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 overview, first billed only:
Dale Dickey ... Elsie
Ben Foster ... Tanner Howard
Chris Pine ... Toby Howard
William Sterchi ... Mr. Clauson
Buck Taylor ... Old Man
Kristin K. Berg ... Olney Teller (as Kristin Berg)
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 (as Howard S. Ferguson Jr.)
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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 Native American-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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Taylor Sheridan's uncle, McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara, served as a consultant to Jeff Bridges on the shoot. McNamara had been a U.S. Marshall for over 30 years. See more »

Goofs

When Tanner shoots at the locals, he reloads his M4-type rifle twice - and both times it's wrong. When he runs out of ammo the first time, a distinct click is heard, meaning that the bolt is in the forward position. While all M4s have a bolt catch device, in theory it is possible that it failed. However, after inserting the new magazine, Tanner, instead of racking a new round into the chamber, hits the bolt release. The second time he reloads, he just inserts a new magazine - without either releasing the bolt or chambering a round.. See more »

Quotes

Tanner Howard: Are you trying to make me mad? I said Dr. Pepper, this is Mr. Pibb.
Toby Howard: That's all they had.
Tanner Howard: Only assholes drink Mr. Pibb.
Toby Howard: Drink up.
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Outlaw State of Mind
Written by Chris Stapleton (as Christopher Stapleton), Ronnie Bowman and Jerry Salley
Performed by Chris Stapleton
Courtesy of Mercury Nashville Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A Tale of Cops N' Robbers at its Finest
7 June 2018 | by Her-ExcellencySee all my reviews

The first time I watched this, I turned it off at about the 5-minute mark. I thought it was another dumb movie about inept country-bumpkins, which would rely on a mixture of slapstick and overly-done sappy and violent scenes in order to create enough of a pull to keep at least some audience members somewhat entertained.

How wrong I was.

I finally sat down and watched it with friends who insisted it was not what it appeared to be within the first few minutes of the film.

Without giving too much away, and having to use a spoiler tag, Hell or High Water is a story about two brothers who after the death of their mother, organize a series of (justified?) bank robberies. What ensues is a catch-me-if-you-can scenario with the pursuing "law" hell-bent on catching them, and them hell-bent on not being caught. In short, it is a typical story of cops and robbers (or so you would think), with an atypical, uncommon and unconventional narrative.

Given the plot, the remote setting and the almost nostalgic atmosphere and ambiance of the film, it is honestly a miracle, and more than a pleasant surprise, just how very gratifying and outstanding this film actually is.

A definite must-watch.


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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, 14 August 2016

Gross USA:

$27,007,844

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,879,877
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2.35 : 1
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