PG-13 | | Biography, Comedy, Drama
A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.
According to Peter Farrelly, Viggo Mortensen was surprisingly insecure playing an Italian-American, despite being conversational in Italian. Mortensen insisted on gaining the weight to better get in character, even though Farrelly told him it was unnecessary since Mortensen looked nothing like the real Tony Lip anyway.
What's the big deal, Doc? Squirrels woulda ate it anyway!
Dr. Don Shirley: Pick it up, Tony.
Tony Lip: Nature takes care of the earth!
Dr. Don Shirley: Pick it up!
Near end of movie, in bar scene where Dr Don Shirley is playing an upright piano that is not a Steinway, on the wall is an LCD digital clock panel, not produced yet in 1960s.
Real-life photos of Dr. Donald Shirley and Frank "Tony Lip" Vallelonga, and a few insights into their life after the events in the movie, are shown before the credits roll.
English, Italian, Russian, German
$320,429 (USA) (18 November 2018)
$84,943,621 (USA) (16 April 2019)