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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.

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David Lowery

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David Lowery
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rooney Mara ... Ruth Guthrie
Casey Affleck ... Bob Muldoon
Ben Foster ... Patrick Wheeler
Keith Carradine ... Skerritt
Kennadie Smith Kennadie Smith ... Sylvie Guthrie
Jacklynn Smith Jacklynn Smith ... Sylvie Guthrie
Nate Parker ... Sweetie
Robert Longstreet ... Cowboy Hat
Charles Baker ... Bear
Augustine Frizzell ... Sissy
Kentucker Audley ... Freddy
David Zellner ... Zellner
Turner Ross ... T.C.
Rami Malek ... Will
Will Beinbrink ... Lt. Townes
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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.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Texas Love Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Shreveport, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,419, 18 August 2013

Gross USA:

$396,519

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,031,243
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Casey Affleck has worked with director David Lowery in Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013), A Ghost Story (2017), and The Old Man & the Gun (2018). See more »

Goofs

When Bob is shot while in his parked truck, he stumbles out, leaving the driver side door open. While he returns fire and confronts his assailant, he bumps into the door, causing it to close. After killing assailant and turning to get back into truck, the door is open again. See more »

Quotes

Bob Muldoon: [Voiceover of a letter he wrote] Dear Ruth, I dreamed about you again last night - I guess I dream about you every night, and most days, too. I hold your face in my mind; I put your voice together in my head. I think about your hair getting longer; think about your belly getting bigger. I hear people talk about regret, but I haven't got any. I don't think poorly on things that I have done - we did what we did and that is what we are. They're gonna cross out this sentence before you get to read ...
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Lacks the Ability to Make Us Care
17 December 2013 | by themissingpatientSee all my reviews

Ruth and Bob are a pair of criminal lovers with a baby on the way. After they find themselves in a shoot-out with the police, Bob faces a sever prison sentence. Unable to wait any longer, Bob breaks out of prison and heads across Texas to be re-united with his wife and meet his daughter.

The film starts out strong. Casey Affleck gives one of his best performances. Rooney Mara is a little better than she's been in the past. As the film begins, there is a sense the film is going to be part Coen Brothers, part Terrence Malick. But as the film progresses, it begins to go downhill, following a path too familiar. The most surprising part about the film is how stupid Casey Affleck's character, Bob, is. Instead of having any sympathy for him, we grow to dislike this character. Having a dislike or hate for a main character in a comedy can work but for a dead serious dramatic art film, it makes it even harder to watch. It's already a crime thriller without any thrills.

David Lowery is, like way too many other film festival award-winning filmmakers, greatly inspired by Terrence Malick. This is not such a bad thing, Malick is a master and we need more filmmakers like him. But when it's overly obvious the director is trying to be like Malick, it becomes a bad thing.

Ain't Them Bodies Saints is a film filled with beautiful images and music but it's story is unsuccessful in getting us to care about any of it's characters or any particular out-come of events. A story that makes us not care is a story questionable to bare through.


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