Director: John Hillcoat
Writers: Nick Cave (screenplay), Matt Bondurant (novel)
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MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity
Genre: Crime | Drama | Western
Runtime:  115 min


The three Bondurant brothers run a bootlegging operation during the depression, up in the mountains of Franklin County, Virginia. Crooked Special Deputy Charles Rakes is after a share of the brothers’ profits. Compounding their troubles, the local competition is elbowing in on their activities. Forrest’s boisterous defiance and Cricket’s knack for moonshine production help the brothers gain a local monopoly. When Forrest is wounded as tension with Rakes escalates, Jack, initially the timid one, must prove his worth against gangster Floyd Banner’s mob, and we see him metamorphose into a cocky exhibitionist in his attempts to woo the off-limits preacher’s daughter, Bertha.

Cast Highlights

Gary Oldman … Floyd Banner
Guy Pearce … Special Agent Charlie Rakes
Shia LaBeouf … Jack Bondurant
Jessica Chastain … Maggie
Mia Wasikowska … Bertha Minnix

Gallery Highlights


  • Ryan Gosling, Scarlett Johansson, and Michael Shannon were originally slated to topline the project together with ‘Shia Labeouf’.
  • Amy Adams and Scarlett Johansson were originally cast, but the movie was shut down, and Jessica Chastain eventually got the role.
  • Tom Hardy’s character was originally supposed to be slimmer but Hardy had to bulk up for the movie The Dark Knight Rises.