Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a trio of bootlegging brothers are threatened by a new special deputy and other authorities angling for a cut of their profits.

Director:

John Hillcoat

Writers:

Nick Cave (screenplay by), Matt Bondurant (based on the book by: "The Wettest County in the World")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shia LaBeouf ... Jack Bondurant
Tom Hardy ... Forrest Bondurant
Jason Clarke ... Howard Bondurant
Guy Pearce ... Charley Rakes
Jessica Chastain ... Maggie Beaufort
Mia Wasikowska ... Bertha Minnix
Dane DeHaan ... Cricket Pate
Chris McGarry ... Danny
Tim Tolin Tim Tolin ... Mason Wardell
Gary Oldman ... Floyd Banner
Lew Temple ... Deputy Henry Abshire
Marcus Hester ... Deputy Jeff Richards
Bill Camp ... Sheriff Hodges
Alex Van ... Tizwell Minnix
Noah Taylor ... Gummy Walsh
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Storyline

In 1931, in Franklin County, Virginia, Forrest Bondurant is a legend as immortal after surviving the war. Together with his brothers Howard and the coward Jack, the Bondurant family has a distillery and bootlegging business. When the corrupt District Attorney Mason Wardell arrives in Franklin with the unscrupulous Special Deputy Charles Rakes, the Bondurant family refuses to pay the required bribe to the authorities. Rakes pursues the brothers and unsuccessfully tries to find their distillery. Meanwhile Forrest hires the waitress Maggie, a woman with a hidden past in Chicago, and they fall in love with each other. Jack courts the preacher's daughter Bertha Minnix and deals a great load of alcoholic liquor with the powerful gangster Floyd Banner. Jack shows off in Franklin attracting the attention of Rakes that finds the location of their distillery. When he kills the crippled Cricket Pete, the locals join forces to face the corrupt authorities. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

When the law became corrupt, outlaws became heroes.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The Russian title of this film translates as "The Drunkest County in the World". See more »

Goofs

Maggie says, "Forrest come dance with me," but her mouth doesn't move. See more »

Quotes

Forrest Bondurant: [to beaten up deputies] Now, you all oughta know better than to come around here when Hal's been on the stump whiskey for a few days.
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Alternate Versions

9 seconds of gory violence were removed for an R rating in the US. The film was released uncut internationally (including Canada). See more »

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Soundtracks

Midnight Run
Words and music by Marc Copely, James Bernard Dolan and Adam Levy
Performed by Willie Nelson
Produced by Buddy Cannon
Licensed courtesy of The Weinstein Company, LLC
Willie Nelson appears courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment
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Very good historical film about the 1920s
9 February 2020 | by IrishchatterSee all my reviews

This film was very well done in giving us that 1920s vibe when alcohol was prohibited during that time. Be aware that it is very intense and quite gory in some scenes so it's definitely not for the fainted heart!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Promised Land See more »

Filming Locations:

Woodbury, Georgia USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,001,982, 2 September 2012

Gross USA:

$37,400,127

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,404,207
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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