Lists: Drama

Brief Synopsis: "Mississippi, the wild American south. Joe Ransom is the unlikeliest of role models: He drinks like a fish, regularly blows his entire income on gambling, and has slipped through the fingers of the police on many occasions. Nevertheless, this ex-convict turned lumberjack takes the 15-year-old Gary, a chance acquaintance, under his wing. There’s a lot about Gary – the oldest child of a homeless family travelling the highways under the rule of a drunk, worthless father – that reminds the old dog of his own past. Joe’s paternal feelings for the teenager soon emerge – at last, he too can be a hero."

Overall Ranking: 835 (Rank from 2014: # 38)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 57.14%
Regular 14.29%
Half-Popped 28.57%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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People Involved

  • Nicolas Cage (Joe Ransom)
  • Tye Sheridan (Gary)
  • Ronnie Gene Blevins (Willie)
  • Sue Rock (Merie)
  • Heather Kafka (Lacy)
  • Robert Johnson (Cop #1)
  • Gary Poulter (Wade)
  • Adriene Mishler (Connie)
  • Brenda Isaacs Booth (Mother Jones)
  • Aaron Spivey-Sorrells (Sammy)
  • Dana Freitag (Sue)
  • David Gordon Green (Director)