14 year-old Ellis (Tye Sheridan) lives on a makeshift houseboat on the banks of a river in Arkansas with his parents, Mary Lee (Sarah Paulson) and Senior (Ray McKinnon). He sneaks out early one morning to meet his best friend, Neckbone (Jacob Lofland). Neckbone, also 14, lives with his uncle, Galen (Michael Shannon), who makes a hardscrabble living diving for oysters. The two boys set out to an island on the Mississippi River, where Neckbone has discovered an unusual sight-a boat, suspended high in the trees, a remnant of an extreme flood some time in the past. They climb the tree and into the boat only to find fresh bread and fresh footprints. Realizing that they are not the only ones who have discovered the treehouse boat, they decide to leave. When they reach the shore, they find the same footprint in their boat. And that's when they meet Mud (Matthew McConaughey). Mud is a gritty, superstitious character; his clothes are dirty, his tooth is cracked, and he needs help. He tells the...Written by
Galen, played by Michael Shannon, points out a working ceiling fan he found in the river. In Jeff Nichols previous film Shotgun Stories, Son Hayes, also played by Michael Shannon, is sitting on a dock in front of a ceiling fan presumably found in the river. See more »
When Neckbone calls Mud for help
after Ellis falls into the snakepit, Mud grabs his shirt off
the limb, sticks his arms in, and takes off running with
the shirt unbuttoned. In the next shot as Mud runs
towards the camera, his shirt is fully buttoned. See more »
I knew it. I told you that dirty son of a bitch was trouble. Did you tell them where he is?
No, that's why I called you. He needs to know people are looking for him.
You think he doesn't know that already? Jesus, Ellis! Why do you even think he's on that island?
Ellis, I'm serious! We don't know who this guy is.
He loves her, Neck. He told me.
I don't give a shit who he loves!
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