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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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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 January 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Terra Prometida  »

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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Did You Know?


Draws significant parallels to the biblical story of Moses in Exodus. The title within itself if a clearly indication; further, a man (Damon) seeks to introduce new ideas and is a "lawmaker" who introduces fracking to a small community, trying to persuade its members to succumb. See more »


The brochure and poster talk about how fracking by the company, "Global..." will 'effect' (noun) the community; the correct spelling/usage is 'affect' (verb). See more »


[last lines]
Steve Butler: You the owner of this place?
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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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Not Just Too Close, Dead On.
8 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I would honestly give this film a 9 out of ten. It was directed beautifully, and I feel the screenplay is great. The dialogue is more than believable, and both Matt Damon and John Kransinski both do a wonderful job in conveying their character's qualities and aspirations. There seldom seemed to be a slow moment(if at all).

As far as how close to reality this movie comes.... I live in northeastern Pennsylvania, only 5 minutes away from Harford, and only 25 minutes away from Dimock(where the documentary Gasland was based). I have seen the effects of hydrofracking, both the negative and what little positive comes of it(but those facts and feelings are for another discussion). As sad as it may seem, natural gas and well drilling companies(to go un-named ONLY in this review) bought their way into the community with false hope, money, and lies, but not necessarily as it happened in the film. In reality.... it was even worse. Barbecues, parties, etc. were even thrown in order to gain fans and friends... The community's spirit and resilience was conveyed correctly, though in reality, it gained support too late.

All in all, even if political/social/ecological issues regarding hydrofracking aren't your forte, this film is a quality film that is captivating and deserves to have personal opinions set aside and enjoyed for its quality.

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