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There Are No Clean Getaways See more »
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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 »
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Won 4 Oscars. Another 142 wins & 69 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (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
(WGA)
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
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 .... sound 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)
 
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
Pavel Pranevsky .... cg supervisor: Luma Pictures
Pimentel A. Raphael .... digital artist: Luma Pictures (as Raphael Pimentel)
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)
Heather Holty .... digital laboratory project manager (uncredited)
Thomas Mathai .... data manager (uncredited)
Gabe Shedd .... visual effects staff (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bill Anagnos .... stunts
Christopher Lee Bailey .... stunts
Ben Bray .... stunts
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
Phil Abeyta .... rigging electrician (as Phillip Abeyta)
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 .... first company rigging 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)
 
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
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)
 
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)
 
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
Michael Chochol .... production assistant
Stephen Clarke .... set production assistant
Andrea Coles .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Rob Corlew .... assistant production coordinator
Michael Dellheim .... location manager
Melinda Eichberg .... animal trainer
Fernando Estrada .... location manager: Mexico unit
Marcy Etheridge .... wrangler: Marfa, Texas unit
John Claude Fedrick .... office production assistant: Marfa, Texas unit
Carrie Fleming .... assistant: Mr. Bardem
Robbie Friedmann .... location manager: Marfa, Texas unit
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)
Joe Lane .... assistant location manager
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 Rakes .... assistant: Mr. Brolin
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)
Rebecca Puck Stair .... location assistant (as Rebecca 'Puck' Stair)
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)
Steve White .... assistant location manager: Marfa, Texas unit
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
Jeanie Zakowski .... craft service (as Jeane Zekowski)
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)
 
Thanks
Jason Willaford .... the producers wish to thank
Ree Willaford .... the producers wish to thank
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for strong graphic violence and some language
Runtime:
122 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Austria:16 | Brazil:16 | Canada:18A (Alberta) | Canada:14A (British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-15 | France:-12 | Germany:16 (f) | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:16 | Ireland:15 (DVD rating) | Ireland:15A (with warning) | Israel:16 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R-15 | Malaysia:18PL | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Philippines:R-13 (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/18 (Qualidade) | Singapore:NC-16 | South Africa:16 (16V) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | Taiwan:R-18 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #43473)
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Trivia:
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen share the record of four Oscar nominations for a single person for the same film (in this case, shared by the two) with Orson Welles' four nominations for Citizen Kane (1941) and Warren Beatty's for Reds (1981). The Coens' four nominations are for Best Picture (as producers with Scott Rudin), Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Editing (under the pseudonym Roderick Jaynes). Welles was nominated both Best Picture (also as producer) and Best Director, as well as Best Original Screenplay (won, and shared with Herman J. Mankiewicz), and Best Actor. On the other hand, Beatty was nominated for Best Picture (also as producer), Best Director (won), Best Original Screenplay with Trevor Griffiths and Best Actor.See more »
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Anachronisms: Area code 210 (San Antonio) appears on Llewelyn's phone bill, however this area code wasn't created until 1992. In 1980, San Antonio's area code would have been 512, with the rest of Central Texas.See more »
Quotes:
[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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What does Wells mean when he remarks to The Man Who Hired Wells: "I counted the floors of this building from the street. There's one missing?"
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217 out of 363 people found the following review useful.
The Coen Brothers' masterful achievement, 5 March 2008
Author: jp71ph from Manila, Philippines

It was not very long before I watched 'No Country for Old Men' that I watched the other remarkable film of 2007, 'There Will Be Blood.' Back then I thought that Paul Thomas Anderson has delivered the Best Picture of the year with his oil epic, but after watching the Coen brothers chilling and violent adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's 2005 novel, I knew right away that here was a film destined to be even a greater film than any I've seen this past year.

It's not easy to watch 'No Country for Old Men.' The first time I saw it, I found myself dazed enough to not be able to stand-up immediately even after the whole end credits have finished. And yet, mixed with the feeling of shock is the profound sense of wonder and awe with what I have just witnessed on the screen. It took me another viewing to fully appreciate the meaning and intention of the film, and while the experience from watching the film is not one everybody will enjoy and understand, it certainly is one of the most moving and thought-provoking movies I have ever watched. This is the kind of movie that will make you think, the kind that stays with you even after a long time has passed since you've last watched it. On the literal level, it is a simple cat-and-mouse chase thriller movie, but from within its roots lie a very profound philosophical and penetrating analysis not only of the characters and the situations involved in the story, but also of the kind of world we are living in today and the more monstrous sides of it we often choose to ignore.

The story revolves around the chase between a guy named Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin,) who stumbles upon a stash of money in a drug deal gone wrong in the middle of the desert and a psychopathic but surprisingly "principled" assassin named Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem). The third party and the moral center of the story is the guy trying to find both the hunter and the hunted, Ed Tom Bell, the old sheriff of a peaceful, but increasingly becoming violent locality in West Texas.

The movie features the perfect mix thrill and excitement that would be expected out of a movie in this genre. The Coen brothers' direction of the particularly intense chase scenes between Chigurh and Moss are masterful, evoking emotions of suspense to the highest level and pushing the audience to the very edge of their seats. This is achieved by very careful editing and sound direction that perfectly recreates the tense atmosphere whenever a particular scene is being played out. Also remarkable is the photography (done by Roger Deakins) of vast scenes in the desert where even what the ordinary moviegoer would consider as "empty scenes", where no action is played out, tells a story in a visual manner, where even when there is no dialogue or action on screen, the sweeping images speak out for themselves.

'No Country for Old Men' is rich in such bravura kind of film-making. The particular camera move, position and choice of background and other trivial details such as time of day, cloud cover or positioning of the props and point-of-view perspective offer the best experience for the audience, and the most effective means of story-telling for the Coen brothers. Just watch the scenes of Tommy Lee Jones as the tormented old sheriff being burdened by the challenge of something that is greater a force than himself, something that he "does not understand," and you will realize what I mean. The environment and tone created by the filmmakers perfectly accentuates the performance of Jones and more importantly, the core messages of the film. This style is present throughout the film and one of the particular points that makes it more than just a chase movie.

I must say that I can't help but agree to most people when they say the Javier Bardem's Anton Chigurh is the most disturbing character (and yet mesmerizing) to grace the screen since Anthony Hopkins introduced us to Hannibal Lecter in 'Silence of the Lambs.' Chigurh effectively radiates evil and embodies violence in a very intelligent and forceful manner that touches the fear in all of us. Like Lecter, he personifies evil not in the conventional and simple sense, but in way that somehow presents to us the whole magnitude and complexity of its nature. In the dialogue he speaks, a kind of thinking revealed is one that is calculating and deeply philosophical but essentially ruthless and sinister.

The film's monumental achievement is in its ability to remarkably transport us into a world where the places, emotions, fears, anxieties, choices, morals and realities of life are strikingly brought to life and presented to us in a manner where we, after the whole experience, can reflect upon and look back with careful consideration. In the end, the moviegoer is left to marvel at the beauty (and madness) of it all. Here the theme of innocence lost as it is corrupted by evil and violence is explored in the most cinematic fashion, delivered perfectly with richness of emotion and the greatest impact possible. The violence and bleakness of it all is not there to simply evoke reaction or engage the audience, it is there to tell a story and impart an experience of great magnitude and intention, to which the Coen brothers have brilliantly succeeded. All at the same time the movie is a character study on the effects of evil and innocence lost, an exploration on the themes of fate and chance, an analysis of the freedom to choose and its consequences, a reflection on evil and good as forces of society and the investigation of basic human emotions such as hope, fear, love, violence and aspiration in the face of a variety of situations.

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