• Shotgun Stories (2007)

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Release Date: December 14th, 2007

DVD Release Date: July 1st, 2008

PG-13|1 hr 32 min

Plot Summary
Backed by siblings Kid (Barlow Jacobs) and Boy (Douglas Ligon), Son Hayes (Michael Shannon) tells the attendees at his father's funeral that he and his brothers hated the dead man, then spits on his grave. This triggers a battle with the siblings' half brothers, which soon leaves Kid dead and Son seriously hurt. As the half brothers stockpile weapons for what they assume will be a deadly encounter, Boy visits them and suggests an end to the fighting.

Cast: Michael Shannon, Douglas Ligon, Barlow Jacobs, Natalie Canerday, Glenda Pannell

Director: Jeff Nichols

Genres: Thriller, Drama

Distributors: International Film Circuit [us]

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Here is a tense and sorrowful film where common sense struggles with blood lust. show more

  • An austere rural landscape, festering hatred, class tensions, terse dialogue - these are common currency in indie movies these days. Shotgun Stories uses them all, but manages to stand out from the crowd. show more

  • Director Jeff Nichols lets the action unfold slowly following an impromptu insult, but the escalation of hatred and pain feels natural. show more

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