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Promised Land (2012)

R | | Drama | 4 January 2013 (USA)
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A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Churchill
Carla Bianco ...
Michael Downey
Frank Yates
Drew's Girl
Drew Scott
Claire Allen
Garrett Ashbaugh ...
Basketball Player
Jericho Morgan ...
Jericho (as Jerico Morgan)


Corporate salesman Steve Butler (Damon) arrives in a rural town with his sales partner, Sue Thomason (McDormand). With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company's offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher (Holbrook) with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man (Krasinski) who counters Steve both personally and professionally. Written by Focus Features

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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Release Date:

4 January 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Terra Prometida  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$173,915 (USA) (28 December 2012)


$7,556,708 (USA) (18 January 2013)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to NYTimes report, when Promised Land (2012) opened at the Southside Mall in Oneonta, NY in January 2013, some moviegoers wore buttons protesting hydraulic fracturing (i.e. fracking), and windows in town displayed signs warning of its possible environmental hazards. Meanwhile, pro-fracking citizens responded with homemade signs stating, 'Let's boost our local economy' and 'Support safe drilling and pipelines, jobs.' See more »


Yates is said to have an M.A. from MIT, but MIT does not grant Master of Arts degrees. See more »


Steve Butler: Fuck you money is the ultimate liberator.
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Crazy Credits

Through most of the end credits, the camera zooms out to a wide shot of the town where the film takes place. See more »


Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.54 (2012) See more »


Black Sunday (Instrumental)
Written and Performed by Tim Young
Courtesy of Maryannis Music Inc.
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Excellent Film Will Enjoy Repeat Viewings - Much to Ponder
30 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's an amazing work of excellent production values from cinematography, script(Academy Award worthy), music and especially the acting (Frances McDormand, Academy Award worthy). It's a new genre of storytelling that some may find hard to define. I believe this film is ahead of its time and will enjoy multiple viewings. This is a slow-paced story that requires a personal investment while it gives its audience time to consider a host of situations only to be surprised when it defies conventional outcomes. This is an important and entertaining film to experience. It's most certainly worth putting high on your movie-going list.

This slow-burn of a contemporary story appears simple upon viewing, yet is very rewarding when considering the breadth of complexities it features which define today's popular culture. ~ e

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