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The Mule (2018)

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A 90-year-old horticulturist and Korean War veteran is caught transporting $3 million worth of cocaine through Illinois for a Mexican drug cartel.

Director:

Clint Eastwood

Writers:

Sam Dolnick (inspired by the New York Times Magazine Article "The Sinaloa Cartel's 90-Year Old Drug Mule" by), Nick Schenk
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bradley Cooper ... Colin Bates
Clint Eastwood ... Earl Stone
Manny Montana ... Axl
Taissa Farmiga ... Ginny
Michael Peña ... DEA Agent
Jill Flint ... Pam
Alison Eastwood ... Iris
Andy Garcia ... Laton
Laurence Fishburne ... DEA Special Agent
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Gustavo
Dianne Wiest ... Mary
Ignacio Serricchio ... Julio
Robert LaSardo ... Emilio
Noel Gugliemi ... Bald Rob
Katie Gill ... Sarah
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A 90-year-old horticulturist and Korean War veteran is caught transporting $3 million worth of cocaine through Illinois for a Mexican drug cartel.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Inspired by a True Story See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout and brief sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

14 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mule See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,509,431, 16 December 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$93,424,689, 17 January 2019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,924,689, 17 January 2019
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

On December 10, 2018, Clint Eastwood was photographed at the movie's Los Angeles premiere with his secret daughter Laurie. She identified herself to photographers as 'Laurie Eastwood'. The next day, Alison Eastwood confirmed on Instagram that Laurie is her half-sister. Laurie is believed to be the Washington-born Eastwood daughter who was given up for adoption in 1954, as alleged by biographer Patrick McGilligan in the heavily suppressed book "Clint: The Life and Legend" (1999) - an allegation no media outlet would repeat at the time. It has taken Clint 64 years to acknowledge Laurie. See more »

Goofs

When driving past White Sands National Monument, Earl is driving on white gypsum road with sand dunes on both sides. This type of road is only found within the National Monument. The road past the monument is a paved US highway and sand dunes are not on both sides of the highway. See more »

Quotes

Earl Stone: For what it's worth, I'm sorry for everything.
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Connections

References A Fistful of Dollars (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

On the Road Again
Written by Willie Nelson.
Earl listens to an instrumental portion of the song on his truck's radio and sings a few words.
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Eastwood crime drama, his best film in many years
15 December 2018 | by PotassiumManSee all my reviews

A Clint Eastwood film is sometimes all you need to remember how much you love great cinema and that's especially true in this case. It's the real life story of an 80-year-old war veteran who, as he finds his livelihood threatened, manages to cross paths with a Mexican drug cartel and winds up transporting their product across the Midwest. As he demonstrates value, his runs become larger and more lucrative each time.

Eastwood portrays Earl Stone, a mild-mannered hardworking horticulturalist who became a champion drug mule for the cartels as law enforcement was completely blind to his low-key but highly effective operations. Enter Bradley Cooper as the dedicated DEA agent who has to muster considerable time and resources to even begin to piece things together and Michael Pena as his partner. Dianne Weist offers a sympathetic turn as Stone's long-suffering ex-wife. Andy Garcia is good fun as the drug lord who is pleased with the old mercenary's hard work.

Although this film covers a grim story, it has a light-hearted feel for many stretches and a refreshing sense of humor. Eastwood himself is absolutely compelling as an old man who suddenly finds himself awash in money from an illegal enterprise and seeing the world from a different angle; here, Clint reminds us how huge a screen presence he has no matter how old he gets.

I'm not sure what many critics have missed with this film but hopefully audiences will take note. Eastwood has given us another great film and one of his best performances ever in this crackerjack drama. Highly recommended.


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