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The Mule (2018)

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A 90-year-old horticulturist and Korean War veteran turns drug mule for a Mexican cartel.

Director:

Clint Eastwood

Writers:

Sam Dolnick (inspired by the New York Times Magazine Article "The Sinaloa Cartel's 90-Year Old Drug Mule" by), Nick Schenk
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Earl Stone
Patrick L. Reyes ... Farmhand #3
Cesar De León ... Jose
Gustavo Muñoz Gustavo Muñoz ... Farmhand #2
Jackie Prucha ... Helen
Richard Herd ... Tim Kennedy
Adam Drescher ... Computer Daylily Guy
Christi McClintock ... Daylily Fan
Keith Flippen ... MC
Alison Eastwood ... Iris
Kinsley Isla Dillon ... Younger Ginny
Dianne Wiest ... Mary
Joe Knezevich ... Dave
Megan Leahy ... Bartender
Taissa Farmiga ... Ginny
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Storyline

Clint Eastwood stars as Earl Stone, a man in his 80s who is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive. Easy enough, but, unbeknownst to Earl, he's just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. He does well, so well, in fact, that his cargo increases exponentially, and Earl is assigned a handler. But he isn't the only one keeping tabs on Earl; the mysterious new drug mule has also hit the radar of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates. And even as his money problems become a thing of the past, Earl's past mistakes start to weigh heavily on him, and it's uncertain if he'll have time to right those wrongs before law enforcement, or the cartel's enforcers, catch up to him."

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Inspired by a True Story See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout and brief sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

14 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mule See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,509,431, 16 December 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$103,804,407, 14 March 2019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,924,689, 17 January 2019
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (7.1 surround)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was inspired by the story of Leo Sharp, a World War II veteran in his 80s who became the world's oldest and most prolific drug mule for the Sinaloa Cartel. See more »

Goofs

When Mary is in her sickbed, her head moves up and down from the pillow, between shots. See more »

Quotes

Earl Stone: The only people who want to live to 100 are 99 year olds.
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Connections

References Dumbo (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

More Today Than Yesterday
Written by Pat Upton (as Patrick Upton)
Performed by The Spiral Starecase (as Spiral Staircase)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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Far from a classic, but an OK Eastwood flick
20 March 2019 | by umimelectricSee all my reviews

You could say I'm a considerably huge Clint Eastwood fan, I celebrate the man's whole career and love most of his work. As a director, I think he's been solid overall, making a handful of classic films along the way. As watchable as it is, The Mule is not one of them. It could be the last big thing we see from Eastwood's career, and if so, then it's not a bad note to go out on, but it's not his best, and it doesn't have to be. He's proven himself a hundred times over, and this is the film he wanted to make. The Mule is a fine movie to watch, and Eastwood plays a very subdued character, unlike his role in Gran Tarino where he still had shades of his bad boy past. He's softer, he's passive, he's what you expect a man of this age to be...and in that way, he played it perfectly.


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