Deidra & Laney Rob a Train

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Deidra & Laney Rob a Train
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Digital release poster
Directed bySydney Freeland
Produced by
Written byShelby Farrell
Music byMark Orton
CinematographyQuyen Tran
Edited byMichael Taylor
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • January 23, 2017 (2017-01-23) (Sundance)
  • March 17, 2017 (2017-03-17) (United States)
CountryUnited States

Deidra & Laney Rob a Train is an American comedy drama crime film directed by Sydney Freeland, from a screenplay by Shelby Farrell. It stars Ashleigh Murray, Rachel Crow, Tim Blake Nelson, David Sullivan, Danielle Nicolet and Sasheer Zamata.

The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2017, before being released on March 17, 2017, by Netflix.


Deidra & Laney's mother Marigold is taken to jail, and they are left to support themselves. To keep her sister Laney and younger brother Jet from being placed in foster care, Deidra makes a plan to rob trains. They need enough money to help pay their mother's bills and bail her out of jail. Along the way, they rekindle old relationships and find out who is real and to be trusted amongst their family and friends.



In June 2016, it was announced Ashleigh Murray, Rachel Crow, David Sullivan, Tim Blake Nelson, Danielle Nicolet, Sasheer Zamata and Arturo Castro had been cast in the film, with Sydney Freeland directing from a screenplay by Shelby Farrell, while Susan Cartsonis and Nick Moceri will produce the film, alongside Netflix who will finance and distribute the film.[1]


Principal photography began in July 2016, in Utah in places like Ogden and Salt Lake City. Many of the railroad scenes were filmed in Heber City at the Heber Valley Railroad and all of the scenes at a school and prison were filmed at Judge Memorial Catholic High School.[2]


The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2017.[3][4] It was released on March 17, 2017 by Netflix.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Deidra and Laney Rob a Train received positive reviews from film critics. It currently holds a 92% approval rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, based on 24 reviews, with an average rating of 6.81/10.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Evans, Greg (June 22, 2016). "Netflix Original Movie 'Deidra & Laney Rob A Train' On Track With Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  2. ^ Jackson, Melissa (June 9, 2016). "Press Release: June 9, 2016". Utah Film Commission. Archived from the original on January 18, 2017. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  3. ^ Patten, Dominic (December 5, 2016). "Sundance 2017: Robert Redford, New Rashida Jones Netflix Series, 'Rebel In The Rye' & More On Premiere, Docu, Midnight & Kids Slates". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  4. ^ "Deidra & Laney Rob a Train". Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Institute. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  5. ^ Netflix (May 12, 2016). "Netflix Announces Slate of Original Films, Documentaries and Series at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival". The Futon Critic. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  6. ^ "Deidra & Laney Rob a Train (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved November 17, 2019.

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