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 Native American-descendant partner Alberto Parker try to anticipate the next move of the thieves.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Comancheria, the film's original title, is the region of New Mexico, West Texas, and nearby areas occupied by the Comanche before the 1860s. See more »
Toby and Tanner rob the first two banks together. While having lunch that same day, Tanner robs the third bank. Toby chastises Tanner saying he put them a day behind meaning they will have to rob two banks on Wednesday. This establishes that Toby and Tanner robbed the first three banks on Monday, spent that night at the casino, visited Toby's attorney on Tuesday, and robbed the last bank on Wednesday. Toby then paid off the loan on Thursday as instructed by his attorney. Also on Tuesday, Toby asked his son if he was back in school. His son said they were only doing 'two-a-days' (football practice). Since football season starts in late August, this establishes that the story takes place in early-mid August.
While at the casino 'cleaning' the money, Toby tells Tanner he's going to 'watch the Aggies (presumably Texas A&M) game'. Given that no major college sports are played in the month of August, exactly which Aggies game was Toby watching? See more »
Dollar Bill Blues
Written & Performed by Townes van Zandt (as Townes Van Zandt)
Courtesy of RCA Records Nashville
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing See more »
Excellently-written and acted
This is definitely the type of simple film that many might dismiss when first hearing about it or seeing the promotional footage of it. What's really surprising about it is the amount of emotional and dramatic weight that it carries. It's not primarily interested in gun fights or car chases. Instead, it's interested in exploring the dynamics of race and culture, and in depicting everyone as flawed individuals who you still feel empathy for. It gives you a portrayal of what poverty and the economy can do, even when never attempting to justify the horrible behavior on display or trying to make excuses for its characters. It's filled with wonderful, thoughtful dialogue while also playing out like a realistic morality tale. The three leads are also fantastic, especially Ben Foster, who deserves to get more roles as the talented character-actor he is. This is highly recommended.
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