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Live by Night (2016)

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A group of Boston-bred gangsters set up shop in balmy Florida during the Prohibition era, facing off against the competition and the Ku Klux Klan.

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Ben Affleck

Writers:

Ben Affleck (screenplay by), Dennis Lehane (based on the novel by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Affleck ... Joe Coughlin
Elle Fanning ... Loretta Figgis
Remo Girone ... Maso Pescatore
Brendan Gleeson ... Thomas Coughlin
Robert Glenister ... Albert White
Matthew Maher ... RD Pruitt
Chris Messina ... Dion Bartolo
Sienna Miller ... Emma Gould
Miguel ... Esteban Suarez (as Miguel J. Pimentel)
Zoe Saldana ... Graciela
Chris Cooper ... Chief Figgis
Titus Welliver ... Tim Hickey
Max Casella ... Digger Pescatore
Christian Clemenson ... Ritz Investor
J.D. Evermore ... Virgil Beauregard (as JD Evermore)
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Boston, 1926. The '20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw. But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one-neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover-can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt. Joe embarks on a dizzying... Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong violence, language throughout, and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Adam Driver and Jon Bernthal were considered for roles in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Joe enters a ballroom searching for Emma, the press card in his hat is vertical. In the next shot, this card is leaning to the back of the hat. In the following shot, it's vertical again. See more »

Quotes

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Joe Coughlin: [narrating] In 1917, I signed up to fight the Huns in France. Good men died all around me, and I saw no reason for it. The rules we lived by were lies. And they didn't apply to those who made them. I swore If I made it home, I would never follow orders again. I left a soldier, I came home an outlaw.
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Arsonist's Lullaby
Written and performed by Hozier
Courtesy of Rubiworks and Island Records
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multiple elements that aren't effectively woven together
12 January 2017 | by Special-K88See all my reviews

Actor/writer/director Ben Affleck tries his hand at a period piece in this ambitious crime saga beginning in the 1920s Prohibition Era. Joe Coughlin—the son of a renowned Boston police officer—is a small-time crook looking to make a name for himself in the ruthless underworld of organized crime. After a series of tragic circumstances, he relocates to the South to become the frontman/muscle for an Italian mafia bootlegging operation, but quickly gets plunged into the seedy, seductive world of money, power, greed, and corruption. Intriguing at first, with tense moments of action and character interactions, but goes on too long by following too many unrelated story threads, features ineffective casting in key roles, has too many familiar elements, and concludes in pat, sanctimonious fashion. Despite some flavorful ingredients, Affleck's attempt to create a potent, moralizing amalgam of The Town and The Godfather doesn't quite succeed. **½


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

13 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Live by Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$108,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,336, 25 December 2016

Gross USA:

$10,378,555

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,678,555
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Dolby Atmos

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Color

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2.39 : 1
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