. ^ Nebraska in the Lexicon of International FilmsTemplate: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used . Retrieved December 17, 2013.