Without a Paddle

August 20th, 2004


Without a Paddle

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Still of Rachel Blanchard and Christina Moore in Without a PaddleStill of Matthew Lillard, Seth Green and Dax Shepard in Without a PaddleVanessa Lengies at event of Without a PaddleSeth Green in Without a PaddleStill of Matthew Lillard, Seth Green and Dax Shepard in Without a PaddleStill of Matthew Lillard, Seth Green and Dax Shepard in Without a Paddle

After their friend dies, three men decide to fulfill their childhood promise by going on a camping expedition for the lost D.B. Cooper bounty, with calamitous results.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 5.7/10 (21,548 voted)

Critic's Score: 29/100

Director: Steven Brill

Stars: Matthew Lillard, Seth Green, Dax Shepard

Three friends, whose lives have been drifting apart, reunite for the funeral of a fourth childhood friend. When looking through their childhood belongings, they discover a trunk which contained details on a quest their friend was attempting. It revealed that he was hot on the trail of the $200,000 that went missing with airplane hijacker D.B. Cooper in 1971. They decide to continue his journey, but do not understand the dangers they will soon encounter.

Writers: Fred Wolf, Harris Goldberg

Matthew Price - Young Tom
Andrew Hampton - Young Jerry
Jarred Rumbold - Young Dan
Carl Snell - Young Billy
Antony Starr - Billy Newwood (as Anthony Starr)
Dax Shepard - Tom Marshall
Matthew Lillard - Jerry Conlaine
Seth Green - Dan Mott
Nadine Bernecker - Angie
Danielle Cormack - Tony
David Stott - Dick Stark
Bonnie Somerville - Denise
Scott Adsit - Greasy Man
Morgan Reese Fairhead - Sandi
Liddy Holloway - Bonnie Newwood

Taglines: Three lifelong friends... One lost treasure... What could go wrong?


Official Website: Paramount [United States] |

Release Date: 20 August 2004

Filming Locations: Huka Falls, Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand

Box Office Details

Budget: $19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $13,528,946 (USA) (22 August 2004) (2730 Screens)

Gross: $58,156,435 (USA) (9 January 2005)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

This movie is the first to qualify for the New Zealand Government's "Large Budget Grants Scheme" where the film-makers will receive up to 12.5% of their production budget back.

Errors in geography: There are several palm trees along the shore of the river which would not exist in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon.

[Billy's French speaking girlfriend rubs herself on his casket]
Dan Mott: Billy's dead and he still has a better chance of getting laid than I do.

User Review

A fun time

Rating: 7/10

Without a Paddle was a good movie if you're looking for nothing more than a laugh. Going to see this movie will pretty much guarantee a night well spent and a good time out. Although, this movie is pretty cheesy. The plot is cheesy. The laughs are cheesy. But, luckily it has some genuinely funny moments too to bring the movie through to its end. The acting is mediocre at best, but great acting isn't necessarily needed for a movie of this kind.

Nobody expected it to be an Oscar winner. Also, this movie doesn't need to get its laughs from raunchy moments and attempts at teenager humour like some other "road trip" movies. Overall, this movie is pretty good for its kind and would be a good date film or a good movie to see with friends.


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