Starring: Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, Jonathan Banks, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Kerry Cahill
Story: Period drama directed by Dee Rees in which the story is set in the rural American South during World War II. We follow the McAllan’s, Henry and Laura (Jason Clarke and Carey Mulligan), newly transplanted from the quiet civility of Memphis and unprepared for the harsh demands of farming. Despite the grandiose dreams of Henry, Laura struggles to keep the faith in her husband’s losing venture.
Meanwhile, Hap and Florence Jackson (Rob Morgan and Mary J. Blige), are sharecroppers who have worked the land for generations, struggle bravely to build a small dream of their own despite the rigidly enforced social barriers they face. The war upends both families plans as their returning loved ones, Jamie McAllan (Garrett Hedlund) and Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell), forge a fast but uneasy friendship that challenges the brutal realities of the Jim Crow South in which they live.
Best Quotes from Trailer:
Rose Tricklebank: How long have you been back from oversees?
Jamie McAllan: Oh, just a couple of weeks. Much obliged, Mrs. Tricklebank, and have yourself a wonderful day.
Rose Tricklebank: Take care.
[as he lives the stores he hears a loud banging noise and drops to ground from fear; Ronsel offers his hand to Jamie]
Ronsel Jackson: It’s alright. It’s just a car, it must have backfired.
[Ronsel offers Jamie’s hat back to him]
Ronsel Jackson: They say it stops eventually.
Florence Jackson: [to Ronsel] You just come back, come all the way back.
Ronsel Jackson: My nightmare’s always the same. I scream, but there’s nothing coming out.
Hap Jackson: This place, this law, we don’t belong to them.
Laura McAllan: When I think of the farm I think of mud and crusted knees and hair.
Henry McAllan: Our family’s in trouble. You understand that? Do you?
Jamie McAllan: What’s the worst thing you ever did?
Pappy McAllan: You betray your own blood!
Jamie McAllan: [to Henry] You can’t even see your own wife is miserable!
Ronsel Jackson: Silence, oppression, fear. It would take an extraordinary man to beat all of that.
Mudbound is set to open in the US 11/17/2017.