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Hell or High Water (2016)

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A divorced father and his ex-con older brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family's ranch in West Texas.

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Storyline

In Texas, after the death of his mother, the unemployed oil and gas worker Toby Howard is losing his ranch to the Texas Midlands Bank. Toby is divorced from his wife who lives with their two sons. When his brother Tanner Howard is released from the prison, they team up to rob agencies of the Texas Midlands Bank to raise money to pay the loan so that Toby may leave the real estate to his sons. Meanwhile the Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton who is near retirement and his Indian descendant partner Alberto Parker try to anticipate the next move of the thieves. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Blood always follows money. See more »


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

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26 August 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Comancheria  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$621,329, 12 August 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,862,450, 6 November 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,749,794, 30 October 2016
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Chris Pine, who plays the younger brother, is actually two months older than Ben Foster. See more »

Goofs

The FBI does not investigate all bank robberies. Their involvement is dependent on the amounts taken and several other factors. In the case depicted in the movie the FBI would have gotten involved due to the number of the same banks being robbed. See more »

Quotes

Marcus Hamilton: Howdy ma'am. How are you doing today?
T-Bone Waitress: Hot . And I don't mean the good kind. So, what don't you want?
Marcus Hamilton: Pardon?
T-Bone Waitress: What don't you want?
Marcus Hamilton: Oh, well, uh. I think I'll just, uh...
T-Bone Waitress: You know. I've been working here for 44 years. Ain't nobody ever ordered nothing but T-Bone steak and a baked potato. Except this one asshole from New York tried to order trout back in 1987. We don't sell no goddamned trout. T-bone steaks. So either you don't want the corn on the cob, or you don't want the green beans. So what ...
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Playing the Part
Written by Jamey Johnson & Shane Minor
Performed by Jamey Johnson
Courtesy of Mercury Nashville Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Excellently-written and acted
20 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

This is definitely the type of simple film that many might dismiss when first hearing about it or seeing the promotional footage of it. What's really surprising about it is the amount of emotional and dramatic weight that it carries. It's not primarily interested in gun fights or car chases. Instead, it's interested in exploring the dynamics of race and culture, and in depicting everyone as flawed individuals who you still feel empathy for. It gives you a portrayal of what poverty and the economy can do, even when never attempting to justify the horrible behavior on display or trying to make excuses for its characters. It's filled with wonderful, thoughtful dialogue while also playing out like a realistic morality tale. The three leads are also fantastic, especially Ben Foster, who deserves to get more roles as the talented character-actor he is. This is highly recommended.


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