In 1892, a legendary Army Captain reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory.

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Scott Cooper

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Scott Cooper (written for the screen by), Donald E. Stewart (based on the manuscript by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Shepherd ... Wesley Quaid
Rosamund Pike ... Rosalee Quaid
Ava Cooper Ava Cooper ... Lucy Quaid
Stella Cooper Stella Cooper ... Sylvie Quaid
David Midthunder ... Buffalo Man
Gray Wolf Herrera ... Apache Man (as Graywolf Herrera)
Christian Bale ... Capt. Joseph J. Blocker
Rory Cochrane ... Master Sgt. Thomas Metz
Jonathan Majors ... Corp. Henry Woodson
John Benjamin Hickey ... Capt. Royce Tolan
Stafford Douglas ... Corp. Molinor
Stephen Lang ... Col. Abraham Biggs
Bill Camp ... Jeremiah Wilks
Wes Studi ... Chief Yellow Hawk
Jesse Plemons ... Lt. Rudy Kidder
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Storyline

In 1892 after nearly two decades of fighting the Cheyenne, the Apache, and the Comanche natives, the United States Cavalry Captain and war hero Joseph Blocker is ordered to escort the ailing Cheyenne chief, Yellow Hawk--his most despised enemy--to his ancestral home in Montana's Valley of the Bears. Nauseated with a baleful anger, Joseph's unwelcome final assignment is further complicated when widowed settler Rosalie Quaid is taken in by his band of soldiers. Aggressive packs of marauding Comanches are still on the warpath and thirsty for blood, so can the seasoned Captain do his duty one last time? Written by Nick Riganas

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We are all... Hostiles.

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Drama | Western

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Rated R for strong violence, and language | See all certifications »

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Wes Studi and Adam Beach have appeared together in other films, most notably as Detective Joe Leaphorn and Sargent Jim Chee in three movies based on books written by Tony Hillerman: A Thief of Time (2004), Coyote Waits (2003), and Skinwalkers (2006). They have also appeared in other films including Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007). See more »

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When Mrs. Quaid is shooting the dead Comanche she continues pulling the trigger after she runs out of bullets. On the first empty chamber the gun still recoils as if a shot had been fired.

In her somewhat trance-like state, she becomes accustomed to the recoil and subconsciously expects it to continue until the sudden "click" of the 6th shot pulls her slowly out of her reverie. At this point, her temporary muscle memory (begun and lasting through the first five shots) dissipates and she no longer pulls the barrel back. The film makers should be lauded for the accuracy in which they portray this minor detail of how someone in her state of mind would react. See more »

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Rosalie Quaid: You believe in the Lord, Joseph?
[pause]
Captain Joseph J. Blocker: Yes, I do.
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Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
Music & Lyrics by William Williams
Performed by Jonathan Majors
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A riveting story
3 July 2018 | by kenstallings-65346See all my reviews

Many reviewing Hostiles have chosen to seize upon avenues to criticize the film. Most common is the unfortunate chronological error where the Presidential order directing the mission was signed by Benjamin Harrison. This places the story in the period of 1889 to 1893, years too late to make sense.

Such a mistake is lamentable. The time period of the story would have ideally taken place from 1879 to 1880, when Rutherford Hayes was President, and the United States had largely defeated hostile tribes in the southwest and northern plains, but would be before the establishment of the railroad lines in New Mexico. This would have necessitated the pack mule excursion to Montana. It also would have allowed sufficient time to pass, given the references to Wounded Knee (1873) and Little Big Horn (1876), for the bitter memories to start to recede and allow the reflections shown in the movie to take place.

However, a fair review of this movie must avoid getting bogged down in historical minutia and instead focus on the story, because it is very poignant.

In many ways, this movie is to be congratulated for avoiding the modern day political traps that permeate so much of entertainment today.

The opening scene is brutal and forms the core of the story. A band of renegades attack a settlement home and leave a gash of misery in their wake. But, that is the coda of what the protagonists deal with, past chapters of great violence in a collision of hostile cultures.

The isolated acts of violence that happen later are as much a cleaning up of past deeds and a completion of the catharsis of reconciliation.

This movie is an immersion into the psyche of those who carry out acts of wartime violence, in a fight for survival, and how they try to retain their sanity and civility. As the story shows, some handle it better than others. None escape without deep scars.

There is a second theme that runs throughout the movie, ignorant people at the beginning and the end, attempting to lodge their persuasion onto the protagonists. None of these men suffered the wartime violence, but instead try to insert an empty moralizing, or attempt to enact their selfish will despite the clear Presidential mandate to allow the mission to proceed.

The reporter at the start of the film is silenced through humiliation. The second group at the end of the film meets a more lasting end. And at the end, we are left with shared misery among the few survivors, who try to bravely go on with what is left good to cling to.

Christian Bale is masterful in this movie. It is sad that his performance was not properly recognized.

Ultimately, this is a story of redemption, and in that regard it mirrors what took place over generations in America. A clash of survival ending with one side defeated, while both sides had to reconcile the shared experience of brutality. It avoids political finger-pointing, and in that regard strikes the proper degree of respect for both sides in this American struggle. It is a welcome addition to Hollywood's collection of period movies.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cheyenne | French

Release Date:

26 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hostiles See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Budget:

$39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,849, 24 December 2017

Gross USA:

$29,819,114

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,669,017
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2.35 : 1
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