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Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)

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The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met.

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David Lowery

Writer:

David Lowery
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rooney Mara ... Ruth Guthrie
Casey Affleck ... Bob Muldoon
Ben Foster ... Patrick Wheeler
Keith Carradine ... Skerritt
Kennadie Smith Kennadie Smith ... Sylvie Guthrie
Jacklynn Smith Jacklynn Smith ... Sylvie Guthrie
Nate Parker ... Sweetie
Robert Longstreet ... Cowboy Hat
Charles Baker ... Bear
Augustine Frizzell ... Sissy
Kentucker Audley ... Freddy
David Zellner ... Zellner
Turner Ross ... T.C.
Rami Malek ... Will
Will Beinbrink ... Lt. Townes
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The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ain't Them Bodies Saints See more »

Filming Locations:

Shreveport, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,419, 18 August 2013

Gross USA:

$396,519

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,031,243
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The title is director David Lowery's "mondegreen" - a mishearing of a song lyric - and has no actual meaning. See more »

Goofs

When Bob is shot while in his parked truck, he stumbles out, leaving the driver side door open. While he returns fire and confronts his assailant, he bumps into the door, causing it to close. After killing assailant and turning to get back into truck, the door is open again. See more »

Quotes

Bob Muldoon: Every day I wake up thinking today's the day I'm gonna see you. And one of those days, it will be so. And then we can ride off to somewhere. Somewhere far away.
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Bluejay Lullaby
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Classic love story remains true to the genre but has unconventional feel
12 June 2013 | by charles-luongoSee all my reviews

If I had seen this film outside of a film festival setting I probably would not have appreciated it as much. Fortunately, director David Lowery provided amazing insight into his thought process and artistic intent as he crafted this film.

His attempt to create a "classic" film, distinguishable for its details but otherwise typical of the star-crossed lovers genre, resulted in something so much more. The characters are much more complex and do not fit neatly into their traditional archetypes. The audience will feel conflicted throughout, growing partial to different characters and rooting for different outcomes at various junctures in the film. Character introspection and lengthy shots of the landscape definitely took priority over plot development. If the depth of the story matched the depth of the characters this would be a truly great film.

The performances are second-to-none and the film was expertly cast. The hand clapping percussion and fiddle gives the score a uniquely southern, soulful feel; anyone from Texas can attest, the combination of score and cinematography will let the audience know what small-town Texas feels like.

Lowery prefaced the film as a cinematic "folk song" and it totally had the feel of a Townes Van Zandt ballad. If the film-goer keeps the folk song description in mind they'll truly appreciate the film's nuances and enjoy the experience.


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