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Hell or High Water (2016)

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A divorced father and his ex-con older brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family's ranch in West Texas.

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In Texas, after the death of his mother, the unemployed oil and gas worker Toby Howard is losing his ranch to the Texas Midlands Bank. Toby is divorced from his wife who lives with their two sons. When his brother Tanner Howard is released from the prison, they team up to rob agencies of the Texas Midlands Bank to raise money to pay the loan so that Toby may leave the real estate to his sons. Meanwhile the Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton who is near retirement and his Indian descendant partner Alberto Parker try to anticipate the next move of the thieves. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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

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26 August 2016 (USA)  »

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Comancheria  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$621,329 (USA) (12 August 2016)

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$26,862,450 (USA) (6 November 2016)
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Screenwriter Taylor Sheridan drew much of his inspiration from the TV miniseries Lonesome Dove (1989) having earlier read Larry McMurtry's 1985 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel on which the series was based. See more »

Goofs

Near the end when Tanner leads the cops up on the hillside. He sets his Ford pickup on fire and jumps out just before it rolls back down the hill. However the gear shift lever is still in 'park' just before he leaps out. No automatic transmission vehicle would roll backwards on its own in 'Park' even down a hillside incline. The engine's flywheel and the transmission's torque converter would be locked in the 'park' position. The truck would have remained stationary until it was taken physically out of 'park'. See more »

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Marcus Hamilton: [Referring to a TV evangelist] He wouldn't know God if he crawled up his pant leg and bit him on the pecker.
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For The Love of God
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Written by Michael Johnson, Hannah Welton, Daniel Walters, Jeremy Kletzien, David Ford Jr.
Performed by Bellevue Suite
Courtesy of APM Music
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Excellently-written and acted
20 August 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is definitely the type of simple film that many might dismiss when first hearing about it or seeing the promotional footage of it. What's really surprising about it is the amount of emotional and dramatic weight that it carries. It's not primarily interested in gun fights or car chases. Instead, it's interested in exploring the dynamics of race and culture, and in depicting everyone as flawed individuals who you still feel empathy for. It gives you a portrayal of what poverty and the economy can do, even when never attempting to justify the horrible behavior on display or trying to make excuses for its characters. It's filled with wonderful, thoughtful dialogue while also playing out like a realistic morality tale. The three leads are also fantastic, especially Ben Foster, who deserves to get more roles as the talented character-actor he is. This is highly recommended.


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