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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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Attendant
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David Churchill
Carla Bianco ...
Waitress
Joe Coyle ...
Michael Downey
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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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Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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4 January 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Terra Prometida  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$7,597,898 (USA) (24 January 2013)
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This is the second film co-starring John Krasinski with the major contribution by writer Dave Eggers. Eggers who also wrote Away We Go (2009) which also starred Krasinski. See more »

Goofs

Lafayette, Louisiana does not have a lighthouse, nor is it near enough to the gulf to have issues with salt water. See more »

Quotes

Frank Yates: We have nothing left to sell and we can't afford to buy anything. You came here to help us. Offer us money... All we had to do to get it was be willing to scorch the earth under our feet.
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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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Daydreams About Night Things
Written by John Schweers
Performed by Ronnie Milsap
Courtesy of RCA Nashville
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Much better then I expected. Really makes you feel and understand both sides of the argument. I highly recommend. I say A.
21 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"I'm not selling them natural gas. I'm selling them the only way they have to get back." Steve Butler (Damon) is a salesman working for Global, a natural gas company. Him and his partner travel to a small farming community to buy up property rights in order to drill. When an objection by a local teacher causes an enviormentalist activist to show up things get harder for Steve. This is a movie where the trailer doesn't do it justice. I wanted to see it based off the cast but it looked a little boring. While the movie is a little slow moving it is in no way boring. The writing and acting is very good and the "bad guy" that Damon plays really makes you feel for him and kind of root for him instead of the "good guy". While the movie does get a little political towards the end this is not a typical "enviromental/save the Earth" type movie. This movie makes you able to feel both sides of the argument and almost forces you to pick a side. I expected this to be boring with good acting going in. I got sucked in pretty fast and ended up really liking this much more then I thought I would. Overall, much better then expected and I highly recommend this. I give it an A.


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