|Rating: 7.3/10 (165,985 votes)
Director: John Hillcoat
Writer: Nick Cave (screenplay), Matt Bondurant (novel)
Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce
Runtime: 116 min
Genre: Crime, Drama
Released: 29 Aug 2012
|Plot: Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a trio of bootlegging brothers are threatened by a new special deputy and other authorities angling for a cut of their profits.|
In 1931, the Bondurant brothers—Forrest, Howard and Jack—are running a successful moonshine business in Franklin County, in the Virginia Piedmont region. They use their gas station and restaurant as a front for their illegal activities, and their friend Cricket Pate assists them in their endeavors. One day, Jack witnesses mobster Floyd Banner shooting a competitor, and Jack and Floyd exchange looks.
Jack returns to the gas station, where Forrest hires Maggie Beauford, a dancer from Chicago, to be their new waitress. Shortly afterward, the gas station is visited by newly arrived Special Deputy Charley Rakes, accompanied by the Virginia Commonwealth Attorney Mason Wardell, the sheriff, and the sheriff’s deputy. Charley tells Forrest that he wants a cut of all profit made by the county’s bootleggers. Forrest refuses and threatens to kill Rakes if he returns.