Promised Land Page #2

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

Hey, you wanna come work for us?

Even before the drilling,

the initial phase of development

will boost your town's tax revenue.

That means that money will be

injected into the town immediately.

'Cause what it means to me

One of the only reason I live where I live

is because of the school my son goes to.

I want everything for him.

And everything, to me,

starts with an education.

So our leases start at $2000.

Wait, that's it?

That's right.

Well, that's not necessarily

life changing money, is it?

Oh, it's per acre.

You have 20.

So, I think there are a lot of people

around here that would say

$40,000, well, that's pretty good money.

Especially for doing nothing.

But the real reason I'm here at this early

stage is because our research shows that

your particular plot of land

has a potentially high yield.

Now what that means is that not only

the size of the deposit,

but actually the quality of

the shale is in the top tier.


Carson's chances of going

to college are too low.

And without a college education, and this

job market, that means manual labor.

Those jobs are gone.

Technology is our sons' future.

There's no reason your town shouldn't

have a state of the art high school.

Getting education that allows him

to compete on the highest level.

And that's why we offer an 8 percent share

in any and all profits that

we see from your wells.

And so with this top tier level of sh*t,

what kind of money are you talking about?

Oh well, I can't say yet but

It's ballpark for me, man.

I mean, other people

in similar situations?


I meanyou mean, for,

you know, are you guys, or?


could be a millionaire.

See what it stands and

what this agreement looks like.

That's it right there.

Nice talk today.

Kind of anti-climactic, I thought

it would be harder. It's too easy.


I got it.


From V.P. of Land Management.


It's great. I'm proud of ya.

Oh sh*t.

Danny, I don't know what to say.

I know Heather.

It's only two way tickets.

Did anybody get on base?


Well then that makes it

almost a perfect game.

That is amazing!

It's not a whole game, mom.

Okay, well, you shouldyou juststill

you should be celebrating,

you shouldn't be seating

here talking to me.

Hey, Ms. T.!

Hi Colin.

So where you guys headed?

I don't know. Sarah Dayton's

having a party, I think.

You look nice.


I love you so much.

Okay mom.




Mr. Richards? Hi, I'm Steve Butler.

Steve, it's a pleasure.

Nice to meet you.

And call me Gerry for God's sake.

Oh, great.

Anything to drink?


Uh, yeah, a cup of coffee.

For you, Jerry?

Oh I'm fine, thanks Lynn.

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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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