Starring: Ben Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Messina, Sienna Miller, Chris Cooper
Crime drama written, directed and co-produced by Ben Affleck the story is set in 1920s Prohibition which is flowing with booze in an underground network of gangster-run speakeasies. Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck), the son of the Boston Police Superintendent, Thomas Coughlin (Brendan Gleeson), long ago turned his back on his strict upbringing for the spoils of being an outlaw. But even among criminals there are rules and Joe breaks a big one: crossing a powerful mob boss by stealing his money and his moll. The fiery affair ends in tragedy, setting Joe on a path of revenge, ambition, romance and betrayal that propels him out of Boston and up the ladder of Tampa’s steamy rum-running underworld.
Best Quotes from Trailer:
Joe Coughlin: [voice over] Maybe it’s true, we all find ourselves in lives we didn’t expect. But what I learned was powerful men don’t have to be cruel. I got one guaranteed life, I was going to live it. I had a plan.
Graciella Suarez: Even if you win today’s battle there’s so much violence in what you do.
Joe Coughlin: You don’t think I’m strong enough?
Graciella Suarez: I don’t know if you’re cruel enough.
Joe Coughlin: Powerful men don’t have to be cruel.
Joe Coughlin: I signed up to fight in the war. I went away a soldier, I came home an outlaw.
Emma Gould: We could leave.
Joe Coughlin: Where would we go?
Emma Gould: Somewhere warm.
Joe Coughlin: My brother, Danny, lives in California.
Emma Gould: God, I’d go to California.
Joe Coughlin: I don’t know much about honest work, I got to tell you.
Emma Gould: Well who said anything about honest work? No, we do what we want to do, we’ll go where we want to go. Sleep by day.
Joe Coughlin: I got a job in Lawrence on Saturday. Then I’ll be free.
Emma Gould: Free to leave?
Joe Coughlin: Yeah, free to leave.
Joe Coughlin: How you doing?
Dion Bartolo: Look at you.
Joe Coughlin: Look at you.
Dion Bartolo: Hey, sorry about your father.
Joe Coughlin: Yeah, sorry about your brother.
Dion Bartolo: Thank you. Thank you. Listen, when Leftie Downer told me in Montreal and told me the Pescatore’s wanted me to come work for them, I thought it was a straight bamboozle. Then I thought if anyone could charm the devil, it’s my old partner.
Dion Bartolo: Look at this.
[points to his car]
Dion Bartolo: Would you look at this?
[opens the passenger door]
Dion Bartolo: Here, after you.
Joe Coughlin: Get out of here.
Dion Bartolo: I work for you now.
Joe Coughlin: I don’t want to be a gangster. I stopped kissing rings a long time ago.
Gangster: It no longer matters what you want, you’re in this life.
Joe Coughlin: Let me apologize. I think we, we got off on the wrong foot here. I’m just here to ask you if you’d be amenable to omitting the casino issue from your sermons, and in exchange we’re going to bring a business here. Business will create jobs, which will reduce the sinfulness that comes with poverty and idle hands. We’d be willing to contribute to the church. Hell, we’d be willing to build a few churches.
Loretta Figgis: If God rewrites the bible to cast gambling as virtuous, I will refrain from speaking against it. But until then, we don’t get to pick our sins, Mr. Coughlin.
Loretta Figgis: My father says there was once a good man in you.
Joe Coughlin: We all find ourselves in lives we didn’t expect.
Loretta Figgis: Repent, repent, repent.
Joe Coughlin: This is heaven, right here. We’re in it now.
Albert White: [to Joe] You spent your whole life hoping someone will punish you for your sins. Well, here I am.
Thomas Coughlin: [to Joe] What you put out in this world will always come back to you, but it never comes back how you would predict.
Joe Coughlin: I realized to be free in this life breaking the rules meant nothing, you had to be strong enough to make your own.
Graciella Suarez: [to Joe] Did you find out if you are cruel as you need to be?
Joe Coughlin: Do you think we that we got where we are by letting some inbreds muscle us?
Virgil Beauregard: If that’s what you think we are, you’re making a fatal miscalculation. We’re clerks and bankers and police officer, and we even got a judge, and if you’re dumb enough to fight us, I’m going to rain bloody hellfire down on you and all you love.
Joe Coughlin: So you’re threatening me with people who are more powerful than you?
Virgil Beauregard: Exactly.
Joe Coughlin: So what am I talking to you for?
Loretta Figgis: We’re all going to hell.
Live by Night is set for release in the US and UK January 13th.