Promised Land

Synopsis: Corporate salesman Steve Butler (Matt Damon) arrives in a rural town with his sales partner, Sue Thomason (McDormand). With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company's offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher (Holbrook) with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man (Krasinski) who counters Steve both personally and professionally.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Gus Van Sant
Production: Focus Features
  3 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

Can I get either of you

gentlemen anything else?

You want another drink?

Uh, no, I'm fine thanks.

We'll take another bottle

of the Chateau Margaux.

You'll be fine.

Listen, I'm sorry Michael isn't here yet.

His plane got delayed

getting into Teterboro.

That's fine.

He likes to meet all the executive

candidates, it's kind of a tradition or a


It's nice of him though.

It is actually, until

he does his one joke.

I thought you said he wasn't


That's an oldie but a goodie, I guess.

So what time you heading out tomorrow?

Well actually, Sue's up there now,

I was gonna get he last bus tonight and

get an early start tomorrow morning.

You know hen we called the office out West

you were the only name they gave us.

It's nice of them.

Listen, Steve, we're a

Yeah. If someone is recommending you,

it's not nice it's numbers.

I appreciate that.

Now let me ask you something.

You guys have closed more towns than the

team behind you by almost triple digits.

But the price point that we pay out on

your leases is half of everyone else's.

How do you do that?

Well I'm from Eldridge, Iowa.


It might as well have

been Rifle, Colorado,

Dish, Texas or Lafayette, Louisiana.

Any of these towns we've sold.

I know them, they know me.

Well, unfortunately the rest of our road

teams don't find it as quite so easy.

I grew up in a large farming community.

Football Fridays, tractor

pulls, cow tipping, all of it.

I mean, I'm one of two guys in my

graduating class who went to college

and studied something

other than agriculture.

It's the biggest fight

my grandfather and I ever had.

Just a pride, I guess.


It's delusional self mythology.

It's bullshit.

We had a Caterpillar plant down

in Davenport a few miles away.

They closed that down in my junior year.

I didn't think anything of it.

By the time my senior prom moved around,

I got to see, first hand, just how little

legs we had to stand on.

I mean, the whole farming town

fantasy just shattered.

The truth was, without the plant,

without the industry, we had nothing.

And my whole town was

I'm not selling them Natural Gas.

I'm selling the only way

they have to get back.

Best of luck, Steve.

Is this the guy?

Well you said he wasn't handsome!

Sorry I'm late.

Had to stop at home on my way down.

My daughter, it's her birthday today.

She's turning 13 already.

I can't believe

Good morning, Boss.

Oh, stop it.

I'm not supposed to call you Boss', now?

They'll let me know.

That's the best you could do?

No. But I wasn't looking

for the best, was I?

Ah, you know what I mean.


You do it on purpose.

You're right, I do.

Was it worth it?

Suck it!

Rob's Guns, Groceries, Guitars and Gas.

God, I wish I thought of that.

So where'd they put you up?

The Sheraton?

Uh, Four Seasons.





And I was right, this is the

entry point for the whole state.

Yeah, I like that.

It's like dominoes.

Yeah, it is.

Hey, what season is this?

They're still wearing flannel up here?

Place like this, they always do flannel.

Yeah. Or camo.

I am not wearing camo.

Do you wear gloves?

I never use them.

It's a yes.

Ok, you bout ready?


Hey. Boots!

Huh? No. I'm not going

over this with you again.

These are my grandfather's boots,

and they're made in America.

Yeah, like in 1947.

Yeah, a pair of air balloon.

Oh my God, now you weren't

kidding about the guitars.

I guess you're not here to buy a guitar.

You're the natural gas people.

I'm sorry?

Apologizing right off the bat, I like it!

It's endearing and vulnerable,

and yet, honest and direct.

Your ID card, it's kind

of a dead give away.

It's about time you all showed up.


Well, hell yeah. We can't

sell the scenery, can we?

That's good.

Wanna come work for us?

And leave all this?

Cash only.



Shut up.

Go ahead if you have to.

No, I'm just glad to think it's great

that you're making friends.

Now shut up.

I can't believe this is right outside

the city, it looks like Kentucky.

No, two hours outside any city looks

like Kentucky, you should know that.

Something weird about those horses?

No, not really.

Wait, are they small?

They seem very small.

They seems smaller than you. Right?

My eyesight's going.

Maybe they're ponies?

Those are not ponies.

Remember new region, so we can

go as high as 5000 and 18%.

Don't ponies have big heads?

I mean, like proportionally?

Hello there!

Are you the owner of this place?

No, sir.


Well how come you're

doing all the work?

I don't know.

Well, who do I talk to about that?

My Dad.

Your Dad, okay. I'm gonna find your Dad,

I'm gonna straighten all this out!

Oh, hi!

I thought the census was over?

Uh, no, I'mI'm with the Natural Gas

company. You got a second?

Hell, why didn't you say so.

Come on in.

You went shopping?


I said, you went shopping,

here you got a tag.

There you go.

Oh, well. So much for

trying to look like a local.

Nice boots.

Thank you.

Thank you Sir.

That is some wild color, right?

Is that Thor?


Is it? Oh, yeah!

God, it's nice.

Can I have that, my kid

would really love that!

I'm kidding.

Reading this morning bout all

the gas drillin' in Pennsylvania.

Stanton Gas', is that you guys?

Oh no, I'm representing Global

Crosspower Solutions'. But,

there's a bunch of us.

Well, you're probably the best.

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John Krasinski

John Burke Krasinski (born October 20, 1979) is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, and director. He is the recipient of several accolades, including two Primetime Emmy Award nominations and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018.Educated in theatre arts at Brown University and the National Theater Institute, Krasinski played minor roles in movies and off-Broadway plays before he was cast in 2005 as Jim Halpert on the NBC sitcom The Office, a role for which he received critical acclaim. He also served as a producer and occasional director of the series throughout its nine-season run. His film credits include License to Wed (2007), Leatherheads (2008), Away We Go (2009), It's Complicated (2009), Something Borrowed (2011), Big Miracle (2012), Promised Land (2012), Aloha (2015), and 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016). Krasinski directed and starred in the drama Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2009) and the comedy-drama film The Hollars (2016). In 2018, Krasinski directed, co-wrote, and starred in the critically acclaimed horror film A Quiet Place (2018). That year, he also produced and played the title character in the Amazon series Jack Ryan. In addition to acting in television series and films, Krasinski has performed voice-over work in both animated and documentary films and has established a production company, Sunday Night Productions, in 2013. Krasinski is married to British actress Emily Blunt, and they have two daughters together. more…

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