$5 a Day (2008)

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  • IMDb page: $5 a Day (2008)
  • Rate: 6.3/10 total 1,563 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Runtime: Canada:90 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | USA:98 min
  • Filming Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
  • Director: Nigel Cole
  • Stars: Christopher Walken, Alessandro Nivola and Sharon Stone
  • Original Music By: Alex Wurman   
  • Soundtrack: I Don't Mind
  • Plot Keyword: Hustler | Health Inspector | Sleeping In A Car | Sabotage | Product Placement

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Neal H. Dobrofsky  writer
  • Tippi Dobrofsky  writer

Known Trivia

  • The project dates back to 2003 when Nick Cassavetes had signed on to direct, but a year later was replaced by John Curran. Three years later Nigel Cole is sitting in the director’s chair.
  • The budget for the film was about $3 million, not including the pay for Christopher Walken, Alessandro Nivola, and Sharon Stone. Saving Grace, his first film, cost $5 million.
  • Sharon Stone spent three days filming, and it wasn’t difficult to get her after she found out Christopher Walken was involved.
  • Nigel Cole mentioned one scene with Nivola inspecting a taco stand and the owner (played by one of the production guys) shouting obscenities at him that was filmed as an opening, but it set the wrong tone for the opening of the film, so it got cut.
  • Nigel Cole wanted to use the Rolling Stones’ You Can’t Always Get What You Want, but it proved far too expensive ($1 million).
  • Marcus Foster, a young 19-year-old English singer/songwriter, did one of the songs in the film, and he doesn’t even have a record contract.
  • That’s not Steve McQueen’s real jacket in the movie.
  • They were originally going to have Polident for the car, with a big set of teeth on the roof, but they pulled out as they didn’t want to have their product made fun of.
  • During the 8 weeks of preproduction, they tried many others, before Sweet’N’Low finally agreed. But they didn’t benefit otherwise from product placement.
  • The only scene not written in the script was the scene with Nivola and Walken in the sales condo talking about the cat and the question mark.

Goofs: Continuity: When Nat and Ritchie start out on their trip Nat makes Ritchie pull over quickly to get a hair cut. In the background you can see a toll booth. Later in the film you can see them swerve off the freeway with the same toll booth in the background.

Plot: The conservative son of a thrifty conman begrudgingly joins his father on the road — after being released from jail for one of his dad's earlier crimes. Full summary »  »

Story: In L.A., Flynn Parker loses his job as a health inspector when his time in prison comes to light, his girlfriend Maggie moves out because of his prevarications, and his ne'er-do-well father, Nat, summons him to Atlantic City with a tale of a malignant cancer. Flynn doesn't like Nat, a small-time hustler and the cause of Flynn's jail time, but Nat cajoles his son into a cross-country trip through family memories toward New Mexico where an experimental treatment awaits. The trip is not just about the past, but whether either can tell the truth – and then what to do with those truths. From time to time, Flynn calls Maggie to leave messages. And what about Flynn's mother?Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>  


Synopsis: The conservative son of a thrifty conman begrudgingly joins his father on the road, after years of separation. The son a reformed conman, doesn’t want anything to do with his father. The son also feels he is being conned into joining his father on the road, but soon learns the real reason for this, and the lessons he learns will change his life.

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Produced By:

  • Carol Baum known as producer
  • David Bergstein known as executive producer
  • Jane Goldenring known as producer
  • Warren T. Goz known as executive producer
  • Kia Jam known as producer
  • Stewart McMichael known as executive producer
  • Jeff G. Waxman known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Christopher Walken known as Nat Parker
  • Alessandro Nivola known as Ritchie Flynn Parker
  • Sharon Stone known as Dolores Jones
  • Dean Cain known as Rick Carlson
  • Peter Coyote known as Burt Kruger
  • Amanda Peet known as Maggie
  • Luis Avalos known as Martinez
  • Beth Bailey known as Real Estate Lady
  • Marya Beauvais known as Realtor
  • Frank Bond known as Bar Manager
  • Vic Browder known as Salesman
  • Gregory Chase known as Reporter (as Greg Chase)
  • Christopher Dempsey known as Tim Webber
  • Judith Greentree known as IHOP Waitress
  • Christopher Hagen known as Marty
  • Jim Hatch known as Health Dept. Supervisor
  • Anne Johns known as Kruger's wife
  • Diana Maimin known as Desk Clerk
  • Mike Miller known as Pharmaceutical CEO
  • Tish Rayburn-Miller known as Secretary (as Tish Miller)
  • Mandy Olsen known as Hospital Nurse
  • Nectar Rose known as Sherry
  • Tom Schuch known as VIP
  • Babak Tafti known as Room Service Waiter
  • Bridget White known as Mrs. Carlson (as Bridget Ann White)
  • Sequoyah Adams-Rice known as Crying Child (uncredited)
  • Michael-David Aragon known as Ticket Agent (uncredited)
  • Josh Berry known as Manager (uncredited)
  • Bryan Chapman known as Front Desk Clerk (uncredited)
  • Gorneth D'Oyley known as Bell Hop (uncredited)
  • Lynda Fazio known as Singing IHOP waitress (uncredited)
  • Esodie Geiger known as Airline Attendant (uncredited)
  • Antony Hall known as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Aynn Kirby known as Pharmaceutical Rep (uncredited)
  • David Kneeream known as IHOP Patron (uncredited)
  • Daniel Knight known as Wealthy Gentleman (uncredited)
  • Kevin Makely known as Jammez (uncredited)
  • Jon Kristian Moore known as Ticket Agent (uncredited)
  • Tricia Munford known as Ticket Agent (uncredited)
  • Arty Nichols known as Pharmaceutical Rep (uncredited)
  • Lorri Oliver known as Singing IHOP Waitress (uncredited)
  • Charles Pendelton known as Game / fender (uncredited)
  • Chris Ranney known as Pharmaceutical Rep (uncredited)
  • Robyn Reede known as Neighbor (uncredited)
  • Fred Resler known as VIP at Political Rally (uncredited)
  • Shawnee Robertson known as IHOP Patron (uncredited)
  • David C. Roehm Sr. known as Boardwalker (uncredited)
  • Bailey Ann Scheller known as Minature Golfer (uncredited)
  • Dylan Scheller known as Minature Golfer (uncredited)
  • Tavia Schwartz known as Pharmacist's Wife (uncredited)
  • David Sheftell known as Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
  • Justin Stern known as IHOP Patron (uncredited)
  • Omar Paz Trujillo known as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Stacy Marie Warden known as Airport Traveler (uncredited)
  • Taylor Warden known as Airport Traveler (uncredited)
  • Foued Zayani known as Political Rally Guest (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Jane Galli known as makeup department head
  • Karen McDonald known as key makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Bob Becker known as set dresser
  • Greg Davidson known as painter
  • Rocky De la Vega known as key scenic
  • Phyllis Detrich known as property master
  • Leigh Maney known as assistant props
  • Markus Maurette known as set designer


Production Companies:

  • Capitol Films
  • Carol Baum Productions
  • Goldenring Productions
  • Grand Army Entertainment
  • Image Entertainment

Other Companies:

  • Aramid Entertainment Fund  funding
  • Reel Chefs Catering  catering
  • Soundtrack  ADR Facility
  • Stone Management  product placement


  • Image Entertainment (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Koch Media (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Aventi (2010) (France) (DVD)
  • E1 Entertainement (2010) (France) (DVD)
  • Front Row Filmed Entertainment (2010) (United Arab Emirates) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Image Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)

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Special Effects:

  • Great FX

Visual Effects by:

  • Alastor Arnold known as digital intermediate colorist

Release Date:

  • France 15 May 2008 (Cannes Film Market)
  • Canada 6 September 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • USA 11 January 2009 (Palm Springs International Film Festival)
  • USA 24 April 2009 (New York City, New York)
  • USA 24 April 2009 (Los Angeles, California)
  • USA 10 September 2009 (Temecula Valley International Film Festival)
  • Canada 24 August 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • USA 24 August 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • UK 18 October 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • France 23 November 2010 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sexual content, brief nudity and language


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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