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 »
Ellis and his mom come across a
roadblock and police checkpoint of State Troopers
checking cars for Mud. The Arkansas State Trooper that
comes up to the window is wearing the wrong uniform.
His badge is wrong, and his shirt is wrong. He has one
of the cloth badges on his right shoulder, but it is the
wrong shape for State Troopers. And he has an
American flag on his left shoulder. Arkansas State
Troopers have the cloth badge on both shoulders, not
an American Flag. See more »
You know I love you?
Yessir. I know.
I work you hard 'cause life is work. You know that?
Your Mamma's been talkin' 'bout movin' in town.
What's that mean?
She seems set on it. Wants to separate. She may ask me for a divorce.
What's that mean for me?
It means enjoy the river son. Enjoy it while you live on it, 'cause this way a life isn't long for this world. Game and Fish's 'bout made certain of that.
But you and me can still live out here. Game and Fish can't take your boat. Not...
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This is a movie that stays with you. It's a real movie about people, and a place--not car chases and explosions. I don't agree with the mixed reviews and complaints about the length of the movie. Matthew McConnahey is well-cast. All of the actors do a good work; Reese Witherspoon, Sam Sheppard. Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland do a great job playing the child characters. The Mississippi river is like a character in the movie, which evokes Huckleberry Finn, as others have noted. The settings are magnificent. In a sea of manufactured movies, it's nice to see something that was crafted by human beings. I would recommend this movie to those who are interested.
The audience in the theater I was in seemed absorbed.
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