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The Devil Has a Name (2019)

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A psychotic oil matriarch leaves the whole industry exposed when she attempts to outfight a bullish farmer whose water has been poisoned.


Edward James Olmos


Robert McEveety
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Bosworth ... Gigi
Chivonne Michelle ... Beth
Katie Lynn McDowell ... Sam
Alfred Molina ... Big Boss
Tahmoh Penikett ... Anders
Aly Mawji ... Mohammed
David Strathairn ... Fred Stern
Rob Moran ... Wally
Sal Lopez ... Farmhand 1
Jorge Noa ... Farmhand 2
Edward James Olmos ... Santiago
Janice Sonia Lee ... Aide
Kathleen Quinlan ... Nancy
Haley Joel Osment ... Alex
Melissa Gomez ... Maggie (as Melissa Lila Gomez)


A psychotic oil matriarch leaves the whole industry exposed when she attempts to outfight a bullish farmer whose water has been poisoned.

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It's In The Water


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Rated R for language, some sexual material and drug use, and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Filmed March 5, 2018 in Bakersfield, CA See more »


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Written by Waylon Jefferson James and Josey James
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Well intended but dreadfully boring eco-drama
16 October 2020 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"The Devil Has A Name" (1029 release; 97 min.) brings the story of a Central California farmer's fight against big oil. As the movie opens, we are reminded this is "Inspired by True Events" and we get to know Fred, whose farmland has been in his family for decades. But Shore Oil & Gas realizes that the underground contains valuable resources and desperately wants to buy Fred's land, and it will not stop at anything... At this point we are 10 min. into the film, but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this movie not only stars Edward James Olmos (among many other big names), but he also directed and produced. Edward James Olmos has always been known for his eco and social activism, and this movie is no exception. You can easily feel the good intentions in this "little guy vs. big oil" eco-drama, and this could've made for riveting viewing similar to, say, last year's "Dark Waters". Alas I regret to inform you that this film is anything but riveting. In fact, the film is dreadfully boring, plain and simple, and the reason is obvious very quickly: a terribly weak script is what dooms this movie, with an eco-message that is as subtle as a bull in a china shop. In addition to Edward James Olmos, this also stars David Strathairn (as Fred), Kate Bosworth (as GiGi, a Shore Oil executive), and last but not least Martin Sheen, looking good as the "lawyer who killed the Pinto" who takes on Fred's case.

"The Devil Has a Name" premiered over a year ago at the 2019 LA Latino Film Festival to so-so acclaim, and now is getting a short run in selected theaters. It opened this weekend at my local art house theater here in Cincinnati, which strictly adheres to all COVID-19 protocols. Not that it mattered, as the Friday early evening screening where I saw this at was a private screening: I was the only person in the theater. I can't see this playing n the theater for more than a week, to be honest. If you have any interest in eco-dramas or simply are a fan of Edward James Olmos, Martin Sheen or Kate Bosworth, I'd suggest you check this out, be it in the theater (if you still can), on VOD, eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusion.

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16 October 2020 (USA) See more »

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