Raising Flagg

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Raising Flagg
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Directed byNeal Miller
Written byNancy Miller
Neal Miller
Dorothy Velasco
StarringAlan Arkin
Lauren Holly
Glenne Headly
Edited byPaul Coyne
Ken Morrisey
Rubicon Film Productions Ltd.
Release date
  • November 10, 2006 (2006-11-10)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$636 (USA)

Raising Flagg is a 2006 film directed by Neal Miller and co-written by Miller, Nancy Miller and Dorothy Velasco. It was shot entirely on location in Portland and St. Helens, Oregon.


Flagg Purdy (Alan Arkin) is a handyman who has been fighting a lifelong competition with Gus Falk (Austin Pendleton), his neighbor. After losing a game of checkers and enduring other perceived slights, Flagg files a lawsuit against Falk, seeking to win control of a well and pumphouse on Falk's property through adverse possession. The case goes to trial and although heavily favored to win, Falk loses on a technicality. He responds by shunning Flagg and banning Flagg's wife Ada (Barbara Dana) from selling produce in his general store. Other townspeople also side with Falk and boycott Flagg's services as a handyman.

Flagg responds by confining himself to his bed and announcing that he is terminally ill. This causes a reunion of Flagg's large family, including radio personality Ann Marie (Glenne Headly), real estate agent Rachel (Lauren Holly), preacher Eldon (Matthew Arkin), worm farmer Travis (Daniel Quinn), and teenage Jenny (Stephanie Lemelin). Extended family members also make an appearance seeking to claim Flagg's possessions. Over the next several days, various issues and tensions between the family members, Flagg, and Falk are revealed. Ultimately, many of the tensions are resolved, Flagg is "cured," leaves his bed, and reconciles with Falk.

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