Grand Theft Parsons

Directed By David Caffrey

PG-13ComedyDrama / Swipe Films / Jun 18, 2004 (NY/LA Release)

Grand Theft Parsons is a true story about friendship, the kind of friendship that saw one man break the law, jeopardise his freedom and race hundreds of miles to see to it that in death, his friend's wishes were honoured. It's a true story that marks the end of a remarkable life, that of the cult country singer Gram Parsons and it's a true story that hopefully goes some way to bringing the legacy of Parsons' music to a whole new generation. The story centres around Phil Kaufman, road manager to Gram Parsons, who in a courageous move, stole his friend's coffin and drove it to Joshua Tree National Park. Remaining faithful to a pact he'd made two months previously, he gave Parsons the last rites he'd requested - a cremation in the desert he'd loved.

The cast includes Johnny Knoxville, Marley Shelton, Christina Applegate, Michael Shannon, Robert Forster and Jamie McShane.