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Out of the Furnace (2013)

  • Rate: 7.2/10 total 591 votes 
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 6 December 2013 (USA)
  • Runtime: 116 min
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Out of the Furnace (2013)

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  • IMDb page: Out of the Furnace (2013)
  • Rate: 7.2/10 total 591 votes 
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 6 December 2013 (USA)
  • Runtime: 116 min
  • Filming Location: Braddock, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Director: Scott Cooper
  • Stars: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Dickon Hinchliffe   
  • Soundtrack: Release
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Brother Brother Relationship | Written By Director

Writing Credits By:

  • Brad Ingelsby (written by) and
  • Scott Cooper (written by)

Known Trivia

  • In 2011 Scott Cooper promised Christian Bale that the director wouldn’t make this thriller without him. Unfortunately Bale’s schedule didn’t permit him to participate in the project, but the actor couldn’t get the story out of his mind. Later on Bale’s schedule cleared up and the shooting of the film commenced in April of 2012. 4 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • The Make a Wish Foundation brought a boy who wished to meet Christian Bale to the set, and he and his family were able to spend the day with the cast and crew. 3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Scott Cooper rewrote the script and the character of Russell Baze specifically for Christian Bale even though the two had never met and Cooper didn’t know whether the actor would take on the role or not. 3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • The title of the film went through a couple of iterations before settling on “Out of the Furnace”. The original script was called “The Low Dweller” but when Scott Cooper was rewriting it, he considered changing the name to “Under a Black Sun”. While shooting the working title of the film was “Dust to Dust”. It was Terrence Malick and Sam Shepard who finally convinced Cooper that “Out of the Furnace” was an apt title for the film. 2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Viggo Mortensen was first approached about the role that eventually went to Woody Harrelson. 2 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • During the fight scene with Casey Affleck at the Jackson Whites’ hideout, the extras portraying the Jackson Whites spontaneously broke out into the victory chant. 1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Leonardo DiCaprio was attached to play the lead role with Ridley Scott directing in the early stages of production. In the end both men opted to stay on just as producers. 1 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • The project was first announced to be directed by Rupert Sanders and starring Christian Bale. Sanders dropped out and Scott Cooper was hired. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • Channing Tatum, Taylor Kitsch, Max Irons and Garrett Hedlund were considered to play Christian Bale’s brother. Casey Affleck was cast. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • Billy Bob Thornton was considered for a role but Woody Harrelson was eventually cast. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |

Plot: When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement fails to follow through, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands to find justice. Full summary »  »

Story: Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother is lured into one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast – a mistake that will almost cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. Written byProduction


Synopsis: From the critically-acclaimed writer and director of Crazy Heart, Scott Cooper, comes a gripping and gritty drama about family, fate, circumstance, and justice. Russell Baze (Christian Bale) and his younger brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt in western Pennsylvania, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives.

Russells life isnt easy, but hes doing his best to get by. He has a dead-end blue collar job at the local steel mill, hes taking care of his terminally ill father, and looking out for Rodney, whos struggling to adapt to normal life following a tour of duty in Iraq. His one comfort is his relationship with the beautiful Lena Warren (Zoe Saldana).However, one fateful evening changes everything for Russell. When he returns to town, years later, his father has passed away, hes lost Lena to local sheriff Wesley Barnes (Forrest Whittaker), and he discovers his war hero brother has been lured into a brutal, underground world of street fighting, run by one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast.

When Rodney mysteriously disappears, and law enforcement fails to follow through, Russell is determined to seek justice for his brother. With nothing left to lose he takes matters into his own hands, risking everything in this intense and explosive thriller.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Riza Aziz known as executive producer
  • Jason Beckman known as executive producer
  • Robbie Brenner known as executive producer
  • Ron Burkle known as executive producer
  • Jason Colbeck known as executive producer
  • Jason Colodne known as executive producer
  • Michael Costigan known as producer
  • Leonardo DiCaprio known as producer
  • Danny Dimbort known as co-producer
  • Joe Gatta known as executive producer
  • Ken Halsband known as co-producer
  • Michael Ireland known as co-producer
  • Ryan Kavanaugh known as producer
  • Jennifer Davisson Killoran known as producer
  • Jamie Marshall known as co-producer
  • Joey McFarland known as executive producer
  • Christian Mercuri known as executive producer
  • John Ridley known as co-producer
  • Ridley Scott known as producer
  • Tony Scott known as producer
  • Adam Simpson-Marshall known as co-producer
  • Tucker Tooley known as executive producer
  • Jeff G. Waxman known as executive producer
  • Brooklyn Weaver known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Woody Harrelson known as Harlan DeGroat
  • Dendrie Taylor known as DeGroat's Date
  • Carl Ciarfalio known as Man at Drive In
  • Nancy Mosser known as Woman at Drive In
  • Christian Bale known as Russell Baze
  • Casey Affleck known as Rodney Baze Jr.
  • Zoe Saldana known as Lena Taylor
  • Sam Shepard known as Gerald 'Red' Baze
  • Bingo O'Malley known as Rodney Baze Sr.
  • Tom Bower known as Dan Dugan
  • Willem Dafoe known as John Petty
  • Bobby Wolfe known as Dwight Van Dunk
  • Charles David Richards known as Chaplain
  • Forest Whitaker known as Chief Wesley Barnes
  • John W. Kleer known as Man at Trailer Park
  • Boyd Holbrook known as Tattooed Guy
  • Corey Rieger known as Skinny Guy
  • Jack Erdie known as Meth Guy
  • Gordon Michaels known as Bergen County Officer
  • Jason Greear known as Undercover Cop
  • Elias Lemon known as SWAT Team Member #3
  • Tommy Lafitte known as Priest
  • Angela Kauffman known as Woman at Bar
  • Tony Amen known as Cellmate (uncredited)
  • Diedra Arthur-O'Ree known as Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Matt Baker known as Cletus (uncredited)
  • Tiffany Bell known as Drive-In Attendee (uncredited)
  • Todd Bobenrieth known as Steel Worker (uncredited)
  • Ryan C. Bogdewic known as Steven Jones – Prisoner 2011756 (uncredited)
  • Lonell R. Childred known as Prisoner (uncredited)
  • Carl Clemons known as Cooch (uncredited)
  • Roger Dillingham Jr. known as Officer Freeman (uncredited)
  • Eric Filo known as Father (uncredited)
  • Joe Fishel known as Prison Guard (uncredited)
  • Jim Fitzgerald known as Pedestrian / Driver (uncredited)
  • Ryan Goimarac known as Inmate (uncredited)
  • Vito Grassi known as Jackson White (uncredited)
  • Richard Guesman known as Prisoner (uncredited)
  • John W. Iwanonkiw known as Steelworker (uncredited)
  • Dean Jacobs known as Drive-In Patron (uncredited)
  • Christopher Kaczmarek known as Meth Addict (uncredited)
  • William Kania known as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Mark Kubr known as SWAT Team (uncredited)
  • Efka Kvaraciejus known as Brady (uncredited)
  • James Lloyd known as Steelworker (uncredited)
  • Scott Lockhart known as Steelworker (uncredited)
  • Tiffany Sander McKenzie known as Civilian (uncredited)
  • Phil Nardozzi known as Civilian (uncredited)
  • John Pierce known as Guy Yelling at Fight (uncredited)
  • Eliot Preschutti known as Jackson White Fighter (uncredited)
  • James Quinn known as Lewis Doty – Prisoner 4732P1946B (uncredited)
  • Nate Ragon known as Meth Addict (uncredited)
  • Earl Rorer known as Gang Member (uncredited)
  • Brenna Roth known as Meth Girl (uncredited)
  • Douglas Slygh known as Steelworker (uncredited)
  • Mike Stern known as Jackson White (uncredited)
  • Ted L. Stewart known as Danny Bard – Prisoner (uncredited)
  • Aaron Toney known as Jerome (uncredited)
  • Anthony Townsend known as Jackson White Gang Member (uncredited)
  • Joshua Vish known as Jackson White (uncredited)
  • Blake Vogel known as Young Rodney Baze (uncredited)
  • Mike Walker known as Russell Baze's Prison Guard (uncredited)
  • Bradley Walkowiak known as Jackson White (uncredited)
  • James Werley known as Driver (uncredited)
  • Nickolas Wiegand known as Jackson White Gang Member (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Ken Diaz known as makeup department head
  • Doug Fairall known as additional makeup artist
  • Nancy Keslar known as assistant hair stylist
  • Karen Lovell known as department head hair
  • Heather Mages known as key makeup artist
  • Geri Mataya known as key hair stylist
  • Christopher Patrick known as makeup artist
  • Rick Stratton known as tattoos

Art Department:

  • Edgar Um Bucholtz known as painter
  • Darien N. D'Alfonso known as paint foreman
  • Bob Dodd known as set dresser
  • Kate Dougherty known as assistant art director
  • Eugene Doyle known as set dresser
  • Ellie H. Ferrari known as set dresser
  • Ben Fetterman known as art production assistant
  • Thomas J. Garrigan known as property assistant
  • Jim Heastings known as carpenter
  • Gregory Jones known as key greensman
  • Kenneth J. Kellers known as set dresser
  • Thomas F. Kelly known as buyer
  • Lauri Mancuso known as charge scenic
  • Daniel McGuinness known as carpenter
  • Christina Myal known as graphic designer
  • Brent Peelor known as construction foreman
  • Laura Pliskin known as art department coordinator
  • Brandon A. Plonka known as on-set greensman
  • Brandon A. Plonka known as set dresser
  • Gregory Puchalski known as on set scenic: painter
  • Jason Shumaker known as carpenter
  • Mamie Stein known as on-set dresser
  • Aaron Streiner known as set dresser
  • Louis P. Taylor known as construction foreman
  • Gary Tuers known as property master
  • Lance R. Walters known as leadman
  • Joseph Waterkotte known as construction coordinator




Production Companies:

  • Appian Way
  • Energy Entertainment
  • Red Granite Pictures
  • Relativity Media
  • Scott Free Productions

Other Companies:

  • Big Picture Media  soundtrack publicist
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Company 3  digital intermediate
  • Pivotal Post  Avid HD Editing Equipment Provided By
  • Relativity Music Group  soundtrack
  • Stone Management  product placement
  • Wildfire Studios  post-production facilities


  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2014) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Future Film (2013) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Golden Village Pictures (2013) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Kinepolis Film Distribution (KFD) (2013) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Relativity Media (2013) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Roadshow Films (2014) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2013) (Switzerland) (all media)
  • Midget Entertainment (2013) (Denmark) (all media)
  • Noori Pictures (2013) (Korea) (all media)
  • Noori Pictures (2014) (South Korea) (all media)
  • Pinema (2013) (Turkey) (all media)
  • Red Granite Pictures (2014) (Non-USA) (all media) (sales)
  • VVS Films (2013) (Canada) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Comen VFX (visual effects and main title sequence)
  • Prime Focus World (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Peter Allendale known as compositor: Comen VFX
  • Kenneth Armstrong known as compositor: Comen VFX
  • Arunraj known as paint/prep artist
  • Ann-Marie Blommaert known as senior visual effects coordinator
  • Daniel Bryant known as digital compositor: Prime Focus
  • Tim Carras known as visual effects supervisor: Comen VFX
  • Andrew M. Collins known as matchmover: Comen VFX
  • Joshua D. Comen known as visual effects producer: Comen VFX
  • Jon Cowley known as visual effects supervisor: Prime Focus
  • Brandon Criswell known as lead compositor: Comen VFX
  • Jonathan Cronk known as coordinator: Comen VFX
  • Brian Cuartero known as compositor: Comen VFX
  • Claire Duthie known as digital paint/roto artist
  • Stephen Elphick known as previs artist
  • Raymond Gieringer known as visual effects supervisor
  • Ricardo Gomez known as visual effects artist
  • Manovigianek Jehman known as 2D pipeline technical director: Prime Focus
  • Asha Joseph known as line producer: vfx
  • John Kearns known as digital restoration
  • Imran Khan known as digital compositor
  • Wendy Lanning known as production executive: ReThink VFX
  • Alex Llewellyn known as lead compositor: Prime Focus
  • Rajavel Loganathan known as digital compositor
  • Rajavel Loganathan known as prep artist
  • Zack Mazerolle known as visual effects editor
  • Juan Carlos Mendoza known as digital compositor
  • Udit Mohan known as digital compositor
  • Brian Mullen known as 3d artist: Comen VFX
  • Sean Nowlan known as visual effects producer
  • Prakash Parmar known as prep artist
  • Michael Phan known as compositor: Comen VFX
  • Stephen Robertson known as digital compositor
  • Nancy St. John known as executive producer: Prime Focus
  • Sutrayepavankumar known as paint/compositor
  • Wilson Tang known as digital restoration
  • Joel Thompson known as visual effects editor
  • Christos Voutsinas known as vfx editor
  • Yi Yang known as visual effects coordinator: Prime Focus
  • Michelle Yu known as digital compositor

MPAA: Rated R for strong violence, language and drug content.



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