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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?


Catfish tells Jesse it's a great day "in Louisiana". No true Louisianan redneck would pronounce all the syllables but instead say "Luzzy-ana". See more »


(at around 1 min) When Bud takes his aspirin, the water cooler is empty. 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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Composed by Brian M. Disney
Performed By Brian M. Disney
Recorded / Mixed By: Ceasar 'MixedByMike' Perez
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Bad Boys...Bad Boys...What'chya gonna do?
28 February 2016 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

This is definitely a crime genre film with a dark message of violence and fear embedded throughout. The two big stars Willem Dafoe who plays detective Bud Carter of Louisiana, and Matt Dillon as ex-con Jesse Weiland play well against each others persona. The ex-con and hired killer Jesse Weiland gets trapped into becoming an undercover rat for detective Bud Carter to avoid a 200 year jail term and miss out on spending time with his devoted wife Lynn played by the sexy Amy Smart and their newborn son Tommy.

Jesse used to work for the big hog Louisiana crime boss Lutin Adams played well by character actor Tom Berenger. As Bud Carter's informant Jesse provides more and more intelligence on the criminal activities of his crime boss Lutin Adams, the noose keeps tightening around Jesse and his vulnerable wife and son to become pawns in this dangerous game of chess. Jesse is fearless but he is not stupid, unless you start to wonder like I did why after a life of crime and killing he has no bankroll to support his wife and son?

This is not as strong a storyline as the Godfather or Goodfellas, but it is an interesting macho crime story that kept me interested and not too disappointed with the way the film ends. I give this film a 7 out of 10 due to some strong acting performances by Willem Dafoe, Matt Dillon and Tom Berenger. It is well worth a watch for the seedy and dark location shoots and for being a decent crime genre film.

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