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Without a Paddle

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

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


Danielle Cormack


David Stott

Dick Stark

Bonnie Somerville


Scott Adsit

Greasy Man

Morgan Reese Fairhead


Liddy Holloway

Bonnie Newwood

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


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

Gross: $58,156,435
(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