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Promised Land (2012)

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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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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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What's your price?

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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4 January 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Terra Prometida  »

Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$7,556,708 (USA) (18 January 2013)
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Originally, this movie was supposed to be Matt Damon's directorial debut. But due to short time to prepare for the movie and also some creative conflicts, Damon dropped out as the director (but remained as an actor) and Gus Van Sant came aboard to direct. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Dustin Noble: We're not fighting for land, Steve, we're fighting for people.
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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 »

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

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Snake Eyes
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liked it but ending awkward
26 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

Matt Damon, and John Krasinski join together to write this. Then they got Gus Van Sant to direct it. Matt Damon is an energy company point man trying to sign up the town folks for natural gas drilling. Then John Krasinski comes to town to rally the town against the gas company. It also stars Frances McDormand.

The sleazy sales tactics is too off-putting. It's hard to keep watching people getting taken advantage of.

The twist seems wrong. The logic of it seems uncertain. It's just awkward to see. Also the movie gets hokey with its heavy-handed speeches. It's all unnecessary.


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