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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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David Mackenzie

Writer:

Taylor Sheridan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dale Dickey ... Elsie
Ben Foster ... Tanner Howard
Chris Pine ... Toby Howard
William Sterchi ... Mr. Clauson
Buck Taylor ... Old Man
Kristin Berg ... Olney Teller
Jeff Bridges ... Marcus Hamilton
Gil Birmingham ... Alberto Parker
Keith Meriweather ... Rancher
Jackamoe Buzzell ... Archer City Deputy
Katy Mixon ... Jenny Ann
Amber Midthunder ... Vernon Teller
Joe Berryman ... Bank Manager
Taylor Sheridan ... Cowboy
Howard Ferguson Jr. ... Vernon PD Officer
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Storyline

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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...you damn right I got a gun on me. See more »


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Comancheria See more »

Filming Locations:

Clovis, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film is dedicated to David John Mackenzie (1929-2015) and Ursula Sybil Mackenzie (1940-2015), the parents of director David Mackenzie. Both died while he was making this film. See more »

Goofs

The FBI does not investigate all bank robberies. Their involvement is dependent on the amounts taken and several other factors. In the case depicted in the movie the FBI would have gotten involved due to the number of the same banks being robbed. See more »

Quotes

Bear: I am a Comanche. Do you know what it means? It means 'Enemy to everyone'.
Tanner Howard: Do you know what that makes me? A Comanche.
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Credit misspelled: There are credits for a "Technocrane Operator," a "Technorane Tech" and a "Technocrane". The second one is misspelled. See more »

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Bakerman
Written by John Guldberg, Tim Stahl & Arthur Stander
Performed by Laid Back
Courtesy of Laid Back/Brother Music
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Gritty and Engaging - Great Addition to the Crime Drama Genre!
26 July 2016 | by ehost7See 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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