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Lawless (2012)

  • Rate: 7.3/10 total 52,788 votes 
  • Genre: Crime | Drama
  • Release Date: 29 August 2012 (USA)
  • Runtime: 116 min
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  • IMDb page: Lawless (2012)
  • Rate: 7.3/10 total 52,788 votes 
  • Genre: Crime | Drama
  • Release Date: 29 August 2012 (USA)
  • Runtime: 116 min
  • Filming Location: Woodbury, Georgia USA
  • Budget: $26,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $37,397,291(USA)(23 November 2012)
  • Director: John Hillcoat
  • Stars: Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf and Guy Pearce|See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Nick Cave  Warren Ellis   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Deputy | Virginia | Bootlegging | Moonshine | Preacher's Daughter

Writing Credits By:

  • Nick Cave (screenplay)
  • Matt Bondurant (novel "The Wettest County in the World")

Known Trivia

  • Ryan Gosling, Scarlett Johansson, and Michael Shannon were originally slated to top line the project together with Shia LaBeouf.
  • Amy Adams and Scarlett Johansson were originally cast, but the movie was shut down, and Jessica Chastain eventually got the role.
  • Tom Hardy’s character was originally supposed to be slimmer but Hardy had to bulk up for the movie The Dark Knight Rises.
  • The movie is based on actual events, as explained in the book “The Wettest County in the World” (2008) written by Matt Bondurant. Matt Bondurant is the grandson of Jack Bondurant, the character played by Shia LaBeouf in the film.

Goofs: Anachronisms: Telephone (utility) poles shown in several scenes include both telephone lines and cable TV lines, some of which include modern "expansion loops." Cable television wasn't introduced in the US until 1948.

Plot: Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by a new deputy and other authorities who want a cut of their profits. Full summary »  »

Story: The three Bondurant brothers run a bootlegging operation during the depression, up in the mountains of Franklin County, Virginia. Crooked Special Deputy Charles Rakes is after a share of the brothers' profits. Compounding their troubles, the local competition is elbowing in on their activities. Forrest's boisterous defiance and Cricket's knack for moonshine production help the brothers gain a local monopoly. When Forrest is wounded as tension with Rakes escalates, Jack, initially the timid one, must prove his worth against gangster Floyd Banner's mob, and we see him metamorphose into a cocky exhibitionist in his attempts to woo the off-limits preacher's daughter, Bertha.


Synopsis: During the Prohibition era, the Bondurant brothers — Forrest (Tom Hardy), Howard (Jason Clarke) and Jack (Shia LaBeouf) — run a successful liquor bootlegging business in Franklin County, Virginia, with the help of their friend, Cricket Pate (Dane DeHaan), using their bar as a front for their illegal activities.

One day, Jack witnesses mobster Floyd Banner (Gary Oldman) eliminating a competitor and they exchange looks before Jack returns to the bar, where Forrest hires Maggie Beauford (Jessica Chastain), a dancer from Chicago, to be their new waitress. Shortly afterwards, the bar is visited by brutal Special Agent Charlie Rakes (Guy Pearce), on behalf of District Attorney Mason Wardell. Rakes informs Forrest that he wants a cut of all profit made by Franklin’s bootleggers, but Forrest refuses and threatens to kill Rakes if he returns. Forrest later meets with the other bootleggers and convinces them to stand up to Rakes as well, though they eventually give in to Rakes’ violent intimidation tactics.

Meanwhile, Jack meets Bertha Minnix (Mia Wasikowska), daughter of the local preacher. He attends the church drunk and makes a fool of himself, causing Bertha’s father to forbid her from seeing him, which only makes her more interested in Jack, with whom she flirts. Jack later finds Rakes raiding Cricket’s house in search of his distilation equipment. When they don’t find it, Rakes brutally beats Jack when he tries to intervene. Forrest hears of this and tells Jack that he needs to learn how to fight for himself.

Forrest and Howard arrange to meet with potential clients from Chicago, but Howard misses his appointment to get drunk with a friend, and Forrest ends up beating the two men with Cricket’s help when they harrass Maggie. Later, after Cricket leaves, the men return, slash Forrest’s throat, and rape Maggie.

Howard and Jack meet a surviving Forrest at the hospital, and Jack decides to travel to Chicago with Cricket to sell the liquor. Arriving there, they are doublecrossed by their clients, but are rescued by Banner, who recognizes Jack. Banner already knows of the attack on Forrest, as well as the identities of the two assailants, and he provides Jack with their address, and also advises Jack that they are working for Rakes. Forrest and Howard later find, torture, and kill the men to send a message to Rakes.

Banner becomes a regular client of the brothers, who move their distilation equipment to the woods and have great profit. The money allows Jack to continue courting Bertha, while Forrest begins a relationship with Maggie after she moves into the bar for her safety, though she doesn’t tell him she was raped.

Jack eventually decides to show Bertha the distilation center, but they are ambushed by Rakes and his men, who had followed her. Howard incapacitates Rakes and Jack nearly kills him before they are forced to flee from Rakes’s men with Bertha and Cricket, who is later recaptured and murdered by Rakes, who snaps his neck.Wanting revenge for Cricket’s death, Jack goes to confront Rakes and his men at a roadblock in the local bridge. Howard follows after him, rallying the bootleggers to come to their aid. Forrest decides to join them, though Maggie tries to dissuade him, telling him that it was she who had found him with his throat slashed and took him to the hospital. Forrest realizes then that she was also attacked that night, but Maggie continues to deny having been raped.

The bootleggers engage Rakes’ men in a violent firefight, during which Rakes shoots Forrest multiple times before being shot in the leg and attempting to escape. A wounded Jack follows him to the bridge and shoots Rakes in the chest, wounding him. Howard later stabs Rakes with a large knife and leaves him to bleed to death.With Rakes and his men dead, the Bondurant Brothers decide to save their money and retire after Prohibition ends. Jack marries Bertha, Forrest marries Maggie, and Howard marries a local woman, all having children.During a reunion at Jack’s house, Forrest drunkly dances on a frozen lake and falls into the freezing water, dying of pneumonia a few weeks later.



FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • John Allen known as co-producer
  • Robert Ogden Barnum known as executive producer
  • Michael Benaroya known as producer
  • Jason Blum known as executive producer
  • Matthew Budman known as co-producer
  • Megan Ellison known as producer
  • Cassian Elwes known as executive producer
  • Lucy Fisher known as producer
  • Scott Hanson known as executive producer
  • John Brooks Klingenbeck known as executive producer
  • James Lejsek known as co-executive producer
  • Randy Manis known as executive producer
  • Laura Rister known as executive producer
  • Ben Sachs known as executive producer
  • Ted Schipper known as executive producer
  • Rachel Shane known as executive producer
  • Douglas Wick known as producer
  • Dany Wolf known as executive producer
  • Clayton Young known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Shia LaBeouf known as Jack Bondurant
  • Tom Hardy known as Forrest Bondurant
  • Jason Clarke known as Howard Bondurant
  • Guy Pearce known as Charlie Rakes
  • Jessica Chastain known as Maggie Beauford
  • Mia Wasikowska known as Bertha Minnix
  • Dane DeHaan known as Cricket Pate
  • Chris McGarry known as Danny
  • Tim Tolin known as Mason Wardell
  • Gary Oldman known as Floyd Banner
  • Lew Temple known as Deputy Henry Abshire
  • Marcus Hester known as Deputy Jeff Richards
  • Bill Camp known as Sheriff Hodges
  • Alex Van known as Tizwell Minnix
  • Noah Taylor known as Gummy Walsh
  • Mark Ashworth known as Hophead #1
  • Tom Proctor known as Hophead #2
  • Bruce McKinnon known as Jimmy Turner
  • Eric Mendenhall known as Spoons Rivard
  • Toni Byrd known as Ida Belle
  • Robert T. Smith known as Young Jack
  • Jake Nash known as Young Forrest
  • William J. Harrison known as Young Howard
  • Joyce Baxter known as Aunt Winnie
  • Jeff Braun known as Doctor
  • Malinda Baker known as Young Black Girl
  • Tom Turbiville known as Goon #1
  • Chad Randall known as Mugger #1
  • Terry Keasler known as Mugger #2
  • Duncan Nicholson known as Junior
  • Ron Clinton Smith known as Bootlegger
  • Anna House known as Old Mountain Woman
  • Ricky Muse known as Bootlegger #2
  • Peter Krulewitch known as Stogie Pete
  • Chance Bartels known as Charlie Rake's Henchman (uncredited)
  • Darryl Booker known as Benny Bootlegger (uncredited)
  • Charles Casey known as Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Randall Franks known as Cornshuckers String Band Leader (uncredited)
  • David Fritsch known as Dead Gangster (uncredited)
  • Ronnie Kantorik known as Homeless Man on Street (uncredited)
  • Larry Mainland known as Funeral Minister (uncredited)
  • Joel Rogers known as Traveling Hobo (uncredited)
  • J.T. Seidler known as Policeman (uncredited)
  • Steve Warren known as Down-and-Out (uncredited)
  • Jacqueline Marie Zwick known as Dunkard (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • David LeRoy Anderson known as special f/x makeup creation
  • David Beneke known as dental prosthetics
  • Veronica Cox known as makeup artist
  • Ken Diaz known as makeup department head
  • Luis García known as key makeup artist
  • Bill Johnson known as fake bodies
  • Carol Rasheed known as assistant makeup artist
  • Sabine Roller known as makeup artist
  • Toby Sells known as makeup artist
  • Katrina Suhre known as additional hair stylist
  • Kelvin R. Trahan known as hair department head
  • Ariane Turner known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Jason Allard known as carpenter
  • Kip Bartlett known as on-set dresser
  • Rebecca Brown known as buyer
  • Sharon Davis known as assistant art director
  • Sharon Davis known as set designer
  • Jon De Pabon known as paint foreman
  • Jeremy Farlow known as welding foreman
  • Faith Farrell known as scenic foreman
  • Jared Fleury known as props
  • Carol Francoso known as scenic artist
  • Julie Hardin known as set dresser
  • Don Holloway known as lead greensman
  • Anne Hyvarinen known as head paint foreman
  • Konrad Lewis known as set dresser
  • E. Aaron Linker known as art assistant
  • Ruth Mitchell known as painter
  • Christina Myal known as graphic designer
  • Sarah Myers known as set dec pa
  • Javed Noorullah known as gang boss
  • Justin Pelissero known as gangboss
  • Scott T. Pina known as construction coordinator
  • Eugene Pope known as general foreman
  • Taraja Ramsess known as set dresser
  • Sarah Regan known as painter
  • Kelly Richardson known as art department coordinator
  • JoAnna Robinson known as set dresser
  • Mike Samuels known as set dresser
  • Erik Sedwick known as storyboard artist
  • Barbara S. Shelton known as scenic artist
  • Blanche Sindelar known as property master
  • Bob Smith known as leadman
  • Shea Soutar known as stand by painter
  • Leia Verner known as set dec assistant
  • Nichole Wleklinski known as set dresser




Production Companies:

  • Benaroya Pictures (presents)
  • FilmNation Entertainment (presents)
  • Annapurna Pictures (in association with)
  • Blum Hanson Allen Films (as BlumHansonAllen Films)
  • Pie Films Inc.
  • Red Wagon Productions
  • Yucaipa Films (presents)

Other Companies:

  • Codex Digital  digital recording equipment
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Exceptional Minds  titles
  • Film Production Capital  tax credit brokering
  • Hollywood Trucks  entertainment transportation
  • Ignition Print  poster design (uncredited)
  • Lightnin' Production Rentals  transportation equipment
  • Movie Movers  hair and makeup trailer
  • Movie Movers  transportation
  • Paskal Lighting  grip and lighting equipment
  • Sessions Payroll Management  extras payroll services
  • Sony Classical  soundtrack
  • Transportation Resources  transportation equipment
  • Trevanna Post  post-production accounting
  • Wildfire Studios  post-production sound services


  • FilmNation Entertainment (2012) (worldwide) (all media) (sales)
  • Alliance Films (2011) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Energía Entusiasta (2012) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Forum Hungary (2012) (Hungary) (theatrical)
  • Golden Village Pictures (2012) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Koch Media (2012) (Italy) (theatrical)
  • MVP Entertainment (2012) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Metropolitan Filmexport (2012) (France) (theatrical)
  • Momentum Pictures (2011) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Odeon (2012) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Paradiso Entertainment (2012) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Roadshow Film Distributors (2012) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Viva Films (2012) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • Weinstein Company, The (2012) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Anchor Bay Entertainment (2012) (USA) (DVD)
  • Anchor Bay Entertainment (2012) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2012) (Switzerland) (all media)
  • Dreamwest Pictures (2012) (Korea) (all media)
  • Imagem Filmes (2012) (Brazil) (all media)
  • Mongkol Major (2012) (Thailand) (all media)
  • Pinema (2012) (Turkey) (all media)
  • Vertice Cine (2012) (Spain) (all media)
  • Zon Audiovisuais (2012) (Portugal) (all media)



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:

  • Tegan Arnold known as additional visual effects
  • Jeffrey Edward Baksinski known as digital effects supervisor
  • Joey Bonander known as visual effects coordinator
  • Kristen Branan known as visual effects producer: Zoic Studios
  • Andrew G. Cox known as visual effects coordinator
  • Anthony D'Agostino known as element photography
  • Feliciano di Giorgio known as senior compositor: Zoic Studios
  • Dick Edwards known as visual effects supervisor: Invisible Effects
  • Kevin Fanning known as visual effects artist
  • Mark O. Forker known as visual effects supervisor: DIVE
  • Robert Hackl known as visual effects producer
  • Eric Ladd known as main titles designer
  • Ed Mendez known as compositing supervisor: Dive
  • Roger Mocenigo known as visual effects artist
  • Nathan Overstrom known as digital compositor
  • Chris Patterson known as visual effects editor
  • Tom Quinn known as Visual Effects Producer: DIVE
  • Marcos Shih known as matte painter: Zoic Studios
  • Mark Stetson known as senior visual effects supervisor: Zoic Studios
  • Bill Taylor known as visual effects supervisor
  • Mike Uguccioni known as digital compositor

Release Date:

  • France 19 May 2012 (Cannes Film Festival)
  • Czech Republic 2 July 2012 (Karlovy Vary Film Festival)
  • Canada 29 August 2012
  • USA 29 August 2012
  • Kuwait 6 September 2012
  • Bulgaria 7 September 2012
  • Finland 7 September 2012
  • Ireland 7 September 2012
  • Norway 7 September 2012
  • UK 7 September 2012
  • France 12 September 2012
  • Hungary 13 September 2012
  • Sweden 14 September 2012
  • Belgium 19 September 2012
  • Czech Republic 20 September 2012
  • Iceland 21 September 2012
  • Netherlands 7 October 2012 (PAC Festival)
  • Australia 11 October 2012
  • Denmark 11 October 2012
  • Brazil 12 October 2012
  • South Korea 18 October 2012
  • Philippines 24 October 2012
  • Serbia 24 October 2012 (Cinemania)
  • Greece 25 October 2012
  • Hong Kong 25 October 2012
  • Portugal 1 November 2012
  • Israel 8 November 2012
  • Spain 9 November 2012
  • Poland 14 November 2012 (Wroclaw American Film Festival)
  • Netherlands 15 November 2012
  • Singapore 15 November 2012
  • Poland 23 November 2012
  • Italy 29 November 2012
  • Russia 6 December 2012
  • Lithuania 7 December 2012
  • Argentina 13 December 2012
  • Estonia 14 December 2012
  • Turkey 18 January 2013
  • Slovenia 31 January 2013
  • New Zealand 7 February 2013

MPAA: Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity



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