The ranch belongs to the trust and thus to them; Toby is only there to visit and fix up the house. They talk about race, sports, and the NBA playoff boycott, led by the Bucks, in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, WI. [23], Hell or High Water received critical acclaim, with many praising the film as revitalizing the western genre. The brothers race out of town with the local posse in pursuit. The film opened in the UK and Ireland on September 9, 2016, and opened in New Zealand on October 21, 2016. With untraceable funds and gambling as a cover for how they were acquired, the brothers head back to Texas. [3] The American Film Institute selected it as one of its ten Movies of the Year,[4] and it was nominated for numerous awards, including four Oscar nominations at the 89th Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Bridges), Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing. [22] The film began its wide release at 909 theaters on August 26, and grossed $3.7 million over the weekend, finishing 12th at the box office. [12] On May 4, 2015, Pine and Foster were confirmed to play brothers in the film, who commit bank robberies to save their family's farm in West Texas, while Bridges would play a Texas Ranger set to catch the brothers. [21] The following weekend, the film expanded to 472 theaters, grossing $2.7 million (a per theater average of $5,709). [7], On April 18, 2012, Deadline reported that Sidney Kimmel Entertainment had acquired the heist film Comancheria, scripted by Taylor Sheridan, which SKE would finance and produce with Peter Berg of Film 44. Hamilton says he would like to meet again and maybe he will "bring some peace" to Toby. Hell or High Water grossed $27 million in the United States and Canada and $10.9 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $37.9 million, against a production budget of $12 million. Hamilton leaves, without giving Toby any absolution. [9] At Cinemacon 2016 in Las Vegas, a standee was presented for the film, revealing that the title had been changed to Hell or High Water. [13] CBS Films acquired the US rights to the film, which was produced by Sidney Kimmel of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Peter Berg of Film 44, Carla Hacken of SKE, and Julie Yorn of LBI, with Gigi Pritzker, Bill Lischak, Michael Nathanson, Rachel Shane, John Penotti, Bruce Toll and Braden Aftergood as executive producers. ", "Hell or High Water: Modern western the year's best film so far",, Films directed by David Mackenzie (director), Films with screenplays by Taylor Sheridan, Articles with dead external links from November 2018, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 18 October 2020, at 01:45. They rob Texas Midlands as a form of frontier justice. The brothers' mother has died after a long illness, leaving their ranch in debt because of a reverse mortgage provided by the Texas Midlands Bank. [21], Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun Times gave the film four out of four stars, saying, "In ways large and small, Hell or High Water is a movie so beautiful and harsh and elegiac and knowing, the moment it was over was the moment I wanted to see it again. [17][18][19] Some rural scenes were filmed in the vast and sparsely populated ranch country of Quay and Guadalupe counties of New Mexico, including scenic shots of Alamogordo Valley south of Luciano Mesa. "[27] IGN reviewer Samantha Ladwig gave the film a 9/10, saying "Hell or High Water surprises with its complex narrative, stuns with its cinematography, and makes up for this summer's shortcomings. Hell or High Water received four nominations at the Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Bridges, Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing. Pressed for time, the brothers proceed with the heist though the bank is crowded. During that time, Hamilton playfully makes fun of his partner’s half-Mexican and half-Indian heritage; Parker retorts with jokes about Hamilton's age. The website's critical consensus reads, "Hell or High Water offers a solidly crafted, well-acted Western heist thriller that eschews mindless gunplay in favor of confident pacing and full-bodied characters. [10] Berg was potentially attached to direct the film. After gaining some distance, Tanner stops and fires an automatic rifle, forcing the posse to retreat. It also grossed $37 million. Filming wrapped on July 8, 2015.[20]. During the standoff, Toby conceals his wound, passes through a police checkpoint without incident, and launders the stolen cash at the casino, where he sees the news report of his brother's death. [8] It is the second installment of Sheridan's trilogy of "the modern-day American frontier". It began a limited release on August 12, 2016, in the United States, followed by an expansion on August 19, and a wide release on August 26. Hamilton tells Toby he holds him responsible for the death of his partner, and just as a Mexican standoff starts to occur, they are interrupted when Toby's ex-wife and children arrive. Hamilton visits Toby's ranch. A shoot-out ensues when a security guard and an armed civilian fire at the brothers and Tanner kills both. [24] On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 97% based on 280 reviews, with an average rating of 8.49/10. [26] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale. [5] It also received Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Bridges and Best Screenplay.[6]. As Hamilton departs, Toby suggests they meet again soon to "finish the conversation" and "bring you some peace". 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[16][14] Filming also took place in other New Mexico communities such as Portales and Tucumcari. The film premiered at the Un Certain Regard section of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2016, and was theatrically released in the United States on August 12, 2016, to critical acclaim, particularly for Bridges' performance, the screenplay, and the editing. [11] On April 2, 2015, it was announced that Jeff Bridges was set to star, while Chris Pine and Ben Foster were also in talks to join, and David Mackenzie was set to direct the film. Toby has the casino convert their gambling winnings into a check made out to the Texas Midlands Bank. Hell or High Water is a 2016 American neo-Western heist film directed by David Mackenzie and written by Taylor Sheridan. Hamilton stakes out another branch of the Texas Midlands Bank, to no avail. The film premiered at the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2016. The money from the ranch's oil wells is deposited at the Texas Midlands Bank, which refuses to co-operate with the investigation for fear of losing management of the family's trust fund. He gets into a shooting position behind Tanner, and kills him. Hamilton, who is close to retirement, investigates the robberies and quickly determines the brothers' methods and personalities. Meanwhile, Tanner robs another bank while Toby unknowingly waits at a nearby diner, conversing with a waitress. Two Texas Rangers, Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) and Alberto Parker (Gil Birmingham), are on the case.

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