• Lawless (2012)

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Release Date: August 29th, 2012

DVD Release Date: November 27th, 2012

R |1 hr 55 min

Plot Summary

In 1931, the Bondurant brothers of Franklin County, Va., run a multipurpose backwoods establishment that hides their true business, bootlegging. Middle brother Forrest (Tom Hardy) is the brain of the operation; older Howard (Jason Clarke) is the brawn, and younger Jack (Shia LaBeouf), the lookout. Though the local police have taken bribes and left the brothers alone, a violent war erupts when a sadistic lawman (Guy Pearce) from Chicago arrives and tries to shut down the Bondurants operation.

Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Dane DeHaan, Chris McGarry

Director: John Hillcoat

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Annapurna Pictures, Blumhansonallen Films, Douglas Wick/Lucy Fisher

Distributors: Weinstein Co.

Keywords: 1930s , Girlfriend , Small town , Brother , Gripping , Rivalry , Spirited , Police officer ,

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    John AndersonWall Street Journal

    Lawless is one of those films that, through seeming serendipity, has a cast that defines its moment. There have been others - "The Breakfast Club," "The Godfather" and "Silverado," to name one irrelevant and two relevant examples. But Lawless really lucked out. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    If Lawless doesn't achieve the mythic dimensions of the truly great outlaw and gangster movies, it is a highly entertaining tale set in a vivid milieu, told with style and populated by a terrific ensemble. show more

  • 75
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    A story of entrepreneurship, of family, of fighting for one's rights - the right to make white lightning, and money. It's as American as apple pie. show more

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