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Promised Land (2012)

  • Rate: 5.8/10 total 1,093 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 4 January 2013 (USA)
  • Filming Location: Apollo High School, Apollo, Pennsylvania 15613, USA
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Promised Land (2012)

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  • IMDb page: Promised Land (2012)
  • Rate: 5.8/10 total 1,093 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 4 January 2013 (USA)
  • Filming Location: Apollo High School, Apollo, Pennsylvania 15613, USA
  • Director: Gus Van Sant
  • Stars: Matt Damon, Frances McDormand and John Krasinski|See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Danny Elfman   
  • Soundtrack: Discharge
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | Datasat

Writing Credits By:

  • John Krasinski (screenplay) &
  • Matt Damon (screenplay)
  • Dave Eggers (story)

Known Trivia

  • Originally, this movie was supposed to be Matt Damon’s directorial debut. But due to short time to prepare for the movie and also some creative conflicts, Damon dropped out as the director (but remained as an actor) and Gus Van Sant came aboard to direct.

Plot: A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources. Full summary »  »

Story: Corporate salesman Steve Butler (Damon) arrives in a rural town with his sales partner, Sue Thomason (McDormand). With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company's offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher (Holbrook) with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man (Krasinski) who counters Steve both personally and professionally.Written by Focus Features  


Synopsis: The story centers around Steve Butler (Damon) who has caught the eyes of top management at Global an energy company that specializes in obtaining natural gas trapped under ground through a process known as fracking. Steve Butler success lies in his ability to not only Sign-up a large percent of the land owners, but to close the deals quicker and at a lower cost then any other rep. Butler (Damon) and his partner Sue Thomason (McDormand arrive in a farming town in Pennsylvania, that like much of rural America, is struggling to keep their family farm above water. So many of the characters take pride in the number of generations through which the land has passed and fear that they will be unable to hold onto the land Promised to their children.

Butler, we learn came from a town, and a life, very similar to that of the people he is now determined to sign up land-owners to accept Global’s offer, for drilling rights to their properties. Butler is so good at what he does because he truly believes that these towns, have been hit so hard by economic decline are not not coming back. He tells the story of his own town, and how once the Caterpillar assembly plant closed, the town quickly died. That without industry, the idea of a town surviving solely on family farmers was a fantasy, one he could no longer buy. He was offering the towns last chance. As a farmer tells him "We are to poor to buy anything, and the land is the last thing we have to sell."

At first it seems this is just going to be another domino falling after a light tap by Butler and Thomason, until a High School science teacher (Holbrook) during a town hall meeting, raises the question of the safety of Fracking. Their sales pitch becomes more complicated when an unknown environmental advocate (Krasinski) starts a grassroots campaign motivated by a tale of his family losing their dairy farm after all of the cows died as a result of the chemicals Global used to extract the gas. There is a powerful scene when Dustin Noble (Krasinski) goes to the local school and demonstrates to the children the process of drilling and injecting water and unknown chemicals into the ground in order to fracture shale and get the natural gas.

As the story unfolds at is clear the Butlers fight is internal as well as against others. We learn that his boots had been his grandfathers, and his unwillingness to part with them, symbolizes his continued connection to the land.However, Steve gets an envelope sent to him by Global containing a picture that was shown off by Dustin before to prove that his farm was destroyed, now enlarged, allowing Steve and Sue to find that what appeared to be a silo was in fact a lighthouse. Upon reporting this to the town’s mayor, Dustin leaves. However, in making his final confrontation with Steve, Dustin reveals that he actually works for Global, too! He was sent in upon hearing of the town’s decision to put this to a vote. This shocks Steve and plays upon his already wavering allegiance to his company. Finally, in a heart-warming scene with a little girl operating a lemonade stand, Steve decides to tell the town of Dustin’s deception. We leave the film on a cliff-hanger, with Steve knocking on Alice’s door.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Isabel Freer known as associate producer
  • Jonathan King known as executive producer
  • Chris Moore known as producer
  • Mike Sablone known as co-producer (as Michael Sablone)
  • Ron Schmidt known as executive producer
  • Jeff Skoll known as executive producer
  • Drew Vinton known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Matt Damon known as Steve Butler
  • Benjamin Sheeler known as Attendant
  • Terry Kinney known as David Churchill
  • Carla Bianco known as Waitress
  • Joe Coyle known as Michael Downey
  • Hal Holbrook known as Frank Yates
  • Dorothy Silver known as Arlene
  • Frances McDormand known as Sue Thomason
  • Titus Welliver known as Rob
  • Lexi Cowan known as Drew's Girl
  • Tim Guinee known as Drew Scott
  • Sara Lindsey known as Claire Allen
  • Frank Conforti known as Coach
  • Garrett Ashbaugh known as Basketball Player
  • Jericho Morgan known as Jericho
  • Max Schuler known as Carson Allen
  • August G. Siciliano known as 5th Grader
  • Ken Strunk known as Gerry Richards
  • Karen Baum known as Lynn
  • Gerri Bumbaugh known as Jesse the Bartender
  • Rosemarie DeWitt known as Alice
  • Johnny Cicco known as Donny
  • Erin Baldwin known as Buddy's Waitress
  • Kristin Slaysman known as Gwen
  • John Krasinski known as Dustin Noble
  • Andrew Kuebel known as 6-Year-Old Boy
  • Matthew Ferrante known as Drummer
  • Justin Cook known as Guitar #1
  • Steven Craven known as Bass
  • Bruce Craven known as Guitar #2
  • Gene Williams known as Keyboard
  • Dan Anders known as Large Man
  • Lucas Black known as Paul Geary
  • Sandy Medred known as Paul's Girlfriend
  • Scoot McNairy known as Jeff Dennon
  • Carrington E. Vaughn known as Colin
  • Cain Alexander known as Danny Thomason
  • Joy de la Paz known as Motel Receptionist
  • Lennon Wynn known as Lemonade Girl at Gym (as Lennon Wynn Kuzniar)
  • Payton Godfrey known as Lemonade Girl at Fair
  • Nicole Beattie known as Upscale Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • Troy Bogdan known as Farmer (uncredited)
  • Kim Bordwine known as Girl On Porch / Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Robert Braund known as Town Hall (uncredited)
  • Daniel Clayton known as Scorekeeper (uncredited)
  • Tyler Cook known as Walking Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • Susan Feldbusch known as Townsperson (uncredited)
  • Eric Frank known as Pool Player / Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Vito Grassi known as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • Richard Guesman known as Town Supervisor (uncredited)
  • Rosemary Howard known as McKinley High Spanish Teacher (uncredited)
  • John W. Iwanonkiw known as Officer Breedlove (uncredited)
  • Joanne Jeffers known as Upscale Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • Tiffany Kemp known as Town Hall Meeting (uncredited)
  • Sharyn Kmieciak known as Town Hall Meetings (uncredited)
  • Sherry A Lewis known as Upscale Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • Scott Lockhart known as McKinley High School Assistant Basketball Coach (uncredited)
  • Laura Lukasik known as Town Hall Patron (uncredited)
  • Tiffany Sander McKenzie known as Festival Worker (uncredited)
  • Phil Nardozzi known as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • Jennifer Obed known as Alice's Friend (uncredited)
  • Brent Reichert known as Upscale Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • John D. Reilly known as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Heidi Noel Schermaier known as Town Hall Meeting (uncredited)
  • John Seibel known as Butcher (uncredited)
  • Douglas Slygh known as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • Shane Thompson known as Town Hall Meeting (uncredited)
  • John E. Tremba known as Carny12 (uncredited)
  • Debbie Vogel known as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • James Werley known as Council Member (uncredited)
  • Lawrence Whitener known as Town Hall Meeting (uncredited)
  • Lisa Y. Wong known as Upscale Restaurant Patron (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Myriam Arougheti known as makeup artist
  • Christine Beveridge known as makeup artist: Mr. Damon
  • Kay Georgiou known as hair department head
  • Nancy Keslar known as key hair stylist
  • Rachel Kick known as key makeup artist
  • Kelley Mitchell known as makeup department head

Art Department:

  • Jenn Albaugh known as art department coordinator
  • Timothy Barnhill known as set dresser
  • Matthew Carraher known as additional props
  • Josh Drylie known as set dresser
  • Chip Eccles known as carpenter
  • Joshua Hogan known as painter
  • Gregory Jones known as key greensman
  • John A. Kelly known as charge painter
  • Tim McGrane known as painter
  • Christina Myal known as graphic designer
  • Barbie Pastorik known as buyer
  • Justin Pelissero known as leadman
  • Buster Pile known as construction coordinator
  • Donald Lee Rager known as props
  • Scott A. Reeder known as property master
  • Kelley Snyder known as assistant property master




Production Companies:

  • Focus Features
  • Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ
  • Participant Media
  • Pearl Street Films

Other Companies:

  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Cleared Content  graphics
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Realms of Catering  catering
  • Scarlet Letters  end crawl
  • Scenechronize  production management software
  • Sessions Payroll Management  extras payroll services
  • Vantage Film  camera equipment provided by
  • Wildfire Studios  post-production facilities
  • Wildfire Studios  post-production sound services


  • Benelux Film Distributors (2013) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Focus Features (2013) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Mars Distribution (2013) (France) (theatrical)



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:

  • Scott M. Davids known as visual effects supervisor: Level 256 VFX
  • Dick Edwards known as visual effects supervisor: Invisible Effects
  • Adam Lima known as digital compositor
  • Brad Sutton known as digital restoration
  • Wilson Tang known as digital restoration

Release Date:

  • USA 28 December 2012 (limited)
  • Canada 4 January 2013 (limited)
  • USA 4 January 2013
  • Slovenia 31 January 2013
  • Germany February 2013 (Berlin International Film Festival)
  • Romania 15 February 2013
  • Greece 28 February 2013
  • Netherlands 28 February 2013
  • France 13 March 2013
  • Estonia 15 March 2013
  • Belgium 20 March 2013
  • Ireland 19 April 2013
  • UK 19 April 2013
  • New Zealand 2 May 2013
  • Germany 13 June 2013

MPAA: Rated R for language



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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