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Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)

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The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met.

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Kennadie Smith ...
Sylvie Guthrie
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Sylvie Guthrie
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Sweetie
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Bear
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Freddy
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Zellner
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Will
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Lt. Townes
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The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met.

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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16 August 2013 (USA)  »

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A Texas Love Story  »

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$26,419 (USA) (18 August 2013)

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$387,606 (USA) (29 September 2013)
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Rami Malek originally auditioned for the role of Sweetie, but the role went to Nate Parker. However director David Lowery was so impressed with Malek's audition that he decided to give him the small role of Will later in the film. See more »

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When Bob is shot while in his parked truck, he stumbles out, leaving the driver side door open. While he returns fire and confronts his assailant, he bumps into the door, causing it to close. After killing assailant and turning to get back into truck, the door is open again. See more »

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Bob Muldoon: You shot me. Why did you shoot me? I never even seen you.
Bear: No sir.
Bob Muldoon: What's this about? Money?
Bear: It's not you. You and the girl. Everything you tried to do.
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Bear: You're gonna shoot me?
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.193 (2013) See more »

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He Never Told Me
Written by Andrew Tinker and Toby Halbrooks
Performed by Austin Green, Steffin Ratlif, Andrew Tinker, Chuck Brown, Annell Brodeur, Priya Patel, and Rachael Shirk
Produced by Curtis Heath
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22 August 2013 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

Enjoyed "Ain't Them Bodies Saints". Good story which needs some touching up, but the acting is first rate. It is a character study, a study in melancholy told in real, human terms and not in movie terms. And maybe that is its only flaw, that truth be told, real life is less dramatic and more grimy than make-believe. Briefly, he is a crook, she is his wife/girl (it's not explained) and the two are caught in a shoot-out with police. She fires a gun wildly out a window and accidentally hits a policeman. He takes the rap, goes to jail, she has a baby and waits for him to come back.

The nominal star, at least when the movie credits rolled, is Casey Affleck, but the real star is Rooney Mara, who is excellent as the single mom waiting for Affleck. It is an earthy, sensitive portrayal of a distrustful woman on the defensive. She has made great strides since "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", a one-dimensional performance. The raw-boned Affleck plays tougher than he looks and underplays his role here. Keith Carradine was a surprise in a strong supporting role.

In my opinion the picture could use two things; tightening up and punching up. There are some dead spots throughout and the film seems longer than 105 minutes, although, as I said, real life is not always supercharged. But there must be a middle ground or else the narrative becomes sluggish. Also, no explanation was given for the 3 strangers in town. Were they Magi? The Three Stooges? We are left to wonder, and director Lowery should have given us more information in this instance.

It is very worth seeing and brightens a dreary summer full of sequels and explosion movies. If you are seeking respite from the likes of "Smurfs 2", go see this one. It's for grown ups.


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