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The Keeping Room (2014)

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Left without men in the dying days of the American Civil War, three women must fight to defend their home and themselves from two rogue soldiers who have broken off from the fast-approaching Union Army.

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Complete credited cast:
... Augusta
... Louise
... Mad
... Moses
... Henry
... Caleb
... Moll
... Bill
Anna-Maria Nabirye ... Alma (as Anna Maria Nabirye)
Luminita Filimon ... Prudence
... Carriage Driver (as Jarman Charles Augustus)
Zefir ... Battle
Delia Riciu ... Mary
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Left without men in the dying days of the American Civil War, three Southern women - two sisters and one African-American slave - must fight to defend their home and themselves from two rogue soldiers who have broken off from the fast-approaching Union Army. Written by Anonymous

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Some things are worth fighting for

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Drama | Western

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Rated R for strong violence including a sexual assault | See all certifications »

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25 September 2015 (USA)  »

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$4,328, 27 September 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$27,166, 29 November 2015
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Olivia Wilde was originally cast in the lead role but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Brit Marling replaced her. See more »

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[first lines]
Louise: Heard you shoot. What was it?
Augusta: Somethin' small n' fast.
Louise: Rabbit?
Augusta: Maybe. I don't know if it was even really there. Once that gun goes off, everythin' livin' is gone.
Louise: Why's it so hard when the only thing there is you and the rabbit?
Mad: [serving up stew] The wood is big and the rabbit's small.
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The Girl & The Night
Written and Performed by Emily Barker
Produced by Martin Phipps
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You Think You've Seen This One--
14 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

--but you haven't. Not by a long shot. Muna Otaru's lines alone are worth the entire time spent with this film. She plays a slave who is one of the strongest women of trust in God ever portrayed on the silver screen. Hailee Steinfeld, ultra-famous for playing the precocious youngster in the far superior remake of True Grit, appears in this so-called Western (we have no genre called Southern) as a whimpering, naive, arrogant older teenager--but, as with True Grit and her powerful bit part in The Homesman, she carries the film with equal power to Otaru and Brit Marling (whose wounded-and-crying scene is one of the most realistic I have ever seen). No, you have not seen this film done time and again. You have never seen this story, which reveals the realities of war that we all too often set aside as battlefield anomalies but which, in truth, are always part and parcel of any conflict between two opposing armies. I, for one, would love to see Steinfeld quit the sappy glossy music industry and concentrate all of her talent on making films like this one--or making films in general. She's just so much better at it.


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