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Deidra & Laney Rob a Train

Deidra & Laney Rob a Train is an American comedy drama crime film directed by Sydney Freeland, from a screenplay by Shelby Farrell. It stars Ashleigh Murray, Rachel Crow, Tim Blake Nelson, David Sullivan, Danielle Nicolet and Sasheer Zamata.

Deidra & Laney Rob a Train
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Directed by Sydney Freeland
Produced by
Written by Shelby Farrell
Music by Mark Orton
Cinematography Quyen Tran
Edited by Michael Taylor
Distributed by Netflix
Release date
  • January 23, 2017 (2017-01-23) (Sundance)
  • March 17, 2017 (2017-03-17) (United States)
Country United States
Language English

The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2017, before being released on March 17, 2017, by Netflix.



Deidra & Laney's mother Marigold is taken to jail, and they are left to support themselves. To keep her sister Laney and younger brother Jet from being placed in foster care, Deidra makes a plan to rob trains. They need enough money to help pay their mother's bills and bail her out of jail. Along the way, they rekindle old relationships and find out who is real and to be trusted amongst their family and friends.



In June 2016, it was announced Ashleigh Murray, Rachel Crow, David Sullivan, Tim Blake Nelson, Danielle Nicolet, Sasheer Zamata and Arturo Castro had been cast in the film, with Sydney Freeland directing from a screenplay by Shelby Farrell, while Susan Cartsonis and Nick Moceri will produce the film, alongside Netflix who will finance and distribute the film.[1]


Principal photography began in July 2016, in Utah in places like Ogden and Salt Lake City. Many of the railroad scenes were filmed in Heber City at the Heber Valley Railroad and all of the scenes at a school and prison were filmed at Judge Memorial Catholic High School.[2]


The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2017.[3][4] It was released on March 17, 2017 by Netflix.[5]

Critical receptionEdit

Deidra and Laney Rob a Train received positive reviews from film critics. It currently holds a 91% approval rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, based on 22 reviews, with an average rating of 6.5/10.[6]

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