No Country for Old Men

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Released 2008

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Director:
Joel Coen , Ethan Coen
Released:
2008
Rating:
R
No Country For Old Men is the 2007 critical sensation adapted from the acclaimed novel by Cormac McCarthy by master filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (Fargo, O Brother Where Art Thou, True Grit, Raising Arizona). An enigmatic, hulking bowl-haircuted psychopath armed with a cattle gun named Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) escapes from police custody to respond to a call to retrieve drug money missing from the scene of a botched drug deal. The thief is silent type country welder Llewellyn Moss (Josh Brolin). He absconds with the loot, puts his wife Carl Jean on a bus to safety and goes on the run, Chigurh at his heels, with a transponder with which to locate the stolen booty. Hot on the heels of both men is world weary sheriff Ed Tom Bell, who has never quite come across a case like this one. Add to the mix, ex-Army Carson Wells (Woody Harrelson) and you have a suspenseful race to the finish line.moreless

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  • 100

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    No Country for Old Men is purgatory for the squeamish and the easily spooked. For formalists -- those moviegoers sent into raptures by tight editing, nimble camera work and faultle...

  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    An intense, nihilistic thriller as well as a model of implacable storytelling, this is a film you can't stop watching even though you very much wish you could. That's because No Co...

  • 100

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A scorching blast of tense genre filmmaking shot through with rich veins of melancholy, down-home philosophy and dark, dark humor, No Country for Old Men reps a superior match of s...

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life vs. death, pondering life, for men, bloody and violent, gravitas