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
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4 January 2013 (USA)
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Opening Weekend: $173,915
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Cinematographer Linus Sandgren
shot the film with Hawk V-Lite 1.3x squeeze anamorphic lenses on 4-perf Super 35 for a final aspect ratio of 1.85:1. According to him this is the first time this combination has been used on a feature film (he and others had used it before on commercials), and the negative area used was 70% larger than that of regular 1.85:1 and 30% larger than 3-perf Super 35. See more
Yates is said to have an M.A. from MIT, but MIT does not grant Master of Arts degrees. See more
I guess I'm lucky - lucky to be old enough to have a shot at dying with my dignity.
Through most of the end credits, the camera zooms out to a wide shot of the town where the film takes place. See more
Help Me Make It Through The Night
Written by Kris Kristofferson
Performed by Sammi Smith
Courtesy of Sammi Smith Estate
Under license from Nola Leone/Ace Music Services, LLC See more