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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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One discovery can change your life. One mistake can destroy it. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Anton Chigurh and Llewelyn Moss are seen dressing injuries a total of five times in the movie. Five is also the number of locks that Chigurh breaks in the movie. See more »

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When Anton goes into Mike Zoss Pharmacy, you can see a bottle of Prednisone on the shelf. This bottle was manufactured by generic drug company Watson, which wasn't established until 1984. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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References Flight to Tangier (1953) See more »

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Young Men Dead
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Written by The Black Angels, Christian Bland, Alex Maas Stephanie Bailey, Jennifer Raines , 'Kyle Hunt' and 'Nate Ryan'
Performed by The Black Angels
Courtesy of Light In The Attic Records
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A haunting thriller with poetic Texas grit
3 November 2017 | by Eric-Douglas-StatzerSee all my reviews

Rural Texas can be hard on anyone, even a rugged and tough Sheriff with a lifetime of exposure to it. No Country for Old Men exemplifies the grit of deep Texas and there's nothing better than a good chase. Tommy Lee Jones as Sheriff Ed Tom Bell balances his dangerous chase for a monster assassin with the equally dangerous chase for a good ole' cowboy that comes down hard on the bad side of some very bad people.

Josh Brolin as Llewelyn Moss finds himself in a dangerous dilemma when he brushes up against a bloodbath of a drug deal gone terribly bad and a satchel with 2 million dollars inside. The man looking for that money is a dispassionate and inexpressive villain, Anton Chigurh played by Javier Bardem. The rest ensues as a thrilling triple narrative, from a determined man with 2 million dollars on the run, only hoping to escape the mess that he stumbled upon, an old man sheriff facing an evil like none he's ever seen, and a psychopathic killer, an unstoppable evil with no remorse and a extraordinary determination to find what is his.

With its blood-soaked scenes, grimy West Texas setting and haunting terror filled moments between characters, No Country for Old Men is both riveting and beautiful. The dialogue is flawlessly delivered and the performances are award worthy. With almost no music in the entire film you're left immersed and focused on how the Coens utilize sounds and silence to score the film. From wind gusts and boot steps on wood floors and concrete, to deafening silence within the dialogue, it's a score that's frightening and precise.

-Eric Statzer


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