Starring: Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham, Katy Mixon
OUR RATING: ★★★★☆
Heist crime drama directed by David Mackenzie and written by Taylor Sheridan. Hell or High Water (2016) 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.
Toby Howard: I’ve been poor my whole life, like a disease passing from generation to generation. But not my boys, not anymore.
Billy Rayburn: [to Toby and Tanner] You have the bank loan just enough to keep your mama poor, but they could swipe her land.
Billy Rayburn: [to Toby and Tanner] Those banks loaned the least they could so they could swipe your mama’s land.
Billy Rayburn: [to Toby and Tanner] 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 a**holes drink Mr. Pibb.
Tanner Howard: It’s a big bank.
Toby Howard: It’s too big.
Tanner Howard: That’s what she said.
Billy Rayburn: [to Toby and Tanner] 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.
Tanner Howard: [as they are about to rob a bank] 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 going steal my gun too?
Toby Howard: We’re going 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 the f*** have you managed to stay out of prison for a year?
Tanner Howard: It’s been difficult.
Alberto Parker: Do you want to live here? Got an old hardware store that charges twice what Home Depot does, one restaurant with a rattlesnake for a waitress. I mean, how is anybody supposed to make a living here?
Marcus Hamilton: People have made a living here for a hundred and fifty years.
Alberto Parker: Well, people lived in caves for a hundred and fifty thousand years, but they don’t do it no more.
Marcus Hamilton: Well, maybe your people did.
Alberto Parker: Your people did, too. A long time ago, your ancestors was the Indians till someone came along and killed them, broke them down, made you into one of them. Hundred and fifty years ago, all this was my ancestors land. Everything you can see. Everything you saw yesterday. Till the grandparents of these folks took it. And now, it’s been taken from them. Except it ain’t no army doing it. It’s those sons of b**ches 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: If he turn left where I turned right, he’ll be okay.
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: Alright, 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.
Alberto Parker: What are you doing?
Marcus Hamilton: Sleeping on the porch, practicing my future.
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.
Marcus Hamilton: This is what they call white man’s intuition.
Alberto Parker: Sometimes a blind pig finds a truffle.
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 a**hole 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.
Marcus Hamilton: [teferring to a TV evangelist] He wouldn’t know God if he crawled up his pant leg and bit him on the pecker.
Toby Howard: I rent a little house in town. If you want to stop by and finish this conversation, you’re welcome anytime.
Marcus Hamilton: Oh, I’d like that. I’ll be seeing you.
Toby Howard: Yeah. Soon, I hope. I’m ready to be done with this.
Marcus Hamilton: You’ll never be done with it no matter what. It’s going to haunt you, son, for the rest of your days. But you won’t be alone. It’s going to haunt me, too.
Toby Howard: If you stop by, maybe I’ll give you peace.
Marcus Hamilton: Maybe. Maybe I’ll give it to you.