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Bullitt County (2018)

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An action/thriller set in 1977 about four friends who reunite for a bachelor party to hunt for buried Prohibition money on Kentucky's Bluegrass Bourbon Trail, only to become ripped apart by greed, corruption, and murder.

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David McCracken

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David McCracken
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Cast overview:
Mike C. Nelson ... Gordie
Jenni Melear ... Robin
David McCracken ... Keaton
Napoleon Ryan ... Wayne
Dorothy Lyman ... The Mrs.
Richard Riehle ... The Mr.
Alysia Livingston ... Carolyn
Sam Kuban Sam Kuban ... Big Aviators
Rita Hight Rita Hight ... Wine Guide
B.J. McCracken B.J. McCracken ... Mr. Jenkins
Colin Neeley Colin Neeley ... Bar Bro #1
David Riedford David Riedford ... Bar Bro #2
Richard Riedford Richard Riedford ... Bartender
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Four drinking buddies with a dark secret reunite after ten years for a bachelor party on the Bluegrass Bourbon Trail in 1977 rural Kentucky. But when the friends discover that their favorite distillery has been turned into a winery, the newly sober groom, Gordie, seizes on an even better adventure: search for the legendary buried Prohibition money deep within the woods of Bullitt County, KY. The others reluctantly join him on his quest, only to discover there's something much more dangerous in Bullitt County than cursed treasure. The friends may have forgotten the dark secret from their past, but the past hasn't forgotten them. Written by Mr. Pictures

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Some Things Are Meant to Stay Buried

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 2018 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Indiana, USA

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Opening Weekend USA:

$6,511, 28 October 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,511, 28 October 2018
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Mr. Pictures See more »
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Yellow Tavern 1977 was the first scene to be filmed. See more »

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Robin: Who am I kidding? Every time we get together, I fool myself into thinking it's gonna go back to normal.
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Give this high caliber indie a shot
6 March 2019 | by JayRiefSee all my reviews

One thing I'll say from the offset, this movie touted itself as being about bourbon. I thought to myself, cool, I like bourbon, I'll check it out. It is not about bourbon. It's about bourbon the way Jurassic Park is about lawyers. Also, it's not really a thriller, not entirely at least. Much like pancakes are just dessert disguised as breakfast, this is more of a dramatic comedy strutting around in lavish thriller plumage.

None of this is to say it's a bad movie - quite the opposite. Although it's a grim genre tale, there's a lot of heart, a lot of laughs, a few tears, plenty of blood spilt, and...a musical number? For myself, I liked not knowing too much going in, as there are plenty of surprises, some you don't see coming, others you do (but those are just as satisfying). I was a bit rattled by the abrupt and abrasive tonal change halfway through, but after a second viewing, I can dig it. Bullitt County is more like a fine wine than a bourbon, just need to let it aerate a bit and then the flavors really explode.

Are the characters entirely logical, making sound decisions like normal human beings? Eh, they stretch the limits of what's believable (or likable in many instances), but hey, that's what makes genre flicks so fun, and Bullitt County in particular. Everything feels larger than life, and I mean that in the best possible way. From the stylistic choices in cinematography and editing to the portrayal of each of the main characters (or all the characters for that matter), this is a bombastic assault on the senses. Even the music and sound editing make some ballsy in-your-face choices, teetering on taking it too far in some instances, but always keeping within the parameters of the overall film, unorthodox though they may be. As unhinged as it gets, nothing ever feels out of place.

Don't expect everything about this flick to be served on a silver platter, either. There's a lot buried under the surface to grapple with long after the credits roll, especially if you've had any sort of brush with alcoholism in your life. Definitely wasn't expecting a little backwoods indie to take such a bold plunge into an issue like that. It's a wild ride, infused with plenty of the 70's to feel nostalgic but not get distracting, and while I've never been to the real Bullitt County, I'd absolutely get lost in this film again.


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