Hell or High Water

Hell or High Water

Blu-ray Disc - 2016
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Two men, one a divorced father, the other a hard-living ex-con, both down on their luck, commit a string of bank robberies in order to raise the money needed to protect their family farm from foreclosure. Meanwhile, a sheriff tracks the heists in an attempt to hunt down those responsible.
Publisher: [Montreal, Quebec] : VVS Films, [2016]
Branch Call Number: MOVIE HELL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
digital,optical,surround,Dolby True HD 5.1
video file,Blu-Ray,region A

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Janice21383
Sep 25, 2017

Two brothers in desperate need of money; one screenplay in desperate need of revision. Hell or High Water wants to be about much more than a bank robbery (for instance, banks robbing their customers), but the middle section sags with unnecessary exposition. Yes, times in the West are not like they used to be. No need emphasize it until the audience wants to give the characters a shake and tell them to snap out of it. And looking back, the story doesn't make a lot of real world sense.* But the pace picks up when the brothers try to pull the notorious one last job. One of the joys of this film are local actors in small roles -- they're often more entertaining than the name performers, and seem to be having some goodnatured fun at their expense. *SPOILERS: the bank is trying to take the brothers' ranch, which happens to have oil on it. Why couldn't they take the geologist's report to a competing bank, or to anyone else with money? Investors ought to have been lining up, especially in this economically depressed area. And the end of the movie depends on a random judge not granting police a look into the rancher's financial records, when it's thunderingly obvious that he needed money at the time of the bank robberies, had no visible means of support, and who won big at the casino, twice, in one week. Why not, especially when the robberies resulted in three deaths, one a police officer?

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TBrien
Sep 18, 2017

Really enjoyed the story, script and characters, especially the "character" of run-down, dusty Texas locales.

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Cindasan_62
Sep 04, 2017

While the violence in this movie is brutal, it is not gratuitous and could have been much, much worse. What I found especially riveting in this movie was the relationships and the quiet moments that revealed character, like when Toby goes to see his kids for the first time in a year or when the 2 Texas Rangers are talking in the motel room. It's rare for a Hollywood film to not have a happy ending where love triumphs and the good guys win. Yes, the Texas Rangers do their job, but they don't "win." The bank robbers don't "win" either. But Toby comes close. What price, conscience? It was a surprise to me, while watching the special features, to learn that Toby was the main character. The way the characters are presented in the story, there's no one character that stands out, but like "Slaughterhouse Five," there is a character that drives the story and that's Toby and his need to pay off his debt to keep the farm. All the acting performances were superb. The tone of this film is of desperation in the face of poverty and the desire to climb out of that hole. The last scene is a stunner. I'd recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys thoughtful human drama.

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PHAERTE1
Sep 01, 2017

Movie was good, but probably overrated.

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theunderstudy
Aug 20, 2017

ok texas thriller-action flick. Mr. Bridges makes a good texas ranger/law officer. Satire and cultural/racial jokes weren't necessary. Nothing funny about the demise of native americans. Movie was about robbing banks. That's serious. Very intense at the end. Featured actors did ok. nothing special. Story/plot not unusual, simple, decent.

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tj_is_cool
Aug 12, 2017

Very gritty movie about a pair of brothers who are bank robbers. About half the movie can be skipped.

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Byond
Aug 10, 2017

It was easier for me to watch this than it was to watch the dvd extras. I was feeling sorry for Gil Birmingham in the audience presentation closing those out. The movie has managed one negative review amid the laudatory ones on the RT site; I find that one persuasive. In that final extra the last question allowed those assembled was 'what would you want the audience to take away'. Everyone looked at each other for a while until Ben Foster comes up with something like, 'Hell, it's just a good ride', evoking audience applause. To an earlier question of what it might be compared to someone came up with 'Hud' (the man with the barbed wire soul). Some might say it is the best film they've seen in six months. I wonder if those have taken in well received foreign films. You can expect a morally grey ride through a world where bankers have lost the benefit of the doubt.

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ChaKard
Aug 02, 2017

What a surprise. I loved this movie. One minute you are rooting for the brothers, the next, the Texas Rangers. The banter between the four main stars are well written. Great acting and a good script made me watched the extra features ( which I normally would not watch).

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Nooksack20
Jul 31, 2017

A very good flick with great acting. Keeps you guessing right to the end.

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PeterMilton
Jul 29, 2017

Loved it! Intelligent script, compelling acting, well fleshed-out characters. There are actors in much smaller roles than the stars who almost steal the show. Did not want this one to end and immediately watched parts of it for a second time. I re-savored the flavor. Best thing I have seen in a long time. Highly recommended. Did I miss anything?

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johnstonmk
Apr 13, 2017

"I've been poor my whole life, like a disease passing from generation to generation. But not my boys, not anymore."

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britprincess1ajax
Mar 07, 2017

“You want to live here? Got an old hardware store that charges twice what Home Depot does. One restaurant with a rattlesnake for a waitress. I mean, how is anybody supposed to make a living here?”
“People have made a living here for 150 years.”
“Well, people lived in caves for 150,000 years. But they don't do it no more.”

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britprincess1ajax
Mar 07, 2017

“Would you order me something while you're there? I'm starving.”
“I doubt they serve pemmican.”
“You know I'm part Mexican, too.”
“Yeah, well, I'm gonna get to that when I'm through with the Indian insults, but it's gonna be a while.”

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britprincess1ajax
Mar 07, 2017

“This is Mr. Pibb. I asked for a Dr. Pepper.”
“So?”
“Only a**holes drink Mr. Pibb.”

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britprincess1ajax
Mar 07, 2017

(an estranged father warning his son)
“Whatever I hear, I won't believe.”
“No, you believe it. I did all of it. Now you do different.”

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britprincess1ajax
Mar 07, 2017

“Sure feels like beer o’clock.”

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jimg2000
Dec 09, 2016

What are you doing?
-Sleeping on the porch, practicing my future.
It's a dangerous thing we do for a living. You're lucky, having seen it through to the end. I hope I'm that lucky.
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You fellas robbin' the bank?
-What's it look like, old man?
But you ain't Mexicans.
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This is what they call white man's intuition.
-Sometimes a blind pig finds a truffle.
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We ain't stealing from you. We're stealing from the bank.

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jimg2000
Dec 09, 2016

Do you know what Comanche means? It means enemies forever.
-Enemies with who?
Everyone. You know what that makes me? An enemy.
-No. It makes me a Comanche.
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Boys. Y'all been here for a while?
-Well, long enough to watch a bank getting robbed that's been robbing me for 30 years.
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Why are you always dressed like me?
-This is our uniform.
We ain't got no uniform. You can wear whatever color shirt you choose. You just keep choosing mine.
-Ranger regs say white, blue, or tan dress shirts. Stands to reason every once in a while we're gonna be dressed the same.
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You know, they loaned the least they could. Just enough to keep your mama poor on a guaranteed return. Thought they could swipe her land for $25,000. That's just so arrogant, it makes my teeth hurt.
To see you boys pay those bastards back with their own money? Well, if that ain't Texan, I don't know what is.

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jimg2000
Dec 09, 2016

Girl: Do you have a reservation?
-We do not. ... Good lord, look at you. We would be obliged if you would provide accommodations, though we failed to call ahead.
Girl: Boy, you are trouble.
-Oh, the worst kind, darling. In your last days in the nursing home, you'll think of me and giggle.
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Ain't you Christian?
-Yeah. But I ain't stupid. God doesn't talk through this man any more than he talks through my dog.
Well, then maybe you should give your dog a listen.
-Ain't you Indian? You're supposed to be burning Sage and dancing around the bed whooping like a bee stung you.
I'm catholic.
-Come on. Come on! I'd rather dance around a fire with a spear. I'd rather have you stab me with a spear than watch this. This son of a bitch, he wouldn't know god if He crawled up his pant leg and bit him on the pecker.
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That soccer, never could understand that. Anything a five-year-old can do ain't a sport.

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jimg2000
Dec 09, 2016

I've been poor my whole life. So were my parents, their parents before them. It's like a disease passing from generation to generation, becomes a sickness, that's what it is. Infects every person you know,
but not my boys. Not anymore.
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I'm ready to be done with this.
-You'll never be done with it no matter what. It's gonna haunt you, son, for the rest of your days. But you won't be alone. It's gonna haunt me, too.
-If you stop by, maybe I'll give you peace.
Maybe. Maybe I'll give it to you.
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A long time ago, your ancestors was the Indians, till someone came along and killed them, broke 'em down, made you into one of them. ... 150 years ago, all of this was my ancestors' land. Everything you could see. Everything you saw yesterday. Till the grandparents of these folks took it. And now, it's been
taken from them. Except it ain't no army doing it. It's those sons of bitches right there.

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britprincess1ajax
Mar 07, 2017

britprincess1ajax thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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