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Shotgun Stories (2007)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 26 March 2008 (USA)
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Shotgun Stories tracks a feud that erupts between two sets of half brothers following the death of their father. Set against the cotton fields and back roads of Southeast Arkansas, these ... See full summary »

Director:

Jeff Nichols

Writer:

Jeff Nichols
5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Shannon ... Son Hayes
Douglas Ligon Douglas Ligon ... Boy Hayes
Barlow Jacobs ... Kid Hayes
Michael Abbott Jr. ... Cleaman Hayes
Travis Smith ... Mark Hayes
Lynnsee Provence Lynnsee Provence ... Stephen Hayes
David Rhodes David Rhodes ... John Hayes
Glenda Pannell ... Annie Hayes
G. Alan Wilkins G. Alan Wilkins ... Shampoo
Natalie Canerday ... Nicole
Coley Campany ... Cheryl
Cole Hendrixson Cole Hendrixson ... Carter
Vivian Morrison Vivian Morrison ... Melissa (as Vivian Morrison Norman)
Tucker Prentiss Tucker Prentiss ... Paul
Wyatt Ashton Prentiss Wyatt Ashton Prentiss ... Kevin
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Shotgun Stories tracks a feud that erupts between two sets of half brothers following the death of their father. Set against the cotton fields and back roads of Southeast Arkansas, these brothers discover the lengths to which each will go to protect their family. Written by Jeff Nichols

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, thematic elements and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fegyverek és emberek See more »

Filming Locations:

Stuttgart, Arkansas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,553, 16 December 2007

Gross USA:

$46,026

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$185,699
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The majority of the principal photography took place in 2004. See more »

Quotes

Son Hayes: You raised us to hate those boys, and we do, and now it's come to this.
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Referenced in The Big Picture: November 2011 (2011) See more »

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For A Little Ride
Written by Mark Mangold and Benny Mardones
Performed by Benny Mardones
Copyright © Spirit Two Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
Copyright © But For Music, Ltd. (ASCAP)
Used by Permission of Curb Records
All Rights Reserved
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Modern Existential Western
25 June 2008 | by WaerdnotteSee all my reviews

Underneath this story of a modern southern family feud, is a Ford / Wayne western struggling to get out. If you dressed the men in ten gallon hats, cowboy boots, gave them a horse, holster and guns, and shifted the story back to the end of the 19th century, you wouldn't know the difference.

However, that is what is so admirable about the movie. The fact that it is a modern take on the western, investigating the same themes and ideas. Yet, the feel of the film is more that of a seventies Americana indie movie - The sparse realistic dialogue, the vast cinematic sweeps, and the ambient washes of sound. Nichols has obviously struggled with a small budget and lack of studio interest, but he brings us a movie that shows that given more money and a more complex screenplay he could prove to be a significant directoral talent.


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