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Grim, bloody, and utterly flawed, Lawless doesn't quite achieve the epic status it strains for, but it's too beautifully filmed and powerfully acted to dismiss.



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Lawless is the true story of the infamous Bondurant Brothers: bootlegging siblings who made a run for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Virginia. In this epic gangster tale, inspired by true-life tales of author Matt Bondurant's family in his novel "The Wettest County in the World", the loyalty of three brothers is put to the test against the backdrop of the nation's most notorious crime wave. -- (C) Weinstein


Shia LaBeouf
as Jack Bondurant
Tom Hardy
as Forrest Bondurant
Jason Clarke
as Howard Bondurant
Guy Pearce
as Charley Rakes
Jessica Chastain
as Maggie Beauford
Mia Wasikowska
as Bertha Minnix
Gary Oldman
as Floyd Banner
Tim Tolin
as Mason Wardell
Lew Temple
as Deputy Henry Abshire
Marcus Hester
as Deputy Jeff Richards
Bill Camp
as Sheriff Hodges
Alex Van
as Tizwell Minnix
Noah Taylor
as Gummy Walsh
Dane DeHaan
as Cricket Pane
Mark Ashworth
as Hophead #1
Tom Proctor
as Hophead #2
Bruce McKinnon
as Jimmy Turner
Erin Mendenhall
as Spoons Rivard
Toni Lynn Byrd
as Ida Belle
Robert T. Smith
as Young Jack
Jake Nash
as Young Forrest
William Harrison
as Young Howard
Joyce Baxter
as Aunt Winnie
Jeff Braun
as Doctor
Malinda Baker
as Young Black Girl
Chad Randall
as Mugger #1
Terry Keasler
as Mugger #2
Ron Clinton Smith
as Bootlegger #1
Ricky Muse
as Bootlegger #2
Anna House
as Old Mountain Woman
Peter Krulewitch
as Stogie Pete
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  • Oct 30, 2015
    Not a terrible visit to the backcountry hills of ol'Virginny (as English and Australian actors continue to overrun Yank filmography) where some moonshiners run afoul of duh law (vilely personified herein by Guy Pearce, Australian, with hissy fits aplenty). Leading the good guys (that'd be the moonshiners in this biopic) is I'm-wearing-muh-hat-lo'-so-yah-cahn't-see-muh-eyes Tom Hardy (English, I believe) who is as tough as your mother-in-law drunk and passed out on the couch which she just peed on, your couch. Jason Clarke (another Aussie) is the muscle middle brother, and Gary Oldman (English, forcryinoutloud) is a rival in the mix as well. Are there any Yanks in this story about the real America (where everyone wears their hats down over their eyes)? They're only in supporting roles. And they get whupped. Real bad. I blame the Aussie director, duh. The movie's okay though.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2015
    always enjoy watching shia, tom hardy was good in it. a good cast, soundtrack & style to it. decent writing by nick cave. more please!
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2015
    Lawless is the kind of film that could of been a classic if it wanted too but it decided to go for a dark western popcorn flick that even though is brilliantly acted its story isn't gripping and kind of plods along with some violent scenes and an ending I wasn't expecting, Having said all that I really enjoyed it, It's slow but entertaining, Tom Hardy steals the show with his acting and take no shit attitude, Good film that you should go into not expecting it to be a drama/western but a fun/violent popcorn flick.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2014
    I wasn't sure what to expect when I was watching this movie, but boy was I glad I did. This is a movie in which the outlaws are the good guys, and Guy Pearce is the guy you just can't wait to see dead. This film is full of wonderful cinematography and great acting, so even if thewriting is unpure, the heart is.
    Joseph E Super Reviewer

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