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Promised Land (2012)

 -  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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Waitress
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Frank Yates
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Arlene
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Storyline

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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Terra Prometida  »

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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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Trivia

The shop that is shown a few times throughout the movie and at the end is "Kastakos Fresh Market." It is located in Spring Church, PA near Apollo Ridge High School. See more »

Goofs

When Steve is in his hotel (shortly before Sue calls him and he answers "Alice"?) he closes his Macintosh computer, but the white Apple logo stays lit through the rest of the scene. The Apple logo should have turned off as soon as he closed his computer as the hard drive spun down. See more »

Quotes

Alice: Let me guess: 40, married, marketing, two kids.
Steve Butler: 38, stripper/waitress,but born to be a singer.
Alice: Fuck you, I'm a teacher!
Steve Butler: No, I was talking about me. You wanna see a dance? It's 100 bucks.
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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 »

Connections

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

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Black Sunday (Instrumental)
Written and Performed by Tim Young
Courtesy of Maryannis Music Inc.
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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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