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The Wendell Baker Story (2005)

Luke Wilson plays a good-hearted ex-con who gets a job in a retirement hotel. Three elderly residents help him win back his girlfriend as he lends them a hand in fighting hotel corruption.

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Storyline

Near the Texas-Mexico border, Wendell Baker has a few things going for him: his genial nature and optimism and the love of Doreen. His troubles? He dances around telling her that he loves her, and his idea of work is illegal. He's arrested, imprisoned, and she puts him behind her when she realizes that even prison is just a good excuse for him to play football with the guys. When he is paroled, it's to a job in the "hotel industry" at a board and care home for seniors, where the head nurse is running a scam. Three of the residents respond to Wendell's good heart. Can they expose the scam and help Wendell win back Doreen? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Why not call him a hero?

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Rated PG-13 for some crude and sexual humor and language | See all certifications »
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3 August 2005 (Belgium)  »

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A Wendell Baker balhé  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,120, 20 May 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$127,144, 8 July 2007
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Neal King's mother's house is said to be nine miles due south of Durant, which would put it in Achille, Oklahoma. See more »

Quotes

Neil King: [Neil is spoofing Wendell Baker in front of McTeague] "Thank you very much for this job. It's my first job in the hotel buisness
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Features Jerry Springer (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Aint Living Long Like This
Written by Rodney Crowell
Performed by Waylon Jennings
Courtesy of RCA Records Nashville
Under license from Sony BMG Music Licensing
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Enjoyable...loved the soundtrack
28 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

Watched it last night for the first time. Although it wasn't "slapstick" humor, I still felt it was thoroughly enjoyable. In fact, it seemed almost like a breath of fresh air. Not as formulaic as a lot of other comedies out there, thank goodness. I especially enjoyed Luke's character of Wendell Baker. He comes across as being forever boyish until he does experience loss in his life. Harry Stanton and Seymour Cassel really do bring a unique air to the film, being septuagenarians with a fervid love of life. Kristofferson's character I felt could have used a bit more development, but is overall well acted nonetheless.

The soundtrack to this movie really helped a lot. If it had to be called a flavor, I'd call it "Texas BarBQ"...flavorful, colorful and spicy. Very unique.

In short, this would be the kind of movie you could watch with your family and not be embarrassed.


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