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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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Storyline

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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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$621,329, 12 August 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,862,450, 6 November 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,749,794, 30 October 2016
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Trivia

This movie is set in Texas, but not a single scene was actually filmed there. See more »

Goofs

Before the brothers cross into Oklahoma, the camera shows them both talking in the front seat. The next shot from behind the car entering Oklahoma does not show anybody in the front passenger seat. See more »

Quotes

Toby Howard: I need you sober.
Tanner Howard: Who the hell gets drunk off a beer?
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Connections

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

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Bakerman
Written by John Guldberg, Tim Stahl & Arthur Stander
Performed by Laid Back
Courtesy of Laid Back/Brother Music
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Excellently-written and acted
20 August 2016 | by 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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