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Hell or High Water

MPAA Rating: R for some strong violence, language throughout and brief sexuality.
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Crime Drama
1 hr. 42 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
August 12, 2016 (32 theaters)
August 19, 2016 (472)
August 31, 2016 (2nd Expansion)
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Featuring: Jeff BridgesMarcus
Chris PineToby
Ben FosterTanner
Katy Mixon … Jenny Ann
Melanie Papalia … Emily
Dale Dickey … Elsie
Marin Ireland … Debbie
Kevin Rankin … Billy Rayburn
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Director: David Mackenzie
Producer: producerproducerproducer
Distributor: CBS Films

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “In ‘Hell or High Water,’ two brothers, Toby (Chris Pine), a straight-living, divorced father trying to make a better life for his son, and Tanner (Ben Foster), a short-tempered ex-con with a loose trigger finger, go on a calculated bank robbery spree that puts them on a collision course with a West Texas Ranger (Academy Award-winner Jeff Bridges) determined to take them down.

‘Hell Or High Water’ is a modern action drama set in West Texas where the distinction between honest men and outlaws has blurred beyond recognition. A divorced dad and his ex-con brother resort to a desperate scheme to rob a bank to save their family’s West Texas farm from foreclosure, while two Texas Rangers are set to catch both brothers.
A story about the collision of the Old and New West, two brothers—Toby (Chris Pine), a straight-living, divorced father trying to make a better life for his son; and Tanner (Ben Foster), a short-tempered ex-con with a loose trigger finger—come together to rob branch after branch of the bank that is foreclosing on their family land. The hold-ups are part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that powerful forces beyond their control have stolen from under their feet. Vengeance seems to be theirs until they find themselves in the crosshairs of a relentless, foul-mouthed Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges) looking for one last triumph on the eve of his retirement. As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their plan, a showdown looms at the crossroads where the last honest law man and a pair of brothers with nothing to live for except family collide.

Featuring a cast that includes Academy Award®-winner Jeff Bridges (‘Crazy Heart,’ ‘True Grit’), Chris Pine (‘Star Trek,’ ‘Into The Woods’), Ben Foster (‘3:10 To Yuma,’ ‘The Messenger’) and Gil Birmingham (‘The Lone Ranger,’ ‘Twilight’), ‘Hell Or High Water‘ is directed by David Mackenzie (‘Young Adam,’ ‘Starred Up’) and written by Taylor Sheridan (‘Sicario’), produced by Sidney Kimmel, Peter Berg, Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn and executive produced by Gigi Pritzker, Bill Lischak, Michael Nathanson, Rachel Shane, John Penotti and Bruce Toll.”

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Movie Critics

…superb… smart, superbly crafted… terrific… [3½/4]
—Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

…a chase movie disguised as a western with a smashing Jeff Bridges as a Texas Ranger… …an easygoing thriller… the men are brothers whose plan — revealed over time in slow drips of casual conversation — turns out to be smarter and more complicated than we initially suspect. …
—Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

…a soulful outlaw tale with a socioeconomic perspective and a rich sense of place. …As much as all four men are familiar types, the director, writer and actors imbue them with humanity, steering their arcs through tense action — including a nice throwback Western shootout on rocky terrain — to a quietly moving conclusion.
—David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

…Chris Pine, Ben Foster, and Jeff Bridges are all brilliant in “Hell or High Water,” David Mackenzie's gripping West Texas drama of crime, fear, and brotherly love…
—Owen Gleiberman, Variety

…The terrific “Hell or High Water” is like a gritty retelling of the Frank and Jesse James story—only with getaway cars instead of horses.…
—Stephen Whitty, New York Daily News

…this is the film in which Pine (“Star Trek Beyond”) lives up to his potential, with a performance that’s nothing short of mesmerizing. Much more than a genre piece, “Hell or High Water” takes you places that you thought the big screen had forgotten.
—Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

…The director, David Mackenzie, gives each of his actors time to shine and fills the film with picturesque details, but the movie might as well be a table read set before a green screen. …
—Richard Brody, The New Yorker

…a riveting drama with superb acting, but the worldview is mixed with some positive Christian and moral elements, as well as some lawlessness that’s justified. …warrants extreme caution.
—Ted Baehr, Movieguide

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