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21 November 2007 (USA) See more »
There Are No Clean Getaways See more »
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Won 4 Oscars. Another 179 wins & 109 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tommy Lee Jones ... Ed Tom Bell

Javier Bardem ... Anton Chigurh

Josh Brolin ... Llewelyn Moss

Woody Harrelson ... Carson Wells

Kelly Macdonald ... Carla Jean Moss

Garret Dillahunt ... Wendell

Tess Harper ... Loretta Bell

Barry Corbin ... Ellis

Stephen Root ... Man who hires Wells

Rodger Boyce ... El Paso Sheriff

Beth Grant ... Carla Jean's Mother

Ana Reeder ... Poolside Woman

Kit Gwin ... Sheriff Bell's Secretary
Zach Hopkins ... Strangled Deputy
Chip Love ... Man in Ford
Eduardo Antonio Garcia ... 'Agua' Man

Gene Jones ... Gas Station Proprietor

Myk Watford ... 'Managerial' Victim
Boots Southerland ... 'Managerial' Victim

Kathy Lamkin ... Desert Aire Manager
Johnnie Hector ... Cabbie at Bus Station

Margaret Bowman ... Del Rio Motel Clerk

Thomas Kopache ... Boot Salesman

Jason Douglas ... Cabbie at Motel
Doris Hargrave ... Waitress
Rutherford Cravens ... Gun Store Clerk

Matthew Posey ... Sporting Goods Clerk
George Adelo ... Mexican in Bathtub
Mathew Greer ... Hitchhiking Driver
Trent Moore ... Nervous Accountant

Marc Miles ... Hotel Eagle Clerk

Luce Rains ... Pickup Driver
Philip Bentham ... Border Bridge Youth
Eric Reeves ... Border Bridge Youth

Josh Meyer ... Border Bridge Youth

Chris Warner ... Flatbed Driver

Brandon Smith ... INS Official
Roland Uribe ... Well Dressed Mexican (as H. Roland Uribe)

Richard Jackson ... Chicken Farmer

Josh Blaylock ... Boy on Bike

Caleb Landry Jones ... Boy on Bike (as Caleb Jones)
Dorsey Ray ... Odessa Cabbie
Angel H. Alvarado Jr. ... Norteño Band
David A. Gomez ... Norteño Band
Milton Hernandez ... Norteño Band
John Mancha ... Norteño Band
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Scott Flick ... Cab Driver (uncredited)

Albert Fry Jr. ... El Paso Deputy (uncredited)
Angelo Martinez ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)

Elizabeth Slagsvol ... Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by
Ethan Coen 
Joel Coen 
Writing credits
Joel Coen (screenplay) &
Ethan Coen (screenplay)

Cormac McCarthy (novel)

Produced by
Ethan Coen .... producer
Joel Coen .... producer
David Diliberto .... associate producer
Robert Graf .... executive producer
Mark Roybal .... executive producer
Scott Rudin .... producer
Original Music by
Carter Burwell 
Cinematography by
Roger Deakins (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ethan Coen  (as Roderick Jaynes)
Joel Coen  (as Roderick Jaynes)
Casting by
Ellen Chenoweth 
Production Design by
Jess Gonchor 
Art Direction by
John P. Goldsmith 
Set Decoration by
Nancy Haigh 
Costume Design by
Mary Zophres 
Makeup Department
Jean Ann Black .... makeup department head (as Jean A. Black)
Debra Clair .... additional hair stylist (as Debra R. Clair)
Brian Hillard .... mold technician
Paul LeBlanc .... hair department head
Geordie Sheffer .... assistant hair stylist
Dave Snyder .... makeup applicator/sculptor
Sarah Spier .... makeup assistant
Christien Tinsley .... special makeup effects artist
Teresa Valenzuela .... wig maker
Corey Welk .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Maritza Carbajal .... production assistant: mexican unit
Karen Ruth Getchell .... production supervisor
Robert Graf .... unit production manager
Omar Veytia .... production manager: Mexico
Ralph Bertelle .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bac DeLorme .... second assistant director
Peter Dress .... second assistant director: second unit (as Pete Dress)
Jery Hewitt .... second unit director
Jai James .... second second assistant director
Betsy Magruder .... first assistant director
Donald Murphy .... first assistant director: second unit
Taylor Phillips .... second second assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Chris Alvarez .... welding lead foreperson (as Chris M. Alvarez)
J. Todd Anderson .... visual consultant
Ulrike Auer-Erdoes .... paint foreperson (as Ulli Auer-Erdoes)
Pedro Barquin .... on-set greensperson
James Barth .... construction lead foreperson (as Jim Barth)
Joe Barton .... greens foreperson
Thomas J. Barton .... key greensperson
Robin Blagg .... propmaker lead foreperson
Meg Blissell .... signwriter
Marcia Calosio .... assistant set decorator
John C. Cameron .... assistant property master
Thomas Chapman .... propmaker foreperson
Victor Chavez .... propmaker foreperson (as Victor A. Chavez)
Dennis Collins .... on-set painter
Sage Emmett Connell .... set dresser (as Sage Connell)
Chadney Everett .... set decoration foreperson
Bobbi Jo Gonzales .... property assistant
Paul Haag .... set dresser
Paul Harman .... signwriter
Gregory Hill .... graphic designer (as Gregory L. Hill)
Deborah Jensen .... assistant art director (as Deborah L. Jensen)
Arlen Johnson .... general lead foreperson (as Arlen J. Johnson)
Caylen Johnson .... welding foreperson (as Caylen F. Johnson)
Jason Mack .... set dresser
Roberta Marquez Seret .... art department coordinator (as Roberta Marquez)
Pat Martine .... paint lead foreperson: Marfa, Texas
Jerry Martinez .... labor lead foreperson
Quentin Matthys .... set dresser
Cee Moravec .... on-set dresser
Vance O'Loughlin .... propmaker foreperson (as John Vance O'Loughlin)
Jesus Ornelas .... plaster foreperson
David Phillips .... propmaker lead foreperson
Zacheriah T. Rheam .... toolperson (as Zach Rheam)
Ernest Romine .... paint foreperson (as Ernie Romine)
Debbie Seif .... construction accountant
Jaime Souza .... paint foreperson
Bryan Stinson .... propmaker foreperson (as Brian Stinson)
Scott Troha .... leadperson
Benjamin M. Walsh .... set dresser
Keith Walters .... property master
Christopher Windisch .... construction coordinator
Jeri Woodward .... paint lead foreperson
Randal Woodward .... charge scenic
James Wiley Fowler .... set dresser (uncredited)
Tony Perez .... set dresser (uncredited)
Chris Windisch Jr. .... laborer/greensman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Craig Berkey .... re-recording mixer
Craig Berkey .... sound designer
Joseph F. Brennan .... boom operator (as Joe Brennan)
Joel Dougherty .... assistant sound editor
Cole Gittinger .... cable person
Catherine Harper .... foley artist
Kenton Jakub .... adr editor
Randall L. Johnson .... boom operator (as Randy Johnson)
Peter F. Kurland .... sound mixer (as Peter Kurland)
Skip Lievsay .... re-recording mixer
Skip Lievsay .... supervising sound editor
Darrin Mann .... foley mixer
Christopher Moriana .... foley artist (as Chris Moriana)
Greg Orloff .... re-recording mixer
Derek Vanderhorst .... foley editor (as Derek Vander Horst)
Byron Wilson .... dialogue editor
Eric Harwood .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Jeff Knudsen .... sound mixer: second unit (uncredited)
Roy Machado .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Jordan O'Neill .... DTS Sound Mastering Engineer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Peter Chesney Jr. .... special effects foreperson (as Pete Chesney)
Peter Chesney .... special effects coordinator
Tom Chesney .... special effects technician
Helen Cohen .... special effects makeup business manager
Paul Deely .... special effects technician
Jason Hamer .... makeup effects coordinator
Scott E. Hussion .... special effects production assistant
Emmet Kane .... special effects technician
Sandra Stewart .... special effects technician (as Sandy Stewart)
Erin Sullivan .... sculptor/fabricator
Russell Tamillo .... special effects production assistant
Diane Woodhouse .... special effects makeup production coordinator
Mark Ballou .... fabricator: Tinsley Transfers Inc. (uncredited)
Megan Flagg .... special makeup effects artist: Tinsley Transfers (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Robert Adams .... digital artist: Luma Pictures
Christopher R. Bradley .... digital artist: Luma Pictures (as Chris Bradley)
Alexandre Cancado .... digital artist: Luma Pictures
Vincent Cirelli .... visual effects supervisor: Luma Pictures
Chad Dombrova .... lead technical director: Luma Pictures
David V. Fedele .... digital artist: Luma Pictures (as David Fedele)
H Haden Hammond .... sequence supervisor: Luma Pictures (as H. Haden Hammond)
John R. Hazzard .... digital artist: Luma Pictures (as John Hazzard)
Justin Johnson .... digital effects supervisor: Luma Pictures
Wendy Klein .... digital artist: Luma Pictures
Jason Locke .... digital artist: Luma Pictures
Valy Lungoccia .... digital artist: Luma Pictures
Glenn Morris .... visual effects producer: Luma Pictures
Ashok Nayar .... visual effects coordinator: Luma Pictures
Raphael A. Pimentel .... digital artist: Luma Pictures (as Raphael Pimentel)
Pavel Pranevsky .... cg supervisor: Luma Pictures
Peter Shipkov .... digital artist: Luma Pictures (as Petar Shipkov)
Payam Shohadai .... senior visual effects supervisor: Luma Pictures
Joey Sila .... digital artist: Luma Pictures
Jared Simeth .... digital artist: Luma Pictures
Thanapoom Siripopungul .... digital artist: Luma Pictures
Steven Swanson .... visual effects supervising producer: Luma Pictures
Jason Yanofsky .... digital artist: Luma Pictures
Daniel Craemer .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Thomas Mathai .... data manager (uncredited)
Ben Neall .... texture artist (uncredited)
Heather Holty Newton .... digital laboratory project manager (uncredited)
Gabe Shedd .... visual effects staff (uncredited)
Bill Anagnos .... stunts
Christopher Lee Bailey .... stunts
Ben Hernandez Bray .... stunts (as Ben Bray)
Tim Buchanan .... stunts
Laurence Chavez .... stunts
Eddie J. Fernandez .... stunts (as Eddie Fernandez)
Lakshman Nathaniel Garin .... stunts (as Lakshman Garin)
Jim Henry .... stunts
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Toby Holguin .... stunts
Brett A. Myrick .... stunts (as Brett Myrick)
Mark Norby .... stunt double: Mr. Brolin
Steve Rizzo .... stunts
Tom Roach .... stunts
Thomas Rosales Jr. .... stunts (as Tommy Rosales)
Ramsey Scott .... stunts
Jose L. Vasquez .... stunts (as Jose Vasquez)
Laurence Vasquez .... stunts
Jim Henry .... stunt double: Chip Love (uncredited)
Steve Rizzo .... stunt double: Zach Hopkins (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Phillip Abeyta .... rigging electrician
Ron Alexus .... assistant chief lighting technician
Phillip Allard .... rigging electrician (as Phil Allard)
Daniel 'Lee' Andres .... rigging grip
Liza Bambenek .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (as Liza 'Wintapants' Bambenek)
Thomas Bango .... first camera assistant: second unit
Roger Basquette .... video assist (as 'Rogers' W. Basquette)
Josh Blakeslee .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Joshua Blakeslee)
Bryan Booth .... assistant chief rigging electrician
Paul Candrilli .... second company grip
Dave Childers .... first company grip: second unit (as David Childers)
Roger Deakins .... camera operator
Paul Elliott .... director of photography: second unit
Kevin Fahey .... second company rigging grip
Richard Foreman Jr. .... still photographer
Jamie Garcia .... electrician
Charley Gilleran .... rigging key grip
Andy Graham .... camera operator: second unit
George Greene .... electrician
Bruce Hamme .... dolly grip
Andy Harris .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Hank Herrera .... rigging grip
Gary Kangrga .... rigging grip
Tommy Kelii .... electrician
Scott Kidner .... chief lighting technician: second unit
Nikki LeBlanc .... rigging electrician (as Nikki 'Bubbles' LeBlanc)
Mitchell Andrew Lillian .... first company grip (as Mitch Lillian)
Jeff Lomaglio .... grip
Chris Mack .... first assistant camera: second unit
Rick Marroquin .... grip
Glenn E. Moran .... rigging electrician (as Glenn Moran)
Chris Napolitano .... chief lighting technician
Louis Nelson .... electrician (as Lou Nelson)
David A. Parks .... chief rigging electrician
Jim Threadgill .... rigging grip
Asa-Luke Twocrow .... grip
Alexis van Kersen Li .... film loader
Peter Weidenfeller .... grip
Paul Birk .... best boy electric: second unit (uncredited)
Don Hayashi .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Trevor Howe .... grip (uncredited)
Michael J. Schwartz .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Mark Steinig .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Stephen Thorp .... electrician (uncredited)
Greg Travis .... electrician (uncredited)
James Walton .... electrician (uncredited)
Wes Whittaker .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jo Edna Boldin .... location casting
Elizabeth Gabel .... background casting
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Katy Houska .... background casting assistant
Tracy Kilpatrick .... additional casting
Marie A. Kohl .... casting assistant: New Mexico
Amelia Rasche McCarthy .... casting associate: New York (as Amelia Rasche)
Kathryn Schuetze .... casting assistant: New Mexico (as Kathryn 'Kit' Schuetze)
Rachel Tenner .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Aleah Ames .... key costumer
Debra Chapman .... seamstress
Lori DeLapp .... costume supervisor
Jenny Eagan .... assistant costume designer
Emily Egge .... on-set costumer
Delia Hauser .... costumer
Nikki Kelly .... wardrobe production assistant
Claire Sandrin .... on-set costumer
Lisanne Scafine .... set costumer: second unit
Stephani Lewis .... seamstress (uncredited)
Mary Beth Sterling .... costume staff assistant: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Buster Jacob Coen .... post-production assistant
Catherine Farrell .... post-production coordinator
Bruce Goodman .... colorist: dailies
Michael Hatzer .... digital color timer: Efilm (as Mike Hatzer)
Michael Kennedy .... digital intermediate producer: Efilm (as Mike Kennedy)
Catie Laffoon .... post-production assistant
Katie Mcquerrey .... assistant editor (as Katherine McQuerrey)
Neil A. Stelzner .... associate film editor
Tom Reiser .... colorist assist: Efilm (uncredited)
Joel Steven .... telecine assistant (uncredited)
Location Management
Michael Dellheim .... location manager
Fernando Estrada .... location manager: Mexico unit
Robbie Friedmann .... location manager: Marfa, Texas unit
Joe Lane .... assistant location manager
Rebecca Puck Stair .... location assistant (as Rebecca 'Puck' Stair)
Steve White .... assistant location manager: Marfa, Texas unit
Jeremy Alter .... location manager: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Bree Merkwan .... location assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Linda Cohen .... music executive
Michael Farrow .... music mixer
Michael Farrow .... music recordist
Todd Kasow .... music editor
Sandra Park .... orchestra contractor (as Sandy Park)
Chris Robertson .... music clearance
Transportation Department
Edward Lassak .... transportation captain (as Edward A. Lassak)
William F. Luehm .... picture vehicle coordinator (as William Luehm)
Paul Ripple .... transportation dispatcher
Timothy P. Ryan .... transportation coordinator (as Timothy Ryan)
Brian Kay .... production van driver (uncredited)
Lucas Pierce .... driver (uncredited)
Doug Stewart .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
Other crew
Douglas N. Acton .... medic (as Douglas Acton)
Janine L. Aines .... animal trainer
Sage Asteak .... set production assistant
Mark Brooks .... wrangler
Val Callaway .... production assistant
Chris Carroll .... intern
Craig Carter .... head wrangler: Marfa, Texas unit
Elizabeth Cash .... production assistant
Jeane Champion .... craft service (as Jeane Zekowski)
Michael Chochol .... production assistant
Stephen Clarke .... set production assistant
Andrea Coles .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Rob Corlew .... assistant production coordinator
Melinda Eichberg .... animal trainer
Marcy Etheridge .... wrangler: Marfa, Texas unit
John Claude Fedrick .... office production assistant: Marfa, Texas unit
Carrie Fleming .... assistant: Mr. Bardem
Rachael Lin Gallaghan .... production coordinator
Raul Chico Goler .... office production assistant
Peter Grendle .... production assistant
Drew P. Houpt .... the one right tool (as Drew Houpt)
Thomas Johnston .... script supervisor
Nathan Kelly .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Ernie Klein .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Cheryl Kurk .... production accountant
Lisa Kurk-Dmytryk .... additional accountant (as Lisa Kurk)
Louis A. Lanni .... set production assistant
Khary Lee .... animal trainer
Yolanda Lopez .... customs broker: Mexico unit
Jennifer Mancuso .... production secretary
Ryon Marshall .... wrangler: Marfa, Texas unit
Carmen Matthews .... craft service
Carol Maxwell .... accounting clerk
Mimi N. McGreal .... travel coordinator
Mamie Mitchell .... script supervisor: second unit
Patricia Mary Murphy .... serious matters (as Patricia Mary Murphy Esq.)
Dale O'Malley .... medic
Wesley A. Oliver .... assistant: Mr. Jones (as Wes Oliver)
Jason Owen .... wrangler foreperson: Marfa, Texas unit (as Jason M. Owen)
Dean Parker .... assistant: Mr. Burwell
Gabriel Pérez .... production coordinator: Mexico unit
Kristen DeVore Rakes .... assistant: Mr. Brolin (as Kristen Rakes)
Jeremy Reisig .... set production assistant (as Jeremy W. Reisig)
Larry Rice .... weather guru
Tom Roach .... animal trainer
Mark Rothman .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Howard Samuelsohn .... dialect coach: Mr. Bardem
Philip Seeger .... set production assistant (as Philip L. Seeger)
Cheryl Shawver .... animal trainer
Sue Smith .... assistant production coordinator: Marfa, Texas unit
Todd Spears .... payroll accountant (as Todd C. Spears)
Louise Spencer .... unit publicist (as Louise A. Spencer)
Caroline Starkman .... caterer: For Stars Catering
Peter M. Starkman .... caterer: For Stars Catering
Holly L. Tadych .... craft service assistant (as Holly Tadych)
Brett Tyne .... dialect coach: Ms. Macdonald
Caesar Ursic .... medical consultant (as Dr. Caesar Ursic)
Victoria Vopni .... animal trainer (as Victoria M. Vopni)
Jeff J. Williams .... security: Mr. Jones (as Jeff 'Big Daddy' Williams)
Melissa Wiseman .... second assistant accountant
Angelo Womack .... office production assistant
Karen Yokomizo .... first assistant accountant
Joe Freeman .... gunsmith (uncredited)
Matthew Honovic .... assistant: Mr. Rudin (uncredited)
Carlos A. Montoya .... stand-in (uncredited)
Noel Davis Poyner .... publicity intern (uncredited)
John H. Price .... on-set interviews (uncredited)
Rodney Smith .... stand-in: Agua Man (uncredited)
Matthew J. Vince .... post production facility operations (uncredited)
Jason Willaford .... the producers wish to thank
Ree Willaford .... the producers wish to thank
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for strong graphic violence and some language
122 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Garret Dillahunt also appeared in The Road (2009/I) which is also based on a book by Cormac McCarthy.See more »
Plot holes: A radio transmitter like the one shown as being secreted in the money briefcase would have had, at best, a range of a few miles. Without an aircraft to track it and without a more than general knowledge of its location, it would have taken Anton Chirguh days or even weeks to locate its signal. And given the transmitter's limited battery life, it would have stopped transmitting well before he was able to do so. Llewellyn simply leaving the area where he found the money should have been more than enough for him to have disappeared and probably never be found.See more »
[first lines]
Ed Tom Bell:I was sheriff of this county when I was twenty-five years old. Hard to believe. My grandfather was a lawman; father too. Me and him was sheriffs at the same time; him up in Plano and me out here. I think he's pretty proud of that. I know I was. Some of the old time sheriffs never even wore a gun...
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570 out of 955 people found the following review useful.
A hauntingly flawed unconventional masterpiece, 26 November 2007
Author: DonFishies from Canada

Days after seeing it, I am still haunted by No Country for Old Men. There is just something so effectual and uncompromising about it, that mere words will only begin to skim the surface of the cinematic excellence on display.

At its most simplistic, the film is a game of cat and mouse. The mouse here is Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin), a hunter who stumbles upon two million in cash after a drug deal gone wrong, and takes it thinking nothing of it. He tries to cover his tracks, but ends up letting the group looking for the money, figure out his identity. The cat is Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), a hit-man hired to find Moss and the money. But Chigurh is unconventional at best; he also happens to be bordering on mentally insane. And another man, a law man this time, Sheriff Bell (Tommy Lee Jones), is on the trail of both men as they criss-cross around Texas.

Right up until its dénouement, the film is simply brilliant. Taut and thrilling, it blows right through the majority of its two hour runtime with ease. Even during moments of slowing down, the film stays right on track and never feels like it has run its course. It engages even when it appears that nothing is happening. The Coen Brothers truly crafted what appears at first glance to be a masterpiece, even if it is their first real shot at something that is not indelibly and inarguably their own. Even without reading Cormac McCarthy's novel, I know that the Coens have done it justice, even with their bitterly twisted and dark sense of humour scattered throughout the film.

But all of that comes to a standstill as the film concludes. The last twenty or so minutes feel like hours as the film wraps itself up, and it almost feels like these scenes belong to another movie entirely (one that borders on being pretentious and monotonous). I realize now that McCarthy's novel probably ends the same way, but it does not help provide closure to the fact that the movie is so break-neck paced right up until this happens. Its brilliance is shattered by what looks to be a series of tattered events thrown together to provide closure for all of the characters, alive or dead, and for its audience. It speaks volumes to the film's title, but it just does not feel satisfying compared to the rest of what we saw. Even with its enigmatic devices at play, I still cannot come to terms with how the film closes. It does haunt, and in a way, it may prove to be a significantly stronger ending as time rolls on. But as it stands now, it just feels weak.

What is also a bit of a surprise, and only seems to appear as the film concludes, is the music. It is not so obvious at first, but the majority of the film is audibly shown with just the sounds the characters make and no background music to speak of. This element is brilliantly used, as it helps intensify every situation and makes the film downright terrifying in some cases. It just helps truly make the film come together, and only helps establish the quick pacing even more so. It was definitely a surprise, and one that will probably help the lasting impact of the film become even stronger.

The lush and bloodsoaked visuals also help to define the film. Despite the film taking place mainly in deserted areas, or the desert itself, the camera manages to capture just the right essence of what the writing and acting is conveying. The isolation and the terror almost become characters themselves through these visuals, and are sure to be recognized as the award season rolls in.

The film's acting is also very well done. Brolin anchors the film and even when it is just the audience reacting to his attempts at saving his life, he manages to deliver the best performance of his career. He breathes life into Moss, and truly brings a sense of pathos to the character. We feel for him and his greedy mistake, and as he develops into a man unwilling to go down without a fight, he only manages to up the ante for himself countlessly. Jones, as the law man stuck on the fringe of every event, also does very well for himself. Most of his work is simply delivering dialogue, but it is delivered in such a fashionable sense that you feel like he is speaking to the bigger picture of things, and not just himself. I would have liked a bit more development in his character, but what little there is helps his performance greatly.

Supporting turns from Woody Harrelson and Kelly Macdonald are also done well, but are overshadowed by the main cast by both Brolin and Jones.

And even more of an overcast is Bardem as the ruthless Chigurh. He absolutely nails this character down to his very bones. If anyone is merely toying with the idea of seeing the film, it should be specifically for Bardem. His performance is calculating and plagued with petrifying silence. When he chooses to talk, his words sound like they are being given by the essence of evil. This is a man with a plan, but it is one that only belongs to him. His enigmatic presence is developed throughout the film, and never once does it feel particularly appropriate to understand where this menace comes from. Watching him on screen is a jolt to the heart, and will go down as one of the best performances of the decade. His terrible hair only helps to make his character that more scary and formidable.

No Country for Old Men is one of the best pictures of the year, even if it is flawed. Its brilliance and lasting impact with leave you haunted.


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