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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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Storyline

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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Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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4 January 2013 (USA)  »

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Terra Prometida  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$173,915, 28 December 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,597,898, 24 January 2013
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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 »

Goofs

The film was released in January 2013, but in February of 2012 Pennsylvania signed into law "Act 13" which prohibits counties, towns, municipalities, etc. from passing any laws which hinder fracking. See more »

Quotes

Dustin Noble: We're not fighting for land, Steve, we're fighting for people.
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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 »

Soundtracks

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Written by Rodney Crowell
Performed by Emmylou Harris with Dolly Parton & Linda Ronstadt
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Excellent Film Will Enjoy Repeat Viewings - Much to Ponder
30 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

It's an amazing work of excellent production values from cinematography, script(Academy Award worthy), music and especially the acting (Frances McDormand, Academy Award worthy). It's a new genre of storytelling that some may find hard to define. I believe this film is ahead of its time and will enjoy multiple viewings. This is a slow-paced story that requires a personal investment while it gives its audience time to consider a host of situations only to be surprised when it defies conventional outcomes. This is an important and entertaining film to experience. It's most certainly worth putting high on your movie-going list.

This slow-burn of a contemporary story appears simple upon viewing, yet is very rewarding when considering the breadth of complexities it features which define today's popular culture. ~ e


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