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
692 Views


GALEN:
Come on, baby!

I'm a goddamn princess!

That's uncalled for.

Hey, a lot of people are comfortable

with that kind of thing in the bedroom.

Some people aren't.

We know that about you now, okay?

WOMAN:
What do you

think I am?

Pearls.

Galen finds 'em in the mussel shells.

Come on, let's get that book.

- GALEN:
You weren't havin' any fun?

- WOMAN:
No!

- No fun at all?

- No!

Please don't go.

I don't want you goin' back

out there by yourself.

That river's scary enough with two people.

I don't trust that guy.

Here it is.

Galen said that really turned

things around for him.

Thanks.

Watch out for that dog.

(TIRES SCREECHING)

You really goin' back out there?

Yeah. I think it's the right thing to do.

NECKBONE:
All right.

I'll be over in the mornin' then.

GALEN:
Hey, that's a good book.

Be sure you do the worksheets in back.

Let's get some dinner, Neck.

Hey, I'll call before I come.

ELLIS:
All right.

(INDISTINCT YELLING)

(DOOR CLOSES)

(WATER RUNNING)

You okay, Mama?

Yes.

Are you hungry?

You want me to fix you something?

I'm all right.

Well, then, I'm going to turn in.

(CREAKING)

ELLIS:
Hey, Dad.

What do you know about Tom Blankenship?

What?

Mr. Blankenship,

what do you know about him?

Why?

I don't know. He just looks lonely

over there all by himself.

Some people move to

this river to work on it,

and some people move here to be left alone.

I want us to try and sit down

for dinner tonight, okay?

Ellis?

Be home by 7:
00.

Yes, ma'am.

Where do you think he's at?

Let's try the boat.

ELLIS:
Looks like

he made camp.

You think he's up there?

(WHISTLING)

What are you doin'?

I try to never sleep in the same spot twice.

- What you got there?

- ELLIS:
Brought you some food.

Here, take it.

(UNZIPPING BAG)

I owe you boys.

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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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