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Mudbound (2017)

R | | Drama, War | 17 November 2017 (USA)
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Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi, where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war.

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Dee Rees

Writers:

Virgil Williams (screenplay by), Dee Rees (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 31 wins & 108 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Garrett Hedlund ... Jamie McAllan
Jason Clarke ... Henry McAllan
Carey Mulligan ... Laura McAllan
Mary J. Blige ... Florence Jackson
Jonathan Banks ... Pappy McAllan
Jason Mitchell ... Ronsel Jackson
Kerry Cahill ... Rose Tricklebank
Dylan Arnold ... Carl Atwood
Rob Morgan ... Hap Jackson
Kelvin Harrison Jr. ... Weeks
Lucy Faust ... Vera Atwood
David Jensen ... Conductor
Geraldine Singer ... Laura's Mother
Floyd Anthony Johns Jr. ... Church Deacon
Tre Tureaud ... Peabody server
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Storyline

In the aftermath of WWII, somewhere in the muddy Mississippi Delta, two families--one black, the Jacksons, and the other white, the McAllans--are forced to share the same patch of land, keeping a frail race-based peace with each other. However, as they both struggle with hardship and dire poverty, the long-awaited return of two war veterans--Ronsel, the Jacksons' eldest son, and Jamie, Henry McAllan's younger brother--will unexpectedly nurture a budding friendship that transcends prejudice and race. But, in the end, against a backdrop of fevered Mississippi sunsets and vitriolic racism, life can be hard when the law of the land is still segregation and hatred. And then, no one can be safe. Written by Nick Riganas

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Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing violence, brief language and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mudbound: El color de la guerra See more »

Filming Locations:

Vacherie, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Dolby Atmos

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Hillary Jordan's story is told through the alternating voices of six characters - Jamie, Ronsel, Laura, Henry, Florence and Hap. See more »

Goofs

When Jamie comes home from the war, a package of Lucky Strike "Green" is visible on the table. Lucky's packaging was switched to white in 1942; even in the middle of nowhere, there's no way a three-year-old package of cigarettes would not have been consumed, especially with rationing. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jamie McAllan: [in a hole digging]
Henry McAllan: You better get a hurry along. We ain't gonna make it.
[mopping his brow]
Henry McAllan: Oh, we will. We have to.
[sighs]
Henry McAllan: Take a break. Come on. My turn.
Jamie McAllan: "We will. We have to."
Jamie McAllan: [narrating] That was my brother, Henry. Absolutely certain whatever he wanted to happen would.
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Featured in The Oscars (2018) See more »

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One Morning Soon
Written and Performed by Dr. C.J. Johnson
Courtesy of Savoy Records
a division of Malaco Records, Inc.
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About as good as it can be (with such a derivative script)
19 November 2017 | by Samiam3See all my reviews

Mudbound stands as tall as it can, on its conviction and the quality of the performances, but its feet are sinking into the ground under the weight of too many clichés. The material is too familiar; kindness overwhelming racial tension, disgruntling aftermath of war and family feuding tied to a fallen American dream. It is heavily saturated in themes that are as rich as they are unoriginal, and the script is comprised of recycled lines like "At least I looked 'em in the eye when I killed 'em" and "You're not a big war hero, you're a drunk."

But the movie still gets by. It's a smoothly interwoven soap opera about two families the McAllens (white) and the Jackson's (Black) living on the same piece of Mississippi farmland, both with a son who has gone (and come back from) the war. The sons become friends. Together they wallow in self pity, but deep down they have a yearning to be back there, where they feel they belong, where they are seen as heroes, and where colour matters not.

The early scenes in the movie are cut fairly short to accommodate the exposition of an ensemble cast As a result, the opening act feels a bit rushed, but it succeeds in setting up a realized and sympathetic environment.

In so far as the movie has any breakthroughs, it showcases rising star Garrett Hedlund in best acting to date. He sports a Glarke Gable moustache that is so sexy its almost distracting in a film where everyone is covered in dirt. but the mud is the real star of the movie. It brings a reality to an otherwise dreamy landscape of warm sunsets and endless fields of green.


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