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Lawless (2012)

R | | Crime, Drama | 29 August 2012 (USA)
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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.

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John Hillcoat

Writers:

Nick Cave (screenplay), Matt Bondurant (novel)
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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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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:

$53,676,628
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf got into a physical altercation on set. See more »

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Telephone (utility) poles shown in several scenes include both telephone lines and cable TV lines, some of which include modern "expansion loops." Cable television wasn't introduced in the US until 1948. See more »

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Charlie Rakes: You see, these mountain boys got injun blood in them. Cherokee. This would explain why they're animalistic in their nature.
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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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Sweet Truth
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A unique perspective of prohibition criminals
4 July 2014 | by taikung1See all my reviews

Lawless takes a unique perspective of the prohibition era away from the gangsters of the day to the people that ran the moonshine distilling and distribution businesses behind the scenes and the challenges they faced. Based on a true story, this movie follows 3 brothers as they fight for their position and respect in the illegal business.

Few actors bring a high level of intensity to the character they play as Tom Hardy does and for his role as Forrest Bondurant, it's no let down. Shia LaBouf is too hokey an actor to take seriously in his role and tended to undersell some scenes due to a lack of appropriate or sincere expression and others like when he was getting a beat down by Special Deputy Charley Rakes couldn't oversell the scene more unless he did actual cartwheels after getting hit. The rest of the cast gave a quality performance and overall this movie is an interesting and exciting film to see.


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