The Motel Life Movie

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Who's Involved:

Emile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning, Stephen Dorff, Joshua Leonard, Gabe Polsky, Alan Polsky, Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster, Gabriel Polsky

Release Date:

Friday, November 8, 2013 (Limited)

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Plot: What's the story about?

After Jerry Lee Flannigan drunkenly kills a boy in a hit-and-run accident, he and his brother Frank ditch their Reno motel. The grief-stricken, working class, self-described “losers” do their best to keep each other’s spirits up, but all signs point toward more tragedy.

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Crew: Who's making The Motel Life

A look at the The Motel Life behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Gabe Polsky last directed Red Penguins and Red Army. The film's writer Micah Fitzerman-Blue last wrote A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.


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Polsky Films

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Production: What we know about The Motel Life

Key Facts

  1. Based on the tome by Willy Vlautin.

Filming Timeline

On or about July 28, 2018, the film was in Completed status.

On or about February 28, 2011, the film was in Production status.

On or about February 18, 2011, the film was in Pre-Production status.

Pre-Production now underway in Reno, Nevada.

On or about December 11, 2009, the film was in Development status.

The Motel Life Release Date: When was it released?

The Motel Life was released in 2013 on Friday, November 8, 2013 (Limited release). There were 10 other movies released on the same date, including Thor: The Dark World, The Book Thief and About Time.

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