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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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Clint Eastwood: Actor, Director ... Master Impressionist?

Clint Eastwood does it all in The Mule ... including keeping his cast rolling with a killer impression of a classic cartoon character. And yes, we have proof.

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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 ... 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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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official Site

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:

$171,304,407, 14 March 2019
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (7.1 surround)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This was the second collaboration between Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper after American Sniper (2014). See more »

Goofs

When Laton is first shown shooting skeet, his second shot goes off before the barrel moves to the left. See more »

Quotes

Mary: How did you come into all that money?
Earl Stone: Well, I just... Well, I'm not gonna lie to you. I'm a high-end gigolo.
Mary: [laughing and wheezing]
Earl Stone: Bounty hunter?
Mary: Come on. Seriously, come on.
Earl Stone: All right, seriously. Okay. I've become a drug mule for the cartel. And I've got 305 kilos of cocaine sitting right in the back of my truck out there.
Mary: [eyeing him closely then laughs again]
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Connections

References A Fistful of Dollars (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

On the Road Again
Written and Performed by Willie Nelson
Courtesy of Columbia Records Nashville
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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Clint Eastwood's slow burn of a film....
15 December 2018 | by terceira829See all my reviews

In my personal opinion no one does a slow burn better then Mr. Eastwood. His cinematography, lighting and ambience develops slowly... he's in no hurry to tell his story and that's what makes him such a great storyteller. We experience the anxiety of his first few trips and along with everyone else in the theatre...we wait for the other shoe to drop. His showcased advanced age along with his hunched posture and shuffled walk in this film is the perfect antagonist for what is expected and asked of him. We are privy to comparisons of his choices of work over family. Eastwood seems to have no regret or recollection of his daughters wedding whilst receiving an award for his prized lilies. He continues to be the "Mule" knowing all too well the consequences of his actions. Redemption is a very big price. Eastwood shines here. Don't expect a lot of action... but this film is a study in character... which is what Eastwood does best.


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