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Promised Land (2012)

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A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources.

Director:

Gus Van Sant

Writers:

John Krasinski (screenplay), Matt Damon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Damon ... Steve Butler
Benjamin Sheeler ... Attendant
Terry Kinney ... David Churchill
Carla Bianco Carla Bianco ... Waitress
Joe Coyle Joe Coyle ... Michael Downey
Hal Holbrook ... Frank Yates
Dorothy Silver ... Arlene
Frances McDormand ... Sue Thomason
Titus Welliver ... Rob
Lexi Cowan ... Drew's Girl
Tim Guinee ... Drew Scott
Sara Lindsey ... Claire Allen
Frank Conforti ... Coach
Garrett Ashbaugh Garrett Ashbaugh ... Basketball Player
Jericho Morgan Jericho Morgan ... Jericho (as Jerico Morgan)
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Storyline

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. Written by Focus Features

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

What's your price?

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Terra Prometida See more »

Filming Locations:

Apollo, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$173,915, 28 December 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,597,898, 24 January 2013
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film, when Frank Yates drives into town in his pickup and waves to a pedestrian on the sidewalk, the rear window of his truck is open. As he rolls through the stop sign just ahead, the rear cab window is fully closed. See more »

Quotes

Steve Butler: I don't know what to say anymore. But where we are now, where we're headed! We might be betting more than we think. Everything that we have is on the table now. And that's just not ours to lose.
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Crazy Credits

Through most of the end credits, the camera zooms out to a wide shot of the town where the film takes place. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.54 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Black Sunday (Instrumental)
Written and Performed by Tim Young
Courtesy of Maryannis Music Inc.
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Not Just Too Close, Dead On.
8 January 2013 | by akprice44See all my reviews

I would honestly give this film a 9 out of ten. It was directed beautifully, and I feel the screenplay is great. The dialogue is more than believable, and both Matt Damon and John Kransinski both do a wonderful job in conveying their character's qualities and aspirations. There seldom seemed to be a slow moment(if at all).

As far as how close to reality this movie comes.... I live in northeastern Pennsylvania, only 5 minutes away from Harford, and only 25 minutes away from Dimock(where the documentary Gasland was based). I have seen the effects of hydrofracking, both the negative and what little positive comes of it(but those facts and feelings are for another discussion). As sad as it may seem, natural gas and well drilling companies(to go un-named ONLY in this review) bought their way into the community with false hope, money, and lies, but not necessarily as it happened in the film. In reality.... it was even worse. Barbecues, parties, etc. were even thrown in order to gain fans and friends... The community's spirit and resilience was conveyed correctly, though in reality, it gained support too late.

All in all, even if political/social/ecological issues regarding hydrofracking aren't your forte, this film is a quality film that is captivating and deserves to have personal opinions set aside and enjoyed for its quality.


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