• Promised Land (2012)

Promised Land

Release Date: December 28th, 2012

DVD Release Date: April 23rd, 2013

R |1 hr 46 min

Plot Summary

Corporate sales partners Steve Butler (Matt Damon) and Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand) arrive in a small town to secure drilling rights for a natural-gas company. They believe that the economic decline has done their work for them and that the townspeople will happily accept whatever offer they make. However, they don't consider the objections of a respected schoolteacher (Hal Holbrook) and the leader (John Krasinski) of a grassroots campaign against the company's objective.

Cast: Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Frances McDormand, Rosemarie DeWitt, Hal Holbrook, Lucas Black, Scoot McNairy, Titus Welliver

Director: Gus Van Sant

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Sunday Night, Media Farm, Pearl Street

Distributors: Focus Features

Keywords: Touching , 2010s , Inspiring , Pursuit , Underdog

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    Promised Land presents its environmental concerns in a clear, upfront manner but hits some narrative and character bumps in the second half that weaken the impact of this fundamentally gentle, sympathetic work. show more

  • 50
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Promised Land is a frustrating film to watch. It should be better than this, smarter than this. show more

  • 50
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    There's also reason to worry when a simplistic movie like this one takes on an issue of overarching importance to the nation's future. The challenges presented by fracking are immense, and Capra-esque nostalgia isn't helpful. show more

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