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The Road (2009)

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The Road
Theatrical Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by John Hillcoat
Release Date 2009
Distributor The Weinstein Company
Main Cast
Character Actor
Man Viggo Mortensen
Boy Kodi Smit-McPhee
Old Man Robert Duvall
Woman Charlize Theron

The Road is a 2009 post-apocalyptic film based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Cormac McCarthy (the author of No Country for Old Men) and shows the travails of a father-and-son pair (both of whom are unnamed in the film) after an unspecified cataclysm cripples the Earth's ability to sustain life. With humanity's cradle slowly becoming its coffin, the Father (Viggo Mortensen) must take his Son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) from the only home he's ever known to try and find safe haven that may no longer exist, all the while maintaining some semblance of morality amidst a world sinking to ever deeper depths in the struggle to survive.

The following weapons were used in the film The Road:


Smith & Wesson Model 10

A Smith & Wesson Model 10 is the handgun used by the Man (Viggo Mortensen) and the Boy among the decayed and dying landscapes they make their journey through. Only two cartridges remain in the gun's cylinder, reserved for the two to commit suicide should they be cornered by cannibals. It is a prominent motif throughout the film, and The Man fires it only once, against a cannibal attempting to take his son hostage. It is also seen in a flashback sequence where the Woman (Charlize Theron) contemplates the revolver and its last two cartridges (implied to be the last of the family's ammunition supply) as a sign that their years-long survival in the home she shared with the Man and Boy (who was born shortly after the apocalypse) is doomed to fail, eventually driving her to suicide (though not with the gun).

In the novel, this weapon is a small nickel-plated revolver, the caliber and make of which are never elaborated upon. It too has only two cartridges left. There is also a scene in the novel where the Man briefly contemplates using a boxcutter to modify .45 ACP cartridges in a futile attempt to reload the spent revolver casings.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 Revolver - .38 Special
The Man: "Two left. One for you and one for me."
The Man grudgingly ejects the spent round he used on the roadside cannibal, showing the last left in the gun.
The Woman (Charlize Theron) loads the S&W 10 in a flashback.
The revolver sits on the table, lit by the fireplace.
Ely (Robert Duvall) who claims to be nearly blind shares a meal with the Man and Boy, but it's implied he still knows full well what's on the red plate.
The Man points the S&W 10 at the Thief (Michael K. Williams).
The Man: "We're going to leave you just the way you left us."
The Man forces a thief to strip naked at gunpoint, after he stole the cart of supplies belonging to the two. The boy later convinces the Father to leave the Thief's clothes and some extra food behind for him.
Near the end of the film, the Boy contemplates what may be his only remaining option.
The Boy: "Are you carrying the fire?"
The Boy warily asks the defining question of the movie.


Remington Model 7400

What appears to be a Remington Model 7400 with a scope is brandished by one of the scavengers.

Remington 7400 - .308 Winchester
A scavenger with a Remington 7400.

Ruger M77

It appears that a Ruger M77 rifle is seen being carried by one of the scavengers.

Ruger M77 with scope removed - .30-06
A scavenger with a Ruger M77

Winchester Model 70

It also appears that a Winchester Model 70 rifle is carried by one of the other scavengers.

Pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 - .30-06 Springfield
A scavenger with a Winchester Model 70


Remington 870

The Veteran (Guy Pearce) carries a Remington 870 with a pistol grip.

Remington 870 Police Magnum Riot Shotgun - 12 Gauge
The Veteran (Guy Pearce) with the Remington 870
The Veteran with the Remington 870
The Remington 870 tube nut can be seen in this shot.


Orion Flare Gun

The Man scavenges an Orion Flare Gun from a beached ship. Though in the book it's an old brass 37mm signal gun.

Orion flare gun - 12 Gauge
Found by the Man while scavenging a beached ship for first aid supplies when the Boy falls ill.
The Man pulls from flares from a watertight case.
The Man loads the Orion flare gun.
The Man returns fire against an archer.
The Man fires at the archer again

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