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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dwight
... Amanda (Rental Houser Mother)
Ronald Sarcos ... Eric (Rental House Father)
Dani Santiago ... Daughter #1
Adrian Santiago ... Daughter #2
George Fredericks ... Metal Detector Couple
Elizabeth Fredericks ... Metal Detector Couple
... Officer Eddy
Brooke Bennett ... Smoking Girl
Ellen Danaher ... Pawn Shop Clerk
Katie Kramer ... Supermarket Cashier
... SUV Driver
... Teddy Cleland
... Hope Cleland (Cousin)
... Kris Cleland (Sister)
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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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Revenge comes home

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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9 July 2014 (France)  »

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Untitled Revenge Project  »

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Budget:

$1,066,167 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,608, 27 April 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$258,113, 22 June 2014
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ben Gaffney (Devin Ratray) is based on a real high school friend of director Jeremy Saulnier. Saulnier contacted the real Ben while he was writing the script to get an accurate representation of Ben's moral views, and gun collection. See more »

Goofs

When Margaret Gaffney asks Dwight if he's in a rush, the stove clock behind her reads 8:26. Two shots later it reads 8:32 despite the fact that almost no time has passed within the film. 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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Gunfighter
Written by Jimmy Deveney
Performed by Horse Opera
© J. Deveney (ASCAP)
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A moral tale, a powerful film inaudibly told

A loner and outsider gets alarmed when informed of someone's release from prison and sets out to find him. Following this, a series of killings take place but since the main character is not a professional hit man he seems to be getting into deeper and deeper trouble.

This is for the most part a moral tale. One is convicted for a committed crime and the family of the victim feels it appropriate to murder him upon his release based on a fear for reprisals. When you think you have a justifiable cause to kill another human being, a Pandora's box opens and you better be prepared for the consequences.

Edgy and intense it has confirmed my affection for independent cinema and despite some flaws in its storyline it has an air of originality attached to it.


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