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Hell or High Water (2016)

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A divorced father and his ex-con older brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family's ranch in West Texas.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Elsie
... Tanner Howard
... Toby Howard
... Mr. Clauson
... Old Man
... Olney Teller
... Marcus Hamilton
... Alberto Parker
... Archer City Deputy
... Jenny Ann
... Rancher
... Vernon Teller
... Bank Manager
... Vernon PD Officer
... Vernon Diner Waitress
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In Texas, after the death of his mother, the unemployed oil and gas worker Toby Howard is losing his ranch to the Texas Midlands Bank. Toby is divorced from his wife who lives with their two sons. When his brother Tanner Howard is released from the prison, they team up to rob agencies of the Texas Midlands Bank to raise money to pay the loan so that Toby may leave the real estate to his sons. Meanwhile the Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton who is near retirement and his Indian descendant partner Alberto Parker try to anticipate the next move of the thieves. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for some strong violence, language throughout and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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26 August 2016 (USA)  »

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Comancheria  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$621,329, 12 August 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,862,450, 6 November 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,749,794, 30 October 2016
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Katy Mixon, who plays the waitress Jenny Ann, appeared in Blind Dating (2006) which also starred Chris Pine. See more »

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Before the brothers cross into Oklahoma, the camera shows them both talking in the front seat. The next shot from behind the car entering Oklahoma does not show anybody in the front passenger seat. See more »

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[repeated line]
T-Bone Waitress: What you don't want?
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For The Love of God
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Written by Michael Johnson, Hannah Welton, Daniel Walters, Jeremy Kletzien, David Ford Jr.
Performed by Bellevue Suite
Courtesy of APM Music
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Gritty and Engaging - Great Addition to the Crime Drama Genre!
26 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

With Taylor Sheridan as the writer and David MacKenzie at the helm, I had high hopes for this movie. Both of their last respective projects (Sheridan - Sicario, MacKenzie - Starred Up) were gritty, violent, and engaging. All of those hold true for Hell or High Water.

The main characters, Chris Pine and Ben Foster turn in great performances. Ben Foster plays the ex-con brother. And as usual, he turns in what I think was the best performance of the movie. He has a knack for playing a top notch supporting role, and often times gets overlooked. Chris Pine also nails it as the more straight laced brother. For a pretty boy of Hollywood, his portrayal is authentic. Jeff Bridges also compliments these two well as the older, sort of jaded officer. Both him and Foster even provide a good amount of laughs, but neither overdo it.

The setting of the movie really sets it above others in the genre. I would say this movie is more crime/drama or heist film than Western, but it definitely has a Western vibe due to its northwest Texas setting. The area has been hit hard by the recession, a failing farm industry, and big oil. It all makes the recklessness and danger Foster and Pine engage in that much more enjoyable, and even sort of relatable. The audience can at least sympathize with them as they do what they think is right.

Overall, this film is well worth a watch. It can be put in a league with more recent films like The Town, Drive, and The Place Beyond the Pines.


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