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Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)

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The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met.



4 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ruth Guthrie
... Bob Muldoon
... Patrick Wheeler
... Skerritt
Kennadie Smith ... Sylvie Guthrie
Jacklynn Smith ... Sylvie Guthrie
... Sweetie
... Cowboy Hat
... Bear
... Sissy
... Freddy
... Zellner
... T.C.
... Will
... Lt. Townes


The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met.

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Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 August 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Texas Love Story  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,419, 18 August 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$387,606, 29 September 2013
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck later starred together again in David Lowery's A Ghost Story (2017) See more »


When Bob visits Skerritt and they embrace, Bob is clearly wearing a wedding ring which is not present in any other scene including in the continuation of this meeting. Given Bob Muldoon and Ruth Guthrie's differing names it could be presumed they are not married. See more »


Ruth Guthrie: I haven't slept in four years. And I'm tired. I'm so goddamn tired.
Patrick Wheeler: Then rest.
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.193 (2013) See more »


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Classic love story remains true to the genre but has unconventional feel
12 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

If I had seen this film outside of a film festival setting I probably would not have appreciated it as much. Fortunately, director David Lowery provided amazing insight into his thought process and artistic intent as he crafted this film.

His attempt to create a "classic" film, distinguishable for its details but otherwise typical of the star-crossed lovers genre, resulted in something so much more. The characters are much more complex and do not fit neatly into their traditional archetypes. The audience will feel conflicted throughout, growing partial to different characters and rooting for different outcomes at various junctures in the film. Character introspection and lengthy shots of the landscape definitely took priority over plot development. If the depth of the story matched the depth of the characters this would be a truly great film.

The performances are second-to-none and the film was expertly cast. The hand clapping percussion and fiddle gives the score a uniquely southern, soulful feel; anyone from Texas can attest, the combination of score and cinematography will let the audience know what small-town Texas feels like.

Lowery prefaced the film as a cinematic "folk song" and it totally had the feel of a Townes Van Zandt ballad. If the film-goer keeps the folk song description in mind they'll truly appreciate the film's nuances and enjoy the experience.

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