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No Country for Old Men

  • Drama
  • 2007
  • Ethan Coen
  • 117 mins
  • 15

Summary

A Texan hunter who took a stash of money abandoned at the site of a botched drug deal is pursued across the state by an implacable hitman with no qualms about killing anyone who gets in his way. Meanwhile, a world-weary sheriff struggles to make sense of the escalating chain of violence. The Coen brothers' Oscar-winning crime thriller, starring Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Kelly Macdonald and Woody Harrelson.

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Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

There's a lot of money being chased in this masterful, multi-faceted thriller from the Coen brothers, but it's not really what's at stake. Set in Texas in 1980, it begins with Vietnam War veteran Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) stumbling across a desert drug deal gone wrong and escaping with a suitcase containing $2 million. A game of cat and mouse ensues, as Moss is pursued by a ruthless assassin armed with a cattle stun gun (Javier Bardem), various Mexican drug dealers and an ageing police sheriff (Tommy Lee Jones), whose despairing take on the state of America provides the movie's moral heart. Adapting Cormac McCarthy's terse noir novel for the screen, the Coens deliver a complex, utterly riveting thriller that's also a philosophical meditation on the inexorable nature of fate. They also succeed in marrying the writer's apocalyptic sense of social breakdown with their own blackly comic sensibility. The result is a terrific crime movie that bears comparison with their other career high points, Blood Simple and Fargo.

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Credits

Cast

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Ed Tom BellTommy Lee Jones
Anton ChigurhJavier Bardem
Llewelyn MossJosh Brolin
Carson WellsWoody Harrelson
Carla Jean MossKelly Macdonald
WendellGarret Dillahunt
Loretta BellTess Harper
EllisBarry Corbin

Crew

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DirectorEthan Coen
DirectorJoel Coen

Details

Theatrical distributor
Paramount
Released on
2008-01-18
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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