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.
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4 January 2013 (USA)
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Opening Weekend USA: $173,915,
28 December 2012, Limited Release
Gross USA: $7,597,898, 24 January 2013
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Cinematographer Linus Sandgren
shot the film with Hawk V-Lite 1.3x squeeze anamorphic lenses on 4-perf Super 35 for a final aspect ratio of 1.85:1. According to him this is the first time this combination has been used on a feature film (he and others had used it before on commercials), and the negative area used was 70% larger than that of regular 1.85:1 and 30% larger than 3-perf Super 35. See more
Story takes place in Pennsylvania. So why do many of the locals (property owners, farmers) have southern accents? To make them seem more "folksy" or "ignorant"?? Dumb. See more
I guess I'm lucky - lucky to be old enough to have a shot at dying with my dignity.
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
Black Sunday (Instrumental)
Written and Performed by Tim Young
Courtesy of Maryannis Music Inc. See more