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Lawless [DVD] [2012]

  • SKU: 6885837
  • Release Date: 11/27/2012
  • Rating: R
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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (267 out of 273)

    Special Features


    • Feature commentary with director John Hillcoat and author Matt Bondurant
    • Deleted scenes
    • The true story of the wettest county in the world
    • Franklin County, VA: then and now
    • "Midnight Run" Willie Nelson music video

    Synopsis


    Lawless
    Three rebellious, bootlegging brothers find the elusive American Dream within their reach, and fight to maintain their grip as powerful urban gangsters reap the rewards of their hard work in this sprawling Great Depression-era crime drama from director John Hillcoat (The Road, The Proposition). At the height of Prohibition, ambitious country boy Jack Bondurant dreams of becoming "Public Enemy #1" while reaping all the benefits that go with the gangster lifestyle. By expanding his family's moonshining business, he plots to launch a vast criminal empire while winning the heart of beautiful Amish girl Bertha. With his older, intimidating brother Howard by his side, Jack has the brawn to get the job done, too. But they need a strong leader to guide them -- a responsibility that falls on their eldest sibling Forrest. Stoic and stalwart, Forrest is the kind of man who holds his cards close, and places a high value on character. Meanwhile, as the three siblings rise to power while battling treachery on both sides of the law, a mysterious woman named Maggie appears out of nowhere, prompting the thoughtful Forrest to question the true price of his outlaw ways. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Shia LaBeouf
      Shia LaBeouf - Jack Bondurant
    • Tom Hardy
      Tom Hardy - Forrest Bondurant
    • Jason Clarke
      Jason Clarke - Howard Bondurant
    • Guy Pearce
      Guy Pearce - Charley Rakes
    • Jessica Chastain
      Jessica Chastain - Maggie Beauford



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 273 reviews

    98%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Not impressed

      Posted
      Treydle
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      For the first time, your family’s livelihood is threatened. At the same time, you’re trying to get out from under the shadow of your elders, one of whom is a local legend. Which takes priority? The Bondurant brothers are the owners and operators of the premier bootlegging operation in Franklin County, Virginia. Jack, the youngest (portrayed by Shia LaBouef) is assisting Howard (played by Jason Clarke) and Forrest (played by Tom Hardy) when he witnesses a shooting. The gunman, Floyd Banner (played by Gary Oldman), locks eyes with young Jack before he departs for the operation’s headquarters. Once there, Forrest (Hardy) hires a new waitress. Her name is Maggie Beauford (played by Jessica Chastain) and she is a former dancer who’s recently moved to Franklin County from Chicago. Shortly after that, the bootlegging business is confronted with an obstacle. Charlie Rakes, another new arrival and a Special Deputy. Rakes (played by Guy Pearce) tells Forrest that, from now on, he and his superiors will be given a percentage of the profits form their business. Forrest, as expected, sends Rakes away and threatens to kill him if he returns. After his departure, Forrest organizes a meeting of his colleagues in the illegal alcohol business. His hope is to rally them into a resistance movement. “Bootleggers of the world unite” if you will. While they are receptive, initially, it’s only a matter of time before they capitulate to Deputy Rakes. In the meantime, Jack has become enamored with Bertha Minnix. Bertha (played by Mia Wasikowska) is the daughter of a local German Baptist preacher who forbids Bertha from seeing Jack once he attends one of his services drunk and leaves abruptly. This film is supposedly based on a historical novel written by the grandson of LaBouef’s character. I don’t know how faithful the film is to the novel or how historically accurate the novel is, but as far as I’m concerned, the movie failed. It isn’t particularly awful, but it’s not all that interesting either. I am surprised that former Disney star Shia LaBouef has actual talent, but he does and we’ve seen it. I am not at all surprised by the fact that Tom Hardy is talented as he has demonstrated it on numerous occasions. Maybe Lawless would be more engrossing if its release had predated the HBO series about Prohibition era bootlegging, Boardwalk Empire. Maybe not. All I can say is that I was underwhelmed. Maybe you won’t be.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Tom Hardy does it again!!!

      Posted
      TenuredMonk
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      LAWLESS is cinema magic. Take a time old tale, add two of Hollywood's biggest actor's, add prohibition and you have a time old classic!! I use this movie as a perfect example of how much screen presence that Tom Hardy has, for those viewers who wouldn't have seen him in Warrior or Bronson or his amazing performance this year in Locke. Shia LaBeouf is a Hollywood question mark of drastic proportion, but within this film he does shine, like the Hollywood star he has been billed as. Guy Pierce makes his creepy villain presence felt to round out the movie...and side character acting by Dane DeHaan, and Jessica Chastain complete the Cast. I fully reccomend this movie to anyone who loves period pieces like Shawshank or the Green Mile.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Completely Amazing

      Posted
      missnikki19

      This is a great movie and very accurately portrays the story of the Bondurant brothers. It has action scenes and scenes that will keep you wondering what will happen next. Coming from a girl that has been in Franklin County her whole life, you have to come from an area such as this to understand and appreciate the life, trials, and tribulations of the characters. Events such as this and those similar to this really did take place in the history of this county and I find it amazing that there is finally a movie based on it. Having read the book that this movie is based on, I can say that in my opinion, it closely relates to the novel. Give both the book and the movie a shot before you try and degrade one or both!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Good Gangster flick

      Posted
      EdT51
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      This movie is about the prohibition era but takes place in the back hills with moonshiners. The big muscle gangsters from the city want a piece of the action and start threatening the locals. This starts a clash between a tough famiy in the hills and the well armed city thugs. There are likable characters in the film. The acting is very very good and the plot has characters that you love to hate. It's supposedly based on a real life family. If you like gangster flicks, you'll love this one. There are no boring spots.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A family of bootleggers that sticks together

      Posted
      Bowen80
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      This movie has great actors and acting, with a plot that is simple yet bold. You always stick up for family. And yes, sometimes they may let you down, but they always come thru for you in the end. It also hits on the point of standing up for your convictions. Even though what they were doing was illegal, they weren't going to back down for anyone. All of the brothers were great, but I feel that Tom Hardy's character was my favorite. He was a man of few words, and he let his actions speak for themselves.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      This movie is fantastic!

      Posted
      Solamnic

      This movie is very well done and has a star-studded cast. Shia Labeouf and Tom Hardy are fantastic brothers and Guy Pearce is a menacing villian. This movie has a western feel to it and the plot is gripping and reels you in. The conclusion is fantastic and the story unfolds and escalates throughout. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys dark westerns or bootlegging or gang style movies. This movie has a heavy feel at times and can be a little disturbing. Not for children.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Appalachia noir

      Posted
      Seville3
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      A good story based on the history of an actual mountain family. The situation face by people in old America, seems far different than from today. In those days life was difficult and many times one could not trust the system. Thus the law was in the hands of ordinary folks. This however, did not always insure justice would be done. This film displays this fact very well. The film moved along fairly well. The DVD extras are worth watching.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      This was a surprising blind buy for me!

      Posted
      Kinkoman
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      Shia Labeouf gets a lot of bad rap, like some other of my favorite actors(Nick Cage). But I feel a movie shouldn't be judged only by the actor, and this is one of those, it's set in an awesome time, with guns cars and mobs. It's slow at times but has a good story and a lot of good gun fights. I was lucky enough to get this in a nice steelbook, I think it's still in some store so see if you can find it, its 11.99 and worth it.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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