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Lawless (2012)

R | | 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 Franklin 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 Franklin with the unscrupulous Special Deputy Charles Rakes, the Bondurant family refuses to pay the required bribe to the authorities. Rakes pursues 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 Franklin attracting the attention of Rakes that finds the location of their distillery. When he kills the crippled Cricket Pete, 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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$26,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,001,566 (USA) (2 September 2012)

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$37,400,127 (USA) (29 November 2012)
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Actor Shia LaBeouf drank moonshine in order to gain as authentic an appearance as possible. By his own admission his drinking and over-aggressive attitude caused co-star Mia Wasikowska to try and leave the film. See more »

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When Jack and Bertha are riding in the car several mail boxes are seen on the side of the road, several boxes have reflective house numbers on them. That was not available during that era. See more »

Quotes

Floyd Banner: [after knocking out Gummy Walsh with a shovel] I've got every lawman in three fucking states up my ass. The last thing I need is some hard-ass crackers pulling a blood feud on me! Now get this sack of shit out of here!
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Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2012 (2012) See more »

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Fire in the Blood
Written by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
Performed by The Bootleggers
Featuring Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris appears courtesy of Nonesuch Records
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A Pointless, Plot-less and Ultimately Boring Movie
24 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a fan of "Boardwalk Empire" and any number of Prohibition-era movies I was hoping "Lawless" would deliver the goods in the way its trailer seemed to promise. But much like Shia LeBeouf's first starring vehicle

  • - the HBO "Project Greenlight" film "Battle for Shaker Heights" --
this one suffers from the same lack of narrative arc and inability to decide what kind of film it wants to be.

There are a half dozen potential plot lines that pop up and, for a split second, seem to be the point of choosing to tell this particular story (it is based on a real life family). But just as quickly they are dropped, never to be heard from again. You get the sense that there may be a lot of material on a cutting room floor somewhere that might have been assembled into a wholly different picture.

The one thing the movie does accomplish is proving once again how supremely untalented Shia LeBeouf is as an actor. Other than the multitude of scenes where he is being beaten by one antagonist or another (he does take a convincing a** kicking) he comes across about as real as the CGI characters you normally see him playing against.

Save your time and skip this one.


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