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Mud (2012)

PG-13 | | Drama | 10 May 2013 (USA)
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Two young boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the vigilantes that are on his trail and to reunite him with his true love.

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14 year-old Ellis (Tye Sheridan) lives on a makeshift houseboat on the banks of a river in Arkansas with his parents, Mary Lee (Sarah Paulson) and Senior (Ray McKinnon). He sneaks out early one morning to meet his best friend, Neckbone (Jacob Lofland). Neckbone, also 14, lives with his uncle, Galen (Michael Shannon), who makes a hardscrabble living diving for oysters. The two boys set out to an island on the Mississippi River, where Neckbone has discovered an unusual sight-a boat, suspended high in the trees, a remnant of an extreme flood some time in the past. They climb the tree and into the boat only to find fresh bread and fresh footprints. Realizing that they are not the only ones who have discovered the treehouse boat, they decide to leave. When they reach the shore, they find the same footprint in their boat. And that's when they meet Mud (Matthew McConaughey). Mud is a gritty, superstitious character; his clothes are dirty, his tooth is cracked, and he needs help. He tells the... Written by Roadside Attractions

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Entangled in his past. Running from the law. All for love.

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Rated PG-13 for some violence, sexual references, language, thematic elements and smoking | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,215,460, 28 April 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,590,086, 18 September 2014
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Jeff Nichols wrote the part of Tom Blankenship specifically for Sam Shepard. See more »

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When Ellis confronts Mud on the beach and then runs off, the left leg of his jeans are covered in mud. In the very next scene his pants are clean. See more »

Quotes

Ellis: He's not dangerous.
Neckbone: [sighs] Sounds like a shitload of state troopers thinks differently.
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Everest Entertainment donates a portion of its profits from each film to charity. By watching an Everest film you have made a difference. We thank you. See more »

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Referenced in Big Fan: Big Fan Matthew McConaughey (2017) See more »

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Everything You Need
Written by Ben Nichols
Performed by Lucero
Courtesy of Empty Road Music
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Exquisite Piece Of Filmmaking
14 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

An exquisite piece of filmmaking from writer-director Jeff Nichols, bolstered by powerful performances from Matthew McConaughey, Reece Witherspoon, Sam Shephard, Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland. 'Mud' is a beautifully shot film that blends crime, drama and romance into a heartfelt plot that follows two young boys who encounter a fugitive in need of their help. Set against some of the most unique and stunning locations ever used in a film, 'Mud' is reminiscent of flicks including 'Stand by Me' and 'Night of the Hunter'. Starting off relatively slow, the film steadily urges the viewer into a riveting tale of love, hate and redemption, with McConaughey giving one of his finest performances ever. A realistic and gripping coming-of-age tale that not only stands as being one of the best films of 2012, but one of the best dramas of the past decade.


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