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Live by Night (2016)

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A group of Boston-bred gangsters set up shop in balmy Florida during the Prohibition era, facing off against the competition and the Ku Klux Klan.

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Thomas Coughlin
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Esteban Suarez (as Miguel J. Pimentel)
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Tim Hickey
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Digger Pescatore
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Ritz Investor
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Virgil Beauregard (as JD Evermore)
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Boston, 1926. The '20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw. But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one-neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover-can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt. Joe embarks on a dizzying... Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong violence, language throughout, and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$33,000 (USA) (23 December 2016)

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$5,610,644 (USA) (13 January 2017)
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Scott Eastwood played the love interest in Taylor Swift's music video for "Wildest Dreams." Austin Swift, Taylor's brother, is starring in this movie along side Scott Eastwood. See more »

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In the 1927 scene where Joe and Emma are in bed together talking you can hear the song Moonglow playing in the background. That tune wasn't written until 1933 and the recording they were using was Artie Shaw's arrangement from 1941. See more »

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[from trailer]
Loretta Figgis: My father says there once was a good man in you.
Joe Coughlin: We all find ourselves in lives we didn't expect.
Loretta Figgis: Repent. Repent. Repent.
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Moonshine
Performed by Foy Vance feat. Kacey Musgraves
Written by Foy Vance
Produced by Blake Mills
Foy Vance appears courtesy of Gingerbread Man Records / Atlantic Records
Kacey Musgraves appears courtesy of Mercury Nashville
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multiple elements that aren't effectively woven together
12 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

Actor/writer/director Ben Affleck tries his hand at a period piece in this ambitious crime saga beginning in the 1920s Prohibition Era. Joe Coughlin—the son of a renowned Boston police officer—is a small-time crook looking to make a name for himself in the ruthless underworld of organized crime. After a series of tragic circumstances, he relocates to the South to become the frontman/muscle for an Italian mafia bootlegging operation, but quickly gets plunged into the seedy, seductive world of money, power, greed, and corruption. Intriguing at first, with tense moments of action and character interactions, but goes on too long by following too many unrelated story threads, features ineffective casting in key roles, has too many familiar elements, and concludes in pat, sanctimonious fashion. Despite some flavorful ingredients, Affleck's attempt to create a potent, moralizing amalgam of The Town and The Godfather doesn't quite succeed. **½


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