A disgraced paleontologist struggling to raise her son is tipped off to a groundbreaking dig site in the Badlands by a recovering meth addict, but his tie to the cartel threatens to bury them both under the weight of their criminal pasts.

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Dan Glaser
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Autumn Reeser ... Anna
Rhys Coiro ... Nate
Steven Molony ... McCoy
Mason Mahay Mason Mahay ... Ezekiel
Alexandra Billings ... Kimberly
Bill Smitrovich ... Bill
Mark Margolis ... El Papá
Muse Watson ... Terry
Bill Dablow Bill Dablow ... Lou
Brandon Heitkamp Brandon Heitkamp ... Bryce
Van White ... Reese
Maddisyn Carter Maddisyn Carter ... Julie
Michaila Hicks Michaila Hicks ... Emily
Esteban Andres Cruz ... Jorgé
Johnse Allende Jr. ... Cartel Member
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Storyline

"Valley of Bones" is a nail-biting adventure thriller set in the oil-rich Badlands of western North Dakota. Anna, a single mother and paleontologist, and McCoy, a meth-addicted oil worker, form an unlikely bond as they both struggle to make amends for their criminal pasts. Their hopes lay in the form of a monumental T. rex fossil, the discovery potentially worth millions. Anna needs this once-in-a-lifetime find to set both her career and her relationship with her son back on track. McCoy needs the money to pay off his debts to a local cartel boss and to save his own young daughter's life. With their motivations over the bones pulling them in opposite directions, can Anna and McCoy trust one another or will they soon turn into adversaries themselves?

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, drug use, language and some nudity | See all certifications »
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Director Dan Glaser used flip phones for the characters in the film to help give it a feel that wasn't specific to one exact time period. Glaser said he also just couldn't see McCoy using an iPhone. Similarly, McCoy's character uses a cassette tape player, another timeless object. See more »

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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Valley of Bones (2017) See more »

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4 September 2017 | by kathleengltnSee all my reviews

Really enjoyed this take on the western/noir/thriller genres. Particularly strong are the acting, music, cinematography, directing, and editing. Minor problems with pacing and dialogue can be overlooked in view of the entertaining story and strong characterizations. Congrats to this young team of filmmakers -- I hope to see more!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Valley of Bones See more »

Filming Locations:

Bowman, North Dakota, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$107,393, 3 September 2017

Gross USA:

$168,738

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$168,738
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2.35 : 1
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