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Bad Country (2014)

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In 1980s Louisiana a police detective (W.Dafoe) arrests a contract killer (M.Dillon). To be with his wife (Amy Smart) and newborn, he becomes an informant and assists in taking down the crime ring boss etc. FBI, blood and revenge follows.


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Jonathan Hirschbein (screenplay), Mike Barnett (story) | 3 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Dillon ... Jesse Weiland
Willem Dafoe ... Bud Carter
Neal McDonough ... Daniel Kiersey
Amy Smart ... Lynn Weiland
Chris Marquette ... Martin Fitch
Don Yesso ... Mike Bannock
Kevin Chapman ... Daniel Morris
Christopher Denham ... Tommy Weiland
Alex Solowitz ... Buzz McKinnnon
John Edward Lee John Edward Lee ... Catfish Stanton
Ritchie Montgomery ... Nady Grace
Frederick Weller ... Detective Shepard
Patrick Brinker Patrick Brinker ... Detective Cobb
Jeff Leaf ... David Marandino
Bill Duke ... John Nokes


When Baton Rouge police detective Bud Carter busts contract killer Jesse Weiland, he convinces Jesse to become an informant and rat out the South's most powerful crime ring. So when the syndicate orders Carter's death and Weiland's ID'd as a snitch, the two team up to take down the mob and the crime boss who ordered Written by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Where violence begets violence


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Release Date:

29 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Whiskey Bay See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In "Platoon", Dafoe was the "good" sergeant and Berenger was the "bad" sergeant; in "Bad Country", Dafoe was the good guy and Berenger the bad guy. See more »


When the cops conduct a raid on Jesse's house and Bud searches through the kitchen freezer, a box of frozen Pepperidge Farm Garlic flavored Texas Toast sits in the freezer door. Pepperidge Farm didn't introduce its Texas Toast line until the 1990's, despite the film taking place in 1983. See more »


[first lines]
Bud Carter: [voice over] South Louisiana in the 1980s was a different kind of time and place. Some called it lawless. But it wasn't. Others said we just got a certain way of doing things down here. But it ain't that either. Instead, I call it what it was. Hell with the lid off.
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Another movie that has a great cast but isn't a great movie. There was just something missing but I can't tell you what it was
22 March 2014 | by cosmo_tigerSee all my reviews

"I didn't turn because I'm scared. I done what I did because certain people crossed the line." Jesse Weiland (Dillon) is a contract killer in Louisana in the early 80's. Facing life in jail and never seeing his family again he makes a deal with Detective Bud Carter (Dafoe) to become an informant. When the FBI takes over things turn south for both Carter and Weiland. When his ex-boss goes too far Jesse has only one thing on his mind...revenge. I knew nothing about this movie going in and was looking forward to it because of the cast. The fact that it is based on a true story helps too. This is however yet another movie that has a great cast but isn't a great movie. I had a hard time getting into it and really caring about the characters. They all did a great job in it but there was just something missing. I can't tell you what it was but there was an element or two missing to really make me fully enjoy the movie. When you watch it maybe you can let me know what it was. Overall, great acting but not a great movie. Seems to be happening a lot lately. I give this a C+.

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