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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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29 August 2012 (USA)  »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$37,397,291 (USA) (21 November 2012)
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Trivia

Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Jason Clarke appear together again in Child 44 (2015). See more »

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When Jack and Cricket are driving with the truck full of moonshine, the amount of crates in the back of the truck changes several times. See more »

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Forrest Bondurant: Have you met Howard?
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Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2012 (2012) See more »

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White Light/White Heat
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Performed by The Bootleggers
Featuring Mark Lanegan
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Brilliant drama
7 August 2013 | by (England) – See all my reviews

A lot of people are giving Lawless fairly negative reviews so I think I need to explain why it's such a great film. First of all it's really unique because of the specific setting of it during the prohibition in the United States which made it interesting viewing.

It is about three brothers who are running an illegal but successful business which soon attracts attention they don't want and trouble ensues. There is quite a lot of action in this film but it is mostly about the drama and the different things each character goes through.

There are some fantastic actors in this film who all show their versatility and most notable for me was Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf who did an amazing job of making their characters real to the audience and made you really care for them.

It is quite a long film but so many different things happen and it kept me glued from start to finish. There are some very grim scenes, some intense action, emotional scenes and of course romance and even a few comical moments - I think this film has a bit of everything.

This film is not all about the action so don't expect it to be, but the main element is the theme of brotherhood which I loved. Also the fact that Lawless is based on a true story made it really interesting for me.

It won't be for everyone but I thought this film was brilliant and would recommend it.


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