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.
[referring to Ronsel]
Florence Jackson: I held his heartbeat in my hand. All the time he was gone I only pray for him.
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: Violence is part and parcel of life. I learned how to stitch a bleeding wound, load and fire a shotgun. My hands did these things, but I was never easy in my mind.
Laura McAllan: When I think of the farm I think of mud and crusted knees and hair. I dreamed in brown.
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!
Ronsel Jackson: Silence, oppression, fear. It would take an extraordinary man to beat all of that.
Florence Jackson: You’re the one that always talk about owning our own farm is the only way to get out from under their foot.
Hap Jackson: I don’t want you work for them.
Florence Jackson: I won’t be working for them. I’ll be working for us.
Ronsel Jackson: I went to fight for my country to come back and find it hadn’t changed a bit.
Pappy McAllan: [to Ronsel] I don’t know what they let you do over there, but you’re in Mississippi now, you use the back door.
Laura McAllan: Jamie saw in a different way and when his eyes were on me I felt like I was no longer invisible.
[to Laura; referring to Jaimie]
Pappy McAllan: I’ve seen you sniffing after him. Maybe Henry is too thick to notice, but I ain’t.
Jamie McAllan: [to Henry] You better open your eyes, big brother, you’re so busy worrying about yourself and your farm you can’t even see your own wife is miserable.
Hap Jackson: They worked this land all their life. This land will never be theirs. They work until they sweat it. They sweat it until they bleed. They bleed until they die.
Ronsel Jackson: I used to walk away from the fight. I know more.
Laura McAllan: No need to go, Jamie.
Mudbound is set to open in the US 11/17/2017.