About the film
Director: Richard Linklater
Actors: Bryan Cranston, Steve Carrell, Laurence FishburneFrom Oscar nominated director Richard Linklater (Boyhood) comes this funny yet heartbreaking buddy road movie, in which three aging Vietnam War veterans—soft-spoken Doc (Steve Carell), fast-talking Sal (Bryan Cranston), and sober Mueller (Laurence Fishburne)—reunite for a different kind of mission: the burial of Doc’s only child, who has been killed in the Iraq War.
As this trio of old friends makes its way up the East coast, Linklater gives us a rich rendering of friendship, a grand mosaic of common life in the USA, and a striking meditation on the passage of time and the nature of truth. A great movie from one of America’s finest filmmakers.
Doc decides to forgo a burial at Arlington Cemetery and, with the help of his old buddies, takes the casket on a bittersweet trip up the East Coast to his home in suburban New Hampshire.
Along the way, Doc, Sal and Mueller reminisce and come to terms with shared memories of the war that continues to shape their lives. Director Richard Linklater and author Darryl Ponicsan collaborated on the screenplay which follows the trio as they wrestle with the pangs of war both past and present.