Corporate salesman Steve Butler (Matt Damon) arrives in a rural town with his sales partner, Sue Thomason (McDormand). With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company's offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher (Holbrook) with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man (Krasinski) who counters Steve both personally and professionally.
What's your price?
Did You Know?
Rob, a store clerk who appears throughout the movie, is played by Titus Welliver
, immediately recognizable to Lost
(2004) fans as the "Man in Black." Subtle homage is played to this in Sue's final visit to the store. The vantage point is from within the store. The glass door, through which the viewer sees Sue approaching, is slightly off center and the camera pulled back just enough to show some local ads and announcements. Most of them are illegible, but one stands out with big bold letters across the top that read "L O S T" (followed by some smaller print and pictures of a cat). See more
Yates is said to have an M.A. from MIT, but MIT does not grant Master of Arts degrees. See more
You the owner of this place?
Through most of the end credits, the camera zooms out to a wide shot of the town where the film takes place. See more
Referenced in Life Itself
Written by Anya Singleton
, Antoan Salih Towe, and Michael Aarons
Performed by Anya Singleton
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation See more
4 January 2013 (USA)
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Opening Weekend USA: $173,915,
30 December 2012
Gross USA: $7,597,898
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $11,039,031
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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