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Lawless (2012)

R | | Crime, Drama | 29 August 2012 (USA)
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Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a trio of bootlegging brothers are threatened by a new special deputy and other authorities angling for a cut of their profits.

Director:

John Hillcoat

Writers:

Nick Cave (screenplay by), Matt Bondurant (based on the book by: "The Wettest County in the World")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shia LaBeouf ... Jack Bondurant
Tom Hardy ... Forrest Bondurant
Jason Clarke ... Howard Bondurant
Guy Pearce ... Charley Rakes
Jessica Chastain ... Maggie Beaufort
Mia Wasikowska ... Bertha Minnix
Dane DeHaan ... Cricket Pate
Chris McGarry ... Danny
Tim Tolin Tim Tolin ... Mason Wardell
Gary Oldman ... Floyd Banner
Lew Temple ... Deputy Henry Abshire
Marcus Hester ... Deputy Jeff Richards
Bill Camp ... Sheriff Hodges
Alex Van ... Tizwell Minnix
Noah Taylor ... Gummy Walsh
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Storyline

In 1931, in Franklin County, Virginia, Forrest Bondurant is a legend as immortal after surviving the war. Together with his brothers Howard and the coward Jack, the Bondurant family has a distillery and bootlegging business. When the corrupt District Attorney Mason Wardell arrives in Franklin with the unscrupulous Special Deputy Charles Rakes, the Bondurant family refuses to pay the required bribe to the authorities. Rakes pursues the brothers and unsuccessfully tries to find their distillery. Meanwhile Forrest hires the waitress Maggie, a woman with a hidden past in Chicago, and they fall in love with each other. Jack courts the preacher's daughter Bertha Minnix and deals a great load of alcoholic liquor with the powerful gangster Floyd Banner. Jack shows off in Franklin attracting the attention of Rakes that finds the location of their distillery. When he kills the crippled Cricket Pete, the locals join forces to face the corrupt authorities. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

When the law became corrupt, outlaws became heroes.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The Bible verse that the preacher recites in the church scene is 1 John 2:15. This is the same bible verse Shia LaBeouf quotes in Fury. See more »

Goofs

When Floyd Banner is introduced, he shoots down several men in a car in the center of town with a Thompson submachine gun. Near the end of the scene the rear of the car is shown with bullet holes in it, but Floyd Banner was never behind the car, and he could only have put holes in the side and front of the car. See more »

Quotes

Forrest Bondurant: What I'm trying to say is, the course of your life it is changing. You don't even see it.
Mugger #2: What are you talkin' bout?
[Forrest punches him with iron knuckles, knocking mugger unconscious]
Howard Bondurant: Yeah, that's what he's talking' bout.
Howard Bondurant: [Looking at a shocked Jack Bondurant] You alright there, Jack?
Jack Bondurant: Caught me off guard is all.
Howard Bondurant: You still good to drive?
[Forrest laughs]
Jack Bondurant: Fuck you, Howard.
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Alternate Versions

9 seconds of gory violence were removed for an R rating in the US. The film was released uncut internationally (including Canada). See more »

Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.193 (2012) See more »

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Music by Bradshaw
Written by Philip Doddridge
Performed by Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Convention
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Much better than most Hollywood fare
11 October 2012 | by WildBullWriterSee all my reviews

Reading the other reviews, I'm amused by the number of reviewers who don't have a clue about how southern rural hill people behave (and esp. behaved back in the 1920s). They accuse Hardy, and to some extent LaBeouf, of bad acting because their characters are so laconic (that means they don't run off at the mouth a lot) and inward and don't wear every emotion on their sleeves. Then they mightily praise Oldman and Pearce for great acting when they were, in fact, just playing northern urban gangsters who like to behave over the top---the very thing that disgusts southern sensibilities.

The folks making those review comments have probably spent too much time watching movies based on comic books and not enough time with dramatic characters representing actual human beings. So don't pay attention to their noise.

Instead, watch the flick. It's good. I enjoyed it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Promised Land See more »

Filming Locations:

Woodbury, Georgia USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,001,982, 2 September 2012

Gross USA:

$37,400,127

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,404,207
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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