GenreWestern Music directorBill Frisell CountryCanada
Release dateSeptember 11, 2007 (Toronto International Film Festival)
May 27, 2008 (US DVD) WriterBrad Smith (novel), Brad Smith (screenplay) CastRachael Leigh Cook (Chrissie), Luke Kirby (Ray Dokes), Keith Carradine (Pete Culpepper), Lisa Ray (Etta Parr), Graham Greene (Jim Burns), Ernie Hudson (Jackson Jones) Similar moviesHidalgo, Marnie, The Man from Snowy River, The Horse Whisperer, My Friend Flicka, City Slickers
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All Hat is a 2007 Canadian western comedy film directed by Leonard Farlinger, written by Brad Smith (who also wrote the novel of the same name), and starring Luke Kirby, Keith Carradine, Noam Jenkins, and Lisa Ray.
Ray Dokes (Luke Kirby), is fresh out of prison. Returning home, he discovers the countryside of his youth transformed. Urban development crawls across the pastoral fields like a rash. Determined to stay out of trouble, Ray heads to the farm of his old friend Pete (Keith Carradine), a Texan cowboy, whose debts are growing faster than his corn.
Sonny Stanton (Noam Jenkins), the heir to a thoroughbred dynasty, is buying the entire concession of farmland to build a golf course. One of the farms he’s after belongs to Etta Parr (Lisa Ray), Ray’s old flame. Seems she’s the only one brave enough to stand in Sonny’s way
Ray hooks up with Chrissie Nugent (Rachael Leigh Cook), a kick-ass jockey and tries to steer clear of Sonny. When a million-dollar thoroughbred goes missing from the Stanton Stables, Sonny gets desperate and forces the sale of the community’s remaining farms. Ray reacts by coming up with a scheme to stop Sonny once and for all. One false move will land Ray back in jail.
Luke Kirby as Ray Dokes
Stephen McHattie as Earl Stanton
Keith Carradine as Pete Culpepper
Noam Jenkins as Sonny Stanton
Lisa Ray as Etta Parr
Rachael Leigh Cook as Chrissie Nugent
David Alpay as Paulie Stanton
Ernie Hudson as Jackson Jones
Joel Keller as Dean Calder
Graham Greene as Jim Burns
Gary Farmer as Billy Caan
Michelle Nolden as Gena Stanton
All Hat was filmed in several Canadian locations:
Fort Erie, Ontario and its racetrack
Release and reception
The film was released in Canada by means of the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2007 and had a more wider release on April 19, 2008 in Okanagan. The film was direct-to-DVD in North America on May 27, 2008.
All Hat earned only $15,198 on a budget of $CAD5,000,000.