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No Country for Old Men (2007)

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Crime, Drama, Thriller |

No Country for Old Men is a American neo-Western crime thriller film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, based on Cormac McCarthy’s 2005 novel of the same name. A cat-and-mouse thriller starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin, it follows a Texas welder and Vietnam War veteran in the desert landscape of 1980 West Texas. The film revisits the themes of fate, conscience, and circumstance that the Coen brothers had explored in the films Blood Simple (1984), Raising Arizona (1987) and Fargo (1996).

No Country for Old Men premiered in competition at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival on May 19. The film won 76 awards on 109 nominations across multiple organizations; it won four awards at the 80th Academy Awards – Best Picture, Best Director(s), Best Supporting Actor (Bardem) and Best Adapted Screenplay – three British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs), including Best Director(s), and two Golden Globes. The American Film Institute listed it as an AFI Movie of the Year, and the National Board of Review selected the film as the best of 2007.

In Texas, 1980, hitman Anton Chigurh strangles a deputy sheriff to escape custody and uses a captive bolt pistol to kill a driver and steal his car. He spares the life of a gas station owner who accepts a challenge and successfully guesses the result of Chigurh’s coin flip.

Hunting pronghorns in the desert, Llewelyn Moss comes across the aftermath of a drug deal gone bad. He finds several dead men and dogs, a wounded Mexican man begging for water, and two million dollars in a briefcase. He takes the money and returns home. That night, Moss returns to the scene with water. He is pursued by two men in a truck and escapes. At home, he sends his wife, Carla Jean, to stay with her mother, then drives to a motel in Del Rio, where he hides the case in his room’s air duct.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Writers: Joel Coen (screenplay), Ethan Coen (screenplay), Cormac McCarthy (novel)

Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson, Kelly Macdonald, Garret Dillahunt, Tess Harper

Cast:

Tommy Lee JonesEd Tom Bell
Javier BardemAnton Chigurh
Josh BrolinLlewelyn Moss
Woody HarrelsonCarson Wells
Kelly MacdonaldCarla Jean Moss
Garret DillahuntWendell
Tess HarperLoretta Bell
Barry CorbinEllis
Stephen RootMan who hires Wells
Rodger BoyceEl Paso Sheriff
Beth GrantCarla Jean’s Mother
Ana ReederPoolside Woman
Kit GwinSheriff Bell’s Secretary
Zach HopkinsStrangled Deputy
Chip LoveMan in Ford
Eduardo Antonio Garcia‘Agua’ Man
Gene JonesGas Station Proprietor
Myk Watford‘Managerial’ Victim
Boots Southerland‘Managerial’ Victim
Kathy LamkinDesert Aire Manager
Johnnie HectorCabbie at Bus Station
Margaret BowmanDel Rio Motel Clerk
Thomas KopacheBoot Salesman
Jason DouglasCabbie at Motel
Doris HargraveWaitress
Rutherford CravensGun Store Clerk
Matthew PoseySporting Goods Clerk
George AdeloMexican in Bathtub
Mathew GreerHitchhiking Driver
Trent MooreNervous Accountant
Marc MilesHotel Eagle Clerk
Luce RainsPickup Driver
Philip BenthamBorder Bridge Youth
Erik V. ReevesBorder Bridge Youth (as Eric Reeves)
Josh MeyerBorder Bridge Youth
Chris WarnerFlatbed Driver
Brandon SmithINS Official
Roland UribeWell Dressed Mexican (as H. Roland Uribe)
Richard JacksonChicken Farmer
Josh BlaylockBoy on Bike
Caleb Landry JonesBoy on Bike (as Caleb Jones)
Dorsey RayOdessa Cabbie
Angel H. Alvarado Jr.Norteño Band
David A. GomezNorteño Band
Milton HernandezNorteño Band
John ManchaNorteño Band
Scott FlickCab Driver (uncredited)
Albert Fry Jr.El Paso Deputy (uncredited)
Angelo MartinezBus Passenger (uncredited)
James RisheCoffee Shop Customer (uncredited)
Elizabeth SlagsvolNurse (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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