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Lawless

release date 07 September '12

18 rated certificate
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Set in the 1920s prohibition-era America, Lawless is the true story of the Bondurant brothers, brazen and fearless, these young rural bootleggers became legendary criminals. The youngest brother, Jack (LaBeouf) is ambitious and impulsive, the middle brother, Howard (Jason Clarke), is loyal but reckless and eldest brother, Forrest (Hardy), leads the family with a silent determination. As the Bondurants' illicit business and legend grows, so too looms the danger of bigger fish, and it's not long before the brothers must face the consequences.

Lawless, the explosive gangster story directed by John Hillcoat and starring Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf and Gary Oldman will be released in the UK and Ireland on 31 August by Momentum Pictures, an Alliance Films Company.

Mia Wasikowska (JANE EYRE), Jessica Chastain (THE HELP), Guy Pearce (THE KING'S SPEECH), Noah Taylor (SUBMARINE), Jason Clarke (PUBLIC ENEMIES) and Dane DeHaan (CHRONICLE) round out the exciting cast.

Based on the novel by Matt Bondurant, LAWLESS has been adapted for the screen by Nick Cave, who also composed the original score.

LAWLESS will receive its world premiere playing in competition at the 65th Cannes Film Festival.

Matt Bondurant's original novel, LAWLESS, based on the true exploits of his grandfather and granduncles, will be published for the first time in the UK and Ireland on 16th August by Canongate Books.


director:  John Hillcoat
film cast:  Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Shia LaBeouf
certificate:  18
distributor:  Momentum/alliance
running time:  116 Mins
official site:  visit website

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Lawless
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5th Sep 12'
Based on a true story, Lawless knocks back a drink with three brothers in early 1930s Virginia, who became kings of their close-knit community by running moonshine across the state line. Adapted from Matt Bondurant's novel The Wettest County In The World, Nick Cave's script corrals its fair share of rootin' tootin' cliches to a fine bluegrass-tinged soundtrack. Yet, for its dramatic simplicity, John Hillcoat's film packs a hefty punch, exploring the bonds of trust that are tested to their limit when the bootleggers are pummelled senseless by the long arm of the law.

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