Live by Night

Synopsis: Boston, 1926. The '20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw. But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one-neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover-can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt. Joe embarks on a dizzying
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Ben Affleck
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
129 min

In 1917, I signed up to

fight the Huns in France.

Good men died all around me.

And I saw no reason for it.

The rules we lived by were lies.

and they didn't apply

to those who made them.

I swore If I made it home,

I would never follow orders again.

I left a soldier.

I came home an outlaw.

I lived one robbery to the next.

A good day was filled by sleep...

and a good night spent

running too hard to look back.

I lived that life for 10 years.

Until it caught up to me

It all started with an inside man.

The Albert White crew was

playing a high stakes poker game.

...and our inside man left

the back door open for us.

Three, two, one.

Where's the fuckin' money?

You know whose

fuckin' place this is?

Give it.

Well, you know whose fuckin' card

game this is, you fuckin' dunce?

You heard of Albert White?

Keep talkin', dead brother!

Miss, come here, come here.

Do you want a drink to

go with your robbery?

No, just the money,

put it in the bag..

In the bag, right here.

What's your name?

Emma Gould. What's yours?

You gonna put a sock in my mouth?

That's right. A sock? In my mouth?

Never been used before

and I wouldn't lie to you.

- That's what all the liars say.

- Open up.


Alright boys, Let's go!

You got some balls.

Slow down and stop driving

like we did something. Relax.

Made out pretty good.

It was a nice hit.

Yeah, it's all mine.

Very funny. Look forward!

Drive the car!

Good afternoon, I'm Albert White.

You must be Joe.

- Coughlin.

- Good to put a face to the name.

This is Brandon

Lumas...friend of mine

How are you?

You're too smart for the

stuff you been pullin'.

Nickel and dimin'

with two dumb guineas.

They're your friends but

they're stupid and they're Whops

And they won't live to see forty.

Take your time.

But you can't work on your own.

Not in this town.

Albert was rounding up the troops.

They was a war going on over rum.

- Dermott, go and have a word.

- Albert White ran the Irish mob.

...and Maso Pescatore

ran the Italians.

It was tit for tat.

The deadliest year in

the history of Boston.

White's gang set fire to rum trucks.

And a guy on Maso's

payroll went home

with a girl no one

had seen before.

The winner...disorder mess.

I wanted nothing to do with

Albert White and his war.

But I didn't have a choice.

His girlfriend was my inside man.

And I was in love with her.

He'd kill her if she

tried to leave him...

and he'd kill us both, 10 times over

if he found out we were together

But we were in love

and we were stupid..

And every time he was out of town,

we were together.

The fit was perfect.

Mind if I join you?

Sorry father,

but I've been waiting for someone.


Emma, this is my father,

Tom Coughlin.

Dad, this is my friend Emma Gould.

Pleasure, Ms. Gould.

Mind if I sit down?

- Where are you from, Miss Gould?

- Dorchester.

No, I meant before.

You're clearly Irish.

On my mother's favor from Cork.

- Really? What's her maiden name?

- I don't know.

- You don't know?

- She died. She's dead, me mamso

So, what is it you do?

It's a really swank place this,

isn't it?

I know well how my

son earns a living..

I can only assume that if you've

come into contact with him,

It was either during a crime...

or in an establishment

populated by rough characters.

Are my questions making

you feel uncomfortable?

I don't know what you're on about.

and to be honest,

I don't really care.

I'm on about you being the type of

lassie who consorts with criminals.

The fact that the criminal

is my son isn't the issue.

It is that my son is still my son.

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Ben Affleck

Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt (born August 15, 1972) is an American actor and filmmaker. His accolades include two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, two BAFTA Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. He began his career as a child and starred in the PBS educational series The Voyage of the Mimi in 1984, before a second run in 1988. He later appeared in the independent coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused (1993) and various Kevin Smith films, including Chasing Amy (1997) and Dogma (1999). Affleck gained wider recognition when he and childhood friend Matt Damon won the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for writing Good Will Hunting (1997), which they also starred in. He then established himself as a leading man in studio films, including the disaster drama Armageddon (1998), the romantic comedy Forces of Nature (1999), the war drama Pearl Harbor (2001), and the thriller The Sum of All Fears (2002), which he played the spy character Jack Ryan. After a career downturn, during which he appeared in Daredevil and Gigli (both 2003), Affleck received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in the noir biopic Hollywoodland (2006). His directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone (2007), which he also co-wrote, was well received. He then directed, co-wrote, and starred in the crime drama The Town (2010). For the political thriller Argo (2012), which he directed, co-produced, and starred in, Affleck won the Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for Best Director, and the Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Academy Award for Best Picture. He starred in the psychological thriller Gone Girl in 2014. In 2016, Affleck began playing Batman in the DC Extended Universe, starred in the action thriller The Accountant, and directed, wrote and acted in the gangster drama Live by Night. Affleck is the co-founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, a grantmaking and advocacy-based nonprofit organization. He is also a stalwart member of the Democratic Party. Affleck and Damon are co-owners of the production company Pearl Street Films. His younger brother is actor Casey Affleck, with whom he has worked on several films, including Good Will Hunting and Gone Baby Gone. Affleck married actress Jennifer Garner in 2005; they have three children together. The couple separated in 2015 and filed for divorce in early 2017. more…

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