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The Weather Man

Promotional poster
Directed by Gore Verbinski
Produced by Todd Black
Jason Blumenthal
Steve Tisch
Written by Steven Conrad
Narrated by Nicolas Cage
Starring Nicolas Cage
Michael Caine
Hope Davis
Michael Rispoli
Music by James Levine
(co-composer)
Hans Zimmer
Cinematography Phedon Papamichael Jr.
Editing by Craig Wood
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) October 28, 2005 (theatres)
February 21, 2006 (DVD)
Running time 102 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $22,000,000
Gross revenue $19,039,770[1]

The Weather Man is a 2005 dramatic film with dark comedic moments, directed by Gore Verbinski. Written by Steve Conrad, it stars Nicolas Cage, Michael Caine and Hope Davis and tells the story of a weatherman on a Chicago news program, who is seen by others and himself as a failure outside his career.

Released on October 28, 2005, the film was a box office bomb, with a total gross of $19,039,770 worldwide. However, The Weather Man was better received by critics, with mixed reviews, who praised the performances and drama, while others had trouble with the film's plot.

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Plot

A successful weatherman at a Chicago news program, David Spritz is well paid but recognizes his job requires little more than speaking and pointing. He thinks most people like him only because he's on TV. For some reason, people occasionally throw fast food at him as they drive by. Recently separated, his wife, Noreen, has custody of their two kids. Dave is openly antagonistic toward her new boyfriend, Russ.

Dave's 12-year-old daughter, Shelly, is an obese smoker, bullied by her classmates. Dave caters to his daughter's interest in activities even though she quickly drops them; archery for example. Dave's 15-year-old son, Mike, is befriended by his counselor, Don, an overly generous single man whose interest in Mike is troubling.

Dave is inhibited by his highly successful father, Robert Spritzel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Robert is concerned with Dave's apparent inability to grow up and deal with his children, while Dave is anxious to redeem himself in his father's eyes. Robert is diagnosed with lymphoma and although given only a few months to live, he remains dignified.

Dave pursues a weatherman position with the national "Hello America" show. The job would nearly quadruple his salary, but means relocating to New York City. He sees this job as a chance to prove himself to his father and possibly reconcile with his wife.

Dave attempts to reconnect with Noreen by attending group therapy. He stupidly ruins the effort by betraying Noreen's trust and initiates a heated argument.

As he becomes more and more unnerved, Dave takes up archery, finding the activity a way to build his focus and calm his nerves.

"Hello America" invites Dave to New York. He brings Shelly so he can talk to her (especially about her classmates calling her "camel toe"). He skirts the issue by buying her a wardrobe of dresses and skirts. Dave's father also travels to NY to see a specialist. Dave learns that, back in Chicago, his son attacked his counselor. Robert claims that the counselor wanted to perform oral sex on Mike. Depressed over this and his father's expected demise, Dave stays up all night drinking, despite the "Hello America" interview the next morning. Surprisingly, all goes well and he impresses his interviewers.

Dave returns to Chicago to find Noreen's boyfriend dealing with the Mike situation. Out of the blue, Dave strikes Russ with his gloves in front of Noreen and Robert, who are stunned. Dave later confronts the counselor at his home and attacks him in a furious rage.

Dave is offered the "Hello America" job. He hesitates because it means being away from Noreen and the kids.

The family holds a living funeral for Robert. Dave asks Noreen to reconcile and move to New York. She has decided to marry Russ. To calm his nerves, he practices archery on the lawn. When Russ steps out, Dave draws the arrow on him and holds it, preparing to shoot. Russ, unnerved, goes back inside. Dave begins his formal speech to his father "When I think of my dad, I think of Bob Seger's "Like a Rock." The power goes out. When the light come back, everyone forgot that he had just started his speech so he never completes it.

Later, Robert plays the song Dave mentioned in the speech. Dave explains that Robert has always been strong and stands "proud and tall, high above it all." He breaks down in tears telling his father that he was offered the job, but that his wife will marry Russ. Robert consoles him by explaining that not everything in life goes as we'd like, and that he is proud of his son for being able to land the "Hello America" position and also for Dave's defense of his son. Robert admitted to reading Dave's, admittedly poor, attempt at a novel. Robert explains that it takes years to be a good writer and Dave spent all those years learning to be a good weatherman and that's an accomplishment, particularly highlighting his son's success in landing such a lucrative position. Eventually, Robert has a real funeral and at that time, Mike reveals to his father the aspirations to be a cameraman for Monday Night Football, which makes Dave visibly proud.

Dave accepts the job. Dave's former resentment for his fans, a reflection of his own low self-esteem, has gone now that he has gained his father's approval and learned to accept his life. On the weekdays he returns to Chicago to see his kids. People do not throw things at him any more, though he muses that this may be a pleasant side-effect of his archery hobby, for which he carries a bow around.

The film ends with a parade, in which Dave rides on a float with his fellow cast members. He notes how he's behind the NYC firemen, but ahead of SpongeBob SquarePants. He is satisfied with this and his "American accomplishment." The film ends with a close-up of Dave waving as he says, through narration, "Hello America."

Cast

The film also includes cameos from news presenters, such as Bryant Gumbel, Ed McMahon, Cristina Ferrare, and Wolfgang Puck.

Reception

The Weather Man received mixed reviews, gaining an overall score of 57% on Rotten Tomatoes.[2] and 61% on Metacritic.[3]

The film was released in North America on October 28, 2005 and ran for nearly eight weeks (precisely 54 days). It grossed $12,482,775 domestically and $6,556,995 at the foreign box office, a total of $19,039,770.

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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The Weather Man is a 2005 film about Dave Spritz, a Chicago weatherman.

Directed by Gore Verbinski. Written by Steven Conrad.
In life, accuracy counts. (taglines)

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Dave Spritz

  • That was refreshing. I'm refreshed. I'm refreshing.
  • The first time I was struck with something, it was a chicken breast from Kenny Rogers. I was standing next to a garbage pail. I thought it might've been an accident, that they were throwing it out. The second time, it hit me square on the chin, a soft taco. Then, pop. A falafel. McNuggets. Always fast food. Fast food. Shit people would rather throw out than finish. It's easy. It tastes all right, but it doesn't really provide you any nourishment. [pause] I'm fast food.
  • Here's the thing: if you want your father to think you're not a silly fuck, don't slap a guy across the face with a glove, because if you do that, that's what he will think. Unless you're a nobleman or something in the nineteenth century. Which I am not.
  • [Thinking, while looking at a woman's butt while waiting to cross the street] Man, I'd like to put my face in there. Right in there. Tartar sauce. My hips are cold. Tartar sauce. That's when you know it's cold. I like eating pussy. Tartar sauce. A lot of guys don't. Well maybe they do. Maybe that's just black guys. Tartar sauce. What happened to the guy who was trying to fly around the world in a balloon? Did he make it? I should put some espionage or stolen plutonium in my novel. Tartar sauce. Spice it up. Neil Young. Fuck, it's cold. Neil Young. Why am I thinking about Neil Young? Neil Diamond. Neil... There's not a lot of famous Neils. Is this Wednesday? I wish I had two dicks. I thought the whole family was going to learn Spanish together this year. That never really happened. I haven't had a Spanish omelette in a long time. Here we go.
  • The other thing that gets to people, that leads to pies, I guess are these catch phrases we're required to use to single the program out. It gets under people's skin. Spritz Nipper. But the whole thing about all of it, all the getting hit with stuff, the whole thing is, who gets hit with a fucking pie, anyway? Did anyone ever throw a pie at Thomas Jefferson? Or Buzz Aldrin? I doubt it. But this is like the ninth time I got--- [pause] clowns get hit with pies.
  • I mean, I'll bet no one ever threw a pie at, like Harriet Tubman, the founder of the Underground railroad. I'll bet you a million fucking dollars.
  • I remember once imagining what my life would be like, what I'd be like. I pictured having all these qualities, strong positive qualities that people could pick up on from across the room. But as time passed, few ever became any qualities that I actually had. And all the possibilities I faced and the sorts of people I could be, all of them got reduced every year to fewer and fewer. Until finally they got reduced to one, to who I am. And that's who I am, the weather man.

Robert Spritzel

  • Do you know that the harder thing to do and the right thing to do are usually the same thing? Nothing that has meaning is easy. "Easy" doesn't enter into grown-up life.

Other

  • Noreen: [reading Dave's note about her from their group session] "Throughout marriage, BJs lacked enthusiasm. Had difference of opinion over how important that was. I thought very." You know what, Dave? You want to know why my BJs lacked enthusiasm? I hated you.

Dialogue

Robert Spritzel: What happened to you?
Dave Spritz: I got hit with a Frosty.
Robert: What is a Frosty?
Dave: It's a shake. From Wendy's.
Robert: Why did you get hit with a shake?

Dave: Do people call you names in school?
Shelly: Like what?
Dave: You know, like "dummy" if you miss a question... or cameltoe.
Shelly: Yeah...cameltoe.

Shelly:I heard they make tires out of camel toes.
Dave: Yeah, I heard that, too.

Dave: We both just think it's better for the kids.
Robert: David, sacrifice is... to get anything of value, you have to sacrifice.
Dave: I know that dad, but I think that if we continue down this road, it's gonna be too detrimental for the kids. It's just too hard.
Robert: Do you know that the harder thing to do and the right thing to do are usually the same thing? Nothing that has meaning is easy. "Easy" doesn't enter into grown-up life.

Taglines

  • In life, accuracy counts.
  • ...bring an umbrella.

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