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Lawless (2012)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  29 August 2012 (USA)
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Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a trio of bootlegging brothers are threatened by a new special deputy and other authorities angling for a cut of their profits.

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In 1931, in Franklyn County, Virginia, Forrest Bondurant is a legend as immortal after surviving the war. Together with his brothers Howard and the coward Jack, the Bondurant family has a distillery and bootlegging business. When the corrupt District Attorney Mason Wardell arrives in Franklyn with the unscrupulous Special Deputy Charles Rakes, the Bondurant family refuses to pay the required bribe to the authorities. Rakes pursuits the brothers and unsuccessfully tries to find their distillery. Meanwhile Forrest hires the waitress Maggie, a woman with a hidden past in Chicago, and they fall in love with each other. Jack courts the preacher's daughter Bertha Minnix and deals a great load of alcoholic liquor with the powerful gangster Floyd Banner. Jack shows off in Franklyn attracting the attention of Rakes that finds the location of their distillery. When he kills the crippled Cricket Pate, the locals join forces to face the corrupt authorities. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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When the law became corrupt, outlaws became heroes.

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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29 August 2012 (USA)  »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,001,566 (USA) (31 August 2012)

Gross:

$37,397,291 (USA) (21 November 2012)
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Shia LaBeouf gained 40 pounds for his role. See more »

Goofs

The flowers at Cricket's funeral (ranunculus, wax flower, French anemones) would likely not have been available in the rural mountains of Virginia at the time. They would have likely used wildflowers such as goldenrod and queen anne's lace. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Rakes: Do you mean immortal?
[laughter]
Charlie Rakes: You fucking hicks are a sideshow onto yourselves.
[laughter continues]
Charlie Rakes: Sheriff, do you have any idea what a Thompson submachine gun does to an immortal?
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Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2012 (2012) See more »

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Hymn
Written by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
Performed by The Bootleggers
Featuring Liela Moss
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Bondurant Family Values
2 April 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Lawless is the story of the three Bondurant brothers from Franklin County, Virginia, Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke, and the runt of the litter Shia LaBoeuf. Before World War I the Bondurants made a good living selling moonshine, but now Prohibition has arrived and there are new problems on the horizon for those in that business.

One of the most colossal pieces of stupidity that America ever indulged in was Prohibition. We actually amended our constitution so that we could regulate morals. A good lesson for those who think regulation of one's personal behavior is a desired thing. What the Bondurants have to deal with is law enforcement which is in the form of a corrupt District Attorney Tim Tolin.

An idea like Prohibition is sure to bring out the corruption in many who see it as a way to take bribes. Tolin is one of those and he has a special deputy in Guy Pearce ready to enforce the law and those who don't bribe. That would be the Bondurants and we have the makings of an old fashioned mountain feud brewing.

LaBoeuf has a lot of trouble living up to the legend his brothers have created. In fact his weakness is the cause of a lot of problems. But when a young mountain kid Dane DeHaan is murdered by Pearce that gets a war started.

Both LaBoeuf and Pearce deliver some standout performances in Lawless. This is based on a novelization of some real incidents by a descendant of the Bondurant family. The recreation of Prohbition era rural Virginia is well done. Definitely worth a look.


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