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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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Mr. Clauson
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Old Man
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Olney Teller
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Alberto Parker
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Archer City Deputy
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Jenny Ann
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Rancher
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Vernon Teller
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Bank Manager
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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 Indian 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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26 August 2016 (USA)  »

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Comancheria  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$621,329 (USA) (12 August 2016)

Gross:

$26,862,450 (USA) (6 November 2016)
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Trivia

There is no mountain range in northwest Texas, even though one is clearly in the background of many scenes. This occurs because the film was actually shot in New Mexico, with the Sangre de Cristo mtns. in the distance. See more »

Goofs

When Toby is stopped at the very tense police checkpoint, it is clear that his car has no front license plate, which is illegal in Texas and therefore very noticeable to the police, but when the car was acquired it was stated that the car had a New Mexico plate, and New Mexico does not require front license plates. See more »

Quotes

Alberto Parker: I'm starving.
Marcus Hamilton: I doubt they serve pemmican.
Alberto Parker: You know I'm part Mexican, too.
Marcus Hamilton: Yeah, well, I'm gonna get to that when I'm through with the Indian insults, but it's gonna be a while.
Bank Manager: You rangers are an odd bunch.
Alberto Parker: No, just him.
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Sleeping On The Backtop
Written & Performed by Colter Wall
Courtesy of Windrow Entertainment Inc.
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Excellently-written and acted
20 August 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is definitely the type of simple film that many might dismiss when first hearing about it or seeing the promotional footage of it. What's really surprising about it is the amount of emotional and dramatic weight that it carries. It's not primarily interested in gun fights or car chases. Instead, it's interested in exploring the dynamics of race and culture, and in depicting everyone as flawed individuals who you still feel empathy for. It gives you a portrayal of what poverty and the economy can do, even when never attempting to justify the horrible behavior on display or trying to make excuses for its characters. It's filled with wonderful, thoughtful dialogue while also playing out like a realistic morality tale. The three leads are also fantastic, especially Ben Foster, who deserves to get more roles as the talented character-actor he is. This is highly recommended.


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