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No Country for Old Men
Director: Joel Coen (Dir)
Release Date:   21 Nov 2007
Premiere Information:   Cannes Film Festival screening: 19 May 2007; New York Film Festival screening: 6 Oct 2007; New York and Los Angeles openings: 9 Nov 2007
Production Date:   23 May--19 Aug 2006
Duration (in mins):   122
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Cast:   Tommy Lee Jones (Ed Tom Bell)  
    Javier Bardem (Anton Chigurh)  
    Josh Brolin (Llewelyn Moss)  
    Woody Harrelson (Carson Wells)  
    Kelly Macdonald (Carla Jean Moss)  
    Garret Dillahunt (Wendell)  
    Tess Harper (Loretta Bell)  
    Barry Corbin (Ellis)  
    Stephen Root (Man who hires Wells)  
    Rodger Boyce (El Paso sheriff)  
    Beth Grant (Carla Jean's mother)  
    Ana Reeder (Poolside woman)  
    Kit Gwin (Sheriff Bell's secretary)  
    Zach Hopkins (Strangled deputy)  
    Chip Love (Man in Ford)  
    Eduardo Antonio Garcia ("Agua" man)  
    Gene Jones (Gas station proprietor)  
    Myk Watford ("Managerial" victim)  
    Boots Southerland ("Managerial" victim)  
    Kathy Lamkin (Desert Aire manager)  
    Johnnie Hector (Cabbie at bus station)  
    Margaret Bowman (Del Rio Motel clerk)  
    Thomas Kopache (Boot salesman)  
    Jason Douglas (Cabbie at motel)  
    Doris Hargrave (Waitress)  
    Rutherford Cravens (Gun store clerk)  
    Matthew Posey (Sporting goods clerk)  
    George Adelo (Mexican in bathtub)  
    Mathew Greer (Hitchhiking driver)  
    Trent Moore (Nervous accountant)  
    Marc Miles (Hotel Eagle clerk)  
    Luce Rains (Pickup driver)  
    Philip Bentham (Border Bridge youth)  
    Eric Reeves (Border Bridge youth)  
    Josh Meyer (Border Bridge youth)  
    Chris Warner (Flatbed driver)  
    Brandon Smith (INS official)  
    H. Roland Uribe (Well dressed Mexican)  
    Richard Jackson (Chicken farmer)  
    Josh Blaylock (Boy on bike)  
    Caleb Jones (Boy on bike)  
    Dorsey Ray (Odessa cabbie)  
  Norteño band: Angel H. Alvarado Jr.    
    David A. Gomez    
    Milton Hernandez    
    John Mancha    

Summary: In 1980, in west Texas, Anton Chigurh strangles the young deputy who arrested him. Using the authority provided by the deputy’s police car that he steals, Chigurh stops a man in a Ford and shoots him in the forehead with a stun gun attached by hose to a compressed air tank. Later, Chigurh decides by the flip of a coin whether or not to kill a proprietor of a gas station who has unintentionally annoyed him. In the Texas wilderness, Vietnam veteran Llewelyn Moss is hunting antelope when he discovers an area strewn with many corpses, marking the site of a drug deal that culminated in a shootout. Leaving behind a large quantity of heroin stashed in the back of the trunk, Llewelyn steals a suitcase filled with two million dollars, but feels unable to help the only survivor, who is critically wounded. However, during the night, in the trailer home he shares with his wife Carla Jean, guilt prompts Llewelyn to return to the site with a jug of water for the suffering man. There, he must run for his life from armed thugs associated with one of the parties in the failed drug exchange who have come to retrieve the goods. He barely escapes, but realizes afterward that he still can be found by the license plates on his truck, which he was forced to abandon. To ensure their safety, Llewelyn sends Carla Jean to her mother’s house and then takes a room at the Regal Motel in a different town. Later, at the site of the shootout, Chigurh meets with two Mexican “businessmen” who represent another party in the drug deal, in order to recover the money and heroin. Upon seeing Llewelyn’s truck, which is now lacking license plates, Chigurh pries off the metal tag containing the vehicle’s identification number. He also finds a transponder that can be used to locate the suitcase of money. Then, without warning, Chigurh shoots each man in the head at close range. When the Ford is reported on fire at the side of the road, Sheriff Ed Tom Bell, the descendant of several generations of lawmen, investigates the owner’s murder by searching the wild country on horseback, aided by his deputy Wendell. When they discover the site of the multiple shootings, Ed recognizes the truck as Llewelyn’s and guesses that the man has underestimated the danger he is in. Having used the truck’s VIN to trace Llewelyn’s residence, Chigurh shoots out the lock on the now-vacated trailer with his airgun and steals a telephone bill that was delivered that day through the mail slot. Shortly after, Ed and Wendell also arrive at the trailer, but Chigurh has left and is calling numbers on the bill from a payphone in an attempt to locate Llewelyn. Meanwhile, Llewelyn hides the suitcase in the heater ductwork of his motel room and leaves to buy supplies, but upon returning, senses danger and rents a second motel room that shares ductwork with the first. Chigurh has intuitively followed Llewelyn and when he drives past the Regal, the transponder beeps, alerting him that the suitcase of money is nearby. Llewelyn, using a makeshift pole to hook the suitcase, slides it to the vent in his room and retrieves the money. The tracking device leads Chigurh to a nearby room, where three Mexican drug dealers are staying. Without further thought, Chigurh shoots the three men dead. Then, while looking for the money, he opens the vent and sees scratches made by the suitcase when it slid, but by then, Llewelyn has hitched a ride out of town. As Chigurh’s indiscriminate killing has become a concern for a businessman behind the drug deals, Carson Wells, a cocky Vietnam veteran turned hit man, is hired to stop him. When the businessman suggests that Chigurh is a psychopath, Carson states that Chigurh lives by certain “principles.” After taking a hotel room in a different town, Llewelyn discovers the tracking device hidden in a stack of bills in the suitcase and so is prepared when, minutes later, Chigurh finds him and shoots down the door. A gunfight ensues in which Chigurh and Llewelyn are wounded and innocent people killed, but Llewelyn manages to escape toward Mexico. Near the border guard station located on a bridge over the Rio Grande, Llewelyn pitches the suitcase into foliage on the river bank below and then disguises himself as a drunk, using a coat he buys from young tourists to cover his bleeding wounds. In Mexico, Llewelyn passes out and is taken to a hospital by strolling musicians, and afterward awakens to find Carson at his bedside. Wanting the money returned to his employer, Carson warns that Chigurh will kill both Llewelyn and Carla Jean, but Llewelyn stubbornly insists that he can cut a deal with the killer. Unable to convince Llewelyn that Chigurh does not negotiate, Carson informs him that he will be at the hotel across the street. Elsewhere, Chigurh sets fire to a parked car to provide distraction while he robs a pharmacy for needed medical supplies. In a hotel room, he cleans his wounds, picks bullets out of his body and injects himself with drugs. Although he has followed the trail of death from a distance, Ed has been unable to intervene and worries about both Mosses. After locating Carla Jean, Ed warns her that Llewelyn is involved with dangerous people, but she remains reticent, as she is unaware of Llewelyn’s activities and feels she must protect him from the law. Carson, after discovering where the money is hidden, returns to the hotel to find Chigurh waiting. Carson tries to negotiate for his life by offering Chigurh the money, but Chigurh says that Llewelyn will deliver the money to him. When the phone rings, Chigurh kills Carson, then answers, knowing that the caller is Llewelyn. Chigurh tells Llewelyn that if he brings the money, he will still kill him, but will spare Carla Jean; however, Llewelyn refuses the offer and hangs up. Intent on returning to the United States immediately, Llewelyn wears his hospital gown to the border, where the guard, a fellow veteran who is suspicious at first, relents when Llewelyn recites his dates of military service and arranges for Llewelyn to be taken to a store to buy clothes. Afterward, Llewelyn calls Carla Jean and tells her to meet him at a motel in El Paso. Chigurh, meanwhile, bursts into a high-rise office to murder the businessman who hired Carson and, later, on the road, flags down and kills a chicken farmer for his truck. On her way to El Paso, Carla Jean proceeds to the bus station, where her mother, a whining woman who disapproves of Llewelyn, is charmed by a polite and well-dressed Mexican and reveals to him their plans, unaware that the man works for the drug dealers searching for Llewelyn. Before boarding the bus, Carla Jean decides to trust Ed and calls to tell him about the rendezvous in El Paso. However, by the time Ed gets to the motel, Llewelyn and several innocent people have been gunned down and consequently, when Carla Jean arrives, she is met only by Ed. Shocked by the increasing violence in their respective counties, Ed and the local sheriff commiserate at a diner that evening, agreeing that bad things follow when politeness and courtesies are abandoned, and pronouncing drugs and money as the source of most problems. A casual comment by the El Paso sheriff prompts Ed to return that night alone to the crime scene, where he correctly senses that Chigurh is hiding, but chooses not to investigate further and thus remains alive. Much later, dogged by a feeling of ineffectiveness, Ed plans to retire and visits Ellis, a paraplegic who was injured while serving as deputy to Ed’s grandfather. Ellis tells him a story about his uncle Max, another lawman who, in 1909, was shot in front of his house by a gang of outlaws who stayed to watch him die. Ellis advises Ed that the country is hard on its people and that no one can stop what is coming. Months later, Carla Jean returns from the funeral of her mother, who died from cancer, unsurprised to find Chigurh waiting for her. Although he knows she does not have the money, he feels obligated on principle to kill her, because Llewelyn refused his offer to save her by delivering the money. Giving Carla Jean one last chance, he flips a coin and asks her to “call” it, but she refuses to play his game, ensuring certain death. Shortly, after leaving her house, he carefully wipes his feet and then drives away, but at an intersection, he is in a car collision that kills the other driver. With a broken bone sticking out of his arm, Chigurh buys the shirt off the back of an adolescent who witnessed the accident, which he then fashions into a sling and walks away. In retirement, Ed feels restless and one morning at breakfast relates two dreams about his now-deceased father to his wife Loretta. In the second dream, Ed is on horseback in a snowy pass, when his father rides on ahead of him. Ed says he knew that his father would make a fire and be waiting. Then, Ed says, he woke up. 

Production Company: Scott Rudin Productions  
  Mike Zoss Productions  
Production Text: A Scott Rudin/Mike Zoss production
Distribution Company: Miramax Film Corp. (The Walt Disney Company)
  Paramount Vantage (A Viacom Company)
Director: Joel Coen (Dir)
  Ethan Coen (Dir)
  Jery Hewitt (2d unit dir)
  Betsy Magruder (1st asst dir)
  Donald Murphy (1st asst dir, 2d unit)
  Bac DeLorme (2d asst dir)
  Pete Dress (2d asst dir, 2d unit)
  Jai James (2d 2d asst dir)
  Taylor Phillips (2d 2d asst dir, 2d unit)
Producer: Scott Rudin (Prod)
  Ethan Coen (Prod)
  Joel Coen (Prod)
  Robert Graf (Exec prod)
  Mark Roybal (Exec prod)
  David Diliberto (Assoc prod)
Writer: Joel Coen (Wrt for the scr by)
  Ethan Coen (Wrt for the scr by)
Photography: Roger Deakins (Dir of photog)
  Paul Elliot (Dir of photog, 2d unit)
  Roger Deakins (Cam op)
  Andy Graham (Cam op, 2d unit)
  Andy Harris ("A" cam 1st asst)
  Joshua Blakeslee ("B" cam 1st asst)
  Thomas Bango (Cam 1st asst, 2d unit)
  Chris Mack (Cam 1st asst, 2d unit)
  Liza "Wintapants" Bambenek ("A" cam 2d asst)
  Alexis Van Kersen Li (Film loader)
  Chris Napolitano (Chief lighting tech)
  Scott Kidner (Chief lighting tech, 2d unit)
  Ron Alexus (Asst chief lighting tech)
  David A. Parks (Chief rigging elec)
  Bryan Booth (Asst chief rigging elec)
  Tommy Kelii (Elec)
  Lou Nelson (Elec)
  George Greene (Elec)
  Jamie Garcia (Elec)
  Phil Allard (Rigging elec)
  Glenn Moran (Rigging elec)
  Nikki "Bubbles" LeBlanc (Rigging elec)
  Phillip Abeyta (Rigging elec)
  Mitch Lillian (1st company grip)
  David Childers (1st company grip, 2d unit)
  Paul Candrilli (2d company grip)
  Bruce Hamme (Dolly grip)
  Charley Gilleran (1st company rigging grip)
  Kevin Fahey (2d company rigging grip)
  Rick Marroquin (Grip)
  Peter Weidenfeller (Grip)
  Asa-Luke Twocrow (Grip)
  Jeff Lomaglio (Grip)
  Daniel "Lee" Andres (Rigging grip)
  Gary Kangrga (Rigging grip)
  Hank Herrera (Rigging grip)
  Jim Threadgill (Rigging grip)
  Richard Foreman, Jr. (Still photog)
  "Rogers" W. Basquette (Video assist)
  Illumination Dynamics, Inc. (Lighting equipment supplied by)
  Musco Lighting (Musco light provided by)
  Otto Nemenz (Cameras by)
Art Direction: Jess Gonchor (Prod des)
  John P. Goldsmith (Art dir)
  Deborah L. Jensen (Asst art dir)
  J. Todd Anderson (Visual consultant)
  Gregory L. Hill (Graphic des)
  Roberta Marquez (Art dept coord)
Film Editor: Roderick Jaynes (Ed)
  Neil A. Stelzner (Assoc film ed)
  Katharine McQuerrey (Asst ed)
  Executive Cutting (Negative cutter)
  Final Cut Pro ([Ed with])
Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh (Set dec)
  Marcia Calosio (Asst set dec)
  Scott Troha (Leadperson)
  Chadney Everett (Set dec foreperson)
  Quentin Matthys (Set dresser)
  Sage Connell (Set dresser)
  Paul Haag (Set dresser)
  Jason Mack (Set dresser)
  Benjamin M. Walsh (Set dresser)
  Cee Moravec (On-set dresser)
  Keith Walters (Prop master)
  John C. Cameron (Asst prop master)
  Bobbi Jo Gonzales (Prop asst)
  David Phillips (Propmaker lead foreperson)
  Robin Blagg (Propmaker lead foreperson)
  Brian Stinson (Propmaker foreperson)
  Victor A. Chavez (Propmaker foreperson)
  Thomas Chapman (Propmaker foreperson)
  John Vance O'Loughlin (Propmaker foreperson)
  Jesus Ornelas (Plaster foreperson)
  Christopher Windisch (Const coord)
  Arlen J. Johnson (Gen lead foreperson)
  Randal Woodward (Charge scenic)
  Jim Barth (Const lead foreperson)
  Chris M. Alvarez (Welding lead foreperson)
  Caylen F. Johnson (Welder foreperson)
  Zach Rheam (Toolperson)
  Jerry Martinez (Labor lead foreperson)
  Jeri Woodward (Paint lead foreperson)
  Pat Martine (Paint lead foreperson, Marfa, Texas unit)
  Ulli Auer-Erdoes (Paint foreperson)
  Ernie Romine (Paint foreperson)
  Jaime Souza (Paint foreperson)
  Dennis Collins (On-set painter)
  Meg Blissell (Signwriter)
  Paul Harman (Signwriter)
  Joe Barton (Greens foreperson)
  Thomas J. Barton (Key greensperson)
  Pedro Barquin (On-set greensperson)
Costumes: Mary Zophres (Cost des)
  Lori DeLapp (Cost supv)
  Jenny Eagan (Asst cost des)
  Aleah Ames (Key cost)
  Delia Hauser (Cost)
  Claire Sandrin (On-set cost)
  Emily Egge (On-set cost)
  Lisanne Scafine (Set cost, 2d unit)
  Debra Chapman (Seamstress)
Music: Carter Burwell (Mus)
  Linda Cohen (Mus exec)
  Todd Kasow (Mus ed)
  Sandy Park (Orch contractor)
  Dean Parker (Asst to Mr. Burwell)
  Michael Farrow (Mus rec and mixed by)
  Chris Robertson (Mus clearances by)
Sound: Skip Lievsay (Supv sd ed)
  Peter Kurland (Sd mixer)
  Randy Johnson (Boom op)
  Joe Brennan (Boom op)
  Cole Gittinger (Cable person)
  Craig Berkey (Sd des)
  Kenton Jakub (ADR ed)
  Byron Wilson (Dial ed)
  Derek Vander Horst (Foley ed)
  Darrin Mann (Foley mixer)
  Catherine Harper (Foley artist)
  Chris Moriana (Foley artist)
  Joel Dougherty (Asst sd ed)
  Skip Lievsay (Re-rec mixer)
  Craig Berkey (Re-rec mixer)
  Greg Orloff (Re-rec mixer)
  Sony Pictures Studios (Re-rec at)
Special Effects: Peter Chesney (Spec eff coord)
  Pete Chesney (Spec eff foreperson)
  Emmet Kane (Spec eff tech)
  Sandy Stewart (Spec eff tech)
  Tom Chesney (Spec eff tech)
  Paul Deely (Spec eff tech)
  Luma Pictures (Visual eff)
  Payam Shohadai (Senior visual eff supv)
  Vincent Cirelli (Visual eff supv)
  Steven Swanson (Visual eff supv prod)
  Glenn Morris (Visual eff prod)
  Ashok Nayar (Visual eff coord)
  Justin Johnson (Digital eff supv)
  Pavel Pranevsky (CG supv)
  H. Haden Hammond (Seq supv)
  Chad Dombrova (Lead TD)
  Alexandre Cancado (Digital artist)
  Jason Locke (Digital artist)
  Robert Adams (Digital artist)
  Jason Yanofsky (Digital artist)
  Raphael Pimentel (Digital artist)
  Chris Bradley (Digital artist)
  Jared Simeth (Digital artist)
  John Hazzard (Digital artist)
  David Fedele (Digital artist)
  Joey Sila (Digital artist)
  Valy Lungoccia (Digital artist)
  Petar Shipkov (Digital artist)
  Wendy Klein (Digital artist)
  Thanapoom Siripopungul (Digital artist)
  Big Film Design (Titles des)
  Plethorafx (Opticals by)
Make Up: Jean A. Black (Makeup dept head)
  Corey Welk (Addl makeup artist)
  Sarah Spier (Makeup asst)
  Paul Leblanc (Hair dept head)
  Geordie Sheffer (Asst hair stylist)
  Debra R. Clair (Addl hair stylist)
  Christien Tinsley (Spec makeup eff)
  Diane Woodhouse (Spec eff makeup prod coord)
  Jason Hamer (Makeup eff coord)
  Erin Sullivan (Sculptor/Fabricator)
  Dave Snyder (Makeup applicator/Sculptor)
  Brian Hillard (Mold tech)
  Teresa Valenzuela (Wig maker)
Production Misc: Ellen Chenoweth (Casting)
  Jo Edna Boldin (Loc casting)
  Amelia Rasche (Casting assoc, New York)
  Rachel Tenner (Casting assoc, Los Angeles)
  Marie A. Kohl (Casting asst, New Mexico)
  Kathryn "Kit" Schuetze (Casting asst, New Mexico)
  Tracy Kilpatrick (Addl casting)
  Elizabeth Gabel (Background casting)
  Katy Houska (Background casting asst)
  Barbara Harris (Voice casting)
  Robert Graf (Unit prod mgr)
  Omar Veytia (Prod mgr, Mexico unit)
  Karen Ruth Getchell (Prod supv)
  Rachael Lin Gallaghan (Prod coord)
  Gabriel Perez (Prod coord, Mexico unit)
  Rob Corlew (Asst prod coord)
  Sue Smith (Asst prod coord, Marfa, Texas unit)
  Catherine Farrell (Post prod coord)
  Cheryl Kurk (Prod accountant)
  Karen Yokomizo (1st asst accountant)
  Melissa Wiseman (2d asst accountant)
  Lisa Kurk (Addl accountant)
  Todd C. Spears (Payroll accountant)
  Debbie Seif (Const accountant)
  Trevanna Post, Inc. (Post prod accounting)
  Carol Maxwell (Accounting clerk)
  Helen Cohen (Spec eff makeup bus mgr)
  Thomas Johnston (Scr supv)
  Mamie Mitchell (Scr supv, 2d unit)
  Michael Dellheim (Loc mgr)
  Jennifer Mancuso (Prod secy)
  Mimi N. McGreal (Travel coord)
  Robbie Friedmann (Loc mgr, Marfa, Texas unit)
  Fernando Estrada (Loc mgr, Mexico unit)
  Joe Lane (Asst loc mgr)
  Steve White (Asst loc mgr, Marfa, Texas unit)
  Yolanda Lopez (Customs broker, Mexico unit)
  Louise A. Spencer (Unit pub)
  Nathan Kelly (Asst to Mr. Rudin)
  Ernie Klein (Asst to Mr. Rudin)
  Andrea Coles (Asst to Mr. Rudin)
  Mark Rothman (Asst to Mr. Rudin)
  Wes Oliver (Asst to Mr. Jones)
  Jeff "Big Daddy" Williams (Security for Mr. Jones)
  Kristen Rakes (Asst to Mr. Brolin)
  Carrie Fleming (Asst to Mr. Bardem)
  Dr. Caesar Ursic (Medical consultant)
  Douglas Acton (Medic)
  Dale O'Malley (Medic)
  Howard Samuelsohn (Dialect coach to Mr. Bardem)
  Brett Tyne (Dialect coach to Ms. Macdonald)
  Satellite 9 (Post prod facility)
  Michael Chochol (Prod asst)
  Elizabeth Cash (Prod asst)
  Val Callaway (Prod asst)
  Peter Grendle (Prod asst)
  Rebecca "Puck" Stair (Prod asst)
  Nikki Kelly (Prod asst)
  Scott E. Hussion (Prod asst)
  Russell Tamillo (Prod asst)
  Angelo Womack (Office prod asst)
  Raul Chico Goler (Office prod asst)
  John Claude Fedrick (Office prod asst, Marfa, Texas unit)
  Sage Asteak (Set prod asst)
  Stephen Clarke (Set prod asst)
  Jeremy W. Reisig (Set prod asst)
  Philip L. Seeger (Set prod asst)
  Louis A. Lanni (Set prod asst)
  Catie Laffoon (Post prod asst)
  Buster Jacob Coen (Post prod asst)
  Chris Carroll (Intern)
  For Stars Catering (Catering by)
  Peter M. Starkman (Catering by)
  Caroline Starkman (Catering by)
  Carmen Matthews (Craft service)
  Jeane Zekowski (Craft service)
  Holly Tadych (Craft service asst)
  Cheryl Shawver (Animal trainer)
  Khary Lee (Animal trainer)
  Janine L. Aines (Animal trainer)
  Tom Roach (Animal trainer)
  Melinda Eichberg (Animal trainer)
  Victoria M. Vopni (Animal trainer)
  Mark Brooks (Wrangler)
  Craig Carter (Head wrangler, Marfa, Texas unit)
  Jason M. Owen (Wrangler foreperson, Marfa, Texas unit)
  Marcy Etheridge (Wrangler, Marfa, Texas unit)
  Ryon Marshall (Wrangler, Marfa, Texas unit)
  Timothy Ryan (Transportation coord)
  Edward A. Lassak (Transportation capt)
  William Luehm (Picture vehicle coord)
  Paul Ripple (Transportation dispatcher)
  Entertainment Clearances, Inc. (Rights and clearances)
  Joan Pearce Research Associates (Rights and clearances)
  Larry Rice (Weather guru)
  Patricia Mary Murphy Esq. (Serious matters)
  Drew Houpt (The one right tool)
Stand In: Jery Hewitt (Stunt coord)
  Mark Norby (Stuntperson for Mr. Brolin)
  Bill Anagnos (Stunts)
  Christopher Lee Bailey (Stunts)
  Ben Bray (Stunts)
  Tim Buchanan (Stunts)
  Laurence Chavez (Stunts)
  Eddie Fernandez (Stunts)
  Lakshman Garin (Stunts)
  Jim Henry (Stunts)
  Toby Holguin (Stunts)
  Brett Myrick (Stunts)
  Steve Rizzo (Stunts)
  Tom Roach (Stunts)
  Tommy Rosales (Stunts)
  Ramsey Scott (Stunts)
  Jose Vasquez (Stunts)
  Laurence Vasquez (Stunts)
Color Personnel: EFILM (Digital intermediate by)
  Mike Hatzer (Digital col timer)
  Mike Kennedy (Digital intermediate prod)
MPAA Rating: R
Country: United States
Language: English

Music:
Songs: "Puño de tierra," music and lyrics by Michael Eloy Sanchez, performed by Angel H. Alvardo, Jr., David A. Gomez, Milton Hernandez and John Mancha; "Las mañanitas," traditional, performed by Lola Beltran, courtesy of Warner Music Mexico SA de CV, by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing.
Composer: Michael Eloy Sanchez
Source Text: Based on the novel No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy (New York, 2005).
Authors: Cormac McCarthy

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Miramax Film Corp. 0/0/2007 dd/mm/yyyy  
Paramount Vantage 0/0/2007 dd/mm/yyyy  

PCA NO: 43473
Physical Properties: Sd: Dolby Digital; dts Digital Sound; SDDS Sony Dynamic Digital Sound in selected theatres
  col: DeLuxe
  Lenses/Prints: photographed on Kodak motion picture film

 
Genre: Drama
Sub-Genre: Suspense
 
Subjects (Major): Chases
  Drug dealers
  Hired killers
  Mexican-American border region
  Multiple murderers
  Psychopaths
  Robbery
  Sheriffs
  Smuggling
  Wives
 
Subjects (Minor): Automobile accidents
  Death and dying
  Deputies
  Dogs
  Dreams
  Drugstores
  Gas station attendants
  Heroin
  Hospitals
  Impersonation and imposture
  Investigations
  Mexicans
  Motels
  Mothers and daughters
  Mothers-in-law
  Paraplegics
  Retirement
  Storekeepers
  Texas
  Trailers
  United States--History--20th century
  Vietnam War veterans
  Wounds and injuries

Note: The film begins with voice-over narration by Tommy Lee Jones as “Ed Tom Bell,” who talks about his respect for lawmen of the past, his concern about the senseless violence of the present and his fear for the future. He relates that a fourteen-year-old boy sent to the electric chair because of his testimony admitted to Ed that he killed for no reason and would be willing to do so again. As Ed speaks, shots of Texas landscapes are shown. At the end of the film, after Ed tells his wife "Loretta" that he “woke up” from the two dreams, the screen is black and silent for several seconds before the credits and end music begin.
       The title of the film and the book on which it is based was taken from the first line of William Butler Yeats’s poem “Sailing to Byzantium,” "That is no country for old men." The Coen brothers' opening credit reads: "Written for the screen and directed by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen." End credits state that financing was provided in part by Marathon Funding LLC. The end credits also contain a copyright statement for the 1953 Paramount Pictures production Flight to Tangier , which is the film Carla Jean is watching when Moss first enters their trailer."
       A 7 Dec 2004 HR news item reported that Scott Rudin would produce an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel No Country for Old Men , which was scheduled to be released the following Aug. An Aug 2005 DV news item stated that Rudin was, at that time, in the process of changing home studios, from Paramount to Disney, and that Joel and Ethan Coen had agreed to write and direct the film. According to a 2 Feb 2006 DV news item, No Country for Old Men was co-financed in a fifty-fifty partnership between Miramax and Paramount, with Miramax handling the foreign release and Paramount handling domestic distribution. However, a 19 Apr 2007 news item reported that, because the Coens preferred to release the film later in the year, the studios traded assignments, resulting in Miramax, headed by Daniel Battsek, handling the domestic release, with Paramount Pictures' specialty division, Paramount Vantage, which was headed by John Lesher, taking over international distribution. Reviews state that Paramount handled the international distribution and both companies are credited onscreen for domestic.
       As noted by the NYT review, the Coen brothers edited the film under their frequently used pseudonym Roderick Jaynes, and two of their usual collaborators, cinematographer Roger Deakins and composer Carter Burwell, were brought into the project. The Coen brothers’ production company, Mike Zoss Productions, which was named for a Minneapolis drugstore they patronized as youths, is referred to in the film as the name of the pharmacy that Javier Bardem’s character “Chigurh” robs.
       A May 2007 LAT article following the film’s Cannes screening reported that one of the reasons the Coens were attracted to McCarthy’s novel was the author’s tendency to subvert genre and veer from expected formulas. Although Deakins described the film in an AmCin article as being about “the changing of the West,” and Rolling Stone described Brolin’s character, "Llewelyn Moss," as a “cowboy in a world with no more room for cowboys,” the film differs from a traditional Western. In the May 2007 LAT article, the Coens claimed that “the bad guys never really meet the good guys” and, as noted in a Dec 2007 W Magazine article, Bell, the traditional hero of the film, never appears in the same scene with the two other main characters, Chigurh and Llewelyn. Instead, as the 9 Nov 2007 LAT review noted, Bell remains passive throughout the film, serving as a “kind of a Greek chorus” but never appearing at the “heart” of the action.
       As noted by the NYT review and a May 2007 LAT article, the film faithfully follows the novel. One of the differences between the film and the book, as mentioned by the Coen brothers in a radio interview with Elvis Mitchell in Dec 2007, is that the film becomes more about the “chase” and the collateral damage caused by the major characters pursuing one another. The Var review pointed out that one character--the young hitchhiker encountered by Llewelyn--was cut from the story because of time considerations. Although the film, as well as the book, is intensely violent, the violence, as the 9 Nov 2007 LAT review suggested, is important for “what it says about the world…we happen to live in” rather than for its own sake. The Var review described the film as depicting the way the “combination of the drug trade and the disintegration of societal mores" results in a new kind of violence.
       Although the book specifically mentions that Carla Jean was killed by Chigurh near the end of the film, her death is implied by showing Chigurh wiping his feet, presumably of blood, after he leaves her house. Many other points remain ambiguous in the film, such as Chigurh’s presence in the motel after Llewelyn’s murder and the alliances of the various drug dealers. The person who has hired Chigurh to recover the cash is, as noted by the NYT review, “neither clear nor especially relevant.”
       The end credits state that No Country for Old Men was shot on location in New Mexico, and the producers included Albuquerque in the list of organizations and individuals acknowledged in the end credits. An Oct 2007 AmCin article also stated that night scenes were shot in Las Vegas, NM and that additional scenes were shot in Santa Fe. According to a 27 Aug 2006 NYT article, portions of the film were shot in Marfa, TX, where the Warner Bros. 1956 film Giant was filmed (see entry above), as well as another 2007 Paramount Vantage film, There Will Be Blood (see below). The article also stated that Chip Love, who portrayed the man in the Ford automobile in No Country for Old Men , is Marfa’s bank president and a cattle rancher, and that his grandmother was an extra in Giant . Some sources add Scott Flick and Elizabeth Slagsvol to the cast.
       No Country for Old Men was screened at the Cannes, Toronto and New York Film Festivals. In addition to being selected as one of AFI's Movies of the Year for 2007, the film received two Golden Globes, for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Bardem) and for Best Screenplay, and was nominated for Golden Globes in the categories of Best Motion Picture--Drama, and Best Director. The Broadcast Film Critics Association nominated the film for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Bardem), Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director and Best Writer, while both the New York Film Critics Circle and the Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association awarded it Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor (Bardem). The film also garnered citations from the National Board of Review for Best Film, Best Ensemble Cast and Best Adapted Screenplay. Bardem won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, a category in which Jones also was nominated, and the film’s ensemble received the SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Bardem was also cited as Best Supporting Actor by the New York Film Critics Circle. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen were given the Directors Guild of America award for directorial achievement in a feature film, and additionally won the Writers Guild of America Award for their adapted screenplay. The film also received the USC Libraries Scripter Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and from the Producers Guild of America, the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award. The film won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Jardem), and was nominated for Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Film Editing and Best Cinematography. In addition, the film received BAFTAS for Director and Cinematography and was nominated for BAFTAs in the categories of Best Film, Director, Editing, Sound, Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor (Jones), Supporting Actor (Bardem) and Supporting Actress (Kelly Macdonald). 

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American Cinematographer   Oct 2007.   pp. 30-47.
Daily Variety   29 Aug 2005   p. 1, 35.
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Daily Variety   21 May 2007   p. 6, 23.
Entertainment Weekly   10 Nov 2007   pp. 48-49.
Hollywood Reporter   7 Dec 2004   p. 1, 91.
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Rolling Stone   1 Nov 2007   p. 202.
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Time   29 Oct 2007   pp. 61-63.
Variety   28 May--3 Jun 2007.   
W Magazine   Nov 2007   pp. 239-42.

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