No Country for Old Men (2007)

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Set against the starkly beautiful and expansive backdrop of rural Texas, welder and hunter Llewelyn Moss discovers the remains of several drug runners, who have all killed each other in an exchange gone violently wrong. Rather than report the discovery to the police, Moss decides to simply take the two million dollars present for himself. This puts the psychopathic killer, Anton Chigurh, on his trail as he dispassionately murders nearly every rival, bystander and even his employer in the relentless and psychopathic obsession with the pursuit of his quarry and the money. As Moss desperately attempts to keep one step ahead, the blood from this hunt begins to flow behind him with relentlessly growing intensity as Chigurh closes in. Meanwhile, the laconic Sherrif Ed Tom Bell blithely oversees the investigation even as he struggles to face the sheer enormity of the crimes he is attempting to thwart.
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Cast: Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones

Crew: Ethan Coen (Director), Joel Coen (Director), Roger Deakins (Director of Photography), Carter Burwell (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Release Dates: 21 Nov 2007 (India)

Tagline: One opportunity can change your life. One mistake can destroy it.

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Did you know? Joel Coen and Ethan Coen share the record of four Oscar nominations for a single person for the same film (in this case, shared by the two) with Orson Welles' four nominations for Citizen Kane (1941) and Warren Beatty's for Reds (1981). The Coens' four nominations are for Best Picture (as producers with Scott Rudin), Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Editing (under the pseudonym Roderick Jaynes). Welles was nominated both Best Picture (also as producer) and Best Director, as well as Best Original Screenplay (won, and shared with Herman J. Mankiewicz), and Best Actor. On the other hand, Beatty was nominated for Best Picture (also as producer), Best Director (won), Best Original Screenplay with Trevor Griffiths and Best Actor. Read More
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One opportunity can change your life. One mistake can destroy it.
You've never been anywhere like No Country
How does a man decide in what order to abandon his life?
Nothing you fear... can prepare you for him.
One discovery can change your life. One mistake can destroy it.
There Are No Clean Getaways.
You can't stop what's coming.
There are no laws left.
Audio/Video Mismatch
Obvious voice-over. In the hospital scene when Carson Wells says Chigurh's full name. "Anton Chigurh".

Audio/Video Mismatch
After Chigurh enters the motel room and shoots the first Mexican he closes the door with his foot. He was wearing only socks but it sounds like he has shoes on.

Character Error
When the American border guard asks Llewelyn what outfit he was in Vietnam, the answer is "12th Infantry Battalion." This answer wouldn't make any sense to anyone familiar with how the army is organized and in fact would indicate that Llewelyn had never been in the army. (Every infantry regiment has ad-hoc numbered battalions. No regiment has as many as 12.) An infantry soldier would identify his unit by company and regiment, or just by regiment.

Character Error
When Anton enter the Texaco Station and asks the owner behind the counter how much the peanuts cost, the owner replies "69 Cents". As he says this, immediately to his right, viewer's left, there is a clip strip of the same peanuts all labeled 99 cents each. (We can tell it is the same kind of peanuts as Anton later discards his wrapper on the counter.)

Character Error
When Moss is hunting antelope he does not have anything with him that would enable him to carry the meat back to his truck.

When Chigurh is shooting at the pickup that Moss is in, the rear-view mirror is broken and hangs down at an angle. Later, Moss adjusts the mirror to see where Chigurh is, and it is unbroken again.

When in room 138, Moss slides the suitcase to the left of the HVAC duct, handle-side first. When he retrieves the case from room 38 (the room directly opposite) by hooking into the handle the case is on the wrong side of the duct for the handle to be accessible.

Chigurh hurt his wrists badly from handcuffs in the beginning of the film. Yet for the rest of the film - the story takes place in the span of a few days - his wrists don't show any marks or scars whatsoever, even in the close-up shots.

When Chigurh kills the two men who gave him the transponder the taller one is on the left and the fatter one on the right. They both fall backwards. When Bell sees the bodies the next morning the taller man is on the right.

When Anton drives his car and two boys ride their bikes and chatter behind him. When we see them through the back window of his car, they're passing a beige pick-up truck and are somewhere in the middle of the street. In the next shot, showing them in the back view mirror, they appear to be on the left side of the road and passing a red car. The pickup truck is nowhere to be seen.

In the shootout scene at the Eagle Hotel, you would think Anton would use the semiautomatic shotgun, as he did in the shootout at the motel in Del Rio. Indeed the window shot at the Eagle Hotel shows him aiming his shotgun. However, all the gunshots are in fact bullets, and after the truck is wrecked, they show Anton had dropped an automatic handgun.

When Anton opens the gas lid on the car to blow it up, it's already wet from a previous take.

Errors in Geography
When Moss returns across the bridge from Mexico back to Eagle Pass, he has no clothes. He returns to the Western store where he bought his boots, but the plot established that the store was in Del Rio, over 55 miles away. Then he is in his new clothes by the river in Eagle Pass retrieving the satchel of money. Did he travel 110 miles to buy clothes?

Errors in Geography
Moss is crossing the bridge into Mexico. The river is shown flowing to the right instead of to the left as the Rio Grande does when seen from the Texas side.

Factual Mistake
The cattle gun used to blow the cylinder out of the center of the lock is not possible as shown in the movie. If the center of the lock was blown out, the bolt that secures the door to the frame (the large steel piece that slides out of a lock when you turn the key on a deadbolt) would still remain in place, and would still remain securing the door to the frame. Simply blowing the cylinder out would not be sufficient for quick or easy entry it would simply eliminate the need for a key. One would have to be able to fit a tool or their finger into the hole that was created and somehow pull the bolt back into the door, or possibly have to rotate the entire mechanism inside of the lock housing, as you would with the rotation of a key - and therefore ruining the element of surprise.

Factual Mistake
$2 million would consist of 200 packs of 100 $100 dollar bills. That much money would weigh between 40 to 50 pounds.

Revealing Mistakes
After Anton shoots into the room of Mexicans, the man he shot in the bathroom blinks after being shot and lying against the wall.

Revealing Mistakes
The dead Pitbull at the shootout scene and the one that Llywelyn shoots coming out of the river are the same prop dog.

Revealing Mistakes
When the Mexican in the motel bathroom is shot the shot passes through the wall, which should hit his left hand, but hits him in the chest. As he falls his gun is firing at the bathroom door, but leaves no holes.

Revealing Mistakes
Anton was removing his socks after shooting the Mexicans back at the hotel, with a ''dead'' body visible on the background. However, the man is blinking and still breathing.

Revealing Mistakes
The $100 bills in the satchel have the same serial number of L14439604A. The bills appear to be from the the 1977 series, however has the wrong signature of Treasury secretary Nicholas Brady, which did not appear on the US notes until 1989. Based on the serial number the banknotes were printed in July 1979 at the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank.

Revealing Mistakes
When Llewelyn shoots and kills the pursuing pit bull at the last second the dead animal falls to the side. It is clearly a stuffed animal.

Errors in Geography
Llewelyn throws the money bag over the fence on the USA side of the border station just before walking past the border guard. When Carson Wells spots the bag through the fence he is on the Mexican side, there is a sign visible that says "Enter the USA" above the door, indicating he is in Mexico.

Factual Mistake
When Anton lights the gas tank of the car on fire that is in front of the pharmacy, the interior of the car explodes and blows the windows out of the car before the gas tank explodes. The interior would have been the last thing to burn and would have most likely never exploded.
In the novel, Sheriff Bell says of the dope-dealers, "Here a while back in San Antonio they shot and killed a federal judge." Cormac McCarthy set the story in 1980. In 1979, Federal Judge John Howland Wood was shot and killed in San Antonio by Texas free-lance contract killer Charles Harrelson, father of actor Woody Harrelson (Carson Wells).

When Joel Coen and Ethan Coen approached Javier Bardem about playing Chigurh, he said "I don't drive, I speak bad English, and I hate violence." The Coens responded, "That's why we called you." Bardem said he took the role because his dream was to be in a Coen Brothers film.

While on location in Marfa, Texas, There Will Be Blood (2007) was shooting nearby. One day, while filming a wide shot of the landscape, directors Joel Coen and Ethan Coen had to halt shooting for the day when a gigantic cloud of dark smoke floated conspicuously into view. Paul Thomas Anderson was testing the pyrotechnics of an oil derrick set ablaze on the set of his film. The Coens resumed filming the next day, when the smoke finally dissipated. A year and a half later, both films were the leading contenders at the Academy Awards.

The only film of the 2000s to gross under $2 million in its opening weekend, and later win an Academy Award for Best Picture.

The silencer on Chigurh's shotgun was specially made for the movie. Such a device didn't exist, so the Coens had one invented.

Josh Brolin broke his shoulder in a motorcycle accident two days after winning the part in this film. In an interview with NOW magazine, he reported thinking as he flew over the car that hit him, "Fucking shit! I really wanted to work with the Coens." His injury turned out to be non-issue since his character is shot in the shoulder very early in the film.

Heath Ledger had been in talks to play Llewelyn Moss, but withdrew to take "some time off" instead.

Josh Brolin was making Grindhouse (2007) when he was turned on to role of Moss. He asked the film's director Robert Rodriguez if he could borrow a video camera for his audition tape, and he ended up having his audition elaborately shot with the theatrical camera they were using, directed by Quentin Tarantino, and with Marley Shelton as Carla Jean. When the Coens saw Brolin's tape, their response was that they loved the lighting.

Javier Bardem's victory at the 80th Academy Awards (Feb. 2008) makes him the first Spanish actor to win an Oscar.

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen used a photo of a brothel patron taken in 1979 as a model for Anton Chigurh's hair style. When he first saw his new haircut, Javier Bardem said "Oh no, now I won't get laid for the next two months". The Coens responded by happily high-fiving; Bardem's response meant Chigurh would look as creepy as they'd hoped.

The credited editor for this film, Roderick Jaynes, is a pseudonym for Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, who have co-edited, co-directed, and co-written all of their movies since Blood Simple. (1984) New York magazine reported that they devised the pseudonym when Guild membership rules would not allow two co-credited editors on the same film. Jaynes was nominated for an Oscar for editing Fargo (1996) and "No Country for Old Men", but he has never won one. Joel Coen told New York magazine that if Jaynes had won the Oscar, the Academy would have allowed the award presenter to accept the award on "his" behalf.

Anton Chigurh's weapon is a captive bolt pistol. It's commonly used to kill cows before slaughter without risk of flying bullets.

Voted 2nd best film of 2008 by Empire, narrowly missing the top spot to The Dark Knight (2008).

Score music is used quite sparsely throughout the film, blending elusively into the background. Some can be heard during Bell's opening narration, during Chigurh's quarter speech, when Bell shows up at the aftermath of the motel shootout towards the end of the film, and the closing credits.

Llewelyn tries to buy a kid's Templeton Eagles jacket. Josh Brolin was raised in Templeton, and asked the production if the jacket could be from his high school. "So we called the school and they gave us a Templeton Eagles windbreaker, and that was really moving for me when I watched the movie to see me put on the windbreaker and see Templeton Eagles just plain as day on this 60-foot screen. [That] was just great."

When Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) crosses the border into Mexico, he becomes the first character in a Coen Brothers movie to set foot outside of the United States. Except for their contribution to the anthology film Paris, je t'aime (2006), no other film written/directed by the Coens takes place in a foreign country.

Despite receiving top billing, Tommy Lee Jones has the least amount of screen time out of the 3 main characters.

This is the second film in history to share the Best Director Oscar between two directors - the first was between Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise for West Side Story (1961).

Carson Wells mentions to Stephen Root's character that one floor in a building seems to be missing. This may refer to the fact that most buildings do not have a thirteenth floor, which many considered an unlucky number. Building owners often rename the floor 14, or give the floor some other use and rename it a letter. The novel implies that the floor in question - the 17th - isn't listed in the building's directory for security purposes, and is thus "missing".

Llewelyn's shotgun is a Winchester Model 1897 (with the barrel sawed down and filed, and the shoulder butt sawed-off and the handle taped around), one of the first successful pump-actions.

Mark Strong auditioned for the role of Anton Chigurh and got to the last two spots.

A very tight production, the Coens only shot 250,000 feet of film. Most productions shoot between 700,000 and a million feet.

After he blows up the car, Chigurh enters the Mike Zoss Pharmacy. It's a reference to Mike Zoss Drugs, a Minneapolis pharmacy where the Coen Brothers spent time in their youth. The Coen Brothers also named their production company Mike Zoss Productions.

Carter Burwell's score consists of only 16 minutes of music.

The only firearm that Sheriff Bell uses during the film is a Colt M1911A1 .45ACP semi-automatic pistol.

In April 2010, Paramount was forced to pay Tommy Lee Jones a $15,000,000 bonus when an arbitrator found the studio's lawyers had made an error drafting Jones's deal to appear in the film.

Garret Dillahunt auditioned five times for the role of Llewelyn Moss before ending up in the role of Wendell.

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen share the record of four Oscar nominations for a single person for the same film (in this case, shared by the two) with Orson Welles' four nominations for Citizen Kane (1941) and Warren Beatty's for Reds (1981). The Coens' four nominations are for Best Picture (as producers with Scott Rudin), Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Editing (under the pseudonym Roderick Jaynes). Welles was nominated both Best Picture (also as producer) and Best Director, as well as Best Original Screenplay (won, and shared with Herman J. Mankiewicz), and Best Actor. On the other hand, Beatty was nominated for Best Picture (also as producer), Best Director (won), Best Original Screenplay with Trevor Griffiths and Best Actor.

Tess Harper wore the same boots in this film that she wore in Tender Mercies (1983). She did this because she felt that Loretta could have been an older version of Rosa Lee.

Scott Rudin brought the Coen brothers' attention to the novel when he gave it to them in galley form.

The first actor cast was Tommy Lee Jones.

Carla Jean is the only character to talk to all three main characters.

There is a strong visual clue (not in the book) that Chigurh did kill Carla Jean. Chigurh apparently does not like to get blood on himself; after he kills the Mexicans in the motel, he takes off his socks which presumably have blood on them, and after killing Wells, he lifts his feet off the floor. As he exits Carla Jean's mother's house, he pauses to check the soles of his boots.

The three main characters, Moss, Bell, and Chigurh, do not share any screen time together.

Anton Chigurh kills or tries to kill almost every person he speaks to during the film. The only people he spares are the gas station proprietor, the woman who works in the trailer park office, the woman at the motel front desk, and the two children at the end. It is unclear if he kills the man who is in the office when he executes the Businessman. He is unable to kill Moss, who instead is killed by the Mexicans. It is implied that he kills Carla Jean when he checks the soles of his boots - presumably for blood - after he exits her house.

While what is seen in the movie is virtually verbatim from the book, there were many scenes in the book that were cut from the script/movie. Some of the more major of these scenes include: Chigurh staying at the motel for five days after being shot, and leaving when Sheriffs arrive at the place; Mexicans arriving during the scene where Chigurh and Moss face off in the streets, all of whom Chigurh kills; Sheriff Bell finding an old woman in an apartment killed from a stray bullet from the showdown between Chigurh, Moss, and the Mexicans; Sheriff Bell finding the owner of the motel where Chigurh found Moss dead with a hole in his head from Chigurh's cattle gun; an entire subplot where Moss picks up a hitchhiker on his way to el Paso, after he retrieves the money, whom he befriends and gets to know before he is killed by the Mexicans; Chigurh entering the motel room Moss was killed in to retrieve the stolen money; Chigurh returning the stolen money to its original owner and beginning a working relationship with the owner; Chigurh sneaking into Carla Jean's grandmother's house when they are not there and sleeping there overnight; Sheriff Bell interrogating one of the boys who made contact with Chigurh after Chigurh's car accident; and, the rest of the encounter with Carla Jean and Chigurh, where Carla Jean incorrectly guesses the side of Chigurh's coin, and is shot by Chigurh after he explains to her why his killing her is out of his control. The book also explains (by Chigurh himself, during a conversation) why Chigurh was arrested at the very beginning of the book (also in the first scene in the movie). The only scenes added to the movie were the scene with the Mariachi band and the last half of the scene where Chigurh kills the man who hired Wells (When he first encounters the accountant until "That you see me?"). The scene where Moss talks to a woman by a swimming pool was not in the book, but was an alternate scene rather than an added scene; it takes the place of a scene in the book where Moss talks to the girl who hitchhikes with him on the road to el Paso. Two other important alternate scenes were Bell finding and identifying Moss's body in a Morgue, rather than the crime scene as in the movie; and Bell traveling to Carla Jean's grandmother's house to tell her of Moss's death there, rather than encountering her at the crime scene. Also, even though virtually all of the dialogue in the movie is verbatim from the book, many (if not all) of the conversations between characters in the book were heavily condensed for the movie.

When Moss is lying hurt on the floor, after crossing the Mexican border, a mariachi group starts singing to him. What they say, in English, is: "You wanted to fly without wings, you wanted to touch the sky, you wanted too much wealth, you wanted to play with fire", probably in a reference to the story of the film.