Mud

Synopsis: 14 year-old Ellis (Tye Sheridan) lives on a makeshift houseboat on the banks of a river in Arkansas with his parents, Mary Lee (Sarah Paulson) and Senior (Ray McKinnon). He sneaks out early one morning to meet his best friend, Neckbone (Jacob Lofland). Neckbone, also 14, lives with his uncle, Galen (Michael Shannon), who makes a hardscrabble living diving for oysters. The two boys set out to an island on the Mississippi River, where Neckbone has discovered an unusual sight-a boat, suspended high in the trees, a remnant of an extreme flood some time in the past. They climb the tree and into the boat only to find fresh bread and fresh footprints. Realizing that they are not the only ones who have discovered the treehouse boat, they decide to leave. When they reach the shore, they find the same footprint in their boat. And that's when they meet Mud (Matthew McConaughey). Mud is a gritty, superstitious character; his clothes are dirty, his tooth is cracked, and he needs help. He tells the
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Jeff Nichols
Production: Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions
  11 wins & 35 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.4
Metacritic:
76
Rotten Tomatoes:
97%
PG-13
Year:
2012
130 min
$21,589,307
Website
675 Views


and you can call me homeless 'cause...

Well, that's true for now,

but you call me a bum again,

I'm gonna teach you somethin' about

respect your daddy never did.

When they show up, you'll leave?

Yup.

And when you leave, that boat's ours?

That's right.

I'm just in a tight spot.

Could use a little help.

We gotta go.

You get his name?

No.

(PANTING) Sorry.

Where ya been?

Me and Neck got caught up helpin' Galen.

You're supposed to be helpin' me.

I had to load this myself.

I know. I'm sorry.

Get on in the back,

can't be later than we are.

(COUNTRY MUSIC PLAYING)

Supposed to be 10.

It's 10, you do your share.

I loaded this morning, makes it five.

Can you drop me at Neck's?

Hadn't you seen enough of him today?

Said he had somethin' for me.

You see any more of them

Ding Dongs over there?

What did Mama want to talk to you about?

What?

This morning?

What did she want to talk to you about?

You spy on me in my own house?

I wasn't spyin', I just heard y'all.

That's your mother's business.

(UPBEAT MUSIC

PLAYING ON STEREO)

- (TRUCK DOOR CLOSES)

- (DOG BARKING)

I came for that book.

Oh, yeah. Gotta give it a minute.

Hear that music?

Yeah?

That means he's doin' it.

That's his doin' it song.

You know who it is?

Whoever's drivin' that Pontiac.

You tell Galen about this morning?

Nah. You tell anybody?

That guy's crazy.

I don't know.

I think he just needed a little help.

He can swim his ass off

that island and get some.

I think I'm gonna go back out there,

- give him some food.

- (MUSIC STOPS)

- (DOOR SLAMS OPEN)

- Why?

You're Neckbone, right?

Yeah.

Word of advice.

Don't grow up to be like

your shit heel uncle.

Hey.

You hear me?

You treat a woman like a princess, got it?

(SCOFFS) Yeah.

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Jeff Nichols

Jeff Nichols is an American film director and screenwriter from Little Rock, Arkansas. He studied filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Nichols has directed Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, Mud and Midnight Special. more…

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