Corporate salesman Steve Butler (Matt 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
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4 January 2013 (USA)
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Opening Weekend USA: $173,915,
28 December 2012, Limited Release
Gross USA: $7,597,898, 24 January 2013
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
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
Story takes place in Pennsylvania. So why do many of the locals (property owners, farmers) have southern accents? To make them seem more "folksy" or "ignorant"?? Dumb. See more
I don't know what to say anymore. But where we are now, where we're headed! We might be betting more than we think. Everything that we have is on the table now. And that's just not ours to lose.
Through most of the end credits, the camera zooms out to a wide shot of the town where the film takes place. See more
Referenced in Life Itself
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Written by Rodney Crowell
Performed by Emmylou Harris
with Dolly Parton
& Linda Ronstadt
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