hell-or-high-water

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham, Katy Mixon

OUR RATING: ★★★★☆

Story: Heist crime drama directed by David Mackenzie and written by Taylor Sheridan. The story follows two brothers, Toby (Chris Pine), a straight-living, divorced father trying to make a better life for his son; and Tanner (Ben Foster), a short-tempered ex-con with a loose trigger finger, who resort to a desperate scheme to rob a bank after a branch of the bank has decided to foreclose on their family land.

Vengeance seems to be theirs until they find themselves in the crosshairs of a relentless, foul-mouthed Texas Ranger, Marcus (Jeff Bridges), looking for one last triumph on the eve of his retirement. As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their plan, a showdown looms at the crossroads where the last honest law man and a pair of brothers with nothing to live for except family.

Verdict: This was one of those films that really pleasantly surprised me, I wasn’t really expecting much from this contemporary western, but the straightforward story telling and the characters really made it work for me. This is a rich character study where not only do you get down to earth seriousness but some refreshing humor as well. Chris Pine and Ben Foster are so good, the chemistry between then is magnetic, and you get Jeff Bridges as a bonus giving another great performance. Director, David Mackenzie, gives us a well crafted story that never goes overboard. Overall, this is a clever and witty heist-thriller that won’t disappoint.

 

Best Quotes   (Total Quotes: 29)


 

Toby Howard: I’ve been poor my whole life, like a disease passing from generation to generation. But not my boys, not anymore.


 

[to Toby and Tanner]
Billy Rayburn: You have the bank loan just enough to keep your mama poor, but they could swipe her land.


 

[to Toby and Tanner]
Billy Rayburn: Those banks loaned the least they could so they could swipe your mama’s land.


 

[to Toby and Tanner]
Billy Rayburn: They took everything from your family, this is your chance to take it back. Paying them back with their own money, well if that ain’t Texan I don’t know what is.


 

Tanner Howard: This is Mr. Pibb. I asked for a Dr. Pepper.
Toby Howard: So?
Tanner Howard: Only assholes drink Mr. Pibb.


 

Tanner Howard: It’s a big bank.
Toby Howard: It’s too big.
Tanner Howard: That’s what she said.


 

[to Toby and Tanner]
Billy Rayburn: You know they can foreclose on Friday, so come hell or high water, get the money to the bank on Thursday and then you are free and clear.


 

[as they are about to rob a bank]
Tanner Howard: Little brother, let’s go get that money.


 

Tanner Howard: Good morning, folks! Open the doors!
[turning to one of the bank patrons]
Tanner Howard: You got a gun on you, old man?
Old Man: You’re damn right I got a gun on me. Y’all gonna steal my gun too?
Toby Howard: We’re gonna steal from you or steal from the bank.


 

Alberto Parker: [to Marcus] Did you hear about these bank robbers?


 

Alberto Parker: You may get to have some fun before they send you off to the rocking chair yet.
Marcus Hamilton: I may have one hunt left in me.


 

Tanner Howard: Has mama been in that bed a while?
Toby Howard: Three months. Bank breathing down her neck.


 

Marcus Hamilton: You all been here for a while?
Diner Patron: Long enough to watch a bank get robbed who’s been robbing me for thirty years.


 

Toby Howard: How did you manage to stay out of prison for a year?
Tanner Howard: It’s been difficult.


 

Alberto Parker: All this way my ancestors land, the lease folks took it, and it’s been taken from them. Except it ain’t no army doing it, it’s those sons of bitches right there.
[he points to the bank across the street]


 

Marcus Hamilton: These boys know exactly what they’re doing, they’re trying to raise a certain amount that’s my guess.


 

Tanner Howard: Toby, this is a good thing.
Toby Howard: We’re doing it.
Tanner Howard: Every step of the way.


 

Tanner Howard: Do want a little advice, go save your boys and ma.
Toby Howard: You know if you talk like me you ain’t going to get away with this.


 

Tanner Howard: I never meant nobody get away with anything, ever.
Toby Howard: Then why in the hell did you agree to do it?
Tanner Howard: Because you asked, little brother.


 

Marcus Hamilton: All right, I think I got these boys figured.


 

Elsie: He’s got no record, he’s never been arrested, he don’t fit the bill, Marcus.


 

Toby Howard: You may be hearing a lot of things about me and your uncle.
Justin: Whatever I hear I won’t believe.
Toby Howard: No, you believe it, I did all of it.


 

Tanner Howard: I love you, Toby. I mean it.
Toby Howard: I love you too.


 

Toby Howard: [to Tanner] You want to get us killed! Huh! That isn’t part of the plan!


 

Marcus Hamilton: These boys, they aren’t done yet.


 

Marcus Hamilton: Did they take cash
Jenny Ann: Two hundred dollars.
Marcus Hamilton: Them bills is evidence.
Jenny Ann: It’s evidence if they’re the bank robbers. So you go out there and you get a warrant and you come after the money that I will be using to put a roof over my daughter’s head.


 

T-Bone Waitress: I’ve been working here for forty-four years. Ain’t nobody ever ordered nothing but a T-Bone steak and baked potato. Except one time, this asshole from New York ordered a trout, back in 1987. We ain’t got no goddamned trout.


 

Bear: I am a Comanche. Do you know what it means? It means “Enemy to everyone”.
Tanner Howard: Do you know what that makes me? A Comanche.


 

[teferring to a TV evangelist]
Marcus Hamilton: He wouldn’t know God if he crawled up his pant leg and bit him on the pecker.


Total Quotes: 29

 

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