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Promised Land (2012)

R | | Drama | 4 January 2013 (USA)
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A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources.

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David Churchill
Carla Bianco ...
Waitress
Joe Coyle ...
Michael Downey
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Frank Yates
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Arlene
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Rob
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Drew's Girl
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Drew Scott
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Claire Allen
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Garrett Ashbaugh ...
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Jericho Morgan ...
Jericho (as Jerico Morgan)
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Corporate salesman Steve Butler (Matt Damon) arrives in a rural town with his sales partner, Sue Thomason (McDormand). With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company's offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher (Holbrook) with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man (Krasinski) who counters Steve both personally and professionally. Written by Focus Features

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What's your price?

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Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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4 January 2013 (USA)  »

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Terra Prometida  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$173,915 (USA) (28 December 2012)

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$7,597,898 (USA) (24 January 2013)
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The high school gym shown at various points in the movie is actually the "Tiger Gym" located in downtown Apollo, PA. The Tiger Gym was formerly Apollo's high school, until the new one was built in Spring Church. Since then it has become a popular gym in the area. See more »

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Lafayette, Louisiana does not have a lighthouse, nor is it near enough to the gulf to have issues with salt water. See more »

Quotes

Steve Butler: I don't know what to say anymore. But where we are now, where we're headed! We might be betting more than we think. Everything that we have is on the table now. And that's just not ours to lose.
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Crazy Credits

Through most of the end credits, the camera zooms out to a wide shot of the town where the film takes place. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.54 (2012) See more »

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Ash and Clay
Written by Kenneth Pattengale (as Kenneth A Pattengale) and Joey Ryan (as Joseph Edward Ryan)
Performed by The Milk Carton Kids
Courtesy of Anti-
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mostly good, with an unrealistic ending
3 December 2013 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Gus Van Sant has tackled a number of political and social issues in his movies. "Promised Land" looks at the issue of hydraulic fracturing, commonly called fracking. Matt Damon plays an executive from an energy company trying to convince a town to allow the process in their vicinity. Meanwhile, an environmentalist tries to convince people otherwise.

I have liked most of Van Sant's movies, and it's good that this movie is addressing a process that has devastated entire regions. Indeed, the fracking industry criticized the movie's depiction of the process as destructive (surprise, surprise). Unfortunately, what happens at the end does not seem realistic. It reminded me of what happens in Bill Forsyth's "Local Hero". Other than that the movie is a perceptive character study of Damon's amoral exec, the sort of man who's totally in it for the money. Mostly a good movie, understanding that what happens at the end probably wouldn't happen in real life.


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