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Landline (2017 film)

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Landline is a 2017 American comedy film directed, written, produced, and starring Matthew Aaron. The film follows Ted Gout, a Chicago PR executive, who under the stress of work and marriage, gives up his cell phone and disconnects.

Landline
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Landline one sheet
Directed byMatthew Aaron
Produced byMatthew Aaron
Leonard Cannata
Anthony Giuliano
Patrick Tobias
Steve Weirich
Written byMatthew Aaron
Screenplay byMatthew Aaron
StarringMatthew Aaron
Tom Arnold
Betsy Brandt
James Dumont
Louis Lombardi
Jim O'Heir
Ryne Sandberg
Nick Searcy
CinematographyWill Brunker
Edited byMatthew Aaron
Production
company
1837 Productions
Distributed byFreestyle Releasing
Film Volt LTD
Release date
April 4th, 2017
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
Budget250,000

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Plot[edit]

Ted Gout is a public relations executive at Sanders Marketing Agency. Just after securing the account for the upcoming season for the Chicago Cubs, Ted is passed over for a big promotion that would have supplied the finances for Ted and his pro-bono working, civil-rights lawyer, husband, Jack, to purchase their dream home. To make matters worse, he was passed over for his arch-nemesis, only five years his junior, but well more fine-tined in the arts of social media.

Ted gradually loses his sanity and finds himself slowly cutting himself off from society, thanks to a chance meeting with a low-tech hippie named Norm. As Ted's husband worries for him and their relationship and Ted's friends go along for the ride, Ted must experience the pro's and cons of modern technology before finding a way to win back his job, husband and dream home.

Cast[edit]

  • Matthew Aaron as Ted Gout
  • Tom Arnold (actor) as Chuck Gout
  • Betsy Brandt as Fiona Sanders
  • Leonard Cannata as Gabe
  • James Dumont as Dave
  • Bruce Fretts as K. Hommel[1]
  • Patrick Hartigan as Jack Gout
  • Lee Kepraios as Norm
  • Louis Lombardi as Chaz
  • Liam Martisek as Liam
  • Jim O'Heir as Steve Gout
  • Ryne Sandberg as Himself
  • Chuck Salvatore as Kevin Gout
  • Nick Searcy as Ofc. Don Garrett
  • Chad Singer as Barry
  • Mike Terzo as Jacob
  • Jay Washington as Larry Valentine

Production[edit]

The first LGBTQ film to be filmed in cooperation with Major League Baseball or any sports corporation.[2]

Landline was shot in 18 days on a budget of 250,000 dollars.[3]

One of the few Indie productions granted full access to film at Wrigley Field and one of the very first productions to film inside the newly renovated, 30,000 square foot Chicago Cubs Clubhouse.

Wrigley Field scenes were shot over the course of 12 hours on the hottest day of the year, with temperatures nearing 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

The film predicts the Cubs will win the World Series in 2016 and they did.[4]

In the Post-Credits Ted Gout and Kevin Gout can be seen celebrating the final out of the World Series.

Yesterday, the treasured memorabilia shop in Chicago closed, shortly after filming.[5]

Release[edit]

Landline was released on April 4th, 2017.

Critics said it found "fun, humor, and love" in Chicago.[6]

"The smiles come easy."[7]

Reference section[edit]

  1. "Landline: How I Ended Up in a Movie". Fretts on Film. 2017-03-30. Retrieved 2020-08-25.
  2. "Matthew Aaron's 'Landline' Makes History for Chicago, the Cubs, and LGBT Movies". EW.com. Retrieved 2020-08-25.
  3. Metz, Nina. "Indie comedy about abandoning cellphones filming in Chicago". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2020-08-25.
  4. "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjbkLVhioMI". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2020-08-25. External link in |title= (help)
  5. "Yesterday, Treasured Memorabilia Store, To Be Demolished: 'It's Sad To See It Go'". Block Club Chicago. Retrieved 2020-08-25.
  6. ""Landline" Finds fun, humor, and love in Chicago – Reel Honest Reviews". Retrieved 2020-08-25.
  7. "MOVIE REVIEW: Landline". Every Movie Has a Lesson. Retrieved 2020-08-25.

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There were two Landline films in 2017. This is not the Jenny Slate film. This is a historical LGBTQ film.[edit]

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