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Lawless (2012)

R | | Crime, Drama | 29 August 2012 (USA)
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Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a trio of bootlegging brothers are threatened by a new special deputy and other authorities angling for a cut of their profits.

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In 1931, in Franklin County, Virginia, Forrest Bondurant is a legend as immortal after surviving the war. Together with his brothers Howard and the coward Jack, the Bondurant family has a distillery and bootlegging business. When the corrupt District Attorney Mason Wardell arrives in Franklin with the unscrupulous Special Deputy Charles Rakes, the Bondurant family refuses to pay the required bribe to the authorities. Rakes pursues the brothers and unsuccessfully tries to find their distillery. Meanwhile Forrest hires the waitress Maggie, a woman with a hidden past in Chicago, and they fall in love with each other. Jack courts the preacher's daughter Bertha Minnix and deals a great load of alcoholic liquor with the powerful gangster Floyd Banner. Jack shows off in Franklin attracting the attention of Rakes that finds the location of their distillery. When he kills the crippled Cricket Pete, the locals join forces to face the corrupt authorities. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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When the law became corrupt, outlaws became heroes.

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,001,566 (USA) (31 August 2012)

Gross:

$37,397,291 (USA) (21 November 2012)
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Both Jason Clarke and Jessica Chastain appeared in Zero Dark Thirty together. See more »

Goofs

The film takes place in 1931. The ATU (Alcohol Tax Unit) is mentioned, even though that unit wasn't created until 1933. See more »

Quotes

Maggie Beauford: [to Forrest Bondurant] Isn't that just like you to believe your own damn legend?
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Soundtracks

Fire and Brimstone
Written by Link Wray (as Fred Lincoln Wray, Jr.)
Performed by The Bootleggers
Featuring Mark Lanegan
Mark Lanegan appears courtesy of 4 AD Ltd.
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A Pointless, Plot-less and Ultimately Boring Movie
24 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a fan of "Boardwalk Empire" and any number of Prohibition-era movies I was hoping "Lawless" would deliver the goods in the way its trailer seemed to promise. But much like Shia LeBeouf's first starring vehicle

  • - the HBO "Project Greenlight" film "Battle for Shaker Heights" --
this one suffers from the same lack of narrative arc and inability to decide what kind of film it wants to be.

There are a half dozen potential plot lines that pop up and, for a split second, seem to be the point of choosing to tell this particular story (it is based on a real life family). But just as quickly they are dropped, never to be heard from again. You get the sense that there may be a lot of material on a cutting room floor somewhere that might have been assembled into a wholly different picture.

The one thing the movie does accomplish is proving once again how supremely untalented Shia LeBeouf is as an actor. Other than the multitude of scenes where he is being beaten by one antagonist or another (he does take a convincing a** kicking) he comes across about as real as the CGI characters you normally see him playing against.

Save your time and skip this one.


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