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 Colin Dennard ... Wesley
Alex Van ... Father
Robin Mullins Robin Mullins ... Mother
Frances Burnett 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.



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

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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 World Made Straight" is well done.
2 May 2015 | by dhaufrect-1See all my reviews

"The World Made Straight" is a well made film from 2015. It is currently available on NetFlix Instant Download Streaming. The Director is David Burris. The story and screenplay were written by Shane Danielsen. Actors include Noah Wyle, Jeremy Invine, Minka Kelly, Adelaide Clemens, Steve Earle, Haley Joel Osment, Marcus Hester, Colin Dennard, Alex Van, Robin Mullins, Frances Burnett, Robert Haulbrook, Sandra Ellis Lafferty, Ryan Taylor Harris, Anne O'Shea, Tom Gilroy, Stephen Gevedon, Deacon Dawson, Danielle Leaf, Christopher Nathan Miller, Harp Sanddman, Don Young, Tim Ware, Doug MacMillan, Mike Mitschele and Mike Kennedy. The story is complex and involves the Appalachian people and marijuana and many flashbacks to the civil war era. I gave it 6 stars. Dale Haufrect

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Release Date:

9 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Asheville, North Carolina, USA

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2.35 : 1
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