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In 1892, a legendary Army Captain reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory.

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Scott Cooper

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Scott Cooper (written for the screen by), Donald E. Stewart (based on the manuscript by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Shepherd ... Wesley Quaid
Rosamund Pike ... Rosalee Quaid
Ava Cooper Ava Cooper ... Lucy Quaid
Stella Cooper Stella Cooper ... Sylvie Quaid
David Midthunder ... Buffalo Man
Gray Wolf Herrera Gray Wolf Herrera ... Apache Man (as Graywolf Herrera)
Christian Bale ... Capt. Joseph J. Blocker
Rory Cochrane ... Master Sgt. Thomas Metz
Jonathan Majors ... Corp. Henry Woodson
John Benjamin Hickey ... Capt. Royce Tolan
Stafford Douglas ... Corp. Molinor
Stephen Lang ... Col. Abraham Biggs
Bill Camp ... Jeremiah Wilks
Wes Studi ... Chief Yellow Hawk
Jesse Plemons ... Lt. Rudy Kidder
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In 1892, after nearly two decades of fighting the Cheyenne, the Apache, and the Comanche natives, the United States Cavalry Captain and war hero, Joseph Blocker, is ordered to escort the ailing Cheyenne chief, Yellow Hawk--his most despised enemy--to his ancestral home in Montana's Valley of the Bears. Nauseated with a baleful anger, Joseph's unwelcome final assignment in the feral American landscape is further complicated, when the widowed settler, Rosalie Quaid, is taken in by the band of soldiers, as aggressive packs of marauding Comanches who are still on the warpath, are thirsty for blood. In a territory crawling with hostiles, can the seasoned Captain do his duty one last time? Written by Nick Riganas

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We are all... Hostiles.


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Rated R for strong violence, and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cheyenne

Release Date:

26 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hostiles See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Budget:

$39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,849, 24 December 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$29,819,114
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2.35 : 1
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The film takes place mostly outdoors. As the movie was shot on-location in New Mexico and Arizona during monsoon season, the cast and crew were exposed to the elements. Indeed, filming had to be often shut down for a time because of lightning storms. See more »

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By 1892, The Comanche were living in reservations in Oklahoma. Quanah Parker had taken the last of the Comanche to the reservation nearly 10 years before. See more »

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Rosalie Quaid: Sometimes I envy the finality of death. The certainty. And I have to drive those thoughts away when I'm weak.
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Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
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An interesting character study for just about everyone involved
10 May 2018 | by MrDHWongSee all my reviews

Hostiles is a Western film starring Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, and Wes Studi. Written and directed by Scott Cooper (Black Mass, Crazy Heart), it is a well-made but unrelenting film about one's own moral judgement and survival of the obstacles that life throws in their way.

In 1892 in New Mexico, Captain Joe Blocker (Christian Bale) is tasked with escorting a native American chief (Wes Studi) and his family across state lines to their homeland in Montana. Along the way, Blocker's group discover a traumatised housewife named Rosalee (Rosamund Pike), whose husband and children were brutally murdered by a nearby native war tribe. After some gentle coaxing, Rosalee joins the group and they set off once again, navigating through the dangerous terrain and environment.

While it does occasionally drag in some scenes and is not as epic as it wishes to be, Hostiles is a solid Western and an interesting character study for just about everyone involved. Almost everybody's moral compass is on full display and the viewer benefits greatly from seeing the ways in which someone wrestles with their humanity and actions. Christian Bale does an excellent job leading the film and his character is superbly written, constantly questioning his own behaviour and self-restraint. Director Scott Cooper makes great use of the landscape to showcase the open and hostile environment of the old American West, almost as though it is character in its own right. Even though I feel that the film could have been considered a modern classic if some of its flaws were ironed out, Cooper has still made a film well worth seeing at least once due to its interesting characters and creative use of cinematography.

I rate it 7.5/10


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