A gripping mix of friendship, violence and redemption erupts in the contemporary backwoods South in this adaptation of Larry Brown's novel, celebrated at once for its grit and its deeply moving core.
Hard-living, hot-tempered, ex-con Joe Ransom is just trying to dodge his instincts for trouble – until he meets Gary who awakens in him a fierce and tender-hearted protector. Gary has truly had nothing in life – he's never even spent a day at school – yet something drives him to take care of his family, to keep his sister safe when his father turns monstrous, to hang onto hope of a better future. Joe and Gary forge an unlikely bond, one that will irrevocably change them both.
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Gary Poulter, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Adriene Mishler
Screenplay: Gary Hawkins, Original von/by: Larry Brown
Director of Photography: Tim Orr
Film Editor: Colin Patton
Composer: Jeff McIlwain, David Wingo
Production Designer: Helen Britten
Costume Design: Karen Malecki, Jill Newell
Sound: Shayna Brown, Christof Gebert
Producer: David Gordon Green
Co-Producer: Lisa Muskat, Derrick Tseng, Christopher Woodrow
Production Company: Worldview Entertainment
World Sales: WestEnd Films
Distributor: Koch Media Deutschland GmbH
Director: David Gordon Green