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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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David Churchill
Carla Bianco ...
Waitress
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Michael Downey
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Frank Yates
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Arlene
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Rob
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Drew's Girl
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Drew Scott
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Claire Allen
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Coach
Garrett Ashbaugh ...
Basketball Player
Jericho Morgan ...
Jericho (as Jerico Morgan)
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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 Focus Features

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What's your price?

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4 January 2013 (USA)  »

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Terra Prometida  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$7,556,708 (USA) (18 January 2013)
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The little girl who sells lemonade to Steve Butler (actress Lennon Wynn) is featured in the series of Verizon's "Susie's Lemonade" commercials. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film, when Frank Yates drives into town in his pickup and waves to a pedestrian on the sidewalk, the rear window of his truck is open. As he rolls through the stop sign just ahead, the rear cab window is fully closed. See more »

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Sue Thomason: I no longer sing in public.
Rob: What? I mean, what's the point of having good hair if you don't sing in public.
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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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Referenced in Life Itself (2014) See more »

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A Little Bit of Hurt
Written by David L. Graham (as David L Graham) and William W. Livesay (as William W Livesay)
Performed by Billy Livesay
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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mostly good, with an unrealistic ending
3 December 2013 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Gus Van Sant has tackled a number of political and social issues in his movies. "Promised Land" looks at the issue of hydraulic fracturing, commonly called fracking. Matt Damon plays an executive from an energy company trying to convince a town to allow the process in their vicinity. Meanwhile, an environmentalist tries to convince people otherwise.

I have liked most of Van Sant's movies, and it's good that this movie is addressing a process that has devastated entire regions. Indeed, the fracking industry criticized the movie's depiction of the process as destructive (surprise, surprise). Unfortunately, what happens at the end does not seem realistic. It reminded me of what happens in Bill Forsyth's "Local Hero". Other than that the movie is a perceptive character study of Damon's amoral exec, the sort of man who's totally in it for the money. Mostly a good movie, understanding that what happens at the end probably wouldn't happen in real life.


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