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Shotgun Stories (2007)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 26 March 2008 (USA)
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Shotgun Stories tracks a feud that erupts between two sets of half brothers following the death of their father. Set against the cotton fields and back roads of Southeast Arkansas, these ... See full summary »

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Jeff Nichols

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Jeff Nichols
5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Shannon ... Son Hayes
Douglas Ligon Douglas Ligon ... Boy Hayes
Barlow Jacobs ... Kid Hayes
Michael Abbott Jr. ... Cleaman Hayes
Travis Smith ... Mark Hayes
Lynnsee Provence Lynnsee Provence ... Stephen Hayes
David Rhodes David Rhodes ... John Hayes
Glenda Pannell ... Annie Hayes
G. Alan Wilkins G. Alan Wilkins ... Shampoo
Natalie Canerday ... Nicole
Coley Campany ... Cheryl
Cole Hendrixson Cole Hendrixson ... Carter
Vivian Morrison Vivian Morrison ... Melissa (as Vivian Morrison Norman)
Tucker Prentiss Tucker Prentiss ... Paul
Wyatt Ashton Prentiss Wyatt Ashton Prentiss ... Kevin
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Shotgun Stories tracks a feud that erupts between two sets of half brothers following the death of their father. Set against the cotton fields and back roads of Southeast Arkansas, these brothers discover the lengths to which each will go to protect their family. Written by Jeff Nichols

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Rated PG-13 for violence, thematic elements and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fegyverek és emberek See more »

Filming Locations:

Stuttgart, Arkansas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,553, 16 December 2007

Gross USA:

$46,026

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$185,699
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jeff Nichols's directional debut. See more »

Quotes

Stephen Hayes: You started all o' this.
Son Hayes: This started a long time ago.
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Connections

Referenced in The Big Picture: November 2011 (2011) See more »

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The Duel Part II
Written by Ben Nichols
Performed by Lucero
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Brothers vs. brothers
24 July 2010 | by dave-sturmSee all my reviews

Southern American culture is rich in storytelling tradition and part of that is the story of the blood feud. But Shotgun Stories is not about those ancient yokels, the Hatfields and the McCoys, but contemporary families in rural Arkansas.

One father, two wives. Two sets of sons. With first wife, father was an alcoholic ne'er to do well who abused his wife. The boys by this wife are poor. He cleaned up his act when he ran off with this second wife and became a farmer. The sons by this wife are middle class. The sets of sons hate each other.

The father dies. At his funeral, his first set of sons shows up, brazenly unkempt to spite the well-dressed second set of sons. The oldest makes a speech condemning the father for abandoning them, then spits on the casket. A fist fight breaks out. Vengeance is sworn.

And so the movie begins. And blood is shed.

The information above about family history does not emerge all at once. Bits are doled out as we get to know the Hayes family, the sons, their wives and girlfriends, friends (some, like Shampoo, disreputable) and their children. An often unmoving camera fixes on the details on these young men's lives, especially the older ones, Son, Kid and Boy (Yes, that's their names).

Just about everybody in the movie has known each other since childhood.

This is not a fast-paced movie, but the tension builds to almost unbearable levels as retribution leads to worse retribution. Interestingly, the most serious violence occurs off camera.

Eventually, a peacemaker emerges in a most unlikely (but maybe not) persona.

Shotgun Stories is the kind of movie film festival goers adore. Low budget. Unknown actors. Local color. Rich dialogue. Evocative cinematography.

If that's not your bag, stay away. But if it intrigues you, check this out.


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