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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

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A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit.

Director:

Martin McDonagh

Writer:

Martin McDonagh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frances McDormand ... Mildred
Caleb Landry Jones ... Red Welby
Kerry Condon ... Pamela
Sam Rockwell ... Dixon
Alejandro Barrios ... Latino
Jason Ledford Jason Ledford ... Latino #2
Darrell Britt-Gibson ... Jerome
Woody Harrelson ... Willoughby
Abbie Cornish ... Anne
Riya May Atwood Riya May Atwood ... Polly
Selah Atwood Selah Atwood ... Jane
Lucas Hedges ... Robbie
Zeljko Ivanek ... Desk Sergeant
Amanda Warren ... Denise
Malaya Rivera Drew ... Gabriella
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Storyline

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a darkly comic drama from Academy Award nominee Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson), the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Academy Award winner Sam Rockwell), an immature mother's boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language throughout, and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Billboards See more »

Filming Locations:

Asheville, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$322,168, 12 November 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$54,513,740, 3 May 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$157,880,842, 29 April 2018
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

First feature film written and directed by Martin McDonagh not to star Colin Farrell. See more »

Goofs

The billboards themselves have continuity issues. At the beginning of the movie, Red states that the last renter was Huggies in 1986. We have seen in a drive-by scene that the first billboard actually looks like an ad for a life insurance agency. In thirty years of non-use, the billboards certainly would have been in much worse shape. The metal and wood would have been more twisted by the Missouri winters and windstorms and tornadoes. Much more of the paper would have stripped away, and graffiti would be likely found on what was left. Moreover, once the new lettering is in place, there is also a new black border of wood or metal around the display area on the boards; a character as cheap as Red would not likely have spent money in upgrading the structures. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mildred Hayes: [walking into his office] You Red Welby?
Red Welby: Yes, ma'am. How may I help you?
Mildred Hayes: I heard there's three billboards out on Drinkwater Road. You're in charge of renting them out, that right?
Red Welby: I didn't know we had any billboards out on Drinkwater. Where is Drinkwater Road?
Mildred Hayes: It's a road out past the Sizemore turn-off. Nobody uses it since the freeway got put in.
Red Welby: You are right. Got three billboards out there. Nobody's put nothing up out there since 1986. That was 'Huggies'.
Mildred Hayes: How much to rent out all...
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #12.8 (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Andante (Piano Sonata No.1 in C, K.279)
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Maria João Pires
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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mixed bag
18 February 2018 | by magnuslhadSee all my reviews

Three Billboards is an immensely enjoyable viewing experience. The characters are carnivalesque, outrageous and troubling in one turn, heroic and inspiring at the next. McDonagh quite deliberately does not let you find a moral centre in his tale. There is a 'save the cat' moment very early in the film, a character helping an insect rather than crushing it, that is so mechanical that I flinched. Shame on me for falling so easily into McDonagh's trap. The plot zig-zags and leaves you breathless trying to process each new piece of information. The dialogue crackles with delicious insults. I laughed hard, and often. And then I cried. And winced. And laughed again. There is one scene of quite shocking violence. The performances have been lauded, and rightly so, as Frances McDormand, Caleb Landry Jones, Sam Rockwell , and Woody Harrelson bump and smack against each other tied to the roller-coaster plot. Peter Dinklage gets the chance to show his range. But while the praise for the acting is merited, the praise for the screenplay is more problematic. A huge coincidence in the final 20 minutes sets off a chain of events that leads to a redemption that is unearned, and a reconciliation that seems implausible. "Love," implores a missive from one character to another, and the moral turn that character takes on that one command is too abrupt and too unequivocal. It also asks for forgiveness of acts already witnessed, and implied, that are far too egregious to be forgotten. A flawed film then, but perhaps all the more interesting for those flaws. Don't make the mistake of seeing it alone like I did - you will definitely want to talk to someone straight after viewing.


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