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Hell or High Water (2016)

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A divorced father and his ex-con older brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family's ranch in West Texas.

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David Mackenzie

Writer:

Taylor Sheridan
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 48 wins & 165 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dale Dickey ... Elsie
Ben Foster ... Tanner Howard
Chris Pine ... Toby Howard
William Sterchi ... Mr. Clauson
Buck Taylor ... Old Man
Kristin K. Berg ... Olney Teller (as Kristin Berg)
Jeff Bridges ... Marcus Hamilton
Gil Birmingham ... Alberto Parker
Keith Meriweather ... Rancher
Jackamoe Buzzell ... Archer City Deputy
Katy Mixon ... Jenny Ann
Amber Midthunder ... Vernon Teller
Joe Berryman ... Bank Manager
Taylor Sheridan ... Cowboy
Howard Ferguson Jr. ... Vernon PD Officer (as Howard S. Ferguson Jr.)
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In Texas, after the death of his mother, the unemployed oil and gas worker Toby Howard is losing his ranch to the Texas Midlands Bank. Toby is divorced from his wife who lives with their two sons. When his brother Tanner Howard is released from the prison, they team up to rob agencies of the Texas Midlands Bank to raise money to pay the loan so that Toby may leave the real estate to his sons. Meanwhile the Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton who is near retirement and his Native American-descendant partner Alberto Parker try to anticipate the next move of the thieves. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for some strong violence, language throughout and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Dale Dickey and Kevin Rankin, who do not share scenes in this film, also appeared in Breaking Bad (2008) where they also did not share scenes. Both works were filmed in the state of New Mexico. They also appeared together in Claws (2017), where Dickey played the aunt of Rankin. See more »

Goofs

Toby and Tanner rob the first two banks together. While having lunch that same day, Tanner robs the third bank. Toby chastises Tanner saying he put them a day behind meaning they will have to rob two banks on Wednesday. This establishes that Toby and Tanner robbed the first three banks on Monday, spent that night at the casino, visited Toby's attorney on Tuesday, and robbed the last bank on Wednesday. Toby then paid off the loan on Thursday as instructed by his attorney. Also on Tuesday, Toby asked his son if he was back in school. His son said they were only doing 'two-a-days' (football practice). Since football season starts in late August, this establishes that the story takes place in early-mid August. While at the casino 'cleaning' the money, Toby tells Tanner he's going to 'watch the Aggies (presumably Texas A&M) game'. Given that no major college sports are played in the month of August, exactly which Aggies game was Toby watching? See more »

Quotes

Toby Howard: Slow down.
Tanner Howard: I ain't speeding.
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Connections

Featured in Conan: Jeff Bridges/Jeff Ross/Brent Sullivan (2016) See more »

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I'm Not Afraid To Die
Written by Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
Performed by Gillian Welch
Courtesy of Acony Records
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Nothing like a real great modern day western movie!
15 August 2016 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

Look at Chris Pine trying to prove he's not just a pretty face doing these small films that show his range, and show how he can do accents, but seriously, Pine was totally in his element here.

Jeff bridges gave a great performance that matches his cowboy ethics in True Grit, playing a very old school Texas Ranger hunting down Pine and Ben Foster who play brothers robbing banks. A little in the Archie Bunker Territory when dealing with his Mexican, Native American partner, but all the way likable.

Ben Foster was fantastic as well,as the bad apple big brother looking for redemption. Very dynamic acting, by all three main actors.

The music really adds to the cool western feel, putting me in the cowboy mode. I thought it was interesting that they had one scene in the movie in which real life cowboys herding cattle appear, in a movie about the movie style cowboys, and it's some real cowboy stuff going on here.

It's very macho without turning off the indi crowd that would love this film. There's a scene in the movie when Jeff Daniels Character confronts one of the bank robbers and it was like Eastwood and Wayne back in the day, man. It just wraps up the whole vibe of the movie in one swoop. I feel like it's the type of movie everyone in Texas should love.

And it's very Texas (or rather what I expect from Texas): every dinner only sells streak, It's hard to be a armed bank robber because at least two people in the bank carry a gun. The film does use Texas as a perfect pocket for all American life with the bank robbers having a bigger agenda to save the land they own and secure a future for their family, screwing over the bank that's screwing them.

It has the same appeal of the Timber when it comes to today's Westerns, but it's setting in contemporary times but with that old fashion tone gives it an edge.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Comancheria See more »

Filming Locations:

Clovis, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$621,329, 14 August 2016

Gross USA:

$27,007,844

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,879,877
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