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Mud (2012)

PG-13 | | Drama | 10 May 2013 (USA)
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Two young boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the vigilantes that are on his trail and to reunite him with his true love.

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Jeff Nichols

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Jeff Nichols
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew McConaughey ... Mud
Reese Witherspoon ... Juniper
Tye Sheridan ... Ellis
Jacob Lofland ... Neckbone
Sam Shepard ... Tom
Ray McKinnon ... Senior
Sarah Paulson ... Mary Lee
Michael Shannon ... Galen
Joe Don Baker ... King
Paul Sparks ... Carver
Bonnie Sturdivant ... May Pearl
Stuart Greer Stuart Greer ... Miller
John Ward Jr. John Ward Jr. ... Galen's Helper
Kristy Barrington Kristy Barrington ... Princess
Johnny Cheek Johnny Cheek ... Kyle
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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 Roadside Attractions

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Taglines:

Entangled in his past. Running from the law. All for love.

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Drama

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Rated PG-13 for some violence, sexual references, language, thematic elements and smoking | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Мад See more »

Filming Locations:

Crocketts Bluff, Arkansas, USA See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,215,460, 28 April 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,590,086, 18 September 2014
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Over two thousand boys auditioned for the role of Neckbone. See more »

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Ellis sees May Pearl with a boy in a car. The injuries on Ellis's face change depending on camera. See more »

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Mud: There are fierce powers at work in the world, boys. Good, evil, poor luck, best luck. As men, we've got to take advantage where we can.
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An exquisite piece of filmmaking, and I loved every minute of it. It's one of my favorite films of 2013
4 October 2013 | by callanvassSee all my reviews

Two curious young boys encounter a fugitive (Matthew McConaughey) named Mud where they live. They willingly do deeds for him, and try to reunite him with his love Juniper (Reese Witherspoon) The problem is, a bunch of bounty hunters are after Mud.

It's always nice to see such a tremendous film of this nature, after all the garbage Hollywood tends to churn out these days. Mud is a genuine piece of filmmaking, which is not only thoughtful, but engrossing until the very end. It's deliberate slow pace ends up serving this film well, giving us time to soak it all in. I also loved the southern setting in this film, which made it all the more genuine, and realistic. The cinematography is a sight to behold, with many beautiful sights that never failed to amaze me. Mud is a very likable fugitive, and quite sympathetic in my opinion, and I give all the credit to McConaughey for that. He still has that charismatic swagger he always does, but he delves a lot deeper for this role. His good looks, give way to a dirty, greasy fugitive, who will do anything to survive, but is not void of morality. He cares about the young boys, even if it is for his own reasons. McConaughey pulls it off with conviction, and I felt he was tremendous. The best performance might just be Tye Sherdian as Ellis. For an actor his age, he was absolutely incredible, displaying many ranges of emotion throughout the film. This kid is going special places in my opinion, and I'll be shocked if he doesn't. Jacob Lofland is great as Neckbone (Ellis's best friend) Reese Witherspoon doesn't have a ton of screen time as you may think, but her character Juniper plays a pivotal part. Reese nails the part, and is gorgeous to boot. Sam Shepard adds great support as a longtime friend to Mud, as the grumpy assassin.

Final Thoughts: Its films like this, that restore my faith in Hollywood. It's genuine, gritty, and downright absorbing. I loved this film, and I can't possibly see why anyone would dislike it. It's just a great film

9/10


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