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Gerry (2003)

Director: Gus Van Sant     Starring: Casey Affleck Matt Damon
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40229231
UPC: 786936230215
UPC 14: 00786936230215
Category Keywords: Desert  Friends  Friendships  Nature  Rivalry  Theatrical Release
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A friendship between two twenty-something men--both named named gerry--is tested to its very limits when they go on a hike in an impossibly large desert and forget to bring any water or food with them.
Editor's Note
In Gus Van Sant's GERRY, a film more concerned with atmosphere and visual breadth than with story or plot, a frivolous hike through the desert evolves into an existential journey for two young men. The film features only two characters, both named Gerry and played by the film's co-creators Casey Affleck and Matt Damon. Driving through a desert populated with imposing rock formations and bordered by miles of sky, the two Gerrys stop to see an unspecified "thing" which they are unable to find. The two young men then attempt to return to their car, but cannot find the pathway back. As they wander through the increasingly difficult desert terrain, their journey strains their friendship and becomes an exploration that is clearly about more than just finding the car.

After several commercial projects, GERRY is in some ways a return to roots for director Gus Van Sant. The motifs of moving clouds and the desert imagery may recall his early works--MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO and EVEN COWGIRLS GET THE BLUES--but GERRY is even more ambitious than those revered projects. Highly influenced by Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr (WERCKMEISTER HARMONIES), the film uses minimal dialogue and long, languishing shots to achieve a meditative mood.


Video Features DVD

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/10/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 103 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2003
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 32860
Video UPC UPC: 00786936230215
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Casey Affleck
Video Cast Info Matt Damon
Video Cast Info Harris Savides - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Dany Wolf - Producer
Video Cast Info Matt Damon - Writer
Video Cast Info Casey Affleck - Writer
Video Cast Info Gus Van Sant - Written & Directed by


Independent Spirit (2003)
   Video Award Name Harris Savides, Nominee, Best Cinematography
   Video Award Name Gus Van Sant, Nominee, Best Director

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...GERRY seeps into your pores like the wind-whipped sand that stings the faces of these disoriented hikers..." 02/14/2003 p.E13

Los Angeles Times
"...A tough, vigorous exercise in cinematic form and pure aesthetics....Meaning is continuously seeping out of these images..." 02/14/2003 p.C4

Entertainment Weekly
"...GERRY is a very slow and beautiful and compelling movie....By the end of the movie, you know that you've been somewhere..." 03/21/2003 p.127

Chicago Sun-Times
"...A movie like this doesn't come along every day..." 02/28/2003 p.29

Sight and Sound
"...Intriguing....The eye reads narrative and meaning into the landscape, photographed coolly by Harris Savides..." 10/01/2003 p.50-1

Film Comment
"The camera movement speaks to a modern condition of disassociation..." 01/01/2004 p.44

San Francisco Examiner 8 of 10
Normally a filmmaker guides your thoughts and feelings through carefully chosen angles and cuts. But without a cut, we're basically left stranded on our own. What do you think about while watching this for so long? Anything, really. But the weariness of the scene weighs on you until the most mundane thoughts take on heavy resonance. Gerry is truly a film that wants its audience to be part of the process instead of just a big ticket-buying, popcorn-munching, machine. Though the film is mostly improvised, Damon shares a "screenplay" credit with both Affleck and Van Sant -- his first since he won his Oscar for co-writing Good Will Hunting, also directed by Van Sant. But what's surprising about Gerry is how inventive it is as compared to a cuddly audience-pleaser like Good Will Hunting. - Jeff Anderson

Los Angeles Times 8 of 10
There are about five people who are going to dig Gus Van Sant's new film -- and, yeah, well, I'm one of them. A tough, vigorous exercise in cinematic form and pure aesthetics, Gerry is about two guys, played by Matt Damon and Casey Affleck, who embark on a wilderness hike in an unidentified desert and promptly lose the trail. For most of the film's 103-minute running time, the two just walk and walk some more; every so often, they sit on the ground and pant. During a moment of despair, one man starts to cry. During another, one attacks the other, trying to choke out the breath that the desert hasn't already stolen. - Manohla Dargis

Chicago Sun-Times 7 of 10
Gerry stars Casey Affleck and Matt Damon as two friends named Gerry who go for a walk in the desert and get lost. There, I've gone and given away the plot. They walk and walk and walk. For a while they talk, and then they walk in silence, and then they stagger, and then they look like those New Yorker cartoons of guys lost in the desert who reach out a desperate hand toward a distant mirage of Jiffy Lube. It would have been too cruel for Van Sant to add Walter Brennan on the sound-track, listenin' to the age-old story of the shiftin', whisperin' sands. - Roger Ebert

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