The Guatemalan Handshake

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The Guatemalan Handshake
Poster of the movie The Guatemalan Handshake.jpg
Directed by Todd Rohal
Release date
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States

The Guatemalan Handshake is a 2006 comedy-drama film, written and directed by Todd Rohal. It is Rohal's feature film debut. The film premiered at the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize.


In the confusion following a massive power outage, an awkward demolition derby driver vanishes, setting in motion a series of events affecting his pregnant girlfriend, his helplessly car-less father, a pack of wild boy scouts, a lactose intolerant roller rink employee, an elderly woman in search of her lost dog, and his best friend – a ten-year-old girl named Turkeylegs.

Pieces of the mystery begin to come together as Turkeylegs sets out to find her missing friend. Cars drive circles in the dirt, a woman attends her own funeral, the sun rises sideways and an orange vehicle trades hands again and again. Everything eventually culminates in a massive demolition derby that throws all of the characters into different directions.

Main cast[edit]

  • Katy Haywood — Turkeylegs
  • Ken Byrnes — Mr. Turnupseed
  • Will Oldham — Donald Turnupseed
  • Sheila Scullin — Sadie
  • Rich Schreiber — Stool
  • Kathleen Kennedy — Ethel Firecracker
  • Cory McAbee — Spank Williams

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