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No Country for Old Men (2007)

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Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.

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Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Lee Jones ... Ed Tom Bell
Javier Bardem ... Anton Chigurh
Josh Brolin ... Llewelyn Moss
Woody Harrelson ... Carson Wells
Kelly Macdonald ... Carla Jean Moss
Garret Dillahunt ... Wendell
Tess Harper ... Loretta Bell
Barry Corbin ... Ellis
Stephen Root ... Man who hires Wells
Rodger Boyce ... El Paso Sheriff
Beth Grant ... Carla Jean's Mother
Ana Reeder ... Poolside Woman
Kit Gwin ... Sheriff Bell's Secretary
Zach Hopkins Zach Hopkins ... Strangled Deputy
Chip Love Chip Love ... Man in Ford
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Storyline

In rural Texas, welder and hunter Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) discovers the remains of several drug runners who have all killed each other in an exchange gone violently wrong. Rather than report the discovery to the police, Moss decides to simply take the two million dollars present for himself. This puts the psychopathic killer, Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), on his trail as he dispassionately murders nearly every rival, bystander and even employer in his pursuit of his quarry and the money. As Moss desperately attempts to keep one step ahead, the blood from this hunt begins to flow behind him with relentlessly growing intensity as Chigurh closes in. Meanwhile, the laconic Sheriff Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) blithely oversees the investigation even as he struggles to face the sheer enormity of the crimes he is attempting to thwart. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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How does a man decide in what order to abandon his life? See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong graphic violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No Country for Old Men See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,226,333, 2 November 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$74,283,625

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$171,627,166
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2.39 : 1
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Carson Wells (Woody Harrelson) mentions to Man, who hires Wells (Stephen Root), that one floor in a building seems to be missing. This may refer to the fact that most buildings do not have a thirteenth floor, which many consider an unlucky number. Building owners often rename the floor "14," or give the floor some other use, and rename it with a letter. The novel implies that the floor in question, the seventeenth, is not listed in the building's directory for security purposes, and is thus "missing." It is possible they use this "missing" floor to process the Mexican Brown Dope. See more »

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Ed Tom Bell: I was sheriff of this county when I was twenty-five years old. Hard to believe. My grandfather was a lawman; father too. Me and him was sheriffs at the same time; him up in Plano and me out here. I think he's pretty proud of that. I know I was. Some of the old time sheriffs never even wore a gun. A lotta folks find that hard to believe. Jim Scarborough'd never carried one; that's the younger Jim. Gaston Boykins wouldn't wear one up in Comanche County. I always liked to hear about ...
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Film Review: "No Country For Old Men" (2007)

The best picture / best director winner at the 80th Academy Awards Ceremony on February 24th 2008 has nothing lost of its razor-sharply observed motion picture thriller infusions, where directing duo Joel & Ethan Coen let silent scenes with crystal-clear sound design and pin-pointed dialogue exchanges reign adapted from a novel under the same film-given title by Cormac McCarthy to further Hitchcockian suspense elements in abandoned Texan small town hotel location, where "No Country For Old Men" finds its climatic action highlight under bullet-piercing precision between the character of Llewelyn Moss, performed by utterly stubbornness actor Josh Brolin, confronting an invisible menace of everywhere delivering actor Javier Bardem as contracting serial killer Anton Chigurh.

The overall 1980 setting, skillfully provided by production designer Jess Gonchor and costume designer Mary Zophres gives the film its flavoring taste, presenting itself undeniable as one of the directors most comfortably produced motion pictures, exceeding their thriller origins from 1984's presentation of "Blood Simple." under 25 Million Dollar budget. Joel & Ehtan Coen own the picture in every scene providing story twists by the minutes to keep the suspension level high throughout under further initially thanks to cinematographer Roger Deakins, who provides painterly-like static shots and then again moves the camera vertically on the exterior highways and horizontally in the interior hotel corridors to bring the audience a hypnotically cold rushes of blood to their heads that every encounter of action hits like daggers to the senses.

Actor Tommy Lee Jones gives the picture stability with two monologue surrounding "No Country For Old Men", letting the spectators indulge on times in the state of change, where thoughts gets liberated and with them the fundamental existence of anarchy and its inhabited physical as psychological violence in every human being striving its way through cinema with a new kind of seriousness in treating essential problems of the human condition that life must end toward death, forced by another or giving-up in old age, seem to be freedom of choice in some one's own liking; questions, which will not get answered but thought-provokingly asked by the Coen Brothers in such a stylized cinematic manner that the picture keeps on staying instantly fresh in its perception after ten years of release; arguably deserved its upper-hand over the character-wise more accomplished picture "There Will Be Blood" with the Best Picture Oscar for the year 2007.

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