Directed by John Hillcoat, Lawless is a story of outlaws in the tumultuous time of Prohibition in the 1920s. Taking place in Virgina’s Franklin County, nicknamed “The Wettest County in the World,” it follows the actions of the three Bondurant brothers Jack (Shia Labeouf), Forrest (Tom Hardy), and Howard (Jason Clarke). While leading the illegal alcohol business in the state’s backwoods, the Bondurants receive pressure from rival gangsters like Floyd Banner (Gary Oldman), and a dirty deputy named Charlie Rakes (Guy Pearce).
The film, adapted by writer/musician Nick Cave, is based on the book “The Wettest County in the World” by Matt Bondurant. This Bondurant, a teacher at a southern university and a writer with three books to his name, is a direct descendant of the Bondurant brothers celebrated in this film. Labeouf’s character Jack is his paternal grandfather.
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