The Identical

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The Identical
The Identical poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDustin Marcellino
Written byWade Cummins
Produced byHoward Klausner
Dustin Marcellino
Joe McDougall
Matt Russell
Coke Sams
Clio Tegel
StarringSeth Green
Ashley Judd
Joe Pantoliano
Blake Rayne
Ray Liotta
CinematographyKarl Walter Lindenlaub
Edited byRick Shaine
Music byKlaus Badelt
Christopher Carmichael
Jerry Marcellino
Yochanan Marcellino
City of Peace Films
Identical Production Company
Distributed byFreestyle Releasing
Release dates
  • April 17, 2014 (2014-04-17) (Nashville Film Festival)
  • September 5, 2014 (2014-09-05) (United States)
Running time
107 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$16 million[1]
Box office$2.8 million[2]

The Identical is a 2014 American musical drama film directed by Dustin Marcellino and written by Howard Klausner. The film was released theatrically in the United States on September 5, 2014.[2]


After Helen and William Hemsley give birth to identical twin boys, the brothers are separated at birth during the Great Depression. Drexel Hemsley becomes an iconic 1950s rock and roll star, while Ryan Wade, born Dexter Hemsley, struggles to balance his love for music with pleasing his father. The Reverend Reece Wade and his wife Louise are sure that their adopted son has been gifted and called by God to be a preacher.

However, Ryan challenges his parents' vision for his life, and unflinchingly chooses to launch his own music career with his best friend Dino. Encouraged by his wife Jenny and employer Avi, Ryan embarks on an unpredictable, provocative path – performing the legendary music of Drexel Hemsley in sold-out venues across the country. As the brothers' destinies intertwine, Ryan discovers that Drexel is his long-lost twin brother.



Critical reception[edit]

The Identical was universally panned by critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 6%, based on 62 reviews, with an average rating of 3.3/10. The site's consensus states: "With nearly every element ringing as hollow as the ersatz Elvis at the story's core, The Identical looks destined for a bright future on the ironic viewing circuit."[3] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 25 out of 100, based on 25 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[4]

Randy Cordova wrote in The Arizona Republic: "Elvis Presley made some bad movies, but let's give the King his due: He never made anything as outright awful as The Identical."[5]

Quad-City Times film critic Linda Cook wrote: "Fans of bad movies, please note: This is a must-see. This is so bad it must be seen to be believed — "Showgirls" bad, a vision that slowly goes wrong, then terribly wrong, then hits disaster levels. In a sense, it's an Ed Wood-ian exercise in wrong."[6]

Box office[edit]

The Identical grossed $1.6 million in its opening weekend, finishing in 12th place at the box office.[2]

The film was pulled from theaters after playing for only three weeks, during which it grossed $2.8 million, far below its $16-million budget, making it a box office bomb.


  1. ^ Rebecca Ford. "'The Identical' Faith-Friendly Marketing Campaign: Churches, NASCAR and the Emmys". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "The Identical (2014) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  3. ^ "The Identical". September 5, 2014. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  4. ^ "The Identical". Metacritic. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  5. ^ Cordova, Randy (September 4, 2014). "Review: 'The Identical' a hound dog of a film". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  6. ^ Cook, Linda (September 5, 2014). "For awful movies, nothing matches 'Identical'". Quad-City Times. Retrieved October 16, 2014.

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