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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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Mr. Clauson
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Old Man
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Olney Teller
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Alberto Parker
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Archer City Deputy
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Jenny Ann
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Rancher
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Vernon Teller
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Bank Manager
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Vernon Diner Waitress
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Following a series of armed robberies at a number of branches of Texas Midland Bank where very little money was taken, we learn that the motive of unemployed oil and gas worker Toby Howard (Chris Pine) and his brother -- just released from prison -- is to raise enough money to pay off the reverse mortgage that will forfeit their recently deceased mother's ranch if not paid off. Oil was discovered on the ranch and in order to secure the future of his sons and ex wife, Toby needs $43,000. After two of the robberies, curmudgeonly Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) and his American Indian deputy partner pick up the trail and just miss foiling the next, and last robbery. Written by Scott J. Tepper, Calabasas

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Action | Crime | Drama | Western

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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)  »

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Comancheria  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$621,329 (USA) (12 August 2016)

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$26,862,450 (USA) (4 November 2016)
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Parts were filmed in Portales, NM, 18 miles from Clovis, NM. See more »

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At the 90 minute mark in the film, Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton walks onto Toby Howard's property to question him since he is fairly certain that Toby had been helping his deceased brother Tanner rob several banks. Marcus admits to Toby that he's the man who killed his brother (albeit justifiably). Then Ranger Hamilton says: "Well, you could shoot me now and be within your rights." That statement is factually inaccurate in the state of Texas and throughout the United States. Property owners, residents, and tenants cannot use "deadly force" against a trespasser simply because that person is "on their property without permission." See more »

Quotes

Toby Howard: [looking at the bank in Post] It's too big.
Tanner Howard: That's what she said.
Toby Howard: It's no good.
Tanner Howard: This ain't the first rodeo.
Toby Howard: Big bank.
Tanner Howard: More money.
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Bakerman
Written by John Guldberg, Tim Stahl & Arthur Stander
Performed by Laid Back
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A Terrific Movie!
16 August 2016 | by (India) – See all my reviews

David Mackenzie's 'Hell or High Water' is A Terrific Movie, that turns out to be an unexpected delight of the Summer. With underwhelming superhero movies or reboots doing the rounds, this Heist/Crime Motion-Picture offers a Solid Story, that is Sharply Written, Expertly Directed & Very Strongly Acted.

'Hell or High Water' Synopsis: A divorced dad and his ex-con brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family's farm in West Texas.

'Hell or High Water' is a story of family & crime. You watch the 2 brothers rob banks, as they are tired of being poor & they indulge in aggression. And then you have Two Texas Rangers, after them, because they're wearing a uniform & they serve for the protection of the people. Its the difference of dynamics between its characters that make 'Hell or High Water' a solid watch. I wan engrossed by the camaraderie of the 4 characters, they are interesting to watch & hear.

'Hell or High Water' is perfectly paced, as the narrative hits the nail & culminates in a crisp 101-minutes. The film begins with a punch & ends on the very same note. I was thoroughly engrossed by the story & how well it progressed. Taylor Sheridan's Screenplay is Sharp. His Writing is tops, allowing us to get into the story & have an interesting experience. David Mackenzie's Direction is expertly done. He's handled the film, with command. Giles Nuttgens' Cinematography is fantastic. West Texas has been captured beautifully. Jake Roberts' Editing is crisp. Art & Costume Design are perfect. Nick Cave & Warren Ellis's Score is good. Action-Sequences are well-done, as well.

Performance-Wise: 'Hell or High Water' is filled with superior performances. Jeff Bridges steals the show as the senior Texas ranger, who's sly sense of humor with his Indian partner (a fabulous Gil Birmingham) & skill to put things together & get to the criminals, is delightful. Bridges gets his character spot-on & proves once again, that he's among the Greatest we've ever had. As the 2-brothers who go on bank-robbing spree, Chris Pine & Ben Foster are in top-form. Pine is a revelation, delivering a mature, restrained performance, while Foster, an actor who's potential isn't new to know, continues to astonish, with his enviable talent for playing unpredictable, unlikable characters. Also, the on-screen chemistry between Pine & Foster, appears real & affecting.

On the whole, 'Hell or High Water' is a Winner! Don't Miss It!


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