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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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Vernon Diner Waitress
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Following a series of armed robberies at a number of branches of Texas Midland Bank where very little money was taken, we learn that the motive of unemployed oil and gas worker Toby Howard (Chris Pine) and his brother -- just released from prison -- is to raise enough money to pay off the reverse mortgage that will forfeit their recently deceased mother's ranch if not paid off. Oil was discovered on the ranch and in order to secure the future of his sons and ex wife, Toby needs $43,000. After two of the robberies, curmudgeonly Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) and his American Indian deputy partner pick up the trail and just miss foiling the next, and last robbery. Written by Scott J. Tepper, Calabasas

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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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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$26,862,450 (USA) (4 November 2016)
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Trivia

There are several mentions of Archer City, TX, the town where The Last Picture Show (1971) was filmed, but this film was shot in New Mexico. See more »

Goofs

During the end credits, one credit reads "Cast Drive for Chris Pine and Ben Foster." It should read "Cast Driver" as evidenced by the next line, "Cast Driver for Jeff Bridges." 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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Featured in Conan: Jeff Bridges/Jeff Ross/Brent Sullivan (2016) See more »

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Dollar Bill Blues
Written & Performed by Townes van Zandt (as Townes Van Zandt)
Courtesy of RCA Records Nashville
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Refreshingly original, brilliantly acted, thoughtful western/crime film
13 August 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In a summer (or should that be year or decade) of vapid sequels, remakes, and overblown superhero catastrophes, who would have expected an entertaining, intelligent, well-crafted, suspenseful, character- driven, modern-day western with a brain. Riding on Taylor Sheridan's razor-sharp script and David Mackenzie's nuanced direction, Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, and (especially) Ben Foster (along with everyone else who appears on the screen) inhabit this film as wryly humorous, heartfelt, vicious, painfully tragic, and realistic members of a society reaping the fruits it has tragically sown. Best film so far this year.


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