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The World Made Straight (2015)

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In a rural Appalachian community haunted by the legacy of a Civil War massacre, a rebellious young man struggles to escape the violence that would bind him to the past.


David Burris


Ron Rash (based on the novel by), Shane Danielsen (screenplay by)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Noah Wyle ... Leonard
Jeremy Irvine ... Travis
Minka Kelly ... Dena
Adelaide Clemens ... Lori
Steve Earle ... Carlton
Haley Joel Osment ... Shank
Marcus Hester ... Hubert
Colin Dennard ... Wesley
Alex Van ... Father
Robin Mullins Robin Mullins ... Mother
Frances Burnett ... Kera
Robert Haulbrook ... Mr. Atwell
Sandra Ellis Lafferty ... Mrs. Ponder (as Sandra Lafferty)
Ryan Taylor Harris Ryan Taylor Harris ... Emily
Anne O'Shea ... Mrs. Triplett


In a rural Appalachian community haunted by the legacy of a Civil War massacre, a rebellious young man struggles to escape the violence that would bind him to the past.

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For blood. For money. For a way out.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, drug content and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daha Iyi Bir Dünya See more »

Filming Locations:

Asheville, North Carolina, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bloody Madison and the Shelton Laurel Massacre actually happened. The massacre site is now on private property. When Marshall Elementary was still on Blanahassett Island in the French Broad River, up into the 1980's, the 8th grade history teacher taught the students the history of Bloody Madison and plays by the students were given. Although the story is frequently passed down in most families by that age anyway. See more »


[first lines]
Leonard: [narrating] Landscape is destiny. I've carried that phrase in my head for years now. I can't remember where it comes from, but I know what it means here. It's a sense of being closed-in. Human limitation. It's different from the Midwest, where possibility sprawls bright and endless in every direction. People in the Himalayas, the Andes, do they live in the passive voice too, like their live aren't real? Their memories fixed, immutable?
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The 2000s version of the 70s
15 June 2015 | by skinner_douglasSee all my reviews

There seemed to be several anachronisms in this move. Having, back in those days, lived somewhat out in the country, I had to ask myself did the locals really sport 2010s facial hair? "Hair" in the 70s was still largely an urban phenomenon. To my recollection the "red necks" still wore short hair and were beardless. And I find it hard to believe that the permeation of the drug culture--as bad as it was--was half so established then as it is now. People were a lot more cautious about their illicit habits in those days because you could really get into trouble for showing signs of drug intoxication or possession of small quantities of drugs. Yet the knuckleheads portrayed in this movie seem unaware of this. Again, throughout this move I got the feeling that I was looking at contemporary people dressed up and placed in a setting 40 years earlier. Well, it was 40 years ago and the historical awareness of Hollywood types has never been that great.

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