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Out of the Furnace (2013)

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When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement doesn't follow through fast enough, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands to find justice.

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Scott Cooper
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Harrelson ... Harlan DeGroat
Dendrie Taylor ... DeGroat's Date
Carl Ciarfalio ... Man at Drive In
Nancy Mosser Nancy Mosser ... Woman at Drive In (as Nancy Mosser Bailey)
Christian Bale ... Russell Baze
Casey Affleck ... Rodney Baze Jr.
Zoe Saldana ... Lena Taylor (as Zoë Saldana)
Sam Shepard ... Gerald 'Red' Baze
Bingo O'Malley ... Rodney Baze Sr.
Tom Bower ... Dan Dugan
Willem Dafoe ... John Petty
Bobby Wolfe Bobby Wolfe ... Dwight Van Dunk
Charles David Richards ... Chaplain
Forest Whitaker ... Chief Wesley Barnes
John W. Kleer John W. Kleer ... Man at Trailer Park
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Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother becomes involved with one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. Written by Production

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Sometimes your battles choose you. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Low Dweller See more »

Filming Locations:

Braddock, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,220,288, 8 December 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,326,836, 2 February 2014
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Co-Writer and Director Scott Cooper decided to use Braddock, Pennsylvania, as the main location for his film after reading an article about it. The former steel town had been in decline for years, and its Mayor had been doing his best to revitalize the area. See more »

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Same shot used at two different times (at around 5 mins) and (at around 1h 23 mins). See more »

Quotes

Russell Baze: Come work at the mill. I told you Roach would give you a job.
Rodney Baze Jr.: No, man, I'd rather be fucking dead. Fuck the mill.
Russell Baze: Fuck the mill. I work at the mill, you little fucker. It's good enough for me, it was good enough for our dad.
Rodney Baze Jr.: The fucking mill killed our dad!
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This film shot entirely and proudly on Kodak Film See more »


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Release
Performed by Pearl Jam
Written by Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Dave Krusen and Mike McCready
Courtesy of Epic Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Hard punching and straight forward film delivers
7 December 2013 | by bain0038See all my reviews

Scott Cooper takes a sharp turn from the school book tone of his last film Crazy Heart and brings us to a more dismal world in Out of the Furnace. Our hero, Russel Baze, (played smartly by Christian Bale), is a well intentioned and responsible man who in trying to protect his brother meets cruel and cold irony and is sent wayward in this ruined world. Meanwhile his brother returns from deployment with a terrible case of post traumatic stress disorder and brings his chaos into the "imbred" and lawless hills of New Jersey, led by the degenerate Harlan Degroat, (Woody Harrelson).

Now, the story in the vein of films like Deer Hunter and Winter's Bone, two films I personally admire for capturing the delicacy of people amid depressed communities. It's hard to say this film doesn't measure up. The lighting, sound, cinematography, editing, story, are all accomplished with the utmost professionalism. However, if the script fell into the wrong hands its flaws would easily be detected because the weakness of its integrity would show. The story takes too many short cuts to get where it needs to go. Some might already find it slow. It is after all a vignette of the decline of our hero.

However, what really made this movie work for me was the brilliant performances of the trait. William Dafoe as a local and smart small time boss. Sam Shepard as the uncle, a face of masculinity and integrity, Tom Bower as a complex and familiar bartender and gate man. Casey Affleck as the young and traumatized brother, Forrest Whitaker as the conflicted cop, Zoe Saldana as the girlfriend. Though, it's Harrelson who really steals the show, he's evil, beyond logic and powerful You can't wait to see him again and that antagonistic combination is rare and even more scarcely pulled off.

Out of the Furnace won't be nominated for best screenplay. However, in my eyes, it should get a nod for everything else.


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