Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Synopsis: THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a darkly comic drama from Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson), the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother's boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Martin McDonagh
Production: Fox Searchlight Pictures
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 104 wins & 193 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
115 min


You Red Welby?

Yes, ma'am. How may I help you?

I heard there's three billboards

out on Drinkwater Road...

you're in charge of renting

them out, that right?

I didn't know we had any billboards

out on Drinkwater...

- Where is Drinkwater Road?

- there's a Road out past the Sizemore got put in.

Turn-off nobody uses

since the highway,

You are right.

Got three billboards out there. Nobody's

put nothing up out there since... 1986.

That was 'Huggies'.

How much to rent out

all three of 'em the year?

A year?

You wanna pay for three billboards

on a road no-one goes down

unless they got lost or they're retards,

for a year?

Quick, ain't ya, Welby?


since what I say goes these days

down at the Ebbing Advertising Desk,

I'm gonna strike you a real

good deal on those billboards,

now, what was it you said

your name was, Mrs...?

What's the law on what ya can

and cannot say on a billboard?

I assume it's ya can't

say nothing defamatory,

and ya can't say, 'F***' 'Piss' or 'C*nt'.

That right?



Well I think I'll be alright then.

Here's five thousand for the first month.

I assume that'll cover it.

Here's what the billboards oughta say.

Why don't ya draw up a little contract

betwixt us while you're at it,

make sure nobody rents them

billboards out from under me?

I guess you're Angela Hayes' mother.

That's right, I'm Angela Hayes' mother.

Name's Mildred.

How long before you've got 'em put up?

Oh, shall we say by...

Easter Sunday?

That'd be perfect.

- Hey! What the hell's this?!

- Que?

- How come Chief Willoughby? what?

- What?

- Yeah!

- Huh!

How come what?


Listen, I better start getting

some straight answers outta you

you Put that down.

What the Hell is this?

Hey you?

What the f*** is this?

- What the f*** is what?

- This! This!

- Advertising, I guess.

- Advertising what?

Something obscure?

I'll say! Yeah!

Don't I know your face from some place?

- I dunno, do ya?

- Yeah.

Yeah, I do.

I could arrest you right

now, if I wanted to.

- For what?

- For... emptying out your bucket there. It's against the...

being bad against the environment laws.

Before you do that,

Officer Dixon,

How about you go have yourself a look

at that first billboard over there,

and then we can have ourself a conversation

about the motherfucking environment.

How about that?

F*** me.


Dixon, you goddam a**hole, I'm

in the middle of my goddam Easter dinner...

Sorry, kids.

I know, Chief, and I'm sorry for

calling ya at home and all, but uh,

I think we've got kind of a problem...

No. No. Go back.


Sorry I'm late, Denise.

Did you put up those

billboards to f*** with the cops yet?

They're up.

You go, girl! You go f*** those cops up!

What the f*** do you think you're

doing, Welby, buncha billboards like that,

you didn't think there'd be some

kinda ramifications? Legally?

What's the legal ramifications, Cedric?

You want me to explain the legal

ramifications, a little punk like you?

And don't call me Cedric.

Ain't contravening no laws on propriety, ain't

contravening no laws on any f***ing thing.

- I checked all this up.

- Oh yeah, where'd you check all this up?

In a...

- book.

- Which book, genius?

Book called 'Suck my ass,

it's none o' your business'.


How long has this person, or persons,

rented these billboards out for?

Oh, the year.

And how long she actually paid for?

The year.

So it's a she, isn't?

Ain't at liberty to divulge

that kinda information, Chief.

Mildred Hayes, perhaps?

Ain't at liberty to divulge

that kinda information, Chief.

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Martin McDonagh

Martin Faranan McDonagh (; born 26 March 1970) is a British-Irish playwright, screenwriter, and director. Born and brought up in London, the son of Irish parents, he holds dual British and Irish citizenship. He is among the most acclaimed living Irish playwrights. A winner of the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film, McDonagh has been nominated for three other Academy Awards, and in 2018 won three BAFTA Awards from four nominations and two Golden Globe Awards from three nominations for his film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. more…

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