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Live by Night (2016)

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A group of Boston-bred gangsters set up shop in balmy Florida during the Prohibition era, facing off against the competition and the Ku Klux Klan.



(screenplay by), (based on the novel by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maso Pescatore
Albert White
RD Pruitt
Esteban Suarez (as Miguel J. Pimentel)
Tim Hickey
Digger Pescatore
Ritz Investor
Virgil Beauregard (as JD Evermore)


Boston, 1926. The '20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw. But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one-neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover-can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt. Joe embarks on a dizzying... Written by Anonymous

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Witness the price of the American Dream. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

13 January 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vivir de Noche  »

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Box Office


$108,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,000, 23 December 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,377,558, 3 March 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,706,524, 27 January 2017
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This movie is the fourth time Ben Affleck has worked with an actor or actress who was part of a Marvel film series. Jeremy Renner, J.K. Simmons, Zoe Saldana, and Clark Gregg have all played characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. See more »


In 1927, when Joe and Emma are in bed together talking, "Moonglow" is playing in the background. That song was written in 1933, and the music playing is a 1941 Artie Shaw arrangement. See more »


Joe Coughlin: You realize to be free in this life, breaking the rules meant nothing. You have to be strong enough to make your own.
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Live by Night/Patriots Day (2017) See more »


Written by Odis 'Pop' Echols (as Odis Echols) and Charlie Phillips
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16 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

There have been a lot of times in my life where, by the end of a film, I have shook my head in dismay, at the thought of wasting my time watching garbage. Yes, this was another one of those occasions. This was one of the worst films I have ever seen; I say that with absolute clarity, without so much of a hint of over-exaggeration. To give you an idea of what the experience of watching this movie is like, I would like you to play out a certain iconic scene in your head. This scene is from the classic "GoodFellas" where Joe Pesci's character Tommy has been sent for. To be "Made". Imagine Tommy's surprise when that isn't the case and instead he has a grave marking his impending doom awaiting him. That (although slightly more intense..) is the feeling your left with by the time the credits roll. The trailer promises action, and car chases and cool deaths. By the end you feel like Tommy, wondering what would've happened if you hadn't been duped.

All i can remember from this film, is Ben Affleck sitting across from someone at a desk or cuddling a female. Action scenes are that of extreme rarity and any "shocking" moments are so recklessly placed, that they lose all impact. 45 minutes, boring the viewer to tears, followed by 1 minute of intensity doesn't cut it. It's simply not good enough. The countless trailers leading up to the release, the positive reviews, the cast and this is what we get? Walking out, I felt really bad for anyone who paid around £10 to see it. In a script that includes the Irish and Italian mob and the KKK all intertwined, I find it unacceptable that this is the best they could come up with. At some points I felt this whole film was made, just so Affleck could do his Boston accent again. It is drab, and I can't help but feel extremely disappointed. Everything about the film screams desperation. Each scene, outfit, the dialogue. Trying its very best to convince you that you're watching a genuine gangsters life. And yes that is the whole point of acting and films, but it supposed to flow, to be natural. This is anything but natural. It's...well...Fugazzi. I can only hope that this is a small bump in the road in relation to Affleck and his work as a director, as a mountain of a project awaits him and this is one he cannot afford to mess up. If Bruce Wayne is suddenly from Boston i'll lose my ....

Bloody knew I should have opted for La La Land instead...

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