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Blue Ruin (2013)

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A mysterious outsider's quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.

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Jeremy Saulnier

Writer:

Jeremy Saulnier
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Macon Blair ... Dwight
Ydaiber Orozco ... Amanda (Rental Houser Mother)
Ronald Sarcos Ronald Sarcos ... Eric (Rental House Father)
Dani Santiago Dani Santiago ... Daughter #1
Adrian Santiago Adrian Santiago ... Daughter #2
George Fredericks George Fredericks ... Metal Detector Couple
Elizabeth Fredericks Elizabeth Fredericks ... Metal Detector Couple
Sidné Anderson ... Officer Eddy
Brooke Bennett Brooke Bennett ... Smoking Girl
Ellen Danaher Ellen Danaher ... Pawn Shop Clerk
Katie Kramer Katie Kramer ... Supermarket Cashier
Shelley Illmensee ... SUV Driver
Kevin Kolack ... Teddy Cleland
Stacy Rock ... Hope Cleland (Cousin)
Eve Plumb ... Kris Cleland (Sister)
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Storyline

A mysterious outsider's quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.

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Taglines:

A Man With Nothing To Lose Is A Man With Nothing To Fear. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Revenge Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Virginia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$420,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,608, 27 April 2014

Gross USA:

$258,384

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$993,313
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ben Gaffney has a tattoo on his left inner forearm of an electric chainsaw which is a reference to Jeremy Saulnier's film Murder Party (2007). See more »

Goofs

When the main character returns some empty cans for money we see several cans returned. While the deposit ticket (briefly) only states 20 cents and wouldn't be enough for most purchases, let alone the map he buys, he simply had other loose change he had scavenged. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Officer Eddy: [wakes Dwight by knocking softly on his car door] Get ready. I'd like you to come into the station.
Dwight: I... Is it about the house. 'Cuz I could...
Officer Eddy: Dwight, sweetheart, I'll explain. Okay? Just come with me.
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Featured in Half in the Bag: 2014 Movie Catch-up: Part 1 (2014) See more »

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Fuck Up
Written by Sam Jones
Performed by The Baseball Furies, Sam Jones, Ned Moffitt, Bill Lacey and Sandy Barnett
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It would be a sin to tell you much about it - ingeniously unpredictable
10 November 2013 | by outdoorcatsSee all my reviews

A low-budget independent film that is nevertheless handsomely and confidently shot, Blue Ruin is a consistently unpredictable, twisty, and excellent thriller. At no point will you be quite sure where the film will take you, or what direction it will go next, up until maybe around the final scene.

Indeed, the film is so unpredictable, it would be a sin to tell you much about it.

But-- "Dwight is a vagrant, scavenging for food in dumpsters and sleeping by the beach in a broken-down car. His aimless existence is interrupted, however, when he receives notice that a man from his past is being released from prison." That's an abridged version of the PFF summary, and about all you need to know. I would recommend reading nothing else about the story of this film. Take the risk and dive in blind.

I was shocked how good Saulnier, a director I've never heard of until now, was good at generating suspense.

It was accepted into the Director's Fortnight at Cannes.


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