Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

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Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
DontWorryOfficialPoster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Gus Van Sant
Produced by
  • Charles-Marie Anthonioz
  • Mourad Belkeddar
  • Steve Golin
  • Nicholas Lhermitte
Screenplay by Gus Van Sant
Story by
Based on Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
by John Callahan
Starring
Music by Danny Elfman
Cinematography Christopher Blauvelt
Edited by
  • Gus Van Sant
  • David Marks
Production
companies
Distributed by Amazon Studios
Release date
  • January 19, 2018 (2018-01-19) (Sundance)
  • July 13, 2018 (2018-07-13) (United States)
Running time
113 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $7.5 million[2]
Box office $2.9 million[3]

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot is a 2018 American comedy-drama film based upon the memoir of the same name by John Callahan.[4] Gus Van Sant wrote the screen adaptation and directed the film. The cast includes Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, and Jack Black, and follows a recently paralyzed alcoholic who finds a passion for drawing off-color newspaper cartoons.

The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2018, and was released on July 13, 2018, by Amazon Studios.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Originally, Robin Williams had optioned the book and invited Gus Van Sant to adapt it.[5] On November 29, 2016, it was announced that actor Joaquin Phoenix was teaming with director Van Sant for the biographical film of cartoonist John Callahan, based on Callahan's autobiography Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot.[6] Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Mourad Belkeddar, and Nicolas Lhermitte would produce the film for Iconoclast, and Steve Golin for Anonymous Content.[6] In December 2016, Rooney Mara and Jonah Hill joined the cast of the film.[7] In February 2017, Jack Black joined the cast of the film.[8] In March 2017, Mark Webber and Angelique Rivera joined the cast of the film.[9][10]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography began on March 6, 2017 and concluded on April 6, 2017.[11][12]

Release[edit]

Van Sant (left) and Phoenix promoting the film at Berlin International Film Festival.

In March 2017, it was confirmed Amazon Studios would distribute the film.[13] It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2018[14][15] and also screened at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 20, 2018.[16] It was scheduled to be released on May 11, 2018,[17] then was pushed back to July 13, 2018.[18]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 76% based on 125 reviews, with a weighted average of 6.6/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot avoids inspirational biopic clichés thanks to sensitive work from writer-director Gus Van Sant and the admirable efforts of a well-chosen cast."[19] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 66 out of 100, based on 37 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[20]

David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a positive review, writing: "This unwieldy but consistently enjoyable portrait of paraplegic local hero John Callahan is notable for its generosity of spirit and gentleness".[21] Peter Debruge of Variety also gave the film a positive review, calling it a "life-affirming sweet-and-sour concoction" and writing, "Some will find it entirely too sentimental, others a tad repetitive (Callahan tends to repeat the same stories), but it’s hard to argue with a movie that celebrates the kind of recovery he went through."[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot". Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Institute. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  2. ^ Jim Hemphill (July 8, 2018). "Joaquin Phoenix and Gus Van Sant's Big Step Forward in Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot". MovieMaker. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  3. ^ "Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018)". The Numbers. IMDb. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  4. ^ Charlie David Page (10 September 2018). "SWITCH. | Film review: Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot - A biopic void of humanity". SWITCH. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  5. ^ IndieWire (January 27, 2018). "Gus Van Sant discusses "Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot" at IndieWire's Sundance Studio". YouTube. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (November 30, 2016). "Joaquin Phoenix, Gus Van Sant Eye Reunion for Biopic on Famed Cartoonist John Callahan (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  7. ^ Kroll, Justin (December 16, 2016). "Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara in Talks to Join Joaquin Phoenix in Gus Van Sant Film (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  8. ^ McNary, Dave (February 15, 2017). "Jack Black in Talks to Join Joaquin Phoenix in Gus Van Sant's John Callahan Biopic". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  9. ^ Kroll, Justin (March 2, 2017). "Mark Webber Joins Joaquin Phoenix in Gus Van Sant's John Callahan Biopic". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  10. ^ McKenzie, Asia (March 6, 2017). "SOTD alumna Angelique Rivera joins Joaquin Phoenix in Gus Van Sant's new biopic". In the Loop. University of Florida College of the Arts. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  11. ^ "Film Productions". My Entertainment World. Archived from the original on March 21, 2017. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  12. ^ Iconoclast TV (April 6, 2017). "And It's a Wrap 🎬 #gusvansant #cinema #iconoclast_us #iconoclast_team". Instagram. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
  13. ^ Sneider, Jeff [@TheInSneider] (March 30, 2017). "Amazon shows off its stellar taste, doubling down on gifted, singular actors like Joaquin Phoenix & Adam Driver..." (Tweet). Retrieved March 30, 2017 – via Twitter.
  14. ^ "2018 Sundance Film Festival: Feature Films Announced". Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Institute. November 29, 2017. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  15. ^ "Sundance Film Festival '18: Program Schedule" (PDF). Sundance Film Festival. January 15, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  16. ^ "Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot". Annual Archives: 2018. Berlin International Film Festival. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  17. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (December 14, 2017). "Amazon Sets 'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot' For May Release". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  18. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (February 9, 2018). "'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot' Dashes To July". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  19. ^ "Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  20. ^ "Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  21. ^ Rooney, David (January 20, 2018). "'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  22. ^ Debruge, Peter (January 20, 2018). "Film Review: 'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot'". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved July 14, 2018.

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