CHARLIE & BOOTS

By Dean MURPHY

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Comedy - Completed 2008

When Charlie’s his wife of 45 years suddenly dies, the once feisty old curmudgeon is left alone and depressed. His estranged son Boots decides to help him get back into life, and before Charlie realizes what is happening, Boots has his very reluctant father in the car on a fishing trip. But not ju

    • Year of production
    • 2008
    • Genres
    • Comedy
    • Countries
    • AUSTRALIA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 10 - 25 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Dean MURPHY
    • Writer(s)
    • Dean MURPHY, Stewart FAICHNEY
    • Producer(s)
    • David REDMAN, Dean MURPHY, Shana LEVINE
    • Synopsis
    • Charlie and Grace McFarland are a loving, salt‐of‐the‐earth couple in their late 60s, and tonight,
      is their forty fifth wedding anniversary. Family and friends pack the celebrations and the dance
      floor is crowded. Charlie and Grace dance happily in amongst the crowd when suddenly Grace
      appears unsteady on her feet. She collapses, tragically struck down by a fatal stroke. As he’s lost
      his best friend and soul mate, Charlie is devastated and withdraws into his grief.
      Charlie’s youngest son, “Boots” ‐ who has become largely estranged from his father in recent
      years ‐ is deeply concerned by his father’s decline. After visiting him one morning he decides
      something needs to be done and it is up to him to do it.
      Boots convinces his reluctant father to take a fishing trip with him, but it is not until they are well
      on their way does he confess that they are not actually going to fish at their favorite local spot,
      but off the top of Australia at Cape York ‐ 3,000 miles away! The feisty old curmudgeon wants no
      part of his son’s crazy idea and does his best to escape, but Boots is on to him and the resulting
      trip takes the two across some of the most beautiful locations and landscapes in Australia. As the
      journey proceeds, Charlie becomes distracted from his grief and his natural mischievousness
      starts to return with Boots as the object of his jokes and pranks. Is it playful mischief or a real
      desire to hurt his son as he tries getting the best of Boots by trying to set him up with an
      uninterested woman and confessing some of his son’s adolescent misadventures to a radio talk
      show? Its funny stuff, but not when the joke is on you.
      But when a young beautiful hitchhiker, Jess, joins them, her natural charm and upbeat outlook
      on life helps them to understand how important they really are to each other and Charlie and
      Boots launch into the rest of their journey and some hilarious adventures including an encounter
      with Jess’ sex mad boyfriend, barely surviving an explosive fuelled rodeo bull ride, a full body
      massage and a run in with some of the toughest grandmothers ever to swing a bowling ball.
      As they get closer to their destination and the quality time together increases, old wounds are
      reopened and family secrets exposed but for the first time in their lives rehashing their old
      problems and fears helps them to overcome the rift in their relationship. Boots starts to come to
      terms with his failed marriage, and they begin to accept their grief.
      Short of their destination, they run out of road and find themselves passengers in a rickety old
      plane with a possibly suicidal pilot dipping, looping and stalling over ancient rain forest and coral
      reefs, eventually touching down on the sands of Cape York. Charlie and Boots are finally where
      they need to be – a place where what isn’t said is as important as what is and where family ties,
      no matter how imperfect, are the ties that truly bind.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Nov 01, 2008
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